Honda Civic Review
The 2013 Honda Civic ranks 11 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Civic, as well as reliability and safety data.
According to auto reviewers, the 2013 Honda Civic’s improved interior materials and additional standard features make it class-competitive.
The Honda Civic comes in base, Si, HF and Hybrid models. The Honda Civic Hybrid is reviewed separately. Each model has a different powertrain setup, but they all have a four-cylinder gasoline engine. The base Civic’s engine makes 140 horsepower, and while test drivers think it provides the Civic with good freeway acceleration, they think some competitors feel more powerful. Honda says the base Civic averages 28/39 mpg city/highway. The base Civic has five-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Critics don’t complain about either one, but some wish that they had six gears like many rivals. For the 2013 model year, Honda tightened the Civic’s suspension, and auto writers say that the ride and steering are nicely balanced. The Honda Civic doesn't lead the class with stellar performance, but it trumps a lot of the competition with its strong reliability score.
This year, the Honda Civic has more standard features, which brings it in line with offerings from its competitors. The base sedan comes with air conditioning, a USB port, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. A navigation system and a stereo upgrade are optional. Overall, test drivers think the climate and audio controls are easy to use, though one says the navigation system is a little complicated. Auto writers are pleased with the Civic’s cabin space and comfortable seats. They report that the front seats offer good space for adults, though tall adults will need more headroom. They say the rear seats will fit most adults. The Civic trails some of its classmates in terms of cargo space, though.
- "Civic is not tops in the compact class at everything, but its strength lies in that it really has no glaring faults. ... Although Civic is now up against a much tougher group of rival cars -- some of which might best it from a ‘features per dollar’ standpoint -- it's still a compact-car Best Buy." -- Consumer Guide
- "But with new compacts threatening its traditional dominance, the 2013 Civic arrives with a new look to complement its still-competitive package." -- Edmunds
- "Result: Civic's now a car that's fun to drive, not one that's just OK. It feels as if it's a credible contender for best compact." -- USA Today
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say the Mazda3 is the better pick for shoppers craving an agile small car with good engine power and high fuel economy ratings.
If you like the Civic but want all-wheel drive, check out the Subaru Impreza. Available as a sedan and hatchback, reviewers say the Impreza has comfortable rear seats and a quality interior.
Details: 2013 Honda Civic
The five-seat 2013 Civic sedan and coupe are available in LX, EX and EX-L trims. There is also a Civic Hybrid model, which is reviewed separately, and a Natural Gas model. The base model has a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2012 model year, but Honda made significant updates for 2013 by improving interior quality and adding more standard features, such as air conditioning, a USB port, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Since the 2012 and 2013 Civics are similar, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from both model years.
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