This couldn't have come sooner for Honda
. In case anyone was unaware, the ninth-generation Honda Civic, launched for 2012, has been a huge letdown in nearly every single category. Its styling - inside and out - is bland, the interior is composed of cheap materials and the handling, well, let's just say it's far from what we'd normally expect from Honda. Consumer Reports marked the Civic for death when it was denied the coveted spot on the "Recommended List". But Honda aims to regain its honor with an updated version of the compact sedan.