Honda prices '12 Civic from same $15,605 as outgoing model

Honda took the wraps off of a pair of concept versions of its 2012 Civic at the Detroit Auto Show, but now we have the first official images of the entire production lineup.

Honda says that its all-new Civic will start from $15,605 prior to a $750 mandatory destination charge when the new car hits the market later this month.

That represents no change from the outgoing Civic, although the new car boasts more interior room and a more responsive chassis, as well as uprated fuel economy and the availability of a new natural gas model set to be available nationwide.

That $15,805 gets you a base Civic DX coupe with a five-speed manual transmission and no radio or air conditioning. Honda figures that most buyers will bypass the price leader to pony up for the $17,855 Civic LX sedan (add $800 for an automatic). The efficiency-oriented Civic HF sedan will list from $19,455 with a standard five-speed automatic, while the range-topping Civic EX-L sedan with navigation and XM Satellite Radio stickers for $23,455.

Meanwhile, sport-oriented buyers will find the Civic Si at $22,405 in sedan form and $22,205 for a two-door. Navigation, XM Radio and summer tires are extra cost options.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Civic Hybrid sedan begins at $24,050 and tops out at $26,750 with leather trim, navigation and XM Satellite Radio. The Hybrid will be only offered with four doors.

Honda has yet to price its natural gas-fueled model, which goes on sale later this year.

2012 Honda Civic HF, Sedan, Coupe and Natural Gas vehicle specifications
All of these models share a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The Civic Coupe and Sedan achieve an EPA estimated 39 miles per gallon highway with the automatic, an improvement of 3 mpg from the outgoing model.

Stepping up to the all-new HF model, which is essentially a package intended to boost fuel economy with minor aero tweaks and special low rolling-resistance tires, will yield 41 mpg highway - reaching hybrid territory of some competitors. The HF also features ECO Assist, a system that provides feedback to drivers to optimize fuel economy.

Newly available nationwide (instead of in select markets, the Civic Natural Gas runs on exactly the fuel its name suggests. This model uses a modified version of the same model on the standard Civic, and increased fuel economy by 7 percent, meaning highway fuel economy should come in between 38 and 39 mpg, but power will be slightly down compared to the gas-powered models.

2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan specifications
For buyers out there seeking a bit more zip in their mode of transportation, the Si should deliver for 2012. While horsepower only increased by three from 197 to 200, the key change came in the form of a torque jump of 22 percent to 170 lb-ft - all made possible by the switch from the old 2.0-liter engine to the new 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine.

The 2.4-liter four-banger, sourced from the Acura TSX sedan, comes mated to a new six-speed manual transmission, and in addition to gaining power, gains efficiency by going from 29 to 31 mpg highway.

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid specifications
Should fuel economy be at the top of your list, and your budget isn't too tight, stepping from the 41 highway mpg Civic HF to the combined 44 mpg rating of the all-new Civic Hybrid is the move for you. The new Civic Hybrid has jumped 4 mpg in its combined mpg rating thanks to a new, larger 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, as well as the first application of lithium-ion batteries. This new hybrid drivetrain is good for a combined peak output of 110 horsepower, and is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The Civic Hybrid also features ECO Assist, a system that provides feedback to drivers to optimize fuel economy.

2012 Honda Civic has history already
Originally, the ninth generation Civic was set to debut in the Summer of 2010 as a 2011 model, but once CAFE regulations changed and the auto industry hit hard times in 2009, Honda had to rethink things. Rumors stated Honda originally wanted to make the Civic larger, but as you can see from our earlier spy photos and the new official photos, the overall size of the 2012 Civic will remain largely unchanged.

Civic Coupe/Sedan