MARKHAM, ON As Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 14 consecutive years, the Honda Civic returns for 2013 with a host of design upgrades and a bevy of new standard features, while still maintaining the efficiency and value that has made the Civic an automotive icon for the past 40 years. 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 improve the ride comfort and interior quietness.
The 2013 Civic model is available with a suite of class-leading features. Standard equipment on Honda Civic LX includes Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, colour i-MID display, USB/iPod® connection, heated front seats, text messaging feature, steering wheel audio controls, exterior temperature gauge and sliding centre-console armrest. Even with hundreds of dollars of standard features added, the 2013 Civic arrives with only a modest MSRP increase between $200-450 across the lineup, with pricing for the exceptionally well-equipped 2013 Civic LX Sedan beginning at $18,190.
New safety technologies built into the 2013 Civic include the application of the next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, which includes additional front end structures designed to help increase occupant protection by dispersing crash energy in narrow overlap frontal crashes, and should help the Civic obtain a top rating in the new small-overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also new are SmartVent™ side airbags and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor.
Featuring the widest array of powertrain choices available in the segment, the Civic lineup is designed to meet the diverse needs of today’s compact-vehicle buyer. The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe will be available in DX (sedan only), LX, EX, EX-L Navi (coupe only) Touring (sedan only) and Si.
Summary of Changes for 2013 include: Completely revised front and rear exterior styling (Sedan), enhanced standard feature content on all model grades, recalibrated suspension and steering, extensive new NVH reduction features, revised interior styling including soft-touch materials, Next-gen Advanced Compatibility, engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, two new exterior colours: White Orchid Pearl and Kona Coffee Metallic. Also new is a black interior colour.
The 2013 Civic lineup includes sedan and coupe models with a conventional gasoline engine and “Si” performance models.
Heavily revised for the ninth-gen Civic introduction for model year 2012, the Civic’s all-aluminum, 140-horsepower, i-VTEC® 1.8-litre 16-valve four-cylinder engine is unchanged for 2013, continuing to provide exceptional responsiveness, refinement, and fuel efficiency. Providing 128 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm, the Honda mill is paired with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. In the Civic Sedan and Coupe, this powertrain has earned a fuel-economy rating of 7.1/5.0/6.22 city/hwy/combined when equipped with the automatic transmission.
The Civic Sedan and Coupe models all feature Honda’s ECO Assist™ technology, which with the push of the green, dash-mounted “ECON” button; can help drivers operate the vehicle more efficiently.
Along with strong fuel efficiency, the Civic lineup also offers strong performance. The 2013 Civic Si Sedan and Si Coupe models are equipped with an all-aluminum, 201-horsepower, i-VTEC® 2.4-litreDOHC 16-valve engine paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Even though it provides 170 lb-ft of torque and offers exhilarating performance, the Civic Si has a remarkable 10.0/6.4/8.42 highway fuel economy rating.