Honda has unveiled this morning the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic, at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.
The new Civic compact model will start at $16,535 including shipping. That’s $840 more than the Hyundai Elantra, which was redesigned for 2011 and quickly has emerged as one of the champs of the compact car class.
When the last Civic arrived in 2006, the swept-back windshield and futuristic styling were a bit of a shock. It has taken us practically the car’s entire lifecycle, but we’ve now grown accustomed to the look. The 2012 model is the same length as the old one, but looks sleeker and more modern, both outside and inside. Surprisingly the interior is slightly more spacious than before. The new Civic also handles better than the outgoing model, is expected to have top safety ratings, and goes farther on a gallon of gas.
In fact, the entire 2012 Civic lineup is more efficient, but it’s the HF and Hybrid that headline. The 140 horsepower HF scores an EPA estimate of 41 mpg highway with a 1.8-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission, while the 110 hp Civic Hybrid earns the same fuel economy rating using Honda’s IMA system with a lithium-ion battery pack and a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with a CVT transmission.
The new Civic comes to market against some very good competition: the new Ford Focus, the Chevrolet Cruze and the Elantra, to name three. These three look fresh and innovative and well-price when matched against the top three compacts from Japan, including the Civic, the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda3.
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2012 Civic Highlights:
- Six completely redesigned models, including the sporty Civic Si (coupe and sedan), well-equipped and technologically advanced Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe, plus the highly fuel-efficient Civic HF, Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas (formerly Civic GX)
- Advanced safety systems include the Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility EngineeringTM (ACE)TM Body Structure for frontal collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility and a long list of standard safety equipment including side curtain airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags, Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) and anti-lock braking
- Streamlined, expressive “mono-form” exterior styling with clean, flowing lines
- Roomier interior delivers more style and convenience
- Available technology features include a new 5-inch color LCD intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming Audio, and a new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic
- New powertrain technologies include a refined 1.8-liter engine with enhanced fuel economy, a larger and more powerful 2.4-liter Civic Si engine and a new version of Civic Hybrid IMA system that implements a lithium-ion battery