Consumer Reports and the Honda Civic appear to have kissed and made up. Following the compact's substantial "emergency refresh" after just one year on the market, CR got its hands on the vehicle for a quick drive. While the evaluation was far from the standard CR test, the organization found the 2013 Civic to offer a better tuned suspension and less vague steering at first blush. While the split-tier dash still hangs around for another few years, the cabin has ditched much of its oddly textured plastic bits in favor of soft touch materials with nicer detailing. That fact also won the new model points over its predecessor.

As you may recall, the 2012 Civic scored too low in Consumer Report evaluations to earn a "Recommended" rating. That fall from grace marked the first time the Honda model failed to make the cut, though that news didn't stop buyers from flocking to the vehicle. Consumer Reports will buy its own Civic and evaluate it once again soon. In the interim, you can check out the organization's initial impressions by scrolling down, as well as the brief writeup in the link below.



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      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never heard of a emergency refresh before, but it only looks like they gave it a big smile int he front. The 2012 Civic should be a lesson to Honda's CEO to fire the designers and get better ones.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        The 2012 civic should be a lesson to Honda that they're losing their quality in their cars. They need to wake up and actually listen to criticism.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
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          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          The 200, while not a great car by any stretch of the imagination, is considered by the automotive press to be a far better car than its immediate predecessor.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like they took the braces off (2012 grille) and gave it a retainer. Haha http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/04/2012-honda-civic-fd.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_u6O6Bpz3mDw/SVEVlMyF1uI/AAAAAAAAAcY/ZuH2gTYv6ms/s400/miley-cyrus-retainer.jpg
      RA
      • 2 Years Ago
      obviously not on par with the civics that we all loved. but this is definitely an improvement to the 2012. i'm not mad at the direction Honda is taking with the 2013 products.
      JF1GE
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a satisfied '12 owner I can confidently say I got exactly what I payed for. Most of these updates for 2013 seem faddish. Seriously how much time do you spend fondling the god damn dash. I couldn't care less how many pennies Honda shaved in the plastics of my 2012, the reliability and resale value history of the car are class leading. If I had listened to consumer reports I might be on the side of the road in my Fusion awaiting a flatbed wondering if the engine bay will catch fire
        JF1GE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF1GE
        oh and I am not in fact knocking ford, just media hysteria
        Fierce5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF1GE
        I don't know where you get your info from but we have two fusions that never needed a flatbed or anything really except an oil and filter change. Also, the resale value of your car will be hurt because the car is not liked and because a year later a redesigned version was unveiled just because 2012 sucked soo bad. Good luck and enjoy your purchase
        AGSHOP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF1GE
        actually their was significant changes to the chasis and safety. It will now pass the new IIHS test. Very impressive changes. More high strength steel, thicker streeing shaft metal for smoother feel, and tons more. Go to Vtec.net to read more details. Alot of sound proofing also added.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        Different cars from completely different eras, and no one even said anything about the Cruze.
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        WTF is a Daewoo LeMans? Random sh*t from the land of third world.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just as I thought. Still, the fact of the matter is that, with the exception of the Mitsubishi Lancer (not counting the Corolla because a new one is due next year), no one builds a bad compact now, so they're all decent-to-excellent choices, meaning that the Civic is not the go-to car it once was. Plus, the fact that Honda screwed up the 2012 model probably turned off some buyers to this generation of Civic entirely, refresh be damned.
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        The Civic never was the go-to car that you're referring to. It has always been under-featured, ugly and loud. I have no idea why this car has been placed on such a pedestal? This generation is no different and somehow everyone thinks it suddenly sucks. Guess what? It has always sucked. The only good thing about Civics has always been the reliability...which in the end it never lost. So I have no idea what everyone is talking about. It's like everyone's gone insane and forgot the last 20 years of ugly Civics.
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          zoom_zoom_zoom, Don't you love that whole Si in manual only thing? That's how all sports/sporty cars should be.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          zoom_zoom_zoom: to paraphrase one WIlliam Ferrell, I drive a 2000 Infiniti I30, step the **** off. I don't drive stick because a. I am not comfortable with it yet, and b. my finances are such that buying another car is out of the question right now. I do not want an Si because it does not appeal to me, and I'd never buy one to learn stick on because the engine, like all Honda engines, is too peaky and has no torque.
          Gator
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          You sir know **** about cars.
          mji006
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          No. No to all of it. Compare a 92-95, 96-2000, or even a 01-05 civic to every other compact in that defined segment within that era and you will be hard-pressed to find any makes that are still sold today (cavalier, sunfire, neon, mirage, whatever the hell ford had before the focus pre 2000, etc), let alone consistent nameplates that were up to the same level as the civic at that time.
          D E S I G N
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toronto St. Pats
          Here here
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      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boring.
        g2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        nobody buys a civic because it's exciting. They buy it because it's cheap, fuel efficient and reliable.
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great. Now give me a Fit Si
        TRAILbrake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Indeed. The Fiesta ST is a performance bargain. Kudos to Ford for taking that plunge, hopefully it's enough to encourage competition in this segment. If Honda has any shred of sporting enthusiasm left in their DNA they had better respond.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TRAILbrake
          Wonder how much more expensive the Fiesta ST will be. Micht be an interesting deal compared to the Fit Sport.
      jason_golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      It truly IS remarkable that Honda refreshed this car so quickly. I'd say this action is evidence that The Big H is indeed listening to critics and perhaps skimming blogs for product feedback. Now, can they de-uglify the Odyssey and de-clownify the Fit? I think they can.
        Typesbad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jason_golden
        I don't think you'll find anywhere near the critical consensus regarding the appearance of the Fit and Odyssey.
        ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jason_golden
        What the hell is wrong with the Odyssey? If anything, the front end on that car looks much more progrssive than the changes from 8th-9th gen civic...
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      People love to bash CR, but this redesign NEVER would have happened had they not slammed the redesign so much. (I remember Motor Trend first "reviewed" the redesign as pretty much the same as the 2011 model. Laughable.)
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