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2012 Honda Civic Coupe

2012 Honda Civic Coupe
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It is finally here — the all-new 2012 Honda Civic. I’ll be the first to admit I made jokes that it looked exactly the same as the 2011 Honda Civic, despite being delayed at least one year. At the New York Auto Show, I took a walk around trying to find the 2012 Civic and to be honest, I had a hard time in the Honda booth determining which was the new vehicle and which was the “old” one. But that is what happens when you come up with a groundbreaking new design, which Honda did in 2006; now, five years later they have a difficult time improving on the exterior design, at least.

It does look similar to the 2011, but take a closer look and you will see the front end is not raked forward nearly as much, the headlights look different and in profile the car looks much more grown-up and substantial than the previous generation. These are changes that you as the consumer may or may not like; I guess the sales numbers will have to speak to that.

2012 Honda Civic Coupe
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My tester is a Civic Coupe, still powered by a 1.8-litre engine that outputs 140hp, so not much has changed there. Available with both a five-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission, my tester is equipped with the more entertaining of the two, the manual.

The starting price of the Civic Coupe is $17,990 in LX trim, while my EX tester adds $2,000 to that. Extra equipment for that price includes 16-inch aluminum alloys wheels, power moonroof with tilt, leather wrapped steering wheel and rear disc brakes instead of the standard rear drums. Looking back to 2011, not much has changed in the options boxes either.

A few new standard features have been added for 2012, though, and those include Bluetooth connectivity, illuminated steering wheel controls for cruise and radio functions, VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) and ECON mode, which helps the driver recognize when they are driving efficiently, or inefficiently, whichever the case may be.

2012 Honda Civic Coupe
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $19,990

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