2014 Honda Civic

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Honda Civic base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    143-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Well-equipped base models
  • Responsive CVT
  • Visibility
  • Handling
  • Crash tests

The Bad

  • Ride quality in Civic coupe
  • Multimedia system's touch-sensitive buttons
  • Small trunk
  • Headroom in coupe
  • Drum brakes on lower trims
2014 Honda Civic exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2014 Honda Civic

  • Coupe or sedan, manual or automatic
  • Newly restyled coupe exterior
  • Available CVT automatic replaces five-speed auto
  • New multimedia system, LaneWatch monitor
  • Hybrid and natural-gas versions (hybrid covered separately)

2014 Honda Civic Road Test

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Kelsey Mays

Does an update a day keep the critics away? That's what Honda seems to think with the Civic, which receives its third major update in three years for 2014 — this time mostly for the coupe. It should keep the popular nameplate relevant, even as other automakers vie for attention with ever-better alternatives.

Available as a sedan or coupe, the 2014 Honda Civic combines efficiency and quality to fit the bill for many small-car shoppers, but some will find the coupe's stiffened suspension too firm.

Trim levels include the LX, EX, EX-L and high-performance Si. Sedans also come in a high-efficiency HF trim, and you can buy a Civic Natural Gas sedan in 37 states. Click here to compare the Honda Civic sedan and coupe or here to stack up the 2013 and 2014 Civic. Click here to learn about the Civic Hybrid, which we cover separately in Cars.com's Research section. This year we tested a Civic EX-L coupe and a Si coupe.

Exterior & Styling
The sedan, which received visual updates in 2013, carries over, while the 2014 coupe has received its first styling update since 2012, the year Honda redesigned both body styles. New, gaping fog-light portals give the Civic coupe its most dramatic expression since the nameplate's mid-2000s Stormtrooper redesign. The portals overtake the front bumper, and they'll garner stronger reactions than anything else on the car. Honda says it altered the coupe's hood, fenders, headlights, taillights and grille.

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Does an update a day keep the critics away? That's what Honda seems to think with the Civic, which receives its third major update in three years for 2014 — this time mostly for the coupe. It should keep the popular nameplate relevant, even as other automakers vie for attention with ever-better alternatives.

Available as a sedan or coupe, the 2014 Honda Civic combines efficiency and quality to fit the bill for many small-car shoppers, but some will find the coupe's stiffened suspension too firm.

Trim levels include the LX, EX, EX-L and high-performance Si. Sedans also come in a high-efficiency HF trim, and you can buy a Civic Natural Gas sedan in 37 states. Click here to compare the Honda Civic sedan and coupe or here to stack up the 2013 and 2014 Civic. Click here to learn about the Civic Hybrid, which we cover separately in Cars.com's Research section. This year we tested a Civic EX-L coupe and a Si coupe.

Exterior & Styling
The sedan, which received visual updates in 2013, carries over, while the 2014 coupe has received its first styling update since 2012, the year Honda redesigned both body styles. New, gaping fog-light portals give the Civic coupe its most dramatic expression since the nameplate's mid-2000s Stormtrooper redesign. The portals overtake the front bumper, and they'll garner stronger reactions than anything else on the car. Honda says it altered the coupe's hood, fenders, headlights, taillights and grille.

A short deck-lid spoiler is optional. The Honda Civic Si sedan and coupe have a larger rear wing. They also have a unique grille, modest ground effects and a dressier, exposed tailpipe.

How It Drives
A continuously variable automatic transmission replaces last year's five-speed automatic. (A five-speed manual is available on the Honda Civic EX coupe and both LX body styles; the Civic Si comes only with a six-speed manual.) Like last year's responsive automatic, the CVT is a hit. In our Civic EX-L coupe it transitioned to higher revs with little delay, and the gas pedal still has Honda's trademark responsiveness. In an age where ever-higher fuel efficiency leaves too many cars with sluggish accelerator or transmission response, I welcome the Civic's pep.

