Best Bet
(4.5) 176 reviews
MSRP: $7,173$15,393
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 26-34
Engine: 140-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD
2012 Honda Civic

Our Take on the 2012 Honda Civic

Our Take

Though it isn't clear at a glance, the 2012 Honda Civic has been redesigned for the first time since 2006, and it now achieves highway mileage close to 40 mpg. A longtime best-seller, the Civic counts among its competitors several high-quality, high-mileage compacts such as the 2011 Chevrol... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Higher mpg costs more
  • Body roll, especially in Si model
  • Main transmissions are five-speeds
  • Some cabin materials
  • Drum rear brakes on lower trims

Notable Features

  • Full redesign for 2012
  • Coupe or sedan body styles
  • Manual or automatic
  • Performance Si version
  • Efficient HF version
  • Hybrid version

12 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.