2013 Honda Civic Sedan

Just like with the recently announced Honda Accord , the ninth generation Civic also received its first update and changes include a completely revised front and rear exterior styling, improved interior, while the 1.8-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine remains unchanged. The model made its world debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be put on sale on November 29 at a stating price of $18,165.

On the exterior the 2013 Civic has received a more youthful and premium styling with an an all-new hood, updated grille, a new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid. The interior has also being revised with soft-top materials and new technologies, while the list of safety features is being more impressive than ever and will include as a first in the compact segment standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

While under the hood the engine remains unchanged, Honda has added a new high fuel efficiency "HF" version that delivers an impressive fuel economy of 41 mpg on the highway.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Honda Civic.

Exterior

Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Civic received its first major update when the ninth generation has been launched on the market and now its design language continues to evolve. Honda opted to completely update both the front and the rear of the Civic in order to obtain a more youthful and premium feel.

Up front the sedan has received a new hood, a new open-mouth lower bumper with a horizontal chrome accent, a new black honeycomb mesh grille that on selected models will feature integrated fog lights. For the rear Honda added a new bumper and trunk lid, and new taillights with a jewel-like design.

The car’s body is made of 55% high-strength steel and includes updates on the front floor, side sill, A-pillar, upper wheel housing and front bumper extension.

The model is being offered with standard 15" lightweight alloy wheels and 16" alloy for the EX version.

Interior

Honda Civic Sedan

While the exterior has been redesigned to offer a more youthful feeling, for the interior Honda focused on the premium feeling. The 2013 Civic has received an all-new tricot headliner, new soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and upper door treatment, and revised textures and panel junctions throughout the instrument panel and center console. Customers can opt for both cloth and leather interiors with subtle silver accents.

Standard features:

  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®,
  • Bluetooth® Audio,
  • rearview camera,
  • color i-MID display,
  • Pandora® Interface,
  • USB/iPod® interface,
  • SMS text message function,
  • steering wheel audio controls,
  • exterior temperature gauge and a sliding finished center armrest.

The EX and EX-L version will also receive the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition.

Engine

Honda Civic Sedan

The four-cylinder engine has been heavily revised when the ninth generation arrived on the market, so for 2013 model year it remains unchanged. So, all Civic models will be offered with a 1.8-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 HP and a peak torque of 128 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm.

The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission and delivers an impressive fuel economy of 28/39/32 mpg city/hwy/combined when equipped with the automatic transmission. For the HF version, those figures climb to 29/41/33 mpg.

Safety Features

Honda Civic Sedan

Honda wants to keep its "2012 Top Safety Pick" award, so the 2013 Civic has been updated to deliver even more safety. Its body has been updated with new front end structures that help delivering even more protection in case of a frontal crash.

The model will be offered for the first time with the new SmartVent™ front seat side airbag construction - also used in the 2013 Accord, and as a first in the compact segment, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid will be offered with standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

These new systems have been designed to detect a possible collision and they provide visible and audible alerts.

Other standard features:

  • dual-stage,
  • multiple-threshold front airbags,
  • an anti-lock braking system (ABS),
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)4 with traction control,
  • a tire pressure monitoring system,
  • a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle.

Price

Honda Civic Sedan

The new generation Honda Civic will be put on sale on November 29, 2012 at a starting price of $18,165.

ModelTransmissionMSRPEPA City/Hwy/Combined MPG
Civic LX Sedan5-Speed Manual$18,16528/36/31
Civic LX Sedan5-Speed Automatic$18,96528/39/32
Civic HF Sedan5-Speed Automatic$19,76529/41/33
Civic EX Sedan5-Speed Automatic$20,81528/39/32
Civic EX Sedan Navi5-Speed Automatic$22,31528/39/32
Civic EX-L Sedan5-Speed Automatic$22,26528/39/32
Civic EX-L Sedan Navi5-Speed Automatic$23,76528/39/32

Competition

Honda Civic Sedan

One of the biggest competitors for the Honda Civic - Toyota Corolla has been updated just two years ago. It also received an updated exterior and interior look and its 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine delivers a total of 132 hp. However, if you ask us, the new Civic looks a little bit more fresh and we believe that this new design language will attract lots of new buyers.

