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2012 Honda Civic Specs Rebates Suspension Engine Color Top Speed Safety Features and Review

Friday, March 25, 2011

Civic Base
  • 1.8L 4-cyl. engine 
  • Automatic transmission 

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Honda Civic will be fully redesigned, featuring updated styling and improved fuel efficiency.


There are few cars sold in America that are more significant than the Honda Civic. The Civic has been an icon in the small-car segment for decades now, winning over millions of people with its combination of smart design, high fuel efficiency, sporty driving dynamics and a reputation for reliability. Chances are, you've either owned one or know somebody who has. Understandably then, there's a lot of anticipation building up over the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic.
Here's what we know so far. The 2012 Civic will again come as a four-door sedan and two-door coupe, and is said to be a bit smaller on the outside than before but roomier on the inside. The mix of trim levels should be comparable to previous years: base (probably in the usual DX, LX and EX vein), the high fuel-efficiency HF, the sporty Si, the natural-gas-fueled GX and the Hybrid.
The base models will again have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine good for 140 horsepower and a five-speed automatic transmission. Honda estimates 39 mpg highway, which is 3 mpg better than the old car. But, for "the most fuel-efficient gasoline-only powered Civic in the lineup," the new Civic HF trim should achieve 41 mpg on the highway.
The Civic Hybrid will have a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, a continuously variable transmission and electric motor assist (presumably Honda's familiar Integrated Motor Assist system) that features a new lithium-ion battery pack. Honda is claiming 45 mpg from this model. On the other end of the spectrum, the sport-tuned Civic Si will have a larger engine this time: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is said to produce 200 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque (22 percent more torque than last year).
In terms of design, Honda is playing it safe, with an evolutionary update to both the exterior and interior. Notably, the instrument panel continues to have a two-tier gauge cluster that debuted on the current-generation Civic.
We'll know a lot more about the 2012 Honda Civic in the coming months. But our first impression is that the Civic might not be the no-brainer choice that it used to be. This isn't because Honda has necessarily fumbled, but more because other automakers have upped their game considerably while the Civic has largely stood pat. New small cars like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra have similar fuel economy while also likely besting the Civic in terms of driving dynamics, interior quality, features and value.
Check back in the coming months for a complete review with full buying advice and driving impressions.

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