The compact market doesnt have 2 or 3 clear cut winners anymore. Honda underestimated this when they designed the 2012 civic (which my wife owns). For someone like her, who just wants something that is painless to own and operate, and gets good mpg, its a great car. But for me, the improvements on the 2013 are a little more than subtle. the biggest and most obvious ones are with the new standard features and the interior quality. I never had a quiet honda until now. Its quieter than my buddies 2012 focus, which is something i'd never thought id be able to say. gotten nothing but compliments and it feels very germanic..more like my old golf than my previous civics
Quiet quiet quiet! Great dash materials, tons of standard features such as bluetooth streaming and a back up camera, perfect driving position, one of the quietest hondas i've ever driven and on par if not quieter than the current competition. Excellent mpg, (leaving econ on nets an average of 400 mile tanks) outstanding attention to detail, cost of ownership. solid handling., no longer need to opt for the ex to get decent equipment. black floor hides dirt and muck. smoothest 4cyl in its class. spacious backseat, takes two front facing car seats easily
rear disc brakes and some sort of alloy wheel should be offered by now on the base model. stereo could be better (tweeters from ex should be standard equipment)
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