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2012 Honda Civic

In its 9th generation, the 2012 Honda Civic is taking on rivals such as the Hyundai Elantra and the Ford Focus. Focusing on fuel efficiency, Honda is revamping the sedan and coupe, the hybrid model, the natural gas model, the SI coupes and sedan models, and re-introducing the HF model.

For the SI model line, it will sport a 2.4-liter 200-horsepower engine capable of obtaining 31-mpg on the highway. The SI will wear a more aggressive lower grill and side panels.

As for the HF model, the 140-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine will be capable of obtaining 41-mpg on the highway. One possible pitfall for the company: The HF model will only come in a sedan version.

All versions of the 2012 Honda Civic, with the except of the Civic SI, will have its ECO Assistant technology to educate drivers on how to drive more efficiently.

You can find the new 2012 Honda Civics in showrooms now starting at $15,605.

Photo: Jonathan K. Li for CNBC.com