- Coupe models get updated styling
- New CVT replaces five-speed automatic
- Up to 41 mpg on the highway (HF models)
The 2014 Honda Civic keeps the ball rolling for the popular compact car, offering new styling for Coupe models and some updates for the sporty Si. The Civic competes with some of the most popular cars in America, including the redesigned Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus.
Last year, the Civic got a quick, unexpected refresh after its complete redesign in 2012 was not well received. Those changes mostly occurred in the Sedan models, so for the 2014 model year the same changes have been extended to the Coupe, which gets new exterior styling that gives it a more aggressive, streamlined look than the Sedan. Also updated for 2014 is the Civic Si, offered as a coupe or sedan. A new exhaust system ups the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine’s output to 205-hp, and there are also new styling cues front and back, including a larger rear spoiler.
The Coupe and Sedan share a 143-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. For 2014, the Civic adds a new, efficient CVT transmission with paddle shifters that joins the five-speed manual among the transmission options (the Si gets a six-speed manual). The Civic puts a premium on fuel economy; sedan models return 30/39 mpg city/highway with the CVT (28/36 with the manual), with the coupe achieving similar figures (29/38 on higher trim levels).
Inside, the Civic’s refresh in 2013 added upgraded materials which was a welcome change. More soft-touch surfaces, a new headliner, and better seat fabrics combine to give the cabin a more premium feel; simply put, it’s a compact car that feels more upscale than its compact price would suggest. Similar to the sporty CR-Z, the center console is slightly canted towards the driver offering easier access to controls for the climate and audio systems. Standard features include a color i-MID display, Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora internet radio, SMS support, and a USB/iPod port, all of which make the Civic one of the most tech friendly “out of the box” cars around. A navigation system, leather upholstery, and heated front seats are optional.
Safety also comes standard on the 2014 Civic, which earned a full five star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS also gave sedan models its top designation, Top Safety Pick+, while the coupe gets a Top Safety Pick award of its own. The Civic has a class-exclusive standard rearview camera, along with antilock brakes, six airbags, and an electronic stability system with traction control.