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Editor's Overview

Stung by criticism of its redesigned 2012 Civic, Honda continues to make improvements aimed at undoing the damage inflicted on its best-known nameplate. This year, the Civic coupe gets the lion’s share of attention, with sleeker looks to lure younger buyers. The Civic may have to work a little harder to win over customers, but it’s still worth every penny.

You'll Like The 2014 Honda Civic 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 The 2014 Honda Civic 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

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.

Interior Features

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 Features

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.

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.

Pricing Notes

The entry-level 2014 Honda Civic LX carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of just over $19,000. Opting for the hybrid model tacks an additional $6,000 to the bottom line, but includes a higher level of standard equipment. A fully loaded EX-L sedan with navigation comes in at a very respectable $25,030. Competitors such as the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Mazda3 start in the $17,000 range, though none can match the Civic’s comprehensive roster of standard features. Be sure to check our Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page to see what others in your area are actually paying for the 2014 Honda Civic. Down the road, we expect the 2014 Honda Civic to maintain the strongest 5-year residual values in the segment.

Notable 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.

Notable Options

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.

Favorite Features

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).

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

Editors' Notes

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.

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The drive is very smooth It's very easy to go 90 without realizing it.

2014 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan

So far no problems. The paint is cheap and chipping on the grill and hood. The car itself is very reliable I've never had any issues with it. Maintenance is cheap compared to other cars and the gas mileage is amazing. I would have never guessed the radio system was stock due to the quality of sound. The way it handles and drives in all weather conditions is great also. I live in Cleveland Ohio and we get pretty bad winters. There was a blizzard last year and in my old car I would have been afraid to drive but not in my Honda. I was really nervous when I first bought it about the handling during winter due to its size but during the blizzard it was a complete white out, roads were completely iced over, and cars/trucks were stuck everywhere but not me. My commute is 45 mins each way and it handled beautifully. I barely slid and when I would the traction would take over and I was fine. I would def recommend this car to everyone! Only downside is it is kind of small. Pulling a car seat in and out the back seat everyday is kind of a pain unless you push the seat completely forward. Once you're in the backseat it is roomie it's just the doorways are a squeeze. Besides that and the cheap paint this is the best investment I've ever made!

- Mandy B

Great car reliable car, great technology and safety features.

2014 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan

I love my car. It has the technology that I need such as the navigation system, Bluetooth, USB connection. I haven't had any mechanical problems go wrong with my car, I keep it serviced regularly and no issues seem to arise. I make a 4 hour car ride a few times a year to Nevada, I have never had a problem driving my car for that long. It is comfortable to drive that long thanks to the cruise control and comfortable seating. Its highly reliable, I have ever had it break down on me I can always count on it. The heated seats are amazing in winter time, the heating works really well the ac does too. The reverse camera is a great feature that I love, its adds that extra safety to the car, as well as the camera the pops up when I turn my right blinker on, it helps me see across all the lanes to check if it's safe to cross. The sunroof is pretty cool to have on a nice day, just open it up and let the air flow as I am driving. The economy button really helps save me gas, generally it does not cost much in gas but having that economy button turn on really helps to save on gas. I love my car and I think it's the perfect car for me. I know I'll have it for years to come due to have reliable and comfortable the car is.

- Emily R

2014 Honda civic is really nice for first time drivers.

2014 Honda Civic LX

I received my Honda civic as a graduation present. I love the handling, as it is very smooth and reliable. The car itself is quiet on the road and not too noisy. The Bluetooth functionality is really useful without being overwhelming. Connecting a phone is as easy as pairing the two devices and adding your contacts. Playing my playlists on my phone is satisfying and the car's sound system is really nice. There are also USB and HDMI ports for added convenience. The backup camera is very helpful and contains an outline of your car that turns red when you are too close and are about to hit something. There is also a camera that aids in passenger side turns/lane changes. The downsides are as follows. You must input your phone's address book manually. There are rather limited options on the touch screen for music so changing songs or stations is not as easy as I would like. It can be difficult to see the hood of the car because it rides so low and that can make it judging distance difficult for parking and the like. There are two very noticeable blind spots over the driver's shoulder and at the driver's 10 o'clock which is blocked by part of the windshield frame.

- Seth H

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