The 2013 Honda Civic coupe and sedan now boast four and five stars, respectively, in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing.
The 2013 Honda Civic sedan scored five stars overall, with four stars for frontal crashes, five for side impacts, and four stars for rollover protection. The 2013 Honda Civic coupe received four stars, with four stars for frontal crashes, five for side impacts, and four stars for rollover protection; the coupe's overall rating is lower than the sedan's because dummies received more significant injuries in side-impact crash tests. It's worth noting, however, that the 2012 Civic sedan and coupe received five stars in NHTSA frontal crash testing.
The 2013 Honda Civic was heavily redesigned to address media criticism of the "cheapened" 2012 model. Pricing for the sedan ranges from $18,955 (including a $790 destination charge) for an LX model with a manual transmission to $28,755 for the Civic Natural Gas with Navigation. Pricing for the 2013 Honda Civic coupe starts at $18,755 for an LX model with manual transmission and climbs to $25,005 for a Civic Si with Navigation and summer tires.
This isn't the first time the Civic has received positive safety news: the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety also rated the 2013 Honda Civic a Top Safety Pick+. TSP+ is the agency's highest endorsement, and the 2013 Civic is the first small car to meet the new standard.
The TSP+ rating requires that cars perform well in the new IIHS small-overlap crash test, which simulates a car hitting a narrow object like a tree or telephone pole, or impacting only a small portion of another vehicle. It's a much more demanding crash test that, initially, resulted in dismal results for some luxury cars. (Early tests of 2012 models revealed that the Volkswagen CC's driver's door, for instance, would shear off in such a crash.) Only a handful of new cars meet the standard: the 2013 Acura TL, Chrysler 200 sedan, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima sedan, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Suzuki Kizashi, Volkswagen Passat, and the Volvo S60 and XC60.
IIHS rated the 2013 Honda Civic "Good", its top rating, in moderate-overlap frontal, small-overlap frontal, side-impact, and roof-crush tests; cars must be rated Acceptable or Good in each category to score as a Top Safety Pick+. The 2012 Honda Civic received ratings of "Good" in all those categories save small-overlap, because the new test hadn't yet been implemented when the 2012 car was tested.
Sources: Honda, NHTSA