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MPG: 28 City / 36 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Honda Civic Review

Review Last Updated: 9/3/14

The 2012 Honda Civic has an excellent reliability score and reviewers praised its composed ride and impressive fuel economy ratings.

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Test drivers said the 2012 Civic’s base four-cylinder engine offers adequate power. A five-speed manual is standard and a five-speed automatic is available on most models, while the sport-tuned Civic Si comes with a six-speed manual. With an automatic transmission, the base Civic sedan gets an EPA-estimated 28/39 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. The HF trim gets an even better 29/41 mpg. When it was new, the 2012 Civic impressed reviewers with its responsive steering, comfortable ride and composed handling.

The cabins of most small cars are made with hard plastics and the 2012 Honda Civic is no exception, but some reviewers said that rivals are more stylish and offer nicer materials. Auto writers said the cabin feels more spacious than in previous generations, particularly in the back seat, where the Civic offers more legroom than many compact cars. The seats are comfortable and well-padded, they wrote. The base 2012 Civic sedan comes with a tilt and telescoping steering column and power windows. Available features include air conditioning, power door locks, a four-speaker audio system, Honda’s 5-inch i-MID audio display screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, cruise control, voice-controlled navigation, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a power moonroof. Reviewers said the climate and dashboard controls are within reach and easy to understand, and the menus on the display screen are intuitive.

The 2012 Honda Civic has one of the highest reliability scores in the class.

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers were impressed with the 2012 Volkswagen Golf’s cabin, saying it has one of the nicest interiors among small cars. The Golf’s hatchback body style also provides a lot more cargo space than the Civic, especially with the rear seats folded.

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze has a quiet, composed ride and it’s fun to drive, test drivers said. It offers more standard features than the Civic and has a larger trunk. When it was new, we named the Cruze our 2012 Best Compact Car for the Money.

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