2014 Honda Civic: Up Close

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Honda took a lot of heat for its most recent redesign of the Civic compact and responded with a rushed redesign of the sedan for 2013. Now we have an earlier-than-expected refresh of the coupe for 2014 revealed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The new coupe offers some mildly tweaked styling, some new features like push-button start, Honda's innovative LaneWatch technology and a new multimedia system on top trim levels that introduce capacitive touch technology to the Civic lineup.

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The new Civic coupe has a more exterior aggressive design, but it can't be said that it's a more attractive look. It seems that with the most recent redesigns, Honda keeps shuffling styling elements around without actually showing any progress. The front bumper, grille, headlights and fenders look different, but not necessarily better, newer or fresher than the previous design. The front end does more closely resemble the truly striking European Honda Civic hatchback, but the rest of the car does not, leaving me to shrug and wonder why Honda even bothered. The sedan is visually unchanged from the 2013 model.

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Inside, the big change for 2014 is the introduction of a 7-inch Display Audio capacitive touch-sensitive screen for the EX, EX-L and Si trims audio system. Honda says that the new system allows for screen manipulation much like an iPhone, with pinch to zoom and left and right swipe to change screens.

While there's nothing wrong with a touch-screen display for multimedia systems, the replacement of all of the audio system controls with touch-sensitive "buttons" is a step in the wrong direction (as Ford will tell you, suffering as it is from downgrades in its Consumer Reports ratings due to customer displeasure with the MyFord Touch system). Even the volume control knob has been replaced by a touch-sensitive up-and-down faux toggle switch. Honda would have been better served by repositioning the existing screen so that it doesn't completely wash out whenever anyone opens the sunroof.

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A more positive development is the introduction of Honda's LaneWatch technology to the Civic. Previously available only on the Accord, it is a novel blind spot monitoring system that uses a camera mounted in the right-side mirror that displays a view of the car's blind spot on the i-MID screen in the upper dashboard whenever the driver activates the right-hand turn signal. It will also only be available on the EX and Si trim levels.

Overall, the new 2014 Honda Civic does not appear appreciably different from the 2013 model it replaces. The styling changes are more a matter of taste, but the exterior modifications to the coupe to keep it fresh while sadly falling short of their intended purpose.

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Comments 

John

No thanks Honda. I got a bad taste of mediocrity from my 08 accord coupe. Jumped ship at 98k miserable miles and went to Nissan. Happy ever since at a whole level of quality Honda just cannot seem to grab lately. Miss the old Honda. Over 150k happy miles instead of 98k miserable ones. Felt like I was back in a 1990's chrysler

Elliott

That new screen looks like an afterthought; very aftermarket looking, but I guess it is better than the old one.

Wow.

What happened to you, Honda??

You used to be cool!

Tony

Just what I said when exterior was introduced while ago - exterior is not the problem. The interior is. If you take away this screen, this is so 90s. And now, button-less controls... oh well.

J

Really? Touch control of volume control?
That is bad idea and the test engineers that tested it must be drunk...
Keep it simple, knob or toggle switch for these keys are much better in a vehicle...

David

Wow I was hoping that Honda would drop the digital analog dash.. Psssst. Honda... the digital dash was no longer cool in 1988.... You were 20 years late to the game. Car is still ugly too... Looks like a GTI for me.. Sorry Honda

Phil

The new coupe looks great! kinda like a younger, more aggressive accord front end. I totally dig it. same for the digital display and the interior. love the improvements done … the rest of you haters can keep on hating. but in my opinion, that's the best civic yet, and i've had 6 of them so far ...

Wow.

You're trying too hard, Phil.

Try more subtlety next time. You'll reel more in.

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