Price: $19,750

Year 2016




Drivetrain FWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine 4-CYL, I-VTEC, 2.0 LITER

Mileage 73,329

Doors 4

Exterior Color GREY

Interior Color BLACK

VIN 19XFC2F78GE058425

Stock No. 6002

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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With last year's design tweaks, the Honda Civic added some influence from the latest Honda Accord on the outside, while upping the level of sophistication inside--if not quite in the way the cabin looks, in the way the materials feel.

Surprisingly, Honda made some significant changes then, after the Civic had received a full redesign just a year earlier, for 2012. That's because many cried foul over the new Civic's apparent cost-cutting throughout, as well as a a lack of overall detailing that left the newer model looking quite bland.

Those 2013 changes carry over to the 2014 Honda Civic, and while this model doesn't look particularly edgy or daring, it sizes up well against the competition--both in terms of styling and functionality. Fundamentally, the Civic's footprint and stance haven't changed much in many years. In this current generation, its flanks are a little more sculpted—including a raked-upward character line—yet the roofline looks remarkably familiar.

Last year, Honda made some modest suspension changes (firmer springs, stiffer anti-roll bar, quieter bushings, and quicker steering ratio), and altogether they go a long way toward making this staid compact sedan feel a little perkier again. We think the steering might be a little too light and quick, but the mild retune (and greater noise-reducing measures) given to the suspension makes it feel more settled--both in ride quality and handling in tight corners.

Performance is respectable from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that's included in all but the Si, Hybrid, and Natural Gas. It's paired with a five-speed manual, or new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that, for the most part, works quite well, with a natural, even feel to acceleration. It's neither an engine worth working into its high rev ranges, nor one that's all that torquey in the low revs.

Overall, passenger space is adequate in the four-door, but definitely tight in the coupes. The seats among the better ones in this class now; although they are somewhat short and flat. The Civic's steeply angled windshield won't be to everyone's liking from a functionality standpoint either, as there's a sense that the dash extends considerably into the cabin. Getting in and out of the back seat is pretty easy, but the seating position itself feels oddly contoured for adults and lacks headroom (despite the Civic's larger outside, we'd rather be in the back seat of the subcompact Fit hatchback, actually).

Trunk space is impressive in the Civic, and in the Civic Hybrid it's no longer significantly compromised. It's the first Honda hybrid fitted with a more compact lithium-ion battery pack, which takes only about 6 or 8 inches out of the trunk depth. Although Hybrid and Natural Gas models do still forgo the folding rear seatbacks.What's really changed for 2013 is cabin noise. When you pull up to a stoplight-- until you look down at the front-and-center tachometer--it's no longer apparent that the engine is even idling.

You'll find one of the quietest, most refined rides in the compact-sedan class here in the Civic. The body has been stiffened with more high-strength steel, side pillars have been upgraded, and thicker windshield and front door glass have been applied. There's also more soundproofing for the dash, floor, doors, and rear tray. Softer interior materials help damp harsh sounds in the cabin, too, and you barely hear the engine when it's idling. We only wish that Honda had extended the soft door trim you get in front to the back-seat positions as well; it's an odd omission, considering they made the effort with rear-seat ducts and a center armrest.

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 


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