By cardriver on
2003 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car while commuting to college and work daily. MPG and cost were the determining factors in purchase. The engine, apart from VERY loud revs, is just fine. It has no problem getting to 80-90 MPH and going steady. My major and only real issue with the car is the interior. For short trips (i.e. test drive) the interior is just fine. Get past 20 minutes in the car and you're ready to kill yourself. The seats are rock hard and HURT the back over time. The cup holder is awkwardly positioned behind the shifter, the radio is too far to reach while sitting back and the car lacks an armrest all together. Claims of high MPG are lies; rarely over 25 MPG on street w/ highway
Spunky tight turns, nimble engine. Haven't had any mechanical issues. Change the oil, rotate the tires and the car is fine for years.
The interior needs to be redesigned. Wider and SOFTER seats are a must. Wider tires also need to be added. In wet conditions, the tires lose all credibility and slip. Wider tires would improve that greatly.