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2012 Honda Civic - Interior
2012 Civic Sedan interior concept
2012 Civic Coupe interior concept
Creative and expressive, roomy and practical – the 2012 Civic's interior is as impressive as the body design, while featuring a bold and advanced instrument layout that's unlike anything in the class. The new Civic interior builds on the already sophisticated design of the current generation Civic by adopting a “smart interface” approach. With this approach, the interior is divided into different areas, with the key instrument displays (such as vehicle speed) located exceptionally high up and above the steering wheel rim, close to the driver's line of sight. Secondary information (such as engine rpm) is located lower in the area, visible through the steering wheel. A third area to the driver's right groups controls that are not essential to driving. Overall, the controls are clear and easy to operate, with a cleanly simple layout and highly intuitive operation.
Crisp, smart and fresh, the new Civic's interior is a careful blend of both form and function. All the shapes, textures and colors work together to create a welcoming contemporary environment that is both visually and tactilely rewarding. Everything the driver needs is close at hand and logically placed, but not at the expense of the overall openness of the cabin. The materials and finishes are as carefully selected as the equipment features. Distinct upper and lower areas of the instrument panel have their own unique materials that create visual zones that add beauty and richness. While virtually everything that the driver and passengers come in contact with – from the instrument panel to the switches and controls, to the stitching on the Civic EX-L's perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel – are crafted to be pleasing to the touch, and ideally placed for use.
Building on the successful packaging on the previous generation Civic, the 2012 Civic Sedan has gained a small amount of interior passenger volume and made gains in shoulder and hip room. The Civic Coupe returns with an increase in front shoulder room.
- Personal space envelopes occupants with sophisticated controls, high-quality fit and finish, and room for five people
- Extensive safety equipment includes side curtain airbags and front side airbags (See Safety section for more information)
- Advanced 2-tier instrument panel with quick-reference meter positioning
- New full-color “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) provides access to multiple information screens and customizable features, including personalized wallpaper (all models except Civic DX)
- ECO-Assist driving efficiency coaching system (all models except Civic Si)
- ECON Mode modifies vehicle operating characteristics for greater fuel efficiency (all models except Civic Si)
- Maintenance Minder system tracks service related items based on actual vehicle usage
- Civic Sedan's wider interior increases hip and shoulder room
- Tilt and telescope steering wheel on all models
- High power audio systems have Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), MP3/WMA capability and available XM® Radio (all models except Civic DX)
- USB audio interface (all models except Civic DX)
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® hands-free phone interface (all models except Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF)
- Bluetooth® audio (all models except Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF)
- Available Voice-Activated Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with FM traffic (not available on Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF)
- Roomy multi-functional center console
- Rear flat floor enhances rear occupant comfort
- Blue backlit instrumentation (except Civic Si)
- Outside temperature gauge (not available on Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF)
- Special firmly bolstered sport seats and Si interior color scheme
- Sequential Rev-limit Indicator
- Power Monitor display, unique i-MID screen
- Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Aluminum shift knob with leather trim
- Textured aluminum pedals
- Red backlit instrumentation
- Exclusive automatic climate control
- Unique seat materials and interior coverings for an upscale look and feel
- Hybrid Driver-Feedback System
- Eco Assist, Eco Scoring, Hybrid Power Monitor, unique i-MID screens
The Civic Sedan is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a compact car based on its passenger volume, yet the interior feels larger in part due to its smart packaging and careful attention to details such as knee room, shoulder space and hip room – among many other factors. Compared to the previous generation, the 2012 Civic Sedan passenger volume of 94.7 cubic feet (Civic LX Sedan) increases by 3.7 cubic feet, and gains have also been made in front shoulder room (+2.9 inches) and rear legroom (+1.6 inches). The Civic Coupe has gained 1.2 inches in front shoulder room. Other interior dimensions are within an inch of the previous generation. The Civic Coupe is classified as a Subcompact.
