I don’t care what the national auto magazines are saying; I like the 2012 Honda Civic. It’s sleekly styled, fuel efficient and packed with the latest automotive technologically.
This all-new, ninth-generation Civic Sedan has a sleek windshield rake, a sweeping roofline and a new interpretation of the previous generation’s “one-motion” profile. The Civic Coupe, with its shorter length and unique front and rear styling, has a more aggressive and dramatic look, but both have a low, wide stance and a distinctive presence. Thinner A-pillars stretch farther toward the front, while the C-pillars stretch farther to the rear to complete the flowing one-motion design.
As for model choices, there are many and ranging from sedans and coupes powered by conventional gasoline engines, or high-performance, hybrid and compressed natural gas engines. The Civic Sedan and Coupe continue to be available in trim levels of DX (basic features), LX (popular features), EX (full features) and EX-L (luxury features).
New technology and features include an available “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID), an available Eco Assist system and a new Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system that works in conjunction with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), included as standard equipment on all models.
The new i-MID on Civic LX and above models provides a platform for integration of vehicle information and compatible personal electronics, with a driver-oriented five-inch color LCD display and intuitive steering wheel controls. The i-MID provides access to multiple information screens and customizable features. Compatible music players attached through a USB audio interface can display available track information and artwork on the i-MID, with album and track selection possible through steering wheel controls.
All models, except the Si, get Eco Assist technology, an innovation that can add to efficient vehicle operation at the push of a button, while also providing visual feedback to promote or confirm an efficient driving.
The 2012 Civic continues with the proven and efficient i-VTEC four-cylinder engine for economy and performance. The performance Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan have a larger 2.4-liter engine with 201 hp and 22 percent more peak torque, and are the most powerful production Si models ever introduced.
With a city, highway and combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 44 mpg, the Civic Hybrid comes with the latest generation of the fuel-efficient Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system coupled to a lithium-ion battery for the first time on a Honda hybrid vehicle. And there’s an entirely new model — the Civic HF — debuting as a value-oriented, high fuel-economy sedan with a highway fuel economy rating of 41 mpg. The Civic Natural Gas (previously the Civic GX) continues as the only manufacturer-built, natural gas-powered car currently available in the United States.
Base price on the 2012 Honda Civic is $15,805.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.