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Honda Civic Specs at TrueDelta: Powertrains and tires by trim level (2012)

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2012 Honda Civic Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 2dr Coupe 4dr Sedan
Wheelbase 103.2 in 105.1 in
Length 175.5 in 177.3 in
Width 69.0 in 69.0 in
Height 55.0 in 56.5 in
Curb Weight 2661 lb. 2672 lb.
Fuel Capacity 13.2 gal. 13.2 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 38.1 in 39.0 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 55.1 in 56.6 in
Hip Room, Row 1 53.2 in 50.5 in
Legroom, Row 1 42.2 in 42.0 in
Headroom, Row 2 34.3 in 37.1 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 52.2 in 53.3 in
Hip Room, Row 2 49.0 in 51.4 in
Legroom, Row 2 30.8 in 36.2 in
Total Legroom 73 in (over 2 rows) 78.2 in (over 2 rows)
Cargo Volume 11.7 ft3 12.5 ft3

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TrueDelta Reviews the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2012 Honda Civic

2012 Honda Civic Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearComment
2013 Interior dimensions haven't changed, so the 2013 Civic continues to have one of the segment's roomiest rear seats (though not in the same league as the VW Jetta). A barely there floor hump and a broad cushy center seat render the Civic more capable than most compact sedans of seating three adults, though the rear cushion is somewhat low and hip room is in short supply. You'll find more shoulder room but less rear legroom in the Dart's back seat. Midsize sedans often don't offer much more rear legroom, but their seats tend to be more comfortably positioned. see full Honda Civic review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2012 Honda Civic

2012 Honda Civic Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The seats fit me perfectly. see full Honda Civic review
2012 Honda Civic Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Rear seat was a bit tight for adults, in hindsight we should have bought the Accord. see full Honda Civic review
 

2012 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim DX LX EX EX-L Si
Standard Engine 1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
201 hp@7000
170 lb-ft@4400
Standard Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed automatic6-speed manual
Optional Transmission(s)5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic  
Standard DrivetrainFWDFWDFWDFWDFWD
Standard Tires195/65HR15 tires195/65HR15 tires205/55HR16 tires205/55HR16 tires215/45VR17 tires
Optional Tires    215/45WR17 tires

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2012 Honda Civic 4-door Sedan Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim DX LX HF EX EX-L Si Hybrid Natural Gas
Standard Engine 1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
1.8L I4
OHC-4v
140 hp@6500
128 lb-ft@4300
2.4L I4
DOHC-4v
201 hp@7000
170 lb-ft@4400
1.5L I4 Hybrid
OHC-2v
110 hp@5500
127 lb-ft@1000
1.8L I4 Natural Gas
OHC-4v
110 hp@6300
106 lb-ft@4200
Standard Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic6-speed manualCVT5-speed automatic
Optional Transmission(s)5-speed automatic5-speed automatic      
Standard DrivetrainFWDFWDFWDFWDFWDFWDFWDFWD
Standard Tires195/65HR15 tires195/65HR15 tires195/65R15 tires205/55HR16 tires205/55HR16 tires215/45VR17 tires195/65R15 tires195/65HR15 tires
Optional Tires     215/45WR17 tires  

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TrueDelta Reviews the Powertrain of the 2012 Honda Civic

