It seems those early 2012 Civic sales figures were something of an earthquake-related anomaly. Despite a slow start, the Civic has fared fairly well against its competitors. A new updated Civic is due next year, but if buyers are choosing the 2012 Civic for fuel economy (and, perhaps, some nice incentives at dealers), we can’t blame them.
A base 1.8-liter car with the manual transmission is EPA-rated at 28/36 mpg city/highway. Add an automatic, and that figure comes in at 28/39. Order a Civic with the HF fuel economy package, and that automatic-equipped car’s rating swells to 29/41 mpg. The Civic Hybrid is rated at 44 mpg in both city and highway, and even the quirky natural-gas-powered Civic NG is tied to a 27/38 mpg label.
And the enthusiast-oriented Civic Si? That’s rated at 22/31 mpg – assuming, of course, you don’t keep your right foot matted against the floorboard. It may prove difficult to refrain from such behavior.