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2013 Honda Civic Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Honda Civic was new.


Interior: 7.3

Test drivers admire the 2013 Honda Civic’s interior, which is made with higher-quality materials than the outgoing Civic and help make the cabin more attractive. 2013 Civics also have more standard features than the 2012 model. According to reviewers, the Civic’s front and rear seats are roomy for adults, but it doesn’t have as much cargo space as its classmates.

  • "Civic's cabin materials had been criticized after its 2012 redesign, but upgraded materials for 2013 improve interior ambiance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Interior changes that might sound inconsequential add up to a big deal. Simply deepening the grain in dash and door padding makes it look more like leather and less like hard plastic. Not only do things inside feel nicer to touch, they are nicer to view." -- USA Today


Auto critics agree that the Honda Civic sedan has comfortable seats and offers enough front-seat space for adults. One reviewer adds the overall visibility is good. Test drivers also think the back row offers adequate room for most adults.  

  • "Seats are comfortable (not always true of Hondas) and back seat legroom will handle most adults." -- USA Today
  • "A standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel and height-adjustable driver seat help tailor an accommodating driving position. ... Tall occupants have no excess headroom, especially beneath the sunroof housing. Visibility is good all around -- aided by the newly standard rearview camera -- though the long dashtop shelf and sloping nose can complicate judging distance in close quarters." -- Consumer Guide
  • "From the front seat, the coupe feels just as spacious as the sedan." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "The Civic's seats, no matter the trim level, are well shaped, nicely padded and perfectly upholstered - paragons of seating virtue." -- The New York Times (2012)
  • "In practice, it doesn't feel exceptionally roomy, but it's more than workable for an adult." -- Cars.com (2012, rear seats)

Interior Features

The base Civic sedan has a standard four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Pandora Internet radio capability, SMS text message function, USB interface, auxiliary jack and a rearview camera. A six-speaker stereo, satellite radio and navigation system are optional.

Few reviewers comment on how easy it is to use the interior features, but one says that only the navigation system is difficult to use. The Civic also has a feature Honda calls an intelligent Multi-Information Display. One critic says it’s just as easy to read as normal instrument panels that don’t have digital displays.

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  • "Climate and audio controls are within easy reach. The navigation system takes time to master, has undersized buttons, and absorbs too many audio functions. Both the navigation screen and upper instrument panel can be difficult to read in bright daylight conditions." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The driver information display tries for the same 3-D effect it always has sought, and does a fair job. ... The main driver display is neither harder nor easier to read at a glance than more conventional gauges." -- USA Today


The Honda Civic sedan has 12.5 cubic feet of trunk space. The coupe has 11.7 cubic feet of room, and the Natural Gas model’s trunk has 6.1 cubic feet for cargo. The Civic sedan has decent trunk room for the class, but competitors like the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze have more. Reviewers don’t comment on the Civic’s trunk space and interior storage much.  

  • "A wide, tall trunk with a generous opening and low liftover highlight Civic's cargo area. However, the sickle-type trunklid hinges intrude. ... Interior small-items storage is generous, with a good-sized glovebox, console bins, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide

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