The 2012 Honda Civic Si has gone soft. After all, with the demise of the S2000 sports car, the Si is the only four-wheeled Honda with any performance cred. Rear seat headroom expands to 1. It seems effortless when it accelerates. The last Civic had standout quality; its successor feels midpack at best. Endemic of all 2012 Civics, cabin quality has fallen — duller dash surfaces, cheaper door panels.
It seems effortless when it accelerates. All around great drive and is a wonderfully reliable car. Alas, the engine hangs revs too long, delaying a half-second or so before the tach needle falls back to earth — and blunting the precision of a well-timed rev match. Wish they had black interior options since gray and beige and a three year old don't mesh well, but everything about the car is great. The gearing also pays dividends in acceleration, where the Si sedan reaches 60 mph in 6. Interior dimensions, as you might expect, grow most notably for rear passengers.
Most importantly, those extra doors and enlarged capacities of the Si sedan come without sacrificing the fun-to-drive nature found in the Si coupe, or the performance. The intervention threshold of the stability-control system is high; weekend autocross warriors could well run competitive times without turning it off. As our drive was confined to limited seat time on urban streets devoid of challenge—plus one run on a stadium-parking-lot autocross course—the jury is out. During a back-to-back test with both tires on our figure eight, the Michelin Pilot Exalto summer rubber turned a 0. While it scoots with newfound power and gets better gas mileage, the high-rev pizzazz and handling poise that gave the Si such unique appeal — even as its competitors got faster — are gone. Text or email is the best way to reach me as I am not always available to answer calls. Word from is that the take rate on that combination in the previous generation was too low.
The 201- engine works through a six-speed manual whose light clutch and short throws make banging out shifts a cakewalk. While the shifter is tidy and quick, we can't say the same for the engine. Like most performance hatches, the car still needs premium gas — a longstanding Si requirement. A standard quells uneven wheelspin, too, but the Si's heavy nose wins the dynamics fight time and again. The all-seasons exacerbated the understeer, squealing too easily and barricading you from fun. During limit handling, the Si doesn't offer many choices; its rear tires resolutely follow the fronts. This makes it harder to talk on the phone when needed and you will have to turn up your radio to tune it out some.
It's firmer than the regular Civic, with more road noise from the Michelins, but overall ride quality benefits from the redesign's softer tuning. Two hundred dollars won't buy you an iPad. Although most body dimensions are pretty much identical, the wheelbase has been shortened by 1. Pushing the car toward its 7,000-rpm redline reveals little of the high-end rush that the old 2. The Civic is arguably the most customizable car in recent history, and those who find the Si too dull can have at it with a parts catalog and a lot of free Saturdays. The base sound system is more than adequate and the control layout of the dash is very easy to use.
With safety, frugality, style, and fun, this little Civic is a good first car for any kid. It won't even pay for a half-decent coffee maker. Our staff had differing opinions on the seats, which I found too stiff compared with the non-Si sedan's cushy chairs. Get access to our 2012 Honda Civic repair information right now, online. Find your 2012 Honda Civic repair manual right now at Chilton. If you enjoy driving and of course you do, you're buying a Si , avoid the all-seasons.
The coupe hasn't been crash-tested, however, and structural differences mean the sedan's scores don't translate. Visibility is somewhat compromised with the coupe; it has thick A-pillars that obstruct some angles while making turns and small rear windows. It drives smooth and quietly, and it's great on gas! Under normal driving, on city streets, the Si is an agreeable car to drive quickly. This review details the Civic Si, which comes as a coupe or sedan with a six-speed manual. Civics are rather noisy wind and tire noise but you can't have everything.
That lap time difference may seem slight, but the difference behind the wheel was most telling. The Inside Si specifics include aluminum pedals, red gauges and stiffer seat bolsters. Carmax did a fantastic job! Mash the pedal hard, and the front-drive Si succumbs to some , but it's not as pronounced as quicker front-drive cars like the MazdaSpeed3. The only con i can report is that my interior is beige, and sometimes that can be inconvenient spills, muddy dog paws etc. Based on our limited exposure, the latest Si looks as though it should at least be satisfying to just about anyone. But the redesign includes increased chassis rigidity—a 10-percent uptick in static rigidity, 12-percent in dynamic, according to the engineering team—meaning more latitude for suspension tuning.
With 31 pounds-feet more than the old 2. Attack a corner, and the car feels out of its element, with pitchy and soupier precision than any performance compact ought to have. Sport-compact enthusiasts, I have some bad news: Make a sign, bang some drums, occupy the local auto mall. The handling is spirited and acceleration is lively, especially with the manual transmission. These increases mean little to overall weight. There are fresh creases and new tweaks, but Honda chose to carry on with essentially the same slippery shape it introduced in 2005.