New Honda Civic scores low in Consumer Reports' tests

August 2, 2011 10:06:11 AM PDT
The Honda Civic, one of the top-selling small sedans for more than 20 years, has always been highly rated by Consumer Reports. But that's no longer the case.

The newly redesigned Honda Civic scored so low in Consumer Reports' latest tests that it's not recommended.

The tests revealed the 2012 model has a choppy ride and steering lacks feedback. Consumer Reports also says the interior is cheap looking and poorly put together, and braking distances are long.

Tests also found the new civic to be less agile than the previous model.

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

The new rating puts it near the bottom of small sedans, behind the Ford Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze

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