2012 best-selling cars, not the Honda Civic

By Peter Chubb - Aug 3, 2011

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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  • bob

    I was a big fan and lifetime buyer of Hondas, however,  unless Honda changes direction soon, my next car will not be a Honda as Honda continues to disappoint me with each and every so called new model release.  The Pilot was a disappointment with ugly styling (Honda/Acura has the worst design studios in the industry) and not very impressive improvement in the powertrain as the 2004 model had 240 hp and this one only has a modest bump in power making it too underpowered for me).  The so called new Civic looks like it was designed with the primary goal to save money and increase the profitability for Honda rather than to expenditure too much resources to make major improvements in the car.  The cost cutting shows as the LX model CR tested uses a carryover engine and dated carryover 5 speed automatic, no bluetooth, and cheap rear drum brakes (compared it with the higher rated Elantra by every review I have read which has a 6 speed automatic that you can manual shift, disc brakes on both front and rear–plus the Elantra has styling both inside and out that makes the Civic look dated, bland and generic.   I would buy the Elantra and styling alone–something I could not say by any of Honda or Acuras products.  I’m still wondering If Honda R &D have been doing anything for the  last 5 years as we haven’t seen any new technology (ie  new engines, transmissions, features, hybrid systems) as everything seems to be just the same carryover technology.  A prime example is that while other car companies have had 6 speed automatics (even 6, 8 speed) dsg transmissions, Honda is just started to slowly add 6 speed automatics and  then only a few of its more expensive models.  Clearly, Honda has grown too complacent and continues to be stuck in neutral while its competitors move forward at a brisk pace.  I need to replace my 2003 Accord soon, and the new Accord better have a minimum a 6 speed automatic (on all trim levels) with paddle shifters,  new engines (perhaps a twin-scroll turbo?), start stop button, a premium sound system like the TSX as an option,,HID lights, be smaller and much lighter with more sporty handling, turn signal indicators in the mirrors, back up cameras and a 6 speed manual option on all trim levels.   If  Honda plays it “safe” and the new Accord is as disappointing as the new Ciivic, my next car will be an turbo Optima or Sonata.

  • Canoe_polo4

    Hard to tell from a head on shot alone-need a cople of 360 degree shots