Hondomain authority sells so many Civics that if the car were counted as a brand, it would be the 12th largest in the United States. More Civics went khổng lồ new homes in the U.S. last year than did Volkswagens or Mazdas. With sales numbers like that, it’s not too much of a surprise that Hondomain authority is playing a conservative sầu hvà with the redesigned 2012 Civic.

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When the previous-generation Civic arrived in 2006, the swept-baông chồng windshield and the futuristic styling were a bit of a shock. It has taken us practically the car’s entire life cycle to grow accustomed to the look. Hondomain authority designers aren’t taking the same kind of chance again. What we see for 2012 is a careful evolution of the past Civic. Actually, it’s almost more of a devolution, a step toward conformity. All the subtle changes—the longer hood, the sculpted bumpers, & the larger taillights—make the Civic look more conventional than before. They also improve sầu its aerodynamics. Honda claims a lower coefficient of drag, in part thanks khổng lồ the styling revisions but also because of a smaller grille opening and a flat underbody toàn thân.

Still Alien Inside

Inside, the Civic keeps the two-tier instrument display that puts the digital speedometer above the analog tachometer. Like the exterior, the interior is immediately familiar yet new. Plastic unique improved slightly, & there is interesting rice-paper-like graining on the door panels. Thinner A-pillars aid forward visibility, & new seats feel more supportive—mercifully, they have less-intrusive sầu lumbar tư vấn. A new five-inch display is standard on all models above sầu the most basic DX trlặng cấp độ. Dubbed the “intelligent Multi-Information Display,” the screen sits lớn the right of the speedometer & gives trip computer, audio, cloông xã, and (on cars so equipped) navigation information.


Although the sedan’s 105.1-inch wheelbase is now 1.2 inches shorter, rear legroom increases by 1.6 inches. Overall length, height, & width all remain unchanged, but the Civic feels wider & more spacious inside. Hondomain authority claims shoulder room has increased by nearly three inches. The front passenger certainly feels farther away than before. According to lớn the EPA, the new Civic sedan has 94.7 cubic feet of space inside. That works out lớn about four more than in last year’s car.

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Civic coupes have sầu an even shorter 103.2-inch wheelbase, 1.1 inches shorter than the outgoing model’s. Interior space falls slightly from 83.7 cubic feet lớn 83.2, or 82.6 with a sunroof. From the front seat, the coupe feels just as spacious as the sedan. The reduction in cubic feet must have sầu come at the expense of the back seat, which we didn’t try to climb inkhổng lồ. Would you?

Same Size but Drives Larger

Once we were under way, the impression of increased kích thước and a more substantial feel continued. Tweaks to lớn the strut front and multilinks rear suspension yield more travel và a slightly smoother ride. Large impacts seem more distant than before & are absorbed by a unibody structure that is slightly more rigid. Not only is it stiffer, but it’s also slightly lighter than before. The greademo weight loss, 58 pounds, occurs in the EX-L sedan. Other versions are between trăng tròn and 55 pounds lighter than they were last year.

Modifications khổng lồ the electric power steering include a slower ratio and a rachồng that is more rigidly mounted. Compared with its predecessor, the new Civic turns inlớn corners with less authority, which adds lớn the car’s larger feel. The electric power steering is very numb, providing less feedbaông chồng than before. Overall, the car’s stiffer body toàn thân, increased sound deadening, và sleepier steering are more about maturity than playfulness. There’s a greater sense of isolation from the road, và drivers who equate isolation with luxury will appreciate the changes. Drivers who relished the small-car—almost sports-car-like—personality of the Civic might be disappointed.


Don’t I Know You? And You?

With the exception of the performance Si mã sản phẩm & the fuel-sipping hybrid, every Civic sedan và coupe (DX, LX, EX, and EX-L) will have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 140 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. (The natural-gas-burning GX also uses the 1.8.) Essentially a carry-over from the previous generation, the engine does enjoy a few changes that add a bit more torque down low & reduce internal friction. The four-cylinder still spins happily, but less of the noise enters the cabin. Without that noise, the engine doesn’t seem to lớn be working as hard as it did in the ’11 Civic.

Another carry-over part is Honda’s five-speed automatic transmission, an $800 option on the lower two tryên ổn levels, DX và LX, and standard on all others. A few updates like reduced friction and more-eager torque-converter-lockup programming help boost fuel economy lớn 28 mpg thành phố & 39 highway for automatic models. (Last year’s automatic returned 25 đô thị and 36 highway.) Meanwhile, purists will be a little disappointed that the five-speed manual can only muster 28 city and 36 highway, up from 26/34.


Buyers seeking even higher fuel-economy numbers will want khổng lồ consider the hybrid Mã Sản Phẩm or the new Civic HF. Available only as a sedan with the automatic, the HF adds lightweight aerodynamic wheels, a small trunklid spoiler, a few more underbody panels, and extremely low-rolling-resistance tires that bump highway fuel economy to 41 mpg; the thành phố number rises by 1 mpg, lớn 29.

Pricing for the 2012 Civic is largely unchanged from the 2011 model’s. The cheapest version, the DX coupe, starts at $16,355; its sedan counterpart starts $200 higher at $16,555. The LX adds important items such as A/C, power locks, and cruise control, as well as $2050 to lớn the sticker of both the coupe and sedan. For $đôi mươi,455 (coupe) or $21,255 (sedan), the EX heaps a sunroof, an upgraded stereo, & another 12-volt power outlet on top of the LX. (EX coupes are available with the manual, but EX sedans only come with the automatic.) Another $1500 nets an EX with nav—& removes the option of a stichồng in the coupe—and $1450 more gets an EX-L—L for leather. If you want nav và leather, it’s going to phối you bachồng $24,205 for a coupe or sedan.

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Nope; Guess I Don’t Know You

With the lakiểm tra Civic, Hondomain authority has gambled that moving away from sportiness & towards quiet comfort will suit its buyers. Honda hasn’t hedged its bets into lớn the boring realm of the Toyota Corolla, but it’s certainly an unadventurous effort. Aside from being quieter & more efficient, the new Civic doesn’t represent improvement as we define it. The Civic lacks the passion, soul, & entertaining driving dynamics of its predecessor. Mainstream buyers may not care, but enthusiasts surely will.