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Honda Civic EX: No longer Consumer Reports Recommended

Consumer Reports News: November 01, 2010 07:38 AM

Consumer Reports no longer recommends the Honda Civic EX, despite its current ranking at the top of our small sedan Ratings.

This is because electronic stability control, a vital piece of safety equipment, is not available at all on the Civic unless you buy an EX-L (with leather), a Si sports model, or the hybrid. That means the cheapest Civic with stability control has a sticker price of $22,705—significantly higher than the typical small sedan price in our Ratings of about $19,000. And those sedans don’t force you to buy an expensive options package to get stability control; it’s standard on almost every small sedan for 2011. For that matter, it’s standard on many less expensive subcompact cars, including the Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, and Toyota Yaris.

We do recommend the Civic Si and Hybrid.

Stability control will be mandated across the board on all passenger cars for 2012. But in the mean time, if you’re in the market now, you should buy a car with stability control. It is a proven lifesaver.

And that means we don’t recommend buying the most popular versions of the Civic.

Tom Mutchler

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