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Honda Civic 2003 sedan
Trim Shown: Sedan
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 has a fuel-efficient lean-burn engine. The automatic works very well. Handling is fairly nimble though not quite as agile as that of the Ford Focus. The ride is a bit too firm, and road noise is pronounced. The control layout is a model of clarity, with excellent fit and finish. Good crash-test results are another plus. The high-revving Si drives similarly despite its 160-hp engine. The gasoline/electric Hybrid also performs like a regular Civic, though slower, and averaged 36 mpg in CR tests with a CVT.

See Reliability page for the latest 2003 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.


  • Handling, fuel economy, ergonomics, brakes.


  • Road noise, ride.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

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
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.3-liter 4 hybrid (93 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (117 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (115 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)