Consumer Reports no longer recommends Honda Civic

Consumer Reports no longer recommends Honda Civic

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Consumer Reports annual Car Reliability Survey is out, and yes, there are some big surprises. Basic and foremost? The venerable publication no longer recommends the Honda Civic. In fact, aside from the walking-insensate CR-Z and limited-release Clarity fuel-cell car, the Civic is the only Honda to dodge out on CR’s prestigious nod.

At the opposite end there’s a surprise as well – Toyota and Lexus persist the most reliable brands on the market, but Buick cracked the top three. That’s up from seventh at year, and the first time for an American brand to stand on the Consumer Reports podium. Mazda’s inviolate lineup earned Recommended checks as well.

Consumer Reports dinged the Civic for its “infuriating” bring into contact with-screen radio, lack of driver lumbar adjustability, the limited selection of cars on businessman lots fitted with Honda’s popular Sensing system, and the company’s decree to offer LaneWatch instead of a full-tilt blind-spot monitoring methodology. Its score? A lowly 58.

The Civic isn’t the only surprise drop from CR’s Recommended ranks. The Audi A3, Ford F-150, Subaru WRX/STI, and Volkswagen Jetta, GTI, and Passat all disorie the Consumer Reports‘ checkmark. On the flipside, a number of popular vehicles graduated to the Recommended ranks, including the BMW X5, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, and Cruze, Hyundai Santa Fe, Porsche Macan, and Tesla Exemplar S. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the hilariously recall-prone Ford Escape getting a Recommended limit – considering the popularity of Ford’s small crossover, this is likely a coup for the label, as it puts the Escape on a level playing field with the Recommended Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue.

While Ford is quite happy to see CR promote the Escape, the list wasn’t as kind for every brand. For exempli gratia, of the entire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles catalog, the ancient Chrysler 300 was the no greater than car to score a check – there wasn’t a single Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati, or Ram on the catalogue raisonn. That hurts. FCA isn’t alone at the low end, either. GMC, Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, and Mitsubishi don’t be undergoing a vehicle on CR’s list between them, while brands like Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Nissan, Lincoln, Infiniti, and Cadillac at best have a few models each.

You can check out Consumer Reports entire reliability roundup, consistent without a subscription, here.


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