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Although the Civic was redesigned in 2012, Honda has decided to take one of the most reliable cars a step up in improvement with the 2013 models.

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 noticeable. As far as comfort, the Civic’s front and rear seats offer more head room, making the car more spacious for adults. See for yourself and test drive the new Civic at Chapman Honda.

2013 Civics also have more standard features than the 2012 model. These include Electronic Parking Assistwith a rear view camera and an Exterior Temperature Gauge. The base Civic sedan also has a standard four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth capabilities, Pandora Internet radio capability, SMS text message function, USB interface, and auxiliary jack. Optional features include six-speaker stereo, satellite radio and navigation systems.

Safety features are lavish for 2013, and they include:

  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency Trunk Release

Under the hood, the base Civic sedan and coupe have a four-cylinder engine that conveys 140 horsepower and a standard five-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic is optional. For 2013, Honda tightened the Civic’s suspension, and some reviewers notice improvements in the Civic’s steering and ride quality. According to Honda, the Civic sedan with an automatic transmission will not break the bank at the pump, averaging 28 miles per gallon city and 39 miles per gallon highway, which matches last year’s EPA estimates.

The five-seat 2013 Civic sedan and coupe are available in LX, EX and EX-L trims. There is also a Civic Hybrid model and a Natural Gas model. For more information stop by Honda Tucson.

Driving can be stressful, especially when other drivers are unpredictable. Your Chapman Honda dealer will tell you all of the safety features of your vehicle, but sometimes it’s not enough. Here are some defensive driving tips to keep in mind when you get behind the wheel:

1)   Routine maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent unexpected events is to keep your car in tip-top shape. Check the oil, tire pressure, brake fluid, etc. fairly often to make sure your car runs as smoothly as possible.

2)   Avoid eye contact

Some drivers have road rage, so it’s best to avoid them completely. Don’t look them in the eye because you don’t want to become a target. Change lanes, adjust your speed, etc. to stay clear of them.

3)   No tailgating

Following too closely is a sure way to cause an accident. If the car in front of you slams on its brakes, you won’t have any time to react. Give at least 2-4 seconds of space between you and the car in front of you.

4)   Don’t drive drunk or drowsy

Driving drunk or drowsy greatly decreases your ability to concentrate on driving. Both affect your reaction time and vision and can put other drivers in danger. Ask your Tucson Honda dealer for more information about safe driving.

5)   Eliminate distractions

Your main focus while behind the wheel is driving. Don’t stress about the radio, iPod, eating food, putting on makeup, etc. Observe the cars around you and anticipate your next move. It’s better to pay attention to your surroundings than what’s going on inside the car.

6)   Look both ways

It sounds simple, but many drivers forget to look both ways when making a turn. Take the extra second to glance each direction to avoid hitting a pedestrian, biker or another car that isn’t where it should be.

7)   Don’t speed

The faster you’re going, the harder it is to react. Speed limit signs are posted for a reason, so follow them.

Join your Arizona Honda dealer in keeping the roads safe by becoming a defensive driver.