The current generation Honda Civic has only been on the market for one model year, but Honda has answered critics with a throughly revised 2013 model.
The current generation Honda Civic has only been on the market for one model year, but Honda has answered critics with a throughly revised 2013 model. Honda already gave us a preview of the exterior changes earlier this month, but today we get to see what Honda updated on the inside. The 2013 Honda Civic sedan receives all-new front and rear exterior styling, along with extensive interior styling upgrades on all models. Retuned steering and suspension sharpen the Civic’s handling, while extensive body and chassis upgrades are set to improve the ride comfort and interior quietness.
On the outside the Civic sedan gets new front and rear styling sheet metal changes that include an all-new hood and trunk lid. Up front, a new open-mouth lower bumper with a horizontal chrome accent and a sportier, black honeycomb mesh grille is anchored by new integrated fog lights on EX-L and above trims. The grille is flanked by new clear-lens corner lights to provide a more premium look. The 2013 Civic’s more sculpted front end flows into a new taller, more deeply faceted hood. In back, a new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid are capped by a horizontal chrome trim piece. The all-new design of the jewel-like taillights now carries into the trunk face.
The 2012 Civic’s interior was criticized for its hard plastics, so the 2013 model sees some significant upgrades. The interior gets an all-new tricot headliner, new soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and upper door treatment, and revised textures and panel junctions throughout the instrument panel and center console. For the first time, Civic is available in both cloth and leather with an all-black interior.
The 2013 Honda Civic also gets new standard features, including Bluetooth, rearview camera, color i-MID display, Pandora Interface, USB/iPod interface, SMS text message function, steering wheel audio controls and an exterior temperature gauge. A first in the compact segment, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid will provide standard Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning systems.
The Civic’s engine lineup carries over, which includes the 140-hp 1.8L, 201-hp 2.0L, the Civic Natural Gas and the Civic Hybrid.