Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars

Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars

Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars

Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars

Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars

Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars
  • Battle of the Eco Compact Cars

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid driving

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco driving

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI driving

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid front 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco front 3/4 view

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI front 3/4 view

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid rear 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco rear 3/4 view

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI rear 3/4 view

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid front 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco front 3/4 view

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI front 3/4 view

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid rear 3/4 view

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco rear 3/4 view

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI rear 3/4 view

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid side view

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco side view

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI side view

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid front view

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco front view

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI front view

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid rear view

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco rear view

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI rear view

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid grille

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco grille

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI grille

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid logo

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco logo

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI logo

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid headlight

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco headlight

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI headlight

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid wheel

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco wheel

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI wheel

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid wheel

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco wheel

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI wheel

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid side mirror

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco side mirror

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI side mirror

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid door handle

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco door handle

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI door handle

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid taillight

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco taillight

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI taillight

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid badge

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco badge

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI badge

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid engine

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco engine

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI engine

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid engine

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco engine

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI engine

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid engine detail

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco engine detail

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI engine detail

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid interior

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco interior

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI interior

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid interior

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco interior

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI interior

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid interior

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco interior

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI interior

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid gauges

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco gauges

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI gauges

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid navigation system

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco instrument panel

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI instrument panel

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid shifter

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco shifter

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI shifter

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid shifter

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco shifter

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI shifter

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid front seats

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco front seats

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI front seats

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid rear seats

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco rear seats

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI rear seats

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid door

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco door

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI door

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid keys

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco keys

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI keys

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid trunk

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco trunk

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI trunk

As we've stated before, there's truly no greater sin in the automotive world than replacing a worthy vehicle with an inferior machine. According to Consumer Reports, that's exactly what Honda has done... again.

With the 2012 redesign, the Honda Civic Hybrid has fallen off CR's Recommended list. Its score of 62 – one point above the 2012 Honda Civic but ten points below CR's rating for the 2006 Civic Hybrid – forced Consumer Reports to drop its Recommended tag from the gas-electric Civic. In CR's words:
The new Honda Civic Hybrid gets an impressive 40 miles per gallon overall, 3 mpg more than the previous Civic Hybrid and even better than Honda's smaller Insight and CR-Z. But the car has gone down hill overall, with sloppy handling, a choppy ride, long stopping distances and a cheap feeling interior. With its low test score, we no longer can recommend the Civic Hybrid, even though we expect above-average reliability.
And with the Honda Insight scoring only 54 points and the CR-Z grabbing just 57 points, Honda no longer has a single hybrid on CR's Recommended list. For reference, the Toyota Prius scored 80 points, landing it in second place in CR's "small hatchbacks" category.

The only "small sedans" to score below the 2012 Civic Hybrid in CR's evaluation were the Mitsubishi Lancer EX (62), Honda Civic LX (61) and Volkswagen Jetta SE (60).

Honda will most likely be none-too pleased with the Civic Hybrid's low score and we even expect the Japanese automaker to, once again, respond to CR's ranking of its redesigned Civic. That is, unless Consumer Reports' chronicling of Honda's decline has convinced the Japanese automaker that the Civic just ain't as good as it once was.


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