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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...

Winner of KBB Best Resale Value: Compact CarExcellent fuel economyRelatively spacious for a compact sedan or coupeReassuringly high scores in crash testsWell-tuned suspension offering comfort with control

You May Not Like The 2013 Honda Civic If...

Brakes could be strongerNatural Gas and Hybrid versions lose trunk space

What's New

Substantial improvements in styling and hardwareMore standard equipment

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

BLUETOOTH MUSIC STREAMINGWe 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.I-MID DISPLAYStandard 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-cylinder140 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm128 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 mpg (manual), 28/39 mpg (automatic), 29/41 mpg (Civic HF automatic)2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder201 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder + electric motor110 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm127 lb-ft of torque @ 1,000-3,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/44 mpg1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder, natural gas110 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm106 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpmEPA 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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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

So safe and reliable, I would give it to my kid as their first car. Love it!

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I own a 2013 Honda Civic. I bought the car used so I didn't get to pick the color or interior. The car is black on the outside and inside. The black outside stays pretty clean and nice looking but in the hot summer months the car is extremely hot. However that mainly depends on the color you choose. The interior is very spacious and comfortable. The seat can be adjusted in many different ways which helps to customize the seat for different drivers. The fabric is soft and comfortable as well as easy to clean. The dashboard is large and can get dusty but overall it has a great appearance. My favorite features are the Bluetooth and the backup camera. After having these two amazing features in this car, I don't think I will be able to buy a car in the future that doesn't have these features. The Bluetooth in the car is an absolute lifesaver and the voice control works perfectly. The backup camera is extremely helpful. It helps me park and feel safe while going in reverse. The trunk is a good size for the car as well and fits a lot. I wish the headlights were a little brighter and I wish there was air conditioning in the back row of the car. But other than that, this car is absolutely perfect for me. It has speed but not too much l, it is extremely safe and reliable, and it is sleek and looks great. This car makes me want to drive Honda for the rest of my life. I would definitely buy a Honda for my kids because I trust this brand and feel safe and comfortable with it.

- Jenny G

I love everything about the Honda Civic!!

2013 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

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