Honda Automobiles: 2012 Honda Civic  – Overview

A Futuristic and Distinctive Compact

2012 Civic EX-L Sedan

2012 Civic Si Coupe

2012 Civic Hybrid

The all-new 2012 Honda Civic represents the ninth generation of one of the company’s most popular and globally recognized products. Having earned a reputation for being a fun-to-drive compact that is simultaneously fuel efficient, sporty, stylish and durable, the Civic has become a beloved and relied-upon member of the worldwide transportation family. Cumulatively, the Civic has reached 8.8 million customers in the United States through 2010 since its launch as a 1973 model.

Each generation of Civic has improved with a specific development theme in mind. The 2012 Civic embraces the fundamental concept of a futuristic and distinctive compact, a direction that introduces new values that reach ahead of present-day needs and elevates the experience that Civic represents. Major strides include improvements to refinement throughout, increased fuel economy on all models, the further addition of interactive technologies for personalization and convenience, along with enhancements to performance, ride and interior packaging.

Civic Highlights:

  • Six completely redesigned models, including the Civic Si Coupe and Sedan; well-equipped and technologically advanced Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe; plus the highly fuel-efficient Civic HF, Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas
  • Advanced safety systems include the Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility, and a long list of standard safety equipment including side curtain airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and anti-lock braking
  • Streamlined, expressive mono-form exterior styling with clean, flowing lines
  • Roomier interior delivers more style and convenience than any other vehicle in segment
  • New available technology features including intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and a Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and FM Traffic
  • New powertrain technologies include a re-engineered 1.8-liter I-4 engine with enhanced fuel economy, a larger and more powerful 2.4-liter I-4 Si powerplant and a new Civic Hybrid powertrain that delivers higher overall performance and improved fuel economy

Civic customers span the entire public spectrum of automotive drivers. They are high school graduates and college students just beginning their adult lives; they are families with young children; they are schoolteachers, soccer parents and professionals, environmentalists and performance enthusiasts; and they are Generation Y, baby boomers and retirees. And they live in Snow Belt states, Sunbelt states, in the Midwest and in Hawaii and Alaska. But regardless of their demographic and psychographic makeup, Honda Civic customers are tied together by one thing they are young at heart. Because at the end of the day, beyond its myriad attributes (including safety, economy, durability, comfort and style), the Civic is fun to drive.

2012 Civic Model Lineup
The automotive landscape has rapidly evolved in the last decade with increased interest in fuel economy, low emissions and overall affordability. All of these traits are among the Civic’s strongest advantages. The new 2012 Civic lineup further embraces these concepts with six different variants that span from ultra efficient to high performance, with specific models designed to better meet individual needs and preferences. For 2012, a highly affordable and highly efficient Civic HF has been added to the lineup. The aero-enhanced Civic HF achieves an estimated* highway fuel economy rating of 41 miles per gallon, two more mpg than the regular Civic Sedan, and the highest highway fuel economy rating in America for any gasoline-only compact sedan equipped with an automatic transmission.

* Fuel economy values determined from manufacturer test results. Official 2012 EPA mileage estimates not available at time of publication. Mileage figures shown for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.

The 2012 Civic model lineup is comprised of:

  • Civic Sedan (Civic DX, Civic LX, Civic EX and Civic EX-L)
  • Civic Coupe (Civic DX, Civic LX, Civic EX and Civic EX-L)
  • High-efficiency and value-oriented Civic HF (new)
  • High-performance Civic Si Sedan and Civic Si Coupe
  • Ultra-efficient Civic Hybrid (with new Lithium-Ion batteries)
  • Ultra-clean Civic Natural Gas, previously known as Civic GX (available at qualified dealers nationwide)

The Foundation of Civic
Beneath the aerodynamic skin of every 2012 Civic is Honda’s commitment to its foundational pillars of safety, fun-to-drive performance, style, comfort, convenience, durability, quality and refinement. The end result is a vehicle that’s not only a smart decision when new, but can also provide long-term joy of ownership unique to this class of vehicle.

Safety Advanced safety systems include Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility, and a long list of standard safety equipment including two-row side curtain airbags, dual-stage, multiple-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brake Assist, and a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system that helps the driver steer in the ideal direction to mitigate oversteer or understeer situations. Internal crash test information* indicates that the new Civic should achieve top marks in both the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program** and the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) designation as a TOP SAFETY PICK.

