2014 Honda Civic Review

The 2014 Honda Civic sees a number of interesting and significant changes and upgrades. All Civics see their cabin interiors upgraded, Coupe models see some restyling in their front and rear ends, and all models, excepting the Hybrid and Natural Gas models get a bigger engine.

We see other changes too, like the keyless ignition, a larger touch screen display, a blind spot camera vision assistance, and better integration for smart phones. We also see the 5-speed automatic gearbox being replaced by CVT (continuously variable transmission), and firmer suspension units in the Si and LX Coupe trims.

The 2014 Honda Civic is definitely moving with the times. It holds a special place in the hearts of millions of Americans. The car is affordable, reliable, dependable and a dream to drive. It's sporty and cool, yet can still be used for mundane driving chores, and there are so many options available there's bound to be one just right for you.

Exterior

The outward appearance of the Civic is unchanged for 2014. It still has its swept back, long windshield. The hood is short and the trunk also. The cabin rises in a smooth, sweeping curve to drop down to the trunk area in a pleasing manner, and overall this is a well-designed car.

Interior

The interior of the 2014 Honda Civic has better materials. The instrument panel has softer material now, and on the upper door trim as well. The previous hard plastic look with poor quality materials is gone at last. This takes a well designed interior space and transforms it to a vastly superior cabin.

The dash layout of the Civic has always been different with its two-tier instrument panel. There's a certain futuristic look about the inside space that's pleasing and exciting in a way. The passenger spaces are good with plenty of legroom, front and rear, and the trunk space is generous in all models.

Ride and Handling

The Civic has always handled well, and the 2014 models are no exception. The engines have been upgraded on most models, which makes handling in twisty conditions a little easier. The ride is smooth and comfortable, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet, blocking out most of the engine and road noises.

Powertrain

Civic Trims DX, LX, EX, EX-L and HF:

  • 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder engine 
  • 143 horsepower at 6,500 rpm 
  • 129 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm 
  • City/highway fuel economy: 
  • 28/36 mpg (manual), 30/39 mpg (automatic), 31/41 mpg (Civic HF with CVT automatic) 

Civic Si:

  • 2.4 L inline 4-cylinder engine 
  • 205 horsepower at 7,000 rpm 
  • 174 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm 
  • City/highway fuel economy: 
  • 22/31 mpg (manual) 

Civic Hybrid:

  • 1.5 L inline 4-cylinder engine + electric motor  
  • 110 horsepower at 5,500 rpm 
  • 127 lb-ft of torque at 1,000 - 3,500 rpm  
  • Continuous Variable Transmission 
  • City/highway fuel economy: 44/44 mpg  

Civic Natural Gas:

  • 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder engine (Natural Gas) 
  • Front Wheel Drive 
  • 110 horsepower at 6,300 rpm 
  • 106 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm 
  • 5-speed automatic gearbox 
  • City/highway fuel economy: N/A 

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