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Consumer Reports Slams Honda Civic: "Too Low to be Recommended"

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Honda cars usually earn among the highest ratings of any vehicle brand, but not the 2012 Civic. Consumer Reports stunningly calls it "too low to be recommended."

Automotive News reports the Civic is a complete redesign for the next model year, and Consumer Reports obviously doesn't like it. Its road test score dropped to 61, bad enough to be rated "mediocre," down 17 points from a "very good" score of 78.

This is a far cry from recent years, in which the Civic has almost always been among the highest rated small cars by testers.

Consumer Reports cited the new car's cheap interior, poor ride quality, long stopping distances and loud interior noise.

Honda obviously disputed the findings, saying in a statement:

In virtually every way, the completely redesigned 2012 Civic is a step forward. The new Civic excels in areas that matter to small-car customers, including fuel efficiency, safety, and reliability.

Honda admits the recession forced it go "simple" in its redesign, foregoing more expensive materials.

The 2012 Civic is the second-worst rated compact car, finishing only ahead of the Jetta, which was completely redesigned for 2011.

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