We purchased our 2012 Civic LX Sedan in Dec. 2011 as a commuter car and have put about 17K miles on it. Like most have mentioned, the road noise is present and the sound system is not up to par.
My biggest complaint is the shifter/transmission (auto) tends to vibrate while accelerating quickly. Pulling out in traffic can be a bit dangerous too, if you forget the ECON button is on.
That being said, overall, my wife and I are very satisfied with our Civic.
The legroom is plentiful for this size car. The fuel economy is great (~32 in City). And the displays are very easily read.
Base features are good (USB/AUX, PWR everything except seats, digital speedometer)
Fuel economy is very good.
Leg room is great for this size car.
Better sound system for LX.
Better performance for merging.
Take care of the rattle in the shifter.
Upgrade the carpet and sound-deadening matterials.
USB is temperamental.
Use wider tires for a smoother ride.
2012 Honda Civic EX-L 2dr Coupe w/Nav (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
I am impressed with the new 2012 Civic...still under two years old I have already put on over 50,000 miles with 0 problems..smartest buy I've made yet and it's my second Honda and will never buy anything else ! I avg 32 city and 33 to 39 on the highway depending on how I drive.
Excellent gas mileage and comfortable car. Love the navigation, stereo and sound, leather interior which is nice and durable ! I just love my Honda and can't wait to drive it, it's a remarkable car ! I plan on trying to get as many miles out of it as I can !
Leather wrapped steering wheel with stereo controls ! Easy to listen to favorite stations and songs. Imid display is helpful and nicely placed ! Pretty much everything, it's awesome !
Quality of the dash interior could improve, and reduced road noise would improve the good driving experience ! That's it !
2012 Honda Civic Si 4dr Sedan w/Nav (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
This Honda is a great car. The 2.4l iVTEC is an absolute BLAST to drive. The 6spd manual transmission is fantastic. While not the fastest car in this price range, I believe it's the best all-around vehicle in its class when considering price, gas mileage, reliability, 4 door practicality, and performance.
I live in the midwest and weather is not always ideal. With the FWD, the car works very well as a daily driver. The new 2.4l engine offers plenty of torque and power for a vehicle in this class, but with the limited slip and stability control, torque steer is almost non-existent.
In spirited mixed driving, I've averaged 28MPG. In highway driving, it's easy to get over the rated 31MPG
- Fun to drive
- Fun to drive
- Fun to drive
- Gas mileage
- Reliable (after all, it's a Honda)
- Split dash makes it easy for driver to focus on the road
- iMid display is a useful and fun
- Navigation System is nice and integrates well with iMid display
- Engine is well tuned and has a great sound
- Limited Slip Differential and FWD makes for good driving in adverse conditions
- 4-door option
- 360Watt factory stereo quality is excellent (even my teenage son thinks so!)
- Bluetooth, accessory, and USB audio interface
- iVTEC light on split dash is useful when pushing the engine to it's limits
- Plenty of torque & HP. From the driver's seat, the car feels every bit as fast as my '04 WRX.
I'm really nit picking, but here are some things Honda could improve:
- The materials used in the dashboard could be of higher quality
- Seat bottoms sometimes feel too narrow
- Auto-dimming mirror, heated mirrors, integrated garage door opener, and backup camera would be nice offerings
- The car's RPMs are designed to hang a little when shifting gears...takes some getting used to
- I wish the factory radio would display the current artist/song title like my Chevy does
- Remote starter option would be nice for those cold winter days
- There is some lag switching between albums, when using the USB stick
- Navigation voice interface could be expanded to recognize more commands
Been driving a Civic for years. This is my third consecutive new Civic. Previous models were the 98 and 05. Unfortunately this model has impressed me less than the 05. I am 5 foot 11 and often hit my head getting out of the car. They seem to have decreased the cavity opening by 1-2 inches. The carpeting is not really carpet - more akin to a dish scrub brush. This was easily fixed by adding the rubber mats with the protection package. The dash is one huge mass of not so pretty plastic. The plastic on the prior models at least resembled the texture of leather. I find visibility reduced with the long window frame pillars. The good points help reduce the negatives however.
Good points: stereo, bluetooth and USD port. Trunkspace is still respectable. Lots of airbags including the addition of side curtains. Traction control is excellent. Rear drums are a must in Canada and this is the main reason I continue to buy the Civic and not a higher level model. Clutch is smooth and there is very little engine noise in the cabin. Side mirrors are heated and huge - like that. Steering wheel controls are lovely. Exterior styling is acceptable but I find it not as appealing as the 2011 model - maybe I'll get used to it...
Interior, interior, interior. I don't know what happened here. Fabric and carpet options are not pretty at all. Dash is huge and needs
better finishing. Makes the car look cheap IMO. There is a wee bit of wind noise around the doors.
Just traded in a 2009 Accent for a 2012 new, left over Civic.
have put on 150 miles in 2 days and planning a road trip to test its mettle. Very impressed so far. Started with a 2012 Accent which was totaled. Went with the 09 on the assurance that it would give me 300,000 miles. What it gave me was 2K worth of repairs in one year. I haven't driven other cars in the Civic's class, but it handles and rides like a dream. Seating is very comfortable, back seat even in the coupe model is spacious. Engine is a quiet hum. Hoping that this will be my 300K mile vehicle.
Running lights, wide tires, responsive steering, steering wheel controls, quite engine, fuel economy and anticipated performance in poor weather due to traction control.