This Week’s Wheels: 2012 Honda Civic EX

Just in time for the family to arrive for Thanksgiving, this 2012 Honda Civic EX appears in my driveway for the week. I hope it’s not as disappointing as the Civic SI Coupe I drove back in Minneapolis. With five us on here in the PDX for the turkey holiday, we’ll make sure to put it to the test.

Initial impressions are cheap interior plastics and some poor wearing fabric on the seats. But these are 10 second impressions.

Stay tuned for more updates.


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2 Responses to “This Week’s Wheels: 2012 Honda Civic EX”

  1. Ian #

    It’s funny how often I read about the cheap plastics and “poor wearing interior.” It’s so obvious that the “press”…even the bloggers who don’t really count as real press….are regurgitating the initial consumer reports poo-poo. I’ve owned one for 6 months. Obviously, I am biased. That being said, I haven’t any problems with the “cheap” plastics. Nothing has broken. No rattles, nothing has cracked. I have tons of people riding in my car all the time too. No problems yet with the fabric either.

    I will give you this: not the best looking fabric. It’s far from “poor wearing”…which by the way…there is no way you could test in a week of driving it.

    Just thought I’d put my comment here because I think a lot of people end up checking sites like this to see if they should purchase a 2012 civic.

    I’d say, go ahead and wait for 2013, but not because the new generation civic isn’t a great car…but just because under pressure from bad-press Honda is updating the civic right away. It will still look the same, but they changed the fabric (most likely) and possibly some minor exterior tweaks like LED headlight accents.

    01/29/2012 at 6:14 pm Reply
    • Ian,

      Thanks for your comment. I work in the industry for High Gear Media and “blog” here on the side, on my personal site. So I’m both what you refer to as a journalist and a blogger, in this instance. I will tell you firmly and confidently the “press” aren’t just regurgitating what Consumer Reports says. We all firmly believe the new Civic is a large step back. It’s not best in class anymore, and in some rights, it’s barely competitive. The navigation system is embarrassing and the interior feels cheap. The offerings from the competition at this points are simply better, in many cases.

      There’s no arguing that the Civic is a safe, reliable vehicle. And it will more than likely be very reliable. But when it comes down to quality, fit and finish, technology offered, it simply is not where it should be.

      It is my hope that consumers see things like this. They should be making an informed decision.

      01/29/2012 at 7:57 pm Reply

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