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Honda's small car is disappointing. Fuel economy is impressive at 30 mpg overall for the LX, 29 mpg for the EX, 33 for the HF trim, and 40 mpg in the hybrid. But the Civic falls down on several counts. Handling isn't agile and is plagued by vague steering. The ride is choppy, and road noise is still loud and constant. The LX and HF have long stopping distances. Interior quality took a step backward, but at least the rear seat provides decent room. The sporty Si trim is quick and has a slick shifter but is loud. Reliability is likely to be above average, but most Civic versions, except for the Si, score too low to recommend.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 Honda Civic recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.

Road Test

The Civic, long one of our top-scoring small cars, slipped substantially with this redesign, and no longer scored high enough to be recommended. Blame sits with so-so interior quality, a choppy ride and more pronounced road noise. Vague steering robs...

Highs

  • Fuel economy, crash-test results.

Lows

  • Ride, road noise, steering feel, fit and finish.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (201 hp)