|Civic DX, Civic LX, Civic HF||Civic Natural Gas||Civic EX, Civic EX-L||Civic Si||Civic Hybrid|
|EPA Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)||94.7||94.7||92.1||92.1||94.7|
|Trunk (Cargo) Volume (cu. ft.)||12.5||TBD||12.5 (12.1 EX-L)||12.5||12.5|
|Head Room (in.) Front/Rear||39.1 / 37.9||39.0 / 37.1||37.9 / 36.2||37.9 / 36.2||39.0 / 37.1|
|Leg Room (in.) Front/Rear||42.0 / 36.2||42.0 / 36.2||42.0 / 36.2||42.0 / 36.2||42.0 / 36.2|
|Shoulder Room (in.) Front/Rear||56.6 / 53.3||56.6 / 53.3||56.6 / 53.3||56.6 / 53.3||56.6 / 53.3|
|Hip Room (in.) Front/Rear||50.5 / 51.4||50.5 / 51.4||50.5 / 51.4||50.5 / 51.4||50.5 / 51.4|
|Civic DX, Civic LX||Civic EX, Civic EX-L||Civic Si|
|EPA Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)||83.1||82.6||82.6|
|Trunk (Cargo) Volume (cu. ft.)||11.7||11.7||11.7|
|Head Room (in.) Front/Rear||38.1 / 34.3||37.7 / 34.3||37.7 / 34.3|
|Leg Room (in.) Front/Rear||42.2 / 30.8||42.2 / 30.8||42.2 / 30.8|
|Shoulder Room (in.) Front/Rear||55.1/ 52.2||55.1 / 52.2||55.1 / 52.2|
|Hip Room (in.) Front/Rear||53.2 / 49.0||53.2 / 49.0||53.2 / 49.0|
The 2012 Civic's body and glass have been completely redesigned to provide added outward visibility for the driver and passengers. Added side glass area at the bases of thinner A-pillars improves visibility in turns and eases maneuvering and parking. Thinner C-pillars provide a better rearward view with Civic coupe models.
Two-Tier Instrument Panel
Like its predecessor, the 2012 Civic uses a unique two-tier instrument panel design. Honda research analyzed the eye movements of drivers and prioritized the importance of the Civic's instruments and their placement for quick recognition. Based on this research, a two-tier instrument panel was devised that groups a portion of instrumentation in the conventional location (viewed through the steering wheel), and a separate upper tier that's visible above the steering wheel and close to the driver's line of sight.
A digital speedometer, fuel gauge and instant fuel economy gauge are housed in the upper level to be more in-line with the driver's line-of-sight, resulting in shorter eye movements between the most commonly referenced gauges and the road. The top-tier also includes eco-coaching bars (Civic Si excepted) and the new full-color i-MID (Civic DX excepted), which serves as a multi-function display and provides easy access to a range of features, a number of which are customizable. The i-MID serves as the audio system display and also includes the clock, odometer, trip meter, outside temperature (Civic EX and above) and Maintenance Minder displays. The lower level of the instrument panel houses a tachometer, and a variety of warning indicators. On vehicles with an automatic transmission, the gear selector position is also displayed. Instrument panel illumination on all models except the Si uses a blue color scheme with white backlit buttons. The Civic Si's unique, red-backlit instrument panel accentuates the car's sporting ambience.
Civic Si: Sequential Rev-limit Indicator
For the performance-oriented Civic Si, a new sequential rev-limit indicator is positioned high in the instrument panel, just to the left of the speedometer display where it's close to the driver's line of sight. The sequential rev-limit indicator comprises two main components: an i-VTEC indicator and a redline indicator. The i-VTEC indicator lights up when the VTEC system shifts from the low- to high-rpm cam profiles. The redline indicator is an array of six lights that illuminate sequentially as engine speed rises. The first four lights are orange, and the last two are red. When the second of the two red lights comes on, the engine is producing maximum power. With this sequential presentation, it's easy for the driver to operate the engine in its “sweet spot” while keeping attention on the road during high performance driving.
All Civic Sedan and Coupe models (except Civic Si) come with ECO-Assist. Located in the upper instrument panel located on either side of the speedometer, the Civic's ECO-Assist display shows how drive energy is being used and coaches the driver to operate the vehicle more efficiently. The system operates in essentially the same manner as on Insight and CR-Z, with blue and green “coaching” bars that illuminate. A blue color signifies inefficient driving, while green means more efficient driving techniques are being used. The color changes gradually in response to driving technique. ECO Assist can also be turned off, using the customizable settings accessed via the i-MID. When off, the ECO Assist coaching bars remain blue.
