2012 Honda Civic Si Gets "Recommended" Rating by Consumer Reports

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Just as Honda announced it’ll be refreshing the Civic for next year, hoping everyone will quickly forget about the 2012 model, Consumer Reports goes and gives the 2012 Honda Civic Si a “Recommended” rating in its latest report.

Now let’s keep in mind that Consumer Reports were one of the first outlets to give the 2012 Civic such low ratings. In fact, they reiterated their thoughts on the base model Civic by saying “while other models like the Hyundai Elantra have gotten better after being redesigned, the Honda Civic has dropped so much that now it ranks near the bottom of its category.”

But the base model Civic isn’t the one that sports the 2.4L, 201-hp powerplant. In fact, our review of the Si was favorable – read the review here – and Consumer Reports agrees that the Si offers “terrific acceleration” more low-end torque and a slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox. As a result, the Si model scored much better than the base model awarding it the Recommended title from Consumer Reports.

Funny enough, the publication still believes that while “the Civic Si has a great powertrain, it needs a better car wrapped around it.”

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Civic Si vs. MazdaSpeed3 Shootout

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jeff Jeff on Mar 28, 2012

    Honda for ever.I have a 2008 and a 2005.My last before that was 1991 had 316,000 kms when I sold it.There was actually a line up that wanted to buy it .I have never heard tell of that from Hyundai owners or Mazda owner's.I already have friends asking if I ever sell my Honda's they want first opportunity to buy it.I think you should spend more time behind the wheel of a Honda and the bias my wear off.By the way have your door handle fallen off your Elantra yet ????

  • Cheap Cars Cheap Cars on May 20, 2012

    I think Honda needs to get back to the basics that made it so successful. I am in the market for a new car, and I think the Hondas are overpriced compared to their competitors. And they don't offer any features that I find compelling. This is from someone who has been a very happy Honda owner for 5+ years. I am looking at Hyundais and Fords now.