The 2013 Honda Civic represents a mid-cycle refresh of a car that was introduced as all-new for the 2012 model year. While that’s more than a bit unusual, the circumstances behind the development of the 2012 Honda Civic were themselves unusual. Designed in the midst of the global economic crunch of 2008-09, the 2012 Civic was rushed to market, perhaps with one corner too many cut in the name of cost savings.
Though the new Civic sold well, Honda listened to complaints from customers and journalists alike, and a mid-cycle refresh was hastily commissioned for the 2013 model year. The net result is a 2013 Honda Civic that’s better in every regard than the car it replaces, even though that car itself is just a year old.
Even the 2013 Civic’s styling has been upgraded, and the car now carries more of a resemblance to the Accord than it has in years past. Perhaps it’s an effort to make the Civic look more mature or more sophisticated, but we’d call the subtle...
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