This week I’ve been driving the all-new 2014 Honda Civic Sedan, the best selling compact vehicle in America right now and based on this year’s engine upgrade and newer interior styling, it should maintain that title, at least for another year.The Civic Sedan comes in three trim levels, the LX, EX and EX-L, my tester is the EX. The biggest difference between the 2014 and 2013 is under the hood. Each new Civic comes with the same engine, although slightly more powerful than last year; a 1.8 liter, single overhead cam inline 4 cylinder that produces 143 hp and 129 lb.-ft of torque. The base LX still comes with a 5-speed manual transmission but the EX and EX-L now come with a CVT verses a 5 speed automatic transmission.
This new pairing promises better fuel economy moving forward. It’s rated at 30 city and 39 highway although during my week of driving, I averaged between 27 and 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving. By the way, the recommended fuel type in this Front Wheel Drive is Regular Unleaded.
Cargo room and trunk space isn’t fantastic but remember, there’s a reason they call it a compact sedan. There’s only 12.5 cubic feet of volume. There is a 60/40 split fold down back seat which helps increase the overall storage space.
The ride and handling behind the wheel on the Civic continues to be one of the best in the class. The steering is well balanced and overall handling is good. Before the snow fell this week, the the ride was fairly quiet and comfortable. I wouldn’t call this car quick but from my point of view, the 2014 Civic offers a refined driving experience and I don’t really notice the change over from the 5-speed automatic to the CVT.
As far as wheels, the LX comes standard with 15 inch alloy wheels, the EX has 16’s and the EX-L has 17 inch wheels.
The interior receives a slight upgrade over the outgoing model, including a keyless ignition, a sunroof, a right-side blind spot camera, a 7-inch central touchscreen display, and smartphone integration. A few key standard features include: rearview camera, USB audio interface and side curtain airbag with rollover sensor.
The beginning MSRP on the Civic LX is 18,380, my tester starts at just over 21,000 thousand and the EX-L starts at just under 23-grand. The competition for your almighty dollar include Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3, all of which are very worthy of your research and investigation. If you’re a Civic loyalist but want variety, check out my Honda Car Review Playlist on the Everyman Driver Youtube Channel. I’ve also reviewed the Si Coupe and the Hybrid Sedan.
Below is my detailed snowy drive and review. Please let me know what you think with your comments below. Thank you.
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