2012 Honda Civic


Ranked #6 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$15,955 - $23,605

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Key Spec of 2012 Honda Civic
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


140 hp @ 6500 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Smooth ride quality

Low quality plastic used in the interior

2012 Civic is an all-new offering from Honda

Spacious and comfortable interior

Small cargo capacity

New frugal HF trim

Great Fuel economy

The cabin is a bit loud

Intelligent Multi-Information Display

2012 Honda Civic Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 9, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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For the 2012 model year, the Honda Civic does look similar to the model it replaces but there have been modifications and subtle refinements that make the Civic practical as always. The new generation 2012 Honda Civic gets revised styling, better fuel efficiency, more power for the Si model, and a new fuel-sipping HF trim. With all these updates, Honda has hiked the prices up by just $170 and the MSRP now starts at $16,745 onwards. 

2012 Honda Civic for Sale

The 2012 Civic is available for sale at an MSRP of $16,745 including the $790 destination charge. Honda offers finance offers with the monthly payment starting at $445 at 3.19% APR and a $1,500 down payment. Lease deals begin at $394/month for a period of 36 months and an annual mileage limit of 10,000 miles

2012 Honda Civic Buying Advice

The Honda Civic 2012 gets a complete refresh this year with an option for a new and more efficient trim along with updates to the interior. The older generation model lacked in terms of creature comforts and refinement, hence it is best to skip the older models and opt for the new and updated 2012 Civic. 

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Available for sale in 5 trim configurations, there is also a 2012 Honda Civic coupe body style option alongside the Civic hybrid option. It competes against the like of other popular compact sedans like the Chevrolet Cruze, the Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla. The new update positions the Honda Civic better against its rivals and now offers more value to the prospective buyers. 

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#6 in Compact Sedan

#8 in Sedan

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DX$15,955 onwards

  • 15-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Radio prep Radio

LX$18,005 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

HF$19,605 onwards

  • 15-inch silver aluminum Wheels

EX$20,655 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

EX-L$22,105 onwards

  • 16-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim


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Colors and Styles

2012 Honda Civic in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Practical, safe, reliable, and a great performer in terms of fuel economy, the 2012 Honda Civic has been a popular offering in the segment. While the base trim still lacks creature comforts, the new Civic does offer plenty of goodies from the Honda Civic 2012 LX trim onwards. The 0-60 MPH performance has improved as well that adding to the appeal of the sedan. 

The impressive built-to-last build quality and the low cost of ownership helps make the case for Honda. That said, the Honda Civic 2012 interior still makes use of plenty of plastics and the new generation Civic does not look whole lot different from the outgoing 2011 model year Civic. What else makes or breaks the case for the 2012 Civic? Find out in detail below. 

2012 Honda Civic Front Fascia
2012 Honda Civic Rear Profile

Buying Advice

The EX provides the best of what the 2012 Honda 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 Civic 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 a few cosmetic changes that make the car look sportier. 



The 2012 Honda Civic is offered in 5 different trim levels apart from the more powerful Civic Si and Civic Natural Gas models. The long list of trims starts at an MSRP of $16,745 with the manual transmission variant of the base DX trim while the automatic will set you back by another $800. The premium 2012 Honda Civic EX & EX-L models along with the frugal HF trim are only available with the automatic transmission. 

The DX trim offers 15-inch steel wheels, auto-off headlights, power windows, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Stepping up to the Honda Civic 2012 LX trim at $18,795 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 $20,395 and has similar features to the LX trim with a few extra upgrades to deliver maximum MPG.







