Honda ’s newly refreshed 2014 Civic Coupe Si is now set to roll out of dealer showrooms, and with the added tech, upgraded powertrain and revised looks, Honda hopes the Si will push the car past its already impressive sales numbers for 2013.
While the Civic Si has been topping the list of cheap car thrills for more than two decades now, there have been complaints about the car lacking ‘spice.’ Thankfully, it seems Honda has spiced up the recipe to bring new life into the car, especially in the Si trim.
Added power, a re-tuned sport suspension, an upgraded interior and a new exterior look are among the changes for 2014. Outside, the Civic Si sports a reshaped front bumper and grille with a more aggressive appearance. Reshaped front finders carry the aggression rearward toward a revamped rear fascia that includes an air diffuser and a mildly boy-racer wing.
Things are still familiar inside the Civic with minor changes only recognizable by Civic fans. The Si trim gets a new unique seat fabric with contrasting red bottoms and black bolsters and the dash gets a faux carbon-fiber surround for the center stack.
The best changes are relegated under hood, as the 2.4-liter I-4 now produces four more horsepower and four pound-feet of torque to total 205 and 174, respectively. The Civic’s six-speed manual returns unaltered and as the Si’s only transmission choice. Despite the slight increase in power, the 2.4-liter still returns the same 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.
Click past the jump for all the details on the refreshed 2014 Civic Coupe Si
While some might consider the exterior refresh to be over the top, the new look certainly exudes the Si’s performance theme
While some might consider the exterior refresh to be over the top, the new look certainly exudes the Si’s performance theme. The large lower front air inlets and reshaped grille are much more aggressive than the outgoing model. The car’s rump continues the sporty trim with a revamped bumper with an attractive lower air diffuser, chrome tipped exhaust pipe, and imitation air vents. The new taillights have a new lenses that house updated lighting elements.
New 18-inch wheels are now standard and can be wrapped in either all-season or summer performance tires. The larger wheel size is nice, though their design reminds us too much of those rolling under the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid .
2014 Honda Civic Si - Exterior Dimensions
|Track (in, front/rear)||59.2 / 59.9|
|Curb Weight (lbs)||3002|
|Weight Distribution (%, front/rear)||61 / 39|
2014 Honda Civic Si - Standard Exterior Features
- One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
- Integrated Rear-Window Antenna
- Security System with Remote Entry and Trunk Release
- Smart Entry System
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors including Expanded View Driver’s Mirror
- Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
- Body-Colored Wing Spoiler
- Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto-On/Off
- Fog Lights
- Chrome Exhaust Finisher
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Impact-Absorbing Body-Colored Bumpers
Mated only to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the car will likely drop a tenth off its 0 to 60 time.
Things haven’t changed all that much within in the Civic’s interior. The most recognizable change is a new seven-inch touchscreen display in the center stack. It loses the physical buttons from last year and integrates everything via touch control. The new head unit does clean up the dash’s appearance considerably. New red-on-black seats are also new with red stitching binding together the back fabric bolsters.
A massaged version of the familiar 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder makes its return for 2014, though with more power. Four extra horses and pound-feet of torque are made, bringing the total to 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Mated only to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the car will likely drop a tenth off its 0 to 60 time. For 2013, the Civic Coupe Si hit 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. What doesn’t change with the added power is the Civic’s fuel economy. It still earns an EPA-estimated 22/31/25 mpg city/hwy/combined.
Keeping everything on the road is a revised suspension with a higher spring rates, new dampers, and a thicker rear anti-roll bar.
|Engine Type||In-Line 4-Cylinder|
|Engine Block/Cylinder Head||Aluminum-Alloy|
|Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)||205 @ 7000|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net)||174 @ 4400|
|Bore and Stroke (mm)||87 x 99|
The Civic Coupe Si gets a slight price hike of $275 bringing its MSRP to $22,790 with sales starting March 12, 2014. The Civic Sedan Si starts its sales just behind on March 26 with an MSRP of $22,990. Both prices already include the $790 destination fee, though dealer fees, taxes, and such are obviously not.
Two major options are available for the Civic Si: summer tires costing an additional $200 and the navigation upgrade costing $1,500.
|Civic Si Coupe 6MT||$22,790||22/31/25|
|Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires||$22,990||22/31/25|
|Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Navi||$24,290||22/31/25|
|Civic Si Coupe 6MT w/ Summer Tires & Navi||$24,490||22/31/25|
The Scion FR-S rolls in with a 2.0-liter boxer engine with 200 ponies and 151 pound-feet of torque in tow. Sure, the Si is not nearly as sporty as the FR-S, but the prospective buyers are the same.
The FR-S falls short in overall power, and will likely lose the 0-to-60 mph race, but the rear-wheel-drive FR-S is certainly more fun to drive than the front-driven Civic Si.
Gallery Scion FR-S
The new Honda Civic Coupe was unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and it offered numerous updates to the exterior and the interior, while the engine lineup remained unchanged.
The Civic Coupe is powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. The power is transmitted to the front-wheels via a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.
Prices for the Civic Coupe start at around $18k.
Gallery Honda Civic Coupe
The changes the Civic receives for 2014 should be well-received by Civic fans. The added aggression and personality within the front clip and rear end help make the Civic Si a standout. The car is designed to be an inexpensive yet thrilling car to throw around city streets and racetracks and for once, the new design – plus its added power – helps convey that. Beside the new 18-inch wheels, the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe Si gets our vote.
- Aggressive new styling
- Added power in the 2.4-liter
- New 7-inch infotainment display
- Not an extensive refresh
- Wheel design isn’t our favorite
- Its ’ricer’ legacy may keep some buyers away
Gallery Honda Civic Si Coupe
With more power, a retuned suspension, an upgraded interior, a host of new features and a restyled coupe model, the 2014 Civic Si is ready to impress. Add to this a Best Resale Value Award3 from trusted vehicle valuation source Kelley Blue Book and a minimal $275 increase in the starting price, and the 2014 Civic Si is poised for success. The 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe goes on-sale tomorrow, March 12, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $22,7904. The 2014 Civic Si Sedan goes on-sale March 26 with an MSRP starting at $22,9904.
The restyled 2014 Civic Si Coupe, riding on larger (+1 inch) performance-styled 18-inch alloy wheels, has an aggressive, sporty presence. As with all 2014 Civic coupe models, the Si styles a more aggressive hood, front fenders and headlight designs, and new taillight lenses and side mirrors. The sporty aura of the Si is further accentuated by an Si-exclusive grille and lower front-bumper garnish and rear air diffuser, and a large wing spoiler. Inside, Si-exclusive seat fabric and trim is enhanced with a sport-oriented black and red color scheme and the audio panel received a high tech, race-inspired carbon fiber-style design.
To back up the bling, a retuned exhaust system boosts the engine output of both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan by 4 horsepower (205)1 and 4 lb-ft of torque (1742). The Si’s 2.4-liter i-VTEC® DOHC 16-valve engine is mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. For superior sport handling, the suspension is revised with higher rate springs, new dampers and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar.
As much fun as the Si’s engine and chassis offer, there is more to enjoy in the interior. For 2014 the Si Coupe and Si Sedan add as standard equipment Honda’s new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, which uses a smartphone-like interface, allowing users to swipe, tap and pinch their way through audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features. The display is also the interface for the next generation HondaLink™, the application based platform that connects customers to smartphone-provided online content both inside and outside the car. Also standard on the 2014 Si is the convenient Smart Entry with Push Button start, expanded view driver’s mirror and Honda LaneWatch™ display for enhanced driver visibility.