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.
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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

"The engine is very responsive and accelerates well."

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda Civic)

"The fact my car is a 2003 and still has the ability to gain speed and do it well is simply amazing."

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Civic)

"Good acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Civic)

"Handles well in tight turning and situations. Peppy"

Anonymous, MB (2003 Honda Civic)

"when i bought it, I was concerned about the little engine (this was my first little car, after all). It may not win many races, but I was very impressed with how quick and maneuverable the car was...and still is!"

Jack B., IL (2003 Honda Civic)

"This is an in-town run-around and it's fabulous for that. It's no sports car but it has a nice balance"

Joel S., GA (2003 Honda Civic)

"Torques steer from the electric motor coupled to the Gas engine are apparent. Quick off the line but only marginal for a 1.3 liter engine. the CVT tranmissions helps the get-up-an-go. Handling is good but nothing special."

Bryan G., AZ (2003 Honda Civic)

"My Honda handles well. I can get on and off the highway without any problems. I have no problems keeping up with the traffic flow on city streets and highways."

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Civic)

"Very average performance in both, but very reliable"

Stephen W., FL (2003 Honda Civic)

"drives sporty for a 15 year old car"

Barry C., CA (2003 Honda Civic)

"Acceleration from stop is quite slow. The car has trouble maintaining speed climbing the higher mountains in the Appalachian region."

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Civic)

"Handles very well, good sight lines and easy to maneuver. Accelerates fairly well."

Daniel S., MD (2003 Honda Civic)

"excellent handling in all kinds of weather; acceleration is quite acceptable especially since it is a 5-speed manual transmission. I am very happy with the way this car drives"

Carolyn D., CT (2003 Honda Civic)

"Pretty smooth even now"

Anonymous, SD (2003 Honda Civic)

"My 2003 Honda Civic drives and handles wonderfully. Due to it's front wheel drive and manual transmission, it has the pep and control needed in any situation."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic)

"It drives good.now needing the battery it’s slow and can’t run the air conditioning."

Bill G., AL (2003 Honda Civic)

"The engine in this thing is tiny (and very efficient), but with the electric hybrid helping when you need it, the car is responsive unless you are going uphill, especially for a long time. Then...not so much. Away from mountains, though, cruise does just fine holding speed in 5th gear. (This car has a manual transmission, and I'd love to get another like it...unfortunately, a hybrid manual is no longer an option."

Robert R., MN (2003 Honda Civic)

"It handles well. The steering is responsive and fairly tight. It has a good turning radius. Acceleration is fine on flat streets. It can be a bit sluggish going up inclines and it bogs down on long inclines and inclines that are steeper than about 5%, but that's to be expected of an older 4 cylinder engine."

Janet T., CO (2003 Honda Civic)

"Acceleration and handling are very acceptable and also easy to manage."

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Civic)

"IT has a lot of power and handles well."

Nicole P., CA (2003 Honda Civic)

"Well, considering my car is 15+ years old, it handles very well, although the acceleration could be a bit faster. I love driving curvy roads with it, just because it is always so fun."

Michele R., CA (2003 Honda Civic)

"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)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"When I purchased my Civic, brand new, in 2003, I was 57 years old. I'm now 71 and the car seats sit way too low for me to easily enter and exit the vehicle. I continue to keep the car because it only has 42000 miles and it has been an extremely dependable means of transportation."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic)

"It is a comfortable drive for long period of times without putting any strain on my back or legs."

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Civic)

"Solid ride no matter the speed. Seats adjust forward/back, and back adjusts vertically. Very little noise for a small car."

Elizabeth R., VT (2003 Honda Civic)

"Road noise is very loud."

Richard A., VT (2003 Honda Civic)

"We like the seats. They are comfortable. The noise level is not good."

Kathleen M., PA (2003 Honda Civic)

"CR rates many factors in cars, but one that they seriously overlook is long term driving comfort. Though the 2003 Honda Civic was an excellent overall car for us, it is not enjoyable to ride on trips that last longer than 1.5 hours. After that amount of time, the car becomes very uncomfortable. Legs start to become sore and seats are not as comfortable. She should include long-term comfort in your driving assessments. For example, and by comparison, I used to own a 1995 Plymouth Voyager. Thoug..."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic)

"Civic has been a good car we have put ima battery once and need one now.I love the civic."

Bill G., AL (2003 Honda Civic)

"Seats are adequate. Cabin is noisy as expected for this small car and the ride is as expected for a small car."

Bryan G., AZ (2003 Honda Civic)

"The ride of the Civic is somewhat rough, noisy; we sometimes have the sensation that our seats are installed and we're sitting on the floor of the vehicle."

