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2013 Honda Civic: Used Car Review

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author photo by Aaron Gold December 2016

A used Honda Civic is always a sensible buy, and 2013 is an especially good model year for Honda's compact sedan. Honda introduced an all-new Civic for 2012, but even before the car went on sale, they decided it wasn't quite good enough. So, they embarked on a rush program to make the 2013 Honda Civic even nicer, primarily by improving the quality of materials inside the cabin and adding standard features. Exterior styling got an upgrade as well, and the suspension and steering were retuned for a better driving experience. They dropped the bare-bones DX model and added more standard equipment to the LX, and the Civic Hybrid added forward-collision and lane-departure warning. Such changes rarely have a huge effect on resale value, so for the used buyer, this means you're getting a nicer car at no extra cost.

Fortunately, the improvements don't change any of the reasons why the 2013 Honda Civic is such a good choice: It's a roomy, reliable and fuel-efficient family car with a broad model selection that included sedans, coupes, hybrids, hot rods and even a natural-gas-fueled version. The 2013 Civic was a good buy when new, and given the Honda reputation for stellar reliability, it's a good buy on the used market as well.

What We Like

Spacious interior; great reliability; broad range of models; good fuel economy

What We Don't

Despite chassis improvements, other compact sedans (including the pre-2011 Civic) are more engaging to drive

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

Most Civics are powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the 5-speed manual transmission and 28 mpg city/39 mpg hwy when equipped with the 5-speed automatic. Honda also offered a more fuel-efficient model, the HF, which returns 29 mpg city/41 mpg hwy.

The Civic Hybrid couples a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor and a continuously variable automatic transmission, with a total gas/electric system output of 110 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. The Hybrid is rated at 43 mpg city/44 mpg hwy.

At the other end of the spectrum is the hot rod Civic Si, powered by a 201-hp 2.4-liter engine that produces 170 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual, with fuel-economy estimates of 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy.

Honda also offered a version of the Civic powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), bearing the imaginative name Civic Natural Gas. It has a variant of the 1.8-liter engine that produces 110 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque. CNG is sold by the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE), and the Civic Natural Gas is rated at 27 miles per GGE in the city and 38 miles per GGE on the highway.

Standard Features & Options

The 2013 Civic comes in three main models -- LX, EX and EX-L -- along with the more fuel-efficient HF, the CNG-powered Natural Gas, the rocket ship Si and the Hybrid. With Hondas, the trim level determines what equipment the car has; the only factory-installed option is navigation -- offered on all but the LX and HF models -- and an automatic transmission on the LX and the 2-door EX. All other Civics are automatic-only, except for the Si, which comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual.

Honda dropped the bare-bones DX model for 2013, and leaving the nicely-equipped LX as the entry-level Civic. It comes with power mirrors and door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, floor mats, air conditioning and a Bluetooth- and Pandora-compatible 4-speaker stereo with a CD player. The HF and Natural Gas models are equipped much like the LX; the HF gets low-rolling-resistance tires, cast-aluminum wheels and a trunk spoiler, while the Natural Gas gets alloy wheels and variable-delay wipers.

The EX model adds alloy wheels, a sunroof, rear disc brakes, automatic headlights, variable-delay wipers, a split/fold rear seat and an upgraded 6-speaker stereo. The EX-L adds leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats.

The Hybrid model offers similar equipment to the EX, with unique alloy wheels and LED taillights, and adds forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems. A Leather package adds the same upgrades found on the EX-L.

The Civic Si gets most of the features from the Civic EX, plus equipment designed to enhance performance: 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an aluminum shift knob and a unique instrument panel.

Pricing

Hondas have a well-deserved reputation for long-term reliability, particularly in states where rust is not an issue -- without metal corrosion, a well-cared-for Civic can keep going for hundreds of thousands of miles. Good reliability means high resale value, and even high-mileage examples can command higher prices than other Japanese cars of similar vintage and mileage. We suggest checking KBB.com to see values of used 2013 Honda Civics, and since asking prices can vary with locale, check the Autotrader Classifieds to get a better idea of prices in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not issued any recalls for the 2013 Honda Civic.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The 2013 Civic sedan received a perfect 5-star rating from NHTSA, though the Coupe achieved only four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded both body styles of the Civic a Top Safety Pick+ designation owing to their best-possible Good scores in all crash tests and the availability of forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems (though they only come in hybrid models).

The 2013 Honda Civic was sold with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 5 years or 60,000 miles of powertrain protection. These warranties are transferable when the car is sold, but the rust-through warranty (5 years/unlimited mileage) only applies to the original owner. Civics sold under the Honda certified pre-owned program get an additional 1-year/12,000-mile bumper-to bumper warranty (added to the 3-year/36,000-mile warranty if it's still in effect), plus powertrain protection for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles from the date the car was purchased new. This additional warranty can also be transferred to subsequent owners.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Toyota Corolla -- The Civic's nemesis is every bit as reliable, though not as engaging to drive.

2013 Mazda3 -- The Mazda3 comes up short on back-seat space, but if you love to drive, no compact will put a bigger smile on your face.

2013 Nissan Versa -- Technically a smaller car than the Civic, the Versa is just as roomy inside and usually inexpensive -- bargain prices when new translate to great buys on the used-car market.

Autotrader's Advice

They say there's no such thing as a sure thing, but a used Honda Civic comes pretty darn close. With the DX model banished, all 2013 Civics are nicely equipped; we like the EX for its additional equipment, and the Civic Si is a great sporty drive. If you can find a Civic with a complete set of maintenance records, that's the best choice. You may pay a bit more for a used 2013 Civic than you would for another car, but it should run for decades with proper care and feeding. That makes it it a great long-term investment -- and one of our favorite used-car buys.

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