2014 Honda Civic Sedan
The Honda Civic may not be as easy a choice as it once was due to improved competition, but slight improvements in fuel economy and performance, as well as additional equipment for 2014, help it keep its place amongst the best compact sedans. It's as good as or better than its competitors in most respects.
PerformanceThe Civic isn't quick, but the well-executed continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a benefit, not a hindrance. Handling is hampered by tires, but this is still a nimble and responsive car with a good braking distance.
A 0-60 time of 9.1 seconds from the 143-horsepower four-cylinder is at least a half-second slower than other compacts. CVT's sport mode maximizes what power there is, but no manual control.
Stopping distance from 60 mph in 118 feet is excellent for a compact car equipped with all-season tires. Minimum brake fade, unlike past Hondas. Car maintained control in panic stop.
Perhaps not the runaway benchmark in steering feel it once was, but still more responsive than most. Tiny go-kart steering wheel makes the car feel a bit sportier than it is.
Feels lightweight, goes where it's pointed, but limited by grip (0.83g on skidpad). The chassis is a home run, always demonstrating the utmost control, especially on mid-corner bumps.
Around town, the Civic met all of our needs as a comfy daily driver. The sportily tuned steering and suspension added a dash of fun to the mix, even though it's low on usable power.
ComfortThe Honda Civic Sedan is an impressively comfortable and quiet car, displaying a refinement that most other compact cars cannot match. Cabin noise is nicely quelled, unlike in past Civics.
Height-adjustable driver seat could go down lower and slide rearward more. Some found unadjustable lumbar overly aggressive. Still, firm seats were supportive during four-hour drive.
Though certainly on the firm side of the spectrum, everything is perfectly damped, and undulations that set some other cars bobbing about are instead met with reassuring control.
Honda used sound-deadening to elevate the Civic to the top of the class in noise suppression. Road, wind and tire noise are all significantly muted, but CVT drones under heavy throttle.
InteriorThough we have mixed feelings about the functionality of Honda's new touchscreen interface, the rest of the Civic's cabin is the epitome of simplicity and functionality. A spacious back seat and useful trunk are clear benefits in this segment.
The Civic's new touchscreen feels hit-or-miss. Functions are buried in sub-menus, but the response is fast and the folders are logical. All other controls are very simple.
Wide, flat seat bottoms make sliding in and out easy. Step-in height is average; size of rear doors and roof line decreases the chance of your clonking your head.
The driver seat could use more aft travel and tilt adjustment. Not especially tall-person-friendly. The back seat does, however, offer an abundance of space for the segment.
A tall greenhouse and thin pillars create an airy cabin that's tough to beat. A rearview camera is standard on all Civics; the EX and above get the LaneWatch blind spot camera.
Decent-sized bins around the cabin, cupholders are big, trunk is average in overall size but generously wide in its opening. The 60/40 pass-through opening is narrow, though.
ValueHonda hasn't always provided as much equipment as competitors, but that's no longer the case. Even the base model is well equipped. Fuel economy is excellent and the Honda reputation for reliability is hard to ignore.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Materials are matched by other compact cars, but construction is beyond reproach. Buttons and knobs operate with a solid, high-class fluidity. Quality definitely matches the price.
$18,190 base Civic standard with rearview camera, Bluetooth phone/audio, USB audio. EX trim adds touchscreen, App-based features, LaneWatch camera, auto climate control, push-button start.
As-tested price of $21,880 includes a lot of standard equipment on top of the Civic's commendable practicality, driving experience and build quality. You get a lot for your money.
EPA estimates 33 mpg Combined (30 City/39 Highway) with CVT. We achieved 34.8 on the 116-mile Edmunds evaluation route. This is equal to a Toyota Corolla, but less than a Mazda 3i.
The Civic comes with 3-year/36,000-mile basic, 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain and 5-year/unlimited miles rust and corrosion warranties.
No complimentary maintenance or roadside assistance are offered. But Honda has a long-standing reputation for reliability.
Fun To DriveThe Civic is very much a definitive Honda: competent and involving to drive without superfluous flair. It's a car you appreciate and respect rather than fall in love with.
The Civic's nimble feel make up for its lack of power, and sets it apart from compact cars like the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. Still, the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus are more engaging.
The Civic lacks the exterior and interior styling flourishes of most competitors, and even the previous-generation Civic, and instead offers a neutral space. Besides its driving experience, it's just not that interesting.
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