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 15 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

"With the manual transmission the car performs very well and is fun to drive. Handling is more than adequate with predictable characteristics in turns."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Civic)

"Acceleration is sluggish and can be a bit problematic when merging onto a highway - but it handles really well and corners well - even after 12 years!"

RICHARD F., MA (2004 Honda Civic)


JOSEPH F., ON (2004 Honda Civic)

"Acceleration not bad. Roads in NJ are in poor condition and you feel it in the Civic."

BARRY R., NJ (2004 Honda Civic)

"Continues to drive smoothly and operate even with advanced milage."

BRAD S., OH (2004 Honda Civic)

"Excellent acceleration, superb handling in tight spots, Civic Si"

SABATINO P., ON (2004 Honda Civic)

"Fuel economy. Nice ride. good pick up in traffic."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Civic)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats could be better. There is about a 2 hour limit. I try to avoid using this car for a long trip because of seat comfort."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Civic)


JOSEPH F., ON (2004 Honda Civic)

"air conditioning is a bit weak"

ROBERT O., CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Would like more comfortable seats. Everything else is good."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Civic)

"Long trips for me, a big guy, are somewhat painful. The seats are low and very firm."

BARRY R., NJ (2004 Honda Civic)

"The back seat is small. One small person could be in the back or two small children in car seats. It is a bumpy ride in the back."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic)

"Does not have power seats. Car does not fit me well."

GWENDOLYN D., NC (2004 Honda Civic)

"noise is the bad factor"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Honda Civic)

"Noisy at highway speed."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Civic)

"The car is comfortable for me but not for my wife."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Seats are not very comfortable for long distances"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Civic)

"Seats are more comfortable than any chair or sofa in my house. The car is low enough that you need to be a bit of a contortionist to get in and out. Stiff suspension means you really feel the road, but that's part of what you expect to get with a sports car."

HELEN P., VA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Prior to this, I had a Toyota Corolla, which had a more comfortable seat and a much less bumpy ride."

DEBRA D., NC (2004 Honda Civic)

"It is quite uncomfortable on a long drive (one hour or more)"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Honda Civic)


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

What Owners Say

"fair price when purchased used. Held up well. Good gas mileage.No major repairs"

JOHN C., PA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Trouble free driving over the past 12 years"

Anonymous, NS (2004 Honda Civic)

"When I purchased the 2004 Honda Civic back in 2004 if was a backup car for the 2001 Porsche 911, and it is an extremely RELIABLE car. The Moneypit aka 911 is a fantastic car but one needs a backup aka RELIABLE car, and I'm so fortunate that I purchased the Honda Civic way back in 2004!! GO HONDA!!"

GERALDINE S., MA (2004 Honda Civic)

"The best car I have ever owned as far as operating costs (maintenance, repairs, etc.)."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Honda Civic)

"An extremely reliable vehicle with great gas mileage and a very reasonable price."

PATRICK S., CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Great car for city driving. Easy to park, good gas mileage, very dependable, and a great price."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Civic)

"Excellent value, I have 275,000 miles and the only significant repair was a head gasket and temperature valve replacement. It still runs great."

GRANT A., NH (2004 Honda Civic)

"We purchased this car six months after the model year started. We paid an attractive price for it. It has been exceptionally reliable"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Civic)

"It has been reliable and cheap to drive."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Honda Civic)

"I paid a fair price less than blue book. fixed a couple of small bugs and feel its a bargain and great fuel economy which was why I was looking around and found this car"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Honda Civic)

"The radio/CD system on this car is messed up. The CD player went out several years ago. I REALLY need an alternative to the radio - audio books, CDs, etc. Don't have that now. And because they intertwined the cooling and audio systems, it is expensive to replace."

DEBRA D., NC (2004 Honda Civic)

"100% satisfaction. No costs other than maintenance."

ANTHONY H., NY (2004 Honda Civic)

"This vehicle has very low maintenance costs over its lifetime."

CHARLES H., WV (2004 Honda Civic)

"I have put 140,000 on this since buying it. Other than an alternator, a transmission bearing and clutch, front ball joints, no other work except regularly scheduled maintenance. I plan to go to 300,000 miles."

THOMAS L., TN (2004 Honda Civic)

"It was reasonably priced, had good safety features for the year of manufacture, had (and has had) a good maintenance record, and has been very economical to operate."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Honda Civic)

"The 04 Civic has been an extremely reliable car. Low cost of ownership - it simply does not have problems! With routine maintenance I could expect this car to keep running several more years."

JAMES C., FL (2004 Honda Civic)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"In my opinion Honda need to work on style in general. They don't look modern or "cool". But it is very practical car for me."

ANTHONY S., NY (2004 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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