Fun to Drive Every Civic model is designed to be fun to drive, with a MacPherson strut front suspension, a multi-link rear suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars. Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) improves steering response at low speeds while rewarding the driver with outstanding feel at higher speeds. In addition, with EPS there is no parasitic power loss to the engine as is common with a traditional hydraulically boosted steering system which benefits both power output and fuel economy. Standard 15-inch diameter wheels with all-season tires, 16-inch wheels on Civic EX and Civic EX-L models, and 17-inch wheels on Civic Si models (with performance-oriented summer tires available) provide a satisfying blend of ride comfort and all-weather grip. The Civic Si Sedan and Civic Si Coupe further expand the driving fun with a new, larger displacement (201 horsepower) engine and specially tuned suspension.

Distinctive, Aerodynamic Styling As a new interpretation of the current Civic’s iconic “one-motion” mono-form shape, the 2012 Civic is designed to convey an even more substantial, high-energy appearance. The exterior styling of both Civic Sedan and Coupe models showcases the clean-yet-powerful body lines with sleekly angled windshields, wide stances and pronounced character lines along the profile. The look of the Civic Coupe conveys an aggressive attitude with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered rear roofline that flows smoothly into the trunk. Hidden aerodynamic features such as flat-bottom unit-body construction, precisely placed aero strakes, and other features work together to help the Civic achieve excellent fuel-economy.

Comfort, Convenience and Personalization Crisp, smart and driver focused, the new Civic’s 5-passenger interior is a careful blend of form and function, with an advanced instrument layout that is unique in its class. A smart interface approach divides the interior into different areas, with key instrument displays located above the steering wheel. Secondary information is located lower in the area, while a third area to the driver’s right groups controls that are not essential to driving. New for 2012, the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) on all models (except Civic DX) provides a 5-inch color monitor for the display of vehicle information and audio information including album artwork (if available). Along with customizable vehicle settings, the i-MID includes the ability to upload personal wallpaper backgrounds. The Civic can be further personalized for driving with Eco Assist on all models (except Civic Si), the first time this feature has been included on any non-hybrid Honda model in America. The performance-oriented Civic Si exclusively features a new Sequential Rev-limit Indicator and a Power Monitor screen that can be displayed on the new i-MID.

Durability, Quality and Reliability For many customers the Durability, Quality and Reliability (DQR) of the Honda Civic is what keeps them returning year after year. These fine qualities and the resale or trade-in value they engender for the Civic become a powerful purchase incentive. Virtually every major study of vehicle residual value has shown that the Civic typically has one of the highest residual values in the industry. As an end result, a high residual or resale value makes the Civic’s true cost of ownership less than many lower-priced competitors.

New Technology and Features

For 2012, the new Civic introduces a host of new technologies that advance fuel efficiency, comfort and convenience, and safety. Some of the key features include:

All Models
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) (all except Civic DX models)
Eco Assist driver feedback system (all except Si models)
Next-generation Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control and Brake Assist
(previously exclusive to Civic EX-L, Hybrid and Si)

Civic Si Sedan and Civic Si Coupe
New, larger 2.4-liter engine
Sequential Rev-limit Indicator
Power Monitor

Civic Hybrid
New, Larger 1.5-liter engine (previously 1.3 liters)
Lithium-Ion battery system (previously nickel-metal hydride system)

Civic Natural Gas
Now available to qualifying dealers on a national basis (compared to four states for previous model)
Official name now includes the words Natural Gas

Civic HF
A new, high value, enhanced fuel economy variant with features similar to Civic LX Sedan

Honda has long been known for its world-class engine technology and a continuous process of innovation and improvement. At the core of Honda’s powertrain engineering is the ongoing pursuit of greater performance, enhanced fuel economy and low emissions. The 2012 Civic model range embodies Honda’s ongoing effort to offer a wide range of powertrain choices including gasoline, hybrid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) that offer unique solutions for different buyers.

An advanced 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine is standard in the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and Civic HF, with a choice of a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission (automatic only for Civic EX-L Coupe, Civic EX and EX-L Sedans, and Civic HF). A variant of the same 1.8-liter engine develops 110 horsepower in the compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Civic Natural Gas, which comes standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The performance-oriented Si model has a 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine, matched with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. And finally, the Civic Hybrid is powered by an ultra-efficient 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist producing 110-horsepower. This is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic HF and Civic Natural Gas Powertrain

The Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic HF and Civic Natural Gas benefit from an updated and refined version of the 1.8-liter I-4 engine that powered the previous generation Civic. The new engine has extensive changes that reduce friction, improve emissions performance and increase fuel economy.

The engine is a Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder design with 16 valves, i-VTEC, and a dual-stage intake manifold. In the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and Civic HF, the engine produces 140 horsepower at 6300 rpm, and 128 lb-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. In the Civic Sedan and Coupe, the 1.8-liter engine has an estimated* EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 28/39 miles per gallon when equipped with automatic transmission.

* Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

This same powertrain in the Civic HF achieves a higher estimated* city/highway fuel economy rating of 29/41 miles per gallon with its standard 5-speed automatic transmission, primarily due to reductions in aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance. With a version of the same 1.8-liter engine, the Civic Natural Gas powertrain develops 110 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. The Civic Natural Gas has an estimated* city/highway fuel economy of 27/38 miles per gallon.

* Fuel economy values determined from manufacturer test results. Official 2012 EPA mileage estimates not available at time of publication. Mileage figures shown for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.

Civic Powertrain at a Glance


  • 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
  • i-VTEC intelligent valve control system
  • High-rigidity aluminum block with low friction internal components
  • Composite dual-stage intake manifold
  • ECON mode

Maintenance Minder and Tune-Up Intervals

Fuel Economy and Emissions

  • 28/39/32 mpg estimated EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy (Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe with automatic transmission)
  • 29/41/33 mpg estimated EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy Civic HF with automatic transmission)
  • 28/36/31 estimated EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy (Civic Sedan DX/LX, Civic Coupe DX/LX/EX with manual transmission)
  • 27/38/31 mpg estimated EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy (Civic Natural Gas with automatic transmission)
  • Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV-2) (Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic HF)
  • Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) (Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic HF in CARB states)
  • Advanced Technology Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) (Civic Natural Gas, Civic Hybrid in CARB states)


  • 5-speed manual transmission (standard in DX and LX Sedan, DX LX and EX Coupe)
  • 5-speed automatic transmission (available on Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe; standard on Civic HF, Civic Natural Gas, Civic EX Sedan, EX-L Sedan, Civic EX-L Coupe)

Civic Si Powertrain

The 2012 Civic Si is powered by a new 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that is the largest and most powerful of any Civic introduced in the United States. The dual overhead cam (DOHC) engine is an all-aluminum design that uses four valves per cylinder (16 valves total), a high-performance version of the i-VTEC system and a specially tuned high-volume intake manifold. The Civic Si produces 201 horsepower up four horsepower from the 2.0-liter engine it replaces. The i-VTEC “intelligent” valve-control system, new friction-reducing technologies and extensive weight control measures helps the Civic Si deliver exhilarating acceleration, improved fuel economy and low exhaust emissions.

The new larger displacement engine in the Civic Si delivers peak power at a more accessible 7000 rpm compared to the previous Si engine’s 7800 rpm power peak. The engine’s increased displacement results in a substantial 22-percent increase in peak torque. The new 170 lb-ft rating occurs at just 4400 rpm, 1700 rpm lower than the previous engine’s 139 lb-ft at 6100 rpm. Even with its increase in displacement, horsepower and torque, the 2012 Civic Si has an estimated EPA city rating of 22 mpg (up 1 mpg compared to the 2011 Civic Si) and increases highway fuel economy with a rating of 31 mpg (up 2 mpg compared to the 2011 Civic Si). In addition, the Civic Si engine meets strict Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) emissions standards.

The Civic Si is available exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter. Designed to be compact and lightweight, the 6-speed has also been engineered to provide quick and precise shift action. The Civic Si also includes a clutch with a torsion mechanism that enhances refinement in terms of engagement and feel.

Civic Si Powertrain at a Glance


  • 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
  • Aluminum cylinder block with cast-in iron liners for light weight and durability
  • 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC “intelligent” valve-control system
  • High-flow, low backpressure exhaust system with sporty sound
  • Maintenance Minder system

Emissions/Fuel Economy

  • 22/31/25 EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy (6MT)
  • Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) emissions


  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Helical-type limited-slip differential

Civic Hybrid Powertrain
The newest-generation Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system fitted to the Civic Hybrid uses a gasoline engine as the primary source of power while an electric motor provides additional power and electricity regeneration capability. The new IMA system consists of a larger 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine connected to a larger, more powerful electric motor and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A new Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack is used to capture and store electricity for the upgraded 23-horsepower electric motor. The new Lithium-Ion battery is more powerful, lighter and more compact than the nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery it replaces.

Together, the gasoline engine and electric motor team to produce 110 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque at 1000-3500 rpm. Compared to the previous generation Civic Hybrid, the new Civic Hybrid has the same peak horsepower, but achieves it at 500 fewer rpm. The new Hybrid has gained 4 lb-ft of torque, and it is spread over a wider rpm range (between 1000 rpm to 3500 rpm) for improved performance during normal city driving.

During acceleration, the engine or the engine and electric motor propel the vehicle. During sustained cruising, the gasoline engine and/or the electric motor can individually propel the vehicle. During braking, the gasoline engine deactivates and the electric motor acts as generator to replenish the Li-Ion battery pack. When the vehicle is at a stop, the engine can enter an idle-stop mode to conserve fuel and reduce emissions and the engine remains off until the brake pedal is released.

