2012 Honda Civic Video Review | Edmunds

2012 Honda Civic Video Review

  • This 2012 Honda Civic video review talks about its many changes, along with information about price, fuel economy, safety and how it compares to other compact sedans. We also highlight its many variations that include sedan and coupe body styles, as well as Hybrid, Natural Gas and sporty Si models.

    2012 Honda Civic pricing starts around $16,000 and tops out at $28,000. The EX sedan in this video costs about $21,000. This is one of the roomiest compact cars on the market. The flat floor in the backseat really helps when you're transporting adults. There's plenty of seat-track travel to accommodate taller drivers. If you have a long torso, though, you may find that the steering wheel blocks the gauges.

    If you've owned a Civic before, the downgraded plastics for 2012 might be off-putting. Everything's assembled with care, but rivals like the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra have nicer materials. Safety is as good as it's ever been and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Civic a Top Safety Pick. The ride is very smooth, too, but at highway speeds, the cabin is noisier than in most competitors.

    Midrange LX and EX models will suit most people, while providing solid acceleration and good fuel economy. EPA ratings are 28 city/39 highway mpg with an automatic transmission. The LX gives you essentials like air-conditioning and a USB input, but the EX is your ticket to Bluetooth.

    If you want even higher mpg, the HF sedan is a real fuel miser with its 29 city/41 highway mpg rating. The Civic Hybrid is by far the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup. It's rated 44 city/44 highway mpg. One compromise with the Hybrid is a smaller trunk, and unlike in the EX, the rear seats don't fold.

    At the other end of the spectrum, there's the high-performance 201-horsepower Civic Si. This car is quick, but tops out at 31 mpg highway and comes with a manual transmission only. It's a fun car, but the faster Mazdaspeed 3 is a better value.

    As a commuter car, the 2012 Honda Civic excels, but it no longer dominates the class. In addition to the Focus and Elantra, you should check out the Chevy Cruze, Mazda 3 and, as an alternative to the Hybrid, the Toyota Prius.

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