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Consumer Reports Awards Honda Civic Si with “Recommended” Rating

Honda has recently announced that it will introduce the new US Civic’s first facelift ahead of schedule, late next year, after the vehicle receive a wave of negative reviews, headed by Consumer Reports’ one.
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However, the publication has now offered the Civic Si a “recommended” rating. There is no confusion here, as the original filing refers to the entry-level Civic, while the new one is for the sporty Si version, which comes with a 2.4-liter engine, which brought more points for the compact.

The new rating comes thanks to the hp and torque offered by the engine, its smooth six-speed manual transmission, as well as for he fuel efficiency (the combined figure stands at 29 mpg). CR notes that the Si still loses points for the parts that brought the rating of the base Civic down, such as cheap plastic materials, poor soundproofing and an unpleasant ride quality.

However, CR offered the Volkswagen Jetta GLI the number one spot in a comparison between the two cars, but without the German model receiving a “recommended” rating, as it was too new on the market for that.

The (new) conclusion: "The Civic Si has a great powertrain, but it needs a better car wrapped around it," said David Champion, sr. director of Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
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