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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid Review

Strong reliability helps keep the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid in the middle of our compact car rankings. However, sluggish acceleration (even by hybrid standards) and a small trunk hurt its overall standing.

Pros & Cons


  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Comfortable, roomy cabin



  • Touchy regenerative brakes
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Poor trunk space for a compact car


New for 2014


  • Touch-screen audio display made standard
  • Honda LaneWatch made standard
  • Push-button start made standard





Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid is a decent used car – if you prioritize abundant standard safety features, excellent reliability, and good fuel economy. However, you’ll have to settle for poor engine power, uninspiring handling, and a cramped trunk.

Used 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2014 Civic Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce 110 horsepower combined. Acceleration is tepid, even for a hybrid. The Civic Hybrid’s regenerative brakes are grabby, and the transition between gas and electric power is not smooth. The four-door Civic Hybrid offers a pleasant ride, but it’s not much fun to drive. At 43 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, fuel economy is good for a compact car, but it doesn’t stand out against hybrid rivals.

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The five-seat Civic Hybrid is a comfortable sedan with good head- and legroom in the front and back seats. Cloth seats are standard, with leather seats and heated front seats available in some models. Complete LATCH child-seat systems are available in the rear outboard seats, and the middle seat features a tether anchor.

Honda didn’t skimp on the Civic Hybrid’s standard interior features. These features include a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The audio system, however, lacks traditional volume and tuning buttons. Instead, you must use the touch screen or a haptic bar on which you slide your finger up and down. It can be awkward to make adjustments on the touch screen while driving.

The Civic Hybrid has a small trunk due to the placement of the hybrid battery. Storage flexibility is further compromised by rear seats that don’t fold.

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Used 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid ranges from about $16,000 for the base trim to around $17,900 for the Civic Hybrid with leather and navigation. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 40 professional reviews for this 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid overview to help you make a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid?

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an almost-perfect reliability score of 4.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power and Associates. A score of three is considered average.

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How Safe Is the Civic Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2014 Civic Hybrid five out of five stars overall, with four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate the Civic Hybrid, but it named the platform-sharing 2014 Honda Civic a Top Safety Pick+.

Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, and Honda LaneWatch, which shows the right side of the Civic on the infotainment screen when the turn signal is engaged.

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Should I Consider Another Used Civic Hybrid?

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid is part of the car’s third generation, which launched for the 2012 model year. The Civic Hybrid was discontinued after the 2015 model year. You might save money with a 2013 Civic Hybrid, but it will lack standard features from the 2014 model, like push-button start, a touch-screen audio system, and Honda LaneWatch.

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Which Used Honda Civic Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid comes in four trim levels: base, Navigation, Leather, and Navigation and Leather. The base model is well-equipped with a good variety of technical and active safety features, but the Navigation trim is the best choice. It includes a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation and a multiangle rearview camera.

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM trial. The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sales date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sales date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Honda Civic Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Prius?

The 2014 Toyota Prius sets high standards for compact cars, not just hybrids. The Prius has a larger engine, faster acceleration, more cargo space, and better fuel economy than the Civic Hybrid. It’s the better choice overall.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid?

A 170-horsepower turbocharged hybrid engine propels the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid along much faster than the Civic Hybrid, but not at the expense of fuel economy. Each car gets a combined 44 mpg, according to the EPA. (The Civic Hybrid is better around town, while the Jetta Hybrid has better highway mileage.) However, the Jetta Hybrid has a roomier rear seat and more trunk space. Those practical aspects make the VW a better choice.

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