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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Honda Civic

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MPG 27 City / 36 Highway
  • Smooth and refined transmission
  • Excellent handling
  • Nice interior for entry level car
  • Excellent reliability history
  • Limited trunk space
  • Back seat lower than others
Reliable, efficient, economical, sporty, safe, exceptional...these and a myriad of similar adjectives have all been used to describe the Honda Civic. In four decades and eight generations, the Civic has racked up awards, won the hearts of drivers and inspired, as well as frustrated, competitors who have tried to compete with its unique combination of features.


Since its introduction in 1972, the Civic has consistently been associated with fuel savings, earning this reputation right from the very beginning, thanks to the 1973 oil crisis. The current generation of Civic is no exception, building on everything that made its predecessors great.

The Civic received a redesign in 2012, adding features and standard equipment across the DX, LX, EX and EX-L trim levels. The Civic Sedan and Coupe retain the same 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine as the previous generation, while the Si model receives a larger 2.4-liter engine, producing 201-horsepower. Although these are relatively modest changes to the powertrain, given the reliability of the previous generation, this is definitely a case of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” These powertrains should serve customers well, and help contribute to Honda’s well-known resale value.

Thanks to the success of the Civic, the compact car market is a crowded field. Toyota, Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, GM, Nissan and virtually every manufacturer out there has at least one model that competes directly with the Civic. While many of these can also boast of fuel efficiency, reliability, safety or any one of the Civic’s other characteristics, few have been able to bundle them all together in a single package like Honda has.

Which Style To Buy?

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2012 Honda Civic DX

Recommended for: Those looking for reliability and economy on a budget

Don’t let the “entry-level” tag fool you. Like all the trim options, the DX benefits from more standard features over the previous generation. The DX has the 1.8-liter, SOHC i-VTEC® Engine and is available with either a manual or automatic transmission. The powertrain is paired with front MacPherson struts, as well as a Vehicle Stability Assist system and an Electronic Brake Distribution system. On the inside, Eco Assist helps you get the most out of your Civic and maximize your fuel mileage. Starting at $15,955, it's hard to go wrong with the Civic DX.

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2012 Honda Civic EX

Recommended for: Civic lovers who want to drive in style

The Civic EX adds a number of upgrades designed to turn heads and make the drive more comfortable. Chief among them is the upgraded 16-inch allow wheels and one-touch power moonroof, sure to make your Civic stand out. An upgraded sound system, over the LX, as well as Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and steering wheel phone controls add the finishing touches. Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition is an optional upgrade, also adding XM radio, FM traffic and illuminated steering wheel navigation controls.

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2012 Honda Civic EX-L

Recommended for: The ultimate Civic fan who wants it all

The EX-L model proves you don’t have to choose between sensibility and luxury. In addition to the plethora of features available on the EX, the EX-L adds leather-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and heated power side mirrors. The same Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition is also available.

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2012 Honda Civic HF

Recommended for: Drivers wanting fuel economy in a conventional package

The Civic HF, an all-new addition to the Civic lineup, is an interesting option. Less expensive than the Civic Natural Gas, the HF is more closely related to the Civic Sedan, and shares a trim level similar to the LX. Where it bests the Civic Sedan is in fuel efficiency, achieving 41 MPG instead of the standard 39. Unlike the Natural Gas model, the HF achieves this modest bump primarily though adjustments to the car's body. Aerodynamic cast-aluminum wheels, low rolling-resistance tires and an aerodynamic decklid spoiler, as well as a lower profile and wind-cheating underbody panels, account for the increased efficiency of the HF.

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2012 Honda Civic LX

Recommended for: Drivers who want a compact car with hi-tech features

Despite only being one level higher, the LX trim level adds an impressive amount of features, especially in the technology department. Most noticeable is the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), complete with color screen. Customize the display with a picture and have access to all the in-vehicle information you need. The LX also features an improved sound system over the DX, along with USB audio and multiple format playback.

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2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

Recommended for: Drivers who want the ultimate green car

The Civic Natural Gas is the only factory-produced car in the United States to run on natural gas, setting itself apart as possibly the greenest car on the road. Like the Civic HF, the Natural Gas model inherits it’s trim from the LX, adding in 15-inch alloy wheels and Bluetooth connectivity. Like the EX and EX-L, Honda’s Satellite- Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition is an available option.

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2012 Honda Civic Si

Recommended for: Performance aficionados

If performance is your passion, the Civic Si is the model for you. A larger 2.4-liter engine producing 201 horsepower, helical limited-slip differential, 6 -speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, spoilers, front sport seats, red backlit gauges and more make the Civic Si a dream for sports car enthusiast who aren't willing to give up reliability and efficiency. Available as a sedan or coupe, the Si still achieves 31 MPG and starts at $22,555 and $22,355 respectively.

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