really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,581 miles

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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 122012


  • miles


Front seat ergonomics are bad! curves your back forward and head down. The headrest is tilted too far forward and down. It has ruined my back. Visibility front and back is minimal. Can't see hood or car corners. Distance to objects, other cars etc. Is a guessing game. When foot is resting on brake and you step on gas, engine drops to idle. Dealer says this is a safety feature. It's dangerous!!!!!

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #9

Nov 022015


  • 59,000 miles
Extremely uncomfortable front seats have led to back, leg and neck pain. Honda needs to recall these vehicles and replace the seats for effected customers.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #8

May 132015


  • 15,000 miles
Headrest's fixed, forward protruding angle causes me driver fatigue and shape of seats causes numbness. These affect driver reaction and pose risk. I would much prefer the pre-2009 headrests because I was able to stay alert and not have my head shoved forward in an uncomfortable, non-ergonomic manner that causes fatigue within just minutes of driving. Please stand up to the insurance companies.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 012011


  • 12 miles


Car seats are extremely uncomfortable. Absolutely no back support and head rest is way too forward, causing an arch of your back. I have a daily commute to work of 120 miles and every day I feel like my back needs to re-aligned. I have a monthly cost of $340 for car payment and $50-$80 of body re-alignment. Manufacture should have a disclaimer on these vehicles.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 012015


  • 31,500 miles
The seat is far from ergonomic including the headrest. There is minimal to no lumbar support. The headrest is angled causing the occupants head to be forced forward in an unnatural position. This has resulted in pins and needle sensation in both arms and legs and multiple visits to my chiropractor. The pain and discomfort last long after I am out of the car leading to sleepless nights.

- Vernon Rockvl, CT, USA

problem #5

Sep 012012


  • 4,000 miles
Every now and then at random times, speeds, etc. The warning light that says "passenger airbag off" comes on. This happens when someone weighing as much as 145 lbs. Is sitting in that seat.....updated 12/15/15

- Shelby Twp., MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 222014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 19,800 miles


2012 Civic seat issue - I had a 2008 Civic coupe. This car was great. The seat, for me was very comfortable. A couple of weeks ago, it was totaled in a car crash and I replaced it with a 2012 Civic sedan. The seats look the same as the 2008, but not at all comfortable. My back hurts after just 10 minutes of driving. The seat is hard on the bottom and the back, not curved properly to my back and no matter what position or setting I try, it hurts. The dealer refuses to replace it stating that it is not defective and a new one will not solve the problem. I want my 2008 seat back. I don't know how long I can put up with this. I guess I will have to sell the car soon.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #3

May 302014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I commute almost 2 hours to work and then 2 hours back each day. Therefore, I traded my Silverado for a 2012 Civic for the gas mileage. I bought the car used in may of 2014. It was the second Civic on the lot that I test drove. I did not notice anything amiss about either car during the test drives. However, on my first trip home from work I noticed that I felt like my butt was sinking further into the seat and my legs began to ache really bad. Also, the lumbar support is far less than desirable. So far the only fix I have come up with is to lay folded towel down in the seat. But sometimes the towel moves or becomes unfolded. I am still searching for a more permanent solution to the problem. Honda needs to fix the uncomfortable seats.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #2

May 202013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
The passenger seat airbag light doesn't turn off, it stays on. The passenger airbag should be off when no one is sitting there but the light stays on.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 222013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
The seats, particularly the front seats, cause extreme pain in the buttocks and legs. This was not evident during my test drive in another vehicle (same model). But after purchasing the car I am in so much pain after driving about ten minutes that I am seriously considering selling it. I originally thought maybe it was just me, but I now see on line that there are many more people who are having the same issue. I have tried adding lumbar supports and various configurations of pillows but they do not remedy the situation. Additionally, the head restraint is tilted so far forward that one's neck is tilted forward causing another set of issues because you are not driving in the normal position.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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