A juggernaut rolls on?
The new Civic retains its many characteristic strengths, but it doesn't really add any new ones. The new car may be vulnerable on issues of price and equipment against fresh rivals that are more competent than ever. We'll see if the ninth Civic can hold onto its position as a small-car-buyer favorite.
2012 Honda Civic
Base price range: $16,555 -- $27,500
28/39/32 mpg (city/highway/combined)
1.8L SOHC I-4
Horsepower: 140 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm
Curb weight: 2773 (EX-L)
Wheels/tires: 205/55R16 Continental ContiProContact
Competitors: Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla
What's new? Redesigned, ninth-generation model