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It's no secret that the 2012 Honda Civic has been the subject of harsh criticism since its launch earlier this year. It's also no secret that Honda is rushing to redesign the Civic, and while we originally reported that the new car would be coming sometime in 2013 or 2014, a memo to the automaker's dealer network states that the reworked Civic will arrive before the end of 2012.

We use the term "redesign" lightly, of course. As much as Honda wants to improve upon its new Civic, the truth is that the updates to the car will almost assuredly be the standard mid-cycle refresh kit. Our best guess is that the interior will benefit from more soft-touch materials and added sound deadening and there could be new paint and wheel design options. According to The Associated Press, American Honda President Tetsuo Iwamura stated that the automaker will "improve the Civic's drivability," meaning a slight suspension and driveline tuning could be in store, as well.

Still, any improvements will indeed be welcomed. Iwamura told AP that the Civic is still the "leader in compact cars," but lackluster sales and a failure to earn a Consumer Reports Recommended rating – a first for the Civic – say otherwise.


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      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't they just use CR-Z interior?
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      My first car was a 1984 crx hf, and i'm still having withdrawl symptoms... 59mpg - driving into the city (and back) with the fuel light lit. Trying to find the top speed - somewhere near 89mph. Cornering on 2 wheels - easily. Getting a head-start on steep hills- to be sure i'd make it... Time to find myself another 84 crx
      • 3 Years Ago
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        biopsea
        • 3 Years Ago
        what is your MO? What do you do for a living? Its a free "autoblog" for crying out loud.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @biopsea
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        Antonio
        • 3 Years Ago
        Autoblog doesn't have to make up lies; the GOP has done a good job themselves. GWB came into office with a surplus; not a great surplus but better than nothing. We were told about WMD and need to invade Iraq; so we did. That's lie #1. Then I remember that Cheney did an interview about the Iraq war would pay for itself. That's lie #2. That's just two examples. So basically, what happened is that the previous administration cut taxes twice and started two wars which is kind of insane to do. Then on top of that, the previous administration kept the cost of the wars off the books; so actually the deficit mess was extremely high back then than most GOP would admit to. Now nearly 10 years later, we have spent $800 billion, mainly on logistics, that Mr. Cheney stated it would pay for itself. The true total cost of war will never be known because some our wounded warriors will need health and mental care for the rest of their lives which could easily mean that this GOP "truths" could linger for another 60 or 70 years until the last Iraq war veteran has passed away.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Antonio
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        Kimura
        • 3 Years Ago
        Please go away.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Don
      • 3 Years Ago
      To be fair, the new Civic is a vast improvement over the old one in terms of exterior, interior, fuel economy, much more so than the new Malibu is an improvement over the outgoing model. The Civic coupe has always been the best looker.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Don
        Your kidding me right? A vast improvement over the last gen it is not.
          You guy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          The state of California is a bigger car market than Canada.
          Don
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          how so? Civic is the best-selling car in Canada, with huge sales increases over the last generation
        ShutoSteve
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Don
        Sorry Kid, you're just wrong on every level. For the price of a new Civic I could buy a much better car, like, let's say, a kids electric Jeep. I'm pretty sure the Jeep has better quality interior materials too, and grippier tires! Oh, and I could get, you know, another car that wasn't a POS.
        Brian P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Don
        Hmmm ... Exterior is arguable (I don't mind it), interior is even cheaper-looking than the cheapish interior of the old model. Fuel economy, I will grant that one. The electric power steering is over-assisted (same issue Corolla has) and the ride-handling balance is not good, and the Civic is not as quiet inside as several of its competitors. Plenty of room for improvement. Also ... most of this is not all that hard to fix. Put in better materials in the interior, stiffen up the spring rates and dampers a little, and recalibrate the programming in the electric power steering to give it more feel. Done!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        mrx19
        • 3 Years Ago
        Great job? You took one of the most attractive upscale small cars and turned it into a nondescript Asian everycar.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        A reworking of the styling would do even more wonders.
        juniorswa
        • 3 Years Ago
        You need to change your screen name to "Captain Oblivious"
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        You suck
      phurman
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do you expect from a company that buys a bunch of reflector strips from JCWhitney and glues them to the back of the Accord and tells us it has been ''updated''?
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phurman
        I know! The accord when it debuted with the redesign I though finally Honda did it right, because previously they started with spaceship like taillights, and fixed that problem with a mid cycle refresh that made a huge improvement in appearance, but this time they couldn't leave it alone. It didn't look great, but wow, what a stupid addition.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phurman
        Hahah; I remember first time I saw one on the street and I believed it was a personal job from the owner. "what a stupid guy: he has made that rear end even uglier!" and then I saw them more and realized the stupidity is coming from Honda design team in first place!
        superchan7
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phurman
        Not only did they do that, those reflectors have been on Chinese-market Accords since the 2008 debut. All it took was a couple more orders in their supply chain.
        safnj
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phurman
        What kills me about those add on reflectors is that if Honda had just extended them down to follow the curve and thickness of the tail lights, the rear end would have looked somewhat coherent. I will NEVER understand why they were added in the first place.
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      cudos for honda listening and being pro-active.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        too bad they didn't have the sense to know that before going down this path....lackadaisical Japanese management strikes again.
          Don
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          Jin ju ka, shin ju ka ne
        Joe Bo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        The current civic isn't terrible. I'd take it over a sentra or corolla. Of course I wouldn't take it over a hatchback focus. Give us the euro diesel hatch.
        sebster718
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        If you do something after the fact, you're not being pro-active. That is called reactive.
      untitledfolder
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure Honda will add a barely changed bumper, new wheel options with one additional spoke, or perhaps a spoiler. New colors include blacker black, ultra beige, modest red, boring blue, and... silver.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @untitledfolder
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      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'd take a bit of work to make the Civic desirable. That interior is atrocious, first off. It's downright tiring looking at all the odd angles and ugly textures. Then you have the numb steering (what putz at Honda thought making the steering more numb was a great idea??). Outside design lacks cohesion, and those rear lights look Goofy. This would have to be a pretty substantial MMC, and not the usual MMC-light that Honda does mid-cycle.
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      Spartan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if they can fix ugly, but we'll see. They would have done better keeping the last gen model. That one actually looked pretty good, especially in EX and Si trim. I think Honda tried to pull a Corolla and failed. The only mediocre car that sells in this segment right now is the Corolla, there's no room for two turds right now in this climate.
      madchitown
      • 3 Years Ago
      Starting with 2008 Accord, Honda took a step back in their vehicles.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @madchitown
        Exactly. Now hopefully they'll learn the lesson and will come back with another great Accord ;)
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