2012 Honda Civic

MSRP $15,955 - $23,605

Ranked #4 in Sedan

8.0

Overall Rating

2012 Honda Civic Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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For a long time, the Honda Civic has been the leader in sales and technology innovation in the compact car segment. The 2012 Honda Civic like its predecessors is a very good car and a good contender in the segment. The 2012 Civic does look similar to the model it replaces but there have been modifications and subtle refinements that make 2012 Civic practical as always.

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Pros

Smooth and enjoyable ride quality

Spacious and comfortable interior

Great Fuel economy

Cons

Low quality plastic in the interior

Small cargo capacity

The cabin is a bit loud

What's New?

2012 Civic is an all-new offering from Honda

New HF model

Intelligent Multi-Information Display


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$15955

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

140 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

128 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspensin w/anti-rll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

177.3 in.

width

69 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2608 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/36 mpg

highway range

475.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

DX$15,955 onwards

LX$18,005 onwards

HF$19,605 onwards

EX$20,655 onwards

EX-L$22,105 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Honda Civic in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Pricing and Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The 2012 Honda Civic is a very good car. But in the early days, it was very easy to recommend a Civic over the competition due to its supremacy in every aspect. But now with the competition heating up and all the manufacturers providing their best to raise the sales volumes, it is not an easy battle. The 2012 Civic faces stiff competition from the likes of Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, and Chevrolet Cruze.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2012 Honda Civic Features

The 2012 Honda Civic is offered in 6 different trims. The transmission is available in automatic and manual depending on the trim. The long list of trims starts at $15,955 with the manual transmission variant of the base DX trim. The DX trim offers 15-inch steel wheels, auto-off headlights, power windows, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Stepping up to the LX trim at $18,005 the buyer is presented with more features including body-colored door handles, keyless entry, cruise control, and more. 

The highly fuel-efficient HF trim starts at $19,605 and has similar features to the LX trim with few extra upgrades to deliver maximum mpg. At $20,655 the EX-trim brings 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc Brakes, auto on/off headlights, sunroof, and more. The EX-L trim at $22,105 adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and many more convenience features. The Sporty Si trim is available for $22,555 and brings a bigger engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoilers, and other sports-tuned improvements.

Trim

DX

LX

HF

EX

EX-L

MSRP (Manual)

$15,955

$18,005

NA

NA

NA

MSRP (Automatic)

$16,755

$18,805

$19,605

$20,655

$22,105

Key Features

1.8L four-cylinder i-VTEC Engine

Remote entry and trunk release

Has the same features as the LX trim and adds

Standard 5-Speed automatic transmission

Heated side mirrors

 

5-Speed manual or 5-Speed automatic transmission

Intelligent multi-information display

5-Speed automatic transmission

4-wheel disc brakes

Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto on / off

 

Eco Assist system

Cruise control

15-inch lightweight alloy wheels

One-touch power moonroof

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Advanced compatibility engineering body structure

160 watts audio system with 4 speakers

Low Rolling resistance tires

Bluetooth Hands-free

Leather-trimmed seats

 

15-inch alloy wheels

Radio data system

Rear decklid spoiler

16-inch alloy

Heated front seats

 

Multi-reflector halogen headlights

Speed sensitive volume control

Aerodynamic upper body panels

160 watts audio system with 6 speakers

Rear Seat Armrest with beverage holder

 

Daytime running lights

Air conditioning with air filtration

 

Satellite linked navigation system with voice recognition

 

We Recommend

The EX provides the best of what the 2012 Civic has to offer. The extra features that come with the EX-L trim are mainly cosmetic and upholstery. If you are a gear head then the Si trim is the way to go. It has a bigger and more powerful engine coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Si trim also has few cosmetic changes that make the car look sportier.

2012 Honda Civic Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The engine on the 2012 Honda Civic is a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that churns 140 hp power and 128 pound-feet of torque and is coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine is smooth and provides a good driving experience with enough power around the city and highway. HF and EX models get the 5-speed automatic as standard. The automatic gearbox shifts smoothly and the manual gearbox is easy to operate. 

The Si trim feels more powerful than its power rating of 201 hp and churns out 170 lb-ft. Coupled with a manual 6-speed gearbox the Si is fast and powerful. Regardless of the engine choice, the Civic provides the best driving quality in the segment with good handling around corners. The power outputs may feel less than optimal for power users but for an average person, the Civic is acceptable and responsive.

Models

2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla

MSRP

$15,955

$16,800

$16,500

$16,130

Engine 

1.8L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

Power 

140hp @ 6500 rpm

138hp @ 6300 rpm

160hp @ 6500 rpm

132hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

128 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

125 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

146 lb-ft @ 4450 rpm

128 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.6

9.2

8

9.9

Quarter mile (sec)

16.9

16.8

16.4

17.4

Top Speed (MPH)

127

122

132

126

The Performance of the 2012 Civic remains good with the 0-60 mph sprint in 8.6 seconds and the quarter-mile run in 16.9 seconds. The Ford Focus with its larger 2.0L engine provides better output figures and better timings in the 0–60 mph and the quarter-mile run. The performance of the Cruze falls behind that of the Civic but is better than the Toyota Corolla.

2012 Honda Civic Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Civic has great fuel economy for a compact car. It provides fuel economies in the range of 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highways when equipped with automatic transmission. The manual transmission delivers a bit lower at 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Combined mpg figures stand at 32 mpg for automatic and 31 mpg for manual. For better fuel efficiency there is the dedicated HF trim with fuel economy improvements. 

