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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Honda debuts "honed" 2013 Civic

By Steven J. Ewing
Nov 12th 2012

Here it is, folks – the highly anticipated "emergency refresh" of the decidedly disappointing ninth-generation Honda Civic. You know, the model that made the entire automotive media wear a collective frown. And the car that was dropped from the Consumer Reports 'Recommended' list. Critically speaking at least, it's been a bad year, Civic.

The vast majority of updates for the 2013 model are skin-deep, and Honda says the Civic has been "honed to make the segment's best-selling car even better." Up front, there's a new lower front fascia with a prominent chrome accent bar and a black honeycomb grille, along with new headlamps. The whole schnoz features more sculpted, shapely lines that flow up into the more curvaceous hood. At the back, Honda has redesigned the bumper and diffuser, and the chrome accent up front is mimicked at taillamp level. In fact, those rear lights themselves have been redesigned and now carry over onto the trunk lid. A host of new alloy wheels will also be offered.

Honda has not yet divulged any other details regarding the "safety, feature, comfort, chassis and interior styling enhancements" that will round-out this 2013 Civic, but it's clear the changes are an attempt to whittle the Civic's way back into critics' good graces. We definitely hope that some work has been done to the mechanical components you can't see, as our biggest complaint regarding the ninth-generation model was that it lost the great-to-drive dynamic that has historically been one of our favorite things about the Civic. Interior materials and overall fit-and-finish will hopefully receive a healthy once-over, as well.

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I should not have read this in bed. Now I am ready to go back to sleep. I think I will stretch a little and zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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imho there are some unusual-strange changes here
they're just not interesting enough to bother writing about

I'm getting the feeling this is ANOTHER car that will feel very different In Person...
...wonder what the deal is? Cuz that seems to be happening a LOT lately

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I think it's an improvment over the 2012.... curious to see the interior since that is where the majority of work was done
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Yea no shots of the interior yet. Front looks a lot closer to the new Accord

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A definite improvement for me, though I'm more curious about the coupe's styling, as I was even less pleased by it's looks...

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Definite improvement, but not enough to overcome the Snoozemobile (boring) status.

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