2012 Honda Civic Powertrain: Pros
YearComment
2013 I almost created a new category to capture the Honda Civic Si's dynamic strengths. The car has never been about brute acceleration. Power through revs rather than engine size or boost was the Honda way. The 2006-2011 Civic Si relied upon a high-strung 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 197 horsepower at a lofty 7,800 rpm. Meanwhile, competitors were transitioning to turbocharged engines that, even when they didn't produce much more peak power (and, aside from the 200-horse VW, they did) were much stronger at low-to-moderate engine speeds. Honda's response with the 2012 Civic Si was a 2.4-liter engine from the Acura TSX that produces just a bit more horsepower (201 at 7,000 rpm), but considerably more torque at a much lower peak rpm (170 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm vs. 139 lb-ft at 6,200 rpm). This engine remains more peaky than the boosted mill in the Jetta GLI (207 lb-ft available as low as 1,700 rpm), but gets its car to 60 mph at least as quickly (about seven seconds). Bigger isn't entirely better. Though the new, larger engine still undergoes a personality change when the high-lift cam lobes kick in (at 5,000 rpm), it doesn't have the same zing as the old one. There a certain thrill in revving to 8,000 rpm that can't be obtained at 7,000. On the other hand, you no longer have to rev the crap out of the Si just to get to the grocery store. A worthwhile trade-off? Depends on how much you like to shift. If you don't enjoy shifting the Civic Si, then you're not going to enjoy shifting any car. Shift throws are short and tight, with a distinct snick as you engage the new gear, yet could hardly be smoother. Six short, closely-spaced gears mean that an ideal ratio is always just a quick snick away. With the immediate responses a turbocharged engine can't match and a thrilling (yet in no way unrefined) snarl once the big cam lobes come into play, the Civic Si's engine pairs very well with such a tight, slick shifter. The subjective experience of working this powertrain from gear to gear, not anything that can be quantified, is the best thing about driving the Civic Si. (Unless you've just gotten into the car on a sunny day. Then the metal shift knob scorches your hand.) Don't want a manual, even one that is such a delight to shift? Then, unlike in the Jetta GLI, you're out of luck. see full Honda Civic review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Powertrain of the 2012 Honda Civic

2012 Honda Civic Powertrain: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 201-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I sold a late model Mustang (6 cyl) Convertible and instead of buying a GT as I intended to I purchased the Civic SI. Despite knowing that the 2015 Mustang was just around the corner. So I have tough criteria to meet. The SI has more than adequate power for my needs. I put around 20-25,000 miles on a car each year and most of this is freeway. The power lets me merge with confidence, pass with ease and get out of tough situations easily. It also has a fun factor to it. It is NOT a street racer, a GT Mustang will beat you off a a stop light every time, and spank you on the way. However if your at 50mph plus and you see a WRX or GT trying to pass you, stomp on the pedal, drop a gear, watch the VTEC light up and they will not catch you. Been there tried it. Kind of satisfying, you can see the other driver looking close at your car, what the hell is that? Having usable torque at all levels is great. Also the gear spacing means that you will be changing gears a lot, it is a drivers car, not a cruiser. Now if you want all torque get the Focus ST/Mazda Speed3/new GTI. But after a year of these you will get tired of twitchy freeway driving and constantly battling torque steer. I would mention that you do not see many opportunities to stop light these, none so far, but know it would be close, with the Focus having the edge with the right driver. I say right driver, because I am a trained professional driver (ex London Traffic Police) and the slick gearbox and perfect clutch means you are more likely to nail that shift before the other driver does, so that although on paper the Focus may beat you, they are handicapped by an inferior clutch/gearbox/torque steer. see full Honda Civic review
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
1.8 litre engine performance see full Honda Civic review
2011 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
The 1.8 performed well for every day use, reliable. Not quirky. see full Honda Civic review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Tires of the 2012 Honda Civic

2012 Honda Civic Tires: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had Bridgestone Turanza tires from factory, replaced at 37,000 miles. Bought Cooper All seasons, they were not good. Replaced with Goodyear Assurance, way better. see full Honda Civic review
 

2012 Honda Civic MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
2dr Coupe DX 15,755 14,661 790
2dr Coupe LX 17,805 16,559 790
2dr Coupe EX 19,855 18,457 790
2dr Coupe EX-L 22,105 20,540 790
2dr Coupe Si 22,355 20,771 790
4dr Sedan DX 15,955 14,846 790
4dr Sedan LX 18,005 16,744 790
4dr Sedan HF 19,605 18,225 790
4dr Sedan EX 20,655 19,197 790
4dr Sedan EX-L 22,105 20,540 790
4dr Sedan Si 22,555 20,956 790
4dr Sedan Hybrid 24,200 22,479 790
4dr Sedan Natural Gas 26,305 24,943 790

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