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.

    See also:

    Safety & Long-Term Ownership
    Of late, Honda has taken to loading every car it builds with safety features, an initiative the automaker calls "Safety for Everyone." Last year's Element finally received safety gear co ...

    How Your Front Airbags Work
    If you ever have a moderate to severe frontal collision, sensors will detect the vehicle’s rapid deceleration. If the rate of deceleration is high enough, the control unit will inflate ...

    Maintenance Main Items and Sub Items
    All maintenance items displayed on the information display are in code. For an explanation of these maintenance codes. ...