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2013 Honda Civic Sedan Revealed Ahead of 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

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edited September 2014 in Honda

image2013 Honda Civic Sedan Revealed Ahead of 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

The 2013 Honda Civic sedan, which debuts at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, gets a

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    cotakcotak Member Posts: 89
    So now it's a car with good engineering, bad design decisions but now with a body kit?

    Did they do a focus group and found their potential buyers are all stupid?
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    autosocautosoc Member Posts: 7
    While exterior design is now critical for this segment, and the Civic 2.1 looks more cohesive, the major complaints were a cheapened interior, lack of cutting edge technology, excessive noise, weak brakes, and clumsy handing. If Honda did not address these issues, the Civic will remain a second class player.
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    ed124ced124c Member Posts: 0
    I think most people were aghast by the poor interior. Why no mention of interior changes?
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    nefariousnigelnefariousnigel Member Posts: 13
    The exterior is bland but the interior is what all the reviewers were up in arms against. Curious to see how Honda refreshed the cabin.
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    tofu27tofu27 Member Posts: 1
    Want a four-door tC?
    Look no farther! Honda has provided one for 2013, known as the Civic!
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    wdrg123wdrg123 Member Posts: 2
    looks like an Accord and Camry.
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    lowenhardtlowenhardt Member Posts: 2
    So... their emergency refresh was to make it look like a mutant Accord?
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    formerlyformerly Member Posts: 0
    If fuel economy, interior quality, and driving dynamics are class competitive, the Civic should be able to pull in more than just the people who buy a Honda because it's a Honda.
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    typeshtypesh Member Posts: 22
    The front end is the most important change here. A great improvement for sure. However, it's more important to see what changes they made to the interior, which was the biggest step back for this Civic's redesign. If they can, at least, match the interior quality/design levels of the 2006 Civic, they may be on good footing.
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    tomanyttomanyt Member Posts: 1
    Looks bland.
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    screwball71screwball71 Member Posts: 26
    Looks to me like the other automakers have awaken the sleeping giant. Good luck Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, and yes, even Toyota. The Accord and now Civic are back. What are each of you going to do about it?
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    jpbranjpbran Member Posts: 37
    So weird. So that means the 2012 (with the 2003 Camry rear) will be a one-year car design? Any other examples of that?
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    bmwzimmerbmwzimmer Member Posts: 0
    Civic has a conservative exterior. However it appears the vast majority of Civic owners who aren't necessary automotive enthusiasts prefer the "play it safe" exterior over an overly aggressive/sporty/organic/etc.. design. It's an econo car for crying out loud. Does a normal audience for this kind of car need or want to drive a car that screams "Hey LOOK at me!!! or PLEASE look at me!!"?? It's a cheap econo car and doesn't try to be something it's not. Go look at the sales figures on this car and see how it's doing compared to any other compact sedan. It's #1 and #6 best selling car to date in the US. Not bad right?

    Now YES, The interior does have a lot of hard plastic (which makes it look cheap). However, it is well put together and appears to have good durability and quality. Sure other econo boxes have "softer materials" but let me know in 10 years how it's holding up. I'm pretty confident the Civic will hold up pretty good. That's why Honda's have higher resale values.
    Anyways, I've been told from a buddy with inside knowledge the interior materials have been tweaked along with a new backup camera and few other goodies... It'll remain the #1 seller for a little while longer.
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    noburgers_noburgers_ Member Posts: 79
    All-new Civic for 2012, and one year later the design is "refreshed"? Sounds kind of deperate. Can anyone think of another example of a car refreshed after just one year? If Honda is listening to what people say, then why did it take so long to redesign the beak on the Acura TL?
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    contheoncontheon Member Posts: 16
    Not long ago, Honda was a technology leader. Now they lag. Last to the party with direct injection and just introducing 6 speed automatics. And their focus is on style?

    Honda needs to start listening to their real customers. It's obvious the insiders are completely out of touch.
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    darthbimmerdarthbimmer Member Posts: 606
    Spicing up the exterior helps a tiny bit, but the main reasons I passed up the 2012 Civic in favor of its competition was what it lacked on the inside.
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    angry_mushroomangry_mushroom Member Posts: 0
    What about the interior?
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    urbanxjurbanxj Member Posts: 20
    The exterior revisions look good, but the pressing question's whether or not they ditched that ridiculous 2-pod gauge cluster and those cheap interior plastics.
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    zimtheinvaderzimtheinvader Member Posts: 580
    odd angles, and bland color on bland background. Hard to tell much about it.
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    hollowtekhollowtek Member Posts: 0
    loving the look :)
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    angry_mushroomangry_mushroom Member Posts: 0
    Still one major question... what about the interior?
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    karmogulkarmogul Member Posts: 2
    A much needed design refresh...the competitors' design teams are eating Honda's lunch!
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    technologygeektechnologygeek Member Posts: 12
    Please produce something like the late lamented affordable sporty cars Honda used to make and not another Corolla-clone.
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    dayne20071dayne20071 Member Posts: 20
    It looks more sporty than thr Acura ILX, I will be surprise if it not a hit.
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