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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Honda Civic Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Honda Civic Overview

Honda Gives the People What They Want

The longtime love affair with the Civic shows no sign of abating. For 2001, the Civic is all-new from the ground up. Styling gets a little more angular; akin to the Accord coupe and interior volume is increased. Unfortunately, you never get without giving, so say good-bye to the Civic's unique double-wishbone front suspension. It's been replaced with a standard McPherson strut setup and the steering box has been moved up and centered, allowing the passenger compartment to be stretched out into the area once occupied by the engine.

The old 1.6-liter has been replaced by a larger more powerful 1.7-liter engine producing 115-horsepower in the DX and LX models and 127-horsepower on the top of the line EX. The gas sipping HX model returns for 2001 and all Civics qualify as Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV).

Inside, interiors remain pleasant and sensible. Safety upgrades include optional side impact airbags with positioning sensors that stop the bag from deploying if a small child is leaning into its path. Dual front seatbelt pretensioners are a first in the automotive world and underscore Honda's commitment to making the Civic the safest small car on the road. A pretensioner acts to remove slack from the belt at the point of impact, thus firmly holding the body in place. Most cars have pretensioners only on the shoulder part of the seatbelt mechanism. Honda has placed them on both the shoulder and lap sections of the seatbelt.

All in all, the Civic remains on top of its game—a little older, a little wiser and not unexpectedly, a little more cautious.

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