Exterior & Styling

A glance at the 2012 Civic tells the whole story: It looks a little bit different, foreshadowing aspects like the mileage, the interior and the technology, all of which have improved. Whether the styling itself is an improvement is for you to decide. To my eye, the earlier generation's design remained fresh and didn't need to be messed with, and that describes the 2012's sedan's front and overall profile. The taillights, however, seem to have gone more generic. The coupe's still have a Civic look to them.

Both body styles are exactly the same length and height, and the coupe's width has grown by a mere tenth of an inch. The wheelbase has decreased roughly an inch on both; overall, the dimensions follow the trend — more tweaked than overhauled.

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    Braking System
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    Airbag System Components
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