The Honda Civic is a perennial favorite among buyers and auto writers. With consistently great build quality, competent handling and bullet-proof reliability, it is hard to beat. Honda had a slight hiccup with the 2012 model, but it revised everything again for the 2013 standard sedans .
The 2014 Hybrid gets the freshly upgraded exterior styling of its sedan siblings, and it gets even better fuel economy than last year as well. It even gets enhanced interior amenities with a new stereo, and the safety equipment has been improved as well.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid.
The exterior design of the new Hybrid mirrors the changes that Honda brought to the Civic Sedan last year. That means a more aggressive front end with chrome accents, revised headlamps and cool, triangular foglamps. Since this is the Hybrid, it also gets some neat new blue accents on the grille and unique wheels.
One of the neatest exterior changes is one that you can’t really see. The Honda Civic Hybrid has two small cameras mounted to the wing mirrors that enable the new LaneWatch system.
2014 Honda Civic Hybrid - Exterior Dimensions
|Track (in, front/rear)||59.1 / 60.2|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||2879|
|Weight Distribution (%, front/rear)||59 / 41|
2014 Honda Civic Hybrid - Standard Exterior Features
- Roof-Mounted Antenna
- Security System with Remote Entry and Trunk Release
- Smart Entry System
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors including Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
- Heated Side Mirrors
- Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
- Body-Colored Decklid Spoiler
- Impact-Absorbing Body-Colored Bumpers
- Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
- Body-Colored Door Handles
The interior of the 2014 Honda Civic sees a few visual adjustments and gets some pretty awesome new equipment options. A new Display Audio system adds a 7-inch touchscreen and Honda Link capability. An Expanded View drivers mirror gives you a better look at the cars behind and around you, and helps you to avoid collisions.
The Civic Hybrid is available in four trims with differing interior options. The standard car features all of the equipment listed below, while the Navi model adds a navigation unit to the car. A Leather trim level gives the Hybrid supple leather across the seats and few interior trim pieces. The final trim level is a Leather and Navi model that combines all the equipment between the two models.
2014 Honda Civic Hybrid - Interior Dimensions
|Headroom (in, front/rear)||39.0 / 37.1|
|Legroom (in, front/rear)||42.0 / 36.2|
|Shoulder Room (in, front/rear)||56.6 / 53.3|
|Hiproom (in, front/rear)||50.5 / 51.4|
|Cargo Volume (cu ft)||10.7|
|Passenger Volume (cu ft)||94.6|
2014 Honda Civic Hybrid - Standard Interior Features
- Automatic Climate Control
- i-MID with 5-Inch LCD Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
- Honda LaneWatch™
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
- SMS Text Message Function
- Push Button Start
- Beverage Holders (Front)
- Center Console with Sliding Armrest and Storage Compartment
- Door-Pocket Storage Bins (front/rear)
- Passenger-Side Seatback Pocket
- Coin Tray
- Remote Fuel Filler Door Release
- Remote Trunk Release with Lock
- Headlights-On Reminder
- Driver’s Seat with Manual Height Adjustment
- Adjustable Front Seat-Belt Anchors
- Reclining Front Seatbacks
- Adjustable Head Restraints
- 160-Watt AM/FM/CD Audio System with 6 Speakers
The core of the new 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid is its Integrated Motor Assist IMA system. IMA combines a 1.5-liter engine together with a small electric motor that is mounted between the engine and the transmission. Together these two motors create a total of 110 horsepower.
The only transmission choice for the Civic Hybrid is a fuel-economy-maximizing CVT.
2014 Honda Civic Hybrid - Drivetrain Specifications
|Engine Type||In-Line 4-Cylinder|
|Engine Block/Cylinder Head||Aluminum-Alloy|
|Horsepower @ rpm (Combined: engine (SAE net) + electric motor)||110 @ 5500|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm, combined engine (SAE net) + electric motor)||127 @ 1000-3500|
|Bore and Stroke (mm)||73 x 89.4|
|Valve Train||8-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®|
|Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery|
|Permanent Magnet Motor|
|Horsepower @ rpm||23 @ 1546-3000|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||78 @ 500-1546|
|Voltage Range||108V - 172V|
|Civic Hybrid Sedan CVT||$24,635||44/47/45|
|Civic Hybrid Sedan Navi CVT||$26,135||44/47/45|
|Civic Hybrid Sedan w/ Leather CVT||$25,835||44/47/45|
|Civic Hybrid Sedan w/ Leather Navi CVT||$27,335||44/47/45|
The Toyota Prius C is the smaller more frugal Prius made to bring the brand into a cheaper market. With a starting price of less than $19,000 dollars, it handily trumps the starting price of the Civic Hybrid. With a EPA-rated 53 mpg in the city, it beats the Honda on fuel economy as well.
Gallery Toyota Prius C
The Ford C-Max is a near even match for the new Civic Hybrid. They both have prices near the $25,000 mark, they both use continuously variable transmissions, and the both get 47 mpg. To decide between these two will likely come down to taste. The C-Max does have a larger cargo area, but many buyers still shy away from the hatchback shape. The standard sedan form could be the trump card for the Civic.
The Honda Civic Hybrid is in an odd place in the market. The Civic is the best-selling compact car in the U.S., but after a rocky 2012, the name lost some trust with fans and owners. Now the new Hybrid looks to right all the wrongs of the old Civic while providing increased fuel economy.
Unfortunately, the pricing has put the Civic Hybrid in the same bracket as the Prius, Optima Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. All three are bigger than the Civic, and offer better equipment options than the Civic. That makes for one tough sell.
- Much improved exterior
- New safety tech is great
- Increased fuel economy
- Price is a bit high
- Some competitors still offer better fuel economy
- New style could be to modern and flashy form some older buyers
Gallery Honda Civic Hybrid
Honda’s diverse lineup of fuel efficient 2014 Civic models is boosted by the addition of the 2014 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models. The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an improved EPA1 rating of 44/47/45 city/highway/combined, up from the 2013 model’s 44/44/44. The 2014 Civic Hybrid will go on-sale tomorrow, Feb. 5, at Honda dealerships nationwide with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $24,6352. The 2014 Civic Natural Gas will be available at Honda dealers in 37 states on February 15 with an MSRP starting at $26,6402 and a combined EPA1 rating of 31 mpg‡.
For 2014, the sophistication and value of the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas are enhanced with a host of new standard features, including new Display Audio with 7-inch touchscreen that allows users to pinch, swipe and tap just like a smartphone to access audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. The touchscreen display is also the interface for the next-generation HondaLink™, an application-based platform that allows a seamless integration between a user’s smartphone and the car, providing access to online and cloud-based content and information both inside and outside the car.
Standard on both models is the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror that, together with the available LaneWatch™ display, enhances the driver’s surrounding view. For additional convenience, Smart Entry with Push Button Start comes standard on the Civic Hybrid, allowing for easy entry and engine starting without turning an ignition key.
New for 2014, the Civic Natural Gas Leather Navi model gains additional premium features such as leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors and a six-speaker audio system. The Civic Natural Gas’ standard interior has also been upgraded with more premium seating materials and door panel trim.
The Civic Hybrid is available in standard, Navi, Leather, and Leather Navi model variations, all with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Civic Natural Gas comes in a standard and Leather Navi trim, both with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Both models are assembled at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana located in Greensburg, IN