2013 Honda Civic Spy Photos

2013 Honda Civic Spy Photos

Just the Facts:
  • Spy photographers catch the 2013 Honda Civic.
  • Up front, the Civic gets a more upscale fascia with an inverted chrome mustache borrowed from the Accord and CR-V.
  • Out back, the taillights appear all new while the deck lid and rear bumper get extensive tweaks as well.

SANTA MONICA, California — When Honda debuted the 2012 Honda Civic at the 2011 New York Auto Show, the world let out a collective "Meh." The evolutionary styling of the perennial best-seller was so safe it was hard to believe that this was a completely new generation and not just a refresh. But with a host of new, interesting and worthy competitors to the Civic's crown — including the Hyundai Elantra, Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus and Mazda 3 — Honda couldn't sit idly by watching the world move along. And so, just a year into production, Honda is already refreshing the Civic and these are the first shots.

Up front, the Civic gets a more upscale fascia with an inverted chrome mustache borrowed from the Accord and CR-V. The projector-beam headlights are now chunkier with an Acura TL-type feel which, combined with a new bumper, gives the overall package a less doorstop-like shape.

Out back, the taillights appear all new, while the deck lid and rear bumper get extensive tweaks as well. The mild ducktail spoiler and creased bumper result in a car that looks fuller and more styled and less like something shaped entirely in a wind tunnel.

What other modifications Honda has in mind for the 2013 Civic aren't apparent in these photos, but we suspect that a mild interior refresh with higher-quality materials will also be on the menu.

The 2012 Honda Civic's 140-horsepower 1.8-liter inline-4 isn't the greatest engine in the world, but it's smooth, quick enough and returns decent fuel economy; don't expect much of a change there if any.

Edmunds says: We're expecting this one to bow at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and to be on sale shortly thereafter.


  • mpg8 mpg8 Posts:

    I don't know, is it just me or is this basically the same looking car as the critically panned and boring 2012. If this is in fact the "radical" new Civic re- design, then I will not be buying this car. I was hoping for the European version with hatchback option and rubber trimmed wheel well. Very cool looking. This does not keep pace with the styling of 2013 Elantra or even 2013 Mazda 3, or soon to be released Mazda 3 2014. I love that Honda makes a natural gas Civic, but these cars are ugly. Save for maybe the Accord, I don't see much style or interior comfort in any of their models. What about a natural gas Accord?

  • danwat1234 danwat1234 Posts:

    Hopefully the 2013 Civics will have the "Earth Dreams" (as they call it) engines; Direct Injection and the non-Si Civics will also have part-time Atkinson valve behavior so it can get hybrid like MPG if you drive conservatively. Also should come to the Civic, Inisght, CRZ hybrid. It's a first in the industry I think, having the engine being dual-mode like that. I think 1 of the main reasons why they are the only ones doing it is because of patents, which can hinder innovation. The new engines might come as the 2014 year though. CVTs will be a good move too, provided that the driver can shift manually if they want to. We will see on November 29th

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