The Chevrolet Cruze just pulled off a significant coup in the compact class, taking Consumer Reports' coveted "Recommended" rating away from the venerable Honda Civic in the publication's latest Auto Reliability Survey.

Chevrolet was lauded for the "stellar reliability of the redesigned 2016 Cruze," which catapulted it to the top of the 2017 compact class. Meanwhile the segments perpetual stalwart, the Honda Civic, was dropped courtesy of infotainment and engine issues, tarnishing the 10th generation's reliability ratings.

"We are ecstatic about this report," Sherry Gaunt, vice president of United Auto Workers Local 1714, told The Tribune Chronicle. UAW Local 1714 oversees Cruze production at GM's facility in Lordstown, Ohio.

More than 3.5 million Chevy Cruzes have been sold globally since 2008, more than 1.5 million of those units rolled off the Lordstown assembly line.

"Getting this kind of recognition simply shows that others recognize the quality and workmanship that we've worked, on both sides of the plant, to place in this vehicle," Gaunt continued. "We always strive to build a number one quality car."

Consumer Reports forecasts the reliability of 2017 vehicles based on survey responses from its subscribers, 2017 findings were based on 500,000 responses.