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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 273 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

good, not great had civics i liked much better

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable"

Cons: "transmision"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"what i really do not like about this car is the cvt transmision. would much prefer a six speed automatic. otherwise typical civic reliable and dependable"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER

By on Friday, August 21, 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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smoothest Ride Ever"

Cons: "what cons?"

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

"This car is SMOOTH to drive! There is no road noise. Drives like a luxury car. Instrument panel is lit up blue, modern like a spaceship with a digital speedometer--keeps my eye on the road, and oh-so-modern! I will never get stopped for speeding, the speedometer tells me EXACTLY my speed without looking down at an analog dial. This car senses every move, and responds perfectly. One mistake and a light or sound goes on to warn you. The car is intuitive. Engineered amazingly. Just can't believe it--you will be thrilled beyond belief."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Car Pool Lane Sticker and Spending Less Per Fill-u

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "It's Natural Gas!"

Cons: "No umph when the car is in Eco mode"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"You cannot complain when you live in Southern California and every time you fill-up, you are only spending $17 dollars at most! AND you get the Car Pool lane sticker. Which will be valid until 2019!"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Best car I've owned

By on Sunday, August 16, 2015

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
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, great fuel economy"

Cons: "interior is a bit inferior"

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

"I had wanted a Civic and finally bought a new 2014 last year. I don't know what Honda did to this car, but I get 44 to 46 MPG in Economy mode in the spring, summer and fall (and it is not a hybrid) the way I drive to work. I have a 27.6 mile round trip drive to and from work at mostly 35 MPH and a stretch of 45 for about a mile and 50 for about 2 miles. There are very few stops but still- the MPG is incredible. There have been times I have averaged over 50 MPG on a trip to or from work and I have also seen 49 MPG on the highway at an average of 60 MPH (for a trip of about 30 miles). Just drove the distance from Cleveland to Columbus and back and averaged around 45 MPG. My MPG in the winter on my drive to and from work drops to around 31 MPG (what it is rated at), but spring, summer and fall are awesome. Just filled up the tank and the range reset to 590 miles- routinely see 500+ miles per fill up in the spring, summer and fall. Hooked on Honda for life."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love my new car!

By on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, beautiful car, very efficient"

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

Beautiful car right after purchase

"I am leasing this car as my first ever "big girl car" and I couldn't be more happy with it. In deciding between the 2015 Toyota Corolla and 2015 Honda Civic, I overall went with the Civic because I prefer the look of it and haven't regretted my decision. I have the Taffeta White base model and even though it doesn't have higher-end features (such as a navigation touch screen), I don't regret my decision to get this car at all. Driving in town, I still get an average of 27.4 MPG and it feels very secure, as well. I couldn't be happier with my new purchase"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Beautiful car right after purchase

Country Kid with First Honda

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Cruise Control with 5 Speed Manual & Crash Test"

Cons: "Warranty should be same as a Kia & Paid too much"

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

2014 LX 5 speed manual

"I decided to purchase my first real economy car last year. Looked at Kia Rio, Nissan Versa and Ford Focus. Ended up with a new 2014 Honda Civic LX with 5 speed manual transmission. This car drives 16 miles of horrible gravel roads everyday. So far it has held up. I am most impressed with how well the cruise control holds very well in hilly country. Yes it will drop a few miles/hour with the cruise on and Econ button is always on but in 5th gear I have never had to down shift going up mountain passes. I was very surprised about this. I am happy with the features of the LX and plan to get 300K miles out it. If I had it to do over again,I would have shopped a little longer to get a Kia Forte and would have paid less and had a 10 year and 100K miles warranty and more than likely been just as satisfied. The 6 speed Kia's manual runs about 300 RPM less than the 5 Speed at 75 mph."

2014 LX 5 speed manual

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