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2014 Honda Civic Fuel-Economy Improvements, Updates Announced in L.A.

2014 Honda Civic Fuel-Economy Improvements, Updates Announced in L.A.

By Jeff Youngs, November 21, 2013
Though the Honda Civic was redesigned for 2012 and significantly upgraded for 2013, the automaker isn't letting its popular compact car wither in the face of new competition. At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda announced a lengthy list of changes to the Civic for 2014.

Starting with the 2014 Civic Coupe, the updates include new styling forward of the windshield, redesigned taillights, and a new rear bumper. Wheel selections are new, and Honda has re-tuned the electric steering and suspension while adding a revised exhaust system that adds an extra 3 horsepower and 1 lb.-ft. of torque. Additionally, the EX and EX-L trim levels receive paddle shifters for a more engaging driving experience, Honda says.

Those paddle shifters are connected to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that replaces the previous 5-speed automatic in the LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels. According to Honda, the CVT bumps the combined-driving fuel-economy rating to 33 mpg.

Additional upgrades include a standard expanded-view driver's side mirror, new seat fabric, and revised interior trim. The EX trim level gains the CVT as standard equipment, and all 2014 Civics except for the LX add a new 7-inch touch-screen audio system with swipe, tap, and pinch capabilities. Honda's LaneWatch technology is also standard for all Civics except the LX. LaneWatch monitors the right side of the vehicle and displays a view of the adjacent lane on the dashboard display screen when the driver activates the right turn signal indicator.

Smart Entry with push-button starting is now standard for the EX, EX-L, Natural Gas, and Hybrid versions. The 2014 Civic EX also includes new brushed metallic interior trim and automatic headlights, while the Civic EX-L adds new 17-inch aluminum wheels. Get the EX-L as a sedan, and owners can enjoy an 8-way power driver's seat. Also new for 2014, the Civic Natural Gas is offered with a Leather and Navigation package including those items plus heated front seats, heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, and more.

Honda also improves the sport-oriented 2014 Civic Si. This performance-tuned version of the car is equipped with a new exhaust system that bumps horsepower to 205 and torque to 174 lb.-ft., and the suspension is re-tuned at the same time Honda installs larger 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Civic Si Coupe gains a larger rear spoiler and more aggressive styling details for 2014.

Honda plans a staggered rollout for the 2014 Civic. First to arrive are LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels. Early in 2014, the Hybrid and Natural Gas variants become available. Then, the 2014 Civic Si goes on sale in the spring of 2014, Honda reports.

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