Honda debuts the refreshed 2013 Civic

Article by Christian A., on November 12, 2012

Because the 2012 Civic was not quite a success, Honda promised to update its most popular model in the United States in order to offer more for its customers: ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2013 Honda Civic! Set to make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and hit the dealerships on November 29, the new Honda Civic features a premium styling.

As a result, the front end includes a new open-mouth lower bumper with a horizontal chrome accent but also a black honeycomb mesh grille with new integrated fog lights on upper trims.

Moreover, the grille is flanked by new clear-lens corner lights to provide a more premium look. The rear end features a new bumper design, a new trunk lid, as well as a new design for the taillights.

Furthermore, we find flanked by new clear-lens corner lights to provide a more premium look. "The 2013 Honda Civic exterior refinements infuse Civic with a more youthful, premium style. Coupling these with additional changes beneath will ensure that Civic maintains its top-ranked status," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda.

For the 2013 model year, Honda’s Civic lineup remains as diverse. It still offers sedan and coupe versions powered by a conventional gasoline engine as well as its "Si" performance models. The lineup also includes high fuel efficiency "HF" models as well the Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid models.

The conventionally powered Honda Civic is still available with the all-aluminum i-VTEC 1.8-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine that provides 140 hp of output and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine – still as responsive, refined, and fuel efficient – sends power to the wheels through either a five-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.

When this engine is mated to the automatic gearbox, it allows the Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe to achieve EPA-rated fuel economy numbers of 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Civic HF Sedan, meanwhile, returns EPA-rated fuel economy figures of 29 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined

Meanwhile, the 2013 Honda Civic Natural Gas is now being sold in 37 states, making it the only mass-produced natural gas sedan in the US. This version of the Civic comes with a 1.8-liter engine that delivers 110 hp while returning EPA-rated fuel economy numbers of 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. Meanwhile, the powertrain in the 2013 Civic Hybrid includes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system.

Backed by a lithium-ion battery pack, this powertrain generates 110 hp of output and 127 lb-ft of torque as mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The 2013 Civic Hybrid boasts of EPA fuel economy ratings of 44 mpg for all facets of road driving (city, highway and combined). The Civic Sedan and Coupe as well as the Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid models come with Honda's ECO Assist technology that could be activated by just pressing the green, dash-mounted "ECON" button.

Meanwhile, 2013 Civic Si Sedan and Si Coupe versions are powered by an all-aluminum i-VTEC 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve engine that delivers 201 hp of output and 170 lb.-ft. of torque to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. In terms of fuel efficiency, the new 2013 Honda Civic Si offers a EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg highway.

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