• 2013 Honda Civic updated
  • Changes include new bumpers, lights
  • Interior changes to be announced in LA

Honda is updating its popular Civic for the 2013 model year. The automaker announced details ahead of the compact's debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, promising big changes inside and out.

Photos from Honda show a number of exterior changes. Up front, a new bumper includes a chrome accent bar, while a new grille uses a honeycomb design. The 2013 Civic also wears new headlights that help it stand out in the growing compact car field. Updates to the rear include new taillights and a revised bumper with a black diffuser.

While Honda hasn't released details, the automaker says it will announce several safety, comfort and interior upgrades to the 2013 Civic in LA. After the all-new 2012 Civic was criticized for bland styling and a budget-grade cabin, the changes will likely be welcomed by consumers.

"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, Honda's assistant vice president for product planning.

Despite updates to the 2013 Civic, the compact's pricing, trim levels and powertrain will remain the same. The standard engine is a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, while hybrid and natural gas motors will stay on the options list. The sporty Civic Si will remain with a 201-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. Last year's pricing will stay close to its base figure of $16,745 with shipping.

Honda says the 2013 Civic goes on sale November 29, the same day the small car is revealed in Los Angeles. Interestingly, despite the critical response, Civic sales are up nearly 40 percent over last year. Updates to the 2013 Civic will surely help the small car preserve its momentum.

What it means to you: We'll find out if changes to the 2013 Civic went far enough when we get the chance to drive it in the coming months.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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