LOVE IT
  • The new look is quite nice
  • More safety features
  • Upgraded interior
LEAVE IT
  • Same engine

Press Release

The top-selling and award-winning Honda Civic returns for 2013, with a host of design upgrades and a bevy of new standard features, while still maintaining the efficiency and value that has made the Civic an automotive icon for the past 40 years. The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan receives all-new front and rear exterior styling, along with extensive interior styling upgrades on all models. Retuned steering and suspension sharpen the Civic’s handling, while extensive body and chassis upgrades improve the ride comfort and interior quietness.

Across the board, every 2013 Civic model is equipped with a suite of class-leading standard features. Standard equipment on every Honda Civic includes Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, color i-MID display, USB/iPod® connection, Pandora® Interface, an SMS text feature, steering wheel audio controls, exterior temperature gauge and sliding center-console armrest. Even with hundreds of dollars of standard features added, the 2013 Civic arrives with only a modest $160 increase in MSRP across the lineup, with pricing for the exceptionally well-equipped 2013 Civic LX Sedan beginning at $18,1651.

New safety technologies built into the 2013 Civic include the application of the next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, which includes additional front end structures designed to help increase occupant protection by dispersing crash energy in narrow overlap frontal crashes, and should help the Civic obtain a top rating in the new small-offset crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also new are SmartVent™ side airbags, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor and the availability of Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, which make their compact-class debut in the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Featuring the widest array of powertrain choices available in the segment, the Civic lineup is designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s compact-vehicle buyer. The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe will be available in LX, EX, EX-L and Si models, with the Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas and Civic HF also available in sedan form. The entry model Civic DX has been discontinued for 2013.

Summary of Changes for 2013

Completely revised front and rear exterior styling (Sedan)
Enhanced standard feature content on all model grades
Recalibrated suspension and steering
Extensive new NVH reduction features
Revised interior styling including soft-touch materials
Next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure
Standard rearview camera
Standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Standard Bluetooth® Audio
Standard Pandora® Interface
Standard USB/iPod® interface
Standard SMS text message functionality
Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems
Two new exterior colors: White Orchid Pearl and Kona Coffee Metallic
New interior color: Black

Powertrains
The 2013 Civic lineup includes sedan and coupe models with a conventional gasoline engine and "Si" performance models. Civic also offers a high fuel efficiency "HF," hybrid and exclusive natural gas alternative-fuel sedans.

Heavily revised for the ninth-gen Civic introduction for model year 2012, the Civic’s all-aluminum, 140-horsepower, i-VTEC® 1.8-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine is unchanged for 2013, continuing to provide exceptional responsiveness, refinement, and fuel efficiency. Providing 128 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm, the Honda mill is paired with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. In the Civic Sedan and Coupe, this powertrain has earned an EPA fuel-economy rating of 28/39/32 mpg2 city/hwy/combined when equipped with the automatic transmission. In the Civic HF Sedan, those figures climb to 29/41/33 mpg2.

Now available in 37 states, the 2013 Honda Civic Natural Gas continues as the only mass produced natural gas sedan available in the U.S. In the Civic Natural Gas, the 1.8-liter engine produces 110 horsepower, and earns an EPA fuel economy rating of 27/38/31 mpg2 (city/hwy/combined). The 2013 Civic Hybrid features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA®) system, which when coupled with its Lithium-Ion battery pack, produces 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the Civic Hybrid earns a city/hwy/combined EPA rating of 44/44/44 mpg2. The Civic Sedan and Coupe, Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid models all feature Honda’s ECO Assist™ technology, which with the push of the green, dash-mounted "ECON" button, can help drivers operate the vehicle more efficiently.

Along with strong fuel efficiency, the Civic lineup also offers strong performance. The 2013 Civic Si Sedan and Si Coupe models are equipped with an all-aluminum, 201-horsepower, i-VTEC® 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve engine paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Even though it provides 170 lb-ft of torque and offers exhilarating performance, the Civic Si has a remarkable 31 mpg2 EPA highway fuel economy rating.

Body
For 2013, the Honda Civic has received a host of changes that far exceed the typical mid-model refresh. The front and rear styling of the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan has been completely altered for a more youthful and premium feel, including sheet metal changes that include an all-new hood and trunk lid. Up front, a new open-mouth lower bumper with a horizontal chrome accent and a sportier, black honeycomb mesh grille is anchored by new integrated fog lights on EX-L and above trims. The grille is flanked by new clear-lens corner lights to provide a more premium look. The 2013 Civic’s more sculpted front end flows into a new taller, more deeply faceted hood.

