Report: New Honda Civic mid-cycle refresh coming quicker than scheduled

When the 2012 Honda Civic made its debut in April, it was chastised by many publications for being a horrible redesign and re-engineering. Consumer Reports went as far as to remove the Civic from its list of ‘recommended’ vehicles and called it ‘cheap’ and ‘insubstantial.’ A review by the Wall Street Journal called it ‘a betrayal’ by Honda.

Obviously, for a car that is the Japanese brand’s bread and butter, those kinds of words are horrible – especially when the new Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and the Chevrolet Cruze have been getting nothing but praised.

Honda is now moving quick to make some mid-cycle changes.

“We take feedback seriously, regardless of who it’s from, and we will act accordingly quickly,” John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president, said. “I don’t know how much we can do, and how quickly… but the comments of Consumer Reports and our customers have not gone unnoticed. We are appropriately energized.”

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The mid-cycle refresh for the new Honda Civic would originally occur in spring 2014, but Mendel said the changes are likely to come sometime in 2013.

Refresher: The 2012 Honda Civic Sedan is powered by a 1.8L inline 4-cylinder engine making 140-hp at 6,500 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque of 4,300 rpm. The Civic Sedan gets an EPA-estimated fuel-economy rating of 28/39 mpg (city/highway) and 32 mpg combined when mated to an automatic transmission (standard on Civic EX Sedan and all EX-L models). A manual transmission is standard on the Civic DX and LX (automatic transmission available). Prices start at $15,805.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)