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2013 Honda Civic Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.0

Until now, it was virtually unheard of for an auto manufacturer to make significant revisions to a vehicle just a year after it debuted. For Honda, the lackluster interior materials, flaccid handling characteristics and high levels of cabin noise found in its all-new 2012 Civic elicited adverse reactions from the media. And while the criticism had but a marginal effect on sales numbers (not mention comparison test results), Honda has endowed the 2013 Civic with all of the refinement and performance expected of a segment leader. Thanks to an expanded list of standard features and sharper driving dynamics, the 2013 Honda Civic is primed to retain the top spot over category heavyweights like the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla.

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A unique combination of reliability, affordability and stellar resale value make the 2013 Honda Civic one of the best values in the automotive marketplace. The 2013 Civic is also the clear leader in terms of variety, with an expansive lineup comprised of sedan and coupe body styles, a high-performance Si variant, a 45-mpg hybrid model and an industry-exclusive natural-gas-powered version (limited availability).

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Unlike the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus, the 2013 Honda Civic lineup does not offer the superior sophistication and utility of a 5-door hatchback. Although Honda incorporated such in-vehicle tech features as Pandora Internet radio and hands-free text messaging, technophiles will likely favor the superior infotainment offerings from Chevrolet, Ford, and, believe it or not, Toyota.

What's New for 2013

To keep pace with a rapidly evolving market, the 9th-generation Honda Civic undergoes a substantial makeover for the 2013 model year. Key revisions include an all-new body structure, standard Bluetooth connectivity, refreshed front and rear styling on sedan models and more premium, soft-touch materials inside.

Driving the Civic

Driving Impressions A number of modifications to the chassis, suspension and steering have transformed the 2013 Honda Civic into a surprisingly adept performer. The lion's share of the credit for this above-average...

drivability goes to the next-generation ACE II body structure that's both more rigid and lighter than its predecessor.
Offering the type of steering and pedal response that other automakers could only dream of delivering is a testament to the engineering integrity of the Honda Civic. It's easy to overlook excellence in these areas, but just as driving feel is a big part of the magic in a Porsche, the way the Civic gracefully listens and responds to a driver's input is a key reason we consider the 2013 Honda Civic the connoisseur's compact sedan.

BLUETOOTH MUSIC STREAMING
We like being able to listen to the music on our smartphone without having to plug it in, and the Civic's standard Bluetooth Audio system is notable for how quickly it connects and begins playing.

I-MID DISPLAY
Standard in all trim levels is a 5-inch LCD monitor that displays music and mileage info, plus navigation info on vehicles so equipped.

2013 Honda Civic Details
Interior

While its unusual dash layout might not convey the more upscale ambiance of new and newly relevant nameplates like the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze, the 2013 Honda Civic continues to be one of the best compact cars in terms of interior space, storage and outward visibility. Its ergonomics are nearly flawless and most of the controls are a cinch to operate. New soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and upper door trim replace the bland look and hard plastics that gave the previous cabin a low-budget feel.

Exterior
2013 Honda Civic photo

Since last year's underwhelming redesign failed to resonate with style-minded buyers, Honda's design team went back to the drawing board to create all-new front and rear styling for the 2013 Civic sedan. The new look is defined by a wide lower grille opening, a taller trunklid and a rear horizontal chrome trim piece similar to that of the 2013 Honda Accord. While these modest cosmetic alterations might escape the eye of the casual observer, it's hard to argue against sticking to a styling strategy that's helped keep the Civic at or near the top of the sales charts for many years running.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

With the stripped-down DX model grade out of the picture, every 2013 Honda Civic includes a 5-inch full-color multi-information display, rear backup camera with guidelines, Bluetooth, a sliding center armrest, integrated Pandora Internet radio, and a USB port for portable music players. Opting for the mid-tier EX trim nets a power moonroof, 16-inch alloy wheels and automatic climate control, while the range-topping EX-L includes such niceties as leather upholstery, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Civic's wide array of active and passive safety features are included as standard issue across the line. Civic Hybrid variants up the ante with a new Forward Collision Warning system that alerts drivers of a potential impact.

Optional Equipment

Optional features for the 2013 Honda Civic are acquired by stepping up to higher trim levels. Among the most prominent features are a touch-screen navigation system with FM traffic information, auto-on/off headlights, a multi-angle backup camera, and a 6-speaker premium audio system.

