2012 Honda Civic Si Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 Honda Civic - Road Test Specs

2012 Honda Civic Coupe

(2.4L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2012
StyleSi 2dr Coupe with Summer Tires (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$22,995
Options on test vehicleSunburst Orange Pearl ($160)
As-tested MSRP$23,155


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,354/144
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Redline (rpm)7,100
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)201 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 4,400
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 3.267; 2nd = 2.040; 3rd = 1.429; 4th = 1.073; 5th = 0.830; 6th = 0.647: FD = 4.76


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.08
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelMichelin Pilot Exalto PE2
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer, performance (32 psi cold front; 32 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front215/45R17 91W
Tire size, rear215/45R17 91W
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front11.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.2-inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)6.9
0-75 mph (sec.)10.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.1 @ 93.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)120
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.1
@ Full throttle (dB)80.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsPower delivery is far more linear than previous 2.0-liter Si engine, but i-VTEC is still evident -- more audible than palpable, though. With Trac off, it's tricky to launch with wheelspin, but it can be done and subtracts about a half-second from time. It's difficult to hang revs at a desired rpm because the throttle is so sensitive and revs climb and drop with a millimeter of throttle travel. Shifter is still very good, but feels ike it has a longer throw than previous Si.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsSome initial pedal travel, then very firm thereafter. Not much initial bite. Zero ABS buzz, little tire squeal, but rear end gets light and wiggles side-to-side.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: With ESC off, gently understeers all the way around the circle. Steering with the throttle doesn't work -- no rotation possible. With ESC on, the system grabs a brake and keeps it just inside understeer. Steering weight is good -- not too heavy or light or electric-feeling. Slalom: With ESC off, the car is sensitive to entry speed and likes to rotate off-throttle. Best run was entry at just barely sublimit, then barely adjust throttle for a tiny bit of rotation at each cone, then MASH the throttle at exit and use the LSD. It's a delicate technique, and there's probably 1 mph left (I had one 69-mph pass, but nicked a cone, damnit), but this would be a perfect run. With ESC on, the slightest bit of tire howl or sliding is severly punished -- and slow.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)77.1
Relative humidity (%)13.3
Wind (mph, direction)1.0, tailwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/31 highway/25 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)25
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,877
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,845
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62/38
Length (in.)176.1
Width (in.)69.0
Height (in.)55.0
Wheelbase (in.)103.1
Track, front (in.)59.0
Track, rear (in.)59.9
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)30.8
Headroom, front (in.)37.7
Headroom, rear (in.)34.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.1
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.7


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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