2012 Honda Civic Preview

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Fresh from its "preview" in "concept" form at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2012 Honda Civic is here, and it looks pretty good. It also offers the all-important 40 mpg in two trims--HF and Hybrid.

The entire 2012 Civic lineup is more efficient, but it's the HF and Hybrid that headline: the 140-horsepower HF scores an EPA estimate of 41 mpg highway with a 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission, while the 110-horsepower Civic Hybrid pairs Honda's IMA system with a lithium-ion battery pack and a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with a CVT transmission. Both models get Honda's ECO Assist technology that gives the driver feedback on how green they're driving.

Other models in the 2012 Civic lineup include the standard Sedan, Coupe, GX (natural gas), and Si. The Sedan and Coupe score 39 mpg on the highway, while the GX gains seven percent in efficiency, according to Honda.

The sporty six-speed manual Si gets a larger, 2.4-liter four-cylinder preliminarily rated at 200 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The main benefit of the larger engine is the torque: a 22 percent increase, says Honda. Even with the added power, the Civic Si picks up 2 mpg highway over the previous model, scoring 31 mpg.

The new Civic is expected to go on sale later this year. Pricing and availability will be released later.

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Comments (6)
  1. WTH???? Firt acura... now honda! Who the heck at the top is giving the OK for these recent fugly models? You are supposed to hit Toyota when their down. All Honda is doing is letting Nissan and Subaru gain a leg up and giving Toyota a lot of hope.

  2. I actually like the design. Glad to see they took some desing clues from Hyundai!

  3. Good job Honda..
    Love the front and the side line going from the front to the back. Can't see the centre exhaust on the production model but it would be nice..
    I love the lines on this car, very tame but still aggressive and its not overkill like most Hyundais..

  4. Hyundai's design is not overkill, considering Hyundai is more premium than say a Honda. New Hyundais come with soft touch dash panels while Honda uses Fisher Price plastics, leather in lower trims than the Honda, etc.. etc...
    Just sit in a New Elantra.
    Hyundai=Honda - not anymore.
    Hyundai= Above Honda Between Acura- more appropriate description.
    Hyundai knows that a basic Premium car is supposed to have artsy fluidic lines, as opposed to the flat body panels the establishment from Toyota to Infiniti foists on people, and psychologically brainwashes to buy.
    Hyundai moved from making basic Economy cars to making basic Premium cars.
    A shame Motor Authority has been ignoring Hyundai's Awesome products lately. Keep it up, and I might have to become a contributor myself.

  5. While the newly-launched, updated Civic model may benefit from power and efficiency, it’s certainly fallen behind most, if not all, of its competitors as far as interior design, dashboard amenities and exterior updating. The new model is extremely less than thrilling. Someone earlier mentioned "tame." Try completely boring. I’ll be selling my 2007 Civic Hybrid this year...and won’t be replacing it with another Honda. They really fell behind with this one.

  6. Yeah, but there was a recent article on Yahoo talking about the most improved cars and the Honda CR-V and Toyota Camry (base and hybrid models) came into the top 8 of those rankings

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