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7.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
16,500 miles
Total Complaints:
13 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2013 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 012017

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

THE HEAD RESTRAINTS IN THE 2013 HONDA CIVIC ARE EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE, TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY CAUSE NECK AND BACK PAIN. I'VE ADJUSTED THE SEAT BACK BUT TO NO AVAIL. I WON'T REVERSE THE RESTRAINTS, AS THAT WON'T ALLOW ANY PROTECTION. HOPING THERE'S AN AFTERMARKET REST I CAN USE.

- Holton J., Austin, US

problem #12

Feb 012014

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles

I would like to start by saying I've had a 2003 Honda Civic with comfortable seats and a 1998 Honda Civic in my family which also has comfortable seats. When I first purchased my 2013 Honda Civic new, I noticed my left arm would go numb/begin tingling while I was driving. It stopped after adjusting the seat/steering wheel and adding a pillow. I still never felt comfortable but my rides to and from work were fairly short, so the discomfort wasn't a big deal. After switching jobs, I now drive 40 miles to work each day and am constantly in pain.. I get into my car pain-free and arrive to work with both pain in my lower back and neck/shoulders. Once I sit in my inexpensive work chair with modest support, I feel a sense of relief. I've come to realize there are multiple issues with these seats: they are incredibly hard, have reverse lumbar support (actually sink in where your lower back should be supported) and the head rests force your neck to jut forward. I have since purchased items that someone at my age and in good shape shouldn't have to buy: a coccyx seat cushion and a back cushion. Unfortunately even these items are imperfect. This car is mechanically sound, but these seats alone have made me looking into either selling my car or getting custom ordered seats installed. If Honda can't dramatically change these seats, I will never purchase a Honda again.

- Brittany B., Orlando, US

problem #11

Nov 102015

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,857 miles

the HEAD rest is a total disaster, give me headaches and low back pain

very bad design for front seats

Honda should hire a German or Italian designer for the seats

why are there no solutions for this seats problem ,I hear many people complaining about front seats

we need to complain to head office from Honda .

what is their e-mail or tel. nr.???

we bought the cars manufactured by them , they must have answer for problems

- Constantin H., Beaumont, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 242014

Civic 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchases this car as an older model from the previous year. The seats were not overly a problem on the test ride, although I did find that the constant banging of the head 'restraint' in the back of my head was ...noticed but not a big problem... so I thought. I purchased the car as I have respect for their drive trains and had other models. I really wanted to like this Honda.

As time went on, the head restraint, the main part of the seat (where your butt sits, and the general way the heat/cold transferred into the seat generally made this the single most uncomfortable and horrible seat i have ever experienced. I took the car back to Honda... it was brand new... the sales guy treated me like a retard and the service dept did nothing. They said the design was what was intended and that there was nothing broken or a problem so there was nothing to fix. The seat totally blows guys.! how about this...

This will be THE LAST HONDA I will ever purchase..

Lets put it this way... I had a 19193 BMW 325i with 300,000 KM on it and I miss it compared to this nuisance. Well, to be fair, the seat heaters are ok and it has air conditioning... but for God's sake, these seats?

- J.M M., Waterloo, Ontario, canada

problem #9

Oct 142014

Civic ES 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

The driver's seat has no lumbar support causing my back to curve uncomfortably leading to back and leg pain after driving for more than 10-15 minutes.

- binewt2, Rockville, MD, USA

problem #8

May 122015

Civic IX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

Love the look of the car. The head RESTRAINT and seat are god awful. My 30-minute drive to work leaves my neck in pain, feeling DIZZY when I get out of my car, not to mention lower body issues. If I can't find a replacement part, I'll be selling my car.

- Andrea W., Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 112014

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,675 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I LOVE THE GAS MILEAGE ONLY! MY LOWER BACK AND HIPS HURT SO BAD. I CAN HARDLY GO TO WORK. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO MAKE THE HONDA CIVIC COMFORTABLE?