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
Positioned in the upper right portion of the instrument panel, a new “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) displays data with color and clarity and an interactive element. This bright, full color 6.5-inch (diagonal) LCD W-QVGA display is easy to see and interpret, and lends the Civic a technologically advanced aspect that's new to this class. The i-MID serves as the audio system display and features on-screen icons and prompts make navigation through a range of screens simple and straightforward. In addition to audio information, the i-MID also displays fuel-economy information, as well as Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® information and turn-by-turn navigation directions on Civic models equipped with those features. User-support features include customizable settings and a customizable wallpaper display. Recommended wallpaper pixel dimensions are 234x480, 468x960, 702x1440 or 936x1920. The i-MID also displays warnings such as door ajar, SRS, parking brake and TPMS. The intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) is a versatile and handy warning and information readout that tracks and informs the driver of numerous important systems.
The i-MID information categories include:
- Audio system
- Warning screens
- Digital odometer and digital trip meters (2)
- Average speed indicator
- Elapsed time indicator
- Average fuel economy indicators (2)
- Instant fuel-mileage indicator (except Civic Si)
- Miles-to-empty indicator
- Maintenance Minder™ system messages
- Exterior temperature indicator
- Customizable wallpaper
- Customizable settings
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (not available on Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF)
- Turn-by-turn guidance (when equipped with Navigation)
- FM Traffic (when equipped with Navigation)
- XM Radio display (when equipped with Navigation)
- IMA system power flow indicator (Civic Hybrid only)
- Eco Guide and Eco Scoring (Civic Hybrid only)
- Power Monitor (Civic Si only)
Civic Hybrid: Driver-Feedback System
A unique feature of the Civic Hybrid i-MID is a driver-feedback system that monitors driving style and displays how it affects fuel efficiency. It also provides feedback so that adjustments can be made to operate the vehicle more efficiently. When the ignition is switched off, the Eco Scoring system keeps track of the driver's history. So aside from the money owners will save by increasing their mileage along with the satisfaction of helping to lower emissions, they'll also have bragging rights when they talk to other Civic Hybrid drivers. The heart of the system is the Eco Guide and the fuel-economy indicator. The Eco Guide is located in the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), and the fuel-economy indicator (Eco Assist) is located on either side of the digital speedometer. Together, these displays keep drivers constantly informed about how fuel efficiently they're driving. Also included in the i-MID is a unique hybrid power-flow meter.
Civic Si: Power Monitor
The Civic Si i-MID includes a Power Monitor screen that displays the engine's power output by percentage. Based on engine torque and rpm, the Power Monitor provides sporting oriented Si drivers with detailed real-time information on engine output. The clear graphic presentation of the engine's output can help drivers fine-tune their performance driving technique.
Every 2012 Civic (except for Civic Si) is equipped with an ECON button, a feature that first appeared on the second-generation Insight. This button engages ECON mode, in which several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified to further enhance fuel efficiency. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system provides more gradual response, and on automatic transmission-equipped models, the shift mapping is reconfigured to provide earlier upshifts. To save additional energy, the climate control's upper five fan speeds (of a total of six) are lowered incrementally and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions. See the Powertrain section for more information on ECON Mode.
Maintenance Minder Display
All Civic models have a Maintenance Minder system that tracks service related items based on vehicle usage. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. On the Civic DX model, Maintenance Minder information appears in the trip meter display. In all other models it appears in the i-MID display.
The Civic's new 3-spoke steering wheel is a small diameter unit befitting the car's sporty character and accents the vehicle's quick-ratio steering. Civic Si steering wheels are wrapped in perforated leather for an even sportier feel. All models feature manual tilt and telescope steering wheel adjustment in order to better accommodate drivers of various sizes. Civic LX and models above now include audio and i-MID controls on the left side of the steering wheel, with four controls arranged on one ring – rather like the four points on a compass – to simplify the layout and provide for intuitive toggling between functions. All controls are positioned ergonomically where they are easy to reach and operate with minimal distraction for the driver. They also offer a pleasing tactile feel that reduces the need for the driver to confirm operation visually. The controls also indicate operation with visual cues on the i-MID. Civic LX and models above include cruise control buttons on the right side of the steering wheel for set, accelerate, decelerate and cancel. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® control buttons are positioned on the lower left side of the steering wheel in all models, with the exception of Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF.
