Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Honda Civic

Reader ReviewMB” from Kansas City has just moved out of 2011 Honda Civic into the redesigned 2012 model that went on sale last month. So, how does he like the changes? Small ergonomic tweaks make the car a more comfortable commuter for MB, while also returning better gas mileage. Continue reading to see how he feels about the Civic's packaging and pricing. Once you’re done reading the review, you can submit your own car review here.

2012 Honda Civic"I am 6 feet tall and 360 pounds. I am a traveling nurse and drive many miles a week. Comfort is important as well as good fuel efficiency. Two difficult qualities to reconcile. Honda has done it. I also own a 2011 Civic, and it is difficult for me to get in and out of. I usually rub either my right shoulder or my posterior end on the rubber door trim, causing it to wear out and rip over time. The new 2012 does not have this problem. They have made the opening better in the right places.

There feels like there's much more room in the driver position. More room between me and the dash. I can enter and exit the vehicle, which I do all day long many times, without problems. It is quieter, and I'm able to use built-in Bluetooth without problem. Is the older model more fun to drive? Perhaps. It has the sportier feeling and cool racing steering wheel. But this 2012 is much more comfortable.

I have the EX-L. I drive all day without back pain. There is no lumbar support, but it's not needed with these seats. They hold you in in all the right places. The awful parking brake has been replaced so as not to rub on the right side of the leg. The door panels are skinnier, giving more room for the left leg. Overall, it feels classier. Like being in an Accord.

I was greatly disappointed the first week as it felt sluggish and the cruise would lose 5 mph when going up hills. I deselected the green Econ button and it then was just as peppy as the older version. And I am getting the as-advertised mpg of 32-33 around town combined highway and city. I got 37 mpg when I drove 75% highway. The style may be a bit uglier and not as "fun," but for all the increased benefits of more room and efficiency, I don't care. Honda has achieved perfection in my book.

One thing they need to change: start including XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, more power outlets, etc. in base model like Hyundai does. I hate having to pay for a sunroof, etc., to get these features. Bluetooth should be standard on all cars for the safety of hands-free driving. Come on, Honda; you may be left behind if you don't start adding these. Hyundai is not going away.

By Colin Bird | May 12, 2011 | Comments (10)



About the 2011 being "cramped", this reviewer might need to consider the fact that he/she is definitely overweight! (6ft and 300lbs!?)
Looks like someone is trying to stuff an elephant in a compact fridge.


Wow. That didn't take long.

One comment to criticizing the reviewer.

These are their personal views and criticisms of the car.


Even tho I'm a 20 year old guy with no weight problem, i appresciate his review because it's real. I have overweight friends who feel uncomfortable in my current Honda Prelude and thinking about either a Civic or tC.. Was good info. Big people need cars too haha

I too thought it was good to get a different viewpoint on weight, size of the reviewer. Obviously we can't represent every size driver with our own editorial staff and that's where the reader reviews really shine. It's interesting that the new design is roomier for this past and present owner, no matter his size.


ummmmm guy is correct, every undertaking needs a specific tool; so you can't use a jackhammer to sew a lether shoe... a nicer way of saying you can't fit an obesse nurse to a hyundai picanto heheheheh


I like the raw honesty of this review. I'm glad he liked the Civic as we've been thinking of buying one ourselves.


I think this is the best reader review I have ever read. Very informative and good comparison against last years model.


Drove by a Honda dealer a couple of days ago and a customer was comparing the difference between the 2011 and 2012 which were parked next to each other. They were almost spot on size-wise and appearance-wise although the 2011 is definitely more sophisticated as the 2012 looks more like an economy car.

I recently bought a 2012 Civic ex. I like the imid display. The usb with mp3's works great. No need or desire for xm radio. I can also stream pandora to the radio with my droid x thru bluetooth. Road noise is a little more than the 12' Ford Focus. The focus had a terrible tranny. I like the civic seats. Not sure about the headrest. It angles forward. The civic auto is quick to respond. I have not driven a car in many years. Can't really comment on power. My diesel truck has 8x more power at the wheels. Averaging 34.3 mpg so far.


I was hoping the 2012 Civic would bring a sharper design,a more powerful engine and a 6 speed automatic to the table. Instead a slightly warmed over 2011 model with the same engine & transmission since it was redone in 2006.Did the reviewer even take a look at the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra?Better looks,technology in a looker package.

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