June 13, 2012
CG Observed Miles: 8,666 miles
CG Observed Fuel Economy: 33 mpg
Dave Aretha: The 2012 Honda Civic is a smart alternative to a midsize sedan, with a lower sticker price and better fuel economy than the cars in that class. The sacrifices (power, cabin space, ride quality, creature comforts) are small. Civic is a sufficient and pleasant vehicle for a modestly sized family.
Over the course of the year, our editors drive approximately 200 new cars and trucks. Most vehicles are evaluated over a two-week period; some are evaluated for six to 12 months. The vehicles we drive for this extended period of time are called Long-Term Testers.
Rebecca Artz: The Civic is a great car for anyone who does a lot of commuting, like myself. The Bluetooth streaming audio became my best friend while sitting in rush-hour traffic, making my drive that much less painful. However, what really made my commute more tolerable was getting excellent fuel economy. Despite all the stop-and-go, city-like conditions I had the Civic labor through, I saw 33 mpg on a 436-mile trip. I’m definitely impressed.
Damon Bell: To me, the Civic’s biggest weakness is that it can get rather noisy in highway driving. Other than that, I am a big fan of this car. I like its ergonomics, its ride/handling balance, and its passenger/cargo space. Plus, we’ve been consistently getting impressive fuel economy numbers.