New For 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.
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.
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.
- Good fuel economy
- Earns high marks from safety groups
You won’t like:
- Four-cylinder is not quick
- Transmissions only have five speeds
- Some competitors’ products seem fresher
- Dodge Dart
- Ford Focus
- Hyundai Elantra
- Toyota Corolla