by Honda in the News on August 25, 2011
The all-new 2012 Honda Civic came out on top in a recent compact sedan comparison by Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. Although the Civic tied for the top stop with the Hyundai Elantra, editors found that the Civic had its own distinct strong points.
"At some point in time, most everyone drives a compact sedan, whether it is a commuter car, second car, empty nester car or even a rental car," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com, noting the importance of this segment.
Specifically, editors praised the Civic's value and performance. Like with previous generations, the new Civic "does it better all at once," and "succeeds a lot and fails nowhere." While each compact sedan in the comparison fits the needs of a certain buyer with his or her own set of priorities, the Civic was the most well-rounded of the bunch.
"Because this vehicle class is an inevitable part of most American drivers' lives, we wanted to put the top new models up against each other head-to-head to see how they would fare," added Nerad. "While the caliber of vehicles is better than ever in the compact sedan category across the board, each model proved to have different strengths and weaknesses that potential buyers should know about before they make their final decision. The cars are in the same segment, but they certainly aren't the same, and we found that each meets the needs of a particular set of consumers."
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