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The Civic has traditionally been one of the best small cars on the market. A 2001 redesign has made this popular small sedan even better in most respects. The new Civic is slightly roomier inside, although its a bit smaller on the outside. The standard engine for the DX and LX is a sprightly 1.7-liter, 115-hp Four, while the EX has a 127-hp version, and the HX coupe gets a fuel efficient 117-hp lean-burn engine. The automatic transmission works well. Handling is fairly nimble though not quite as agile as the Ford Focuss. Ride is less supple than in the old model, and road noise is pronounced. ABS is standard on the EX, unavailable on lesser trims. The sporty Si will return in 2002 as a hatchback.

See Reliability page for the latest 2001 Honda Civic recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.

Road Test

Perennially one of the best small cars, the 2001 Civic was improved in an evolutionary way. It's well designed and economical, handles well, meets Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standards, and has good crash-test results.

Highs

  • Handling, fuel economy, ergonomics, brakes.

Lows

  • Road noise, ride.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.7-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (117 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (115 hp)