2012 Honda Civic
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Best In Class

by from Elk Grove, CA on July 4, 2011

I have had my 2012 Civic EX-L W/Navigation for about a week now. I have never owned a Honda before and for my 65th birthday I decided to get me a new Civic. My criteria for a new car was fuel economy,...
I have had my 2012 Civic EX-L W/Navigation for about a week now. I have never owned a Honda before and for my 65th birthday I decided to get me a new Civic. My criteria for a new car was fuel economy, performance and resale value. The cars I considered were Elantra, Focus, Cruze and Civic. I read volumes of reviews and came to the conclusion that the so called expert reviewers felt the 2012 Civic did not make much of a change to the previous years and therefore they felt that Honda had taken a step back to the other models I was considering since they had surpassed the Civic in styling. Since styling was not one of my criteria points those reviews did not stray me away from considering a Civic. In fact since I never have owned a Honda I thought the styling was perfect for best fuel economy. Without going into all of the reasons I decided to buy the Civic (Elantra comes without a spare tire) I will give you my impressions of the first week of owning one. The Civic is very roomy and comfortable. I do wish the glove box and center console were a little bigger, but I can live with the size they are. The I-Mid and navigation screen give you more data than you could imagine. Some reviewers call it cheesy. I think it's pretty cool and very informative. Civics come with an "ECON" button that optimizes your fuel economy. When your ECON button is activated your performance takes a hit and acceleration is not as good as it would be with the ECON button not in use. Some reviewers say they can't see any difference between having the ECON button on or off. Well, I'm here to tell you there is a difference and it's noticeable. But, if you are trying to get the best possible fuel economy that you can then using the ECON button will save you fuel. On my first tank of gas I used the ECON as much as possible in city and highway and got a combined 34.3 mpg. In that first tank I drove from Sacramento to Reno and got 37.5 mpg ( lot of driving uphill and ECON was off while climbing those hills) Coming home from Reno I got 45.5 mpg ( lot of going downhill and had ECON on) So far I am very pleased with fuel economy. The Civic handles well in the turns and with the ECON off it has plenty of pep as far as I'm cornered. The air conditioning works great and cools off the cabin nicely. Those in the back seat were very comfortable in 97 degree weather. I do see me tinting the back windows though. The Bluetooth was easy to sync up with my Droid and call quality is very good. I'm impressed with the sound system and love being able to use a USB drive. I still have much to learn about this car but so far it is everything I was hoping it would be. I got the EX-L W/Navi for $22,500. I added some other accessories and of course tax, license and doc fees. I also got an 8 year 100,000 extended warranty for $1,200. If you decide to get yourself a 2012 Civic you will not be disappointed. You may not have the sexiest looking car on the road but you will have a solid car that you can depend on now and in the future.
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2nd Time Around

by from Scottsdale, AZ on June 22, 2011

Had an '08 EX-L coupe (Black on Black) for our two teenage children to drive until my oldest son was t-boned a few weeks ago. He walked away from the scene unharmed, so naturally I considered another ...
Had an '08 EX-L coupe (Black on Black) for our two teenage children to drive until my oldest son was t-boned a few weeks ago. He walked away from the scene unharmed, so naturally I considered another Civic. The Elantra was my wife's pick but I could not get myself to purchase a Hyundai over a Honda due to Honda's well-deserved and established reputation (at least in my eyes)...oh well. That being said I really like the new conservative-approach to te styling of this car. The interior is also this way, and while we like how crisp it is, it could use a bit of life. However, it's milestones ahead of the Corolla's blandness. Performance would be a 3 in my eyes, as it's somewhat slow, but that's expected with this class and the fuel mileage more than makes up for it. Based on the trip computer they seem to average 34 mpg in suburban traffic and on a recent trip to our home near Anaheim (about 350 miles each way) we got well above expected at 42.6 mpg at speeds of 70-75 mph, a VERY welcome change from our Escalade which barely crests 20 mpg under the same conditions for the same trip. Overall we are very happy with our new Polished Gray EX Sedan and hope this Civic lasts longer than the last one. Hoping the reliability us at least as good as the '08's and my Acura TL (also a winner from Honda), both of which have had absolutely zero issues with regular maintainence
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Love My New 2012 Honda Civic