Under the Hood

With no direct injection or turbocharging, 140 horsepower, and five speeds not six in the manual and automatic transmissions, the 2013 Honda Civic has the simplest powertrain of the newest compact sedans. Nevertheless, it delivers exceptional fuel economy and plenty of power. The mileage-maxing HF trim features the same powertrain, but adds two highway miles per gallon with a lower ride height, aerodynamic body pieces and low-rolling-resistance tires. The Civic Si, in sedan and coupe form, delivers 201 horsepower through a 6-speed manual transmission.

1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder
140 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
128 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 mpg (manual), 28/39 mpg (automatic), 29/41 mpg (Civic HF automatic)

2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder
201 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg

1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder + electric motor
110 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
127 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/44 mpg

1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder, natural gas
110 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
106 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

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2013 Honda Civic Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 261 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Rubber Band Engine, CVT is terrible

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Not much to say in the possitive"

Cons: "engine is terrible, transmission is terrible, cup"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"After driving the Civic for a while I have gotten the feel of just how terrible the new style of CVT transmission is. It winds like a rubber band and is excessively loud and obnoxious. It is nice the base model comes with bluetooth and back up camera, but I can hardly say i could not back up efficiently without it. The Lane Watch feature is just a gimmick, really who needs a second picture of the same thing your passenger mirror shows. It takes focus off of the road more often than it helps."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle Ever!

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I love this car!! Safest car in its class, this car is also fun to drive! I have test-driven every other car in its class, and this is the best. The quality is superior, and Honda engineers have created a masterpiece of a car. This is the safest compact car, and also fun to drive. Thank you Honda."

great for an entry level car

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "quiet, good radio and fun Hondalink, it's a Honda!"

Cons: "Seats have no lumbar support, a bit slow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Once upon a time the Civic was an entry level econobox. While it still has leisurely acceleration and not the greatest seats, everything else is fantastic. It's quiet, and in the EX version well equipped. the level of trim is what you could expect in a luxury car not too long ago. What it does lack is power seats, privacy curtains, leather....but it does have everything else! Power windows and door locks, auto AC etc. The Hondalink allows you to pair your phone via bluetooth and play internet radio over your phone cell data. It lets you communicate with Honda directly for emergencies and book dealer appointments as well as look for points of interest, gas stations with prices of gas etc. It comes with a rear view camera and a blind spot camera for right turns. It's not going to make you forget your BMW but it's going to get over 30 mpg in quiet with Honda reliability. The handling feels a little over boosted to me. Some people like the Mazda better. I rented one and while it drove OK the steering wheel controls were the cheap tabs you remember from cars in the 80s while Honda uses round circular buttons. Minor to most people but after a few hours you realize pushing a tab hurts your fingers. Other people like the Fords. I don't think I would trust their resale or reliability though. One definite drawback is the Civic is the second most stolen car in the country-so your insurance is going to take a hit."

13 people out of 27 found this review helpful

So reliable

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "always reliable"

Cons: "a new model comes out every year and I want it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had the 2002 civic then the 2012 loved it till I saw the back up camera and traded for the 2014. I had only Honda accords before the civic. I really love this car and always appreciate the reliability and it's fun to drive."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great Small Coupe!

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Gas Mileage, digital spedometer, fun"

Cons: "Small Back Seat/Storage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned a 2006 for the past 10 years and it has been great to me. Fun and sporty to drive. I prefer driving this to my wife's 2007 Toyota Corolla. Only once had to deal with a semi-serious repair; at 150,000ish mi. the power steering went out (about a $900 repair). Other than that it just has required routine maintenance. The CD player has been broken for about 5 years as well. Haven't cared to fix it because I use the AUX to hookup my iPhone. At 180,000 I am deciding to part ways and upgrade to an SUV for a more versatile vehicle. I will miss this car and the excellent gas mileage!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

this is NOT a family vehicle at all!!!

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,214

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
5/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
6/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "none"

Cons: "all!!!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"my son's carseat will not fit in the back of this car at all!! my 9 year old daughter is squished with no leg room also, the stereo is plain and lame do not turn it up or the speakers will blow. the dash reminds me of my 95 Saturn boring and ugly.Assoon as we drove this off the lot it dropped 3,000 in value!!!!!!! seriously dissapointed!!!!!!!!"

30 people out of 62 found this review helpful

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