2013 Honda Civic sedan gets a fresh mature look and promises more modern features

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The Honda Civic was bombarded with many competitions in recent years, which resulted in a significant loss of its market share. As we know, the Honda Civic’s look can be outdated when compared with the likes of Mazda3, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, and Chevy Cruz. And to top it off, even Consumer Reports dropped it off from its “Recommended” list. So, here we are today with the preliminary release of the new 2013 Honda Civic with a new fresh look, which gets a lot design cues from the Honda Accord.

The Honda Civic still gets very good gas mileage, and all Honda needs to do is to refine the look and add more modern features. From the exterior, the 2013 Honda Civic gets a  more upscale and premium styling, which includes new lower front fascia with a horizontal accent bar, a sportier black honeycomb mesh grille with integrated fog lights, and more distinctive headlamps. The new changes in the front fascia give the 2013 Honda Civic a more soulful and mature look. In addition, the changes extend to a new curvaceous hood and a redesigned bumper features integrated reflectors and a new lower diffuser panel finished with a honeycomb mesh vent. Also, it gets chromed accent bar and taillamps that extend to the trunk lid.

“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.

A lot of details of the new 2013 Honda Civic are kept from this preliminary debut, but Honda promises that it will be a fun-to-drive car and will retain its safety, spaciousness and fuel efficiency features.

The 2013 Honda Civic is slated for the main event at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and later go on sale on November 29. So stay tuned, we’ll update this post as more information pouring out in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the video below.

Update: 11/29/2012

The 2013 Civic Sedan and Coupe will be available in LX, EX, EX-L and Si models, no more is entry-level DX trim. All models, except the Si, are equipped with the same 140 hp, 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, which is mated to either a manual or automatic five-speed transmission.

There is also the Natural Gas version of the same engine producing 110 hp, and it is rated by the EPA at 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. For the Hybrid version that came with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and the IMA system, it is rated at 44 mpg in city, highway and combined.

The Honda Civic Si version is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder producing about 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, and it is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Pricing for the 2013 Civic starts from $18,165 for the base model LX sedan and up to as high as $26,465 for the Natural Gas version. The Si model costs about $22,515, while the Hybrid version costs about $24,360. Check out the new photos in the above. New review video by Consumer Report just added.