Car Review: 2012 Honda Civic, a design twist and surprises under the hood

With many trim options and the choice to be eco-friendly or not, the 2012 Honda Civic has a lot to offer.

DALLAS, January 9, 2012 – The 2012 Honda Civic is new this year in the compact car category with some barely noticeable style changes and more power in the Si trim option. 

Competition includes the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and the Hyundai Elantra. There is the Civic Hybrid too and that one might compare to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

Trims include the DC, which is the base model, the LX and EX and the luxury EX-L. The base offers the normal 15-inch wheels, auto headlights, intermittent windshield wipers, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a fold down rear seat.

The next level up is the LX with power mirrors and door locks, keyless entry, steering-wheel mounted controls for the audio system and on the EX, it is 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc-brakes, a sunroof, outside temperature display, and seven speakers. 

Up it a notch, and the EX-L offers leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as heated front seats.

The Honda Civic is offered in an either coupe or sedan body so again, more choices. On the fuel-efficient HF, it comes in a sedan style with the same features as those on the LX plus, plus the low-rolling resistance tires and lighter aluminum wheels as well as under panels to cut the wind and a rear spoiler.

The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid has two trim levels with the base having the same features as the EX only the wheels are 15 inches and outside mirrors have turn signals and LED taillights. If you opt for the leather level trim then you can also expect heated mirrors and all the leather extras on the inside as well. Optional on the EX trims is a navigation system with voice control and real-time traffic.

Under the hood the 2012 Honda Civic is a front-wheel-drive with a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine that offers 140 horsepower and 128 pounds feet of torque. You can choose either manual or automatic, but on the HF and EX the automatic is the standard feature. 

The Hybrid version of the Civic has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine for gas and an electric motor with 110 horsepower and 127 pound feet of torque. The continuously variable transmission is the standard feature as well.

Honda Civic

Safety on the Honda Civic includes stability control, antilock brakes, front seat side-impact and side curtain airbags, and on the EX, the brakes are four-wheel discs.

Once you get inside the Honda Civic you won’t see many changes from years past, but there is the addition of a five-inch screen with all kinds of necessary information including audio and bluetooth functions.

You will notice there is about 11.7 cubic feet of space in the coupe trunk and in the sedan a bit more with 12.5 cubic feet.  In the hybrid the trunk space is a bit smaller since the battery pack has to be stowed, but inside all the Civic trims there is plenty of room for all.

For ease of driving and figuring out what is where, the knobs and dials are easy to find and use. For the trims with the steering wheel knobs it couldn’t be easier, but there is a lot to play with so just be sure you figure it all out before you begin to drive. 

It is an easy drive all around, and the Hybrid, well, it’s a no brainer for fuel efficiency. In the Honda Civic you get to own the road and enjoy the easy and sharp maneuvering as well as the easy suspension overall.

 Should You Need to Know: With so many trims to choose from and the option of going fuel-efficient, this one might be hard to narrow down when it comes to what car to pick.

 Miles Per Gallon: I drove the Civic HF and it came in with 29 miles in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway.

 Cost: The cost of the Honda Civic HF with standard features was $19,455.

 Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books. Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from  You can also follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.







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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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