Restyled 2013 Honda Civic Arrives at U.S. Dealerships with Premium Style, Host...

Restyled 2013 Honda Civic Arrives at U.S. Dealerships with Premium Style, Host of Popular Standard Features

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


TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The top-selling and
award-winning 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.



Across the board, every 2013 Civic model is equipped with a suite of
class-leading standard features. Standard equipment on every Honda Civic
includes Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio, rearview
camera, color i-MID display, USB/iPod® connection, Pandora® Interface, an SMS
text feature, steering wheel audio controls, exterior temperature gauge and
sliding center-console armrest. Even with hundreds of dollars of standard
features added, the 2013 Civic arrives with only a modest $160 increase in MSRP across the lineup, with pricing for the exceptionally
well-equipped 2013 Civic LX Sedan beginning at $18,1651.

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-offset
crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Also
new are SmartVent™ side airbags, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor and
the availability of Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning
(LDW) systems, which make their compact-class debut in the 2013 Honda Civic

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
LX, EX, EX-L and Si models, with the Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas and Civic
HF also available in sedan form. The entry model Civic DX has been discontinued
for 2013.

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
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Standard Bluetooth® Audio
  • Standard Pandora® Interface
  • Standard USB/iPod® interface
  • Standard SMS text message functionality
  • Available Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Two new exterior colors: White Orchid Pearl and Kona Coffee Metallic
  • New interior color: Black


The 2013 Civic lineup includes sedan and coupe models with a conventional
gasoline engine and “Si” performance models. Civic also offers a high fuel
efficiency “HF,” hybrid and exclusive natural gas alternative-fuel sedans.

Heavily revised for the ninth-gen Civic introduction for model year 2012, the
Civic’s all-aluminum, 140-horsepower, i-VTEC® 1.8-liter 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 an EPA
fuel-economy rating of 28/39/32 mpg2 city/hwy/combined when equipped
with the automatic transmission. In the Civic HF Sedan, those figures climb to
29/41/33 mpg2.

Now available in 37 states, the 2013 Honda Civic Natural Gas continues as the
only mass produced natural gas sedan available in the U.S. In the Civic Natural
Gas, the 1.8-liter engine produces 110 horsepower, and earns an EPA fuel economy
rating of 27/38/31 mpg2 (city/hwy/combined). The 2013 Civic Hybrid
features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with Honda’s Integrated Motor
Assist (IMA®) system, which when coupled with its Lithium-Ion battery pack,
produces 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a Continuously
Variable Transmission (CVT), the Civic Hybrid earns a city/hwy/combined EPA
rating of 44/44/44 mpg2. The Civic Sedan and Coupe, Civic Natural Gas
and Civic Hybrid 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-liter DOHC 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 31
mpg2 EPA highway fuel economy rating.


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 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 jewel-like
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-percent 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.


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 and EX-L Sedans
and Coupes 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.


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 center
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.

The 2013 Honda Civic provides a host of new class-leading standard features,
including Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Audio,
rearview camera, color i-MID display, Pandora® Interface, USB/iPod® interface,
SMS text message function, steering wheel audio controls, exterior temperature
gauge and a sliding finished center armrest. Available on Civic EX, EX-L, Hybrid
and Natural Gas 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 the continental United States. With its 16-GB flash memory
system, it offers fast route calculation and includes FM traffic, a
subscription-free service that alerts drivers to traffic conditions.


Named a “2012 Top Safety Pick” by the 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
should also 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 EX-L models. Additionally, the 2013 Civic is
equipped with a side curtain airbag with rollover sensors, nearly two years
ahead of regulatory requirements.

A first in the compact segment, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid will provide
standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
systems. FCW is designed to detect a possible collision with another vehicle or
object ahead and provide visible and audible alerts to the driver. LDW provides
visible and audible alerts if the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane
without using the turn indicator.

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, a tire pressure
monitoring system, and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the

Warranty and Awards

The 2013 Honda Civic is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited
warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a
5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty and on hybrid models a
15-year/150,000-mile emissions warranty when the vehicle is registered and
normally operated in California and certain states that have adopted California
Zero-Emission Vehicle regulations.

Since its complete redesign as a 2012 model, the Honda Civic has received
host of awards and recognition. It was named one of’s Best New Cars of
2012. Kelley Blue Book’s named the 2012 Civic one of the “10 Best Green
Cars of 2012” and one of the “Best Family Cars of 2012.” In addition, KBB named
the Civic Natural Gas a “2012 Best Redesigned Vehicle.” The Civic Natural Gas
was also named “2012 Green Car of the Year®” by Green Car Journal. Kelley Blue
Book’s has already awarded the 2013 Civic with a Best Resale Value award
in its segment.

2013 Honda Civic On-Sale Dates





November 29,



December 5,


Civic Natural

December 10,


Civic Si

December 12,



January 23,


Civic Si

January 23,



February 6,




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1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination
charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2 Based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes
only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your

3 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on
the Civic in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda dealer for

4 VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the
vehicle’s course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control
of the vehicle always remains with the driver.

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Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license; iPod
is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. All rights reserved. iPod not included;
Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. Pandora
is the registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc

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Restyled 2013 Honda Civic Arrives at U.S. Dealerships with Premium Style, Host of Popular Standard Features