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2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Review

The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid has solid reliability and safety ratings, but its uninspiring performance and tiny trunk pull it down to the middle of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Outstanding safety and reliability ratings
  • Lots of standard safety and entertainment features
  • Roomy back seat
  • Timid acceleration
  • Rough transition between gas and electric power
  • Small trunk

New for 2013

  • Refreshed exterior and interior styling
  • A rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, Bluetooth, Pandora interface, USB port, and hands-free text messaging became standard




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Overview

Is the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2013 Civic Hybrid is a commuter's dream. It has excellent reliability, outstanding crash test ratings, impressive safety features, and superb fuel economy. However, this isn't a good pick if you want a fun-to-drive car or a sizeable trunk.

Used 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Performance and Interior

The Civic's mild-hybrid powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and a lithium-ion battery. The 110-horsepower setup is timid to accelerate the Civic, and it can feel course when switching between its electric and gasoline power sources. This compromise is worthwhile if fuel efficiency is your priority. The EPA estimates of 43 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway slot the Civic Hybrid as one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its segment. Handling with this front-wheel-drive car is relatively smooth.

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The four-door Civic Hybrid seats five in its comfortable cabin, and it has more rear-seat legroom than the Hyundai Elantra or Honda Insight. Cloth seats are standard, and some used models feature upgraded leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. In the back seat, there are two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors for child safety seats.

There's no learning curve to contend with when you get into this Civic for the first time, as its uncomplicated layout and controls make it feel like any nonhybrid car. It's equipped with a wealth of technology, including Bluetooth streaming audio, hands-free text messaging, satellite radio, Pandora compatibility, and a USB port. However, the Civic Hybrid’s trunk is quite small.

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Used 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid Prices

Depending on which options it comes with, average prices for a 2013 Civic Hybrid span from $12,500 to $13,900. That's not only higher than the average price of a used compact car, but it's also marginally more expensive than many other used hybrid cars. A vehicle’s condition, features, mileage, and current demand all affect its price.

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Our Honda Civic Hybrid review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 30 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid?

The 2013 Civic Hybrid is one of the most reliable used cars you can buy, earning a near-perfect score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Civic Hybrid?

The 2013 Civic Hybrid was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, acing every IIHS crash test simulation. The Civic Hybrid also earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Models outfitted with the navigation system come with a multi-angle rearview camera instead of the standard rearview camera. 

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Is the 2013 Civic Hybrid the Best Model Year to Buy?

The final generation of the Civic Hybrid spanned the 2012 through 2015 model years. Honda made significant changes made for the 2012 redesign. As such, we recommend keeping your search within this generation. Newer models are better, since a sizable amount of features became standard in 2013. Also, all 2014 models (and later) come standard with a touch-screen display and blind spot monitoring.

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Which Used Honda Civic Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Civic Hybrid comes in only one trim, though some models feature upgrades like leather upholstery or Honda's satellite-linked navigation system (which comes with an enhanced parking camera). Even without these extras, the Civic Hybrid is nicely equipped. It’s the only model in the Civic lineup that comes standard with forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Other standard features include automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls, a six-speaker sound system, cruise control, and power windows.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Civic Hybrid. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Honda Civic Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2013 Honda Civic?

The nonhybrid Honda Civic’s average annual fuel costs are $350 higher than with the Civic Hybrid. Still, the gasoline-only Civic is the better buy for most people. Its average starting price is about $3,300 lower than that of the Civic Hybrid. With two body types (sedan and coupe) and three trim levels, it’s easier to find a nonhybrid Civic that fits your budget and preferences.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2013 Honda CR-Z?

The Honda CR-Z hybrid isn't as efficient as the Civic Hybrid. That said, the CR-Z’s available manual transmission, agile handling, and responsive steering make it much more engaging to drive. The CR-Z carries only two people, though, making it a poor choice for families.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid or 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-in?

If you have an extra $2,000 to spend on a hybrid, we recommend buying the Toyota Prius Plug-in over the Civic Hybrid. You get more standard features – including navigation and a touch-screen display – and twice the cargo space. As a plug-in hybrid, this Toyota can take short trips on all-electric power, which translates to a marginal gain in efficiency.

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