The '13 was a bit firmer over bad pavement and expansion joints (we have an abundance of that around here. Less body roll in corners. The steering wheel felt more connected to the wheels and had better on center feel. The '13 was simply noticeably quieter and smoother over all than the '12. The '13 is about 110 pounds heavier than the '12 and you can feel it in the ride. The '12 isn't a bad car, but the '13 is better. I didn't notice any difference in acceleration. I turned VSA and ECON off and spun the tires in both cars (automatics). Both hit 80 mph up an expressway entrance ramp with no problems. If I had a '12, I'd probably keep it (but I chose to skip the MY). If not, I'd buy a '13, which I did. I was driving EX sedan models.Would you please describe the differences in how the '12 and '13 drove?
Best thing to do is sit in a 13' LX and see if the improved interior is worth the ~$1500 premium.
The optional black interior and backup camera would be reason enough for me to go with the 13'.
I'd say these make it worth the extra $$$.The sound deadening made a world of difference between the '12 and '13.
This is truly unfortunate. The highway handling on my Si (steering, rather) has been a source of near constant complaint for me (and there's no shortage of things I can find to complain about on the 2012), but the 2006 Si I had (even the 2010 EX-L) was far more composed on the highway and required MUCH less adjusting. The steering above 55 is almost 'numb'. Not what I want on a sportier car.I own a '12 EX coupe and yesterday drove a '13 EX sedan while my car was in to the dealer for servicing. My sense from that drive is that the steering on the '13 is lighter and very slightly quicker than on the '12. In fact, the steering on the '12 is a good bit heavier than on the 8th gen Civics (I owned an '08), so the change brings it closer to what it was before. The '13 was also noticeably quieter than my '12, and the ride more settled. Along with the significantly upgraded interior, these dynamic changes give the sense of the '13 Civic being a more upscale car.
By the way, for those who don't know it--and that seems to include most Honda sales people--the front seats are different in the coupe than the sedan. Year doesn't matter. The coupe seats have considerably larger bolsters, which makes them seem narrower when you are sitting in them. I really prefer these seats, which is probably the main reason I bought a coupe (and may buy another).
That's unlikely to happen, as the changes to 2014 will be marginal, at best, if anything at all.Its a 2012 vs 2013 forum, cant wait till the 2014 came so they would leave the 2012 alone, then it would be 2013 vs 2014,
I don't know the specs on the '12 Si, but I can tell you that significantly upgrading both sway bars made a world of difference in handling on my '12 EX couple. I used the Eibach bars available from ProCivic [Honda Civic Eibach Sway Bar Kit (Anti-Roll Kit)].While I'm happy they've fixed the issues, it leaves me wondering whether they knew these were shortcomings the whole time. There is a noticeable difference in how poorly my 2012 Si handles compared to my 2006 Si did. I wish I knew the reason for it.