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2014 Honda Civic Review

The 2014 Honda Civic has solid reliability and safety ratings, a premium interior, refined handling, and zippy engines. As a result, it ranks near the top of the compact car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Stylish, roomy interior
  • Good safety and reliability ratings
  • Impressive gas mileage
  • Finicky touch-sensitive buttons
  • Limited trunk space

New for 2014

  • CVT replaced five-speed automatic transmission
  • Revised styling (coupe)
  • LaneWatch camera became available
  • Updated touch screen




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Honda Civic Overview

Is the 2014 Honda Civic a Good Used Car?

Available in sedan and coupe body styles, the 2014 Honda Civic is an excellent used compact car. Its interior is comfortable, and it has an upscale look and feel. The Civic also rides smoothly on rough pavement and remains stable around turns. Its four-cylinder engines strike a nice balance between power and fuel economy. Better still, the Civic rates very highly for reliability and crash safety. There’s surely a lot to love about this Honda.

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We’ve analyzed 53 Honda Civic reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2014 Honda Civic?

You can expect to pay between $10,500 and $17,800 for a used 2014 Civic, and the average price is 13,800. These figures are based on listings for the 2014 Honda Civic on our site. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2014 Honda Civic Cost to Own?

The Civic’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $24,200. That’s about $4,850 per year, which is average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Civic?

The 2018 Honda Civic is a fantastic car. It offers lots of great tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and forward collision warning. It has a ritzy cabin, and it’s available as a hatchback – which is quite practical for moving large items. This refinement comes with a heftier higher price tag though. The 2018 Civic starts at $18,940 and can quickly exceed $25,000 in top trim levels. Still, a used 2014 Civic is a fun-to-drive and reliable small car that costs a lot less money than the new model.

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There aren’t many options if you’d prefer to buy a new car at this price point. However, there are a few new subcompact cars you might want to consider that are at the higher end of the 2014 Civic’s price range. These aren’t as spacious, but they do have new-car warranties, and they rank high in the class. The nimble 2018 Kia Rio starts at just $13,900. The highly ranked 2018 Chevrolet Sonic, 2018 Toyota Yaris iA, and 2018 Honda Fit each start at between $15,600 and $16,200.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Civic Is Best?

The ninth-generation Honda Civic spans the 2012 through 2015 model years, and there’s not a bad pick among these models. Each offers refined handling, peppy engine performance, solid fuel economy, and high reliability ratings. There are a few details to consider, though. Honda replaced the Civic’s automatic transmission with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) in 2014. While many vehicles with CVTs are often noisy under hard acceleration, that’s not the case with the Civic. It operates smoothly and doesn’t draw unwanted attention.

Additionally, Honda added a rearview camera to the 2013 Civic and improved its interior materials. An available blind spot camera (LaneWatch) arrived debuted for 2014. Although the rearview camera is a helpful upgrade, the blind spot camera can be distracting.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda Civic?

The 2014 Civic has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2014 Honda Civic Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2014 Civic. One recall corrects issues with the car’s transmission software, which could cause damage to the CVT if left unchecked. The second recall addresses improperly fitted tires. Make sure these recalls have been completed before buying a used Civic.

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Which Used Honda Civic Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Civic is available in two body styles – coupe and sedan – and five trim levels: LX, HF, EX, EX-L, and Si. A 143-horsepower engine is standard in the LX, HF, EX, and EX-L models. The Civic Si has a more powerful 205-horsepower engine.

The base LX trim is the smartest option for most buyers. It comes standard with a lot of great features including a 5-inch display screen (i-MID), an AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, cloth seats, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. The Civic HF trim (sedan only) adds aerodynamic tweaks that give it slightly better fuel economy.

The Honda Civic EX trim adds a 7-inch touch screen, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a passenger-side blind spot camera (LaneWatch), automatic climate control, alloy wheels, and a moonroof. The EX-L trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and fog lights. Last but not least, the performance-oriented Honda Civic Si packs a 205-horsepower engine, sport seats, a rear spoiler, and a limited-slip differential. A navigation system and satellite radio are available, but only on EX-L and Si models.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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 satellite radio trial subscription.

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 sale 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 sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Civic?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Honda Civic a 2014 Top Safety Pick. The Civic coupe and sedan received a top score of Good in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Civic coupe a perfect five-star rating for side impact safety, as well as four stars for overall, front, and rollover crash safety. The Civic sedan scored slightly better with a five-star rating for overall and side impact safety, plus four stars for front and rollover crash safety.

