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AutoBlog Canada’s 2013 Honda Civic Roundup

AutoBlog Canada’s 2013 Honda Civic Roundup

Geoff bradley | On 4.12.12

The Redesign of the redesign. To call the 2013 Honda Civic anything else, might risk being perceived by some as somewhat detached from reality. Those of you of middle-age vintage may remember a TV show called Dallas. At the beginning of season 10, the show revealed that season 9 was simply a dream of one of the main characters, effectively erasing everything that had happened during the previous year. One year removed from the totally redesigned 2012 Honda Civic, we now have the Redesigned 2013 Honda Civic. 2012 was just a dream.

The 2012 Honda Civic failed to hit many notes within the industry. Overall, the feedback from most was the car had a cheap feel and didn’t propel the model or the brand forward in any way. For a category killer vehicle such as the Civic, this is described as resting on your laurels. But here is where reality starts to detach from industry opinion. By most accounts the 2012 Honda Civic is actually a sales success. 2012 Honda Civic is still the #1 selling passenger vehicle in Canada and it also maintains Top-5 status in the USA, not bad for a so-called failed redesign.

For as much stick as Honda received for the 2012 Honda Civic, it probably deserves equally as much credit for responding so quickly just one year later. Back-to-back model redesigns just don’t happen, typically. The 2013 Honda Civic has a more defined and less rounded look on the exterior improving on one of the biggest gripes from 2012. The interior is more refined with far more liberal usage of soft-touch materials and faux stitching. Honda claims the 2013 Honda Civic is also improved in the drivability department offering a tighter overall feel and a quicker steering ratio.

The 2012 Honda Civic may have given the competition an opening. Does the 2013 Honda Civic slam the door shut? Perhaps not, perhaps it’s far too early to make that call, but the early indications prove Honda Civic has no intention of giving up its category-leading status anytime soon.

The 2013 Honda Civic has a base price of starting at $15,440 and is on sale across Canada as of December 10th.

To get a sample of the sentiment and reactions to the 2013 Honda Civic, AutoBlog Canada has put together a comprehensive roundup of 2013 Honda Civic videos, photos, tweets, links and quotes. Check out the full 2013 Honda Civic release after the jump.

2013 Honda Civic Tweet Scan
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@annnal15: all I want from Santa is a new 2013 red Honda civic SI, my sister got one so maybe I have a chance

@ChristiSanborns: My first stroll in the 2013 civic, I like it it’s got a little more fines to it #2013 #civic #honda #cars #i http://instagr.am/p/Sxx20-vafH/

@CeegTheRealest: Just got approved for a brand new 2013 Honda Civic LX!!! I pick it up tomorrow!!!

@brandotango: The new higher-quality materials in the rushed 2013 quickly refreshed Honda Civic looks very promising.

‏@shellyluvsyuhx3: Christmas present : 2013 Honda civic lx Too exicted

@Jenn_A_Mayer: After watching a video on the new 2013 Honda Civic, I’m wishing I had that instead of my 2012. How much difference a year makes!

@Mikexx412: All I want for Christmas is a Honda Civic 2013 all black!

2013 Honda Civic (incl. EX-L) Photo Gallery

2013 Honda Civic first drive – Consumer Reports

2013 Honda Civic Review: Keeping Up With Expectations – AutoGuide.com

2013 Honda Civic first review, out of the box – Frank Pulsinelli

2013 Honda Civic Press Scan

“The minute the new Civic pulled up, it was immediately different-looking — more Accord-like. A redesigned front and rear, and new wheels, move the Civic a bit along the continuum from plain to fancy.” - Automobile Magazine

“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

“Now that the Civic appears to have gotten its groove back, we can only anticipate sales numbers will continue to grow.” - Motor Trend

2013 Honda Civic Press Release
Extensive design changes, content upgrades and advanced new available safety technologies make Civic the benchmark in the compact class

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 $18,1901.

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

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
New interior colour: Black
Powertrains
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.

