For another predictable year, the 2013 Honda Civic is a fabulous deal if you are looking for a combination of reliability, a spacious interior and a great fuel sipper all for a good deal. However, many car industry insiders believe the 2013 model has lost its benchmark status from year’s past.
Honda has decided to revamp the 2013 Civic. This happened just one year after the 2012 model underwent a major redesign from its last major overhaul in 2006. Even though most details have not been released to the public, many speculate the 2013 Civic’s styling and the interior will see some major changes to it. The Civic’s front and back-ends are expected to be a bit more pronounced, while the fascias (front and back), an improved grille, updated tail lamps and wheels are the most pronounced changes. This year’s Civic still features two hybrid models with a gas-electric engine; however its overall mileage rating for all 2013 models will not change. The overall measurements of the car have not changed.
There are some notable improvements to the 2013 Honda Civic. One interesting thing to note is that even though the wheelbase has been shortened by one inch, this ninth-generation of the Civic has more legroom (1.6 inches, in fact) and shoulder width. This is an amazing feat by Honda, regarding its wheelbase shortening; we say this because when a wheelbase is shortened, passenger legroom typically is lost. However, due to Honda’s ingenious engineering, they have bucked the expected results.
On standard Honda Civic models, there will be a 5-inch screen to the right of the speedometer. This screen works in tandem with Honda’s smart Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and gives the operator information on fuel, audio and trip related readouts. Those cars with a navigation system will feature a 6.5-inch screen in order to enable drivers to better read maps. This year’s audio system buttons are still ergonomically designed; however, there is a slight learning curve when it comes to the steering wheel buttons that manage the audio system, the i-MID and the hands-free cell-phone system.
Depending on the model, there are some differences for Honda’s Civic model this year. The following models are available in both sedan and coupe varieties: the base DX model, the ever popular LX, the more luxurious EX, the leather-interior EX-L and the sports-version Si. However, the following models only are available in sedans: the fuel-sipping HF, the Civic Hybrid and the natural-gas-running Civic Natural Gas.
When it comes to what is under the hood of the 2013 Civic, most car experts believe there will not be many changes. Regardless of the trim one selects, DX, LX, HF, EX or the EX-L, it will more than likely have the standard 1.8-liter engine that still produces 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. While the engine seems standard and competitive against its competitors, the decreased weight of the Honda Civic design gives it an edge when it comes to performance.
In addition to the standard models, there are higher-end and hybrid models that Honda is still producing for the 2013 model year. The Si trim features a 2.4-liter engine that produces 201 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Test drivers of this model say it responds in an instant and its suspension makes driving bump-free. When it comes to hybrids, these models use Honda’s proprietary Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) gas-power electric power-trains. Using a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, one will get great gas mileage. This passive gas to electric power and vice-versa system sips gas while still giving drivers 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque.
When it comes to the Civic, gas mileage certainly depends on the model and what’s under the hood. The DX and LX models get 28/36 mileage with a manual transmission. The EX and EX-L models get 28/39 mileage ratings with an automatic transmission. HF models receive 29/41 while the Si models are able to produce a 22/31 mileage rating, partly because these can only take 91-octane gas as its base fuel. For the hybrid models, Honda really makes its hybrids stand out because they are really some of the most fuel efficient multi-fuel vehicles found anywhere on the market. Recent figures for the hybrid models rate the Honda Civic hybrid as getting 44 miles per gallon city/highway combined.
When it comes to prices, it truly varies based on the model and trim level. Overall, prices for the entire range of Civic models ranges from about $17,000 to $28,000. The DX trim is priced at about $17,200 for a five-speed manual and $17,900 for an automatic transmission. The coupe version is about $17,000 and $17,700 for manual and automatic transmissions respectively. The LX ranges in price from about $19,000 to $20,000. The HF trim comes in at about $21,000. The EX trims come in at about $21,000 to $22,000. The EX coupe and sedan models are priced at about $23,000, while the EX-L varies between $23,000 to $25,000 depending on what’s inside and under the hood. The Si sedan and coupe options both come in at about $24,000 to $25,000 depending on options. Depending on the type of hybrid model one chooses, one is able to pick one of these models up at about $25,000 to $28,000.
As we mentioned earlier, the Honda Civic is still a great competitor, but has recently been experiencing some great competition. Ford has introduced its Focus model, coming out with brand new 2013 sedan and hatchback models costing $17,700 and $19,500 respectively and as much as $30,000 for every possible option. Another competitor, the Chevy Cruze is the least flashy car of the Civics’ competitors. Available only in a four-door sedan, this is the most reserved driving car and starts at about $18,000 and can reach almost $26,000 fully loaded. Hyundai has its Elantra model competing against the Civic. Available in a sedan style, this car is available for $18,000 to $20,000.