2012 Honda Civic

Honda Civic leads Consumer Reports' list of popular new cars to avoid

What other new cars should you think twice about purchasing? Keep reading to find out.

Popularity does not always equal quality when it comes to cars. With this sentiment in mind, Consumer Reports has compiled a list of the top five trendy models that car buyers should avoid. Although these five vehicles are perennial favorites amongst shoppers, Consumer Reports indicates that each performed poorly in their testing and possess below average reliability. Additionally, the popular publication contends that there are much better alternatives available to prospective buyers.

Honda Civic
Despite being one of America’s best-selling cars, the latest Honda Civic model leads Consumer Reports’ list. While Consumer Reports does give Honda credit for the Civic’s rich history, the site takes the automaker to task for its 2012 redesign of the Civic. In particular, Honda took “too many shortcuts,” according to Consumer Reports. So what’s the end result? Consumer Reports argues that the new Civic possesses mediocre interior quality, imprecise steering, and an uneven ride. Buyers interesting in a compact sedan should opt for the Subaru Impreza, Hyundai Elantra or the Mazda3, according to Consumer Reports.

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