- Jackie A., Anderson, SC, USA

problem #6

Apr 152015

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

I have never had back pains until driving this Honda Civic. Now, my lower back and hip is so messed up that I have had to go to orthopedic doctors, have MRI's, am in treatment for Physical therapy and have a slipped disk. I have been told that my disc problems have come through accumulated pressure on my lower back and low shock absorption. I am in constant pain.

Before driving this Honda civic, I was an avid practitioner, dancer and enjoyed athletic activities. I have not been able to do any of this lately.

I also have constant strain in my upper back/shoulder area due to the head rest of the Honda Civic pushng my head too far forward.

This has been a horrible experience for me and has cost me thousands of dollars in treatments and exams over the past two years. Since I have leased the car, I'd have to pay a penalty for returning it early. At this point, I try to limit my driving, though this means a substantial loss in income.

- Taya P., Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 312015

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

Front seats very uncomfortable. Driving or riding in passenger seat for longer periods of time (30 minutes or more) causes severe lower back pain. No adjustments of the current seats fixes problems.

- David D., Quitman, TX, US

problem #4

Aug 012013

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

The seats have no back or neck support at all. I have tried moving the back of the seat up straight and I also tried to move it back and nothing. I have tried different supports and that didn't work either. I drive a lot for my job, I have 70,000 miles on my car in less then two years. So I spend a lot of time in my car.

- Luke S., West Bend, WI, USA

problem #3

Oct 232013

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2013 Civic was my fifth Honda and my first ever brand new one. The test drive was fine.

After after driving my brand new car home from the dealer I had a backache. Within a week I was in considerable pain all the time from neck to hips. I contacted the Salesman and was told, "it was the first he'd heard of it, maybe I need a cushion". Service told me to bring it in they'd take a look, "don't see anything wrong". When I asked if there were alternate seats, or after-market options I was told "it's not that easy". (??!!)

I avoid trips over half an hour, it's not worth the recovery time. The one day trip we took, my passenger and I were in agony by the end of the day.

The head rests push your head to far forward, the curve of the seat back is too pronounced and forces your shoulders forward, the bucket seat put pressure on your hips and butt with your knees above your hips.

Just waiting for the year end deals to ditch the thing and buy anything other than a Honda! 1 year old and under 10K on it. That's how much I hate driving this car. You've lost a loyal customer Honda.

- farley915, Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #2

Oct 102013

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

To improve their crash test safety numbers on the papers Honda, had put this head rest so forward to protect from whiplash.

But for a normal driver who is not a accident and driving this car, this causes neck pain, shoulder stiffness, back problems. Having the seat backward avoids interference of the head restraint with the neck, however that is very bad posture, esp. if someone has to spend 1 hr driving in such a position.

Lot of people have experienced the same, however Honda claims, they haven't received even a single complaint on their 1-800 number.

There is a change.org petition for Accord seats, not sure why it was closed, because the problem is much worse in the 2013 and 2014 problems. Stopped driving the civic for 2 months, and there were no neck or shoulder problem. Used to a own a Honda civic previously, hence went for another Honda , was a bad decision.

After my experience I have convinced 3 other potential buyers not to buy a Civic.

- sravinu, Henrico, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 252013

Civic EX 1.8L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles

I purchased a new 2013 Honda Civic EX after doing a lot of research and a longer than usual test drive. I do not know why I failed to notice how awful the driver seat was, but I did not. After doing some driving to pick up my daughter and returning to the dealer to pick up my previous car, I noticed that my neck was so sore I could hardly move my head. I spoke with a salesman who informed me nothing could be done, but kindly pulled some head restraints from other models to see if they would fit. They did not.

During this same time, I noticed my lower back was sore, but attributed that to unrelated factors. It is now obvious that this wasn't the case. The lumbar support digs into my back like a dagger--it is not only two intrusive, but it's too high. It has left me almost incapacitated. Even a ten minute commute leaves me in severe pain.

I've now spent a week doing research and trying to adjust my seat. I'm resorted to putting a pillow on the seat, which helps only a little. I've complained to my original salesman and to the dealer manager to no avail. I am now considering returning the car for a significant loss, though I think the problem is so severe that it falls under my state's lemon laws.

- Joseph W., Pleasant Grove, UT, US

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