NEW FOR 2014:

– Refreshed exterior and interior styling
– Returned suspension and steering
– Standard proximity key with push-button start, navigation, and LaneWatch
– Improved NVH, fuel economy, road manners

While the standard-issue Honda Civic is one of the most common sights on Canadian roads, the same can’t be said about the Hybrid version. Following a one-year hiatus, the Hybrid returns to Honda Canada’s lineup with a refreshed look, additional features, and improvements to boost refinement. It’s a welcome choice for eco-conscious buyers who couldn’t bear to buy a Prius or go down the diesel route.

New front and tail-end styling bring the Hybrid in line with the rest of the Civic family. Gone is the gaudy blue LED-lit grille, though the headlights, taillights and accent trim have a splash of blue to indicate its eco-friendly nature. Inside, the cabin receives the same revised dashboard with soft-touch points as the standard model. Cabin space is generous, with rear-seat passengers enjoying good legroom and a flat floor. The trunk is a bit on the small side for the class, though, down 50L on the standard sedan at 303L.

Although Honda has kept the Civic’s 1.5-litre single-cam engine and IMA mild-hybrid system in place, selective tuning to the powertrain and aerodynamics has made it marginally more economical and quicker. Thicker windshield glass and more sound insulation greatly reduce road noise, while improvements to the suspension and steering give the Hybrid a much-needed boost for road manners. It is worth noting that unlike the Prius, the Civic Hybrid is a mild-assist system and cannot be driven on electricity alone.

Unlike in the States where there are several trim levels of Civic Hybrid available, Canadians only receive one version. Our variant is well-equipped with standard heated seats, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth, a multi-angle reverse camera, power windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, an Eco Mode, and standard for 2014, Honda’s new 7-inch Display Audio system with navigation and the clever LaneWatch blind-spot camera system. A push-button start with keyless access is also now standard.

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