Deja vu: Honda revamps Civic for 2014...all over again
As Honda unveiled its revamped 2014 Civic Coupe earlier this month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the purported changes to its interior and mechanicals remained a mystery - until now. Honda announced today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show that both the Civic Coupe and Sedan will receive yet another significant refresh.
The biggest news lies in the 2014 Civic's powertrain, where the current model's outdated 5-speed automatic makes way for an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT). Upping the Civic's combined fuel economy figure from 32 to 33, the new CVT also provides quicker acceleration and markedly smoother operation. In addition, spirited drivers can control a simulated manual mode through steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters in EX Coupe models. Fear not, purists: A 5-speed manual transmission will still to be offered as standard on entry-level LX sedans and coupes.
Although last year's revision brought with it a number of interior refinements, the 2014 Civic ups the ante once again with upgraded upholstery, trim, and in-car technology. Speaking of the latter, every 2014 Civic (excluding base LX trims) features a smartphone-inspired 7-inch touchscreen that lets you swipe, tap, and pinch your way to accessing a variety of vehicle functions. And, for the first time ever, the Civic's options roster will include keyless access and start, Honda's acclaimed LaneWatch blind spot system, and an 8-way power driver's seat. Lastly, the Civic Natural Gas can now be had with navigation and leather.
Pricing for the 2014 Honda Civic will be released closer to its official on-sale date in early December.
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