The 2012 Honda Civic is a concept no more – you’re looking at the official production model. Just as expected, it’s nearly identical to the concept version that we saw recently. Unfortately, Honda did tone down the Si model, as it has a traditional offset rear exhaust. Not exactly a surprise, however.
2012 Honda Civic Specs
- 140 HP 1.8 liter i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine
- 5 speed automatic transmission
- 39 MPG highway
Those specs are for the “regular” Civic – though there are three more flavors. The Si is back, of course, with a shiny new 2.4 liter engine. It’s good for 200 horsepower, but the real store is the huge torque increase – it makes 170 lb-ft to be exact. Plus is manages to get better mileage (31 MPG highway) than the outgoing model. Call me a sucker, but it’s hard to argue with a bigger, more powerful engine that gets better fuel economy.
Besides the vanilla and Si models, there’s a new HF trim. Imagine a Civic Hybrid without, well, the hybrid bits. That’s basically the HF. It uses all the Hybrid aerodynamic tricks to snag a 41 MPG highway rating. Not too shabby for a compact car.
Lastly, that brings us to the 2012 Civic Hybrid. This is the first Civic to use a lithium ion battery pack – lithium ion is much more efficient, of course. That means a more powerful battery in a smaller, lighter package. The 110 combined HP powertrain (1.5 liter 4 cylinder plus electric motor) scores a solid 45 MPG combined fuel economy rating. That’s up quite a bit (4MPG) from last year as well.
That about wraps it up. Good (if not new) looks. Great choices of powertrains. Expected great reliability. Hard not to like this one, even if it didn’t’ blow me away.
2012 Honda Civic Gallery