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Honda introduced a facelifted version for its Civic Sedan in 2003 and offered it more safety systems than before.

On top of that, it provided it with a hybrid drivetrain.

While the Civic hatchback and coupe took most of the media attention, the sedan stole the buyers' hearts that tried to get one. It was already a well-known vehicle for its simple yet functional design and, moreover, for its impressive reliability. It was a "just add gas" vehicle. But it was more than that.

It can't be said that it was a work of art. It rather looked plain, if not dull, with its angular headlights and its single-slat grille at the front. The profile looked like the car would struggle to get to 60 mph (97 kph) harder than any other competitor. Yet, the car was the proof to not judge a book by its cover. Or a car by its shape, whatever works.

Inside, the simple style continued with a flat, low-mounted dashboard. Its center stack was straightforward with the controls for the AC-unit (if fitted) and the stereo. The instrument cluster showed nothing new than the rest of the Civic, with a four-dial layout. Honda installed very low seats for the compact-sedan segment, and the driver had its heels about the same height as the bottom.

But Honda was surprising on other sections. For instance, it featured independent suspension in all corners and a lively 1.7-liter engine under the hood paired to a 5-speed manual. A four-speed automatic was on the options list. The biggest surprise was the 1.3-liter Hybrid version that offered an excellent 39 mpg (6 l/100 km) in the city and 54.7 mpg on the highway (4.2 l/100 km).

HONDA Civic Sedan 2003 - 2005 6 Photos
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HONDA Civic Sedan 2003 - 2005
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.5L 5MT (105 HP)
  • 1.7L 5MT (116 HP)
  • 1.7L 5MT (126 HP)
  1 hybrid engine
  • 1.3L 5MT (83 HP)

HONDA Civic Sedan 1.5L 5MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 5MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1493 cm3
Power
77 KW @ 5800 RPM
105 HP @ 5800 RPM
103 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
100 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
135 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.7 in (1,471/1,466 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2359.3 lbs (1070 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
133 g/km

HONDA Civic Sedan 1.7L 5MT (116 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L 5MT (116 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1668 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 6100 RPM
116 HP @ 6100 RPM
114 BHP @ 6100 RPM
Torque
110 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
149 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.7 in (1,471/1,466 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2403.5 lbs (1090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Highway
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)

HONDA Civic Sedan 1.7L 5MT (126 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L 5MT (126 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1668 cm3
Power
93 KW @ 6300 RPM
126 HP @ 6300 RPM
125 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
114 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
155 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.7 in (1,471/1,466 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2403.5 lbs (1090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Highway
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)

HONDA Civic Sedan 1.3L 5MT (83 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 5MT (83 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1339 cm3
Power
61 KW @ 5700 RPM
83 HP @ 5700 RPM
82 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 1000 RPM
160 Nm @ 1000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
110 mph (177 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
176 in (4470 mm)
Width
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Height
56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.9/57.7 in (1,471/1,466 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2535.8 lbs (1150 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3516.3 lbs (1595 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
48 mpg US (4.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
116 g/km
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