After only one year on the market the Honda Civic has been significantly redesigned. Will the changes for the 2013 model year be enough to satisfy car writers--when car buyers already seemed to be pleased well enough?
We'll see. For now, Honda has completely redesigned the front structure of the car behind the sheetmetal in the name of safety. Honda says it expects the 2013 Civic to be the first compact sedan to receive the IIHS' new Top Safety Plus score when it gets safety tested. It also features new a SmartVent airbag design which made its debut in the new 2013 Honda Accord. The Hybrid model will have Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems standard.
The Civic's front end has been restyled to more closely resemble the better-received 2013 Accord. Inside, the 2013 Civic features new soft-touch materials throughout the cabin, including revised textures and panel cutlines. An all-black interior is now available, and the trunk features a finisher with black carpeting. Honda also has upgraded the navigation system, and a rearview camera and Bluetooth are now standard.
To make the cabin quieter Honda has installed a thicker windshield, added more high-strength steel, the side pillars have been upgraded, and the overall body has been stiffened. There's also more soundproofing in the dash, floor, doors, and rear tray.
The new 2013 Honda Civic is on sale now with a base price of $17,965 for the coupe and $18,165 for the sedan.
For more information on the 2013 Honda Civic be sure to read our full preview post here.