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The Civic range consists of sedans and coupes powered by conventional
gasoline, high-performance, hybrid, and compressed natural gas engine choices.
Technology and features new to the Civic include an available "intelligent"
Multi-Information Display (i-MID), an available Eco Assist system and a new
Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system that works in conjunction
with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), included as standard equipment on all
models. All Civic models achieve higher EPA fuel economy ratings compared to the
2011 models, up by as much as 8 percent on the highway in Civic Sedans and
Coupes equipped with automatic transmissions.
For 2012, the Civic Sedan
and Coupe continue to be available in trim level choices of Civic DX (basic
features), LX (popular features), EX (full features) and EX-L (luxury features).
The new i-MID on Civic LX-and-above models provides a convenient platform for
integration of vehicle information and compatible personal electronics with a
driver-oriented 5-inch color LCD display and intuitive steering wheel controls.
All 2012 Civic models, except the Civic Si, receive Eco Assist technology, an
innovation that can enhance efficient vehicle operation at the touch of a button
while also providing visual feedback to promote or confirm an efficient driving
The 2012 Civic represents another important milestone for Honda's
best-selling compact vehicle, and reconfirms the company's commitment to
excellence with efficient i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine technologies for economy and
performance, along with an engaging driving experience and advanced standard
safety features. Notable traits include its distinctive "one-motion" aerodynamic
exterior styling from front to rear bumper and a functional, spacious interior.
The i-MID provides access to multiple information screens and customizable
features. Compatible music players attached through a USB audio interface can
display available track information and artwork on the i-MID, with album and
track selection possible through steering wheel controls.
Designed with a sleek windshield rake, a
sweeping roofline and a new interpretation of the previous generation's
"one-motion" profile, the lines of the 2012 Civic Sedan suggest a sophisticated
and athletic appearance. The Civic Coupe with its shorter length and unique
front and rear styling result in a more aggressive and dramatic styling
demeanor. Both vehicles feature a low and wide stance that contributes to a
distinctive visual presence, while thinner A-pillars stretch further toward the
front of the vehicle than before to improve visibility and the perception of
interior space. The C-pillars also stretch further toward the rear of the
vehicle compared to the previous generation to better complete the flowing
The 2012 Civic embraces Honda's tradition of
making its vehicles fun to drive by continuing to use a fully independent
suspension design, a premium and exceptional feature in the entry compact
segment. The front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspensions are tuned
for sporty driving fun, yet provide refined ride comfort. Ride and handling
improvements are made possible by a 10-percent more rigid unit-body structure
resulting from enhanced structural designs and increased use of high-strength
steel (55 percent on the sedan compared to 50 percent on the previous model).
For safety, a wide variety of standard equipment includes Honda's exclusive
Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for enhanced frontal
collision energy management and vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash compatibility.
ACE enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load
bearing structures in the front of the vehicle. Standard safety equipment
includes VSA that integrates with the new Motion Adaptive EPS system;
dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with occupant
position detection system (OPDS); side curtain airbags; and a 4-channel
anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and
Brake Assist. The Civic's hood and front fender areas are designed to deform if
contacted by the head of a pedestrian in a frontal collision.
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