The Civic allows you to make and receive calls while keeping your hands on the wheel by using Bluetooth* technology and the HandsFree profile with the audio system and your mobile phone. All of this can be done without ever having to handle your phone as long as it's somewhere in the vehicle. The system is easy to operate using voice commands and can be paired with up to six different phones.
* The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.
The Civic features an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to the other vehicles in a crash. The structure of the 2013 Civic was further enhanced to better accommodate a small overlap frontal collision (less than 25% overlap) as simulated by the new IIHS Narrow Offset Frontal Crash test. IIHS has not tested the new Civic structure as of this writing, but the results of internal tests indicate that, if tested, the Civic should receive a “Good” rating.
Anti-lock brakes help drivers maintain steering control during hard braking. All current Honda models are equipped with anti-lock brakes. Not only do they work differently, they're used differently, too.
Difference from Conventional Brakes
When pushed hard, conventional brakes may cause wheels to lock up, making the steering ineffective. In contrast, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) allows drivers to continue steering while braking so they can maneuver around objects. An electronic control unit senses when a wheel is approaching lock-up and intermittently reduces pressure several times a second. The process is much like that of pumping conventional brakes, but faster and better.
The ABS emergency braking technique is different from that used with conventional brakes. During hard or severe braking conditions, drivers with ABS should press hard on the brake pedal and not let up. This is known as "stomp and steer." Sometimes an ABS event creates noise and causes the brake pedal to vibrate when the system is activated. Don't take your foot off the brake pedal if this happens. This is a normal occurrence, and your ABS is functioning properly.
Anti-lock Brakes Do's and Don'ts
It is important to use ABS properly. In severe braking situations with anti-lock brakes, remember:
DO stomp on the brakes when braking hard
DO maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal and continue steering to avoid a collision
DON'T let up even if the system makes noise or the pedal vibrates
Your Civic is equipped with a climate control system that makes traveling comfortable year-round, regardless of the weather. Here are some of the subjects of inquiry many drivers have regarding their climate control systems:
Controlling the source of air
The Recirculation Button controls the source of the air going through your climate control system. When in Recirculation Mode, air from the vehicle's interior is recirculated through the system. Use this mode when driving through smoky or dusty conditions, or when you need maximum A/C cooling. Keeping the system in Recirculation Mode, however, especially with the A/C off, can cause the windows to fog.
Source of outside air coming into the vehicle
Air intakes for both heating and cooling are at the base of the windshield. Keep these clear of leaves and other debris for better operation.
Air exit locations
After circulating the air through the interior, the flow-through ventilation system exhausts it through vents near the rear window.
Cooling down the vehicle after it's been sitting in the sun
Start the engine and push the A/C Button to turn on the A/C. Make sure the temperature control dial is turned all the way counterclockwise. Set the fan to maximum speed. Open the windows partially and select Recirculation Mode. Once the cool air has replaced the warm air, close the windows, switch to Fresh Air Mode and turn the temperature and fan to the desired setting.
Air conditioning noise in the engine
Air conditioning places an extra load on the engine, especially when driving in stop-and-go traffic or climbing a long, steep hill. You may hear a noise when your compressor engages, but there is nothing wrong with the engine. If any noise does concern you, contact your Honda dealer.
Making the interior drier and warmer
Use the air conditioning and heating at the same time. As it cools, the A/C draws moisture out of the air. When used with the heater, it makes the interior drier and warmer. This procedure works whenever the outside temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Removing fog from the windows
Switch on the fan, the defroster, and the A/C. Adjust the temperature control so the air flow from the defroster feels warm. Turn on the rear window defogger.
Removing frost and ice from the windshield exterior
Start the engine and press the windshield defogger button. Switch the fan and temperature controls to their maximums. To rapidly remove exterior frost or ice from the windshield, select Recirculation Mode. The air will get warmer and clear the windows faster as the engine warms up. Once the windows are clear, close the side vents with the dial beside each vent. This will send more air to the windshield defroster vents. For safety, make sure you have a clear view through all windows before driving away.
Caring for the A/C system
Run the air conditioning at least once a week during cold weather months. Run it for at least 10 minutes while driving at a steady speed with the engine at normal operating temperature. This circulates the lubricating oil contained in the refrigerant. In cold weather, never turn the fan off except during the first few minutes of operation. Your climate control system will work best if you keep air circulating.
