Joining the Civic Coupe and Sedan in the 2012 redesign, the Honda Civic Hybrid is presented with a new wide-looking stance and sharp-angled windshield. On the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, distinct front grille with a blue accent, special 5-spoke alloy wheels and a rear spoiler are worn exclusively on this vehicle design. Sitting on either specially made seat fabrics or optional leather seats, drivers of the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid will notice a two-tier instrument panel with the most frequently referenced information placed highest. One major engineering difference in the 2012 Civic Hybrid over the previous models is the usage of a lithium ion battery. A lighter and more capable battery, a 1.5 liter inline-4 engine combines with a more powerful electric motor to produce 110 horsepower. The same collective horsepower as last year’s car, the 2012 Civic Hybrid accomplishes better fuel mileage through the continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 44 miles per gallon on the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid. Automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist as well as a 6-speaker stereo system with MP3 and USB compatibility is standard on all 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid models.Read more Read less
The Civic has been extensively redesigned this year; appearance-wise, it gets a new, more finely detailed evolution of last year's Civic design as well as a reconfigured interior. While the Civic is about the same size, overall, as the previous model, Honda has tapped into more interior space with new seats and door panels along with new instrument panel. Honda has worked on the Civic's drivetrain to improve it in a number of ways. The new Civic HF aims to provide improved efficiency at an affordable price. Hybrid models get a slightly larger engine this year--1.5 liters--as well as an upgraded electric motor. The Civic's powerplant lineup has been completely redesigned, with a reengineered version of the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine powering most of the lineup and a new 2.4L engine powering the Si. The new Civic also gets extensively updated infotainment systems--including a revised navigation system with voice recognition and live traffic updates, as well as available Bluetooth hands-free interface and a new Multi-Information Display system.
Eager, responsive driving feel; roomy interior in the sedan; good ride quality
For decades the Civic has offered one of the best compact-car picks for those who want to keep their ownership costs low and plan to keep their cars a long time. The Civic is also one of the roomiest small sedans, with even better ride comfort and interior refinement this year. The top EX-L can still be appointed with the works--including a navigation system and full leather upholstery--making it feel more like a compact luxury sedan than an affordable commuter.