Cars News and Reviews Review: 2014 Honda Civic- CARS NEWS AND REVIEWS

Posted by Carmella Ross on Tuesday

Did a double take on the street. There was this good-looking car parked across the street - as in, not "vanilla" - and it was labeled Honda Civic!

Here. This is what Americans think of when you say "Honda Civic". Right?

It's about as conventional, un-offensive, unremarkable as you can get. If you were to rob a bank, you'd choose a US Civic for the getaway car. For its ability to get lost in the crowd.

That's not what I saw. This is what I saw:

Actually, I saw it from the back first, and thought it was an Insight. But the label clearly said "Civic". Wow. I mean, I'm usually not very sensitive to how cars look, but even I can see that the European Civic is not suitable as a getaway car. It's a sweet thing.

Under its hood it's even sweeter. Unlike the US Honda Civic, you actually have choice about what goes there. Four choices ("petrol" means gasoline):

  MPG (US) g CO2/km Emissions

1.4 i-VTEC Petrol Manual 39 129 D
1.6 i-DTEC Diesel Manual 56 94 A
1.8 i-VTEC Petrol Manual 35 137 E
1.8 i-VTEC Petrol Automatic 30 148 F

The fuel efficiency are real-life numbers as reported by drivers in the UK. They get only 30 mpg out of the 1.8L gasoline engine with automatic transmission (just about the only version you can buy in the US). That's why it gets the "F" emissions classification. Americans get 34 mpg out of this car. Which perhaps shows that Brits are more prone to drive their car like it's a getaway car. And that Americans can probably get better mileage out of the other versions as well.

Anyway, if you like the Civic but your family needs more space than the sedan offers, there is the wagon version, in Europe called the Civic Tourer. A sleek beast, with plenty of space inside.

You wouldn't look like a soccer mom in this thing. In fact, you'd turn heads. So it would be totally unsuitable for robbing a bank.


Honda Civic: US, EU

TypeCivic Sedan EXCivic SE Plus
Emissions rating ULEV-2/PZEV 
MSRP$ 21,090£ 21,960
CelloMom Rating  
Fuel Economy:
City/Hwy quoted 30 / 39 mpg64 / 71 mpg(US)
Avg. quoted 33 mpg65 mpg(US)
Avg. actual 34 mpg56 mpg(US)
Carbon emissions, quoted  94 g CO2/km
EngineSOCH i-VTEC 1.8L 4-cyl., 16 vlv. DOCH i-DTEC 1.6L 4-cyl.
Power143 HP @ 6500rpm120 PS @ 4000rpm
Torque129 lb-ft @ 4300rpm300Nm (221 lb-ft) @2000rpm
TransmissionCVT Auto6-spd Manual
FuelRegular UnleadedULSD diesel
Length, mm(in) 179.4 in4315 mm (169.9in)
Width, mm(in) 69.0 in1770 mm (69.7in)
Height, mm(in) 56.5 in1470 mm (57.9in)
Weight, kg(lbs)2868 lbs1487 kg (3278 lbs)
Trunk volume, liters(cuft) 92.1 cuft 
Turning radius, m(ft) 35.4 ft c-c 
Top speed, kph(mph)  129 mph



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