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2012 Honda Civic - Review

 

2012
logo OVERALL RATING 7
out of 10
The 2012 Honda Civic Si introduces very few exterior styling changes, but makes some big updates to the powertrain. That's just about the opposite of what we expected, and it turns out that it may be the opposite of what the typical enthusiast wants, too. Our overall rating of 7 reflects those changes, but also shows there's still a lot to like about the new Si.

How, you ask? For 2012, the Civic Si ditches its scrappy, high-revving 2.0-liter four-cylinder and attempts to turn the dial to 11 with a new 201-horsepower 2.4-liter four-pot. The problem is that it's not as ready to rev, it doesn't rev as high, and there's not as much of an increase in usable torque as you might expect. Worse, it's less fuel-efficent than the 2.0 that came before it (the 2.4 rates 22/31 mpg city/highway for 25 mpg combined), it's noisier, and it doesn't respond as crisply.

On the plus side, the chassis is still good, though it doesn't feel as sharp as the previous Si. Still, for a front-drive two- or four-door, it's among the better options on the market. Ride comfort, as with all Si models, is lower than a typical car, but buyers interested in the sporty model will likely find it worth living with.

There's quite a bit of noise and rumble in the new car, more than in previous models. Both the sport-tuned chassis and the new engine contribute to this effect. Overall materials and comfort are good, however, though the Si falls victim to some of the same faults as the standard Civic: hard, thin-feeling plastic on the top of the dash, a somewhat bizarre curvature, and lots of flat gray plastic on non-navigation-equipped models. Other shortcomings compared to the competition include missing bottle holders in the doors, no rear-seat power outlet, and no handy rubber-bottomed tray to keep phones and other gadgets from sliding around.

Given its bargain pricing, however, it's hard to argue with the overall package of the Civic Si. Standard features in navigation-equipped models include: a 360-watt seven-speaker audio system, MP3/USB/Bluetooth handsfree/auxiliary input, power accessories, a full host of airbags, ABS, stability control (VSA), and more.

For the full details on the 2012 Honda Civic, including the sporty Si, check out TheCarConnection's review.

Specs: Select a Trim

4-Door Automatic (6) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
CNG Specs $26,305 $24,943 27 38
DX Specs $16,755 $15,586 28 39
EX Specs $20,655 $19,197 28 39
EX-L Specs $22,105 $20,539 28 39
HF Specs $19,605 $18,225 29 41
LX Specs $18,805 $17,484 28 39
4-Door Automatic PZEV (5) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
DX Specs $16,755 $15,586 28 39
EX Specs $20,655 $19,197 28 39
EX-L Specs $22,105 $20,539 28 39
HF Specs $19,605 $18,225 29 41
LX Specs $18,805 $17,484 28 39
4-Door Automatic w/Navi (3) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
CNG Specs $27,805 $26,364 27 38
EX Specs $22,155 $20,586 28 39
EX-L Specs $23,605 $21,928 28 39
4-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
EX Specs $22,155 $20,586 28 39
EX-L Specs $23,605 $21,928 28 39
4-Door Manual (5) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
DX Specs $15,955 $14,846 28 36
LX Specs $18,005 $16,744 28 36
Si Specs $22,555 $20,956 22 31
w/Navi Si Specs $24,055 $22,345 22 31
w/Summer Tires Si Specs $22,755 $21,141 22 31
Coupe 2-Door Automatic (4) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
DX Specs $16,555 $15,401 28 39
EX Specs $20,655 $19,197 28 39
EX-L Specs $22,105 $20,539 28 39
LX Specs $18,605 $17,299 28 39
Coupe 2-Door Automatic PZEV (4) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
DX Specs $16,555 $15,401 28 39
EX Specs $20,655 $19,197 28 39
EX-L Specs $22,105 $20,539 28 39
LX Specs $18,605 $17,299 28 39
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
EX Specs $22,155 $20,586 28 39
EX-L Specs $23,605 $21,928 28 39
Coupe 2-Door Automatic w/Navi PZEV (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
EX Specs $22,155 $20,586 28 39
EX-L Specs $23,605 $21,928 28 39
Coupe 2-Door Manual (5) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
DX Specs $15,755 $14,660 28 36
EX Specs $19,855 $18,456 28 36
LX Specs $17,805 $16,558 28 36
Si Specs $22,355 $20,771 22 31
w/Navi Si Specs $23,855 $22,159 22 31
Coupe 2-Door Manual w/Summer Tires (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
& Navi Si Specs $24,055 $22,345 22 31
Si Specs $22,555 $20,956 22 31
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT Specs $24,200 $22,479 44 44
PZEV Specs $24,200 $22,479 44 44
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Leather Specs $25,400 $23,590 44 44
PZEV Specs $25,400 $23,590 44 44
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi Specs $25,700 $23,868 44 44
PZEV Specs $25,700 $23,868 44 44
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather (2) MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
Hybrid 4-Door Sedan L4 CVT w/Navi & Leather Specs $26,900 $24,979 44 44
PZEV Specs $26,900 $24,979 44 44
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