Compared to the previous Civic Hybrid, the fifth-generation Honda IMA powertrain provides improved acceleration at highway speeds, while simultaneously delivering a combined city/highway EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 44 mpg an increase of 3 mpg from the previous model.

* Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Civic Hybrid Powertrain at a Glance


  • 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder
  • Aluminum cylinder block with CCS (Cooling Control Spacer)
  • 2-Stage i-VTEC valve-control system
  • i-VTEC-controlled Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
  • Intelligent Dual Sequential Ignition with two spark plugs per cylinder
  • ECON mode

Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)

  • 23 horsepower (17 kilowatt) ultra-thin DC brushless motor
  • Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) with Integrated Cooling Unit
  • High-power Lithium-Ion battery
  • Automatic Idle Stop
  • Cooperative regenerative braking system

Emissions/Fuel Economy

  • Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV-2)
  • Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) (in CARB states)
  • EPA-estimated fuel economy of 44/44/44 (city/highway/combined)

Continuously Variable Transmission

  • Wide drive ratio for good acceleration and low rpm cruising


The new 2012 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe are the most aerodynamically and aggressively styled models in the model’s history and also the most functional and versatile in how most Civic customers like to use their cars. As in past years, both 5-passenger sedan and 5-passenger coupe body styles are available. The sedan design is sophisticated and efficient, while the coupe is more dramatic and exciting. Both are highly aerodynamic, including a sleek windshield angle with narrow A-pillars (and thinner C-pillars in the Coupe) for excellent outward visibility, numerous under-vehicle aerodynamic aids, and even low rolling-resistance tires on all models except Civic Si.

Apart from the headlights, hood and front fenders, no visible exterior body panels, lights, glass, grille or bumpers are shared between the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe. Differences between models include aggressive front grille, front and rear fascias and other elements for the Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan, and extensive aerodynamic aids for the high fuel economy Civic HF. However beneath the skin, the underlying chassis construction is the same between the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, except that at 105.1 inches, the wheelbase of the Civic Sedan is two inches longer than that of the Civic Coupe.

Civic Sedan Design
Though roomier inside than previous models, the 2012 Civic Sedan adds a sophisticated flair while retaining the Coupe’s dramatic styling character. Its four doors provide improved utility, with excellent ingress and egress for all passengers. In back, the trunk lid gracefully meets the rear window and seamlessly ties in with the overall styling of the car. Standard are 15-inch diameter steel wheels with full wheel covers, 15-inch aluminum wheels for the Civic HF, 16-inch aluminum wheels for the Civic EX and Civic EX-L models, and 17-inch aluminum wheels for the Civic Si.

Civic Coupe Design
Everything about Civic Coupe says this is a driver’s car, with the short, wide front fascia generating an aggressive overall look. Adding to the Civic’s distinctly sporty and dynamic flavor are wide, angular headlights, a bold grille, and fog lamp openings in the lower fascia. A wedge design continues along the Civic Coupe body side, with the hood, windshield and cabin all forming decisive character lines that create a strong sense of motion. The high rear deck further reinforces the Coupe’s dynamic wedge styling, while a functional rear lip spoiler and 16-inch aluminum wheels on Civic EX and Civic EX-L models (17-inch wheels on the Civic Si) add to its clear sporting intentions.

Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure is a pioneering Honda unit-body construction technology. Introduced to Civic in the 2006 model, it increases the body’s ability to disperse crash energy in a frontal collision and is anticipated to help deliver top safety ratings.

Rigid Unit-Body Construction and Energy-Absorbing Crush Zones
The Civic’s aerodynamic unit-body structure plays a strong role in helping both the coupe and sedan achieve their expected high fuel-economy and projected top safety ratings, but it also contributes to a smooth, quiet ride and a fun-to-drive character. A rigid body allows for noise and other disturbances to be more efficiently isolated by bushings and other dampers throughout the vehicle.

Increased Use of High-Strength Steel
Both the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe feature a rigid and lightweight unit-body design made possible by increased use of high-strength steel. The 2012 Civic Sedan now uses 55 percent high-strength steel, compared to 50 percent in the previous generation. This contributes to a 7-percent reduction in body weight compared to 2011 Civic Sedan. Although the body structure is now lighter, static and dynamic rigidity are 10 percent better.

In addition, more slender A-pillars (also constructed of high-strength steel) provide a greater field of view without compromising body strength. Along with a new side mirror shape, the thinner A-pillars also help minimize wind noise at highway speeds.

