What's New for 2013:
- Updated exterior styling
- Revised interior materials and details
- Strengthened body structure
- Revised steering and suspension tuning
- Smart Vent side-impact air bags are standard
- Bluetooth with streaming audio is standard
- SMS text messaging capability is standard
- Pandora Internet radio is standard
- USB/iPod connection is standard
- Optional lane-departure warning system
- Optional forward-collision warning system
The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan is a gas-electric version of the Civic rated to get 44 mpg in combined driving. This year, the Civic Hybrid receives a redesigned front bumper, grille and headlights, a new hood, new trunk, and restyled taillights.
Standard equipment includes lightweight 15-inch aluminum wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, power exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators, variable intermittent wipers, automatic headlights, LED brake lights, and a rear decklid spoiler.Interior Features
Like other 2013 Civic models, the Civic Hybrid's interior is upgraded with soft-touch material for the dashboard and upper door panels, improved textures and trim, upgraded seat fabric and headliner material, and standard black carpeting. To quiet the cabin, the Civic Hybrid gains additional soundproofing materials and thicker glass for the windshield and side windows.
In addition to special instrumentation related to the hybrid powertrain, the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid is equipped with standard automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Floor mats and a height-adjustable driver seat are also standard, as well as a center storage console with a sliding armrest and a 12-volt power outlet, 5-inch LCD information display screen, trip computer, and an exterior temperature indicator.
Additional standard equipment for the 2013 Civic Hybrid includes a reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability, SMS text messaging, and a 6-speaker stereo with a CD player, USB port, auxiliary audio input jack, and Pandora Internet radio compatibility.
The Civic Hybrid's trunk measures 10.7 cubic feet, smaller than the standard Civic Sedan.Optional Features
A navigation system with a multi-view reversing camera (an upgrade over the standard single-view camera) is optional, and it includes turn-by-turn directions, voice control, and satellite radio. Additional options include leather seats, heated exterior mirrors, forward-collision warning system, and a lane-departure warning system. Honda dealers can also install a number of extra-cost accessories.Under the Hood
In the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid, a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is paired with Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, an electric assist motor powered by a Lithium-ion battery pack. Combined, the IMA system generates 110 horsepower, with 127 lb.-ft. of torque available between 1,000 rpm and 3,500 rpm.
Unlike a "full" hybrid system, Honda's IMA hybrid system is a "mild" hybrid, meaning that it cannot operate on battery power alone. As a result, the Civic Hybrid's gasoline engine is required for acceleration. However, the IMA system does shut the gas engine off when coasting and coming to a stop, helping to conserve fuel.
A continuously variable transmission (CVT) drives the Civic Hybrid's front wheels, and this model is equipped with regenerative brakes.Fuel Economy
As this overview is written, the EPA has not published fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid.Safety
Every 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid is equipped with 6 air bags, traction control, stability control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. A reversing camera is also standard, and models with a navigation system have an upgraded multi-angle reversing camera. For 2013, the Civic Hybrid is the only Civic model offered with an optional forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system.
Additionally, the 2013 Civic Hybrid is constructed around a next-generation version of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which is designed to more evenly disperse crash energy and to channel it around the passenger compartment. For 2013, the ACE II body structure employs more high-strength steel in advance of difficult new small overlap frontal impact crash tests to be administered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted crash tests on the 2013 Civic Hybrid.