First Drive: 2013 Honda Civic Sedan reviews honda first drives
First Drive: 2013 Honda Civic Sedan reviews honda first drives
First Drive: 2013 Honda Civic Sedan reviews honda first drives
First Drive: 2013 Honda Civic Sedan reviews honda first drives
2013 Honda Civic. Click image to enlarge

Not wanting to leave any styling untouched, Honda even went as far as to make the wheels look more dramatic. The 15-inch wheel covers as well as the 16-inch and 17-inch alloys have all been restyled to look more aggressive and modern, again, with success. In addition, the 2013 Civic is now available in 10 colours, including the first ever application of pearl white for a Civic.

Although the outside desperately required attention, it was on the inside where the 2012 Civic needed the most help. In short, Honda has completely overhauled nearly every aspect of the interior. They added a new instrument panel and centre console, new leather-trimmed doors (in select models), new audio and A/C knobs, chrome accents on vents and cupholders on upper trims, a new seat fabric pattern, and new optional black cloth and leather. If that isn’t enough, content is also increased across most model ranges. A rear-view camera and automatic climate control are added to EX and higher trims while heated front seats are standard in LX trims and above.

This is all fine and dandy, but how well does it all work together? Well, the majority of the dash material is still hard plastic, but the deeper grain in the plastic does make it look like soft touch materials and it nicely matches the soft-touch insert positioned above the glove box. The tops of the front doors are now soft-touch as is the middle portion of the door; rear doors are only soft-touch in the middle insert as the tops remain hard plastic. The HVAC controls and radio are where the biggest improvements were made, though. The improved design and new colours completely transform the centre stack. Honda actually points out how they improved colour coordination—basically admitting the old multiple shades of gray inside did not work. Yes, no more is the dashboard awash in multiple hues but now, just one hue of black adorns the well-integrated HVAC and radio surrounds.

To say the interior has moved upscale would be an understatement. It went from Corolla levels of boring inside to somewhere between that of an Elantra or a Focus; the two main targeted vehicles by Honda. In fact, the centre stack now looks like it belongs more in an Accord than a Civic. As for the rest of the interior, everything remains basically the same: same steering wheel, same bi-level dash layout, similar 353 L trunk.

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