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.
There are 24 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“Handles very well, but could use a more powerful engine for acceleration, especially when carrying a lot of weight or running the AC.”

DANIEL S., MD (2003 Honda Civic)

“I've loaned my car out quite often to people who own cars with much larger engines and they always comment that they're surprised with my Honda's performance and handling.”

MARY K., CA (2003 Honda Civic)

“You really have to put your foot into it to get the car accelerating much.”

ROBERT U., NJ (2003 Honda Civic)

“The acceleration has always been excellent until the last year. The mechanic repaired the gasket heads and it is better now but not as good as it was prior to this issue.”

CAROLYN S., TX (2003 Honda Civic)

“My previous car was a 1987 Honda Accord LXI. It was wonderful to drive and had more features than my current car which is 16 years newer. Disappointing-I figured a newer car would be better even taking into account that the old one was an Accord and the new one is a Civic.. The 2003 Civic is a "pedestrian" car....”

IRIS H., CO (2003 Honda Civic)

“This car still has pep and responsiveness. It's a fun car to drive to zip around town. Braking is great.”

DANIEL D., OH (2003 Honda Civic)

“Good - Reasonable handling, adequate acceleration, Bad - road noise,”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic)

“I have always loved how the Honda Civic drives and handles. This is the 3rd Civic I've owned - all with manual 5-speed transmissions. Plenty of pick-up, great low end torque and it really grabs a curve at any speed I ask it to.”

CAROLYN D., CT (2003 Honda Civic)

“Excellent handling / acceleration”

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda Civic)

“still gets good acceleration and handling”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“engine noise. a/c not as efficient after 13 yrs. Otherwise, great.”

ANN L., VT (2003 Honda Civic)

“Small for me (not roomy), kind of noisy, but great gas mileage.”

MICHAEL R., OH (2003 Honda Civic)

“civic seats are very low which cause lower back problems when driving long distances”

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic)

“Road noise is loud, black interior with dark blue body paint make for a very hot interior when parked in sun.”

JOHN K., CA (2003 Honda Civic)

“There is quite a bit of road noise. it is often annoying when we talk while driving the expressways.”

THOMAS G., IL (2003 Honda Civic)

“This is not that comfortable. Seats lack sufficient padding. The car feels every little bump in the road.”

DANIEL D., OH (2003 Honda Civic)

“Always been a bit noisy. Honda could do better.”

STEPHEN L., WA (2003 Honda Civic)

“all of the above plus styling”

R W., MB (2003 Honda Civic)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“Still great vehicle with over 240,000 miles on it. Only major issues were with power windows/locks and emissions controls”

JEFFREY B., SC (2003 Honda Civic)

“Car bought in May, 2003, and driven regularly since, using it for long distance driving for the first 7 years, and now just for city driving. Have NEVER had major problems with it. It gets it's usual check ups and minor corrections, but nothing serious. It sits outside in the Florida sun and the finish is still good. LOVE THE CAR.”

ERNEST S., FL (2003 Honda Civic)

“I bought the car a year old. Have had it for 12 years, and aside from scheduled maintenance, haven't had to lift a finger. The trunk light is burned out and apparently not trivial to fix, so I just left it alone. Periodically, I get a check engine light--OBD indicates this is a P0122 error related to the throttle position sensor. It's a common issue with this model year, and costs around $800 to replace. As it seems to have no effect on engine performance, I ignore it and it goes away after a we”

PAUL S., CO (2003 Honda Civic)

“Never had any serious problems”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic)

“Has served me well with little to no problems for over 10 years. maintain it and it will treat you well in return.”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic)

“Good - fantastic reliability, excellent fuel consumption, comfortable front seats Bad - small back seat.”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic)

“still gets good gas millage”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic)


RICHARD S., AZ (2003 Honda Civic)

“MPG has increased as the car has aged. When it was new, it was getting in the low 30s mpg. Now it is 13 years old and it is high 30s or low 40s. No big changes in driving patterns.”

JAMES P., CO (2003 Honda Civic)

“Great on gas mileage, only one major problem :Head gasket. Keeps going with only normal maintainence. Execelent acceleration.”

WILLIAM S., WI (2003 Honda Civic)

“It has approximately 188,000 miles and still drives well with no major problems.”

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Civic)

“it is incredibly reliable! never fails to start & gets great mileage.”

JULIE W., NM (2003 Honda Civic)

“Reliability, mileage, comfort”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic)

“Great gas mileage. Pay less than market if you can.”

MICHAEL R., OH (2003 Honda Civic)

“The car has been remarkably reliable. Now that the car is older, however, I am somewhat at the mercy of repair shops and dealer service departments that have become very aggressive in recommending repair work for things they discover while inspecting the vehicle during oil changes and other routine maintenance. And the quality of the work seems to be getting worse. Dealer service departments work at a frenetic pace. And independent shops have fewer qualified mechanics.”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic)

“The car has been very reliable. I've had all recommended servicings. Only time car didn't start was when the battery stopped working long before it's warranty.”

CAROLYN S., TX (2003 Honda Civic)

“This has been an amazing vehicle. Almost no repairs, economical and a great car to drive. 300,000K and still going great.”

KATHLEEN G., AB (2003 Honda Civic)

“Purchased this vehicle new in 2003 and since that time I have not had one significant problem (major or minor) with it. This car has only cost me basic maintenance and replacement of normal items (tires, wipers, etc.)”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic)

“Other than the head gasket repair I've only had maintenance costs for this car. For a 13 year old car, that's darned good! From reading Consumer Reports the quality dipped in past years, so if I were to replace the car now I'd have to think about another Honda. But I plan to get 200k miles out of this car.”

SALLY K., IL (2003 Honda Civic)

“great day to day car.”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Civic)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“ok for a small car like it better than newer model.”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Civic)

“very dependable”

DAVID M., CA (2003 Honda Civic)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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