You can change the factory-default setting of the auto door unlocking feature so that it unlocks all the doors and not just the driver’s, or doesn’t unlock any doors at all. No matter how you set it, the one-pull door handle enables you to unlock the driver’s or front passenger’s door from the inside with a simple pull of the door handle. To make a change, simply access the “Customize Settings” menu of the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) using the steering wheel-mounted controls.
Several models are equipped with the Econ Button™ to help enhance your fuel efficiency while driving. The Ecological Drive Assist System (Eco Assist™) is a fuel efficiency information system designed to help you develop and maintain a fuel-efficient driving style. The system monitors driving style, and can display the impact of your driving style on the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. This feedback can help you make adjustments to take full advantage of the fuel efficiency potential of the Civic.
The Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition gives you turn-by-turn driving directions to almost any address in the U.S. This demonstration will show you how to enter an address and how to set up your home address by using the navigation controls. Explore the demo above in order to familiarize yourself with the system's features.
Add Your Navigation Code to Your Account
If you lose power to your vehicle or the battery is disconnected, simply follow the directions on the screen and push and hold the Power button for two seconds to reactivate the audio and/or navigation system. There is also a small sticker included in your Owner's Manual kit that contains the system code, in case it needs to be entered into the system. For safe keeping, you can enter the code in your Honda Owners account in case you ever need to retrieve it.
Update Your Navigation System Database
The map database for your navigation system is updated periodically with new streets and points of interest. Visit www.hondanavi.com to order the latest update.
The Intelligent Multi-Information Display or i-MID provides a variety of information in an area that minimizes eye diversion from the road. Using the steering wheel-mounted controls, the driver can display trip computer information, audio or phone information, a choice of digital or analog clock, as well as odometer, and outside temperature.
Rather than using a static table of time and mileage to keep track of maintenance, the Maintenance Minder™ system on the Civic calculates service needs based on how the vehicle is driven—not just how long. It checks engine operating conditions, such as weather extremes, stop-and-start traffic, and frequent short trips, and helps coordinate oil service dates and other maintenance check-ups to minimize your trips to the service department.
* 2012 CR-V shown for demonstration purposes (Compatible with iPhone and other select smartphones)
Your vehicle has the ability to operate the Pandora®  mobile music application on select smartphones through the vehicle’s audio system. When the phone is connected and the app is selected, you can display track information on the center screen, select from your station list, pause, skip, bookmark, and "like" or "dislike" songs. For select iPhones, the vehicle connection is through the USB Audio Interface, which lets you recharge your iPhone at the same time.
No smartphone? If your cell phone is compatible, you can still stream music through Bluetooth® Audio. Additionally, the USB Audio Interface lets you listen to your favorite tunes from a flash drive. Plus, all Civic audio systems feature an MP3/auxiliary input jack and are MP3- and Windows Media®  Audio (WMA)-compatible. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. Go to handsfreelink.honda.com to check for phone compatibility.
 Pandora, the Pandora logo and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: www.pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply.
 iPhone® is not included. iPhone® is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
 Windows Media® Audio is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft® Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
* 2012 CR-V shown for demonstration purposes (Compatible with select Bluetooth®-enabled Blackberry® and Android models)
Short Message System (SMS) Text Message Function
The Short Message System (SMS) Text Message Function enables you to receive and respond to incoming text messages while you drive without handling your cell phone. While driving with a paired and SMS-compatible phone, the system can audibly read an incoming message to you. To respond, you can select one of six preloaded messages to send as a reply. The system is compatible with select Blackberry® and Android phones with Bluetooth®. Your wireless carrier rate plans apply. Go to http://automobiles.honda.com/handsfreelink to check for phone compatibility.
The illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls allow you to operate the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). Intuitive and easy to use, the i-MID gives you access to the analog clock, trip computer, and detailed audio information, and helps you set customizable vehicle settings. Si models also have a screen that displays the amount of the engine’s power potential being used. Civic Hybrid models feature the Eco Assist™ and energy-flow screens to aid with a driver’s fuel efficiency.
An underinflated tire can impede handling and can be a safety hazard, so the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) uses pressure sensors mounted in each wheel that send readings to a central electronic control unit to help you stay prepared. The system evaluates whether the pressure is at an acceptable range. If a reading is approximately 25% below the recommended level, the Civic will alert you through a warning light on the instrument panel and a message on the intelligent Multi-Information Display.