30/39 City/Highway MPGDarling's is a family-owned business that has been serving the people of Maine since 1903. Our secret to success is simple. We treat our customers well, we stand by our products and we give back to our employees and our community. These core principles were established at Darling's from the very beginning and they're woven into everything we do to this day.Awards:* 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ * 2014 KBB.com Brand Image AwardsKelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards are based on the Brand Watch(tm) study from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence. Award calculated among non-luxury shoppers. For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.Reviews:* With its reputation for reliability, safety, comfort and excellent resale still intact, the 2014 Honda Civic remains one of the best small-car values around. Be it the standard sedan, sporty coupe, racy Si trim, frugal hybrid or ultra-clean CNG model, there is a Civic to meet almost any demand. Source: KBB.com* Redesigned for 2014 the Honda Civic is back to rest the critics of the past. Whichever Civic you choose, you'll find the technology and refinement to make the journey more exciting than the destination. A new front grille and headlights adorn the front end, while new taillights help you stand out from behind. Add to that its wheel options and you've got the sleekest Civic yet. The 1.8L, single overhead camshaft, aluminum-alloy i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine uses state of the art engineering technology to produce an impressive 143hp, yet it still receives excellent fuel-efficiency ratings and a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle rating, all on regular gasoline. Honda's new Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT) provides an outstanding driving experience. The CVT allows the engine to always operate at the most efficient rpm level, enabling maximum efficiency under all driving conditions. Interior features include an impressive array of available tech features including an available 7-inch display audio with a touch-screen interface; the Honda LaneWatch system which activates a tiny camera on the passenger side mirror when you signal to change lanes to cover more view than the passenger-side mirror; HondaLink's Aha app allows you to access news, social media, restaurant searches, internet radio, and more; a rearview camera is available with up to 3 available angles to view; Satellite navigation is also available with voice recognition software. The Civic's Advanced Compatibility Engineering II body structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash-energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. Source: The Manufacturer Summary
As in previous years, the new Civic is offered in sedan and coupe versions. With five trim levels (LX, HF, EX, Si and Hybrid) to suit needs ranging from basic commuter car to compact family tourer--there's a Civic for nearly every potential small-car need. The base LX comes simply equipped but leaves nothing out, including anti-lock brakes, a 160-watt CD/MP3 stereo with Bluetooth, power windows and locks and remote keyless entry. The EX adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a touchscreen audio system, proximity key and climate control. Both leather and navigation are optional on the EX. The Civic HF, which is equipped similarly to the LX, features several modifications intended to save fuel, including a special rear lid spoiler, underbody covers and a tire-repair kit in place of the usual spare. On LX, HF and EX Civics, a 143-horsepower, 1.8L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard. It provides strong performance with either the standard 5-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transaxle (CVT). All models have electric-assisted power steering. The performance-oriented Si, available in both coupe and sedan, comes with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that makes over 200 hp and 174 lb-feet of torque. The only transmission available is a 6-speed manual. The Si also comes with 18-inch alloys, sport-tuned suspension, and a limited-slip differential. A rear wing spoiler and fog lamps are also included. The Si comes with a 360-watt touch-screen audio system. On the other end of the Civic spectrum is the Hybrid. Only available in sedan form, the powertrain combines a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, battery and 20-hp electric motor. The only transmission is a CVT. Like most hybrids, the batteries are charged when coasting and braking and the engine will shut off at stop lights. Special lightweight 15-inch alloy wheels and low-rolling resistance tires reduce road-going friction and unsprung weight to maximize fuel economy. The Hybrid can be optioned up with leather seating and navigation. Front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side-curtain bags, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are included on all 2014 Civic models. Civics also include standard rear backup camera and Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering, which helps nudge the driver back toward stability if the computer finds the vehicle in a skid or on the verge of one. The Civic interior features improved soft-touch surfaces, and cloth upholstery is featured throughout most of the Civic lineup, with a high-quality feel. Front seats offer great support, especially the side bolsters. Sedans have a trunk that's more than ample for a long weekend for two or a large load of groceries, while Civic coupes sacrifice some trunk and rear-seat space for their sportier profile. In most Civic models, the rear seatbacks fold forward for expanded trunk capacity. The new Civic also gets an updated infotainment systems with a touchscreen and interface said to be as intuitive as many smartphones.