By on November 21, 2013

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The current Honda Civic has experienced a refresh cycle last seen in the 1950s from the Big Three, and the 2014 model year is no exception with the introduction of the CVT in response to Toyota’s action with the new Corolla.

The result? Future Civic HF owners will see an average of 35 mpg in the city and 42 along the highway, while sedans shall see 30/39 mpg and coupes 29/38; the combined cycle for the latter two variants is 33 mpg.

Want power? The Si has 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque to get you to where you need to be. Other goodies to be found in the range include a seven-inch touchscreen that will function through swipes, pinches and the like in the same manner as their smartphone, push-button starting, smart entry systems, and finally, Honda’s own LaneWatch safety system transplanted from the Accord.

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14 Comments on “Los Angeles 2013: 2014 Honda Civic Gains CVT, Higher MPG...”

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    Remember when cars like the Corolla and Civic could go on for three or four years with minor changes like new colors or an additional air-bag or two and still be the “best in class” (albeit more Civic)? Whatever happened to that.

    With this generation of Civic, imagine trying to buy one used and trying to decipher what exactly you’re getting. Think about the sudden “facelift” from the 2012 to 2013, and even for 2014 they did it again. Now there’s the CVT to go along with it.

    Novel idea: get it right the first time.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I understand the first redesign for the current Civic; it was necessary and it brought the car up to a competitive level of content, design and fit-and-finish. However, for MY2014, Honda could have just quietly added a CVT to the car. The only people who’d notice are probably the ones that would buy a manual transmission anyway. By doing yet another redesign, they must really be messing with resale values of the 2013 model. And the average buyer would be hard-pressed to think that the 2014 model had anything at all to do with the 2012 and would probably think that the 2012 was a full-generation ago. Beside that, this is a step backward in terms of aesthetics. The 2013 was nice, clean and sporty; this 2014 looks like a disgruntled designer tried to get revenge…and succeeded…

    • 0 avatar

      “y doing yet another redesign…”

      First of all, only the coupe exterior is ‘restyled’. It’s looked the same for 2 model years. They did not restyle the sedan for ’14, only “quietly” have swapped in the CVT.

      Last year, when the coupe was not changed, people complained. Now they do, and still complaints.

      As far as resale, I don’t see them as “messed up” in any way, shape, or form. It’s called ‘the car business’, and Honda has kept up, even with changes that ‘car guys’ denounce. Can’t expect 1991 car designs to be sold today.

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    I’ve written about my theories on how Honda played the ultimate game of poker with the industry since the 2008 “controlled demolition” of the global financial system.

    I personally think Honda had the suite of technologies being introduced now (DI, CVT, DCT, Turbo) commercialized many years ago. But there was no point in releasing the technology if the incremental sales growth wasn’t going to materialize anyway.

    They managed to keep FE competitive between 2008-2013 while using old port injected 5 speed auto’s. The industry players trying to aggressively grow market share came out guns blazing with turbo’s. DCT’s, CVT’s, at great upfront capital cost. Meanwhile Honda maintained their market share yet continued amortize older generation power trains.

    Honda is going to unleash a 45mpg++ Civic next year once they mate the new CVT to an ED turbo engine. I almost think they have the prowess to hit the magic 50mpg in the Civic with a conventional gas power train using:
    – CVT
    – ED 1.0 3 cylinder turbo.

    Honda was never asleep. They played everyone allowing them to show their cards first.

    • 0 avatar

      Honda has had a CVT based Civic in the 1996-2000 based versions. I believe the HF did come with a 3 stage VTEC based D series that made about 35 mpg. More importantly it had FRONT DOUBLE WISHBONES.

      I don’t know why Honda does not use more aluminum. It’s dirt cheap nowadays and Home Depot’s even selling aluminum chairs for $10… It would be nice to have a FRONT DOUBLE WISHBONE based updated EK series SI with a 260 HP earthdreams K24 that features extensive use of aluminum on the suspension bits, hood, front wings, doors and interior components. I believe it would be no more than 2700 lbs with all the ‘safety features’ of the latest and LEAST GREATEST Civics…

      #1 rule of increasing power is to shed weight. Same for fuel economy. Shed the weight and avoid unreliable turbo setups… They only belong in the aftermarket…

      • 0 avatar

        They had CVTs in the Insights and the first and second generation Civic Hybrids too. One of the big differences between the CVTs in the first and second generation Civic Hybrids was the second one got a filter. Why didn’t the first one get a filter? My best guess was it was Honda being Honda (hubris).

        I liked the way the CVT in my ’06 Civic Hybrid worked. Yes, it was *different* and it was something different to get used to. I kept the car for less than a couple years (racked up 35,000 miles in that time) so I don’t know how it would have held up in the long term. (Well, I do know the undersized hybrid battery would have eventually either crapped out under warranty or had had its life stretched past the warranty when Honda did their secret firmware update to those cars, but that’s beside the point…)

  • avatar
    Gardiner Westbound

    Has Honda dumped the two-tier dash for 2014?

  • avatar

    This is really interesting. Honda is making meaningful upgrades to the Civic every year. In the past few decades, automakers tended to wait to make upgrades. Typical refresh cycles are every 5-7 years, with a mild MCE in between.

    But what is interesting is that the product refresh cycles are starting to diverge. Materials science moves at a much slower pace than consumer electronics. Carmakers can probably let a platform go for 7-10 years without needing a major changeover to remain competitive. But the electronics and interfaces are going to be on near continual refresh cycles, like phones.

    This may force carmakers to install more modular dashboards, so that they can be switched out and upgraded easily. Same thing with engine mounts, if engine families are going to be continually upgraded to reflect the latest technologies (DI, turbo, diesel, supercharger,..)

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    Too bad they can’t do something about those big, ugly fixed window on the front doors. Makes it look really cheap compared to the previous generation.

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    > ugly fixed window on the front doors

    They did change it. The 8th gen had a thicker double A-pillar that got in the way of visibility when you were turning corners. The 9th gen is a big improvement. The windowlet is there because the mirror is mounted on the door. If you want a single piece of glass, the mirror would have to be pushed to the base of the A-pillar, but on a steeply raked windshield that decreases the usability of the mirror.

  • avatar

    Really enjoying this new Civic. The interior is back to Honda standards (compared to 2012 Model), CVT transmission is huge upgrade to 5-speed auto, and the price is right (EX-L $23K and some change).

    Between the new Accord and the improvements toward the Civic, Honda is starting to emerge from their funk.

    Might even trade in my current car for this.

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