Aerodynamic Enhancements
The 2012 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe are just as aerodynamically efficient as their appearance suggests, resulting in improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, improved handling at higher speeds and lower levels of interior noise. The improvements are the result of extensive modeling and testing conducted during the design process. Examples include:

  • A guide under the front bumper directs the flow of air into the engine compartment for cooling.
  • Lightweight plastic parts under the engine bay, the fuel tank and parts of the rear underbody enhance airflow.
  • Front spoiler and strakes ahead of the front and rear tires help direct air flow around the tires and wheel wells.
  • A new flat under-floor significantly improves aerodynamic efficiency by helping air to move over, around and under the vehicle resulting in a significant 3.4-percent lower coefficient of drag as compared to the 2011 Civic.
  • Low-drag side mirrors reduce wind noise by minimizing turbulence (Civic EX and Civic EX-L models also include heated side mirrors).

Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights
All 2012 Civic models are equipped with multi-reflector halogen headlights with an auto-off feature (Auto On/Off on EX-L, Hybrid and Si) for confident nighttime driving, along with a dynamic and dramatic appearance. The auto-off feature automatically turns off the headlights when the key is removed from the vehicle. Inboard mounted halogen high beams offer further nighttime driving confidence with a crisp, bright and focused light beam. The halogen high beams serve double-duty as the daytime running lights (DRL) by operating at a lower voltage. All Civic models include a headlights-on reminder.

Meanwhile Civic Si Sedan and Coupe models add fog lights located in openings below the front bumper. Integrated fog lights are likewise available as a dealer-installed accessory on other 2012 Civic models.

LED Brake Lights on Civic Hybrid
The 2012 Civic Hybrid’s taillight system features attention-grabbing LED illumination for the brake lights and soft glowing surface lighting for the taillights. The sculpted, 3-dimensional look of the units adds a distinctive and technical styling element to the rear view of the Civic. Additionally, LED lighting uses less power and longer service life compared to traditional tungsten light bulbs, which is consistent with the vehicle’s emphasis on efficiency.

Power Windows
All 2012 Civic models (except for Civic DX) feature power windows with auto-reverse. All trim levels (except the Civic DX) also feature an auto up/down driver’s window for added convenience.

One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Civic EX, Civic EX-L and Civic Si models have one-touch power moonroof actuation with tilt feature that will open or close with one touch of the switch. The moonroof’s thin construction allows for maximum headroom and improved comfort. Also included is a sliding sunshade that automatically opens with the moonroof, and the shade can be closed to block sunlight. An auto-reverse feature is built into the moonroof operation.

Security System with Remote Entry
Remote entry and remote trunk entry systems are now standard on all 2012 Civic models except for DX. Using a wave key with integrated remote buttons, all doors can be locked with one touch of the LOCK button. Pressing UNLOCK once unlocks the driver’s door, while pressing it twice unlocks all doors. The trunk can also be unlocked by pressing a separate trunk button. The system has an operating range of up to 50 feet.

Cargo Area
Another strength of the new 2012 Civic Coupe and Sedan is impressive storage capacity. The Civic Sedan offers 12.5 cu-ft of storage space (12.1 cu-ft. for Sedan EX-L), exceeding the 12.0 cu-ft trunk volume of the previous generation an improvement of 0.5 cu-ft or 4.2-percent. The Civic Coupe trunk offers 11.6 cu-ft of storage, a slight increase over the previous model’s 11.5 cu-ft. Folding the second-row seatback yields additional room for the storage of bulky items. Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas have a fixed rear seatback.

Conveniently placed latches enable customers to lower the fold-down rear seatback from the trunk. The Civic EX and Civic EX-L and Civic Si models add even more convenience with 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks, which allow simultaneous passenger seating and cargo storage.

Exterior Colors
The 2012 Civic offers a dynamic color palette that adds character and boldness to the entire model range. All-new colors for the 2012 Civic Sedan include Dyno Blue Pearl, Cool Mist Metallic and Crimson Pearl. While on the 2012 Civic Coupe, Dyno Blue Pearl and Cool Mist Metallic are new additions to the color lineup. Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan models add a unique Sunburst Orange Pearl, while the Civic Hybrid comes in Green Opal Metallic. All the new colors change in appearance depending on sunlight conditions, further amplifying the Civic’s dramatic bodylines.


The 2012 Civic chassis was developed to maximize driving enjoyment as well as passenger comfort and safety. The chassis features Honda’s highly developed MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems, along with Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering for excellent steering performance and improved efficiency. Regardless of whether it is a versatile Civic Sedan or Coupe, sporty Civic Si, or efficient Civic Hybrid, clean Civic Natural Gas or value-oriented Civic HF model, every 2012 Honda offers a high level of refinement, confident handling and a fun driving experience while also providing excellent safety.

