2015 Honda Civic vs. Its Competition

2015 Honda Civic LX Sedan

The 2015 Honda Civic is a popular and competitive compact sedan with some of the best safety ratings and features in the class.

Its quiet and comfortable ride make it more of a competitor for the Chevrolet Cruze, which also lacks driving excitement.

Civics use to be known for their handling--as is the Ford Focus now, one of our favorites for its stylish interior and excellent blend of sharp handling and comfortable ride.

But today's Civic lacks driving excitement, trading it for comfort and equipment.

The Hyundai Elantra competes heavily on features for the price, but lacks Honda's safety gear and ratings, though it too has good gas-mileage numbers.

The Kia Forte was redesigned last year, with better roadholding and handsome lines, but it didn't do so well on IIHS crash tests.

Finally, the Subaru Impreza offers standard all-wheel drive and the flexibility of not only a sedan model but a hatchback as well.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze2015 Chevrolet Cruze
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2015 Ford Focus ST2015 Ford Focus
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2015 Kia Forte EX2015 Kia Forte
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The 2015 Honda Civic is refined, comfortable, and offers top-notch safety ratings and features.
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze might now be one of the oldest designs in its class, but it remains one of the strongest entries -- especially for those focused on comfort, practicality, and fuel-efficiency.
The 2015 Ford Focus lineup gets a clean new look for 2015, as well as a high-mileage three-cylinder engine option and revamped cabin comforts. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, it remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans.
Reasonably well-rounded performance and attractive looks inside and out give the Forte lots of curb appeal, but disappointing safety scores and a lack of comfort mean that it isn't quite the high achiever that the larger Optima has been.
Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox.
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