I was surprised, even dismayed, by the discovery that Consumer Reports now rates the expected reliability of the Civic, Accord, and Clarity as only 3 of 5 stars — in other words, just average. This is based upon thousands of owner reports over the past several years. We bought our Honda years ago when the ratings were consistently 4 or 5 stars. Worse was seeing that the predicted owner satisfaction on the latest Civic was only 3 our of 5! Have other cars gotten that much better? Has Honda slipped? Have owners gotten pickier? It's made me seriously consider Toyotas, which we once owned ages ago and liked, and which still have top ratings from owners. Hence, looking into the Prius and Prius Prime.