First Drive: 2012 Honda Civic

• Civic HF. Honda has revived the HF designation (seen long ago on the CRX) for a higher-fuel-economy version of the regular, gasoline-engine Civic sedan. The HF has the same powertrain as the DX, LX, and EX models: a 140-hp 1.8-liter with a five-speed automatic. There is no manual available on the HF. Available as a sedan only, the HF achieves its extra margin of fuel economy via lower-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic enhancements. EPA fuel economy estimates are 29/41 mpg.

• Civic DX, LX, EX, EX-L Sedan. These mainstay sedans comprise the heart of the Civic lineup. The model variants remain the same as last year. All versions are equipped with the 1.8-liter iVTEC four, whose output of 140 hp and 128 pound-feet of torque is unchanged for 2012. A five-speed manual is standard on the DX and LX, while a five-speed automatic is standard on the EX versions and optional on the others. Fuel economy is up significantly. EPA ratings are 28/36 mpg for the manual (up by 2 mpg both city and highway) and 28/39 mpg for the automatic (versus 25/36 mpg previously). The sedan's wheelbase shrinks by 1.2 inches although overall length, width, and height are the same as before. Despite an exterior envelope that is no bigger, Honda engineers managed to carve out an additional 3.7 cubic feet of interior space.

• Civic DX, LX, EX, EX-L Coupe. The Civic coupe returns, available in the same trim variants as the sedan (outside of the green versions). Mechanically, coupes and sedans are identical, except for the fact that one can get a manual transmission on the EX trim level in the coupe. Like its four-door counterpart, the coupe's wheelbase has shrunk a bit, and it's 1.9 inches shorter than the sedan's. Overall length is unchanged; it remains 1.8 inches shorter than the four-door. Width is virtually the same as before (up by 0.1 inch) and height is exactly the same. Civic engineers were not able to find any more interior space here; in fact, the coupe's passenger volume shrank by roughly half a cubic foot.

• Civic Si. The hottest Civic is once again available as both a two-door and a four-door. The previous 2.0-liter four has been tossed out in favor of a 2.4-liter from the Acura TSX. Here rated at 201 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque, the new, larger engine is only slightly more powerful (4 hp) but makes an additional 31 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is again the only transmission available. Despite the new engine's larger displacement, even here fuel economy has improved, to 22/31 mpg, up from 21/29 mpg for the 2011 model.

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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