2014 Honda Civic Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Honda Civic - Road Test Specs

2014 Honda Civic Sedan

(1.8L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$21,880
Options on test vehicleDyno Blue Pearl
As-tested MSRP$21,880


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,798/110
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.6
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)143 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)129 @ 4,300
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission ratios (x:1)3.200-0.517
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.94


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.89
Tire make and modelContinental ContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season, low rolling resistance
Tire sizeP205/55R16 89H
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front11.1-inch one-piece ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.2-inch one-piece solid discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.9
0-45 mph (sec.)6.2
0-60 mph (sec.)9.1
0-75 mph (sec.)13.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.8 @ 85.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.7
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.3
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.3
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)13.4
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.9 @ 85.2
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON64.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.4
@ Full throttle (dB)72.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.8
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNot much a driver can do to affect acceleration here, with a CVT and not enough torque to break the front tires' traction. I tried all three forward "gears" (D, S, L) and found S caused the engine rpm to reach redline by 60 mph and hold it there until about 80 mph. There are no distinct gears and no manual-shift mode. Those unfamiliar with this type of transmission might find it odd sounding, as if the transmission is "slipping" gears.
Braking commentsAs is typical for this type of car, the first stop was the shortest of four, where moderate brake fading occurs. Each stop was straight and well controlled, however.
Handling commentsSlalom: The Civic's electronic stability control (ESC) is remarkably sophisticated for this class of car. Unlike some other cars that detect aggressive driver input or the outer limits of the tires' grip and clamp down early and hard on the brakes, this car allows a modest amount of play before subtly "trimming" the car's heading with quick and effective dabs of selected brakes. It's obvious this ESC was tuned and optimized to allow for spirited driving. Steering weight is light but precision is very good. Skid pad: Rather than using brakes to affect the car's attitude (as in the slalom), ESC merely breathes off the throttle in this steady-state corner to maintain the skid pad arc without causing the tires to howl or skid. Shutting the system off allows the tires to begin to slide and gain a little more grip in the process. Again, steering feel doesn't really inform the driver in any way, weight remains rather light regardless, and precision is good.

Testing Conditions

Test date1/28/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)65.94
Relative humidity (%)46.69
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.89
Odometer (mi.)292
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)32
As-tested ballasted trailer weight (lbs.)32

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)33 combined/30 city/39 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)26.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2
Driving range (mi.)514.8

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionSix-speaker AM/FM/CD with touchscreen control, Bluetooth audio, Pandora radio, two USB outlets, HDMI port
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via two USB jacks
Satellite radioOptional
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional via app streaming from iPhone 5
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionStandard blind-spot camera

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,868
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,811
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)179.4
Width (in.)69.0
Height (in.)56.5
Wheelbase (in.)105.1
Track, front (in.)59.0
Track, rear (in.)59.9
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, rear (in.)36.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.3
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)12.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles

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