- The 2014 Honda Civic coupe bowed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show with some significant changes, following a third makeover of the compact car in three years.
- The 2014 Honda Civic coupe and Civic Si coupe have a more aggressive look.
- A new continuously variable transmission replaces the five-speed automatic transmission in the coupe and sedan versions of the Civic.
The 2014 Civic coupe and sedan go on sale December 4, followed by the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas in early 2014. The Civic Si coupe and Si sedan go on sale in the spring.
The base 2014 Honda Civic LX coupe starts at $17,965, including a $790 destination charge. The base 2014 Honda Civic LX sedan starts at $18,955, including shipping.
"This 2014 Civic is our best offering yet," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, in a statement on Wednesday.
The Civic, which dukes it out with the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra, had a major makeover in 2012 that was met with a lukewarm reception. The 2013 Honda Civic sedan was tweaked last year. Now, it's the coupe's turn.
The 2014 Honda Civic coupe and Civic Si coupe have a more aggressive look, thanks to the redo. They get a flashier grille, fender, hood and headlight design. The Civic Si coupe adds a unique lower front bumper garnish, larger rear deck-lid spoiler and larger, 18-inch wheels.
The Civic coupe also gets a bit more horsepower. A revised exhaust system raises power output by three horsepower to 143 hp. The Civic is equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.
A new continuously variable transmission replaces the five-speed automatic transmission in the coupe and sedan versions of the Civic, except for the Civic Natural Gas model. The Civic Hybrid retains its current CVT. A manual transmission is still available on the LX and EX trim sedan and coupe.
Honda said the new CVT contributes to higher EPA ratings. The Civic Coupe LX with the CVT returns 30 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway.
Edmunds says: It wouldn't be surprising to see a major uptick in Civic sales following this makeover.