Safety

As a brand-new model, the 2012 Civic has yet to be tested by the federal government or private agencies.

As required of all 2012 models, the Civic comes with antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control. Though the Si and EX trim levels have four-wheel disc brakes, the lower trims and high-efficiency versions have rear drums.

The Civic has six airbags including the front pair, front-seat-mounted side-impact bags and side curtain airbags. By re-engineering the front seat design to provide active whiplash protection, Honda was able to eliminate the previous generation's active head restraints, providing the same effect while positioning the restraints a few tenths of an inch farther back to improve comfort.

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    Enhanced Comfort and Convenience
    Dimensionally compact on the outside, the interior provides surprisingly large passenger and class-leading cargo space to maximize comfort and utility. At the foundation is an improved rear Magic ...

    Housing Locations
    The side curtain airbags are located in the ceiling above the side windows on both sides of the vehicle. ...

    Trunk
    You can open the trunk in two ways: Pull up on the trunk release lever to the left of the driver’s seat. Press and hold the trunk release button on the remote transmitter. To close the trun ...