The Honda Civic sedan is facing stiffer competition than ever from an impressive mix of stylish, fun and fuel-efficient entries, but it's still arguably the best compact car of our time and is the 2012 Best Resale Value Award winner in the compact car category.
Honda's venerable compact is all new for 2012, the ninth generation of a nameplate that's been efficiently traversing U.S. highways since it first became available for the 1973 model year. Affordable, reliable and refined, it's no wonder the Civic is America's best-selling compact car and third-best-selling car overall.
Key improvements for 2012 include increased fuel economy, enhanced infotainment abilities and more refined driving dynamics. In fact, the way the Civic so elegantly converses with its driver via refined steering and pedal feel is among our favorite characteristics of this well-rounded compact sedan.
A 2012 Honda Civic DX starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $16,555 (including destination), but you're looking at closer to $20,000 for an adequately equipped 2012 Honda Civic LX. A 2012 Honda Civic EX-L with Navigation has an MSRP at $24,225 and includes leather seats (heated front), moonroof, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, full-function i-MID display and a six-speaker AM/FM/SAT/MP3 audio system with USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary-input connectivity.
In addition to this year's Best Resale Value Award, the 2012 Honda Civic was also deemed best value in our recent four-car comparison test, besting the newest Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Chevy Cruze.