2013 Honda Civic sedan given price cut; still painfully dull

Faced with slowish sales and mediocre reviews Honda has cut the prices for its petrol-powered Civic sedan range.

Prices for the non-hybrid models have been cut by across the board, with the entry-level VTi down A$1,000 and the rest of the Civic lineup cut by A$700. All variants now come with daytime running lights and an illuminated vanity mirror.

The revised range kicks off with the A$19,490 VTi. The VTi is powered by a 104kW/174Nm 1.8-litre petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual or an optional (A$2,300) 5-speed automatic. Standard kit includes 15-inch steel wheels, space saver spare tyre, cruise control and power windows. The audio system features a four speaker layout, CD player, iPod-compatible USB port, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth for hands-free and music streaming, and steering wheel audio controls.

Next up is the A$23,290 VTi-L, which is an automatic only proposition with 16-inch alloy wheels, a dash of interior chrome, and automatic headlights.

At A$26,290 VTi-LN adds satellite navigation, reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, proximity entry key fob, and a bit more chrome to the mix.

The A$30,290 Sport rounds out the petrol Civic sedan range and is powered by a larger 114kW/190Nm 2-litre petrol engine. Extra kit for the Sport includes 17-inch alloys, sunroof, leather interior and embellishments, and indicators in the wing mirrors.

Dimensions, capacity, weight

Length: 4,540mm
Width: 1,755mm
Height: 1,435mm
Wheelbase: 2,670mm
Weight: 1210-1290kg
Boot capacity: 440L

Power, fuel economy, CO2 emissions

1.8-litre petrol engine
Power: 104kW
Torque: 174Nm
Fuel economy: 6.1L/100km (average), 9.1L/100km (city), 5.3L/100km (highway)
CO2 emissions: 158g/km (average)

2-litre petrol engine
Power: 114kW
Torque: 190Nm
Fuel economy: 7.5L/100km (average), 10.4L/100km (city), 5.9L/100km (highway)
CO2 emissions: 178g/km (average)

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]