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2014 Honda Civic

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2014 Honda Civic Review

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After a spate of makeovers and upgrades last year, Honda continues to improve the Civic by making the coupe a bit sportier, and improving fuel economy with the addition of a new continuously variable transmission (CVT). Where the Civic's dominance of the small-car field was once unquestioned, it now faces formidable competition from the likes of the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla. To compete, Honda gives the Civic a generous standard-equipment list, adept handling and outstanding fuel economy. The Civic continues to sell well and it remains our choice as one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014, which means its resale figures will continue to hold up nicely. The Civic lineup also offers a broad array of choices, from the fuel-efficient hybrid to a low-emissions, natural-gas model.

You'll Like This Car If...

With its reputation for reliability, safety, comfort and excellent resale still intact, the 2014 Honda Civic remains one of the best small-car values around. Be it the standard sedan, sporty coupe, racy Si trim, frugal hybrid or ultra-clean CNG model, there is a Civic to meet almost any demand.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the added utility only a 5-door hatchback can offer, you won't find it in the 2014 Honda Civic. Those looking for turbocharged power or high-end audio options (like Bose speakers) will also be disappointed. Best look to the VW GTI, Nissan Juke or Mazda3.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe receives a new front end and a more sporty appearance. A new touch-screen display audio system with Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode is available, but only for EX and higher trims. Also new for 2014: a CVT automatic transmission, LaneWatch blind-spot display, SmartEntry with push-button start, and a slight boost in horsepower for the performance-oriented Si models.

Driving the Civic

Driving Impressions Although it's classified as a compact economy car, the 2014 Honda Civic is a surprisingly adept performer, capable of hugging the asphalt with all the grip one would expect of...

an agile sports car. Credit goes to the next-generation ACE II body structure that adds strength while reducing weight. The Civic's steering feel is spot-on, nicely weighted and never loose or vague. We love Honda's manual setup as well, with its effortless clutch and tight gearbox – one drive will make you think twice before inevitably checking the CVT automatic box. Most impressive is the Civic's civilized ride and quiet cabin, two attributes usually sacrificed in the name of improved performance. The Civic is one of those rare cars that actually feels like a part of you when driving; its overall driving dynamics is a key reason we consider it one of the best small-car buys today.

LANEWATCH BLIND-SPOT DISPLAY
Standard in the EX and EX-L, this blind-spot warning system employs a tiny camera on the passenger-side mirror that activates when the turn signal is engaged. An image of the right lane is projected onto the display screen, revealing an area four times larger than is covered by the side mirror.

7-INCH DISPLAY AUDIO
Honda has been playing catch-up when it comes to in-car infotainment, but with its new Display Audio touch screen, that gap is now gone. The new system can be paired with an iPhone via Siri Eyes, deliver news, social media and apps connection with HondaLink, and access Pandora, SMS texting and HD digital traffic alerts (when equipped with Navigation).

2014 Honda Civic Details
Interior

While its unusual dash layout might not convey the more upscale ambiance of new and newly relevant nameplates like the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze, the 2014 Honda Civic continues to be one of the best compact cars in terms of interior space, storage and outward visibility. Its ergonomics is nearly flawless, and most of the controls are a cinch to operate. Soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and upper door trim replace the bland look and hard plastics that gave the previous cabin a low-budget feel.

Exterior
2014 Honda Civic photo

After completely remaking the sedan's exterior last year, the Honda design team focused its attention for 2014 on the coupe, giving it all-new front and rear styling. The new look is defined by a taller trunk lid, larger fog-light bezels and a new grille with a wide black grille bar and prominent Honda logo. New wheels accentuate the Civic coupe's sporty nature. While these modest cosmetic alterations might escape the eye of the casual observer, it's hard to argue against sticking to a styling strategy that has helped keep the Civic at or near the top of the sales charts for many years running.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2014 Honda Civic includes a 5-inch full-color multi-information display, rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth, integrated Pandora Internet radio, and a USB port. Opting for the mid-tier EX trim nets a power moonroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitor, keyless entry with push-button start and automatic climate control, while the range-topping EX-L includes such niceties as leather upholstery, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Civic's wide array of active and passive safety features is included as standard issue across the line. Civic Hybrid variants up the ante with a Forward Collision Warning system.

Optional Equipment

Optional features for the 2014 Honda Civic are acquired by stepping up to higher trim levels. Among the most prominent features are a touch-screen navigation system with FM traffic information, auto-on/off headlights, a multi-angle rearview camera, and a 160-watt, 6-speaker premium audio system.

Under the Hood

With no direct injection or turbocharging and only 143 horsepower the 2014 Honda Civic has one of the simplest powertrains of the newest compact sedans. It does, however, gain a new CVT automatic (replacing last year's 5-speed unit) giving it exceptional fuel economy and plenty of power. The mileage-maxing HF trim features the same powertrain, but adds two highway miles per gallon with a lower ride height, aerodynamic body pieces and low-rolling-resistance tires. The Civic Si, in sedan and coupe form, delivers 205 horsepower through a 6-speed manual transmission.

1.8-liter inline-4
143 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (automatic), 31/41 mpg (Civic HF with CVT automatic)

2.4-liter inline-4
205 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg

1.5-liter inline-4 + electric motor
110 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
127 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/44 mpg

1.8-liter inline-4 CNG
110 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
106 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

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2014 Honda Civic Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 276 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

love the car! great mileage. decent stereo....

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good looking car"

Cons: "a little too small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"love the wheels and tires. decent stereo, but needs an amp.....dependable....nice looking car...have had lots of compliments........drives well. love the sun/moonroof....i've had many compliments on beauty of vehicle....i wish i would have gotten the two door...."

23 people out of 54 found this review helpful

value too low

By on Monday, November 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "dvd player for children riding in the car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i feel this car is a lot more valuable than your rating it cause if you think about it the car has more options on it than even the expensive american cars. only honda puts 2 cameras on the cars and makes them with 2 screens and so many techinal features."

27 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Best bang for the buck SI edition

By on Thursday, September 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 213

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fast car, Manual only, Great stock sound sysytem"

Cons: "countless add ons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this car a few days ago and it has been nothing short of fantastic for the price. I'm 6'1" and i fit in this car comfortably(sedan version). Which is quite a surprise for being a race car. every other car i could find was small or ugly interior wise. they pulled out all the stops for this car. only thing i could ask for is options like mud flaps and rear cupholders to be standard. but that's only because i purchased a white car(bad decision lol)"

26 people out of 54 found this review helpful

good, not great had civics i liked much better

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable"

Cons: "transmision"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"what i really do not like about this car is the cvt transmision. would much prefer a six speed automatic. otherwise typical civic reliable and dependable"

6 people out of 18 found this review helpful

SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smoothest Ride Ever"

Cons: "what cons?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is SMOOTH to drive! There is no road noise. Drives like a luxury car. Instrument panel is lit up blue, modern like a spaceship with a digital speedometer--keeps my eye on the road, and oh-so-modern! I will never get stopped for speeding, the speedometer tells me EXACTLY my speed without looking down at an analog dial. This car senses every move, and responds perfectly. One mistake and a light or sound goes on to warn you. The car is intuitive. Engineered amazingly. Just can't believe it--you will be thrilled beyond belief."

23 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Car Pool Lane Sticker and Spending Less Per Fill-u

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "It's Natural Gas!"

Cons: "No umph when the car is in Eco mode"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"You cannot complain when you live in Southern California and every time you fill-up, you are only spending $17 dollars at most! AND you get the Car Pool lane sticker. Which will be valid until 2019!"

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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