Yes. With the 2012 redesign, all Civic models have an electric power-steering system that Honda calls “motion adaptive.” Honda says the electrically assisted steering works with the electronic stability control system to help drivers steer in the right direction to avoid skids and maintain control in hard braking. In the previous generation, the Civic Hybrid and Si had electric power steering and other models used a traditional hydraulic system.

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Most manufacturers are adopting electric power steering because it is more compact than hydraulic systems and weighs less, eliminating the pump for the hydraulic fluid and a belt to drive the pump. In addition, hydraulic systems operate whenever the engine is running and use a small amount of power. Electric systems draw power only when they provide steering assist.

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Answered by Rick Popely on November 2, 2012 in Honda , Honda Civic , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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