For years the Honda Civic has been Canada’s #1 selling passenger vehicle. There’s little doubt why. The Honda Civic has a great reputation for reliability, safety, style, comfort, and fuel efficiency, all at an affordable price.
The 2013 Honda Civic continues to be targeted to younger men who want a sleek and sporty car that fits within their budget. This years model features a number of safety, feature, comfort, chassis and interior styling refinements and improvements.
“We believe that combining a host of exterior refinements with additional feature content and infusing the 2013 Honda Civic with a more youthful and premium style, we have made the best-selling passenger vehicle in Canada that much better,” said Dave Jamieson, assistant vice president, Honda Canada Inc.
The fun-to-drive Honda Civic Coupe EX-L Navi has all kinds of great driver comforts. The cabin area is extremely spacious. There are so many windows that it’s like being in a glass dome; on rainy days it feels like you’re going through a carwash, up-close and personal! Most of the controls are well within comfortable reach from the drivers seat. The steering wheel is also equipped with controls for the stereo, cruise control and hands-free voice.
The stereo system is pretty decent too for a stock stereo system; granted hardcore audio guys are going to rip out the stock and replace it with their own custom deck, amp, and subwoofer. For those that are cool with the stock system, you’ll be happy to know that you can pair your iPhone or other Bluetooth devices within seconds using the touch-screen dash-mounted control system. The touch-screen controls hands-free voice, audio, GPS maps, and is also the rear-camera display!
For cold Canadian winters, the leather seats are heated; seems like a small detail, until your first time in a car on a January morning in Winnipeg; I’m sure then you’ll be thanking the designers for that attention to detail. Oddly, the drivers seat isn’t adjustable in height, which means people over 5’11” run the risk of having their head hit the ceiling if the seat is in the upright position. Minor detail. Just adjust the seat back a setting and get into a more comfortable, cruising position, right?
The Civic prides itself on great fuel efficiency. It’s a great car for driving in the city or on the highways. With the standard, you have more control with quicker acceleration, whereas the automatic transmission has a slightly delayed response time. Keep in mind, under the hood is a 1.8L, 4 cylinder engine. If you’re really looking to maximize fuel efficiency, the Honda Civic Coupe EX-L Navi comes with an Econ button, which easily saves on gas, but also makes the car accelerate at a noticeably much slower pace. No big deal, unless you’re in a hurry, then just turn off Econ and push the pedal to the floor.
The exterior is also very sporty. From the 15” tires to the deep scoop hood and body colour mirrors and door handles, it’s sleek and aerodynamic. The chassis also has a number of safety features including the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which greatly improves the cabin area and passenger safety in the event of a crash.
Starting at $19,790, about the only thing that’s missing in the 2013 Honda Civic Coupe EX-L Navi is a keyless push-button start! It’s an awesome car, incredible value, and is the perfect car for first-time new car buyers.
Original Style / Design: ★★★☆☆
Material / Workmanship: ★★★★☆
Makes a Statement: ★★★☆☆
Price / Value: ★★★★★