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2012 Honda Civic Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

The 2012 Honda Civic is the all-new, ninth-generation version of the country's best-selling compact car and third-best-selling car overall. Offering a unique combination of affordability, reliability and refinement, the Honda Civic has long been a gold standard not just for the category, but for personal transportation in general. Its dominance is in decline, though, as evidenced by our most recent compact sedan comparison test in which the 2012 Honda Civic tied for first place with the ultra-stylish new Hyundai Elantra. The Honda Civic does remain the clear leader in variety, with a wide-ranging lineup that includes sedan and coupe body styles, a 201-horsepower sporty Civic Si version, a 45-mpg Civic hybrid variant, and a limited-availability natural-gas-powered version.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you appreciate mechanical refinement similar to what you might find in a commercial airliner, the 2012 Honda Civic is the clear choice in the category. And even if you don't easily discern such qualities, just-right steering and pedal feel are the kinds of qualities that quietly contribute to long-term driving satisfaction.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2012 Honda Civic is neither as sporty nor as stylish as the Mazda3 or Ford Focus, the interior design isn't as interesting as the Hyundai Elantra's, and it isn't the smoothest or quietest car in the class.

What's Significant About This Car?

The all-new-for-2012 Honda Civic is instantly familiar inside and out, with key changes comprising increased fuel economy, more refined driving dynamics and enhanced infotainment abilities. The Civic hybrid is now more fuel efficient, the Civic Si is more powerful and there's the new mileage-maxing 2012 Civic HF that delivers 41 highway mpg.

Driving the Civic

Driving Impressions The 2012 Honda Civic is not the smoothest or quietest car in the category. Nor is it the most fun to drive. Curious, then, that we'd rate it tops in...

driving dynamics in our shootout of the four newest cars in the category. How does it do it? With the help of steering and pedal response that other automakers could only dream of delivering. It's easy to overlook excellence in these areas, but just as driving feel is a big part of the magic in a Porsche, the way the Civic gracefully listens and responds to a driver's input is a key reason we consider the 2012 Honda Civic the connoisseur's compact sedan.

Bluetooth Audio
We like being able to listen to the music on our iPhone without having to plug it in, and the Civic's Bluetooth Audio system is notable for how quickly it connects and begins playing.

i-MID Display
Standard in all but the base Civic DX trim is a new five-inch LCD monitor that provides music and mileage info, plus Bluetooth and navigation info when equipped.

2012 Honda Civic Details
2012 Honda Civic photo Interior

If the 2012 Honda Civic has an Achilles' heel, it's the interior styling. Everything works wonderfully, but the design, textures and materials put its visual appeal in the bottom half of the segment, behind new and newly relevant nameplates like Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze.

Exterior
2012 Honda Civic photo

Just when observers thought Honda might unleash the most expressive Civic yet - as an answer to the bold new Hyundai Elantra attracting so much attention – the even-keeled automaker instead delivered the most evolutionary Civic redesign ever. It's hard to argue against sticking to a styling strategy that's helped keep the Civic at or near the top of the sales charts for many years running.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Honda Civic starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $16,555 (including destination) for a Civic DX, but that's with no radio, no air conditioning and no power mirrors or door locks. Stepping up to the Civic LX remedies those shortcomings and nets a few other goodies for an extra $2,000, but an automatic transmission will set you back another $800. The Honda Civic's myriad active and passive safety technologies are included as standard equipment across the line. The EX and EX-L models sit at the top of the 2012 Civic's non-hybrid, non-natural-gas pyramid, with the Si coupe and sedan covering performance side of the street.

Optional Equipment

A 2012 Honda Civic EX-L with Navigation has an MSRP at $24,225 and includes leather seats (heated front), a moonroof, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, a full-function i-MID display and a six-speaker AM/FM/SAT/MP3/ Bluetooth audio system with USB and auxiliary ports (which offers plenty of functionality but just-okay sound).

Under the Hood

With no direct injection or turbocharging, 140 horsepower, and five speeds not six in the manual and automatic transmissions, the 2012 Honda Civic has the simplest powertrain of the newest compact sedans. Nevertheless, it delivers exceptional fuel economy and plenty of power. The mileage-maxing HF trim features the same powertrain, but adds two highway miles per gallon with a lower ride height, aerodynamic adds and tires with lower rolling resistance. The Civic Si, in sedan and coupe form, comes with 201 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission.

