Honda just released a redesigned, new-generation Civic last year; yet for 2013 it's more extensively rejiggered the value equation, making features like cruise control, power windows, and a rear-view camera system, Bluetooth, and Pandora connectivity standard at all trim levels--and pricing it at much more competitive levels.
In turn, the bargain-basement Civic DX versions of years past are gone, leaving the 2013 Civic LX starting at $18,995 and ranging up to $27,850 for a leather-lined Civic Hybrid (and a little more yet for the Civic Natural Gas), the Civic again plays several very different roles, depending on which model you choose.
But this year you're likely not going to be disappointed with the feature set. All Civics will a 160-watt sound system with Bluetooth hands-free calling connectivity and audio streaming, text-message functionality, Pandora integration, and a rearview camera system, plus cruise control, and power accessories. EX models upgrade to a six-speaker sound system, automatic climate control, and the chance to upgrade to navigation, while top EX-L models get leather upholstery, heated front seats, and heated mirrors.
The navigation systems have been upgraded with more points of interest and a new FM-based (subscription-free) traffic service). But over several drives, we've found a number of disappointments in the navigation-system and audio interfaces, and we recommend the standard audio setup unless you really need nav functionality onboard.Each of these audio systems are quite good for this class of car, producing crisp, clean sound on both the high and low ends of the range. iPod integration is intuitive and easy to use, although the USB port wouldn't charge unknown devices like the Blackberry we connected.