New Chassis Features for 2012

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control is now standard
  • Brake Assist is now standard
  • Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)

Additional Chassis Highlights
A slightly shorter wheelbase (reduced 1.2 inches in the Sedan, to 105.1 inches; and reduced 1.1 inches in the Coupe, to 103.2 inches) increases overall maneuverability and the Civic’s fun-to-drive character. But at the same time, the overall length, width and height are the same as previous models, with increased interior roominess in the Sedan. The result is a more responsive vehicle that is also roomier inside.

Chassis Summary
All Civic Models

  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Power-assisted, ventilated front disc brakes
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control
  • 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist
  • Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)

Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, Civic Natural Gas and Civic HF

  • 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers on DX, LX
  • 15-inch aluminum wheels on Hybrid, Natural Gas and HF
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels on EX and EX-L
  • P195/65R15 all-season tires on DX, LX, Hybrid, Civic Natural and HF
  • P205/55R16 all-season tires on EX and EX-L
  • Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes on EX and EX-L

Civic Si

  • Front and rear high-performance springs, dampers and stabilizer bars
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • P215/45R17 all-season tires
  • Available summer-only tires on Coupe
  • Larger front ventilated and rear solid disc brake rotors

Civic Hybrid

  • 15-inch aluminum wheels that are exceptionally aerodynamic and lightweight
  • Low rolling-resistance P195/65R15 tires
  • Regenerative braking system with unique parameters for the power-assist braking feature

Wheels and Tires
The 2012 Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe models feature a variety of 15-, 16- and 17-inch diameter wheels and all-season tires, with a space-saver spare tire located under the trunk floor. Details include:

  • Civic DX Sedan, Civic DX Coupe and Civic LX 15×6 steel wheels with full covers and P195/65R15 tires
  • Civic EX Sedan, Civic EX Coupe and Civic EX-L 16×6.5-inch aluminum wheels and P205/55R16 tires
  • Civic Hybrid 15×6-inch aluminum wheels and P195/65R15 tires
  • Civic Si Sedan and Civic Si Coupe 17×7-inch alloy wheels and P215/45R17 (with available summer tires)
  • Civic Hybrid 15×6-inch alloy wheels and P195/65R15 low-rolling-resistance tires
  • Civic Natural Gas 15×6-inch steel wheels with full covers and P195/65R15 tires
  • Civic Sedan HF Sedan 15×6-inch aluminum wheels and P195/65R15 low rolling-resistance tires

For improved fuel economy, the 2012 Civic uses new tires that are 5-percent lighter with 10-percent improvement to the Rolling Resistance Coefficient (RRC) as compared to the previous Civic’s tires. Constructed of low-mass tread material, thinner sidewalls and an optimized structure, the new tires help reduce fuel consumption all while maintaining comparable durability and projected service life. The Civic HF further reduces the rolling resistance of the tires by an additional 21-percent compared to the standard Civic tires.

Creative and expressive, roomy and practical the 2012 Civic interior is as impressive as the body design, while featuring a bold and advanced instrument layout that’s unlike anything in the class. The new Civic interior builds on the already sophisticated design of the current generation Civic by adopting a smart interface approach. With this approach, the interior is divided into different areas for key instrument displays above the steering wheel, secondary information located lower in the area visible through the steering wheel, and a third area to the driver’s right. Overall, the controls are clear and easy to operate, with a cleanly simple layout and highly intuitive operation.

All the shapes, textures and colors work together to create a welcoming contemporary environment that is both visually and tactilely rewarding. Everything the driver needs is close at hand and materials and finishes are as carefully selected as the equipment features. Distinct upper and lower areas of the instrument panel have their own unique materials that create visual zones that add beauty and richness.

Building on the successful packaging on the previous generation, the 2012 Civic Sedan has gained a small amount of interior passenger volume and also made gains in shoulder and hip room. The Civic Coupe gains an increase in front shoulder room. Both the Sedan and Coupe are classified as compact vehicles by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Interior Dimensions

Though the 2012 Civic Sedan is externally the same width and length, it has gained in interior passenger volume by 3.7 cubic feet, and has more front shoulder room and additional front and rear hip room. The Civic Coupe has gained 1.2 inches in front shoulder room. Other interior dimensions are within an inch of the previous generation.

