Already? Honda Hurries Civic Update, May Arrive For 2013 Model Year

Early reaction to the 2012 Honda Civic haven’t exactly been cheery, but it looks like American Honda has a keen rebuttal: new reports indicate the company is expediting a mid-cycle refresh for the Civic to address some common criticisms. The Honda Civic received a much-hyped refresh for the 2012 model year, but was largely panned in the automotive press. The car tumbled off of the top of the Consumer Reports list of recommended small cars for the first time in ages after the publication’s editors called it “insubstantial.” Wall Street Journal automotive writer and Car Show host Dan Neil called it a “massive fail.” Most complaints about the Civic are hinged on the hard plastics within its interior, which Automobile Magazine reviews called “average at best,” although it should also be said that much of its other content also lags behind the newly minted competitors from Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, and Chevrolet. The Civic has one fewer gear than most of its competitors, and has only one non-hybrid model -- the HF -- that achieves 40 mpg on the highway, despite producing less power than the Mazda 3i Touring, the Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra. Normally, Honda’s mid-cycle refreshes occur after the product is nearly two or three years old, but an exception may be made for the Civic. Automotive Newsreports that Honda will significantly expedite that timetable. As a result, a refreshed Civic should hit Honda showrooms sometime in 2013, earlier than the original date of spring 2014. If this all sounds like instituting a no-huddle offense late in the third quarter, it may well be, but American Honda President John Mendel told Automotive News his company is prepared to go the distance. “The comments…have not gone unnoticed,” he said. “We are appropriately energized.” Source: Automotive News

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I totally agree with (HONDDRIVER) if Honda was sticking with their 100hp per liter montra for si car's then the 2012 civic si should make 240hp (2.4). what the HELL is going on at honda???????? Honda why your at it the civic si needs to get rid of the 4wd look (lower the car big time) also you need to tighten that suspention up BIG BIG time( car wobbles to much) need to be way stiffer, and for god sakes can you put wider tires on the fricken car shit! (225/45/17 are a good start). GUESS THATS IT FOR NOW!
STEVE
Good a revamp, oh wait a year to late! an i was a honda supporter for over 20 yrs, no soprts cars ( a car with over 210hp and 200+ tq) 28k not buying!
HolmiumST
They don't need to redesign anything really, just switch the production line back to the good'ol eighth and keep the fuel saving tweaks and sound deafening of the ninth, then most of the problems will be solved overnight.
Honddriver
I was dumbfounded by the new civic design. I drive a 2004 Honda Accord and love it's design, comfort, reliability and performance. Although the new Accords have not disappointed, the civics have. Looks plain and much for like the new Corollas. The 2011 design was amazing! One more gripe, how about adding more horse power to the SI, then maybe it'll be worth buying! At least 240 horses. It was a big disappointment!
mE
Honda Civic is getting killed by Hyundai and the GM Cruze in sales. The Civic used to be the benchmark in this category, but the mark has changed, while Honda has not. They need to go back to the design philosophies of the early 90s, not the bar-of-soap school of the last and this generation. The New Civic Si should have been a 4 -door version of the Hyundai Veloster, with that awesome 200hp engine. In this category, the new Civics now fall behind Hyundai, Kia, Chevy etc. They need a major re-design to fix this, not just some added plastic.
James
I still can't tell the difference between new and old Civic. What a dissappointment. Last generation was so unique, simple, and ahead of competition. Now, it is just so plain, even less Honda like than before. It just looks so vallina next to new Elantra. Hopefully Honda won't mess up next Accord, due in 2012.

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