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2013 Honda Civic

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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
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 286 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Honda has lessened the quality of the Civic!

By on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,800

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great mileage"

Cons: "See complete review"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Too much plastic; too much digital; low-quality carpet; no split seat, which makes hauling stuff more difficult; fabric quality on seats needs improvement; dashboard is too deep, which makes cleaning of the inside of the front windshield quite challenging."

Great, Reliable Compact Sedan

By on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, excellent steering, low depreciation"

Cons: "backup camera pretty small, exterior a bit bland"

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

"I purchased a used 2013 Honda Civic LX around 30,000 miles and have driven it another 5000 and I am extremely impressed. I am only 19 years old, so I am pretty picky and wanted a car more sporty (such as a Mazda 3), but I am very content with the Honda. It has great value for the money, drives well (although doesn't accelerate as quick as I would like) and gets excellent gas mileage. The interior and exterior are fine, but do nothing to blow me away and I find myself comparing it to better looking interior and exterior of cars such as the Mazda 3. Overall it has driven excellent so far, and I have had no problems. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a compact Sedan"

11 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Favorite car I've ever had.

By on Friday, May 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,400

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: "Smooth ride, fun to drive, looks great."

Cons: "No rear view camera."

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

"Great car. It doesn't have the pickup that my Accord had, but overall I love it. Perfect for my needs - some road trips, mostly around town. Mileage is FABULOUS. Trunk is enormous."

11 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Lovin' the Car!

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,240

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, relablity, distances are nothing"

Cons: "Nothing I can think of"

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

"I brought this car over a year ago (the end of 2014) for many reasons with one being that Christmas was coming up and I had a terrible Nissan Altima that had too many repair costs (it was a used car with over 100,000 miles on it and was just breaking down--I regretted getting that car. Big time.). So, I decided to seek Honda because my aunt owns an Accord (she always drove Honda Accords) and it had always been the most reliable car for her. I went for a Civic because I wanted something a bit smaller for convenience and I didn't feel like driving a big car anymore. So, I honed on the Civic, test drove it, and loved the smooth drive. Oh my God, I should have gotten this car after my accident. I was a dummy for not. Thank you to my dealership for making this possible. Holy Mac! I love it!"

12 people out of 27 found this review helpful

surprisingly small

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: too small

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "quality of a Honda"

Cons: "too small trunk and back seat area"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I purchased this car because of the name Honda. My last Honda civic was a 2003 model which I loved. I know Honda's are quality cars and I wanted something that would last a long time. I have been very disappointed with this vehicle. I was real surprised when my mom's rolling stroller did not fit. I work with disabled individuals for as a career. In my last Honda, I had no problems in fitting wheelchairs in the trunk and/or the backseat. I bought an extended warranty on this vehicle which raised the price slightly higher for the resale. I ended up taking a loss in the resale. I learned a valuable lesson. I am at a loss at what to do now. In order to buy another Honda, I will have to go to a larger priced model which I won't be able to afford the monthly payments."

10 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Honda Civic Si - Great performance and value

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great features, sharp design, strong powertrain"

Cons: "lackluster infotainment system"

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

"I purchased my 2015 Honda Civic Si in May of 2015 and have put nearly 13,000 miles on it. When I began looking for new vehicles, I almost overlooked the Civic Si. I had been looking at the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI. I felt these two models were a little out of my price range, being I am still a student. I believe the Si offers the best bang for the buck, as it includes many features which typically cost extra. The Si trim package includes an upgraded sound system with a 7-inch touch screen display and a power moonroof. Unlike other trim packages within the Civic lineup, the Si comes standard with a 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder engine paired with a six speed manual transmission as the only offered powertrain. The engine provides quick acceleration, with 0-60 times around the six second range. Based on my experience with this car, the engine performs best around 5000 RPMs. I have noticed occasional grinding when shifting quickly into third gear. It seems that this has become less of a problem as I have put more miles on my car. I was extremely impressed with the interior build quality of my Civic. Honda included many premium padded materials and fabric. The use of cheap feeling plastics is kept to a minimum. However, compared to the front driver and passenger doors, the rear doors contain less padding and utilize more plastic. As I mentioned above, this Si trim has an upgraded sound system with a 7-inch touch screen display. Honda originally promised Apple CarPlay support to all 2015 Civics, but later announced this would come standard starting in 2016. The HondaLink system works best for iPhone users, as I haven’t been able to play music from an Android phone connected through USB. Otherwise, Android phones are still able to play music through Bluetooth connectivity with minor audio quality loss. Overall, my only complaint with the exterior of this vehicle is the paint seems to have been applied too thin. After a few days of owning my car, I noticed the paint was beginning to chip around the edges of the bumper where it meets with the rear fenders. My local dealership quickly repainted the affected area and realigned the bumper. I believe the Civic Si is a great choice for anyone looking for a higher performing vehicle without paying a hefty price. There are plenty of aftermarket parts available for anyone who is looking for higher performance including turbo and supercharger kits."

16 people out of 32 found this review helpful

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