2014 Honda Civic Coupe – fuel mileage update

One week of driving the 2014 Civic Coupe confirms Honda’s well known power train engineering prowess.

Honda’s 1.8-litre SOHC inline-4 cylinder engine hooked up to the super efficient CVT automatic (continuously-variable transmission) delivered a penny-pinching 7.0 L/100 km (41 miles per Imperial gallon) in a mix of about 80-percent city and 20-percent highway driving.  This engine puts out 143 horsepower and is more than powerful enough to elevate the car from the lowly ‘pedestrian’ class to the ‘sporty enthusiast’ category.

That fuel efficiency is just the icing on the cake.  The 2014 Civic Coupe is fun to drive.  Handling is sporty and yet, the chassis gives a nicely compliant ride.  Honda’s engineers have nicely balanced sporting demeanour (and styling) with a ride that won’t rattle your teeth or compress your spine.

The coupe’s long doors add to the Civic’s sleek lines, but are cumbersome to open in tight parking spaces.

The Civic’s stacked, two-level instrument layout is odd at first, but one quickly gets used to it.  The digital readout speedometer sits on the top level, and the tachometer is relegated to an (understandably) second tier position.

All in all, we really liked the Civic Coupe.  Crisp handling, excellent interior layout and finish, and superb real world fuel efficiency make the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe with CVT automatic transmission an easy car to recommend without reservation.

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