2012 Honda Civic Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Honda Civic - Road Test Specs

2012 Honda Civic Sedan

(1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2012
StyleEX-L 4dr Sedan with Navigation (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$22,705
As-tested MSRP$24,205


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,798/110
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.6
Redline (rpm)6,700
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)140 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)128 @ 4,300
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeFive-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 2.666, II = 1.534, III = 1.022, IV = 0.721, V = 0.525, R = 1.957, Final = 4.44


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, lateral links, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.1
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiProContact
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP205/55R16 89H
Tire size, rearP205/55R16 89H
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front10.3-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear10.2-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.5
0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)9.2
0-75 mph (sec.)14.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.0
@ Full throttle (dB)77.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPokey bottom-end, so-so midrange, but lots of horsepower in the upper revs. Very quick shifts at WOT, and no manual gate to try (D, D3, etc) on the PRNDL.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsAdequate first stop, then pretty dramatic though linear increase in stopping distances thereafter. Strange pedal sensation that felt almost like completely cooked brakes from first stop to last (e.g. no ABS pulse, no tire noise).
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: A novice would be hard-pressed to discover on his own that this was electric-assist power steering. Very good feel and weight that feels natural and hydraulic. Low limits are audible from squealing tires. With stability control on, you don't hear the tires, but the lap is obviously slower. Slalom: Wow, so much more body roll than I would have expected. It feels like a much larger car because it requires a lot of time to transition from one cone to the next. Still, the steering feels so good and it is so precise that it feels like the car could/should go quicker than it does -- I guess that's what the Si model is for. With ESC on, it was much more conservative and thus slower than it needs to be.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)67.1
Relative humidity (%)47.6
Wind (mph, direction)6.5 H

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)28 city/39 highway/32 combined
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,795
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,741
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61/39
Length (in.)177.3
Width (in.)69.0
Height (in.)56.5
Wheelbase (in.)105.1
Track, front (in.)59.0
Track, rear (in.)59.9
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, rear (in.)36.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.5


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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