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Honda Civic, Future Vehicle, Coupe, Sedan
#18 of 37 Re: About time! [jipster]
Feb 10, 2013 (8:02 pm)
If you are alright with the road noise and the somewhat spartan interior in the 2012 Civic, then you just saved yourself some money.
Another reason for going for 2012 Civic is if your situation requires you to have a car for a short term (6 to 18 months), or if you're in the habit of trading in your vehicle.
Since I am using the Civic as a commuter for the next 10 years, I'm going for the 2013.
Most importantly, DriveFun!
#19 of 37 Re: About time! [drivefun]
Feb 10, 2013 (8:48 pm)
People will be complaining of honda "road noise" till the end of time. No matter how well honda insulates its cars. Coming off a Buick regal, I thought the 2012 civic to be surprisingly quiet. Would like to see some test results comparing the 2012 and 2013 noise levels. Bet there's not much difference. The media and power of suggestion. Interior space the same. If anything they need to improve stereo speakers
#21 of 37 Re: About time! [jipster]
Feb 10, 2013 (9:23 pm)
The main feature differences between 2012 & 2013 are:
* Reduced road noise
* Back up camera
* Nicer cabin material
However, I can also see why the 2012 Civic appeals to you with the significant cost savings and coming from Buick Regal. You would have mad a smart purchase saving some money in making an upgrade. I would have done the same given similar circumstance.
#22 of 37 Re: Honda should unceasingly continue to push the envelop [drivefun]
Feb 11, 2013 (8:19 am)
Great post here but I'd like to add a comment. I've recently gotten a job as a vehicle transporter and we do rental cars. I've driven numerous new Elantra's and Foci...the Focus I drove yesterday had 6 miles when I drove off. I prefer the Elantra over the Focus but not by much. I think the hyundai accelerates better and has the better brakes but I've found the Focus brakes to be fine honestly. Maybe it was the particular unit you drove with the weird brake feel. Both are good cars and being a current Civic owner, I think the bar has been raised significantly by the other guys. Since I've not tested a 2013 Civic, I won't comment until I do get the opportunity. Prefer the dash lighting in the Elantra hands down as the Focus is a bit bland in this department and I found the radio controls hard to use yesterday when I had my homemade cd in...it wouldn't list the artists but that could be because i didn't have time to fiddle with the menu too much. And also my ipod wouldn't sync to the radio but that could be because I had the wrong cord...am off to Radio Shack later with the ipod to see about purchasing the correct cable so I can use it in any vehicle. Love when I get a vehicle with Sirius/XM but that doesn't always happen. Personally, if I didn't have so many cd's already, I'd definitely want SAT radio in my next vehicle...I think it's that good!
Being an import buyer since the mid '70's, I must admit that the Focus has changed my mind a bit about domestics. The Cruze was not very impressive but I'm waiting on getting to test a Verano to see if this is just brand specific. When I sat in one at the Buick dealer, i was very impressed with the comfort of the seats and all the switchgear. It looks like an upscale vehicle and not one that has economy car roots. Once I drive one I'll know better if this car is a real game changer for me and one that could get me back into a domestic after so long.The wife will be getting a 2014 vehicle definitely but she's not too impressed with any domestic right now, and her 1st car was a Buick...a Skylark which we enjoyed for a few years. I'm planning to get her into a Verano and hopefully after she drives it, she'll decide to put it on her short list as I think Buick and GM did an impressive job here!
#23 of 37 Road Noise - 2013 Civic
Feb 11, 2013 (9:55 am)
Although it may be improved from the 2012 model it's still not a quiet car and certainly not even remotely close to the Buick.
#24 of 37 Re: Honda should unceasingly continue to push the envelop [sandman_6472]
Feb 11, 2013 (10:47 am)
I drove the Verano this weekend. It was quite nice. Be sure to drive the turbo while you're at it.
#25 of 37 Re: Honda should unceasingly continue to push the envelop [jmaxe]
Feb 11, 2013 (10:05 pm)
I plan to when I can but so far, there have been no Buicks in any job we've done. When i see one in line, I will make sure to bag it so I can get up close and personal with it. The Cruze left me cold and driving it didn't make me like it any more than before. But sitting in a Verano at the dealer just whetted my appetite to drive one. I'm hoping it'll drive as good as the Elantra does which I think is the new benchmark in this segment honestly. It just marks all the boxes for me and all I've driven thus far are GLS models as that's what the rental company's seem to order...haven't seen a Limited yet though on the key fob on Sunday it did say Limited. If the Verano can best it, then Buick will have a real sleeper on it's hands. I think just the notion that it's a domestic from GM leads folks to not even put it on their short lists which is probably a huge mistake. I think if one wants to buy a compact, they should test every model offered as they just might be passing over a real winner and let their misguided thinking make them make the wrong choice...a real shame. I know when we look for the wife next year, I want her to drive everything out there in her segment just so she makes the most informed decision she can. It's going to be her dd for the next 5 to 6 years ans she needs to be happy and what I say means squat really as I like most offerings out there. All I am needed for is to test drive the final choice to make sure it drives straight and true and then to help in the negotiating process so she makes a fair deal to both sides.
#26 of 37 Re: Honda should unceasingly continue to push the envelop [sandman_6472]
Feb 14, 2013 (8:26 am)
Happened to park my 2012 civic next to a 2013 the other day. Both crimson color. . Mine was still dirty from recent rain, the 2013 looked as though it had just been washed and waxed. I have say the 2013 looked a bit sharper and sportier. It. Was an ex l. Liked the front grill. The trunk area looked larger. Sportier tail lights. The alloy wheels trimmed in black looked pretty cool. Couldn't tell much from interior. Will go to new car show this weekend to investigate further.
#27 of 37 Re: Honda should unceasingly continue to push the envelop [drivefun]
Mar 01, 2013 (12:44 am)
I just picked up my 2013 Civic Ex, and it is pretty sweet. This care definitely feels much more solid, and is apparent when you close the door shut. It does not eliminate all road noise, but it is significantly (about 60 - 75%) quieter than the previous version - I'm cool with that. I also like the fact the driver seat can be raised manually.
Regarding the comfort level of the front seats, it is firm and lightly snug the body. The rear seats while they seem deceivingly small in space from the outside, is surprisingly spaciously from the inside. I am 5'7", and leaving my driver seat as is, there's about 3 to 4 inches of knee-to-front-seat room available for me to comfortably cross my legs. Rear seating comes with 3 adjustable head rests, which gives it a luxurious look and feel. Rear storage compartments are ample. The rear center "axle hump" has been significantly "flattened" allowing unexpected room and comfort for the middle rear passenger.
I like the front console, which was designed to be simple. Most of the stereo controls (volume, bass, treble, etc.) and electronic settings (clock, lock features, language, background color, trip meter etc) are located in the iMid tech display. The i-Mid menus are well thought out and easy to navigate and doubles as the screen for the reverse camera.
More to come on the mechanical performance.