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.
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
•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
•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 – 15x6 steel wheels with full covers and P195/65R15 tires
•Civic EX Sedan, Civic EX Coupe and Civic EX-L – 16x6.5-inch aluminum wheels and P205/55R16 tires
•Civic Hybrid – 15x6-inch aluminum wheels and P195/65R15 tires
•Civic Si Sedan and Civic Si Coupe – 17x7-inch alloy wheels and P215/45R17 (with available summer tires)
•Civic Hybrid – 15x6-inch alloy wheels and P195/65R15 low-rolling-resistance tires
•Civic Natural Gas – 15x6-inch steel wheels with full covers and P195/65R15 tires
•Civic Sedan HF Sedan – 15x6-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).
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.
•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.
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 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.
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.
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 (www.safercar.gov
). Models tested with standard side airbag.