Every tactile surface, from the interior door handles to the seat controls to the instrument panel, steering wheel, shift lever and electronic controls, latches and lids, are designed to be pleasing to the touch – and easy to operate. Interior panels feature a Honda patented new surface finish that has a rich look and changes in appearance with changing light angle. Cloth upholstery is standard in most Civic models. Civic EX-L and Civic Hybrid with leather both have standard leather seating surfaces.
For 2012, the front seats of the Civic have been completely redesigned with a more supportive seat construction that features reworked internal springing, structure and padding. Enhanced side bolstering improves comfort when cornering, and reshaped, narrower head restraints and thinner seatbacks help give the interior a roomier feel. Through careful engineering, each front seat is 4.4-pounds lighter than before – evidence of a comprehensive effort to reduce weight throughout the Civic. The Civic Coupe uses deeper side bolsters than the sedan, and the Si further increases lateral support in the both seatback and base.
Both front seats can be manually adjusted to recline along with move forward and back. The driver's seat features a manual height adjustment control with two inches total of vertical travel. A ratchet-style lever on the left side of the seat makes adjusting the height easy – just pull up or push down to move the seat in increments. To improve access into the rear seats on the Civic Coupe, the passenger seat has a one-touch seatback release and slide feature.
The Civic's rear seats provide roomy comfort and functionality. For greater rear passenger comfort, the interior has a nearly flat rear floor, minimizing the typical tunnel that runs the length of the interior. The flat floor design provides considerably more foot room for middle passengers. To increase storage space, the seats can be folded down to expand the trunk's storage space and accommodate long, bulky items like a snowboard, bicycle or moving boxes. Civic DX, Civic LX and Civic HF models feature a one-piece folding rear seat. Civic EX and Si models feature a 60/40 split folding rear seat for enhanced people/cargo functionality. Trunk-mounted handles release the locks for the seatbacks so they can be folded conveniently. The Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas have fixed rear seatbacks.
A redesigned center storage console with a large armrest combines comfort with functionality. Inside the roomy storage compartment, all Civic models with the exception of the Civic DX have a USB port for easy connectivity. An auxiliary input jack is provided at the front of the center console, positioned in a large tray that's ideal for storing mobile devices or other small items. Two large cup holders are positioned in the center console, and each door panel has a built in storage bin and bottle holder. Coupe models have a bottle holder and storage bin integrated into each side of the rear cabin. For the Civic EX, Civic EX-L and the Civic Si Sedans, two more beverage holders are located in the rear seat center armrest. The instrument panel provides additional storage – a spacious traditional glove box, and an open compartment to the left side of the steering wheel.
Civic Hybrid: Automatic Climate Control
Civic Hybrid is equipped with an automatic climate control system. The driver simply sets the desired temperature and the system will take care of the rest. A second compressor is powered by a high voltage electric motor during idle-stop operation to ensure that the cabin temperature stays at its set level. Idle-stop operation is only enabled once the cabin has been sufficiently cooled. An electric water pump is also included for heating the cabin during idle stop.
Manual Climate Control
Civic LX and above models provide air conditioning as standard equipment. The front climate controls on the Civic are mounted centrally on the instrument panel for easy accessibility and feature rotary knobs for temperature settings and fan control. Push buttons allow control of airflow through the various vents inside the vehicle (i.e. defrost, heater, split level, etc.). A micron air-filtration system is capable of filtering nearly 100 percent of particulates over 8 microns in size (the size of most pollen). It can also filter out approximately 40 percent of particulates down to 0.3 microns (about the size of diesel emissions). The high capacity condenser with integral receiver drier runs the liquid refrigerant through a sub-cooling condenser, after the main condenser. The system is efficient and lightweight compared to traditional setups.
Progressive Instrument Illumination
The Civic's new instrument system uses progressive illumination to establish a "dialog" with the driver. When the door is opened, the instrument brightness turns on at 10 percent – a "welcome" of sorts for the driver. When the key is put in the ignition (encircled with an illuminated ring), the instrument illumination ramps up to 100 percent in one second. When the ignition is turned on, the illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights come on, indicating all systems are go.
