After enjoying status as one of Consumer Reports “Top Picks” for five of the past 10 years, the redesigned 2012 Honda Civic compact fails to receive a Recommend from the influential magazine.
The publication said the new Civic scored poorly in its road tests of sedans. Compared with its predecessor, the Civic LX achieved a score of only 61 points, a drop of 17 points over last year’s model.
Chief among Consumer Reports complaints are that the Civic is less agile, is noisier than before, has a choppy ride and stopping distances are longer. The quality of the interior is also lower.
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There are some pluses for the Civic, however. Editors noted the Civic has decent room in the rear seat and its 30 mpg overall fuel economy gives it second-best fuel economy behind the Toyota Corolla.
Other vehicles in the Consumer Reports testing included the sedan and hatchback versions of the redesigned 2012 Ford Focus, as well as the hatchback model of the Kia Forte. Both the Focus and the Forte scored Very Good.
Tops in the publication’s small sedan ratings: the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, due to its strong value, roomy interior and impressive fuel economy. Noting that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is much improved over previous GM small cars, its fuel economy still suffers because of too much vehicle weight. The Elantra and the Cruze were redesigned last year.