YONKERS, N.Y. — The redesigned 2011 Honda Civic LX has received poor grades from the auto testing staff at Consumer Reports magazine and is not recommended.
Although the Civic has generally been highly rated over the years, the new Civic LX has fallen to 11th place among 12 small sedans tested. The Hyundai Elantra is now in first place and the Volkswagen Jetta came in last.
According to the staff, “vague steering weakens its agility and robs it of its fun-to-drive feel. Stopping distances are long, the ride is choppy and road noise is pronounced.”
In addition, the testers said the Civic “feels insubstantial” compared with the competition and has an interior with less quality than its predecessor.
On the positive side, the Civic was commended for its rear-seat room, generous cargo space and its 30-miles-per-gallon fuel usage, second only to the Toyota Corolla’s 32 mpg.
The Civic LX ($19,405) is powered by a 140-horsepower, four-cylinder engine that provided adequate acceleration when teamed with a smooth-shifting, five-speed automatic transmission.
A full report on the Civic appearts in the September issue of Consumer Reports, now on sale, and to subscribers at www.ConsumerReports.org.
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