• Good fuel economy
  • Earns high marks from safety groups
  • Affordable
  • Four-cylinder is not quick
  • Transmissions only have five speeds
  • Some competitors' products seem fresher

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Civic in 2014

The Civic has undergone many updates in recent years, including a freshening that arrived less than a year ago. Changes for the 2014 Honda Civic are minor...
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Vehicle Summary

The Honda Civic has long been one of the most well-regarded compact cars sold in America. The sales charts have reflected that, as Civic customers are among the most loyal in the industry. However, Honda stubbed its toe with the redesign of the most recent generation, launching a 2012 model that drew considerable criticism for its bland styling and apparent cost-cutting. Honda hastily spruced things up, rushing a redesign with nicer materials and more features into the market by late 2012. Despite that speed bump, the Civic has remained a popular car even in the face of fresh competition from Hyundai, Ford, and Toyota.

Overview

The 2014 Honda Civic is available as a coupe and a sedan. Either body style can be equipped with a 1.8-liter engine with 140 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque mated with five-speed automatic or manual gearboxes. The front-wheel-drive car seats five. Honda also sells a fuel-sipping hybrid model that gets up to 44 mpg in city and highway driving. An HF version improves fuel economy in the conventional four-cylinder, thanks to aerodynamic enhancements that help it notch 29 mpg in city driving and 41 mpg on the highway. At the other end of the spectrum is the 201-hp performance-oriented Si variant geared toward enthusiasts.

The recent redesign gives the 2014 Honda Civic a slightly more upscale look while maintaining its mainstream appeal. It borrows some cues from the Accord, most noticeably in the grille. The wheels, hood, trunk lid, and taillights are also new. The interior has the most important updates, including to the color scheme, materials, and graining. Even the upholstery and vents are redone. This is in sharp contrast to the 2012 model, which was fashioned during the recession when automakers were cutting back. None of the latest changes are major, but the interior looks better and is now on par with the other offerings in this class.

The 2014 Honda Civic is also stiffer and has more connected steering, a nod to Honda enthusiasts who thought the 2012 model was too soft. Meanwhile, more sound-deadening materials and acoustic glass give the Civic a more refined nature. The Civic is outfitted with added standard equipment, including a rear back-up camera.

The Civic has always been known as safe, reliable and fuel-efficient transportation, and the 2014 model is no exception.

Key Competitors

  • Dodge Dart
  • Ford Focus
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Toyota Corolla

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2014 Civic Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Sunroof

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Navigation System
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