2012 Honda Civic Coupe

For 2012 the Honda Civic Coupe undergoes avery subtle revamp, It is more organic that before with some refinement around the front end with anew headlight design. The overall look is a more fluid shaped car, but you have to look carefully to be aware of the difference in details from older models. The Civic line of cars is by far one of the most popular in Canada and it is no surprise why; as Civic quality and reliability have always been very high keep and makes owning a Civic very affordable. It also helps in having four- door and two- door version of the Civic in sedan and hatchback model in a number of trim lines and sporty variants. Which bring us to the latest generation of the 2012 Civic Coupe.

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 A few new standard features have been added for 2012 and include Bluetooth connectivity, illuminated steering wheel controls for cruise and radio functions, VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) and an ECON mode, which enables the driver to track their driving efficiency style.

The new Civic Coupe is still powered by a1.8-litre engine with 140hp and available with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission.

The starting price of the Civic Coupe is$17,990 in LX trim, while the EX model priced at around $19,000 adds 16-in chaluminum alloys wheels, power moon roof with tilt, leather wrapped steering wheel and rear disc brakes instead of the standard rear drums.

The hot-rod Civic Si priced at $25,990 ($1,495 freight) meanwhile offers a gem of an engine- namely, an all- aluminum 2.4-litre, inline-four-cylinder with dual overhead cams. Output is an impressive 201 hp. Peak power in the Civic Si comes at 7,000 rpm, which is an improvement over the previous Si as is the 170 lb-ft of torque at a much lower 4,400 rpm. Fuel economy meanwhile is 10.0 litres/100 km, while on the highway the number is 6.4 litres/100 km. Note; the Civic Si meets strict Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) standards.

The interior of the Civic Coupe is relatively unchanged. The major change is the sleek two-tiered dash gauge setup now with an easier-to-read layout and a large information display screen to the right of the speedometer. The huge screen displays information such as average trip fuel consumption, the digital clock and radio setup information.

The fit, finish and quality are up to normal Honda standards with hardwearing plastics, fabrics and good textures. Ergonomics are good with a nice tactile feel and unfussy controls. The height adjustable seat and tilt and telescopic steering wheel make getting into the ideal driving position easy.

Driver and front passenger room is good in all directions; however as with most low slung coupes getting in and out of the back seats is a chore and rear head room will be tight for tall folk. Driver visibility as in most coupes is not the greatest.

The 60/40 rear folding seats allow for good cargo carrying capacity if needed.

On the road the new Civic Coupe feels powerful and revs happily. Acceleration is good and on the highway the new Civic feels a shade more refined with a stable compliant ride and quick steering. The SI model is the one to get with its front and rear high-performance springs, dampers and stabilizer bars, 17-inch aluminum wheels, larger brake rotors front and rear and alloy wheels with P215/45R17 tires. Note; a downside of the Si is that it requires pricy premium fuel.

What you gain is more responsive handling and the ability to cut in on corners closer to the racing line. Team the engine with the slick, fast shifting six speed manual transmission and the Civic is a joy to drive on curving back roads and fast straight sections of highway.

Good news is that some of the harshness and noise of the old model is now absent.

In short the new Civic Coupe is a very good replacement of the older model and is a suitable choice for those who don’t want or need a four-door sedan, but still desire the reliability and resale of a Honda name in a compact, sporty package.

2012 Honda Civic Coupe: Priced from $17,900 -$25,990