The HF model delivers 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway and a combined 33 mpg making it the most fuel-efficient car in the segment. The performance-focused Si delivers 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highways. The combined figure stands at 25 mpg.

Models

2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla

MPG (City)

28

25

26

27

MPG (Highway)

36

36

36

34

MPG (Combined)

31

29

30

30

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

13.2

15.6

12.4

13.2

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

370/475

390/562

322/446

356/449

The Honda Civic provides the best fuel efficiency in the segment by having a slight lead in the city, highway, and combined mpg figures. The LX trim with 5-Speed manual transmission provides 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highways. Even while the numbers seem impressive it is not that far from the competition. 

The Chevrolet Cruze performs better on the highways and provides 26 mpg in the city and has a larger tank providing great ranges. Also, the High-efficiency model HF faces a run for its money from other fuel-efficient options like the similarly priced Chevrolet Cruze Eco or the cheaper Hyundai Elantra.

2012 Honda Civic Interior

7.0/10

With the 2012 redesign, Honda has freed up a little more space in the Civic sedan without making the vehicle any larger on the outside. Inside the cabin, Honda has the dual-tier dashboard system which now houses the improved infotainment display. However, all is not well inside the car. The headroom and legroom feel a little tight compared to the rest of the competition. 

Even with the redesign the cabin of the 2012 Civic remains flat and short for tall drivers to be comfortable over long distances. The 2012 Civic has better outward visibility due to the thinner A-pillars. The EX-L trims come with leather seats which receive mixed opinions in terms of adding comfort.

Models

2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/56.6/42

39.3/54.8/42.3

38.3/55.6/41.9

38.8/54.8/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/53.3/36.2

37.9/53.9/35.4

38/53.7/43.7

37.2/54.7/36.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.5

15.4

13.2

12.3

With the redesign, the cabin of the 2012 Civic got bigger than the previous generation. The head and shoulder rooms have increased for both front and rear row seats. However, the improved space in the rear still falls behind the competition. The Civic has 12.5 cubic ft of trunk space which is good but smaller in comparison to its rivals. The Chevrolet Cruze has a 15.4-cubic ft trunk which is the largest among the competition. Standout interior features in the 2012 Honda Civic include:

  • Tilt and Telescoping steering wheel
  • Center console with armrest and storage
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Manual height-adjustable driver seat

How intuitive is the 2012 Honda Civic Sedan’s Infotainment system?

New for 2012 MY Civic is the new intelligent multi-information display known as the i-MID system. The i-MID system integrates Bluetooth, fuel economy data, and trip information. The system also gives Navigation instructions and is relatively easy to use. It also has a 160-watt audio system with 6-speakers and a satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition. 

The system has multiple source input with AM, FM, CD, MP3, USB, Auxiliary input jack, and Windows Media Audio. The system also features a speed-sensitive volume control which adjusts the volume inside the cabin depending on the speed of the car. Standout infotainment features in the 2012 Honda Civic include:

  • 160-watt audio system with six speakers
  • Bluetooth hands-free link
  • Radio Data System
  • Speed-Sensitive volume control
  • Intelligent Multi-Information Display System

2012 Honda Civic Exterior

7.0/10

The 2012 Honda Civic is redesigned from the previous model. Yet the design feels evolutionary rather than new. The front end has a more chiseled look and yet remains instantly identifiable as a Civic. The rear of the car resembles the mid-size Honda Accord with the similarity in tail light design. The roofline looks familiar and the overall footprint is almost the same as existing models.

There are now new accent lines that run the length of the car along with new front and rear lights, bumper, and trim details. The front window pillars are narrower than previous models and the small window between the pillar and side window is bigger providing better visibility.

Models

2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2608

3093

2857

2734

Length (in.)

177.3

181

178.5

180

Width (in.)

69

70.7

71.8

69.4

Height (in.)

56.5

58.1

57.7

57.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.7

6.5

4.72

5.8

Wheelbase (in.)

105.1

105.7

104.3

102.4

Dimensionally the 2012 Honda Civic is smaller than its competitors and predecessors. The Civic has a better ground clearance than the competition at 6.7 inches. The Honda redesigned the front of the 2012 Civic giving it a larger hood, new headlights, and other small changes but unless parked side to side with an older model the new features are hard to distinguish. Standout exterior features in the 2012 Honda Civic include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto on/off
  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • Fog lamps
  • Low rolling resistance tires – HF model only
  • Rear Spoiler

2012 Honda Civic Safety

8.0/10

In the federal crash testing the 2012 Honda Civic sedan received a perfect five stars in both frontal and side crash categories. The IIHS also gave the sedan the highest possible good rating in Frontal offset, side, and roof strengths. With new features and the Advanced compatibility body structure, Honda has optimized the Civic to absorb crash impact and distribute forces away from occupants. Standout safety features in the 2012 Honda Civic are:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist 
  • Traction control
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic brake distribution

2012 Honda Civic Final Verdict

For someone in the compact car segment, the 2012 Honda Civic Sedan is a great pick. The Civic offers a comfortable ride with good handling, good fuel economy, and perfect safety and reliability ratings. But the Civic no longer enjoys the Supremacy it used to enjoy. It now faces stiff competition in the compact car segment so much so that its dominance is threatened. Still, the Honda Civic deserves a top spot on the test-drive list of someone looking to make a purchase in the compact car category before making a final decision.

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