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Good performance, fuel economy, and interior space help make the Civic a top pick. The standard engine 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 very well. Handling is fairly nimble though not quite as agile as that of the Ford Focus. The ride is less supple than in the previous model, and road noise is pronounced. The control layout is a model of clarity, and fit and finish are good. Good crash-test results are another plus. The high-revving Si has returned--this time as a hatchback--for 2002, offering a firmer suspension, tweaked cosmetics, and a 2.0-liter, 160-hp engine. A gasoline/electric hybrid Civic was recently introduced.

See Reliability page for the latest 2002 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
2-door hatchback
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)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)