2013 Honda Civic Expert Review

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 4.0 Comfort 3.5 Styling 3.7 Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

Although it underwent a major overhaul just one year ago, the Honda Civic enters the 2013 model year with fresh batch of standard equipment, better interior materials and improved ride quality. With a range of engines to choose from, along with sedan, coupe and sporty Si variants, there is a Civic to fit most tastes.

You'll Like The 2013 Honda Civic If...

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

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.

Interior Features

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 Features

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.

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.

Pricing Notes

The entry-level 2013 Honda Civic LX carries a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of just under $19,000. Opting for the hybrid model tacks an additional $6,000 to the bottom line, but includes a higher level of standard equipment. A fully-loaded EX-L sedan with navigation comes in at a very respectable $24,500. Competitors such as the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Mazda3 start in the $17,000 range, though none of which can match the Civic's comprehensive roster of standard features. Be sure to check our Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page to see what others in your area are actually paying for the 2013 Honda Civic. Down the road, we expect the 2013 Honda Civic to maintain the strongest 5-year residual values in the segment.

Notable 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.

Notable Options

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.

Favorite Features

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.

Standard in all trim levels is a 5-inch LCD monitor that displays music and mileage info, plus navigation info on vehicles so equipped.

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

Editors' Notes

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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Owner Reviews


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Honda Civic 2013 sedan lx.

I have a Honda Civic 2013 sedan lx. When I did my test drive on this vehicle I already felt that it was the one. It was simple, comfortable, and responsive. Safety is my priority and I instantly felt it with this vehicle. I got my car as a used condition at 2016. Mileage was decent, the price was reasonable, and it was in good shape. All I did was to have the car serviced and replaced the wipers then everything was a-okay! I do not do much long driving. The most I did is 2 hours. During those times it never crossed my mind that I was uncomfortable in my seat. No matter if I am sitting up straight when concentrating or slouching when I am driving lazy I always feel comfortable and safe. My car’s version does not have leather seats or seat warmers, but I do not mind. I personally do not need to spend more money for those extra features. I was first skeptical in buying a used car. Safety is my priority. Checking the brakes was the first I checked during my test drive. The brakes are not too sensitive yet responsive. I love how it smoothly slows down when putting the right amount of pressure on the breaks. I hate when I borrow my sister’s car cause her brakes are too sensitive. With just slight amount of pressure on the brakes the car stops abruptly. I had to adjust to it and my legs get tired faster. Yet, with this model I have no complaints. Car warnings are on point too, which I appreciate a lot. Overall I love this vehicle. The features are basic but useful. Also, sunroof! The link below are the specs for this vehicle for more information. Https://cars. Us news. Com/cars-trucks/Honda/Civic/2013/specs/Civic-lx-automatic-sedan-356545.

- Kg G

I love everything about the Honda Civic!!

I love driving a Honda Civic. It gets great gas mileage, and definitely gets me where I need to go! I hardly ever have to take it to the shop, making it low maintenance! It has never broken down on me, and the seats are so spacious and comfortable! They lean all the way back which is a definite bonus. The back up camera has saved me so many times, and the dash changes colors based on how efficiently you are driving. The faster you drive, the lights start to turn blue meaning you are accelerating too fast! I love that the computer has a maintenance reminder for me. So whenever I have a service due, it remembers for me so I do not forget to service it! I will never drive a car other than a Honda Civic as long as I live. It also accelerates fast, making you sound like you are driving a sports car. I like that the very base model of this car came with all of the bells and whistles that would cost so much extra with other types of car! I would absolutely recommend someone shopping for a car to check out and consider a Honda Civic!

- Kelsey M

Sporty, compact, zip around town car. Excellent gas mileage!

My Civic is extremely reliable, in fact we just moved back from Europe and it proved to be quite reliable as we crossed several borders and traveled to many vacation destinations. The gas economy is particularly excellent with the si model, and given we have a two-door model it fits our small family perfectly. We purchased a manual edition and we do not regret it! We find we get better gas mileage versus the automatic version. The interior is quite nice and very sporty. The racing seats can be deemed uncomfortable over long distances but we've never had a problem. The dashboard is laid out quite nicely and we use our rear backup camera without fail. The sound system that came with the vehicle is excellent and in the three years we've owned it, have experienced no issues. My kids are young so they do not complain about the space in the backseat but truthfully, the car can fit three adults in the backseat it is just a little cramped.

- Callie S