2003 Honda Civic consumer reviews

$12,810–$13,860 MSRP range
side view of 2003 Civic Honda
98% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 4.8
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Favourite car I've ever driven.

I've owned my 2003 Honda Civic EX 2DR Coupe w/ 1.7litre 4cyl sohc-vtec for approximately 2 years and 7 months. I purchased it with 115000 miles, and it now has 125000 miles. I absolutely love everything about the car, its performance, it's design, its interior, its an incredibly sporty economy class car, and it makes sure you know it with a whopping 34mpg city, and 42mpg highway (On 91 non-ethanol gas, approximately 10 tests run from a completely full tank to completely empty tank with a odometer trip set for each test. I had time on my hands) The seats are incredibly comfortable, they're a bucket-seat design covered with a very soft gray cloth, typical to the honda fashion, and of course (P)leather dash and doorcards. The tac lights are adjustable, and the general design of the Tacometer itself is simple, though it lacks an oil gauge, instead you get the typical red oil indicator on the bottom left near the check engine light indicator. One of my favourite little details of this model is the hideaway cupholders underneath the radio console, the entire top folds up after pressing it down like a button, revealing the cupholders, the left seemingly containing an ashtray but I wouldn't know, I don't smoke. The car has an incredible silhouetted profile, especially with spoiler and the moon roof in the typical 90's style slant, it doesn't really do much, but it looks cool. Yes, in case you're wondering, it does open up all the way. And yes, I have stood out of it before. It was fun. *Ahem* The sleek design of 90's era civic wasn't lost on this generation, though it feels taller, its slightly thinner, sitting on 185/65r15 tyres and aluminum, typical civic style rims. The aforementioned spoiler not too small to look dainty, and not too large such that it draws the wrong kind of attention, it just works with the cars design incredibly well and is actually functional in providing downforce at speed. Now, if you pop the trunk below, you'll see it has a fair amount of space, enough to fit two spare tyres and then some. You could also opt to remove the wooden 'false floor' to reveal the donut bolted into the trunk, and tyre changing kit in a neat little rubber pouch with a plastic button to close it. Isn't that cute? So now I guess I can go over how it handles the roads. Let me start off by saying this little D17A2, 1688CC 1.7 litre SOHC 4banger puts down, weighing in at just over 2500 lbs it doesn't have much to hold it back. However, with this in mind, it does have two modes, economy, and sport. They are controlled by the ECU and initiated once throttle reaches a certain point, the default (economy), switches to sport mode. Easing on the throttle slowly, it doesn't hesitate, but it doesn't jump either, it rolls into the power nicely, the automatic 5 speed transmission smooth and fleeting as it rows through the gears. Now, if you decide you don't really care too much about your mileage, you could always put the pedal to the floor, instantly feeling the weight shift, at 3200 RPM vtec pulls you into your seat as it goes from 0-60 in a rather respectful 7.8 seconds on a even, flat and straight strip of road, screaming the whole way down at up to ~7200 RPM. Or if you're more of the twisting, turning of mountain roads, this performs there as well. The suspension finely tuned to work more into the curves, the weight shifting accurately, tightly. It hugs the asphalt and truly lives up to the capabilities and demands of a true japanese touge, and the brakes work too!



Excellent, reliable, economical car for city and/or highway driving. Perfect for commuting around. Easy to park and maneuver in traffic.


Very dependable and fun

I've owned this car between 150k and 200k miles and it has been wonderful. There have been a few nickels and dimes spent but barely anything. Awesome for being 14 years old and over 200k miles on it!


Not as exciting as the Prelude I used to own

My Prelude got to be too old to fix so I tried to get as close as possible when I bought this car. It's reliable, handles well, but is not as cool looking (plus it's black, not red).


Most Reliable Car

The car is a great beginner car for a high schooler. It has been great on gas and getting me around town.



THIs car was just amazing left me speechless . I am out to get this car if it the last thing i do!!! the drive was smooth the handle was great.


Perfect Car For First-Time Driver

I loved owning this car. It has a nice exterior design and there's plenty of room inside. It's a very reliable car.


My first and most memorable car

I owned an automatic LX version. Got it used with 13,000 miles on it. The car was great on gas and maintenance was affordable. I once got trapped on a flooded road with 3 1/2 feet of water in NYC on the FDR drive. I swear, my little Civic amazed me that day. I exaggerate not! My little civic drove through the "river" without stalling. It passed all sorts of luxury vehicles and even SUV's that drowned! I thought to myself "I made a good choice with this one!"


This 03 Honda is awesome everything work

Everything on this 03 Honda Civic works perfectly just like it was built yesterday from the AC, Engine, transmission and just everything is perfect more than I can imagine. The thing that I enjoy about this vehicle is that it has great gas mileage is great could not ask for a better car.


It is the perfect car for my son!

This civic is perfect car our needs. It is reliable, runs great, has minimal mileage and wear and tear.