2002 Civic New Car Test Drive
Honda completely redesigned its Civic lineup last year, coming out with all-new sedan and coupe models. This year, Honda has revised the entire Civic line to further improve handling and to reduce noise and vibration. The interior also gets some upgrades, particularly to the LX trim. That makes the 2002 Civic line the state of the art in Honda compacts.
Also new, is a hot new hatchback. The Honda Civic Si, a famous compact among performance enthusiast, adds some vinegar to the Civic lineup.
Regardless of model, the new Honda Civics offer quality, efficiency, pleasant road manners, and a comfortable cabin. They are among the best compact cars available.
Honda's engineers are masters at space efficiency. Civic sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles were all designed to maximize space for people and minimize the room given for mechanical systems. Compared with the previous-generation Civics, the these new Civics are roomier inside, yet smaller on the outside. They are marvels of efficient packaging.
Honda Civics now come in three body styles: four-door sedan, two-door coupe, and three-door hatchback. Sedans and coupes are available in three primary trim levels: DX, LX, and EX.
Civic DX and LX are powered by a 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 115 horsepower. LX adds power-operated controls and luxury features.
EX models get a 127-horsepower VTEC engine, body-colored power mirrors and a remote entry system.
A four-speed automatic transmission ($800) is optional for DX, LX, and EX models.
Si is only available as a hatchback and the hatchback is only available as an Si. Civic Si comes with a high-output 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine rated at 160 horsepower. Si is not available with an automatic.
Prices range from about $13,000 for a DX to about $15,000 for an LX to about $17,000 for an EX to about $19,000 for the Si.
Capable of 44 miles per gallon, the Coupe HX ($13,610) comes equipped with a fuel-efficient lean-burn engine teamed to the standard five-speed manual transmission. The HX coupe lean-burn engine achieves 117 horsepower. HX is available with an optional continuously variable transmission, or CVT ($1,000).
There's also a Coupe GX with a natural gas-powered engine Honda claims is the cleanest internal combustion engine in the world. The DX, LX, and EX four-cylinder aluminum engines earn the government's ultra low emission vehicle, or ULEV, certification.