2002 Honda Civic

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Base trim shown


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174.7” x 55.1”


Front-wheel drive



6 trims

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  • GX

  • DX


  • HX


  • LX


  • EX


  • Si


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2002 Honda Civic review: Our expert's take

By Cars.com Editors

The Honda Insight has performed well.

So well, in fact, that it may disappear to make room for more Civic Hybrid gas/electric vehicles in the lineup.

“We’ll see how long it continues, but Insight has a limited future. It was meant to introduce the hybrid concept and has served that purpose,” Tom Elliott, executive vice president of Honda, said in an interview.

Introduced as a 2000, the two-seat Insight was Honda’s hybrid pioneer and proved that the combination of gas/electric power was superior to batteries-only systems as an energy source.

Pure battery-powered electrics may emit zero emissions, but after about 100 miles of driving, the batteries needed to be plugged into a socket for many hours of recharging to put you back on the road.

If the batteries delivered 100 miles of energy but Granny’s house was 101 miles away, you walked the last mile or had her put dinner on simmer until a six- to eight-hour recharge allowed you to continue.

“There’s no future for pure electrics, not with the limited driving range,” Elliott said. “But the internal-combustion gas engine supplemented by an electric power pack has a long future.”

Insight is powered by a 1-liter, 63-horsepower gas and 7-h.p. battery-powered electric motor. Because the batteries recharge as you drive, Insight’s range is governed by the occasional and quick stop for gas. Insight is rated at 61 m.p.g. city/70 m.p.g. highway, so stops for gas are infrequent. Only problem: Insight holds only two people.

After educating the public about hybrids with Insight, Honda brought out the Civic Hybrid in March as a 2002 model. The Civic is powered by a 1.3-liter, 85-h.p. gas and 13-h.p. electric motor. The fuel economy rating is 48 m.p.g. city and highway, and its batteries also recharge as you drive. But it holds four adults or two adults and two to three kids.

Insight proved the theory works, but Civic proved seating the family works better.

“Insight is a low-volume car. We only sell about 5,000 a year. It’s built at the same plant in Japan that produces the Civic Hybrid, whose sales are now at 2,000 a month. With Insight in the same plant, we can’t go higher on Civic output without lowering Insight volume,” said Elliott.

With demand at 2,000 a month, versus 5,000 a year, well, you do the math and calculate Insight’s longevity.

With Civic doing well, what about another Honda hybrid, maybe a larger sport-utility or minivan to take advantage of high mileage and low emissions?

“You can do a hybrid for higher fuel economy or for higher performance with an electric boost to the gas engine.

“Our next hybrid could be a performance model, it could be an Acura, and it could be soon,” Elliott said.

This year at the Detroit Auto Show, Acura unveiled the RD-X concept that combines the performance of an Acura RSX sports coupe with the all-wheel-drive of an Acura MDX sport-ute.

The RD-X h as a 2.4-liter, 200-h.p. 4-cylinder gas engine that powers the front wheels and a 50-h.p. electric motor that powers the rear wheels to create an all-wheel-drive “urban adventure vehicle” that delivers a combined 250 h.p.

Later, at the New York Auto Show, Acura unveiled the concept DN-X with a 3.5-liter, 300-h.p. V-6 that powers the rear wheels and a 100-h.p. electric motor that powers all the wheels to create a 400-h.p. AWD sports sedan.

Elliott said while Honda’s next hybrid could be a sport-ute, its current SUVs, the four-cylinder Honda CR-V and V-6 Honda Pilot/Acura MDX, offer good fuel economy. So there’s no sense of urgency for hybrid power in its SUVs like there is at General Motors or Ford with their huge, V-8 powered machines.

“We’re looking at several platforms for our next hybrid, I’m just not going to say which,” Elliott said.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.1
  • Reliability 4.6
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Epitome of the Honda Reputation

Honestly, for as cheap as you can get them, the value you get is amazing. I make consistent 300mi commutes on weekends (600 total) and this car has given me 0 issues. I make it each way with a 1/4 tank of gas left, insane gas mileage for a 21 year old car. Original owner took good car of it, owner they sold it to tried to run it into the ground, I fixed the issues they gave it. 170k original miles and still going strong, any problems are cheap to fix (SO easy to fix yourself). Excellent for modding (if that’s your thing), perfect for learning to work on cars (cheap parts, easy access), and a stellar beater. Still gets as good if not better mpg than modern cars. Only gripes are as follows: Steering wheel doesn’t come forward, so if you’re a taller person it’s gonna be a little less than ideal comfort. Road noise is a bit loud, especially for highways, but then again.. that’s what the volume knob on the stereo is for. Though I eventually will purchase something more modern, I find the idea of letting go of my 02 very hard to comprehend.


Good Reliable car with Great gas mileage

Bought this Car Used in 2019 as a daily commuter car. Needed a backup to my project car. In the beginning had a few problems due to the original owner not taking care of this car. Once I fixed all the problems this car been very reliable and has great gas mileage. For a car that is 20 years old I'm amazed that this car can get 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the Highway. Interior is nothing spectacular, pretty much basic and the exterior is also very conservative. The LX Coupe with 1.7 liter mated with the 4 speed automatic is adequate, if you looking for something that's fun get the EX or Si with VTech and manual transmision.


the worst car iv ever owned.Problem after problem.

First the clutch.Then the master clutch cylinder then the slave.Next a new starter.Now the flywheel and i have take it apart again.I hate be 2002 honda civic junk.

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Based on the 2002 Honda Civic base trim.
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Side driver
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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