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Good performance, fuel economy, and interior space help make the Civic one of the best small sedans. The standard 1.7-liter, 115-hp four-cylinder and the EX's 127-hp version are sprightly. 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 controls are clear, with excellent fit and finish. Good crash-test results are another plus. The 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 the CVT.

See Reliability page for the latest 2004 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
  • 1.3-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)