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2013 Honda Civic Overview
The 2013 Honda Civic gets new styling and other important changes for the 2013 model year.
It is a little strange to write about the “new” Civic when it was redesigned just last year. Although it debuted to less than stellar critical acclaim, the 2012 Civic was actually the top-selling car in its class, but that wasn’t enough for Honda so they went back to the drawing board with the Civic and it returns for 2013 a changed car – for the better.
The 2013 Civic, stylistically, is what the 2012 should have been: sporty and unique. Honda says the Civic now has “more emotional styling inside and out” which isn’t hard considering the previous model was rather uninspired. The new Civic is flashier, with a new grille and a large gap in the front bumper that houses a wide chrome accent strip below a sculpted hood. Out back, there are new taillights with an additional chrome strip that joins them together and unites the back’s styling with the front. Coupe models will carry on with the 2012 styling for another year, but all models get new wheel options.
Mechanically, the 2013 Civic carries on with the same engines but there has been plenty of work put in under the skin to liven up the driving experience. The suspension has been tightened to decrease body roll and the electronic power steering recalibrated to engage drivers. For now, the only engine option is a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or automatic transmission (engine details for the sporty Si editions have not yet been released). Just like last year, natural gas and hybrid (covered separately) versions of the Civic are also available for those looking for alternate fuel/powertrains.
Fuel economy numbers carry over which is a good thing – the Civic remains near the top of its class when it comes to fuel economy. Models with the automatic transmission check in at 28/39 mpg city/highway (the highway number falls to 36 mpg with the manual), while special high fuel economy models will push the highway figure up to 41 mpg.
Inside, there have been significant upgrades when it comes to materials with added soft-touch surfaces, new headliner, and more importantly new seat fabric that we really enjoyed. Honda also says the new cabin is quieter thanks to added soundproofing. The center console now slants towards the driver offering easier access to climate and audio controls. The 2013 Civic has also upped its game when it comes to standard features. The i-MID color display is now standard across all trim levels, as are Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora internet radio, SMS support, USB/iPod port, and a backup camera, which is a class-exclusive standard feature. A navigation system, leather upholstery, and heated front seats are also available.
There are also a few upgrades designed to make the 2013 Civic even safer than before, including a new front-end structure and SmartVent front-seat side-impact airbags. New safety options include forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
Honda didn’t have to go back to the drawing board but we are glad they did; the 2013 Honda Civic is a handsome car that now offers some of the best value to be found in the compact class.