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MSRP (Automatic)






Key Features

Automatic headlights w/Daytime running lights

Add/Upgrades to DX trim;

Add/Upgrades to LX trim;

Add/Upgrades to LX trim;

Add/Upgrades to EX trim;

Eco Assist system

Intelligent multi-information display

Aerodynamic upper body panels

4-wheel disc brakes

Rear Seat Armrest with beverage holder

Tire pressure monitor

Cruise control

15-inch lightweight alloy wheels

One-touch power moonroof

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

One-piece fold-down rear seatback

4-speaker 160-watts audio system

Low Rolling resistance tires

Bluetooth Hands-free & 7-speaker audio system w/subwoofer

Leather-trimmed seats

Cloth interior upholstery

Power mirrors and door locks

Rear decklid spoiler

Satellite linked navigation system with voice recognition

Heated front seats

15-inch steel wheels

Remote entry and trunk release

Wind-cheating underbody panels

16-inch alloy wheels

Heated side mirrors

At $21,445 the 2012 Honda Civic EX-trim brings 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc Brakes, auto on/off headlights, navigation, and a sunroof, amongst other features. The EX-L trim at $22,895 adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated mirrors, and many more convenience features. The Civic natural gas model is also based on the LX trim and adds 15-inch alloys & Bluetooth to the mix but carries a steep $27,095 price tag. 

Engine and Performance

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 or automatic 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 light & easy to operate.

The Honda Civic Si model is more powerful and gets 201 hp and 170 lb-ft under its hood. Coupled with a manual 6-speed gearbox the Si is fast and powerful. Regardless of the engine choice, the Honda Civic 2012 provides a great driving experience 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.

As standard, the 2012 Civic can do the 0-60 MPH sprint in 8.6 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 16.9 seconds. The HF model is slower off the mark and takes a lethargic 9.3 seconds to get to 60 MPH. The top speed is limited to 110 MPH for both trims. The Civic Si on the other hand can do the 0 to 60 MPH in 6.9 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds with a higher 130 MPH top speed. 


2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla







1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4







5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual


140 hp @ 6,500 RPM

138 hp @ 6,300 RPM

160 hp @ 6,500 RPM

132 hp @ 6,000 RPM


128 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

125 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM

146 lb-ft @ 4,450 RPM

128 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.2 sec

8.3 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter mile

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

16.2 sec

17.0 sec

Top Speed

110 MPH

116 MPH

122 MPH

110 MPH

The Ford 2012 Focus with its larger 2.0L engine provides better engine output figures and better acceleration timings. It is also the most entertaining to drive amongst the cars present here. The Chevy Cruze falls at the back of the pack in terms of acceleration figures and is also the most expensive one here. The Corolla on the other hand is priced similarly and also offers similar performance as that of the 2012 Civic. 

Fuel Economy

The 2012 Honda Civic has one of the best fuel economy figures for a compact car. It is rated to return 28 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on the highways, and 31 MPG combined when equipped with the manual transmission. The automatic transmission does a bit better at offering 28 MPG in the city, 39 MPG on the highway, and 32 MPG combined. 

For better fuel efficiency there is the dedicated 2012 Civic HF trim with fuel economy improvements which return 29/41/33 MPG in city/highway/combined conditions respectively, as per the EPA. The 13.2-gallon fuel tank capacity is standard across the lineup and one can expect a minimum of 410 miles of combined driving range with any model of the Honda Civic 2012. 


2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla

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MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (gallons)





Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles)





The performance-focused Si delivers 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highways. The combined figure stands at 25 MPG. In comparison, the Focus and Corolla come close to the 2012 Civic while the Chevy Cruze is again the loser in this competition. That said, it offers a massive gas tank which helps it to offer a class-leading range. The Focus on the other hand employs a smaller gas tank which compromises the range. 


With the 2012 redesign, Honda has freed up a little more space in the 2012 Honda Civic interior 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. Even with the redesign, the Honda Civic 2012 interior remains flat and short for tall drivers to be comfortable over long distances. The headroom and legroom feel a little tight compared to the rest of the competition.

The Honda 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. Also, Honda offers only 3 interior upholstery color options for the Honda 2012 Civic which include beige, grey, and stone colors. The 12.5 cu-ft of trunk space isn't much larger than before and most rivals offer more cargo space than the Civic. 


2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla

Seating Capacity





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





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





Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)





The Chevrolet Cruze has a 15.4-cubic ft trunk which is the largest among the competition. While the Focus offers a trunk marginally larger than the Civic 2012, the legroom on offer for both the front and rear seats is better than the competition by miles. The Toyota Corolla offers a very similar cabin space as that of the Civic. On the positive side for 2012 MY Civic is the new intelligent multi-information display known as the i-MID system. 

2012 Honda Civic navigation 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 inputs 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 interior features in the 2012 Honda Civic include:

  • Heated front seats w/leather upholstery
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Keyless entry & ignition and remote trunk release
  • i-MID display w/customizable settings
  • Honda satellite linked navigation system w/voice recognition & FM traffic
  • XM Satellite radio & Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 7-speaker 160-Watt audio system w/subwoofer

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 Honda 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. The standard 15-inch wheels look a size small for the sedan but the set of 16-inch alloys available from EX trim onwards enhance the appeal of the car. There 8 paint color options to choose from for the buyers with the Honda Civic 2012 and the 6.7-inch of ground clearance ensure easy passage over curbs and bumps without damaging the payment.


2012 Honda Civic

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Toyota Corolla

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Length (in.)





Width (in.)





Height (in.)





Ground Clearance (in.)





Wheelbase (in.)





The 2012 Honda Civic dimensions have changed as well and it is now smaller than its competitors and predecessors. The Civic has a better ground clearance than the competition at 6.7 inches. The Focus, on the other hand, rides the lowest to the ground but it is the Cruze that looks the most striking one on the streets. The Honda redesigned the front of the Civic 2012 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

In the federal crash testing the 2012 Honda Civic sedan received a perfect overall 5-star rating which is improvement from the NHTSA crash test ratings from the previous model year. The IIHS also gave the sedan the highest possible good rating in Frontal offset, side, and roof strengths. The Civic 2012 has also been bestowed with the "Top Safety Pick" for the segment. 

With new features and the Advanced compatibility body structure, Honda has optimized the 2012 Civic to absorb crash impact and distribute forces away from occupants. Also, most of the safety features are available as standard across the lineup which adds to the safety quotient of the car. 

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 vs 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

While the Chevy Cruze has a higher starting MSRP, it is still slower off the mark and returns lower MPG ratings than the Civic. That said, Chevrolet offers more creature comforts right from its base trim and also has a larger trunk to offer. The Civic on the other hand has a more spacious cabin and is the more safer and reliable of the two. The higher resale value, therefore, tilts the scales towards the Honda. 

2012 Honda Civic vs 2012 Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is another popular offering in the compact sedan segment for the sheer value it offers. It is only marginally pricier than the 2012 Civic, it is quicker off the mark, and is more engaging to drive. Though the Civic is better in terms of frugality, the Ford isn't too far behind and offers class-leading rear-seat space. The larger trunk, good reliability record, and decent resale value make Focus the preferred choice between the two. 

2012 Honda Civic vs 2012 Toyota Corolla

Rivals since almost the inception of the segment, the Corolla and Civic are similar in many ways. Apart from the similar price tag, they both offer similar performance, ride quality, fuel economy figures, and cabin space with one besting the other in either of these aspects. Both are equally safe and reliable in the long run and get great value in the resale market. Therefore it's a matter of personal choice in this comparison, but we prefer the Toyota for its superior comfort and its sharper styling. 


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 Honda 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 2012 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. 



vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr Sedan

engine type

110 cu in

horse power

140 hp @ 6500 rpm


128 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm


5-Speed Automatic


177 in


105.1 in


69 in

curb weight

2705 lbs


57 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

passenger volume

94.6 cu ft

cargo volume

12.5 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

28/32/39 mpg

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Honda Civic 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $35,825
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,172$942$698$436$158$3,406
Taxes and Fees$1,846$179$169$161$150$2,505
Total Cost-To-Own$9,261$6,416$6,094$7,041$7,013$35,825
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