It’s time to say goodbye to our 2013 Honda Civic LX after 15,450 miles of use as one of Cars.com’s long-term test cars. We bought the Civic to evaluate the big changes Honda made for 2013 to up its competitiveness after a snooze-tastic 2012 redesign.
With the exception of the rear end being smashed by another car while our Civic was parked, owning this sedan was as uneventful and predictable as its passing power. Our LX sedan with an automatic transmission required two oil changes, a tire rotation and an inspection, plus we threw a set of wiper blades on the car and had it detailed when a funky smell invaded the interior after a wet spring.
All told, we forked over $2,105.8 in ownership costs over the year. Our observed average fuel economy after 15,450 miles (31.73 mpg) is nearly spot-on with the 32 mpg combined EPA rating and contributed to a fuel cost of $1,752.71. The highest recorded mileage of 42.83 mpg on a tank of gas topped the 39 mpg highway rating, while the lowest recorded tank of 21.4 mpg was far below the 28 mpg city rating.
An onboard maintenance minder system lit up the Civic’s center display screen around 6,500 miles and 15,000 miles, notifying us it was time to take the Civic in for its regular A1 and B1 services, respectively. We outline the A1 service here, while the B1 service included a thorough inspection of the brakes and provided us with remaining front brake pad and rear brake drum life, parking brake adjustment and fluid inspection on top of the oil change and tire rotation.