Short of a UFC title fight, you would be hard pressed to find a harder-fought match than the compact car segment and Honda just swung another fist by announcing a series of upgrades to the Civic.
It’s been an annual onslaught of upgrades for the Civic since its current generation debuted in 2012. last year, the company announced a refreshed version after only one spin around the sun. Now, the company is bringing even more new equipment to its super-popular small car. For the Civic Coupe and Si Coupe, changes includes exterior styling tweaks first seen during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.
But the chances aren’t limited to two-door models. Toyota just released its new Corolla, which carries over much of the mechanical parts from its previous generation but adds – among other things – a CVT. Guess what sort of transmission Honda is adding to its compact car in the coming model year. Equipped with a CVT, the Civic HF will offer an average 35 mpg or up to 42 on the highway.
Other models will get a 2 mpg bump in the city and improve 1 mpg on the combined cycle, resulting in 30 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined for the sedans, while coupes with the CVT are now rated at 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined.
In the range-topping Si model, Honda tweaked the engine slightly to make 205 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque – a paltry increase of four units in either measure. The LX Coupe and Si models also come wit ha revised suspension meant to reduce body roll and enhance steering response.
There’s new fabric upholstering the seats and some of the interior materials are also new for 2014. There’s also an all-new seven-inch touch screen audio display with swipe, pinch and tap controls meant to mimic modern smartphones. A push-button start system and smart entry are also available as options.
Finally, Honda is transplanting it’s no-brainer LaneWatch safety system also found in the Accord. It allows drivers to look directly into the lane to their right through the in-dash display screen.