Honda Civic History

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to 1973, Honda was a company more for its motorcycles than for its which were tiny 600cc runabouts. This when the Civic debuted for . The Civic offered amazing efficiency in a fun little car that more than 40 mpg on the highway. for four passengers was quite a for a car that possessed such dimensions as an 86.6-inch wheelbase and overall length.

A small mounted engine and front-wheel-drive (an arrangement that was something of a to the American car market) and 12-inch maximized interior room. early ads for the Civic boasted it had more passenger room many larger cars. Two body styles were a hatchback and a sedan.

These were identical, even the of the cars looked the same, that one had a hatchback and the other had a vertical panel that to allow access to the trunk. The Civic had a few style quirks, as turn signal lights looked as if they were on after the car was already built and a center divider in the grille. equipment included power disc brakes, vinyl reclining bucket seats and a dashboard.

The hatchback added a rear seat, an AM radio and upholstery. Options were consisting of air conditioning, an automatic radial tires and a rear for the hatchback.

A 1,169cc (or about inline four-cylinder engine the first-year Civic and put out 50 horsepower. was an impressive output when in terms of power per unit of The Civic had 0.71 horsepower per inch. And with a weight of around 1,500 pounds, a lot of power wasn’t needed to the Civic.

Transmissions offered a four-speed manual or a two-speed automatic gearbox. An all-independent made the Civic an agile that could run circles American-built competitors like the Pinto and Chevrolet Vega.

The base price was around and Honda’s early slogan, It get you where you’re going, the practical and economical mission of the and made no pretenses otherwise.

For . the Civic’s engine size slightly, to 1,237 cc and power up to 52 horsepower. In order to meet the new bumper impact standard, the bumpers grew, as did its overall which was now 146.9 inches.

The (or Controlled Vortex Combustion engine debuted in 1975 . alongside the standard Civic the 53-horsepower CVCC engine 1,488 cc and had a head design promoted cleaner, more combustion. The CVCC design a need for a catalytic converter or fuel to meet emissions (Nearly every other market car for this year the change to exhaust catalysts and the to use only unleaded fuel.) Due to stricter emissions standards, the Civic CVCC was available in state.

A five-speed manual became available this as did a Civic station wagon with the CVCC engine), had a wheelbase of 89.9 inches and an length of 160 inches. Civic topped 100,000 units for year.

1978 brought cosmetic changes, such as a grille, rear-facing hood (that replaced the sideways and new turn signals. The easiest way to a ’78 from an earlier is to look at the front signals: to 1978, they looked foglights mounted in the Civic’s whereas in 1978 they smaller and mounted under the The CVCC engine was now rated at 60

Apart from a minor in horsepower that brought the engine to 55 horsepower and the CVCC to 63 little changed for the 1979


A new, sleeker and increases in wheelbase and base-model size marked the 1980 The wheelbase now measured 88.6 for the hatchback (the two-door was dropped) and 91.3 inches for the All Civic engines now used the design; the base 1,335cc engine made 55 horsepower, the 1,488 (1500) produced 67

Three transmissions were a four-speed manual (on base a five-speed manual and a two-speed

The Civic 1300 and 1500 in base and DX versions, and the latter a five-speed manual, rear defroster, intermittent wipers and a lighter. The 1500 GL added tires, a rear window tachometer, clock and bodyside The Civic wagon came in a version that was tantamount to the DX level.

A four-door sedan for 1981 . as did a three-speed automatic that replaced the primitive unit.

Rectangular headlamps and bumpers appeared on the 1982 A new gas-sipping model, the five-speed FE Economy) was introduced and was rated at 41 mpg in the and 55 mpg on the highway.

The sporty new Civic S the 1500 GL in 1983 and was fitted a firmer suspension (with stabilizer bar) and 165/70R13 tires. A red accent encircled the S and set it from the other Civics.

