In response to the flood of negative reviews from trade magazines and consumers alike, Honda Motor Company has given the 2013 model the most extensive second-year revamping of any vehicle since the 2009 Subaru WRX.
From the highly criticized plastics of the dash to the redesigned sheet metal, the 2013 Civic bears little resemblance to its predecessor.
The 2013 4-door sedan model has received extensive changes to its exterior styling. Among the design changes are new head and tail lights lenses, chrome-trimmed upper and lower grilles and redesigned bumpers. Honda has also reshaped the sheet metal of the hood and trunk. Honda has also strengthened the body structure to increase rigidity and bring it into compliance with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash test standards.
The 2013 Civic has also received an extensive interior makeover, with a new dashboard, seat coverings, headliner and door panel. The 2012 Civic was slammed for using mismatched plastics and unsightly panel seams.
New standard equipment includes a rearview camera, and new Pandora-compatible infotainment system that features Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and an iPod interface. An optional forward collision and lane departure alert system will also be available.
Another widely-heard criticism of the 2012 Civic was that its handling was “un-Honda-like.” Although the automaker has retained the MacPherson strut suspension system in favor of the more popular double wishbone, it has given the 2013 model stiffer springs and suspension bushings, and thicker front and rear stabilizer bars which give the car a more responsive feel.
The 2013’s electric power steering system offers quicker response times. LX and EX models with automatic transmissions are equipped with slightly larger front brakes.
Thicker glass has been used in the windshield and front windows, and the automaker has fitted the 2013 Civic with additional sound-deadening materials, to reduce wind and road noise.
The 2013 Civic EX and Civic LX four-door sedans are scheduled to go on sale tomorrow to coincide with the opening of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Additional models, including coupes, hybrids and natural gas models will begin arriving in dealer showrooms over the next couple of months.