This is a good first car. I bought it off a family member. Fuel economy is EXCELLENT, highway driving can see upwards of 45 MPG. The engine is weak at low RPMs, and passing power isn't the greatest. This isn't too big a deal for a relatively gentle driver for myself. Steering is EXCELLENT; the car is very nimble and easy to steer, with a very logical and intuitive feel to the wheel. I always feel in control of the car.
Fuel economy, space (for economy car), steering, transmission, climate control system, looks.
ABS isn't available on LX. 2001 Body trim has some interior trim problems (door panels, rattles) and the seats are very hard. Honda fixed these by the 2003 model.
Replaced a '97 Civic LX for this lease return. Styling, space, interior conveniences and power/tranny combo seem better than the '97. Suspension not as responsive & sone additional road noise than the '97. Overall a fantastic West Coast Canadian commuter. Very pleased. PS Still own a '90 Accord EXR for longer road trips.
Styling, seating comfort, fuel economy, interior layout and overall driveability are exemplary for a compact.
Bought this car because I wanted a reliable ride and that is exactly what I got. It does have rattles as other reviews point out and that's annoying, but that is about it. It rides nicely and I get 38 highway and about 29 to 30 in the city. Not too bad. The ride is extremely smooth. My next car will most likely be another Honda.
Love the control layout. Very easy to reach the controls that I used most often.
Engine noise can be loud when merging onto a highway and it needs the rattles fixed.
This is my second Civic,and a tremedous improvement of the interior noise of the 99 LX sedan. In fact, I have to sell one of my civics, and I would much rather keep the 01 EX, even for the extra $5K. For the first two years the acceleration was sluggish, and the brakes required alot of force, I felt like I was diving, however, after driving 30,000 miles and a brake job, things are much improved, perhaps needed a good break in period. Long distance trips are very comfortable, and the car is extremely stable at fast speeds (no spoiler needed). 6 speakers is indispensible, and I have no interest in replacing the standard stereo.
fold down arm rest, fold down rear seats, large trunk, comfy steering wheel, adjustable seat bottom, lots of leg room. mirrors on both visors, large pockets on both doors, solid drink holder. rear folding seat backs have saved my life many times
AC vents channeled to rear, would really help, since back window is so big, it gets HOT. Need 1 inch more head room to step into back seat. need a tad more room for storage in mid console or glove box, but I guess this isnt a minivan. Better release handles in trunk for folding seat back!
This is my family's 5th Honda (4
Civics) and we are not disappointed.
We knew what we were getting. Of
course we could have saved $3K-$4K
buying a Sunfire\Cavailier or Hyundai
but the resale, reliability and quality
is not even close to the Civic. Not a
problem from day one. For road trips,
this may not be the ideal car but it'll
be good on gas. On the performance
side the 1.7 4 banger is lacking a bit
in power and performance compared to
competition (Mazda3, etc.). Just
imagine the Civic with the Accord or
CRV 4 cyclinder engine.....are you
Good gas mileage, reliability and
More interior space, give the Civic the
Accord and CRV 4 banger