2014 Honda Civic Coupe: Are You a Coupe or a Sedan? [First Impression]

2014 Honda Civic 2Dr EX

The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe has gotten a much needed update to its styling that gets rid of all the plastic fantastic of the 2012 model year making this sedan in coupe clothing a much more appealing ride.

How a car looks has a lot to do with what kinds of expectations you have when you get behind the wheel. You would not expect a minivan to perform like a two-door coupe, nor would you expect a sedan to handle like a truck. The look of a car sets your expectations. The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe looks like a sports car, but it drives more like a sedan.

Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Well, that’s going to depend on why you’re driving it in the first place. The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe has sporty, aggressive and attractive exterior styling. The interior has also gotten a face-lift with bright, easy to read controls, a well-placed touchscreen, and a nicely appointed interior with plenty of storage. It’s a comfortable and welcoming space.

The drive, however, is much more sedan-like than its looks would have you believe. A 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine puts out 143 horsepower with 129 lb-ft of torque paired to a CVT that is surprisingly quiet. Quiet, a hallmark of a sedan, not a sports coupe where the sound of that engine is often something you want to hear and even feel in the seats. This coupe is sedate in a very sedan-like way.

That gives the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe its own little niche. Not every driver wants a sporty little coupe because of the drive. There are plenty of people that want a car that handles, rides, and in every way possible is a sedan, but don’t want it to look like a sedan. They want it to look hot.

The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe is that car. It’s got all the looks and presence of a sports coupe, with all the comfort and ease of a sedan.

Check out our video review of the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe…

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.