When shopping for a reliable, used, compact car, the 2014 Honda Civic provides enough options to satisfy any taste. A used Civic features a variety of fuel-efficient powertrains, excellent safety, and reliability and comes in coupe or sedan body styles. Let’s look at three excellent reasons to choose the 2014 Honda Civic and two reasons to skip it.
Three reasons to choose the 2014 Honda Civic
According to AutoBlog, the 2014 Honda Civic is part of the ninth generation of Civics, which began with the 2012 model year. Still, the sedan and coupe models received further updates over the next two years due to the 2012 Civic’s lackluster reception by “some in the automotive media.”
2014 Honda Civic powertrains
The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder produces 143 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque while getting 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with the manual transmission and up to 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) in Econ mode. Moreover, the same 1.8-liter engine with the CVT gets up to two more mpg in the Civic sedan HF trim thanks to “additional aerodynamics and special wheels, along with low-rolling-resistance tires.”
The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 110 horsepower paired with a 23-hp electric motor to get an EPA-estimated 44 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. There’s also the Civic Natural Gas model powered by a 110-hp 1.8-liter that gets “a 27/38 mpg City/Highway gasoline equivalent rating.” Additionally, the Civic Si features a 2.4-liter twin-cam four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque that gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The Civic is a safe and reliable car
U.S. News reports that the 2014 Honda Civic features above-average safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The organization also says that “the 2014 Civic has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.”
Available as a sedan, sporty coupe, or Si trim
The 2014 Civic comes in a two-door coupe model or a four-door sedan. Either model is a practical choice with enough style to make them enjoyable. For more performance and style, pick the Civic Si to turn heads wherever you go.
Two reasons to skip the 2014 Honda Civic
First, Kelley Blue Book points out that there isn’t a hatchback option. Secondly, while the Civic sedan offers comfortable seating for five, the coupe’s cramped backseat doesn’t provide the same comfort level. Additionally, the hybrid model uses a portion of the Civic’s trunk for the battery pack leaving the Civic Hybrid with a tiny trunk.
Is the 2014 Honda Civic a good car?
The Civic is a good car based on its variety of fuel-efficient powertrain options, its reputation for safety and reliability, and the availability of coupe or sedan body styles. Additionally, Honda’s commitment to continuous improvement makes it “one of the best compact cars you can buy,” according to Edmunds. However, it’ll be up to each individual to choose among the various Civic options to pick the most suitable model.