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2012 Honda Civic DX Sedan

2012 Honda Civic Review

(0 Stars)  Is "good" good enough?

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

The Honda Civic is the car that proved that small cars can be good to drive, appeal to the masses, and not be entirely soulless. Honda's ninth-generation Civic debuts for the 2012 model year, but unless you look closely, you might not notice. Both inside and out, the Civic retains signature cues from the previous car, with a single-arc profile and a two-tier dashboard. For the sedan, there are few changes to report under the hood, either, as the 1.8-liter four-cylinder and five-speed automatic carry over. The sporty Si does get a new engine -- a 201-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder -- and eco-warriors now have the choice of the HF sedan (41 mpg highway) or the Hybrid (44 mpg combined). The Civic uses a multilink rear suspension that is more planted and comfortable than the torsion-beam arrangements used by its competitors from Chevrolet, Hyundai, and Toyota, making it one of the better-driving small cars. Inside, however, the Civic has lost some ground to its competitors, with plastics that are not very appealing and a navigation system with fiddly buttons. Still, the cabin feels spacious; the engineers from Honda managed to carve an additional 3.7 cubic feet of interior volume from an exterior that's unchanged in size. A 60/40-split rear seat means that even coupe models can carry large items. The Civic used to stand apart from its competitors, but that's no longer the case. However, we can't discount the Civic's competent road manners, reliability, and stellar resale value.

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2012 Civic DX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L i-VTEC in-line 4 OHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 28 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 423 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
13.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 140 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 128 ft lb of torque @ 4,300 rpm

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'12 Honda DX Sedan Standard Equipment

Auto On Headlights
Power Outlet(s)
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Scope
Steering Wheel Tilt
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Daytime Running Lights
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Airbag
Rear Curtain Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
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