Posted Nov 29th 2012 1:30PM
Here's the moment we've all been waiting for. The highly anticipated (and very quickly updated) 2013 Honda Civic is officially here and goes on sale in sedan and coupe versions beginning December 10 here in Canada.
We got the chance to jump behind the wheel of Canada's best-selling car and find out first hand how Honda has addressed some of the concerns expressed over the previously criticized ninth-generation Honda Civic (which was dropped from the Consumer Reports 'Recommended' list).
Honda says the 2013 Civic has been "honed to make the segment's best-selling car even better," and we'd agree there's been strong improvements made based on our brief time spent with the car. When you consider that Honda has produced 3.6 million Civics in Canada to date and sold 1.7 million Civics to Canadian consumers, they've got to be doing something right. But after catching some serious heat from the press on the last generation, can the revamped 2013 Honda Civic fix everything and get things back on track?
- The most visible cosmetic changes to the 2013 Honda Civic include its open-mouth front bumper (with chrome accent bar) and an attractive honeycomb grille set between its Accord-esque headlamps. The overall design delivers a lower stance and more upscale appearance, as the 2013 Civic is easy on the eyes. Our Touring trim tester also featured a set of stylish, yet standard 17-inch alloy wheels.
- Inside the cabin, drivers are greeted by new premium materials and leather trimmed doors designed to elevate the 2013 Honda Civic interior and compliment its new instrument panel and centre console that rivals those of its closest competitors. The addition of redesigned heated cloth front seats joins the option list which used to require leather seating.
- Options have also been upgraded for 2013, as a rearview camera is now standard on EX trim and above with multi-angle view for those equipped with navigation. Heated front seats are also included on LX trim and up and auto climate control (standard on EX and above).
- During our drive, we noticed cabin noise was considerably reduced over the previous model and Honda attributes that to a host of new changes like an acoustic-laminated front windshield and noise insulation to make it one of the quietest cars in its class. The 2013 Civic also delivers improved ride comfort while retaining its responsive handling, thanks to a quicker steering ratio paired with a thicker stabilizer bars and new suspension bushings.
- The very well equipped Civic Touring which we drove adds up to an as tested price of $24,840, which is a $450 increase over last year's model. But when you consider the striking new styling, added features, improved performance and interior upgrades offered by the 2013 Honda Civic starting $15,440... the 2013 Honda Civic still represents consumer-focused value that's tough to match.