The information on the 2012 Honda Civic included pictures and not surprisingly, the new Civic bears a striking resemblance to the “concepts” that were shown at the Detroit Auto Show. The new Civics also look a great deal like last year’s models but the biggest changes are under the hood of the five trimlines – or at least in their output and efficiency.
The most fuel efficient of the new lineup is the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid which is powered by 1.5L i-VTEC engine mated to a CVT transmission and hybrid support is provided by a new lithium-ion battery. This system should allow the new Civic hybrid to achieve 45 miles per gallon; an improvement of 4mpg over the outgoing Civic Hybrid.
Next up is the 2012 Honda Civic HF. This is a high-efficiency model aimed at those who don’t want the cost of a hybrid but they do want the great fuel economy and the HF does not disappoint, reaching 41mpg with the help of a 1.8L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and the same physical workings found on the Civic Hybrid. If you want a vehicle that is as environmentally friendly as possible, there is the 2012 Honda Civic GX. This version if physically the same as the standard 2012 Civic but it features a drivetrain designed to run on clean-burning natural gas.
Next, the standard 2012 Honda Civic sedan and coupe will likely be the biggest seller of the five trimlines and this trimline combines excellent fuel economy with impressive mileage and a low price. The engine of the standard 2012 Civic is a 140hp 1.8L i-VTEC 4-banger mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission – yielding a very acceptable 39 miles per gallon.
Finally comes the new 2012 Honda Civic Si – the performance oriented model equipped with a 2.4L 4-cylinder that sends 200 horsepower and 170lb-ft of torque to the front wheels by means of a 6-speed manual transmission. In addition to a 22% improvement in torque over the outgoing Civic Si, the 2012 Civic Si also offers an improvement in fuel economy as the sport model now yields 39mpg on the open road.
Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the 2012 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe in the Hybrid, Si and standard trimlines courtesy of Honda. Click here for a look at the Honda Civic Concept that debuted at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
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