2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan 1.8 VTEC 4 cylinder from North America
Good, cheap and basic transportation
Exhaust seems to have a low pitched drone or rumble around 1500 RPM, especially when the engine is still cold.
No major problems, haven't had the car very long.
I bought this car to have a cheap commuter, I don't drive much and was looking for something to replace my aging 2010 Mercury Grand Marquis. The Mercury was an exceptional car for what it was, but it would have needed a lot of maintenance approaching 100000 miles (I like to be proactive vs drive it till it breaks like most people these days), so I made the decision to trade the car.
There are a lot of things I miss about my old car, but comparing the two is like apples to oranges.
The Civic is a basic LX 4-door with a hard to find 5 speed manual, and only 28000 miles. I prefer the manual, as I have heard "iffy" things about Honda automatic transmissions, and shifting is fun.
Although it is already 7 years old, the car is still a baby in my opinion with that low of miles. Shifts are relatively short throw and buttery smooth. My one complaint about the transmission is the reverse seems to be geared incredibly high, I either have to keep engaging/disengaging the clutch to go slow or it will try to take off too fast like a jackrabbit.
Handling and steering is surprisingly numb and boring compared to older Hondas I have driven. The handling and ride is also somewhat "wallowy" on grooved concrete at higher speeds... part of that may be the new budget off brand Walmart tires that the dealer installed. Ride is still firm, but noticeably softer (in a good way) than older Civics. Only the roughest bumps seem to really upset the car. I have already had the car on snow covered and slippery roads; it did well with new tires.
The instruments and controls are logical and well laid out, though the split digital speedo and analog tach are kind of ridiculous and unnecessary in my opinion. It looks a lot better from the driver's seat than viewed from a distance... but I prefer the layout of the Accord and older Civics.
Acceleration is adequate for normal driving, and acceptable if you really wind it out for some spirited performance. Don't plan on winning many races, but for normal driving it is fine.
Some people complain about the seats in this generation of Civic. I find them very firm but comfortable and supportive. I don't have any problems with them, though they may get a little stiff and uncomfortable on a really long drive. Putting four adults in this car would be a bit cramped but still livable.
Two full tanks so far in a 40/60 mix of city and highway driving in cold Minnesota weather, and I have averaged close to 33 MPG.
So far I am pleased with the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th December, 2018