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2013 Honda Civic: More Value, Less Noise, And Much More Appeal

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Earlier this month we gave you a first glimpse of a significantly refreshed 2013 Honda Civic. Now at the Los Angeles Auto Show Honda has pulled the wraps entirely off the new Civic just as it begins reaching dealerships—this week—and there are some surprises that, from first glance, should make the new Civic a much more appealing and competitive compact sedan in the market.

Most notably, perhaps, other than the styling changes we already reported on, the new Civic includes a much-improved interior feature set, including Bluetooth hands-free calling connectivity and audio streaming, text-message functionality, Pandora integration, and a rearview camera system—all standard.

Navigation systems have been upgraded, too, with the new-generation system that has up to seven million points of interest and FM traffic, for subscription-free traffic info.

Inside, new soft-touch materials have been applied throughout the cabin, with revised textures and panel cutlines. All models now include a trunklid finisher and black carpeting. Cloth or leather are offered, as well as an all-black interior combination for the first time.

One area of complaint for the 2012 Civic, other than the cabin materials, has been the interior refinement, and Honda has made major gains in this department as well. Its body has been stiffened with more high-strength steel, side pillars have been upgraded, and thicker windshield and front door glass have been applied—as well as more soundproofing for the dash, floor, doors, and rear tray. Handling performance should be up, too, thanks to a retuned suspension aimed at increasing handling linearity. Front brake rotors also get an upgrade in size.

Safety-wise, the Civic gets a new SmartVent airbag design—like what just made its debut in the 2013 Honda Accord—and the Civic Hybrid will get standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

Pricing for the 2013 Civic, unveiled today, ranges from $17,965 for the Civic Coupe or $18,165 for the Civic Sedan—including all of those features. Top Si Sedans cost $22,715, while the Civic Hybrid now costs $24,360. The base Civic DX is gone this year, yet for most buyers this positioning should place the Civic at a value advantage over a number of other compact entries.

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  1. DARN! This sucks. No powertrain changes! I was hoping for Honda's "Earth Dreams" power train! Finally Direct Injection with dual mode engines that can act as regular OTTO cycle when you want power and Atkinson cycle when you want hybrid like MPG out of a regular engine! CVT transmission.

    But NO, Honda decided to do an 'emergency refresh', yet the changes are not worth it. Style changes, suspension tweaks, safety technology and body structure improvement are all great but that doesn't translate to real world value all that much.

    You'd be smart to wait for the 2014 year of the Civic. That is when they new powertrains will come out (hopefully).
     
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  2. Many sites have stated that 2015 is the year that Honda will roll out the Earth Dreams power train. I'm waiting for it as well. I've got my 2012 LX currently; we're going to be a single car family until the Earth Dreams platform Civic gets here; which I'm expecting will be 2015.

    I'm really hoping to see the city MPG numbers go up with the earth dreams platform -I'm pretty excited what Honda can do with the platform if they start actually adopting engine technology developed in the last decade or two! ;-)

    The increase in ride quality and a reduction in noise are certainly welcomed changes for 2013. (And getting rid of the ugly 2012 grill and rear...)

    Anyone know if real alloy wheels are finally standard in 2013?
     
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  3. Adam, the former base DX model has been dropped, but alloy wheels aren't standard on the new LX base. Get the EX or EX-L and alloy wheels are standard.
     
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  4. Or just stay away from Honda all together.. There excelleration is crap, and there kinda (super) ugly.. Lol. And everyone I know that has a Honda hates it
     
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  5. Does the hybrid still have the battery pack stacked vertically behind the 2 rear seats so you can't fold down the rear seats at all? -The huge decrease in storage capacity made the Civic Hybrid an absolute non-starter for me with the 2012 model. (2012 LX owner; formerly a 2007 LX owner)
     
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  6. Unfortunately packaging isn't going to change to that extent. But we do expect that the next-generation small Honda hybrids will be very different, with much-improved mileage.
    http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1080516_2015-honda-fit-powertrain-preview-drive
     
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