The Honda Civic's 1.8-liter four-cylinder makes 143 horsepower and 129 pounds-feet of torque, up 3 hp and 1 pound-foot versus last year's engine thanks to a revised exhaust system. (The 2.4-liter Civic Si also gets a power bump, to 205 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, while drivetrains in the Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid are unchanged.) The increase is modest, but driven solo the 1.8-liter Civic accelerates well enough — certainly in line with other base compacts. If you want more oomph, the Scion tC and Mazda3 have larger four-cylinders and better passing power. Some competitors are quieter, too; the Civic has long been a noisy car, and one editor noted that little has changed on that front.

Activated via a dashboard button, an Econ mode adjusts drivetrain response, climate control and cruise control systems to improve gas mileage; one editor thought it blunted acceleration enough to make the Civic feel like a dog. On the opposite front, a sportier Drive (S) mode below Drive keeps engine revs higher at highway speeds and speeds up the revving from the CVT, which brings the drivetrain to full boil faster. If you want maximum control, paddle shifters in EX-L and CVT-equipped EX coupes hold seven simulated gears.

Honda stiffened the Civic coupe's suspension for 2014, the second round of suspension changes across the nameplate in two model years. I think the automaker went too far.

The coupe corners well, with minimal body roll for its class and lively steering feedback on sweeping turns and switchbacks. And despite subfreezing temperatures, our tester's Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/45R17 all-season tires held the road well; the 2014 Civic displays better balance than the nose-heavy norm in many front-drive compacts. It's a far cry from the last Civic Si we tested (read my review here), which was of the unengaging 2012 ilk.

Alas, the tradeoff comes in ride quality, which feels closer to the choppy 2006-2011 Civic. The four-wheel independent suspension — still a theoretical advantage over the semi-independent rear suspensions prevalent among compacts — blunts potholes well enough, but the chassis bucks up and down too easily over dips in the road. It settles in better on the highway, but undulating stretches of pavement still bounce you around. The Civic needs better body control; the Scion tC we tested a week earlier — hardly an exemplar of quality — handled the wintry rubble better.

Many factors affect ride quality, so sample a few other trims to compare. Civic sedans have 1.9 inches' more wheelbase and separate suspension tuning. The 15- and 16-inch wheels on LX and EX models may soften ride quality, too.

The Civic Si, meanwhile, has a stiffer rear stabilizer bar, even sportier suspension tuning and a limited-slip differential. It also gets 18-inch alloy wheels, which replace last year's 17s. Ride quality is similar to the non-Si coupe, but it's more livable relative to sportier competitors with harsher rides like the Fiat 500 Abarth and Nissan Juke NISMO RS. The Si's 2.4-liter four-cylinder serves up predictable power as the revs ascend, and it's a welcome upgrade over the 1.8-liter four. Still, some editors disliked the engine's peaky nature, which lacks the low-end oomph of many turbocharged competitors. Pedal to the metal, the Civic Si will lose a drag race to the punchier Volkswagen GTI, Ford Focus ST or Subaru WRX.

An ace of a manual transmission redeems things, with a short-throw shifter accompanied by instant accelerator response. Overall balance feels more neutral than some front-drive cars, but Honda still needs to quell the Si's body roll, which seems no better than the regular Honda Civic's — fine for a run-of-the-mill commuter car but too much for a sport compact. Editors agreed: The Civic Si pitches too much into corners for its class, and it's been an issue since the current generation debuted more than three years ago.

EPA-estimated mileage is 28/36/31 mpg city/highway/combined for stick-shift Civics. With the CVT automatic, the combined fuel economy rating climbs to 33 mpg — in line with automatic 2014 versions of the Ford Focus (30 to 33 mpg, depending on trim), Mazda3 (31 to 34 mpg), Hyundai Elantra (28 to 32 mpg), Nissan Sentra (33 to 34 mpg) and Toyota Corolla (31 to 35 mpg).

The Civic Si rates a modest 25 mpg and, like many sportier compacts, recommends premium fuel. The automatic-only Civic HF, meanwhile, uses lightweight alloy wheels, a weight-saving tire repair kit instead of a spare tire and other modifications to eke out an EPA-rated 35 mpg combined. That ties the Corolla LE Eco for best in class.

