Honda Civic No Longer Recommended by Consumer Reports

Honda Civic No Longer Recommended by Consumer Reports

Honda has taken a beating from critics over its new 2012 Civic model, but the buying public could just as easily shrug off the elitists views of a few buff books were the level-headed and notoriously impartial heads at Consumer Reports to anoint the Japanese compact car with a Recommended rating. But they didn’t.

In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, the Civic is tested alongside the new Focus and the Kia Forte, both of which earn a “Very Good” rating. The Civic, however, scored too low to rank on the Recommended list. Dropped 17 points from the previous generation car, the new model gets just 61 points, dropping from “Very Good” to “Mediocre”. In fact, the only compact car to score worse was the unanimously panned Volkswagen Jetta.

The reason for the low score, according to CR, include a lower interior quality, a choppy ride, long braking distances and “pronounced road noise.” It’s not all bad, they insist, listing positives like decent rear seat room and a 30-mpg average rating in their test (the second best).

“While other models like the Hyundai Elantra have gotten better after being redesigned, the Civic has dropped so much that now it ranks near the bottom of its category,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, CT.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic review

  • h8ids

    What the heck????
    Very surprising!

  • Carl

    Lack of Automatic Climate Control on non hybrid models is an obvious possible cause. Even the Cruze LTZ offers this feature, however the Elantra does not.

  • Lean Sensei

    Funny how American people believe what reporters write about. Have they written about the people (4) who got injured at Detroit at GM by being blown up
    while working on the POS How about those same Japaense bashing people write about CHINA investing in GM $1 Billion. Yes GM is a Commie loving company now.
    The Focus shares the same platform as the Mazda 3…If you put the 3 next to the Focus..The 3 looks a lot better and made with better equipment.

    Geez , you people cannot believe these idiots called reporters..they DO NOT WORK IN AN AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY!!!!

  • Greg

    First they went after Toyota but they failed because the Camry is still the best selling car in the world. Now they are going after Honda, but Honda is fighting back. Who is next?