Why the 2013 Honda Civic Matters:
Despite the drubbing the redesigned 2012 Civic endured from critics after it debuted, American consumers bought them by the hundreds of thousands, making the car one of the best-selling models of the year.
Just goes to show you how important car reviewers are.
Nevertheless, Honda sprang into action and pushed the fast-forward button on what would have been a mid-cycle refresh for its compact car, and now the 2013 Honda Civic is arriving at dealerships with significant upgrades, ready to battle a wide range of competing models including the Chevy Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.
Not that it was having trouble in the first place.