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2001 Honda Civic

2001 Honda Civic

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5 Seats
35-40 MPG
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2001 Honda Civic Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The best-selling small car in the United States has a new design with a roomier interior and styling that resembles that of its big brother, the Accord.

Four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles of the front-drive Civic return, but the two-door hatchback is gone. The roomier interior moves the 2001 Civic up to the compact class from subcompact, according to the EPA’s yardstick.

Power for all models now comes from 1.7-liter four-cylinder engines, which replace 1.6-liter engines. Also new to the lineup is an LX coupe model.

Exterior
The Civic’s new styling is an evolution of the previous design – not a radical departure. The changes are most dramatic at the rear, which has an edgier look than the previous version, and the overall appearance resembles that of the Accord.

Though the interior is larger, the new Civic is about half an inch shorter at 174.6 inches. Honda trimmed off about 2.5 inches from the front and added 2 inches at the rear. The coupe and sedan share the hood, front fenders, front bumper and headlights, but the coupe has a steeper windshield and is 1.6 inches shorter. It also has different rear pillars, rear bumper and taillights.

Interior
The overall height of the sedan raises by 2 inches, giving the interior a more spacious feel, and rear legroom increases by 2 inches thanks to a more compact rear suspension. A shoulder belt for the middle rear seating position is a new feature.

Trunk space increases 1 cubic foot to 12.9, and the split rear ...

Vehicle Overview
The best-selling small car in the United States has a new design with a roomier interior and styling that resembles that of its big brother, the Accord.

Four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles of the front-drive Civic return, but the two-door hatchback is gone. The roomier interior moves the 2001 Civic up to the compact class from subcompact, according to the EPA’s yardstick.

Power for all models now comes from 1.7-liter four-cylinder engines, which replace 1.6-liter engines. Also new to the lineup is an LX coupe model.

Exterior
The Civic’s new styling is an evolution of the previous design – not a radical departure. The changes are most dramatic at the rear, which has an edgier look than the previous version, and the overall appearance resembles that of the Accord.

Though the interior is larger, the new Civic is about half an inch shorter at 174.6 inches. Honda trimmed off about 2.5 inches from the front and added 2 inches at the rear. The coupe and sedan share the hood, front fenders, front bumper and headlights, but the coupe has a steeper windshield and is 1.6 inches shorter. It also has different rear pillars, rear bumper and taillights.

Interior
The overall height of the sedan raises by 2 inches, giving the interior a more spacious feel, and rear legroom increases by 2 inches thanks to a more compact rear suspension. A shoulder belt for the middle rear seating position is a new feature.

Trunk space increases 1 cubic foot to 12.9, and the split rear seatback folds for additional space on all models.

Under the Hood
All models use new 1.7-liter engines. On the DX and LX versions, the engines produce 115 horsepower. EX models have Honda’s variable-valve technology and 127 hp. Both engines are available with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.

The HX coupe has a 117-hp “lean-burn” engine that Honda says operates with reduced emissions. The HX is available with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which operates like a dimmer switch instead of a three- or four-way light switch. The CVT transmission is also available on a new GX model that runs on compressed natural gas.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats are a new option on all models. The side airbags are automatically disabled if sensors detect that an occupant is out of position.

Antilock brakes are standard on EX models and not available on the others.

Driving Impressions
The new Civic feels more solid and substantial and is quieter than its predecessor. Horsepower ratings are virtually the same as last year, but the new engines develop greater torque, which gives the Civic stronger passing power and smoother operation with automatic transmission.

A roomier interior means the rear seat has space for two 6-footers, and there is no hump in the middle of the floor, which makes it easier to squeeze a third person in the backseat.

Though the new Civic is not a great leap forward in any one area, it has enough significant improvements to make it a worthy successor to the best-selling small car. Prices went up by small amounts, so there is still plenty of value in the Civic line.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
90 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(3.9)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best and forgotten civic

by Hondafreak909 from Rialto on August 10, 2020

Never left me on the side of the road. You take care of this car and it will give 0 issues. Mine has 230k miles and still running on the original transmission and most original mechanical components. ... Read full review

(4.0)

A no-frills workhouse

by Dallas from Virginia Beach on March 8, 2020

This is the little engine that could. The small dog with the biggest bark. She's not fast, she's not fancy, but she beats away at every day with the best of them and never backs down. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2001 Honda Civic currently has 27 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2001 Honda Civic DX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Bumpers
acceptable
Head Restraint
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Civic received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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