2014 brought yet another update to Honda's popular small car, keeping the Civic competitive. A responsive continuously variable transmission helps boost fuel economy slightly to 30 mpg overall and 40 on the highway, while an up-level touch-screen infotainment system provides more connectivity features, although it could be more user-friendly. Despite the upgrades, the Civic only scored midpack in our Ratings.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

2014 brought yet another update to Honda's popular small car, keeping the Civic competitive. A responsive continuously variable transmission helps boost fuel economy slightly to 30 mpg overall and 40 on the highway, while an up-level touch-screen infotainment system provides more connectivity features, although it could be more user-friendly. Despite the upgrades, the Civic only scored midpack in our Ratings.

Still, the Civic has a very comfortable ride and a spacious interior, with a roomy rear seat. Further, the CVT works very well with the spirited 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (143 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (201 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Display screen is hard to see when headlights are on"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

"Display screen is nearly impossible to see in daytime, makes it just about worthless. WORST problem is the false positive tire pressure alarms. After so many alarms, we now just reset, so worthless and annoying. Dealer says it is too sensitive, noth"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"The electronic controls are too fussy and the screen is too hard to navigate. Tuning the radio while the car is in motion constitutes a death wish. Mechanically, the car is a gem. But the electronics have been over-engineered"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The Pandora interface has produced constant issues, causing the car's computer system to completely freeze, and sometimes the screen to go completely blank. This does not effect the mechanical safety or workings of the car, but does require you to pull off the road, turn off the car, and restart in order to restore function. Sometimes that does not do it, and you need to go to the dealer to have them reset the system"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Put the car in reverse and a number keypad came up instead of the backup camera. No instructions on what was happening. Pressed the back button and nothing happened. Pressed numbers and got a message that the Security system was disabled. Dealer"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Cold weather seems to wreak havoc on radio tuning including -- receiving wrong station, receiving AM instead of FM"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Screens are confusing and require very precise hand and finger motions to control. Impossible to do while car is in motion"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio would change stations itself or turn itself off or not respond at all. This occurred if side camera was working OK"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Honda Civic EX-L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"If you never used a back-up camera before, objects can be much closer than appear on Camera. I wish car had a much more visable warning of this as I backed-up against a tree that dented the thin metal rear passenger corner panel on 1st day I had car"

Raymond C., NJ (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Was at dealership 20 - 40 times for side camera not working properly and also affecting radio and phone. Finally after 8 months, Honda had engineers from Mitsubishi and Honda working on it and installed a software patch. So far, so good"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Honda Civic EX-L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Won't allow me to press 'yes' when asked if I wish to pair a Smartphone with the car's bluetooth. Initially, all was fine but about a month ago, bluetooth didn't work. I tried connecting it again and got this problem"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone style/make would not stay paired with Bluetooth"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Honda Civic LX Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"After market pinstripes peeled off within the first month of owning the car. Took the car back to the dealership and had them remove it"

Jon W., MI (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber trim around the windshield was cracking. Honda replaced"

Norita H., NY (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rubber around door is already peeling and steering wheel is peeling also"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The window sash is fading on the both the driver side front and rear doors"

Henry D., CA (2014 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)

"Driver door had peeling paint at delivery. Now there is a place on the passenger bfront door that is peeling"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"fading and cracking is so bad will need to have repairs done"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I live in NJ, so we got snow and ice. I brushed it off, as usual, with a soft snow brush. The windshield has a plastic shield that I put on that allows me to just pull it off, taking the snow with it. However, my car has numerous visible scratches"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Honda Civic)

"Paint on rear passenger-side quarter panel is already faded"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's door underneath handle bare metal showing"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Honda Civic EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the inside of the driver's door was peeling/missing"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Honda Civic Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"In spite of rustproofing purchased through the dealer, paint began peeling off the left front wheel well after one year"

Martin F., ON (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Left rear backup light stops working. Lightly rap on lens and it comes back on"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Tire pressure monitor

"Had many problems with false readings. took a number of times at the dealer before it was resolved"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Honda Civic HF 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light won't go off"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"Insists that one or more tires have improper air pressure even though we've verified otherwise"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the tire pressure warning light comes on indicating a pressure problem frequently; when checking tire pressure, no time of the dozen or so times the warning light indicated there was a problem; there NEVER was a tire pressure problem"

Tom K., MN (2014 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire pressure monitor light came on when tires were fine. 12 trips to dealers to get it fixed in first 6 months"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Warning lights

"Anti-skid (VTM) light as well as TBS lights came on frequently. A noise was heard at same time coming from the wheels/axles. It required 3 trips to the dealer until they finally replaced the module. Havent had any more trouble since that"

Russ L., VA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"The skid pan/cover that protects the oil pan rattles and has been replaced once already"

Gary R., TN (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's seat lumbar support defect that causes constant squeaking sounds when the car makes any movements. Lumbar support repaired twice but continues to produce the same noise. This issue will be addressed again by my local Honda dealership in th"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose tray or splash pan"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

"When the windows are rolled down, their is a high-pitch noise"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"You can hear the wind. also there is a fuel sloshing sound, very apparent when the gas tank is full to 3/4 tank"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Passenger door handle has chipped area where plastic gave away"

Tom S., AZ (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Metal of this car was so thin that any slight rub against a tree easily dented the body"

Raymond C., NJ (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"the windshield and driver side glass had defects when car was bought new"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side window and rear window had bubble in glass when took home new from dealer"

Anna P., CA (2014 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"According to my tire dealer, the car's alignment can't be adjusted properly; it's defective from the factory. But the tire dealer also advised me that Honda would not do anything about it"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearing went out with less than 70000 miles on the car and was bad enough to cause significant, uneven wear to the tire in a short amount of time. Bearing was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel almost came off because the nut on the rt ft axle was not put on correctly at the factory"

Roy E., IL (2014 Honda Civic EX-L 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"This was not considered a serious problem, and it was covered by warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"It just stopped working/cooling. It siezed up and had to be replaced. It was anomaly"

Michael W., CA (2014 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Manufacturer hose attachment not secure at firewall"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C wasn't cooling. Took into dealer and found that there was almost no refrigerant in the system. They refilled it and put in a dye leak detector. All covered under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Simple clutch adjustment"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Engine periodically stalls out (dies) for abou 3-4 seconds upon acceleration"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"All of the following failed prematurely and had to be replaced: rear main seal, torque converter seal, front crank seal, and timing chain inspection cover sealant"

Anonymous, SD (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Replaced the battery for a starter issue but the car is still doing the same thing"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"The vehicle hesitates heavily on a cold start"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Hondalink is badly designed and poorly supported. The system is cumbersome and virtually unUSble while driving. Have had connectivity problems with the system and the dealer denies any responsibility for Hondalink and pushes me off on Honda corporat"

William H., MA (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Accessing the navigation system through the iPhone is combersome. It takes several minutes to set up before leaving on a trip, often having to pull over and restarting the phone before it syncs"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"At 27,0000 miles Honda replaced the oxygen sensor under warranty"

Klayton K., GA (2014 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensor code appeared following accident repair. Reset by Honda and could not confirm reason. Waiting for it to re-appear"

Anonymous, MB (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Serious oil leak from the oil/air separator that reoccurred shortly after the dealership repaired it causing me to have to take the vehicle in for a second time. Vehicle was unusable to me for over a week in total due to being at the dealership for repairs. All repairs were covered under warranty"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"brakes just started making loud grinding noise when pulling into driveway and another time coming to a stop on flat surface"

Anna P., CA (2014 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"oil leaking around the timing chain housing"

Tom K., MN (2014 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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