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2013 Honda Civic

Thursday, December 20th 2012. | Honda

When 2012 Honda Civic was released, it not only earned less than favorable reviews from critics, its specs were also outperformed by most compact cars in its category. In spite of the disappointing update to the well-loved Civic, people bought it anyway and 2012 Civic sales remained impressive. Now, in a bid to earn the praises both of the discerning automotive critics and avid consumers, Honda has given its best-selling Civic a major makeover for 2013—merely 18 months after its recent update. Honda’s move paid off, because the 2013 Honda Civic is on the money with a more sophisticated exterior, better feature set, high-quality materials, and upgraded technology.

Among the substantial changes of the 2013 Honda Civic is its design and exterior. It is obviously influenced by the Accord’s face—with a huge front honeycomb mesh grille, a lower bumper with an exposed mouth, and a dashing horizontal chrome accent. Inside, the Civic has a number of refurbishments here and there, with the surfaces and materials looking more exquisite and sophisticated, utilizing soft-touch dash materials.

The performance of the 2013 Civic is mostly unchanged from its predecessor—which is not at all a bad thing. Base models are equipped with the standard 140-horsepower and 1.8 L four-cylinder engine, in either five-speed M/T or five-speed A/T.
The Civic Si versions have a 2.4 L all-aluminum i-VTEC engine, with a 201-horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque rating, coming only in a six-speed M/T. The Civic Hybrid gets a 1.5 L engine with the cutting edge Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist hybrid drivetrain. Along with the same engine performance is the same fuel economy, with a rating of 39 mpg highway and 28 mpg city, with a combined rating of 32 mpg.

As far as the cabin experience goes, 2013 Honda Civic is as smooth as ever. It has a stronger body made of high-strength steel, upgraded side pillars, and thicker front door glass and windshield. It also has better soundproofing for its floors, doors, dash, and rear tray. Taking all these improvements together, the Civic has a lower level of sound intrusion—which makes for a much more pleasant ride.

One thing consumers can depend on the Civic is its excellent safety features. The new SmartVent airbag design is standard installation for the base model, while certain versions like the Civic Hybrid gets Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems. Being a five-star federal NCAP performer and IIHS Top Safety pick for quite some time now for the previous Civics, there’s reason to believe that it will carry on its feat for this one.

While Honda has traditionally reserved its best features for top models, the 2013 Civic is decidedly turning this tradition around with its premium features. All Civics come with a Bluetooth hands-free connectivity system for calling and audio-streaming, along with an SMS functionality, rearview camera system, and Pandora integration.

The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan starts pricing at $18,955, while the Coupe is around $18,775. The Civic Natural Gas is priced at $27,255, the Civic Si Coupe at $23,305, and the Civic HF at $20,555.

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