It was 40 years ago when the first Honda passenger vehicle was introduced to the United States. That model, the diminutive Honda Civic, was one of the smallest cars on American roads, quickly gaining a reputation for exceptional build quality and very high fuel mileage.
Today, Civic is a larger vehicle and is sold in sedan and coupe body styles. For 2013 this front-wheel-drive model receives a refreshing, a five-passenger compact model that enjoys a considerable and loyal following.
Engine and Transmissions
The 2013 Honda Civic Coupe is powered by a 16-valve, 1.8-liter in-line four cylinder engine. This aluminum alloy engine has a 10.6 to 1 compression ratio and measures 3.19 inches bore by 3.44 inches stroke. This engine is rated at 140 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 128 foot-pounds of torque at 4,300 rpm.
Honda pairs the Civic Coupe with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission is standard with the LX edition and the automatic transmission is included with EX and EX-L editions and optional with the LX.
All Honda Civics take regular grade gasoline. This model is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual transmission. Choose one with an automatic transmission and your Civic Coupe is rated at 28 mpg around town and 39 mpg on the highway.
The Honda Civic Coupe is outfitted with a 13.2-gallon fuel tank. Maximum driving range is 515 miles, providing enough fuel to take you from Washington, DC to New York City and back without refilling.
Civic Coupe Dimensions
The Honda Civic Coupe competes with the Hyundai Elantra Coupe, the Kia Forte Koup and the Scion tC among other models.
This vehicle sits on a 103.2-inch wheelbase and is 175.5 inches long by 69 inches wide by 55 inches tall. The Civic Coupe weighs 2,716 to 2,868 pounds and offers 11.7 cubic feet of cargo room.
Inside, the Civic Coupe offers 83.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. Headroom measures 38.1 inches up front and 34.3 inches in the back seat. Leg room comes in at 42.2 inches up front and 30.8 inches in the rear.
Shoulder room measures 55.1 inches up front and 52.2 inches in the back seat. Hip room comes in at 53.2 inches in the front seat and measures 49 inches in the back seat.
Civic Coupe Notables
The 2013 Honda Civic Coupe offers 15-inch wheels standard that are set within all-season tires. Also available are alloy wheels and 16-inch tires. This model is of unibody construction and is equipped with a MacPherson strut front suspension, a multilink rear suspension as well as front and rear stabilizer bars.
Standard safety features include stability assist, traction control, an anti-lock braking system, brake assist, daytime running lamps and a tire pressure monitoring system. This vehicle offers front, front side and side curtain airbags.
Inside, the Civic Coupe offers numerous standard amenities including air conditioning, a customizable 5-inch display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a tilt and telescoping steering column.
Honda outfits this model with a 12-volt outlet, a cargo area light, map lights and a six-speaker audio system.
Upgrades can be had by selecting EX or EX-L models. Available features include a navigation system, heated front seats, a premium audio system, fog lights and automatic climate control. A moon roof, heated side mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers and automatic headlamps are available.
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