What Will Change? Expect Honda’s compact sedans and coupes to stand pat for 2015 following a model-year-2014 round of enhancements that included a major shift in transmission philosophy. Honda has made moderate to major changes to its line of compact cars for 2012, 2013, and 2014. With a fully redesigned Civic due for 2016, any updates to 2015 models likely won’t amount to more than an updated color palette.
Why wait for the 2015 Honda Civic: Probably no real reason, other than to make sure Honda has worked out any kinks that were part of its model-year 2014 update. And if you like the styling of the current Civic, this is your final chance to get in before the planned model-year 2016 redesign.
Why buy a 2014 Honda Civic: Honda announced another round of changes for the 2014 Civic at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and you can be among the first to take advantage. High on the list is the introduction of a continuously variable transmission in place of a conventional five-speed automatic transmission. A CVT uses a belt system instead of set gears and is designed to behave like a conventional automatic but with the promise of improved fuel economy. Among the other model-year 2014 updates, the Civic two-door coupe gets freshened exterior styling. Both the coupe and four-door sedan receive interior enhancements, with some models adopting a new 7-inch touchscreen display for the audio system. The sporty Civic Si gets a slight bump in horsepower. It and the mainstream EX and EX-L versions become the latest Honda models to receive the brand’s LaneWatch blind-spot camera. A gas/electric hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) Civic will continue to be part of the lineup, too.