Body
For 2013, the Honda Civic has received a host of changes that far exceed the typical mid-model refresh. The front and rear styling of the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan has been completely altered for a more youthful and premium feel, including 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 Navi (coupe), Touring 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 clean, horizontal chrome trim piece. The all-new design of the taillights now carries into the trunk face, providing a more finished and upscale look. The rear bumper features integrated reflector treatments and a new lower diffuser panel finished with a honeycomb mesh vent. While the expressive exterior styling of the 2013 Honda Civic Coupe remains unchanged, restyled wheels on all models help sharpen the look of the 2013 Civic.

Constructed of 55-pecent high-strength steel, the 2013 Civic’s body minimizes weight and maximizes strength for greater rigidity. The 2013 Civic’s body has seen a host of changes to the front floor, side sill, A-pillar, upper wheel housing and front bumper extension. This addition of high-strength steel is expected to pay refinement dividends and provide a stiffer structure for the numerous chassis updates for the 2013 Civic. In addition, the Civic’s new structure is designed to help it excel in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap crash test.

Chassis
Under the skin, the 2013 Civic has had significant alterations aimed at enhancing handling refinement and noise isolation. A reworked Electronic Power Steering (EPS) setup reduces friction and provides a quicker ratio, while stiffer wheels, stiffer front springs and a thicker front stabilizer bar with new Teflon-lined mounting bushings are designed for more fluid suspension action and a flatter, more responsive cornering attitude.

The rear suspension also receives a thicker stabilizer bar, increased spring rate, new Teflon-lined stabilizer-bar bushings, and reworked suspension bushings to increase both bump- and roll-motion stiffness. With its retuned MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, handling linearity, responsiveness and overall vehicle composure have been increased, while at the same time improving ride quality and the characteristic Honda fun-to-drive feel. For 2013, front brake-rotor diameter on automatic-equipped Civic LX, EX, EX-L Navi and Touring Civics jumps 20 mm from 262 to 282 mm for improved stopping performance.

A large range of new noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures work together to reduce road, engine and wind noise in the 2013 Civic’s interior. This includes a stiffer front subframe, new thicker windshield and front door glass, and additional soundproofing material in the dash, floor, doors, and rear tray to help reduce unwanted road noise, and provide a more serene ride and quieter cabin.

Interior
Inside, extensive refinements in design and construction gives the entire 2013 Honda Civic lineup a more premium feel, with 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 centre console. Subtle silver accents in the interior lend a higher-quality look, along with door panel and seat fabric upgrades. Providing a more upscale environment, black carpeting and a trunk lid finisher are now standard on all Civic models. For the first time, Civic is available in both cloth and leather with an all-black interior (Si model).

The 2013 Honda Civic provides a host of new class-leading features, including Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview camera, heated front seats, colour i-MID display, USB/iPod® interface, text message function, steering wheel audio controls, exterior temperature gauge and a sliding finished centre armrest. Available on Civic EX-L Navi, Touring and Si models, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition3 now includes a multi-view rearview camera and provides routing and guidance to individual addresses and more than 7-million points of interest within North America.

Safety
Named a “2012 Top Safety Pick” by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Civic returns for 2013 with a re-engineered Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure. The changes that went into the ACE II body structure were designed to help increase the protection provided to vehicle occupants in a frontal collision, including the addition of front end structures to help disperse crash energy in narrow overlap frontal crashes. These changes are expected to help the Civic obtain top marks in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash test.

Also new for 2013, the Civic features Honda’s new SmartVent™ front seat side airbag construction that recently debuted in the 2013 Honda Accord. The new SmartVent™ airbag design helps mitigate the risk of excessive side airbag deployment force, while eliminating the need for the prior Civic’s Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS). The elimination of OPDS allows improved heating of the seatback on Civic models (LX and above). Additionally, the 2013 Civic is equipped with a side curtain airbag with rollover sensors, ahead of anticipated regulatory requirements.

The 2013 Civic’s additional safety technologies include standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)4 with traction control, and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle.

Warranty and Awards
The 2013 Honda Civic is covered by a 3-year/60,000-kilometre new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/100,000-kilometre powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year/unlimited-kilometre corrosion limited warranty.

Manufacturer: Honda Canada

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