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2012 Honda Civic

small car / 4-door sedan

2012 Honda Civic 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2012 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Honda Civic LX 4-door

The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1103
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 7
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1103
Head
HIC-15 142
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.4
Femur force - right (kN) 0.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right 0.51
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 60

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2012 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Honda Civic LX 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Honda Civic was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1103
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -13.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1103
Head HIC-15 284
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 36
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 38
Average deflection (mm) 34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.30
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 4.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 40
A-P moment (Nm) 192

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1103
Head HIC-15 113
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 21
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.08
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.46
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 2.0
L-M moment (Nm) 31
A-P moment (Nm) 195

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2012-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Honda Civic LX 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,678 lbs
Peak force 15,665 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.85

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2012-15 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 29
Distance below top of head (mm) 33
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.9
Head contact time (ms) 59
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 378

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted