The 2002 Honda Civic continues its popularity as one of best and well-known economy cars in America. The redesign in the previous year enhanced popularity within the segment. Various standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, power locks, power mirrors, and power windows. The Si model comes as a hatchback, while other trim levels are sedans and coupes. Without much change besides minor improvements, it remains a worthy selection in the coupe, sedan, and hatchback categories.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan, hatchback
Engines: 1.7-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, two-speed CVT
Models: Honda Civic DX, Honda Civic HX, Honda Civic EX, Honda Civic LX, Honda Civic Si, Honda Civic GX
The 2002 Honda Civic Si returns with a hatchback trim level and a 160-hp engine. All coupes and sedans have revised steering boxes, sound insulation, and suspension tuning with added minor interior and comfort upgrades.
The 2002 Honda Civic received a restyling in 2001 that amounted to a previous design evolution. The rear end has a more distinctive look, while the appearance still slightly resembles the Accord body. Even though the interior space increases, the overall length is shorter than previous years and measures 174.6 inches in length and sits on a 103.1-inch wheelbase. All Civic models have 15-inch wheels.
The 2002 Honda Civic models have identical front fenders, headlight styling, front bumper, and hood. The difference comes in the coupe’s steeper windshield, rear bumper, taillights, and rear pillars. The double-layered mesh grille comes on the Si with a firmer suspension, bigger tires, and bigger wheels. Exterior features include intermittent wipers and a rear defogger, while the upper-level models add a rear spoiler, an intermittent rear wiper, and a power glass sunroof.
The 2002 Honda Civic increased rear legroom since previous generations because of the compact rear suspension. The interior is spacious and offers more room than smaller cars. Seating for five passengers is comfortable, and a shoulder seat belt provides safety for occupants in the center rear seat. Some of the standard features include cloth bucket seats, trunk light, vanity mirrors, cup holders, door pockets, four-speaker radio, and power steering on the lower-level trims. Upper-levels get air-conditioning, air filtration, rear ventilation ducts, front reading lights, power door locks, power mirrors, power windows, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and remote trunk release, in addition to the above features.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Honda Civic DX and LX is powered by a 1.7-liter four-cylinder that generates 115 horsepower, and the EX comes with variable valve technology that boosts 127 hp. Both of these engines couple with a manual five-speed as standard and an automatic four-speed as an option. Coupe HX models use a 117-hp engine version that has reduced emissions. The continuously variable transmission is available on the GX and HX, while the GX runs on natural compressed gas. The Civic Si has a higher-output engine, a two-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC that produces 160 hp and mates with a manual five-speed close-ratio gearbox. The gearshift lever sits at the center of the dashboard, near the steering wheel.
The 2002 Honda Civic is as substantial and solid as ever, having no noticeable changes from prior generations with a pleasant and quiet drive on the road. Although the appearance may be a bit bland for some folks, but the dependability is a definite bonus. The steering requires modest effort and has a very substantial feel with excellent ride quality.
The 2002 Honda Civic offer side airbags that are optional for all models, which disable automatically if occupants are not in position. The EX has standard anti-lock brakes, which is new for the Si but unavailable on all other models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic DX: 28/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic HX: 30/44 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic LX: 28/36 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic EX: 27/35 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic GX: 26/31 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic Si: 23/28 mpg city/highway
- Fuel-efficient engines
- Spacious interior
- Durability reputation
- Impressive test scores
You Won't Like
- Anti-lock brakes unavailable on LX or DX
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