Civic DX, LX, EX, EX-L and HF
1.8-liter in-line four cylinder
140 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/36 (manual), 28/39 (automatic), 29/41 (Civic HF automatic)

Civic Si
2.4-liter in-line four cylinder
201 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 (manual)

Civic Hybrid
1.5-liter in-line four cylinder + electric motor
110 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
127 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,000-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 44/44 (Continuously Variable Transmission)

Civic Natural Gas
1.8-liter in-line four cylinder
110 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
106 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2012 Honda Civic Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 265 Ratings for the 2012 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

I Love This Car

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, very smooth ride, no road noise."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am so happy with my choice to buy the 2015 Civic. It's zippy, fast and fun, not to mention all the safety features. The electronics are amazing; Honda has made it so there is no competition here. This is no ordinary car--every day, driving my Honda is awesome. You will be so glad you went with the Honda."

Not as good as my 2001 Civic

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,800

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "gas mileage, reliability, safety"

Cons: "poor ergonomics, mirrors, seat/steering wheel, CVT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Poor drivers side door mirror design. Because of the design the drivers side mirror will not rotate or pivot enough to get it adjusted properly to see out of. I had to buy a couple of those little round stick on blind spot mirrors. Drivers side seat has height adjustment however it seems impossible to get it adjusted to a place where it feels comfortable. Telescoping/tilt steering wheel...same problem...can't adjust it to where it is comfortable to drive, especially on long trips. I'm either too close to the ceiling or too low to be able to see. Terrible design. Interior flooring material...poor quality. What ever happened to carpeting? What they have is just the black padding material that usually goes under the carpeting. The CVT transmission seems to be working ok so far...but I don't like it. It constantly feels like it's slipping which makes it feel like there's something wrong with the car. Gas mileage...I can't complain...it is as rated...an overall average of 33.6 miles per gallon over 17600 miles. I have not had any mechanical problems with the car...but overall if I had to do it over again, I think I would have kept my 2001 honda civic LX 5 spd. It got better gas mileage and seemed like a better quality and overall more fun to drive car."

worst vehicle i have ever owned

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "good outside appearance"

Cons: "price, comfort, mechanical"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"this thing is a piece of garbage. I have owned Chevy cars and trucks, ford cars, Saturn cars and even a Hyundai. this brand new Honda is the worst thing I have owned. it is uncomfortable, I have had it in the shop 3 times for mechanical issues and I feel like it runs terrible ALL the time. I wish Saturn would come back......"

You Will Love This Car!!!

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Top safety pick, Reliability, Fun to drive."

Cons: "No Cons."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second Honda vehicle, and it is an awesome car! I also looked at and drove the Toyota Corolla, and there is no comparison that this is the superb choice. The car is smooth to drive, has incredible sound system dynamics, and will be reliable for years to come. The Civic price is a little higher than the Corolla, but you will not be disappointed. Did I mention how much fun this car is to drive? The dual level dashboard has a digital speedometer, which enables the driver to keep his/her eye on the road. There is also a rear camera for backing up. Honda gets it right again with safety, reliability and even FUN! LOVE THIS CAR. You wont be disappointed."

Rubber Band Engine, CVT is terrible

By on Monday, July 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Not much to say in the possitive"

Cons: "engine is terrible, transmission is terrible, cup"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"After driving the Civic for a while I have gotten the feel of just how terrible the new style of CVT transmission is. It winds like a rubber band and is excessively loud and obnoxious. It is nice the base model comes with bluetooth and back up camera, but I can hardly say i could not back up efficiently without it. The Lane Watch feature is just a gimmick, really who needs a second picture of the same thing your passenger mirror shows. It takes focus off of the road more often than it helps."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle Ever!

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I love this car!! Safest car in its class, this car is also fun to drive! I have test-driven every other car in its class, and this is the best. The quality is superior, and Honda engineers have created a masterpiece of a car. This is the safest compact car, and also fun to drive. Thank you Honda."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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