When it comes to providing U.S. buyers with a wide range of high-quality choices in the compact segment, one car stands out: The 2012 Honda Civic. In fact, the Civic is hands-down the most comprehensive compact car on the market, according to the experts at About.com, which recently named it one of the Best Cars of 2012.
The honor is a strong proof point for the success of Honda's To Each Their Own positioning for the Civic, designed to showcase the many different models available to meet customer demands, including traditional coupe and sedan body styles; the performance-oriented Civic Si sedan and coupe; the high-efficiency Civic HF, capable of 41 mpg highway; the Civic Hybrid, boasting an EPA line of 44 mpg city/44 mpg highway/44 mpg combined; and the only manufacturer-built passenger car in America that runs on natural gas, the Civic Natural Gas slated for nationwide availability in 2012 and also named Green Car of the Year.
The 2012 Civic was chosen as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), too, recognizing the car's top performance in tests for front, side, rear and rollover crash protection.
Further, as About.com's Aaron Gold reports, whichever Civic you choose, you're virtually guaranteed years of trouble-free motoring. I wish other automakers offered this much choice in their own compact cars.
Just remember, however, they don't; the only place you can get this many options in the highly competitive compact segment of the market is your local Honda dealership.