by from Spartanburg, SC on May 16, 2011

My wife and I went to the local dealer the day the new Civics went on display. However, they did not have the LX model we wanted. The next day, we visited a nearby dealer and they had exactly what we ...
My wife and I went to the local dealer the day the new Civics went on display. However, they did not have the LX model we wanted. The next day, we visited a nearby dealer and they had exactly what we wanted. We traded our 2009 Honda and drove the new one home. The car now has 1,400 miles on it and we went to Myrtle Beach last week and using the Econ mode, we averaged 44.35 mpg!!! We are thrilled with the comfort, design, features, and the excellent gas mileage [we average 35 mpg around town driving]. They are now in short supply and we feel blessed that we were able to buy one and are 100 percent satisified with it---especially with the high gas prices.
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Nice

by from Ohio on June 15, 2011

I drive 100 miles round trip for work daily. I down sized because of gas prices. I was worried going from a full size truck, but the civic is really comfortable. I was ready to by the elantra limited ...
I drive 100 miles round trip for work daily. I down sized because of gas prices. I was worried going from a full size truck, but the civic is really comfortable. I was ready to by the elantra limited after reading reviews, but after the test drive...NO way. It felt cheap and unrefined. I test drove the civic exl twice, what a ride. This is my first Honda and will be pleased if reliability is good. After one week I average 38+ mpg with about 90% highway driving. I gave a 4 for performance because I'm used to more power, but hey it's an economy car. I really like the one touch sunroof and blue tooth. Highly recommend.
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BEST CIVIC YET

by from New York, NY on June 5, 2011

I was fortunate enough to actually find an EX-L in Charcoal grey. Fully loaded. This car has one of the smoothest rides, most comfortable seating, and a cockpit that has everything at your fingertips....
I was fortunate enough to actually find an EX-L in Charcoal grey. Fully loaded. This car has one of the smoothest rides, most comfortable seating, and a cockpit that has everything at your fingertips. Honda designers hit a gramd slam on this ine. This is the best civic yet. Average 40-46 mpg on highway, and 35-40 around town using the Econ button. I would highly recommend this car to family and friends. The fit and finish is impeccable, and the quietest rides of any I have driven in its class.
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For the large in size.....It works!!!

by from Kansas City on May 6, 2011

I am 6'0 and 360 pounds. I am a traveling nurse and drive many miles a week. Comfort is important as well as good fuel efficiency. Two difficult qualities to reconcile. Honda has done it. I also own a...
I am 6'0 and 360 pounds. I am a traveling nurse and drive many miles a week. Comfort is important as well as good fuel efficiency. Two difficult qualities to reconcile. Honda has done it. I also own a 2011 civic and it is difficult for me to get in and out of usually rubbing either my right shoulder or my posterior end on the rubber door trim causing it to wear out and rip over time. The new 2012 does not have this problem. They have made the opening better in the right places. There feels like much more room in the driver position. More room between me and the dash. I can enter and exit the vehicle which I do all day long many times without problems. It is quieter, able to use built in blue tooth without problem. Is the older model more fun to drive? Perhaps. It has the sportier feeling and cool racing steering wheel. But this 2012 is much more comfortable. I have the ex-l. I drive all day without back pain. There is no lumbar support but not needed with these seats. They hold you in in all the right places. The awful parking brake has been replaced so as not to rub on the right side of the leg. The door panels are skinnier giving more room for the left leg. Over all it feels classier. Like being in an accord. I was greatly dissapointed the forst week as it felt sluggish and the cruise would lose 5 mph when going up hills. I de-selceted the green econ button and it then was just as peppy as the older version. And I am getting as advertised mpg. 32-33 around town combined hwy and city. Got 37 mpg when I drove 75% hwy. The style may be a bit uglier and not as "fun" but for all the increased benefits of more room and efficiency I don't care. Honda has achieved perfection in my book. One thing they need to change.....Start including xm sat, blue tooth, more power outlets, etc. in base model like Hyundai. I hate having to pay for sunroof etc. to get these features. Blue tooth should be standard on all cars for safety hands free driving. Come on Honda, you may be left behind if you don't start adding these. Hyundai is not going away.
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Great Investment!

