Used Car: 2013 Honda Civic Review
The 2013 Honda Civic offers excellent gas mileage and a strong reliability rating, and reviewers were impressed with its crisp steering and composed ride.
Some reviewers said that the base 2013 Honda Civic could use more power. However, others said that its four-cylinder engine provides enough power for the highway, even if it is a little slow from a stop. A five-speed manual transmission and a five-speed automatic are available, and the automotive press said that shifts are precise with the standard five-speed manual transmission. The Civic Si comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a more powerful four-cylinder engine that test drivers said makes the Civic feel livelier. Equipped with an automatic transmission, the base 2013 Civic sedan gets an EPA-estimated 28/39 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. The Civic HF gets an even more impressive 29/41 mpg. Auto writers said the Honda Civic has direct steering, strong brakes and feels controlled around corners while maintaining a serene ride. Test drivers noted that handling is particularly nimble in the Si trim, which they said has a firm, yet comfortable, ride.
Reviewers said the 2013 Honda Civic’s interior is quiet and features quality materials that give the cabin an upscale feel. The Civic sedan has an adequate amount of legroom in the front and rear seats, test drivers noted, though they said the optional sunroof cuts down on headroom. The Civic sedan also has slightly less cargo space compared to rivals. The five-seat 2013 Civic sedan comes with a four-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary input and several features that were newly standard for 2013, including air conditioning, a USB port, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Available features include navigation, leather seats, heated front seats, satellite radio and a moonroof. Auto writers said that the 2013 Civic’s audio and climate controls are intuitive and the Bluetooth is a breeze to connect. A few critics thought the navigation system is hard to use, citing small controls and a screen that washes out in bright light.
The 2013 Honda Civic has one of the highest reliability ratings in the class.
Other Cars to Consider
If you need more space, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta sedan has one of the roomiest trunks in the class and reviewers said it has a spacious cabin with ample head- and legroom in both rows. The available diesel model gets great fuel economy ratings and test drivers said it’s very peppy off the line.
Test drivers said the 2013 Mazda3 is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class, thanks to its crisp steering and agile handling. The Mazda3 also gets competitive fuel economy ratings when equipped with an available Skyactiv engine.