To reduce vehicle weight the metal skin is very thin, compared to earlier models...press on it, and you can dent easily. This is the second time in one year that i have suffered significant hail damage. A diameter of 1/2" will do it!
If you don't have a garage, I would not purchase it.
This car is driven in northern Ontario.Mileage city 33.8 mpg US, Mileage hwy (60mph) 1.5mpg
City mpg is better than the sticker claim but hwy is much less. The wind blows this car off clear off the highway. The front pillars are so thick you can hardly see around them (creates more blind spots). The rear brakes are seized by the minute with snow and ice. The car will not back up in 1" of snow on a slight slope. The wiper design and front windshield/pillars are insane. All this all does is create problems with rain/snow/visibility. The traction control is useless, it basically stops the wheels from turning completely. Not exactly peppy.
Gas mileage in the city is o.K. (but definitely not great).
The ride quality is o.k. (solid feel, definitely not a Cadillac!)
The car blows around on the HWY too much, the 2009 model was 10 times better (same mileage). The rear brakes freeze on with snow and ice (09' does not have this problem). The front pillars are too thick, must be thinner. The wiper design is ridicules, the right wiper (26") brakes off daily and does not clear the windshield. There was nothing wrong with old design (wipers moving in the same direction). What's the deal with having the windshield mounted 2" behind the front pillars. The windshield should be mounted flush to the front of the pillars. Car requires real Brakes made out of new material not recycled...
I have now owned my 2013 Civic EX sedan for about a year. I initially had issues with seat comfort due to the aggressively tilted headrest but have fixed that by modifying it somewhat. I must say the car has performed flawlessly for the year I have owned it. It delivers a quiet, solid-feeling drive each day to work. Honda knows how to build a solid, easy to drive car unlike any other manufacturer. The "connected" feel of the driving experience is something only Honda really does well in this price range.
Solid build quality, comfortable ride, sharp handling characteristics, easy to use technology features, decent overall MPG (could be better around town) and the "Honda feel" that this brand is so well known for.
Despite being entirely adequate for everyday driving, the Civic needs an engine upgrade. The fact that the new ILX for 2016, which is loosely based on the Civic, now has a new "Earth Dreams" engine, the hope is Honda will soon design a similarly upgraded engine and power train for the Civic. The current engine is smooth (this power train is time-tested and proven) and provides enough power for normal driving and passing - with some cajoling, but it definitely feels strained at times - particularly when the A/C is on...and living in Florida, the A/C is on most of the time! We'll see what 2016 holds for the Civic - hopefully a nice engine upgrade!
I bought this car new in May of 2013. I now have 10k trouble free miles on it, only requiring two oil changes. The car starts, drives, and runs flawlessly. Gas mileage around town in the winter is not great, but highway mileage is excellent. Maneuvering and parking in NYC is a breeze in this car. Interior is comfortable, and instruments are well laid out.
The stock tires are fine for spring/summer/fall driving, but leave much to be desired for winter driving in snow and ice. get a second set of wheels with dedicated winter tires and you will be fine.
This has been/is a great car. It is comfortable, economical, and adequately powerful. I consider it a good buy.
Comfortable interior, economical to run, very reliable.
Get rid of the economy mode. It appears to be a marketing gimmick as the car can't get out of it's own way when engaged.