2003 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Honda sold Civic's soul

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Honda sold Civic's soul
By scannon on


2003 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 5M)


The 2003 LX is NO FUN at all to drive. The steering is firm but vague, and it refuses to recenter properly. Brake feel is appalling. On the plus side, it is very roomy, it's cleanly designed (if boring), and it's fine on the highway. Material quality is typical for Honda - first rate, lightyears ahead of anything built by the US manufacturers. This car has qained a full quarter-ton of weight since 1996. It's safer than the previous generation, but the weight increase - absent a commensurate power increase - means that the car is slooooowww off the line. Cornering is uninspired, and as I said, braking is poor.

Best Features

Environmental friendliness, reliability (except for one problem), high quality materials (though not as high as before), exceptional residual values (meaning it's cheap to drive).

Worst Features

More power. Less weight. BETTER BRAKES. BETTER STEERING. Also, Honda (if you're reading this), why are there like 15 different material shades and textures on the inside? This is still, overall, a good car. But by Honda's established standards, it is sub-par.
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