Making its debut at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show is the 2013 model year Honda Civic, which gains some considerable revisions in an attempt to address criticism surrounding this year’s model. What do Stateside buyers get for a US$160 (RM486) increase across the range?

The sedan gets styling changes both inside and outside, including a new bonnet and boot lid. The front and rear treatment is more Accord-like now, and the interior has been reworked with soft-touch materials and new trim. Recalibrated steering and suspension attempts to sharpen handling and upgrades to the body and chassis, including soundproofing, aim to improve ride comfort and NVH.

Honda’s next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE II) body structure has been applied to the 2013 Civic to help increase occupant protection in the event of a crash. Also new are SmartVent side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor and the availability of Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

Now standard across the board are Bluetooth with USB and iPod connectivity, Pandora interface, rear-view camera, audio controls on the steering wheel and SMS functionality. There’re some new wheel designs, too.

“Our industry has never been more competitive or fast changing, and a significant refresh of Civic, America’s best-selling compact car, just one model year after its debut as an all-new model shows true speed to market,” said American Honda executive VP of sales John Mendel.

You can survey the changes, inside and out, more closely in the gallery, which includes images of the higher-spec Si sedan and coupe. You can also read our test drive report of the ninth-gen Civic here.