A needed refresh: 2012 vs 2013 Civic

In a rare misstep, Honda introduces an all-new Civic to replace one that, while still selling extremely well, was universally criticized for its moribund interior, questionable ergonomics and general malaise.  Success in the subcompact segment is essential to the later sales of Accords, Pilots and Acura MDXs, so Honda needed to make things right.

In a move unseen since the late 1950’s where a vehicle line was refreshed every year, (with the commensurate problems in build quality, noise, vibration and harshness, and drivability), Honda waited less than 18 months to introduce a refreshed Civic.

New front and rear fascias are employed, and interior upgrades lessen the stark look of its predecessor.  Almost as an apology to Civic owners, increased content in the way of Bluetooth hands-free phone link, streaming audio, heated front seats, steering wheel audio controls and a sliding centre console armrest all add value to the 2013 Civic at the LX trim level. That’s the claim.

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Let’s see how it plays out.

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There is very little difference in the overall dimensions between 2012 and 2013 Civic.  The 2013 model is slightly longer, which is expected with the redesigned front and rear looks.  The common equipment list is every bit as impressive as before, but forgoing the onerous interior.

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As advertised, the 2013 model has a number of additional features with value beyond the increase in MSRP.  A banner December 2012 for the old model; things look bright for the heavily revised 2013 Civic into the new year.

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