THE CHALLENGER: Honda Civic Sedan LX
PRICE AS TESTED: $18,940 OVERALL RATING: 63/100
POUND FOR POUND SCORE: 3.3
HIGHS: Fuel economy, crash-test results
LOWS: Ride, road noise, steering feel, fit and finish, braking
TALE OF THE TAPE: Canada’s best-selling car of 2012 manages to post an above-average PfP score even with a lackluster rating from Consumer Reports. The redesigned Civic is selling off of its previous well-regarded record, but this version of Honda’s small car offers floaty steering, a jerky ride and a low-grade interior. Good fuel-mileage saves the Civic from being a complete letdown, but its new design and ho-hum performance make for a ‘blah’ driving experience. If you must own a Civic, go for the SI.