Gary R., NY (2003 Honda Civic)

"The seats in this vehicle are great, front and back. They STILL remain comfortable over a long road trip, even without lumbar adjustments, and still look super, 15 years on. They were made right!"

Robert R., MN (2003 Honda Civic)

"Very comfortable car for the size"

Stephen W., FL (2003 Honda Civic)

"I'm a small person (5'4", 110 lbs) and needed a car in which I could easily reach the pedals and still feel comfortable moving around otherwise (e.g. when turning, seat comfort, etc.). The Honda Civic EX fit me well. The ride is a little rough. I easily feel the road, but I expected as much from a lower-end model."

Janet T., CO (2003 Honda Civic)

"BEST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED SEATS"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Civic)

"Comfortable eats for my back. I am short and wish I could make the seat a little higher. Ride is smooth and easy to control. I like the small car."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic)

"Design of the seats are very uncomfortable."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic)

"Love everything about my car except the road noise when driving."

Frances W., GA (2003 Honda Civic)

"It has a LOT of road noise, especially when running snow tires."

Richard A., VT (2003 Honda Civic)

"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)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"This car is now 14 years old. It was a very good value for the money! We have had it serviced at a dealer and the required maintenance done, every year. We have spent very little on the upkeep for this car."

Kathleen M., PA (2003 Honda Civic)

"Great car for more than a decade of city driving. Hardly any major repairs beyond maintenance. Love this car!"

Jonathan H., MD (2003 Honda Civic)

"At age 14 this car has been a blessing! No monthly car payments. Fuel expense minimal. Repairs minor. Nothing but good things to say. My big question: WHY ON EARTH WOULD HONDA CEASE PRODUCTION? I would most likely have bought 3 or 4 cars since purchasing this one."

Elizabeth R., VT (2003 Honda Civic)

"Lasts forever and still riding good"

Anonymous, SD (2003 Honda Civic)

"I just wanted a reliable car with the basic comforts. I've had almost no issues with my Honda. I love it."

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Civic)

"Excellent gas mileage, long use, minimum to normal maintenance expense for 15 years of use."

Jeffrey B., SC (2003 Honda Civic)

"Because of my experience with Honda cars my family also drive Honda. This car has has had few problems beyond normal wear and tear. I hope to keep driving it for several years at least. You don't have to spend a fortune to purchase a great car. I depend on Consumer Reports to give me the best information to purchase a good value car."

Sally K., IL (2003 Honda Civic)

"15 years old, 45 MPG. 110,000 Miles just had new front brake pads installed for the first time! Back brakes only needed adjustment."

Bruce D., MI (2003 Honda Civic)

"Although I drive very little now, the car has performed well for 15 years and has had virtually no unusual problems."

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Civic)

"Car has been largely trouble free and still going strong after 130000 miles. Uses no oil between changes."

J D., MD (2003 Honda Civic)

"it was a good price"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Civic)

"Handles very well, comfortable, easy to drive for me and my sons. Has good space, pretty good mileage. Since it is old, it lacks newer safety and electronic features now standard."

Daniel S., MD (2003 Honda Civic)

"Very high reliability over the past 15 years, i.e. few unexpected maintenance problems which were not overly costly."

Anonymous, NS (2003 Honda Civic)

"Very good purchase price and low maintenance costs."

Parker Q., MN (2003 Honda Civic)

"Still getting very good gas mileage (low 40's) in the city; low 50's on highway. The car has held up well."

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda Civic)

"I have owned my Civic for 15 years. I have not had any mechanical repair bills."

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda Civic)

"300K and still going with mostly just routine maintenance!"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Civic)

"I have had the car over 12 years witj no major problems."

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda Civic)

"Good value both from the purchase aspect & operational."

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda Civic)

"Reliability is a high priority; the Civic is a winner there, and it's still reasonably priced."

Gary R., NY (2003 Honda Civic)

"It's a reasonably priced, reliable vehicle."

Gary R., NY (2003 Honda Civic)

"My 2003 Honda Civic has been the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. I have never had to do any major work to it. Of course, my husband is incredibly xxxxx about making sure it is serviced at the right intervals, to include oil changes and tire rotation. And it is washed regularly so mother nature never gets a chance to do her worst."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda Civic)

"Still a great value and little repair cost through the years"

Anonymous, SD (2003 Honda Civic)

"Does not malfunction and does not break"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Civic)

"It has 294,000 miles, still runs well, doesn't use oil or any other fluids between service intervals. For better or worse, it's basically the same car as it was when it was new."

Stephen L., CA (2003 Honda Civic)

"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)

"Everything"

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)

Styling

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)

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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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