Honda has long been about reliable and affordable transportation. When the original Civic debuted in the 1970’s, it was just that, reliable (arguably more so than the American compacts,) and affordable. Is this car a new version of that formula? Read on good and faithful reader, and decide for yourself.
To start, this does not in any way, shape, or form resembles the Civic of the 70’s. That isn’t a bad thing, however. While this Crimson Pearl tester won’t win any design contests, it is a nice update of the previous generation of Civic. The only elements that have really carried over from the 2011 Civic are the dashboard. With the 2-tier dash, you have the speedometer on top, and the tachometer on the bottom. Yes, the speedometer is still digital, and can still be seen from passing cars. One could easily argue that is a good thing, because that means it is large, and therefore easy to read.
Overall, the interior is a decent place to spend time. Nothing is horrible about the interior, but nothing really stands out, either. One thing that could use some improvement is the amount of padding in the seats. While the seats were comfortable, the longer you sit in them, the more uncomfortable you may become. Another issue that this reviewer found is with the power window on the driver’s door. The issue is, when you raise or lower the window, you can feel and see the door panels’ shift. One should take note of that issue. One of the good points of the interior is the customizable wallpaper that will allow you to post a picture of say, your other half, and have that screen appear the entire time you are driving. Quite the nifty feature. With a trunk that can hold 12.5 cubic ft. of your stuff, you have plenty of room should you decide to take a weekend trip somewhere, and still have room leftover after you have packed your bags.
Power is something this car has a respectable amount of. Power comes from the popular 1.8l 4 cylinder, which produces 140 horsepower. It is coupled to the once again popular 5-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain gives you plenty of power for everyday driving, but passing usually requires an almost fully depressed gas pedal to get anywhere. This powertrain combo won’t win you many stoplight races either; however, it will win at the fuel pump. With EPA ratings at 28 city/ 39 highway, you won’t be spending much on gas. With the ever fluctuating price of gas, one will soon appreciate those numbers. Also present on this engine is Honda’s i-VTEC system. VTEC is a valvetrain system that is used to improve the efficiency of the engine. The system uses two camshaft profiles, and the computer changes between the two to offer the best performance, while maintaining maximum efficiency.
As mentioned, the exterior design won’t win many, if any, design contests or awards. The design is safe, while not offending. The main change was to the rear-end, which receives new sheetmetal, and new taillights.
This is also one of the safest cars you can buy for the money. While crash test ratings have yet to be released, it comes standard with a load of equipment. With six airbags standard, rest assured that if you are in an accident, you will have a cushion of air where it counts the most. Also standard on the 2012 Honda Civic EX is VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), 4-wheel ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), and Honda’s ACE Body Structure (Advanced Compatibility Engineering). All of this is combined in one smart package, and should yield excellent results when tested.
Overall, this is a vehicle that shows promise, and should sell in good numbers, despite the economy being in the current shape that it is. With power that is more than plenty for every day driving, you can have some pep that will help fight against the dreary daily commute. Also, with excellent gas mileage, that means less of your hard-earned money will be spent on gas, which makes everybody happier. Safety is also a key ingredient to this vehicle, as it comes standard with a long list of features.
So does this Civic still conform to the formula that the Civic of the 70’s did? I will leave that up to you, the reader. However, if you are looking for a new car, and want something that is reliable, safe, and cheap to operate, the 2012 Honda Civic EX may be just the car for you.
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Turning diameter: 35.4 ft
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Length: 177.3 in
Height: 56.5 in
Width: 69.0 in
Curb Weight: 2765-2795 lbs
Headroom (front/rear): 37.9/ 36.2 in
Legroom (front/rear): 42.0/36.2 in
Shoulder Room (front/rear): 56.6/53.3 in
Hiproom (front/rear): 50.5/51.4 in
Cargo room (cu. ft.): 12.5
Passenger Volume (cu ft): 92.1- 94.6
Seating Capacity: 5
MPG as observed during test: 26.8
Milles driven for review: 217.6
Base Price: $15,805
As Tested Price: $21,275