What's New for 2014:
- Restyled Civic coupe
- Small increases in power and torque
- New continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Standard expanded-view driver's side mirror
- Next-generation HondaLink connectivity and services
- Smart Entry system with push-button ignition
- LaneWatch camera watches right-side blind spot
- New 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system
- Civic Natural Gas offered with leather, navigation
- Redesigned wheels for EX-L and Si trim levels
The 2014 Honda Civic is a compact car offered as a 2-door coupe and a 4-door sedan, the latter offering gasoline, gas-electric hybrid, and compressed natural gas drivetrains. A performance-tuned Civic Si variant is also available. Key competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.Models and Features
Both the Civic Coupe and the Civic Sedan are offered in LX, EX, EX-L, and Si trim levels. Upgrade to EX trim for a standard CVT, aluminum wheels, power sunroof, automatic climate control, Smart Entry, LaneWatch, and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment display with next-generation HondaLink technology. The Civic EX Coupe also adds a premium sound system.
Choose the Civic EX-L for larger 17-inch wheels, fog lights, leather seats, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. The Civic EX-L Sedan also comes with an 8-way power driver's seat.
The Civic Si models feature a more powerful engine, 6-speed manual gearbox with an aluminum shift knob, larger brakes, and a sport-tuned suspension. Unique 18-inch wheels, fog lights, and a rear spoiler are added on the outside, while inside the Civic Si features larger seat bolsters, unique gauge graphics, and aluminum pedals.
Civic Sedans are also sold in HF (High Fuel), Hybrid, and Natural Gas models. The HF is basically the Civic LX with a rear lip spoiler, more aerodynamic wheels, and a slightly higher EPA fuel-economy rating. Hybrid models are equipped with a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain, and include a forward-collision warning system, lane-departure warning system, LED running lights, rear spoiler, special lightweight wheels, and a tire-repair kit with 24-hour roadside assistance. The Natural Gas model burns compressed natural gas.Options and Packages
Rather than choose individual options, Honda Civic buyers must upgrade to the next trim level in order to add features to the car. There are exceptions, of course. A navigation system is optional for the EX-L, Si, Hybrid, and Natural Gas models. Leather seats, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors are available for Hybrid and Natural Gas models. Summer performance tires are optional for Civic Si models. In addition, Honda dealers can add numerous accessories to any 2014 Civic.Under the Hood
All 2014 Civic models are equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, except for the Si and the Hybrid. In the LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels, the engine is rated to make 143 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque, slight increases over last year. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard for the LX; other models are equipped with a CVT. In the Civic Natural Gas, a special 1.8-liter 4-cylinder generates 110 horsepower and 106 lb.-ft. of torque, and meets Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards.
The 2014 Civic Si gets a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 205 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission offered with this engine, and is equipped with a helical limited-slip front differential designed to limit wheel spin and torque steer.
Hybrid models pair a 1.5-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engine with a CVT, an integrated electric assist motor, and a Lithium-ion battery pack. Combined, these components generate 110 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. A full hybrid vehicle, the Civic Hybrid can operate solely on electricity at low speeds and for short distances, according to Honda.Fuel Economy
According to Honda, the 2014 Civic LX is rated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with its standard manual transmission. Choose the optional CVT, which is standard for the Civic EX and EX-L models, and the fuel-economy ratings are 30 mpg city/39 mpg highway.
Honda says the Civic HF model, which also gets the new CVT, achieves up to 42 mpg on the highway. That's almost as much as the 2014 Civic Hybrid, which Honda estimates will return 46 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The automaker does not make any claims with regard to the 2014 Civic Natural Gas model, but in 2012 it was rated by the EPA to get 31 mpg in combined driving.
Not unexpectedly, the performance-oriented 2014 Civic Si is the least fuel-efficient version of the car. Available only with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Civic Si is rated to return 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.Safety Ratings and Technology
The 2014 Civic Coupe receives an overall crash-test rating of 4 stars (out of 5) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while the 2014 Civic Sedan receives a 5-star overall rating. The difference is with regard to side-impact crash protection for the rear passengers. In this test, the coupe received 4 stars, while the sedan received 5 stars.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives both versions of the 2014 Civic a "Top Safety Pick" rating. The Civic Hybrid, which includes a forward-collision warning system as standard equipment, gets a "Top Safety Pick+" rating for 2014.
Surprisingly, Honda reserves its forward-collision warning system for the Civic Hybrid, which also includes an exclusive lane-departure warning system. For 2014, all Civic models get new expanded-view driver's side mirrors that are designed to show what's in the car's left blind spot. New LaneWatch technology is standard for all except the LX and HF trim levels, and uses a camera to monitor traffic along the right side of the car, displaying the imagery on a display screen in the dashboard.
Additionally, the next-generation HondaLink connectivity and services system offers automatic crash notification whenever a smartphone is paired to the system and the car's air bags deploy.
Available Trims for the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe
||5 speed manual
|| 143-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl
||5 speed manual
|| 143-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl
||continuously variable automatic
|| 143-hp / 1.8L 4-cyl