Advanced Instrumentation

  • Two-Tier Instrument Panel Like its predecessor, the 2012 Civic uses a unique 2-tier instrument panel for shorter eye movements between the most commonly referenced gauges. As a result, while driving there is reduced recognition time for the driver. Instrument panel illumination is blue with white backlighting except on Civic Si models, which use red-backlit instrumentation. Progressive illumination welcomes the driver into the vehicle and brightens to 100 percent when the key is inserted in the ignition switch.
  • Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) The latest generation i-MID displays a wide variety of audio, trip computer, vehicle maintenance, fuel-economy, navigation (when equipped with navigation system) and warning information on a bright, full-color 5-inch (measured diagonally) LCD display and includes a range of customizable features.
  • Eco Assist All 2012 Civics (except Civic Si) come with an Eco Assist display within the instrument panel that is designed to help the driver develop and maintain a fuel-efficient driving style. The background lighting of the segmented vertical bars located directly to the left and the right of the speedometer transition from green (more efficient) to blue (less efficient) in response to driving style. The system continuously monitors and displays the impact of a driving style on the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and transitions colors to provide feedback that can help a less-efficient driver make adjustments to driving style.
  • ECON Mode All 2012 Civics (except Civic Si models) are equipped with an ECON button that modifies several operating parameters of the vehicle to further enhance the potential for fuel efficiency. With ECON Mode activated, the Drive-by-Wire throttle system provides more gradual response, shift mapping is reconfigured on automatic transmission models, and climate control operation is altered.
  • Maintenance Minder Display Every Civic has a Maintenance Minder system that tracks service-related items based on vehicle usage. Maintenance Minder automatically indicates when standard service should be performed based on actual driving conditions.
  • Sequential Rev-limit Indicator Performance-oriented Civic Si models have a new sequential rev-limit indicator comprised of i-VTEC and shift indicators. The i-VTEC indicator lights up when the VTEC system shifts from low- to high-rpm camshaft profiles, and the rev-limit indicator illuminates sequentially as engine speed rises.
  • Civic Si Power Monitor Civic Si models include a Power Monitor screen that can be displayed on the i-MID to show real-time information regarding engine output.
  • Civic Hybrid IMA System Monitor A unique feature of the Civic Hybrid i-MID is a driver-feedback system that monitors driving style and displays (with an Eco Score) how it affects fuel efficiency. The system includes an Eco coaching i-MID screen that shows driving style efficiency, and a unique hybrid power-flow meter shows the interaction between the gasoline engine and the IMA’s electric motor and batteries. When the Civic Hybrid ignition is switched off, a special Eco Score function displays the driver’s success using icons representing leaves.

Steering Wheel

The Civic’s new 3-spoke steering wheel is a small diameter unit befitting the car’s sporty character and accents the vehicle’s quick-ratio steering. Civic EX-L and Si steering wheels are leather trimmed for an even sportier look and feel. All Civic models feature a manual tilt and telescope steering column adjustment to better accommodate drivers of various sizes. Civic LX and models above now include audio, i-MID and cruise control buttons. Bluetooth HandsFreeLink control buttons are included in all models except Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF.

Interior Materials

Interior surfaces on the 2012 Civic are designed to be pleasing to the touch, with controls that are ergonomic and operate with precision. Cloth upholstery is standard in most Civic models, with Civic EX-L receiving leather seating surfaces. Leather is also available on the Civic Hybrid.


Like the previous generation Civic, the 2012 model can accommodate five passengers. The two front seats have been completely redesigned with a more supportive seat construction. The Civic Coupe has deeper side bolsters than the Civic Sedan, and the Civic Si further increases lateral support with firmer side bolsters. Both front seats manually recline, and the driver’s seat features a manual height adjustment control. To improve access into the rear seats on the Civic Coupe, the front passenger seat has a one-touch seatback release and slide feature.

A flat rear floor improves passenger comfort by providing considerably more foot room for the middle passenger. To increase storage space, Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF models feature a one-piece folding rear seatback, while Civic EX, Civic EX-L, and Civic Si models feature a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback. The Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas have fixed rear seatbacks.

Interior Storage
A redesigned center storage console with a large armrest combines comfort with functionality. Two large cup holders are positioned in the center console, and each door panel has a built-in storage bin and bottle holder. Civic Coupe models have a bottle holder and storage bin integrated into each side of the rear cabin. A spacious glove box and an open compartment located left of the steering wheel provide additional storage.

Climate Control Systems

Civic LX and above models have air conditioning with an integrated micron air-filtration system capable of filtering nearly 100 percent of particulates that are over eight microns in size (the size of most pollen), and approximately 40 percent of particulates down to 0.3 microns (about the size of diesel emissions). The Civic Hybrid has automatic climate control with a secondary compressor, powered by a high-voltage electric motor that ensures the cabin temperature stays at the preferred level during engine idle-stop.

