Disappointing new Honda Civic

August 1, 2011 4:30:25 PM PDT
The Honda Civic has been one of the top-selling small sedans for more than 20 years. And it has always been highly rated by Consumer Reports. But not anymore.

The newly redesigned Honda Civic scored so low in Consumer Reports' latest tests that it is not recommended. The 2012 model has a choppy ride. The steering lacks feedback. The interior is cheap looking and not well put together. And braking distances are long.

"You expect a redesigned vehicle to be better, but the new Civic is one of the worst redesigns we've seen in years," said John Linkov, Consumer Reports.

The new Civic also is less agile than the previous model. And road noise is pronounced as well.

Consumer Reports' new rating of the 2012 Honda Civic puts it near the bottom of small sedans, behind the Ford Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze.

This report is based on an article in the current September 2011 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, pages 52-60. The issue will be on newsstands from August 2nd to September 5th.