my 2nd civic coupe ex (after 8 months/6k miles now)
By thwipp89 on
2013 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
i had a '03 civic ex with 131k miles and for 10 yrs, it was nearly perfect. in its 11th year it was showing its age just a little. i think i got spoiled at not having to put money into it, outside of regular maintenance.
anyway, i figured almost 11 yrs was a pretty good run and honda had 0.9% for *60* months, which is rare for honda. also, the 2013 got really good reviews as a bounce back from a semi-disappointing 2012 model.
the comfort of the seats (tho i've read some complaints) and the road noise is MUCH improved from my '03 model, aswell, imo. the technology made a big jump, too. i hope the reliability continues. my former civic was the best car i've owned, BY FAR.
the technology advances (bluetooth, ipod sync, mpg/oil/tire inflation monitoring, etc), improved road noise/soundproofing and seat comfort, the rear camera, moonroof, wiper blades (up and out, not side to side), value/reliability, econ button (except when you need quick acceleration). i probably won't need an oil change til 9k miles! the oil life goes down about 10% every 1k miles and they tell you get it changed around 15% oil life left. impressive!
push button start (which the 2014 has), better acceleration with the econ button- when you need decent pick up, like merging onto a highway or busy street, i need to disengage the econ button because it's too much of a dog with it on. the trunk could be a tad bigger. the side mirrors on my '03 were more connected to the car, which i prefer.
initially, i was a little disappointed in the MPG. we had a brutal chicago winter & i was only getting about 28 mpg combined. since the weather has warmed (and maybe the engine has broken in a bit), i'm averaging 32+ mpg, which is more acceptable. i haven't had any long road trips to get a good measure of highway mpg. my '03 got 39+ shortly before in.
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