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2014 Honda Civic Lowdown at LA Auto Show 2013

A closer look at the Sedan, Coupe and SI during this week's Los Angeles unveiling

Nov 22, 2013
Photographers: Bob Hernandez, Honda
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2014 Honda Civic Details:

  • New sportier and aggressive exterior
  • Better fuel efficiency and new premium features
  • New SI now with 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard Coupe/Sedan available in December and SI available in spring

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The ninth generation Honda Civic brings a long list of enhancements for the 2014 model year. Styling hasn't been the smoothest ride since the hard criticisms of the 2012 model. Now Honda has turned its attention to the Civic Coupe. It's youthful and sporty nature has been stepped up with a fresh look and more upgrades.

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The exterior is given a more aggressive appearance with a new grille, fender, hood, headlights, and sportier aero. On certain trims the 2014 Honda Civic will be getting larger wheels. Honda has added Modern Steel Metallic as an exterior color option to match its bold new look.

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But don't think it's the same Honda Civic with just a prettier face. The suspension features revised tuning with higher spring rates and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar and a reworked Electronic Power Steering (EPS) for a much smoother ride. A brand new exhaust has been fitted that raises the power by 3 horsepower and 1 lb-ft of torque. For a more engaged driving experience, the Civic EX and EX-L Coupes will feature wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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Continuing Civic's reputation for fuel efficiency, Honda has replaced the 5-speed automatic in both the Coupe and Sedan for a Continuously Variable Transmission that's found in the Civic Hybrid. Not only does the CVT improve fuel efficiency with a 22 percent wider ratio range, but is also enhances responsiveness by providing a quicker and smoother acceleration. The Civic's new EPA fuel economy is rated at 30mpg in the city and 33mpg combined.

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Almost every part of the Civic is upgraded including the interior with new fabrics, door panel trim, and audio panel color coordination. Honda will also be offering brand new premium features including a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen control center with optional navigation function, a Smart Entry with a Push Button Start, an expanded view driver's mirror and Honda LaneWatch blind spot display, auto on/off headlights, and power driver seat with 8-way adjustability.

"Year over year, we have continued to strengthen the competitive position of Civic with new performance, features and value for the money, and 2014 is no exception," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda. "This 2014 Civic is our best offering yet, and makes Civic not just the best-selling, but once again the outright best pick in the compact class."

The SI model will also be getting the standard Civic Coupe styling enhancements, but with the addition of a few SI-exclusive pieces such as a bumper garnish, large rear decklid spoiler, and distinctive front and rear air diffusers. Both the SI Coupe and Sedan will are available in a new Orange Fire Pearl and will be getting larger 18" wheels. Just like the standard Civic, the SI will also be getting a revised suspension tuning to enhance steering response and roll feel. Altogether it provides for an enhanced handling refinement and noise isolation. Power has been bumped up to 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque from a retuned exhaust system.

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The tuner market can expect a lot of excitement coming from the Honda brand. We hear the customers.

Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of Honda Automotive Operations says, "The tuner market can expect a lot of excitement coming from the Honda brand. We hear the customers. We are working as hard as we can to bring all of that stuff revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show here to this market [U.S.]. We want to bring as much of that fun-to-drive technology we have available around the world back here into the United States.

You can find the 2014 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe at Honda dealerships nationwide on December 4, 2013 and the SI Coupe and Sedan in the spring.

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