Over the years one of the best selling cars has always been the Honda Civic, but there is a fear that the wheels have now come off the 2012 model – excuse the pun. This latest model has seen a redesign, and this has had a huge effect on how people perceive the car. Honda has hedged its bets with this design and although there are improvements such as being quieter and smoother, the car still has no passion – something that is so important to drivers these days.
LA Times says that Consumer Reports has given their verdict, and they do not expect this to top the charts as one of the best selling cars – they simply do not like the new version. This disapproving review will be a huge blow to the new Civic, as a huge percentage of drivers take their advice before buying a new vehicle. Sales could be affected, but not just by this review.
The likes of Honda and Toyota are oblivious to the fact that Hyundai is breathing down their necks; you only have to look at the new 2012 Veloster to understand just what we mean. The South Korean carmaker used to produce boring cars, but maybe with a little inspiration from Samsung they now produce vehicles with style and passion – so why is Honda still playing it safe?
Consumer Reports will no longer endorse the Civic due to the fact that the score was just too low. The rating used to be 78, but has now dropped to 61, that’s a 17 points drop. To rub salt in the wounds, they rated it only above the redesigned Volkswagen Jetta, which as we know is a very disappointing car. There are a number of reasons why the score is so low, two of which are poor interior quality and a rough ride.
Honda is a little like Apple, well vice versa really, as they have their loyalists and will keep coming back. However, the Civic has always been about the average driver, one thing that the new model seems to have forgotten about. Car and Driver concurs with what Consumer Reports have said, as they are not impressed with the new model either. They said that Honda is now playing it safe with the design, as to not shock drivers with anything too radical. We do find it funny how they just went conservative on every aspect of the design – we just do not know what the 2012 Civic’s target audience will be now?
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