2014 Honda Civic Hybrid Review
The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid gets great fuel economy and auto writers praise its spacious cabin, but say rivals simply stand out for their sporty performance.
With its standard four-cylinder engine and electric motor, test drivers say the Civic Hybrid isn’t very quick off the line. A continuously variable transmission is standard. The Civic Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 44/47 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for a compact car and competitive with rival hybrids’ fuel economy. While test drivers think the Civic Hybrid has a pleasant ride, they say it’s not much fun behind the wheel, and add that the regenerative brakes feel touchy.
Critics say that quality materials make the 2014 Civic Hybrid’s cabin look attractive. The front seats are comfortable even on long trips, test drivers note, adding that the back seat offers plenty of head- and legroom, which is high praise for a compact car. The Civic Hybrid has less trunk space than many rival sedans. The Honda Civic Hybrid comes with a six-speaker CD audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, push-button start, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Also standard is Honda LaneWatch, which uses a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror to give a better view of the driver’s blind spot. Available features include voice-controlled navigation, a multi-angle rearview camera, satellite radio and HD Radio. Some reviewers say the dashboard controls are straightforward while others dislike the touch-screen display in the base audio system, saying it can complicate audio adjustments.
- "Still, for shoppers who don't need to stand out while they're saving gas, the Civic Hybrid offers an excellent alternative to more popular models." -- AutoTrader
- "A tad expensive, sure, but this Civic was a pleasant, comfortable around-town driver with great manners, a smooth, well-controlled highway ride and Honda's excellent outward visibility." -- AutoWeek (2013)
- "Were it our money, we'd still check out nonhybrid, C-segment offerings like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, and Honda's own Civic HF. Besides being capable of returning mid-30-mpg fuel efficiency for less money, they are quicker and more fun to drive." -- Car and Driver (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has a peppy turbocharged engine that provides plenty of power and makes it quick off the line. They’re also impressed with its nimble handling.
The Toyota Prius c gets even better gas mileage than the Civic Hybrid. It also offers a lot more cargo space thanks to its hatchback body style. Reviewers say the Prius c’s audio and navigation controls are a breeze to use.
Details: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid
The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid is a five-seat sedan with front-wheel drive. It comes in one trim and has various optional features. A four-cylinder engine is paired with an electric motor and a CVT is standard. The Civic Hybrid was redesigned for the 2012 model year and refreshed for 2013, but is largely unchanged for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 to 2014 model years.
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