2003 Honda Civic EX 1.8 VTEC


A no-brainer if you want good wheels and economy!



General Comments:

My wife and I are both 70 and retired.

We downsized our cars from Acura and Honda Accord EX to the Civic 2003 we now share.

We are very happy. The Civic has plenty of pep (thanks to the VTEC, I am sure), it is reasonably comfortable (ample space inside fore and aft, and in the trunk), and the high mileage is a God-send these days.

The a/c and the sound system are the only areas where we have had to compromise a bit, but no big deal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2004

5th Dec 2006, 16:50

Oh wow, the gas mileage is AWESOME!! I do all city driving and get about 29 mpg!! Nice little 13 gallon tank.

2003 Honda Civic DX-G 1.7L 4 Cylinder


Excellent economy car with good gas mileage, but weak engine


Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Everything you need to know about a Civic.


Average priced economy car with well thought out equipment options. My model DX-G is the base model, with the G option package. AC, CD player, body coloured door handles.

Excellent gas mileage, but only if you don't drive at more that 110 km/h. At around 120 km/h the mileage goes way down.

In my opinion, it is tied with the Mazda Protege for Second in terms of interior looks and quality. I think the Corolla has unmatched interior quality.

Has many nice security features that you don't find in other models.

Somehow the engineers eliminated that large hump in the middle of the floor in front of the back seat. Nice touch for your passengers.

Has a good mix of tight suspension for corning and loosness for bumps and potholes. I've notice some people complaining about the rough suspension over bumps. But they've all owned gigantic cars in the past, I noticed one guy complain how terrible the suspension was, but then in the next breath say his last 5 cars were Cadillacs, Olds and big Fords... It's a small economy car, the suspension is fine.

Transmission is by far the smoothest and smartest in its class. Absolutely brilliant feat of engineering if you ask me.

Has a nice punch from 0 - 40Km/h, fun to drive around town.


Nice punch from 0 - 40 but after that the engine really shows its tiny size.

Engine is very very noisy under hard acceleration and you'll notice it a lot because you need to floor it just to get decent speed. Noise is still better than other small cars.

Service department is well run... but you pay through the nose to own a civic. Recommended maintenance is very pricey at Honda dealerships and I hear parts are expensive too.

Car is much lighter than other models, which helps the small engine and gas mileage, but causes the car to swerve a lot in high winds.

Big complaint: Tires. The wheel covers and the tires themselves are surprisingly cheap looking. The tires also have poor traction I find. This car does not handle well under icy conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2004

21st Mar 2004, 14:30

You are right!

It is a small econobox, priced like a mid-size car!

2nd Sep 2004, 11:20

You are making a mistake here. A car is not comfortable or uncomfortable based on what cars you drove in the past. This is car salesman's logic, they always ask me "what cars did you drive before" (it is so annoying!). A car is uncomfortable when after driving it for an hour or so you feel achy and stiff all over your muscles, when you dread the long trips or when you cannot find a position that lets you drive somehow relaxed. I think Hondas are not comfortable cars at all based on the quality of their ride and not on what type of cars I had in the past!