Audio Systems

Music playback is a high priority for many Civic buyers, so Honda engineers worked to provide the best audio systems in the compact class. Highlights include:

  • Civic LX Sedan, Civic HF and Civic Natural Gas 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers and an auxiliary input jack. The CD player can also read CD-Rs with Windows Media Audio (WMA) or MP3 audio files. Civic LX models and above present audio data on the new color i-MID. All audio systems feature Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC).
  • Civic LX Coupe, Civic EX Sedan, Civic EX-L Sedan, and Civic Hybrid 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, including A-pillar-mounted tweeters, and auxiliary input jack.
  • Civic EX Coupe, Civic EX-L Coupe and Civic Si 360-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with seven speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer, plus an auxiliary input jack.

Additional audio system features include:

  • USB Audio Interface A USB Audio Interface connection is located in the center console of all models, with the exception of Civic DX. The USB port accepts many digital music devices (such as an iPod) along with flash drives just so long that AAC, MP3 or WMA music files are used.
  • XM Radio The clear, crisp sound of XM Radio is standard on Civic models equipped with the available navigation system. Available to XM subscribers are 130 digital channels of programming with near CD quality sound. In addition to music, also available from XM are news, sports, talk, local weather and traffic.
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Standard on Civic EX, Civic EX-L, Civic Si, Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid models, the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink hands-free telephone interface is designed to work with many Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Bluetooth Audio also enables audio from Bluetooth-enabled devices to be played wirelessly through the vehicle’s audio system.

Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic

The latest generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is available on the 2012 Civic EX, Civic EX-L, Civic Si, Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas. The system features a 6.5-inch color display and an 16 GB Flash Memory system in place of the DVD-based system used previously. Like other Honda navigation systems, this new system allows simple, intuitive operation and has an extensive on-board database.

Key features include:

  • Turn-by-turn driving directions
  • Subscription-free FM traffic
  • More than 10 million points of interest
  • Voice recognition capable of recognizing numbers, street names and cities
  • Turn-by-turn voice guidance
  • Destination memory recall
  • Calendar and calculator with English to metric number converter
  • Operates by voice recognition, touch screen display or joystick
  • Database includes compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations (Civic Natural Gas)
  • 6.5-inch LCD display full VGA high-resolution touch screen display
  • 16 GB flash memory contains information for the entire United States
  • Updatable system via flash drive and standard USB port
  • Secondary Turn-by-turn notifications shown in the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
  • New Features that help limit driver distractions while the vehicle is in motion

Power Windows, Locks and Keyless Entry
Power windows are standard equipment on all Civic models. Civic LX and above models provide auto-up and down operation on the driver’s window. Power door locks with a customizable auto-locking feature are standard on Civic LX and above models. Remote entry is standard on all models except DX, and an engine-immobilizer system is also standard on all 2012 Civic models.


The 2012 Honda Civic includes a high level of standard safety equipment in every model. The 2012 Civic integrates Honda’s most advanced safety technology including the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, two-row side curtain airbags and front side airbags in every model and trim level. The ACE body structure enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles involved in the crash. ACE also increases the likelihood of the two vehicle’s bumpers properly connecting during a collision including larger and smaller vehicles and those with differing bumper heights.

Every Civic incorporates side curtain airbags and front side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) as standard equipment. In addition, all seating positions include head restraints that are designed to help mitigate the severity of a neck injury in the event of a rear collision. Additional standard safety features include dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Brake Assist, and front seatbelts with automatic-tensioners and load limiters. Every 2012 Civic model also features daytime running lights (DRL) and a pedestrian injury mitigation design for the front of the vehicle.

The ninth-generation Civic is expected to earn top safety ratings for the driver and front passenger and rear seat passengers in both frontal and side impact crash-safety tests, as well top roll-over resistance ratings, undertaken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is also anticipated to earn top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


More than 95-percent of Civics are currently produced and assembled in the United States and Canada using domestic and globally sourced parts. Civic Sedan and all Civic Natural Gas models are produced at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN). All Civic Sedan, all Civic Coupe and all Civic Si models are produced and assembled at the Honda of Canada Manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. All Civic Hybrid models are produced and assembled in the Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuka, Japan manufacturing facility.

As the newest Honda manufacturing plant, HMIN was designed to have the smallest environmental footprint of all North American automotive facilities, and HMIN is also the third North American Honda plant to be a “zero waste-to-landfill” facility.

Regarding manufacturing within the United States, Honda began assembling motorcycles in America in 1979. Honda began automobile production in the U.S. in 1982 (with the Accord) and was the first Japanese automaker to assemble products for the North American market in the United States. Civic North American production began in 1985.


The 2012 Honda Civic is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile Corrosion Limited Warranty. Additional warranties may exist depending on the model and the state in which the vehicle is initially sold. Honda Genuine Accessories are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile Accessory Limited Warranty when installed at the time of purchase.

* Official crash test data not available at time of publication (4/20/2011).

**Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program ( Models tested with standard side airbag.

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