Every 2014 Civic model comes standard with a rearview camera. The Honda LaneWatch system is available, but it’s awkward to use. It displays a video feed of the car’s passenger-side blind spot when the turn signal is activated.

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2014 Honda Civic Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Civic or 2014 Toyota Corolla?

Prior to 2014, the Corolla had been the Civic’s punching bag for years. It felt cheap, and it had dull handling and engines that fell short on power and efficiency. The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla changes that storyline, however. It sports a handsome cabin, peppier engines, and good fuel economy (up to 30/40 mpg). The Corolla continues to earn high reliability and safety ratings. Both of these compact cars are good picks, but the Honda still feels more fun to drive.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Civic or 2014 Mazda3?

The redesigned 2014 Mazda3 is another great option. The Mazda is one of the best cars to drive in this segment. It rides smoothly, yet it corners with impressive agility. It also has zippy engines, high fuel economy (up to 30/39 mpg), and a luxe cabin with top-notch materials. The Mazda3 comes in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a practical five-door hatchback. While the Mazda3 doesn’t rate as highly as the Civic for reliability, it’s still a great car. Test drive both models to see which you prefer.

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2014 Civic Performance

How Does the 2014 Honda Civic Drive?

The 2014 Civic has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 143 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. The five-speed manual is a great match for this engine. The acceleration is brisk, and there’s ample passing power at highway speeds. Things feel initially weaker with the CVT, but the Civic offers more than enough muscle after you get going. This transmission deserves praise for its smooth operation and prompt simulated gear shifts.

The Civic Si has a 205-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with and a six-speed manual transmission. The engine revs willingly and the transmission is a blast to shift. This combination allows the Si to zip up to speed with ease.

Both the standard Civic and the sportier Si model provide a great driving experience. This front-wheel-drive Honda feels stable around turns, with power steering that’s responsive and nicely weighted. The brakes provide confident stopping power, and the sedan’s pliant suspension soaks up bumps and dips in the road comfortably as well. The coupe and Si models have a stiffer ride, but it’s still cushy enough for everyday commuting.

Does the 2014 Honda Civic Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Civic returns great fuel economy for a small car. It gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway when paired with its CVT automatic, or 31/40 mpg in the HF trim. The manual transmission drops this rating to 28/35 mpg, and the Civic Si returns 22/31 mpg.

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2014 Civic Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 Civic Seat?

The Civic is available as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan, and both have five seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s adequate room even for taller drivers and passengers. The sedan’s rear seats can ferry adults around in comfort as well, but the coupe models are short on room in the back. In fact, these seats are best saved for kids. Cloth seats come standard; leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

The Civic’s interior is well insulated and it keeps out most wind and tire noise at higher speeds. The cabin also feels upscale for a compact car. The dashboard boasts a number of soft-touch plastics and its minimalist styling should age well.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Honda Civic?

The Civic has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the rear outboard seats. There’s a tether-only connection for the middle rear seat.

2014 Honda Civic Features

The Civic has a generous array of standard features. These include a 5-inch Multi Information Display (i-MID), Bluetooth, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB port, a rearview camera, and remote keyless entry. Available features include satellite radio, a touch screen (Display Audio), proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a navigation system.

The standard audio and climate controls are easy to use, and the Civic’s i-MID screen – located high on the dashboard – makes it easy to find audio and driving information without looking away from the road. Civic models equipped with the Display Audio system have both the i-MID screen and a 7-inch touch screen, which is mounted in the center of the dashboard. This touch screen has straightforward menus and crisp graphics, but its touch-sensitive volume slider can be awkward to use when driving.

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2014 Honda Civic Dimensions

Honda Civic Cargo Space

The Civic sedan has 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space, and the coupe has 11.7. Both are fairly small for a compact car. If you need more cargo room, consider hatchbacks like the 2014 Kia Soul or Hyundai Elantra GT.

2014 Civic Length and Weight

The Honda Civic sedan is 15 feet long, and the Civic coupe measures 14.8 feet long. The curb weight ranges from 2,754 to 3,002 pounds.

Where Was the 2014 Honda Civic Built?

Honda built the 2014 Civic at factories in Indiana and Canada.


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