Music plays an important role for most Civic buyers, so Honda engineers worked to provide the best audio systems in the compact class. The Civic LX Sedan is equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. The CD player can also read CD-Rs loaded with Windows Media Audio (WMA) or MP3 audio files. Civic LX models and above present audio data on the new i-MID and also add a USB Audio Interface. All systems feature Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). With SVC, as the car speeds up and exterior noise increases, the audio system automatically raises the music's volume, and then lowers it as the car slows down. If desired, SCV can be deactivated at any time. Civic LX Coupe models have an upgraded audio system compared to the Sedan. The 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system features six speakers, including A-pillar-mounted tweeters. Civic EX Coupe, Civic EX-L Coupe and Civic Si models provide an even more impressive premium audio system, with 360 watts output from seven speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer. Civic customers also can listen to music via an auxiliary input jack that enables them to plug their personal audio devices (such as an iPod® or MP3 player) directly into the Civic's audio system. The AUX jack is standard on Civic LX and above sedans and coupes.
USB Audio Interface
A USB Audio Interface is located in the center console of all models, with the exception of Civic DX. It can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods, that contain MP3 or WMA music files. It is important to note that only the iPod video, iPod nano and other 5th-generation or later iPods are compatible with this system. The iPod shuffle, mini, and older iPod models are not compatible. When an iPod is connected, the Honda logo will appear on the screen of the compatible iPod showing it is ready for use. The iPod or flash drive can then be controlled using the steering wheel-mounted or radio controls. Information such as song title, artist, album art and other information will appear on the Civic's LCD screen. The system will also charge the iPod while it is connected.
XM® Radio is a standard feature for all Civic models equipped with the available navigation system and it provides more than 130 digital channels of programming with near CD-quality sound. With XM Radio, Civic owners can listen to their choice of music anywhere in the contiguous 48 states along with in select areas of Canada.
XM® programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children's programming and entertainment. Of the 130 XM® channels, 69 are commercial-free. When the Civic's audio system plays XM®, the i-MID display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist's name.
Audio Feature Summary
|Model||Type||Speakers||Aux. Jack||USB audio interface1||Bluetooth®2 audio streaming||Other Features||Navi-only audio functions|
|Civic DX||NA||4||NA||NA||NA||Audio prewiring||NA|
|Civic LX||160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA3/MP3 capability||6||Standard||Standard||NA||CD text info, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||NA|
|Civic EX, Civic EX-L||360-watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio with Subwoofer and WMA3/MP3 capability||7||Standard||Standard||Standard||CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||XM Radio,4 FM traffic|
|Civic Si||360-watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio with Subwoofer and WMA3/MP3 capability||7||Standard||Standard||Standard||CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||XM Radio,4 FM traffic|
|Civic DX||NA||4||NA||NA||NA||Audio prewiring||NA|
|Civic LX||160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA3/MP3 capability||4||Standard||Standard||NA||CD text info, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||NA|
|Civic HF||160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA3/MP3 capability||4||Standard||Standard||Standard||CD text info, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||NA|
|Civic EX, Civic EX-L||160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA3/MP3 capability||6||Standard||Standard||Standard||CD text info, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||XM Radio,4 FM traffic|
|Civic Si||360-watt AM/FM/CD Premium Audio with Subwoofer and WMA3/MP3 capability||7||Standard||Standard||Standard||CD text info, customizable welcome screen, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||XM Radio,4 FM traffic|
|Civic Natural Gas||160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA3/MP3 capability||4||Standard||NA||NA||CD text info, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||XM Radio,4 FM traffic|
|Civic Hybrid||160-watt AM/FM/CD with WMA3/MP3 capability||6||Standard||Standard||Standard||CD text info, steering-wheel audio controls, SVC||XM Radio,4 FM traffic|
The Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on Civic EX, Civic EX-L, Civic Si, Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid, the system wirelessly connects the driver's cell phone to the vehicle's audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). A list of compatible phones can be found at handsfreelink.com or honda.com. HandsFreeLink® improvements for the 2012 Civic include full manual control, auto import of phonebook and call history, a dedicated Phone button on the head unit and six speed dials linked to radio preset keys (except for models equipped with navigation systems).
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® now enables audio files to be played through the vehicle's audio system wirelessly with a feature called Bluetooth® Audio. If an audio compatible device is paired it will be added as an auxiliary source on the i-MID's audio screen. This allows the Bluetooth® device's media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Cell phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name on the i-MID. The vehicle's audio controls for “skip forward” and “skip backward” allow for navigation from track to track.
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a simple one-time "pairing" process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when the phone is within about 33 feet of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, the phone can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicle's cabin as the call transfers information through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by making selections from the registered phonebook on the information screen.
