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MSRP: $24,635 - $27,335
Invoice: $22,882 - $25,382
MPG: 44 City / 47 Hwy
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Honda Civic Hybrid Interior

Test drivers agree that the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid’s mix of hard- and soft-touch materials give the cabin a classy look. The front seats are long-haul comfortable, test drivers report, and the back seat feels roomier than that of some rivals. Some say the audio system’s touch-screen display can complicate audio adjustments since there are no knobs for volume or tuning.

  • "Materials quality is solid, as nicely textured, premium-looking surfaces are found throughout." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's not all bad, this Civic Hybrid. The interior is improved (but still subpar in terms of materials and some of the buttons on the center stack are far too small) and there's a more upscale feel to the car overall." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • “The dash layout is a tad more conventional, and there are now better materials as well as a padded vinyl dashboard and upper-door trim." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "A decent back seat gives the Honda Civic potential as a family vehicle. However, you'll have to adjust to the tiny trunk (10.7 cubic feet of cargo volume), and as your family and children grow, you may need something a bit more functional." -- Chicago Tribune (2013)

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Seating

The five-seat Honda Civic Hybrid comes with a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Optional features include leather seats, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Test drivers say the Civic Hybrid’s front seats are comfortable, even on long trips, and provide adequate room. The back seat is particularly spacious with more head- and legroom than some rivals, they note.

  • “In the Honda Civic sedan, legroom and headroom for front passengers is competitive, while the rear-seat accommodations are excellent for this class. The rear bench is mounted high enough to provide proper thigh support for adults, and it boasts significantly more real-world legroom than key rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus." -- Edmunds
  • "And right down to the very last mile, the Honda Civic Hybrid's seats remained comfortable and supportive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "Like all Civic sedans, the new hybrid boasts a more spacious interior, with three more inches of elbowroom up front and nearly two inches of additional legroom in back. Combined with its large greenhouse, the cabin feels airy, and the various hard plastics look better than before." -- Car and Driver (2012)

Interior Features

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 controls and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Also standard is Honda LaneWatch, which uses a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror to show the driver what’s in his or her blind spot. Available features include voice-controlled navigation, a multi-angle rearview camera, satellite radio and HD Radio.

Reviewers say the Civic Hybrid has a generous amount of features. Some find the dashboard controls are intuitive and easy to use, while others say the audio system’s touch-screen display can complicate audio adjustments since there are no knobs for volume or tuning.

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  • "Its ergonomics is nearly flawless, and most of the controls are a cinch to operate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the Civic Hybrid never saw the same sales success as Toyota's highly popular Prius, it still boasts a lot of the features that shoppers love about hybrid cars. That's especially true of the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid, which offers fuel-efficient engines and a long list of equipment." -- AutoTrader
  • "Sadly, the audio controls for all but the LX and those equipped with navigation are rather annoying. Simply setting a radio station requires you to jockey back and forth between searching and setting them. The lack of a tuning knob doesn't help matters here, nor does a touch-slide bar for volume. The more intuitive steering-wheel-mounted audio controls help alleviate this gripe." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has 10.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than rival gas-only sedans’ but similar to what other small hybrids like the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid offer. The rear seats don’t fold down and test drivers are disappointed with the Civic Hybrid’s small trunk. There’s plenty of room to store odds and ends in the center console, they say.

Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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