Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.
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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
Common Trouble Spot
Common Trouble Spot
The 2014 Honda Civic has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
Research Years *Redesign year
Worse Better
00
01*
02
03
04
05
06*
07
08
09
10
11
12*
13
14
15
16*
17
18
Overall Reliability Verdict
Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
Transmission Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Electric System
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
Paint/Trim
Body Integrity
Body Hardware
Power Equipment
In-car Electronics
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

Learn more about car Reliability.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Compare 2014 Models

Similar Cars
Ford Focus
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra
Mazda 3
Nissan Sentra
Nissan Versa Note
Subaru Impreza
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius C
Toyota Prius V
Volkswagen Jetta
This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Sep 15 2015
If the transmission drive pulley shaft is damaged, it may break, and the vehicle may lose acceleration or the front wheels may lock up while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Civic vehicles manufactured January 16, 2014, to November 6, 2014 and 2015 Fit vehicles manufactured March 12, 2014, to May 12, 2015. The software settings that control the transmission operation may result in damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the transmission, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 30, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are JU2 (Civic) and JU3(Fit).
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V574000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 143676
TIRES:BEAD
Mar 10 2014
The tire damage could cause the tire to lose air, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Honda Civic LX vehicles manufactured November 26, 2013, through January 21, 2014. In the affected vehicles, during mounting of the tires, the tire bead may have gotten pinched between the assembly equipment and the steel wheel rims, resulting in damage to the tire.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any damaged tire, free of charge. The recall began on April 15, 2014. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JD8.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V109000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9816
Check Vehicle for Unrepaired Recalls
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Change Vehicle