2014 Honda Civic Sedan Preview

2014 Honda Civic Sedan Preview
Pros
As a refreshed vehicle, the Civic Sedan comes to market with the same values that Civic started with, reliability, styling excellence and a premium build quality in an economical car. In addition, the Civic allows drivers to get groceries or carve the corners, which means excellent road manners as well. In addition the inclusion of HondaLink means up to date electronics capability as well.

Cons
As much as Honda tries to keep the styling fresh, the Civic Sedan is pretty much unchanged since 2012 and is a plain design that needs the right light to look good.

Pricing
Sedan prices start with a DX model, with a 5-speed manual at $15,690 and carry on with LX priced at $18,440 for a 5-speed manual and $19,740 when ordered with the new CVT. Next up is the EX with 5-speed manual or CVT priced at $20,500 and $21,800 respectively. At the top of the price range is the Sedan Touring CVT at a hefty $25,200. The Si sedan retails for $26,250.

2014 Honda Civic Sedan 3/4 view
Photo: Honda

Fuel Economy
Honda Civic sedan fuel economy, according to Transport Canada, ranges from a low of 6.7/5.0/6.0 for most of the CVT equipped vehicles to 7.3/5.5/6.5 if equipped with a manual 5-speed. The Si rings in at 9.9/6.6/8.4.

Improvements and Changes
Honda has added a few features that, depending on trim level, may be available as an option or part of the standard equipment. These items include a 7-inch display audio touch screen with an optional navigation function and bluetooth, smart entry with a push-button starter, an expanded view driver’s side mirror and the passenger side “Lane Watch” blind spot display system. One new color is available called “Steel Metallic” is available on all models. 18-inch wheels are available on the Si.

Powertrain
New for this year is a CVT transmission to replace the old 5-speed automatic. It is more fuel-efficient than the old automatic and just as comfortable to drive. Steering column mounted paddle shifters can be used to “upshift” or downshift” the CVT which in effect overrides the programming for the most fuel efficient drive. Power comes from a 143 hp, SOHC, 1.8L, 16-vavle, i-VTEC four that produces 129lb.ft. of torque. Si models get a 2.4 liter 205 horsepower four that makes 174 lb.ft. of torque and are the only model to get a 6-speed manual.

Safety
Dual front, side mounted and side impact air bags are standard. ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist are standard. Advanced Compatibility Engineering in body construction provides added protection to occupants in the event of an accident. LATCH system of anchoring child seats is standard as are rear door child proof locks.

Comparables
Shoppers for the Civic also look at Ford Focus, Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, Volkswagen Jetta and Golf, Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla.

2014 Honda Civic Sedan rear 3/4 view
Photo: Honda


By Charles Renny,

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