Completely redesigned for 2012, then significantly refreshed in 2013, the 2014 Honda Civic roster is once again pushing the envelope with a slew of further upgrades for the next model year. They were introduced at the recently opened Los Angeles International Auto Show, with highlights including a new continuously variable transmission. The smooth and efficient CVT takes the place of the five-speed automatic in most non-manual Civics and adds some noticeable improvement in fuel-economy ratings.
As compared to models with last year’s five-speed auto, the new CVT-equipped models gain up to 2 mpg in city driving and 1 mpg in combined travel, with a projected 2014 EPA line of 30/33/39; in the high-efficiency 2014 Honda Civic HF, the new transmission raises the car’s highway fuel-economy mark to 42 mpg.
Meanwhile, the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe also gets a style makeover with exclusive design cues, more premium cabin appointments (including upgraded seat fabrics) and a retuned exhaust system that bumps power up to 143 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque. The same mods also mean more motivation in the 2014 Honda Civic Si (coupe and sedan). These hi-po Hondas offer 205 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque for 2014, complemented by new suspension tuning and Si-specific design enhancements of their own.
“Year over year, we have continued to strengthen the competitive position of Civic with new performance, features and value for the money, and 2014 is no exception,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. “This 2014 Civic is our best offering yet, and makes Civic not just the best-selling, but once again the outright best pick in the compact class.”
The 2014 Honda Civic roster is expected in dealerships on Dec. 4, 2013.
Written by Charles Krome.
Photo courtesy of Honda.