Operational features include:
- Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the i-MID
- Pressing the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button answers the call and mutes the audio system
- Caller is heard through the audio-system speakers
- An overhead microphone picks up the driver's voice while minimizing background noise and echoing
- Numbers with voice tags may be stored in the system's memory
- To make a call hands-free, the driver first activates the system using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip controls, then speaks a preset voice tag
- Numbers can also be dialed by speaking the telephone number (in Civics equipped with navigation system)
- Automatic import of phone book and call history
- Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system
Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic
The latest generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is available on Civic EX, Civic EX-L, Civic Si, Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid and features a 6.5-inch display and a fast 16 G B Flash Memory in place of the DVD-based system used previously. Turn-by-turn driving directions appear on the navigation screen, and on the new color i-MID display, which is positioned high in the instrument panel, close to the driver's line of sight. The system also includes standard FM traffic, which provides constantly updated on-screen traffic incident data for select cities that lets drivers choose faster, less congested routes to get to their destinations sooner. Unlike some other traffic data systems, FM traffic does not require a subscription and entails no extra charges. The navigation system features more than 10 million points of interest and is integrated with the audio system. The voice recognition is capable of recognizing and inputting numbers, street names and cities, in addition to more than 700 commands.
Honda navigation systems have long been recognized for their simple, intuitive operation and extensive on-board database. When navigating freeways, a split screen design enhances on-screen information with a "map view" and "3-D" route visualization of freeways simultaneously – which helps make navigation information easier to understand. And now with turn instructions displayed on the i-MID, situational awareness is further improved. The navigation system is integrated with the car's audio system, so driving instructions can be heard over the speaker system, and the voice recognition feature adds a hands-free realm of control to the navigation system.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) in combination with detailed information from the vehicle's Flash-based mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle's location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.
The navigation system can be controlled by the driver through either the voice recognition system, the touch screen display, or by the joystick at the lower right corner of the screen. The voice recognition system works when the "talk" button (located on the steering wheel) is depressed. When spoken to, the system recognizes commands such as "find nearest gas station," or "find nearest ATM" and can also recognize street names. In the Civic Natural Gas, the available navigation system database includes the locations of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations.
The 6.5-inch LCD touch screen allows the driver or front passenger to choose menu options or spell out a word (i.e. address, business name, place, etc.) through a touch-sensitive keypad. The keypad can be set to alphabetical or a QWERTY typewriter-style layout. Alternatively, the joystick can be used to highlight menu options or to highlight specific letters on the keypad to complete a word. A matte finish is used on the display to reduce glare and smudging.
For data storage, the system uses a 16 G B flash memory that contains information for the entire United States. Future updates to the navigation system can be made with a flash drive via the Civic's USB port inside the glove box. Flash drives with updated map data can be purchased on-line or by calling a toll free number.
Power Windows and Locks
Power windows are standard equipment on all Civic models. Civic LX and above models provide auto up and down operation on the driver's window. Power door locks with a customizable auto-locking feature are standard on Civic LX and above models. The auto door lock settings can be configured through the i-MID.
Keyless Entry System
Keyless entry is standard equipment on all Civic models except the DX. The wave key design has an integrated transmitter in the handle with lock, unlock, trunk open and panic buttons.
Complementing the keyless entry system is a standard engine-immobilizer system. A special electronically coded key prevents the car from being started-even if a mechanical duplicate of the key is used. A transponder, built into the key, signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the car is hot-wired, or an unauthorized key is used, the engine will not start.
12V DC Accessory Outlets
Civic Hybrid, Civic Si, Civic EX and Civic EX-L models provide two 12V DC accessory outlets. One is located on the lower portion of the instrument panel's center stack, the other is located inside the console for cell phones, etc. The Civic DX and Civic LX, Civic Natural Gas and Civic HF models feature a single 12V DC power outlet, located on the lower portion of the instrument panel's center stack.
1 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
2 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any such use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.
3 Windows Media® is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
4 Required XM Radio subscription sold separately. Subscriptions are governed by the XM Customer Agreement available at xmradio.com/service terms. Other fees and taxes apply; see XM Customer Agreement for details. Fees and programming subject to change. Service not available in Canada, Alaska, or Hawaii. © 2011 SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. SIRIUS, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries.