The 2013 Honda Civic proves that Honda once again is the class leader in automobile design. The 2013 Honda Civic has been significantly refreshed. Highlights include styling updates, a longer list of standard equipment, new interior materials and a quieter ride.
The Civic was redesigned just last year, but with the coming of 2013, Honda has pulled out a freshly redesigned Civic.
The most obvious changes are the styling upgrades, which give the car a very sporty look. Keeping up with exterior changes, Honda has added new materials that adorn the dashboard, center stack, door panels and seat fabrics, along with added colors for the seats as well. The cabin also has significantly expanded standard features list to it. Additional included amenities now include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, text message functionality, an iPod interface and Pandora functionality. Most of these items are often options on competitor vehicles as well.
There are mechanical revisions as well. Honda recalibrated the suspension and steering for more responsive handling, and added additional sound-deadening material for a quieter ride. On the safety front, the new Civic benefits from an updated body structure that will provide better frontal impact protection, revised front-seat side airbags, and the addition of optional forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems for the Civic Hybrid model. These are also very rare items in this price range.
The 2013 Honda Civic is a compact car offered in coupe and sedan body styles.
The standard Civic coupe and sedan come in LX, midrange EX and top-of-the-line EX-L trims. The sedan is also available in a fuel-efficient HF trim.
Entry-level LX models come equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a one-piece fold-down rear seatback and cruise control. Electronic features include a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, SMS text messaging functionality and a four-speaker (six for the coupe) sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and Pandora radio functionality.
The fuel-efficient HF sedan starts out with standard features similar to those of the LX sedan, then adds a few upgrades designed to deliver maximum mpg. These include low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic cast-aluminum wheels, wind-cheating underbody panels and a rear spoiler.
The EX model adds to or supplants those features with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, a sunroof and 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks. EX coupes get an upgraded seven-speaker sound system, while EX sedans step up to a six-speaker sound system. The EX-L model adds foglights, heated mirrors, leather upholstery and heated front seats.
The Civic Natural Gas is available in one trim whose features largely mirror those of the LX.
The Civic Hybrid sedan is available in two trim levels, with the base model's list of standard features being similar to those of the mainstream EX sedan. The Hybrid also comes with forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The top-of-the-line "Leather" trim level for the Hybrid adds extras found on the regular EX-L.
The sporty Si coupe and sedan come in a single trim level that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a bigger engine, a limited-slip front differential, a sport-tuned suspension, foglights and front and rear spoilers. Inside upgrades include most of the items from the EX model's standard features list plus front sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an aluminum shift knob and red backlit gauges.
A navigation system with voice controls, satellite radio and real-time traffic updates is optional on all Si, Natural Gas and Hybrid models, and on EX and EX-L sedans and coupes.
The front-wheel-drive 2013 Honda Civic is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and an available five-speed automatic (HF and EX models get the automatic as standard equipment). In an edmunds.com performance testing, a Civic EX-L went from zero to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds.
The Civic Natural Gas features a version of the same 1.8-liter engine powered by, as its name suggests, natural gas. It produces only 110 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque, however. A five-speed automatic is standard.
The Civic Hybrid gets a 1.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, a combination that's good for 110 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. In Edmunds testing, it hit 60 mph in 10.1 seconds. This powertrain is the most fuel-efficient of the bunch.
The Civic Si's engine provides output of 201 hp and 170 lb-ft. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered. In an Edmunds testing, an Si coupe hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.
The 2013 Honda Civic comes with standard safety features that include stability control, antilock brakes (four-wheel discs with the EX and Si), front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems are standard on the Civic Hybrid.
the 2012 Civic sedan received a perfect five stars in the overall, frontal and side crash categories. The 2012 Civic coupe received four stars in each. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Civic sedan the highest possible rating of "Good" in its frontal-offset, the 2013 Civic is expected to receive higher ratings.
Inside its cabin, the 2013 Honda Civic maintains its familiar two-tier dash display, which includes a 5-inch monitor that displays information for audio, hands-free phone use and various vehicle systems. Materials quality gets a noticeable upgrade this year. The cabin's controls are well-placed, and the keypads and menu buttons on the steering wheel are intuitive. The Civic comes packed with a full complement of tech amenities this year, including text messaging functionality (which allows you to listen to and respond to text messages while you drive without taking your hands off the wheel) and Pandora radio functionality.
In the sedan, legroom and headroom for front passengers has remained unchanged, which offers more than the competitors, while rear passengers benefit from legroom that's more generous than you'll find in rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze and the Ford Focus. The Civic offers 11.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the coupe and 12.5 cubic feet in the sedan.
The Honda Civic has long been the better-driving cars in its class, and the suspension and steering refinements seen in the 2013 model make it even more appealing. The Civic offers the most comfortable and composed rides in the class.