Interior
The Honda Civic's A-pillars sit in your field of view, but they're narrow and the windshield is tall enough for good forward visibility. Still, part of that is because in the coupe you can't sit very high. Headroom in LX models is about an inch less than a comparable Civic sedan, and the moonroof in EX and EX-L models strips another 0.4 inch. The results are tight: My 6-foot frame sat a few inches lower than preferred.

EX and EX-L models have a moonroof and automatic climate control — though not a dual-zone system, which most competitors now offer — and EX-L cars have heated leather seats. Despite topping the lineup, the Civic Si sticks with manual air conditioning and unheated cloth seats, albeit sportier ones.

In the coupe, the three-position rear seat has enough legroom for adults, but headroom is short. Adults will tolerate short trips back there, but not much farther. The Hyundai Elantra coupe has more backseat room, and the Scion tC feels downright sedanlike.

The Civic sedan, meanwhile, gets a power driver's seat for 2014 on EX-L trims — the first time any Civic has offered that feature. All Civic sedans accommodate adults reasonably well in the backseat, given the class, but the Sentra and Volkswagen Jetta have the roomiest confines.

Honda updated the Civic's interior in 2013 and again in 2014, mostly on the electronics front. Cabin quality is respectable: Uniform materials cover the upper doors and dashboard, with padding in all the areas your arms and elbows rest.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Atop the dash, Honda's 5-inch i-MID screen displays vehicle settings, trip computer, audio information and the Civic's standard backup camera. Also standard are Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and an iPod/USB-compatible stereo with Pandora internet radio integration — generous features for a compact car.

EX and EX-L models add a new 7-inch touch-screen between i-MID and the climate controls; it integrates the backup camera, multimedia display and the optional navigation system. You also get HondaLink, a system that can stream Aha internet radio, weather and point-of-interest information off a tethered smartphone once you download the apps. A HondaLink navigation app runs about $60, and it makes the $1,500 factory navigation option, which includes satellite and HD radio, all but unjustifiable.

The 7-inch screen is easy enough to use, with touch sensitivity that worked when I had gloves on (though another editor said it didn't work with his gloves) and better implementation of smartphonelike map interactions (like swiping, scrolling and pinch zooming) than most systems that claim such functionality. Still, Honda adopted capacitive touch-panel buttons around the screen, including an infernal volume bar you tap or drag your finger along to adjust, and replaced mechanical tuning buttons with on-screen buttons. It's far slower than the physical knobs on the head unit for LX and HF trims. Honda needs to bring those knobs back across the board.

Keyless access with push-button start is new; it comes on the EX, EX-L and Si.

Cargo & Storage
Storage nooks abound up front, including an all-important storage tray ahead of the gearshift. Trunk room underwhelms, however, with 12.5 cubic feet in the sedan and 11.7 cubic feet in the coupe — both low for this class. LX and HF models have a single-piece, folding rear seat; higher trims have a 60/40-split folding seat.

Safety
Both the Honda Civic sedan and coupe received top scores in all crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including IIHS' latest (and most challenging) small-overlap frontal test. The Honda Civic coupe is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The sedan is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus because lane departure and forward collision warning systems — necessary for TSP Plus status — come on the Civic Hybrid. Other trims don't have those features, however, which make the award a bit specious.

Click here to see a full list of safety features on the Honda Civic. Click here to see our evaluation of child-seat provisions in the 2014 coupe or here for the 2013 sedan.

Value in Its Class
The Civic remains one of the best-equipped and priciest small cars on the market. Even the LX coupe base price, which is the cheapest trim you can buy, starts around $19,000 with destination. From the Corolla and Kia Forte to the Jetta and Mazda3, most major competitors start cheaper — some by thousands. Still, Honda gives you enough standard features that base models should suit most shoppers.

At the other end, a loaded Civic Si tops out past $25,000 with factory options. It's little wonder that the Honda Civic LX accounts for the majority of new-car dealer inventory on Cars.com, however. With that many standard features, there's little reason to upgrade.

The one-size-fits-most approach has worked so far. Shoppers have bought more Honda Civics than any other competitor save the just-redesigned Corolla. The 2014 changes don't lift the Civic across the board, but they should keep it among the top contenders on any compact-car shopper's list.

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2014 Civic Video

From the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2014 Honda Civic.

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Honda Civic currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Honda Civic LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

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  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Civic received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker