We weren't surprised to discover the Civic was selected as one of the Best Family Cars of 2012 by Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. The auto gods over at Motor Trend magazine agree, saying this about the Civic's ninth generation refresh: "Looking a little Si-ish, the new Civic sedan's mug is more aggressive, thanks to its muscular, raised hood; black honeycomb mesh grille; and a new, lower grille opening with chrome trim and integrated foglights on upper trim models. Out back, its widened rear end features sharper-edged taillights that extend onto a taller trunk lid, flanking a stretched-out chrome trim piece similar to that of the new Accord." So we can all forget about the glitch that was last year's Honda Civic because the 2013 model is sure to keep loyalists and new fans alike smiling. With that, let's take a closer look at the Civic's power, and then we'll outline features for one of its main competitors, the 2013 Toyota Corolla.
Under the hood of the 2013 Civic sits a 1.8-liter, 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC block that earns 140 horsepower. This is the same engine from last year. The good folks over at Honda tell us that this aluminum-alloy i-VTEC four-cylinder engine's state-of-the-art engineering is what allows it to get such great gas mileage. Base models receive a five-speed manual as standard but are eligible to receive the available five-speed automatic. All other trims receive the automatic as standard. This latter system serves up refined gear ratios for quick acceleration and adds to the Civic's stellar gas mileage. Also listed on this vehicle is Eco Assist, which keeps drivers aware of just how well they're doing with regard to driving fuel efficiently. We can't forget about Honda's Econ Button which makes saving even more gas a cinch! In Econ mode, the Civic's engine and other energy-consuming systems are automatically configured to operate more efficiently. Normal mode, then, is for drivers who wish to push the limits a little more. EPA estimates on the 2013 Civic LX models equipped with the manual show up as 28 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Civics with the automatic tally 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway. Other eco-friendly Civics include the natural gas and hybrid trims, and for those who really want to put the pedal to the metal there's the 200-horsepower Si model.
In this corner, we find that the Corolla continues to receive accolades from the highest authorities in the automotive world: everything from IIHS' Top Safety Pick award to earning the title of America's best-selling compact for the last nine years in a row. Toyota's peeps also like to tout the fact that there are over four million Corollas on the road today--some of them over 20 years old! At the end of the day, Toyota's Corolla just keeps getting better and better.
Powering the 2013 Corolla is the Japanese automaker's 1.8-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This engine produces a very-mild 132 horses along with 128 lb.-ft. of torque. Rated as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II), this setup comes standard with a five-speed manual or an available four-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). America's favorite compact is also built with an independent MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar and torsion beam rear suspension with rear stabilizer bar. Finally, the Corolla comes standard with Electric Power Steering (EPS).
*All vehicle mileage based on 2013 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
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