The Honda Civic, one of the most popular and reliable compact sedans in America, is no longer a favourite of Consumer Reports.The 2012 Civic fell by 17 points to a “mediocre” 61 points. It came behind Hyundais and even domestic cars. Only the Volkswagen Jetta scored lower among that class.
Compared with its predecessor, the 2012 Civic has lower interior quality and suffers from a choppy ride, long stopping distances, and pronounced road noise. Vague steering impairs its agility and robs it of its fun-to-drive feel.
Frequent short pitches mar the ride. Even on the highway, the ride is unsettled. Distinct road noise fills the cabin on the highway, dominating over hushed wind noise and a smooth engine hum.
Cost-cutting is apparent throughout the interior of our Civic LX, from the cheap headliner and ubiquitous hard plastics to the unlined trunk lid. Several gaps and misalignments were all too noticeable.
They also said that “The Civic’s sporty character is gone. Body lean sets in early, and the steering is overly light and devoid of feedback,” and the car suffers from “long stops on wet pavement.”
On the bright side, the new Civic gets 30 miles to the gallon, the best fuel efficiency in its class and there’s “plenty of head and leg room.”
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