by from Racine, WI on May 22, 2012

I've had the new Civic for about 3 months now. I do about 75% in the city and 25% on the highway and I average over 30 miles per gallon overall! Very good for a car that's not a hybrid! Furthermore, i...
I've had the new Civic for about 3 months now. I do about 75% in the city and 25% on the highway and I average over 30 miles per gallon overall! Very good for a car that's not a hybrid! Furthermore, it's very comfortable while driving and I love the digital dashboard and USB connection so I can play music off of my iphone! But I think my favorite thing about this car is how it handles. The steering on this car is smooth and unbelievable, and with the car being a Honda, you won't have to worry about any mechanical issues for a long time. The engine is quiet and it's a great ride! Would recommend it to anyone!
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Car is better than reported

by from Atlanta, Georgia on September 3, 2011

I have owned a 2012 Honda Civic LX for over 3 months and actually like it. I had test driven other compact cars and actually liked the room, ride and comfort of the Civic over the others. I still driv...
I have owned a 2012 Honda Civic LX for over 3 months and actually like it. I had test driven other compact cars and actually liked the room, ride and comfort of the Civic over the others. I still drive a big Ford Crown Victoria and the Hondas ride is pretty darn good compared to the Ford. The interior could be made with more padding and soft materials so that the Honda would not look so cheap. The seats are comforatable. The A\C works great which I really didn't expect as there is so much glass on the Honda. It has good visibility with all this glass area. The 5 speed automatic transmission sometimes hunts when going up a hill. The gas mileage is really good. It gets an average of 35.7 mpg going back and forth to work and scooting around the city while also sitting at those 5 minute traffic lights. So far it gets 41 on a open road crusing at 65 to 70 mph. I only have 4800 miles on it so far so it probably isn't fully broken in yet. Gas mileage can only improve. I don't care for the sport car feel as I am used to driving a large car with comfort. If I had wanted a sports car I would have bought a real sports car. This small car has almost everything that is needed to be a great car for going back and forth to work and rides well enough to take a trip in it. Time will tell how well it holds up, but since it has basically the same transmission and engine as the older civics it should do just fine. I also considered this before I purchased this car.
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Can't Understnd the Negative Reviews

by from Cental Alabama on January 6, 2012

Have just over 2400 miles on our 2012 Civic EX-L and have been very satisfied with the car. There have been expert reviews pointing out negative features such as the quality of the interior, long brak...
Have just over 2400 miles on our 2012 Civic EX-L and have been very satisfied with the car. There have been expert reviews pointing out negative features such as the quality of the interior, long braking distances and lack of sportiness. First, this is an ecomony car and while there's adequate performance, if you want sportiness buy something with a larger engine, turbocharger, mega brakes, sport suspenstion, etc. The interior is nice - the leather seats in the EX-L compared to our Volvo S-80 other than lacking power adjustments...this is not a high-end car, so go write a check for $50k+ if you want the interior of a Lexus, Mercedes or BMW. The brakes are more than ample - get off the phone and pay attention if your concerned with panic stops. We bought the 2012 Civic due to Honda reliabiity, fuel mileage and expected resale. This is a really nice car is you understnd the limitations of a economy car priced in the $20 range.
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2012 Honda Civic LX

by from Toronto on February 6, 2012

Honda offered this car at an excellent lease rate. So far I have 2000km on it. I like the styling and have no issues with the interior. All the gauges are easy to read, the seats are comfy, back seat ...
Honda offered this car at an excellent lease rate. So far I have 2000km on it. I like the styling and have no issues with the interior. All the gauges are easy to read, the seats are comfy, back seat room is excellent. Many reviewers have stated the interior is cheap. I personally find it to be good for the price. I think it looks tastefull, not cheap. The engine and tranny are proven. The tranny does not hunt , shifts smoothly and works seamlessly.I bought the car as a commuter and it fullfills the job admirably. I have gotten a best so far of 6.1l/100km and average around 7.9l/100km combined, not bad at all.At 140hp and a decent not to heavy weight the LX accelerates as needed. Its not a sports car, its a commuter. The braking has good feel and modulation, Im of the opinion the low friction tires did not help in the 60 to 0 distances. I cant seem to notice the wind noise as some mention. The car feels well planted and the suspension works well with the pot holes in Toronto. If I had to pick a negative it would be the steering does have ever so slightly a wooden feel, again in a commuter car its not an issue. I needed a low cost, reliable cheap to run car that is comfortable and this LX fits the bill. The dealer here is also excellent, this is important. Cars tried, Fiesta, focus, elantra and mazda 2. None were bad, the Honda IMHO did everything well, had good pricing, is a known entity and I have good dealership support.
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