Honda Civic Review
The 2014 Honda Civic ranks 3 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Civic, as well as reliability and safety data.
Auto writers say the 2014 Honda Civic’s smooth powertrain, strong resale value and wealth of standard features make it a solid contender in an increasingly crowded field.
The Civic comes with a four-cylinder engine, and most test drivers say that the base Civic accelerates briskly and that the standard five-speed manual transmission has a clutch that’s easy to use. Many critics are especially fond of the available continuously variable transmission (CVT) that was added this year, saying that it’s very smooth and makes excellent use of the engine’s power. The Civic gets its best fuel economy ratings when equipped with the CVT, with an EPA-estimated 30/39 mpg city/highway, which is quite good for the class. Test drivers say the Civic has strong brakes, and that the suspension does a nice job of absorbing imperfections in the road. However, some note that the 2014 Civic isn’t the most fun-to-drive car in the class.
Automotive journalists write that a mix of high-quality plastics and soft-touch surfaces make the Honda Civic feel more upscale than in previous model years. Test drivers note that the use of sound deadening materials makes the cabin very quiet. Front seats are comfy and there’s plenty of room in the rear seats, they add. The Civic is very well-equipped for the class, and comes with features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a function that reads incoming text messages aloud, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. 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. Auto writers say it’s quick and easy to stream audio from a smartphone using the Bluetooth and they like the newly available touch-screen display, saying it’s intuitive to use. Cargo space is on the small side for a sedan, but test drivers are pleased with the amount of interior storage compartments.
- "The updates to each should help make the cars more attractive and more competitive against an ever-more-cutthroat segment. They don't rocket ahead, but they're now in no danger of quickly falling behind Given that Civic is already the segment sales leader, this improved car should continue that." -- Motor Trend
- "After two consecutive years of improvements, it appears that Honda has finally delivered a Civic Coupe that earns solid marks in terms of styling, equipment, powertrain and economy. Third time's a charm, right?" -- Autoblog
- "Civic is not tops in the compact class at everything, but its strength lies in that it really has no glaring faults. Model choices range from mileage misers to downright sporty, yet all are fun to drive and frugal with fuel. Although Civic is now up against a much tougher group of rival cars -- some of which might best it from a ‘features per dollar’ standpoint -- it's still a compact-car Best Buy." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "A unique combination of reliability, affordability and stellar resale value make the 2013 Honda Civic one of the best values in the automotive marketplace." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "There isn't another compact car on the market with as many significant features for the money as the 2013 Civic." -- Cars.com (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
The Mazda Mazda3 has some of the best fuel economy ratings in the class and reviewers say it has razor-sharp handling. The Mazda3 is also available with driver assistance features you won’t find on the Civic, such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
Test drivers think the Volkswagen Golf has one of the nicest cabins in the class thanks to its functional dashboard layout and upscale materials. The Golf also offers a lot more cargo space than the Civic, thanks to its hatchback body style.
Details: 2014 Honda Civic
The five-seat 2014 Honda Civic has front-wheel drive and is available as a sedan or coupe. There are three trims: LX, EX and EX-L. The Honda Civic Hybrid is reviewed separately. The base Civic has a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission, and a CVT is available. The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2012 model year, received interior updates in 2013 and an optional CVT in 2014. Since there haven’t been any other major changes, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 to 2014 model years.
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