2012 Honda Civic Review

To set the stage, the 2011 Honda Civic remains an excellent car, even as it's being replaced by the 2012. We don't feel the same about another longtime best-seller, the Toyota Corolla. However, high-quality, efficient compacts like the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, 2012 Ford Focus and 2011 Hyundai Elantra mean the Civic has taller hurdles than it ever has in the U.S. market, and buyers have more great choices than ever.

The completely redesigned 2012 Honda Civic improves incrementally upon its predecessor in many ways, ensuring it will remain a top-selling compact, but the car doesn't leapfrog its formidable competitors.

As before, the Civic comes in coupe and sedan styles, in DX, LX and EX trim levels, as well as a performance-oriented Si version, in both body styles. There are also hybrid and high-efficiency HF variants, both sedans. A natural-gas-powered Civic GX sedan will return later in the model year under the name Civic Natural Gas, with plans to expand its availability nationwide for the first time.

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