2017 Honda Civic: Not Worthy Of US Crown, It Seems

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Its sales numbers continue to be a testament to how much of a beloved car the Honda Civic really is, besides the fact that it came out on top as the 2016 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show back in January.

However, both critical acclaim and commercial success hasn’t moved the well-known publication to reconsider its unforgiving position on the compact sedan.

The highlight of its recently released Car Reliability Survey is its change of view toward the tenth-gen Civic – basically, Consumer Reports (CR) has pulled its recommendation of the sedan.

Why? Well, the reasons have little to do with drivability as much as comfort and convenience features such as seat adjustability and infotainment ergonomics. But this shouldn’t be shocking, as other notable nameplates have been given the same treatment by the publication before this.

Vehicles such as the Ford F-150 and Subaru WRX STI have been kicked out of CR’s recommendations list, so folks can be assured that this isn’t too unusual: the consumer product watchdog can at times bite too hard.

Interestingly, the one automaker that hasn’t yet fallen out of favor with CR is Mazda, whose entire lineup of vehicles is in its recommended list. Is the Mazda 3 a better pick than the Civic?