Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Civic Sedan

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Civic Sedan

1. Premium interior, better materials

The 2012 Civic featured cheap, flimsy plastic materials. Some surfaces were grainy, and not pleasant to feel or look at. Touch points and knobs were also made of cheap feeling plastic. True, the Civic is a cheap car, but Honda should’ve at least tried to dress it up a little bit. Competition from Dodge and Hyundai offering far premium looking interiors as well as better feeling fabrics and surfaces simply outdid the Civic.

For 2013, Honda follows in the same mindset as its competition. The Japanese company now goes a step beyond what other compact cars offer. The Civic’s leather surfaces (when so equipped) feel better than what’s usually offered in the compact segment while the standard cloth is upgraded too. Dark, shiny plastics, replace the grainy hard plastics of the old Civic while the eco-styled beige dash top has been replaced with a black surface with a more premium feel. Add on minor trim upgrades like brushed aluminum and chrome bits as well as textured control knob grips and the new Civic’s interior is decidedly upscale.

  • bmac

    We have two new 2013 Honda Civics. The quality and workmanship on both cars are
    excellent! We are surprised that this car has not been given more recognition given the
    drastic change from the 2012 model. We have owned many cars over the years but we
    both agree that these Civics are the best cars we have ever owned!

  • Auntetr

    I have a 2012. Thank GOD I dont have that cheesy chrome grill!!!!

  • Why should we 2012 owners be pleased with these “amazing” changes from Honda? I bought the 2012 on the strength of decades of Honda quality and I feel duped by a major car maker cheapening the product to pad their bottom line.

  • S C

    I have the ’13 EXL w Navi — while not a luxury car, it’s an automobile with more refinement than ever before. A class of its own in my opinion. And it’s 25k less than so many cars that have similar gadgets. Look around at new styles right now; they all have chrome (and it’s all plastic, too).

  • S C

    Hey! AutoGuide! The wheels displayed on the (Civic) in these photos ARE NOT the stock wheels on any ’13 Civic!



  • Gus

    This is 2013 Civic EX

  • JB

    thats a civic touring not ex

  • S C D S