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2013 Honda Civic refresh seems to appease Consumer Reports

Posted Nov 30th 2012 12:45PM


Consumer Reports and the Honda Civic appear to have kissed and made up. Following the compact's substantial "emergency refresh" after just one year on the market, CR got its hands on the vehicle for a quick drive. While the evaluation was far from the standard CR test, the organization found the 2013 Civic to offer a better tuned suspension and less vague steering at first blush. While the split-tier dash still hangs around for another few years, the cabin has ditched much of its oddly textured plastic bits in favor of soft touch materials with nicer detailing. That fact also won the new model points over its predecessor.

As you may recall, the 2012 Civic scored too low in Consumer Report evaluations to earn a "Recommended" rating. That fall from grace marked the first time the Honda model failed to make the cut, though that news didn't stop buyers from flocking to the vehicle. Consumer Reports will buy its own Civic and evaluate it once again soon.

In the interim, you can click here to watch the organization's initial impressions below, as well as read our recent Quick Spin writeup and photo gallery on the revised 2013 Honda Civic.

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Did people even watched the video ?? The 2011 was worst than the last model on ride, braking, noisy, interior material and when combined ,it didn't make the recommended list that it was sitting on for generations. Just because Honda was stil able to ride on their name and sold a lot of units, doesn't mean CR was wrong on review. If anything, the fact that Honda went to improve in all of those areas has proven that they agreed with CR and as CR said, the loser are the people that didn't do their research and got the 2011.

December 04 2012 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The much maligned 2012 Civic went on to be one of the best selling vehicles in the market. The fact that the 2012 Civic was essentially unchanged from the 2011 Civic which consumers reports has plenty of accolades for makes me wonder what the staff at cr is smoking. Unfortunately no one called cr on it. Didn't renew this year.

December 02 2012 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply