Civic now available with Honda LaneWatch blind spot display and Smart Entry with push button start

After taking the wraps off the new Civic Coupe at SEMA, Honda has arrived in Los Angeles with more powerful engines, a new continuously variable transmission, and interior styling upgrades for the bread-and-butter Japanese compact.

Honda has been on an upgrade binge since the utter media flop that was the 2012 model (even though they still sold to brand loyalists like hotcakes). Going into 2014, Honda didn’t expend all its steam solely on the coupe.

“The 2014 Honda 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,” said Dave Gardner, vice president of sales and marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “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.”

All new 2014 Civics will have a new CVT transmission, replacing the traditional automatic, in order to increase fuel economy figures. Inside, Civic will get a new 7-inch display audio system, upgraded styling, and lane departure warning. Engines receive a very modest 3 hp and 1 lb-ft output bump as well.

Official Canadian fuel economy numbers will be available at a later date.

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