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Honda saves the Civic

With a few quick little changes, Honda's brought a bad car back into contention.

Tailored tail

gallery 2012 honda civic vs 2013 rear 2

All around the car, the sheet metal is pretty much the same but check out that new rear end. Actually, it's not new, it's just a new pair of taillights. But a like a nice piece of jewelry or a fancy new necktie, it brings everything to a whole new level.

A local Honda dealership, Paragon Honda in Queens, provided a 2012 Civic from their remaining inventory for us to compare directly to the new 2013 Civic that Honda provided. Besides the cosmetic changes, I found out, Honda's engineers were as clever as the designers in making the most out of a few little changes.

Source: CNNMoney
- Last updated January 07 2013 12:31 PM ET