3. Honda’s Civic Duty
In the game of golf a mulligan is a redo, a second chance, another opportunity to take a shot. They don’t come along very often, especially in the automotive business. When they do it’s always big news. In this case it’s one of the biggest stories of the year.
Honda took unprecedented action by refreshing its Civic compact car, which was just redesigned for the 2012 model year. The company took heat from the motoring press and even Consumer Reports about the car. Many viewed it as a half-baked effort. To be fair it was a decent vehicle, just not up to Honda’s lofty standards.
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The 2013 model gets a handful of exterior design changes, an updated interior and more safety features. Disappointingly the powertrains carry over. Making up for that, the driving dynamics were improved.
Thankfully Honda’s Civic sidestep appears to be a one-time fluke. The brand-spanking-new Accord midsize sedan is a rock-solid effort in its class, becoming one of AutoGuide’s Car of the Year finalists.