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

2003 Honda Civic - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (1.7L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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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

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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