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MSRP: $18,190 - $29,290
Invoice: $16,915 - $27,771
MPG: 30 City / 39 Hwy
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Honda Civic Interior

Test drivers agree that quality materials like nicely-grained plastics give the 2014 Honda Civic’s interior a more upscale look than in previous model years. Several reviewers point out that sound deadening materials go a long way toward making the cabin quieter. Front seats are comfortable, test drivers report, and there’s plenty of room for adults in the back seat. The Civic comes standard with many features, including a rearview camera, which is unusual in this class. Reviewers praise the new touch-screen display for its ease of use and smartphone-like interface, though they say it can be distracting to operate while driving. Cargo space is small for a sedan, but test drivers say there’s plenty of room in the cabin for the storage of odds and ends.

  • “None of the changes are major but the sum total is a much more pleasant-looking interior that puts the Civic back up on par with the other offerings in this class." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • “Inside the cabin, all those hard plastics surfaces are broken up now with some soft-touch surfaces. Those do a heck of a lot to give the interior a more premium ambience. The hard plastics that do remain appear to be of higher quality and have nice graining to them." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Honda redid the interior as well, giving it a more conventional look and feel, with a black upper dash, a mildly reworked center stack, some shiny trim, and leather-like graining in place of the strange bacteria-in-a-petri-dish look. The ambience is more upscale." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "Hondas have rarely been known for their noise abatement abilities, but the 2013 update helps bring a welcome composure to the Civic's cabin, cutting powertrain noise noticeably under acceleration, and road and wind noise everywhere else." -- Autoblog (2013)

Seating

The Honda Civic comes with a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes. Options include heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Reviewers agree that the front seats are generally comfortable and there’s adequate space in the rear seats with enough head- and legroom to suit most adults.

  • "Sedans have adequate adult headroom, though the available sunroof's housing steals precious space for tall occupants. Knee space is tight with the front seats far aft. Foot space is good unless the front cushions are near their lowest point. A flat floor aids overall comfort, as does the firm, well-contoured seat. The doors open wide for easy entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "In the sedan, legroom and headroom for front passengers is competitive, while rear passengers benefit from legroom that's more generous than you'll find in rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze and the Ford Focus." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Seats are comfortable (not always true of Hondas) and back seat legroom will handle most adults." -- USA Today (2013)
  • "The front seat posed no problems for my 6-foot-tall frame, nor did the backseat, with good head and legroom and a flat floor." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The Civic sedan comes with a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a function that reads incoming text messages aloud, Pandora Internet Radio connectivity, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. A rearview camera is also standard, which is rare in this class. Optional features include an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, navigation, a multi-angle rearview camera, a power moonroof and automatic climate control. Also available 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.

Reviewers generally like the Civic’s new infotainment system, with one saying that the touch screen is just as intuitive as a tablet. However, one critic notes that the Civic’s touch-sensitive controls are more distracting than conventional buttons, since you have to take your eyes off the road to make adjustments. The standard Bluetooth audio is praised for its ease of use and reviewers say it pairs with a compatible smartphone quickly. Another test driver notes that the instrument cluster is well-organized and tilted toward the driver.

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  • "Perhaps the greatest advancement of the new system is its gesture recognition. All the swiping, pinching, sliding and multi-tapping you do on your smartphone or tablet is recognized, and unlike certain other systems (looking at you, CUE), it works quite well.” -- Motor Trend
  • "In my opinion, and you can call me old-school, capacitive-touch screens that require the driver to remove his or her eyes from the road to precisely position a fingertip on a glass screen are not an improvement in a moving and jostling vehicle." -- Autoblog
  • "Civic's two-tier instrument panel places an analog tachometer ahead of the driver and separately housed digital speedometer directly above. Though it can take some getting used to, the design works well overall. The speedometer's digits are in the driver's line of sight for viewing without taking focus off the road.” -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "We like being able to listen to the music on our smartphone without having to plug it in, and the Civic's standard Bluetooth Audio system is notable for how quickly it connects and begins playing." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Cargo

The Honda Civic sedan has 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on the small side compared with the trunk space of rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze. Reviewers say the Civic sedan’s trunk opening is wide and easy to load thanks to a low liftover height. They also report that there’s plenty of interior storage for small items. The Civic coupe has 11.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than what competitors like the Scion tC have.

  • "A wide, tall trunk with a generous opening and low liftover highlight Civic's cargo area. However, the sickle-type trunklid hinges intrude. All have a folding rear seat back, but only EX, EX-L, and Si models offer 60/40 split folding functionality. Interior small-items storage is generous, with a good-sized glovebox, console bins, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Trunk size in the sedan rose 0.5 cu. ft. to 12.5 cu. ft., but that's still way behind the Elantra's 14.8 cu. ft. and the Chevy Cruze's 15 cu. ft." -- BusinessWeek (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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