First Drive: 2012 Honda Civic

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

Fuel economy:
28/39/32 mpg (city/highway/combined)

1.8L SOHC I-4
Horsepower: 140 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm


5-speed automatic

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

5 of 5
yes people the DX,LX,HF dont come with bluetooth thats why I did NOT BUY A NEW CIVIC, where i live you get a ticket if you are on your phone or texting while driving!dumb-asss honda all cars should come standard with bluetooth!!!!!!!
Honda has played it way too safe with this redesign. The Hyundai Elantra looks better, has more standard equipment, gets better gas mileage, and costs the same or less as any Civic.
The interior is a bit wanting, but I think Honda has another winner in its hands.
The new Civic's dashboard is blocky, bargain-esque, & asymmetrical - all too reminiscent of a 1985 Nissan Stanza's. Also, the new Civic is still too low to provide easy ingress\egress for those who are not vertically-challenged. Honda missed the opportunity to add a few inches of roof height to accommodate grown adults seeking an economical sedan.Regardless, enough shoppers will be pleased with the fuel-economy improvements and Honda's longstanding bullet-proof reliability.

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