23: Lethargic Performance
Honda was never a performance powerhouse of a brand, but recent models have been increasingly dull. In addition to phasing out the manual transmission, the new generation of the Civic lacks the zippiness that the older models had. Many of this has to do with the fact that Honda uses CVT transmissions (via Team BHP).
Traditional enthusiasts have spoken out about these transmissions and performance is worse than you’d expect. The gradual phasing out of the manual transmission is another reason the performance has dropped. The manual transmission mated to a zippy four-cylinder was a hallmark of Honda.