For years, the Honda Civic ranked among the best small cars you could buy - until the 2012 redesign. It was a big step backwards, losing its premium feel and enjoyable nature. Instead, this Civic has a cheap interior, numb handling, and a bouncy ride. Interior road noise is also pronounced. Overly light and devoid of feedback, vague steering robbed the Civic of its sporty character. The ride is unsettled, even on the highway. Honda rushed back to the drawing board, substantially improving the car for 2013 by improving the ride, handling, and interior finish. More changes came for 2014, with a CVT automatic replacing the traditional automatic. Throughout all of the changes, a high point was the 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which returned an impressive 30 mpg with the CVT and responsive acceleration. Expect 40 mpg overall from the hybrid. The sporty Civic Si has a super-slick six-speed manual and returns 29 mpg overall. There's even a natural gas version. Rear-seat room is decent, but not everyone likes the dual-tier dashboard. Stability control finally became standard.