The compact sedan segment really makes it hard to imagine that people need much more than what it offers. The 2012 Honda Civic is an affordable car that also brings you sporty driving dynamics, good interiors, and a decent set of safety features. It has been showered with high praise from both the IIHS and NHTSA as it comes with airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and a backup camera as standard. 

At the same time, it starts at an MSRP of $16,745 is quite a bargain for something that competes against the Toyota Corolla, the Mazda 3, and the Hyundai Elantra. Apart from this the car also has advantages like the Honda ACE II body structure which brings a lot of high tensile materials that give it structural advantages. This generation also comes with a few active safety features on the hybrid variant. Read on to find out more about Honda Civic safety.

The Honda 2012 Civic features several advantages in terms of body structure. Its use of high-density materials is to ensure that the forces are currently absorbed and dispersed in the event of a crash. But one more reason why it is a favorite of crash test organizations is that it provides a lot of safety features. It is also the first car in its category to venture into active safety features. While this is happening on one side, the car also has an efficient greenhouse design to help you get a good view outside the cabin. 

The electronic systems that are designed to keep you safe include ABS along with traction control, backup camera, braking assist, engine immobilizer, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring system, electronic brake-force distribution as well as side-impact beams. It also gets driver and passenger airbags, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags for both front and rear occupants, and so on. Overall, the safety suite is designed in a bulletproof manner.

What features make the 2012 Honda Civic safe?

There is plenty of technology that the Japanese manufacturer has integrated into this car to make it as safe as it sounds. Providing these features at this price point is a challenge but the manufacturer has done so and we couldn’t be prouder. Some of the features are quite common and ones that everybody knows about but here are a few that are interesting.

  • Electronic stability control: The primary aim of electronic stability control is to maintain vehicle stability by adjusting inputs between engine power and the brakes of the car. This happens without driver input and the system is used along with traction control to prevent the vehicle from skidding when there is a loss of grip on the road.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring: Although not a new development, tire pressure monitoring systems are used to check whether all four tires of the vehicle are inflated to the correct pressures. This will give the driver a warning if any of the tires goes below a certain level and can compromise the safety of the vehicle.
  • Anti-theft alarm system: The anti-theft alarm system is a feature that keeps the car safe from theft. When unauthorized access to the vehicle is detected, the car gives an alarm out for the driver to get an alert.
  • Electronic brake force distribution: Electronic brake force distribution is a technology by which the brake force between each wheel is varied depending on the traction present. This can include a number of parameters like the weight on each wheel, the wheels slip, and so on.
  • Seatbelt Pre-tensioners: Seatbelt pre-tensioners are an effective mechanism that can prevent slack in seatbelts. As soon as the passenger wears the seatbelts, the pre-tensioners tighten the belt around the passenger's body to make sure that they are properly secured if there is a crash.

Is the 2012 Honda Civic safe?

The Honda Civic has proved to be a pioneer in terms of safety technology and is also built a structure that is very solid. It is one of the safest cars in the segment and maybe even beyond it. As far as we’re concerned, it is one we would recommend to our readers and trust the car to keep them safe. 


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