With gas prices topping $4 a gallon and a slew of brand-new models on the market, the compact car class has never been more competitive.

For several years, the highest-selling model to actual retail buyers (after you take out rental cars and other fleets) has been the well-known and much-loved Honda Civic--available as both a four-door sedan and a two-door coupe.

The new ninth-generation Civic launched last month at the 2011 New York Auto Show, and we've already done various short videos showing you around the line.

Our latest, below, is the High Gear Media two-minute review of the regular 2012 Civic sedan.

It shows off some of the car's new features, and discusses our experiences driving pre-production new Civic models at a media event prior to the show.

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MORE VIDEO: 2012 Honda Civic HF 41-MPG Model: NY Auto Show

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The standard 2012 Honda Civic model is rated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, with the high-efficiency Civic HF model bumping those numbers to 29 mpg city, 41 mpg highway.

The 2012 Civic lineup is now at Honda dealers; the least expensive model starts at $15,805.

Have a look at our video, and then tell us what you think about the new 2012 Honda Civic in the Comments below.


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