Vehicle2012 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
ReviewDisappointed to hear CR wrote a poor review.
I had an 06 same model, sold to grandson, bought 2012.
Not a lot of difference.
The dash display encourages thrifty driving; ECON setting really works.
Good handling, etc., but perhaps it just "stayed the same" in many respects while competition improved.
Get 40+ on highway, 30 in city.
Seems quiet enough.
Have to program door locks, sort of annoying the way they work.
Hard to program radio.
Recommend the car.
Seems a bit roomier for the driver, seatls are better than '06.
Best FeaturesHandling in tight spots, fuel economy, styling.
Worst FeaturesNeed reasonable dealer add-ons, body side molding is expensive.
on 08/08/11 20:49 PM (PDT)
Don't feel too bad about CR's review, the Civic EX came in 2nd in MT's direct comparo (and got the best gas mileage of the gas-powered models) and C&D also rated it 2nd. Interestingly, MT rated the Elantra as #1 (3rd in C&D's test), while C&D rated the Focus #1 (MT rated it 5th of 8). Sometimes coming in 2nd isn't so bad as both tests indicated that the Civic handled better and was roomier than the Elantra (with almost 4 more mpg according to MT), but less sporty than the Focus (but with a smoother tranny, more room and better mileage).Report it
on 08/09/11 21:57 PM (PDT)
CR's review is flat wrong.. they need to re-review maybe the car they had tested has some defects, I just bought one today I hear ya bout the add-ons, dealer adds them off the truck, no standard ones on the lot. I was able to talk them down, not as much I would like it to have gone down about 1K off MSRP, I should have pushed for more, but oh well.Report it
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