SHARP TURNS – The Civic gets a new bold look

2013-09-13T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – The Civic gets a new bold lookMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
September 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Civics have been among the standard sedans for awhile now, the durability is the main reason consumers keep coming back to the Civic. For their 2013, model the Civic took on a bolder look. The added a new hood, trunk, rear bumper, and taillights to make a unique look.

All of the newly added exterior parts enhance aerodynamics and style. Along with the new hood are a bolder grille and a redesigned front bumper. On either side of the grille are multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-off feature that curve to the body and take your eyes down the side of the car to the folding side mirrors and the striking new taillights that blend seamlessly with the contoured shape. The sporty new 16-inch alloy wheels top off the new stylings.

The Civic focuses on getting you the best MPG possible, with lots of new features. The first feature that would catch your eye upon entering the new Civic is the ECON Button. You can turn it on or off with the push of a button. When ECON is on, the Civic automatically adjusts many of its functions to maximize fuel efficiency. On either side of the speedometer are blue and green bars that help drivers control their own fuel efficiency - keep the bars green and drivers will be good to go. Also helping is the intelligent Multi-Information Display that is located front and center in the instrument panel. The i-MID communicates with virtually all of the vehicle’s systems so drivers can get all their information in one place. Drivers and passengers can see vehicle performance stats like fuel consumption and trip range, as well as more personal information like text messages and what’s playing on Pandora. Control all of this without taking hands off the wheel with the steering wheel-mounted controls.

To continue to make the drive easier, Honda satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition can recognize address number, street names and cities, plus over 10 million points of interest. All you have to do is tell your Civic where you want to go and it will give you easy to follow directions on the center stack mounted screen. Along with the navigation is a rearview camera with guidelines with three camera angles to choose from.

The 1.8-liter, single overhead camshaft, aluminum-alloy i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine uses state-of-the-art engineering technology to produce an impressive 140 hp, yet it still receives excellent fuel efficiency ratings, 28 city and 36 hwy, and a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle rating, all on regular gasoline. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system helps enhance the driving character of the Civic Sedan. With smart electronics connecting the throttle pedal to the throttle butterfly valve in the intake manifold, the engine response can be optimized to suit the driving conditions and to better match your expectations.

The Honda Civic Sedan has three different model choices, the LX, which is the most standard model, comes in at about $18,000. The next model up is the EX, which starts at $22,500, and the last model is the EX-L which starts out at $24,000.

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