Yonkers, New York – The Honda Civic, which has often been the highest-rated small sedan by Consumer Reports and a Top Pick in five of the last ten years, now scores too low to be recommended by the magazine following its redesign.

The all-new Civic LX’s score dropped by 17 points to a “mediocre” 61 points from the previous generation’s “very good” 78, the magazine said. It scored second to last in Consumer Reports’ rating of 12 small sedans, beating only the redesigned Volkswagen Jetta.

The testers found it to be “less agile” and with “lower interior quality” than its predecessor; it also suffers from “a choppy ride, long stopping distances, and pronounced road noise.” However, the magazine noted its decent rear seat room and second-best fuel economy in its class.

The leader among cars tested in the small sedan segment is the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra.

The test group also included the redesigned 2012 Ford Focus and hatchback version of the Kia Forte, both of which scored “very good.” The full report is available in the September issue of the magazine.

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