A mid-cycle correction Honda Civics first saw the road in 1972 and to this day remains one of the best-selling vehicles in the world.
Honda has always been one of the strongest names in the automotive industry; being well-known for quality craftsmanship and the originality of their designs. Honda Civics first saw the road in 1972 and to this day remains one of the best-selling vehicles in the world. Through the numerous redesigns, facelifts, and body styles, I would have to say that my favourite generation to date is the sixth-generation Si coupe. I’m sure I’m not alone on this. I recently road tested a 2013 Honda Civic Sedan Touring, finished in a great Polished Metal Metallic.
With an as-tested price of just under $25,000, I found the “all-new” Civic a pretty good bargain for what it has to offer. My Civic came with comfortable leather seats, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and traction control to help the 140-horsepower car from suffering from epic understeer. The EcoAssist works well in conjunction with the “ECO”button, which keeps me aware as to whether I’m driving as my grandma would (it lights up green) or like Honda’s former F1 driver Jenson Button (it would light up blue). I must also mention that the interior of the Civic has come a long way from the cheap-feeling dashes of the 1990s up into the early 2000s. The new Civic is also accented with a more attractive front grille and more pronounced taillights. My “Touring” tester also came with gorgeous 17” alloy wheels.
My first impression of the car (keeping in mind I just came out of a V6-powered manual sedan) was a bit tainted as I was giving a colleague a ride home and had to put my foot right onto the floor to safely merge onto the highway. It totally caught me off guard as it had completely slipped my mind that I was driving a little car 140-horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. To top it off, the Touring model is aimed at the premium buyer with a conservative mindset, and as such is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission. While it was far more than I had expected from a Civic, it was definitely as quiet at city speeds as the Buick Verano Turbo I tested recently.
After finally acknowledging and appreciating the Civic, I quickly changed my driving style to adapt to the little sedan. I figured that if the car didn’t want to go anywhere quickly, I might as well try to make it excel in other ways. I calmed my nerves a bit, threw the satellite radio onto some classics, and decided to focus on fuel mileage.
The little Civic Sedan gave me a very adequate 7.6L/100km in combined driving. While Honda does claim low numbers of 5.0L/100km highway, I can’t see myself achieving anywhere near that unless I make my drive as slow and dull as humanely possible. As an enthusiast, I’d rather spend a few dollars more in gas and have a little bit more fun getting where I need to go. With more and more vehicles switching over to the forced-induction side, it’s always appreciated when a car only recommends regular fuel.
I found the i-MID system to work a thousand times better than the system found in the Civic’s older brother, the Accord. It was very responsive and had barely any lag at all, even compared to the system in the bigger Acuras such as the TL and the MDX. The dashboard of the Civic is one that you either love or hate. Personally I love the separation of the tachometer and the digital speedometer. With my ideal driving position, I had no issues keeping an eye on my speed in my peripheral vision.
The Honda Civic has always been known to be a tuner-favourite. I know that every time I think of the car, I think of someone I have known over the years that modified one. I do feel though that Honda has finally made one that no one will bother to modify. The Touring sedan has essentially everything a buyer would need. The Civic Si has always been a favourite of mine, which of course, has been one of the most popular cars to modify.
Equipped with an automatic transmission, the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan does not exactly fit my personality. I would definitely recommend the Touring to empty-nester parents who are downsizing from their Odyssey or even Accord. It’s perfectly reliable yet classy A-to-B transport while being brilliant bang for your buck.
2013 Honda Civic Sedan Touring Gallery