Honda Civic EX: No longer Consumer Reports Recommended image

Consumer Reports no longer recommends the Honda Civic EX, despite its current ranking at the top of our small sedan Ratings.

Why? Well, according to the consumerreports website, on the Honda Civic EX, the ESP is not available at all on the Civic unless you buy an EX-L (with leather), a Si sports model, or the hybrid.

That means the cheapest Civic with stability control has a sticker price of $22,705—significantly higher than the typical small sedan price in our Ratings of about $19,000.

The Honda Civic is available as a coupe or sedan. Both styles share five main trim levels: base DX, LX, EX, EX-L and Si. The sedan also features DX Value Package, LX-S, Hybrid and GX trim levels. All trims but the Si are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 140 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic is optional.

Civics have always been known for fuel-efficiency with the Si getting 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway and the other trims getting 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway while the hybrid models are capable of getting 40mpg city and 45 mpg highway.