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2012 Honda Civic Sneak-Peak Review

The 2012 Honda Civic is a celebration of its heritage of surpassing super-high mileage landmarks, combined with progressive features and superior affordability. Sticking to its original vision of a “Civic for all people,” the 2012 Civic and its diverse vehicle range include a wide selection of engine choices, including a sedan and a coupe with conventional gasoline models, two sporty "Si" performance versions, along with one hybrid and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant.


The collective depth of the 2012 Civic line offers a unique balance of fuel economy, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance unlike any other vehicle in the world. The planned ninth generation of the popular Civic has a sleeker and more athletic stance than the current model, said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

The Civic intends to capitalize mostly on the “younger” demographic, as it is currently planning an internet marketing pitch of the vehicle with young people. About 90,000 of Civics sold last year were to people under 35 years old.

According to, “Honda's recent decision to delay the introduction of the new Civic has fueled rumors that the automaker scrapped work on the sedan and went back to the drawing board. However, a Honda spokesman said this was not the case. The delay held up the introduction of the new Civic by only three or four months, and the changes were made in response to market demand, the spokesman said.”


Along with enhanced fuel economy, the new line of 2012 Civics offers better performance, most notably the Civic Si. The Civic Si sedan and coupe models are equipped with a larger, more powerful 2.4-liter engine as well as a new 6-speed manual transmission. Even with the increase in horsepower, the Civic Si is targeted to achieve an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 31 mpg.


While it boasts its new sleek style and sophisticated features, the foundation for all Civic models stays true to its heritage of safety, reliability and efficiency.


Additional Features on the 2012 Honda Civic styles


Civic HF, Sedan, Coupe and Natural Gas Specifications

  • 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • ECO Assist technology
  • EPA-estimated Civic HF highway fuel economy: 41 mpg
  • EPA-estimated Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe highway fuel economy: 39 mpg

Civic Hybrid Specifications

  • 110 horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine (combined gasoline + electric)
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • ECO Assist technology
  • EPA-estimated Civic Hybrid city/highway combined fuel economy: 45 mpg

Civic Si Specifications

  • 200 horsepower and 170 lb-ft, 2.4-liter i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • EPA-estimated Civic Si highway fuel economy: 31 mpg

Coming soon … April 20, 2011

Written by: Edgar Nordlaw

Automotive Reporter

Tier 10 Marketing

Views: 5125

Tags: 2012, Civic, Honda, Review, Sneak-Peak


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