The 2013 Civic has received a host of changes that seek to address criticism aimed at the 2012 model. The Coupe remains unchanged, save for new wheels, but the sedan features a black honeycomb mesh grille, new clear-lens corner lights and a taller, more sculpted hood up front and a new trunk lid, taillights and restyled bumper at the rear.
The chassis has received a recalibrated steering set-up with a quicker ratio, stiffer wheels, stiffer front spring rates and thicker front and rear anti-roll bars for sportier handling. Front-discs diameter on automatic gearbox-equipped LX, EX and EX-L Sedan and Coupe modes are 20 mm larger, to 282 mm, for improved braking.
The interior of the 2012 model had been criticized for being inferior to its predecessor. For the 2013Civic, Honda introduced new soft-touch materials on the instrument and upper-door panels, a new headliner and black carpeting and a trunk lid finisher while, for the first time, buyers can order an all-black interior in both cloth and leather upholstery.
In the safety department, the facelifted Civic features a re-engineered body structure with changes to the front floor, A-pillar, upper wheel housing and bumper extension and added front elements that disperse energy in barrow overlap frontal collisions.
There are also SmartVent front-seat side airbags that mitigate the risk of excessive airbag employment that were recently introduced inthe 2013 Accordand, along with ABS, VSA stability and traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system, it offers a Forward Collision Warning and a Lane Departure Warning system.
The GPS-linked navigation system with voice recognition now comes with a multi-view rearview camera, a 16GB-flash memory for faster route calculations and guidance to more than seven million points of interest in the U.S. Other features include Bluetooth, Pandora and USB/iPod connectivity and a color i-MID display.
The 2013 Civic Sedan and Coupe will be available in LX, EX, EX-L and Si models, while the entry-level DX trim has been discontinued.
Pricing for the 2013 Civic has increased by US$160 across the range, starting from US$18,165 for the LX Sedan.