The 2012 Honda Civic was late reaching the marketplace. Its design team had scrapped plans to make it larger midway through production, and went back to the slender design for which it was known.
According to Brauer, the delay wasn’t worth it. The Civic still offers the same comfortable ride and respectable fuel economy but those attributes are offset by what he calls “uninspired styling and dated equipment,” leading to sales he describes as “lackluster.”
(The original version of the story incorrectly stated that the redesign occurred on the 2011 Honda Civic. It has been corrected to include the redesign for the 2012 Honda Civic.)