In back, a new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid are capped by a clean, horizontal chrome trim piece. The all-new design of the jewel-like taillights now carries into the trunk face, providing a more finished and upscale look. The rear bumper features integrated reflector treatments and a new lower diffuser panel finished with a honeycomb mesh vent. While the expressive exterior styling of the 2013 Honda Civic Coupe remains unchanged, restyled wheels on all models help sharpen the look of the 2013 Civic.

Constructed of 55-pecent high-strength steel, the 2013 Civic’s body minimizes weight and maximizes strength for greater rigidity. The 2013 Civic’s body has seen a host of changes to the front floor, side sill, A-pillar, upper wheel housing and front bumper extension. This addition of high-strength steel is expected to pay refinement dividends and provide a stiffer structure for the numerous chassis updates for the 2013 Civic. In addition, the Civic’s new structure is designed to help it excel in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap crash test.

Chassis
Under the skin, the 2013 Civic has had significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling refinement and noise isolation. A reworked Electronic Power Steering (EPS) setup reduces friction and provides a quicker ratio, while stiffer wheels, stiffer front springs and a thicker front stabilizer bar with new Teflon-lined mounting bushings are designed for more fluid suspension action and a flatter, more responsive cornering attitude.

The rear suspension also receives a thicker stabilizer bar, increased spring rate, new Teflon-lined stabilizer-bar bushings, and reworked suspension bushings to increase both bump- and roll-motion stiffness. With its retuned MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, handling linearity, responsiveness and overall vehicle composure have been increased, while at the same time improving ride quality and the characteristic Honda fun-to-drive feel. For 2013, front brake-rotor diameter on automatic-equipped Civic LX, EX and EX-L Sedans and Coupes jumps 20 mm from 262 to 282 mm for improved stopping performance.

A large range of new noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures work together to reduce road, engine and wind noise in the 2013 Civic’s interior. This includes a stiffer front subframe, new thicker windshield and front door glass, and additional soundproofing material in the dash, floor, doors, and rear tray to help reduce unwanted road noise, and provide a more serene ride and quieter cabin.

Interior
Inside, extensive refinements in design and construction gives the entire 2013 Honda Civic lineup a more premium feel, with an all-new tricot headliner, new soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and upper door treatment, and revised textures and panel junctions throughout the instrument panel and center console. Subtle silver accents in the interior lend a higher-quality look, along with door panel and seat fabric upgrades. Providing a more upscale environment, black carpeting and a trunk lid finisher are now standard on all Civic models. For the first time, Civic is available in both cloth and leather with an all-black interior.

The 2013 Honda Civic provides a host of new class-leading standard features, including Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, color i-MID display, Pandora® Interface, USB/iPod® interface, SMS text message function, steering wheel audio controls, exterior temperature gauge and a sliding finished center armrest. Available on Civic EX, EX-L, Hybrid and Natural Gas models, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition3 now includes a multi-view rearview camera and provides routing and guidance to individual addresses and more than 7-million points of interest within the continental United States. With its 16-GB flash memory system, it offers fast route calculation and includes FM traffic, a subscription-free service that alerts drivers to traffic conditions.

Safety
Named a "2012 Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Civic returns for 2013 with a re-engineered Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure. The changes that went into the ACE II body structure were designed to help increase the protection provided to vehicle occupants in a frontal collision, including the addition of front end structures to help disperse crash energy in narrow overlap frontal crashes. These changes should also help the Civic obtain top marks in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash test.

Also new for 2013, the Civic features Honda’s new SmartVent™ front seat side airbag construction that recently debuted in the 2013 Honda Accord. The new SmartVent™ airbag design helps mitigate the risk of excessive side airbag deployment force, while eliminating the need for the prior Civic’s Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS). The elimination of OPDS allows improved heating of the seatback on Civic EX-L models. Additionally, the 2013 Civic is equipped with a side curtain airbag with rollover sensors, nearly two years ahead of regulatory requirements.

A first in the compact segment, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid will provide standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems. FCW is designed to detect a possible collision with another vehicle or object ahead and provide visible and audible alerts to the driver. LDW provides visible and audible alerts if the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn indicator.

The 2013 Civic’s additional safety technologies include standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)4 with traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle.


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