That's it? You may be expecting something a lot more heroic for the 2013 Emergency Refresh of the Honda Civic, but from what we can make out in these new spy photos, the changes are more detail than drastic. It looks like the taillamps, front grille and headlamps are the most drastic changes, and the front fascia and trunklid have also been given attention.

The interior is probably more important than any nips or tucks done outside. To get a good look at that, we're going to have to wait until the refreshed Civic hits dealer lots, reportedly just a couple weeks away. In any case, consumers will probably (and not without good reason) go on predictably banking on the Civic as a paragon of automotive virtue, regardless of whether auto critics love or hate the changes Honda has wrought.


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      Ahmet Armagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      the problem with the civic isn't really about the design. it's more about the driving dynamics
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      No hatch.
      Mr. Sled
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe someone inside Honda figured they might not have a job if they kept making cars like they have been. They got the Accord back on track. There is hope.
      robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      There must be more to this than looks, or why would Honda instruct dealers to get ride of all the '12's before the "13's arrive because they fail in comparison .
      jason_golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car in this particular shot (EX or EX-L?) appears to have carryover wheels. I hoped for a beefier, less fragile-looking design. Hmmmph. I'm not sure why Honda would invest in engineering the revised lamps, fascia-forming molds and such, when the resultant appearance is so weak.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jason_golden
        It's still a mule. I'm amazed so many people take so much away from spy shots of pre-production vehicles.
      kuntknife
      • 2 Years Ago
      Serious question from a 25 year old, but was a *brand new* civic in the late 80s/early 90s cool/fun, or was that something it acquired as the actual model year aged? I have this notion that older civics (up until around the fast and furious time) were seen as cheap, funky, underpowered cars that you could wring the hell out of and had personality, but perhaps I'm thinking of the 2nd hand market of civics and not when they were brand new. What I'm asking is if I should be looking at how cool/fun a new civic is, or how cool/fun it will be in 10 years when someone gets their first used car?
      ClementZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      My issue with the Civic was never the exterior. Though, IMO, the 9th gen was a step back from the 8th gen, and this seems to be a step back from that. Anywho, I was never a huge fan of the shape. I guess there isn't much Honda can do about that until the 10th gen. Hopefully, Honda's made this car less numb than it was before - that's where my issue was. I guess they should also improve the interior, but I've never noticed any big difference between the interior quality of the 8th and 9th gens.
      hubemx
      • 2 Years Ago
      The refresh was presented in Thailand http://bycarinfo.com/honda/2013-all-new-honda-civic-showcase-at-bangkok-international-motor-show/
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surprised they are selling well, especially when the competition has gotten so much better. It just goes to show how much brand loyalty affects sales.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maddoxx
        Not only brand loyalty, but resale value and reliability.
      JaredN
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, this is the car that Honda was telling US dealers will make the 2012 Civic hard to sell because it is so much better? We don't know the changes to the interior yet, but the exterior changes are underwhelming to me. As a Honda fan, unfortunately, I was expecting this. Honda lost their mojo a while back.
        jason_golden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JaredN
        I wonder if this spy photo is a decoy car...something which Honda cobbled together to throw us off the trail? Wouldn't it be a thrill to see a really attractive, more substatial looking car revealed in a coupe of weeks! Oh, my over-active imagination.
          Danrar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jason_golden
          They only have a year to 'fix it' here. In other words, they can't fix it.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am impressed. After 2 years in redesign, it still looks like a piece of turd.
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