The Honda Civic has been Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 15 consecutive years and it's well on its way to locking down that position for the 16th time.
Following a major redesign for 2012, which was not as well received as had been hoped, Honda gave the Civic a further facelift inside and out for the 2013 model year.
Still not satisfied, the company is once again tweaking its best seller for 2014, with further styling, powertrain and feature upgrades.
The 2014 Civic Sedan and Coupe will arrive at Honda dealerships across Canada in mid-December, followed by the Civic Hybrid early in March and the Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan in the spring.
CVT replaces five-speed automatic
Both Civic Sedan and Coupe models with automatic transmission will get an all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) rather than the five-speed automatic used in the past.
The CVT, which offers a 22% wider gear ratio range than the previous five-speed, is said to provide both quicker and smoother acceleration and improved fuel efficiency.
Paddle shifters will be available on the Civic Coupe EX and EX-L Navi models with CVT and a manual transmission continues to be offered on the LX and EX trims in both Sedan and Coupe models.
Modest power improvements
The Civic DX, LX, EX, EX-L Navi (Coupe), Touring (Sedan) and Si models all get a power and torque boost from a revised exhaust system, which increases power output by 3 horsepower and torque by 1 lb-ft, to 143 hp and 29 lb-ft respectively.
On Civic Si models, increases of 4 horsepower and 4 lb-ft of torque boost output to 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.
The 2014 Civic Hybrid features a 1.5-litre, 2-stage i-VTEC four-cylinder gasoline engine and Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system producing 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque.
The two-stage i-VTEC system cuts off all four cylinders, allowing the electric motor to propel the car at low speeds or while cruising on a level surface, and on deceleration.
2014 Civic Coupe
The 2014 Civic Coupe features a host of exterior design changes that include a more aggressive grille and fender, hood and headlight redesigns. Other changes include new taillight lenses, sportier front and rear bumpers, new side mirrors and new wheel designs, with larger wheels on some models.
Inside, premium interior refinements have been applied to all models, including new seat fabrics, door panel trim and audio panel colour coordination.
As well as the modest power increase noted above, other performance enhancements include revised suspension tuning with higher spring rates and a stiffer rear anti-roll bar.
The Civic Si Coupe gets the same styling enhancements as the standard Civic Coupe but adds Si-exclusive design cues such as a unique lower front bumper garnish, larger rear decklid spoiler, and distinctive front and rear air diffusers.
Both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan get larger, 18-inch wheels and tires with new wheel designs, as well as revised suspension tuning, with higher spring rates, new dampers and stiffer rear anti-roll bar.
New standard and available features on the 2014 Civic include a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen control centre with optional navigation function, Smart Entry with Push Button start, expanded view driver’s mirror and Honda LaneWatch blind spot display.
The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe is available in LX, EX, EX-L Navi and Si versions, while the Sedan is available in DX, LX, EX, Touring and Si versions. The Civic Hybrid is exclusively available in a sedan body style.