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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