• May 7th 2013 at 12:25PM
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In 2012, Honda launched a brand new Civic that was widely viewed as a step backward for the perennial small car all-star. Honda quickly moved to dramatically refresh the Civic lineup for 2013, upgrading both the design and feature set. We drove the sporty 2013 Honda Civic Si Sedan to test some of these new standard features, such as a rearview camera and BlueTooth HandsFreeLink.

You can read a transcription of the video review below.

Hi I'm Adam Morath for AOL Autos and we are here in Detroit, Michigan at the site of the Belle Isle Grand Prix. We have with us the all-new 2013 Honda Civic Si. Let's take it for a spin.

In 2012, Honda launched a brand new Civic that was not well received. Automotive journalists and consumers alike were really disappointed with what Honda brought to the table, so in 2013 they completely refreshed the Civic.

This Si that we're driving in, has chrome details, sort of a faux carbon fiber on the dashboard, some things to make it a bit sportier, but all of the Civics across the board have gotten a really nice interior upgrade and a facelift.

It's powered by a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine, good for 201 horsepower. The Si is a sportier model, so it only gets 25 miles to the gallon combined city/highway. That's not great, not terrible, but if you want better fuel economy there's a hybrid version and the standard Civic also gets better fuel economy.

The Civic lineup received some technological upgrades for 2013 as well, including Bluetooth Hands Free Link, which allows you to connect your phone, make calls with the push of a button, and also stream music over the radio.

Another new feature that now comes standard on all Civic models is the rearview camera, which can be viewed on the 5-inch LCD screen. Honda also improved handling and suspension on new Civic models, as well as upgrades, which make the cabin much quieter.

As you'd expect, the enhanced performance of the Si model commands a higher price. Its MSRP of $22,700 makes it about 5 grand more than the base Civic sedan. That's pretty pricy for a Civic but you do get 60 more horsepower.

I'm Adam Morath for AOL Autos.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I am looking at the 2014 Honda Civic Si, the VW Bumble Bee GSR and the Subie WRX STI for my everyday commute. The only other American name brands I would look into is the ZL1 Camaro, or the Cobra GT Stang. My problem is I know the Japanese auto makers are on top with dependability ratings. It is a hard call to make, I don't want to get burned and the only thing with VW, is it is build in Mexico and it is well over $30,000.00 bucks. I remember hearing VW back in the fifties costing $1,500.00 bucks, what a **** box in deed.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only 25 mpg??? My equinox with the V6 gets better highway mileage. No reason it shouldn't get 29 or 30. Poor execution.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Your equinox does not get better mgp. This civic and your slug of an suv cater to totally different markets.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would take a Honda Civic over your **** box Equinox any day of the week. That civic will pick up more chicks too, and is wayyyyyy cooler to meet people on the weekends for conversation.
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