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New car reviews

2012 Honda Civic

Lou Ann Hammond, Sat, 14 May 2011 03:46:08 PDT

Honda has been fighting off its competitors for marketshare, but they are about to raise the bar. Product is the key to increasing marketshare in this business. Honda is about to introduce six redesigned models of the ninth generation of Honda Civics.

The 2012 Civic model lineup is comprised of:

* Civic Sedan (Civic DX, Civic LX, Civic EX and Civic EX-L)

* Civic Coupe (Civic DX, Civic LX, Civic EX and Civic EX-L)

* High-efficiency and value-oriented Civic HF (new)

* High-performance Civic Si Sedan and Civic Si Coupe

* Ultra-efficient Civic Hybrid (with new Lithium-Ion batteries)

* Ultra-clean Civic Natural Gas, previously known as Civic GX (available at qualified dealers nationwide)

My buddy Warren Brown and I drove the Hondas all day through Washington DC up to FEd-EX field. The drive is easy, like being with an old friend. You know their history, you can predict what they're going to say. They are comfortable to be with, even when neither of you have anything to say. The exterior design has subtle changes, but is very recognizable to all eight generations before it.

The interior is roomier than previous designs, but has too much plastic feel to it. This seems to be the new norm in this segment car. The Volkswagen Jetta, Mazda minivan Mazda5 and now the Civic all have a plastic interior that could have been upgraded. Each of these cars have a long history in the market. Their costs have been amortized over generations. I would like to see a better interior, plusher.

Advanced safety systems include the Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility, and a long list of standard safety equipment including side curtain airbags, driver's and front passenger's side airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and anti-lock braking

Engines

2012 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan

The 2012 High-Performance Civic Si sedan and coupe has a 2.4-liter i-VTEC DOHC I-4 engine that boasts 201 horsepower, a 2 percent increase, and a 170 lb-ft. of torque, a 22 percent increase.

The 6-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential is exclusive to the SI model and has a 22 city /31 highway /25 combined miles per gallon.

2012 Honda Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe

The Honda Civic sedan and couple houses a 1.8-liter i-VTEC SOHC I-4 engine

that gets 140 horsepower and a 128 lb-ft. of torque.

The 5-speed automatic gets 28 city /39highway /32combined miles per gallon.

2012 Honda Civic HF (High Fuel Efficiency)

The 2012 Honda Civic HF, High Fuel Efficiency, houses a 1.8-liter i-VTEC SOHC I-4 engine that gets 140 horsepower and a 128 lb-ft. of torque.

The 5-speed automatic gets 29 city /41 highway /33 combined miles per gallon.

2012 Honda Civic hybrid

The 2012 Honda Civic hybrid houses the new, larger 1.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC I-4 engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), as well as the first application of lithium-ion batteries. The engine produces 110 horsepower and a 127 lb-ft. of torque, a 3 percent increase from the previous generation.

The big news is the new EPA fuel economy numbers. Combined with Eco-assist, a system that optimizes fuel economy through feedback to the driver, the 2012 Honda Civic hybrid gets the exclusive automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This helps the 2012 Honda Civic hybrid achieve 44 city /44 highway /44 combined miles per gallon.

2012 Honda Civic sedans:

2012 Honda Civic DX Sedan 5-Speed Manual $15,805 28/36/31 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic DX Sedan 5-Speed Automatic $16,605 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan 5-Speed Manual $17,855 28/36/31 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan 5-Speed Automatic $18,655 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic HF Sedan 5-Speed Automatic $19,455 29/41/33 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX Sedan 5-Speed Automatic $20,505 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX Sedan with Navi and XM Radio 5-Speed Automatic $22,005 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan 5-Speed Automatic $21,955 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan with Navi and XM Satellite Radio 5-Speed Automatic $23,455 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan 6-Speed Manual $22,405 22/31/25 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan with summer tires 6-Speed Manual $22,605 22/31/25 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan with Navi and XM Satellite Radio 6-Speed Manual $23,905 22/31/25 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) $24,050 44/44/44 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan with Navi and XM Satellite Radio Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) $25,550 44/44/44 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan with Leather Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) $25,250 44/44/44 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan with Leather, Navi and XM Satellite Radio Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) $26,750 44/44/44 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas 5-Speed Automatic - Honda has not priced its natural gas model yet - 27/38/31 miles per gallon - The 2012 Honda Civic Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) houses a 1.8-liter i-VTEC SOHC I-4 engine and gets 110 horsepower and a 106 lb-ft. of torque.

2012 Honda Civic Coupes:

2012 Honda Civic DX Coupe 5-Speed Manual $15,605 28/36/31 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic DX Coupe 5-Speed Automatic $16,405 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic LX Coupe 5-Speed Manual $17,655 28/36/31 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic LX Coupe 5-Speed Automatic $18,455 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX Coupe 5-Speed Manual $19,705 28/36/31 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX Coupe 5-Speed Automatic $20,505 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX Coupe with Navi and XM Satellite Radio 5-Speed Automatic $22,005 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Coupe 5-Speed Automatic $21,955 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Coupe with Navi and XM Satellite Radio 5-Speed Automatic $23,455 28/39/32 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe 6-Speed Manual $22,205 22/31/25 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe with summer tires 6-Speed Manual $22,405 22/31/25 miles per gallon

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe with Navi and XM Satellite Radio 6-Speed Manual $23,705 22/31/25 miles per gallon

 

 


2012 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan, Civic Hybrid, Civic EX Coupe, Civic Si Coupe.


The Civic hybrid get 44 mpg


the interior is nice...enough


roomier than the past generation

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