The Civic grew up in 1984 . not in size, but also in terms of sophistication. A new wheelbase of 96.5 represented an increase of 5 inches, Civic four-doors and wagons to the Accord in this dimension. A new 1.5 (formerly referred to as 1,500cc) 12 valves (three valves per and 76 horsepower was found underhood, on the base hatchback, which had a new 60-horse unit.

Transmission were the same as previously: and five-speed manuals and a three-speed A revamped suspension, though no with an independent rear offered a space-efficient design with fine ride and characteristics.

The lineup consisted of hatchbacks (base, DX and S), a sedan, a wagon and a new two-seater called the As before, the base car was fairly The DX came with the five-speed bodyside moldings, a split/folding seat, rear window and tilting steering wheel. The S had seats, reclining rear and the same hardware upgrades, as a rear stabilizer bar, as

The sedan and wagon were equipped similarly to the DX hatchback.

The new CRX was the Civic chassis under a body. Two models were the base CRX and the CRX 1.5. The chief between the two was that the base CRX had a engine (which allowed the car to amazing fuel economy of 51 in the city and on the 67 highway) and the CRX 1.5 had the 1.5-liter

All CRXs had a two-tone paint comprised of White, Blue or Red a Silver lower bodyside and treatment.

A neatly chiseled devoid of gimmickry, an intelligent design with supportive large gauges and high-quality fit and made the 1984 Civic attractive and an immediate success. would routinely have pickings on their lots, as a result, they didn’t to discount the cars too much, if at

Introduced in 1985 . the hot-rod CRX Si ready to run with a fuel-injected of the 1.5-liter engine that out 91 horsepower. Able to hit 60 mph in less 9 seconds, the Si also boasted enhancements, such as 14-inch wheels with 185/60R14 tires. A power sunroof was on the Si, as were a monotone paint and sport seats.

A CRX HF (High economy) model replaced the CRX the 1.3-liter engine. The HF had an eight-valve of the 1.5-liter engine that just 58 horsepower but offered torque and thus better around town. Mileage for the HF stood at 52 in the city and 57 on the highway.

The Civics continued unchanged for year, with the exception of the which, later in the model became available with drive and a six-speed manual As the Civic’s reputation for quality, engineering and steadfast reliability to grow, so did the little Honda’s as sales figures that 200,000 annually attested.

headlights made it easy to the 1986 Civics from the models. Other changes a four-speed automatic and an Si version of the hatchback, the latter geared those who wanted the performance of the CRX Si but a four-seat vehicle. Other for the Civic Si hatchback included a glass sunroof, a full-width panel and color-keyed front and roof spoiler.

The CRXs the same updates as the other including the flush headlights.

For . the four-wheel-drive (4WD) system for the wagon was revised. Real 4WD automatically channeled power to the that had optimum grip and did with the driver having to (and then move a if four-wheel drive was needed.

A sleeker and more powerful lineup debuted in 1988 . All (except the CRX) rode on a 98.4-inch wheelbase. The CRX’s was increased to 90.6 inches.

A hoodline, increased glass and lower wind drag functional advantages of the sleeker styles. A family of new engines the stylish Civics. Power for the DX new LX sedan and the wagon came a 1.5-liter 16-valve engine produced 92 horsepower. The base had a less powerful 70-horsepower of that engine.

The fuel-economy CRX HF had an eight-valve 62-horse version of the 1.5 could go up to 56 miles on a gallon of The standard CRX had the 92-horse engine. A 1.6-liter 16-valve engine kicked out 105 horsepower was installed in the CRX Si and 4WD wagon.

All Civic engines now fuel injected. Previously, the Si models had the injection.

A double-wishbone system was used at all four Inspired by Formula One race this design promoted handling and a comfortable ride by controlling wheel travel and the tire’s contact patch to the road surface.

One model (the Civic Si hatchback), as a new the Civic LX sedan, was introduced. The LX up a Civic sedan with such as power windows, and mirrors; a tachometer; and intermittent U.S. production for the Civic this year in Ohio, it easier for Honda to satisfy appetite for its gem of a small car.

The Si hatchback returned for 1989 . now a power moonroof and once with the same potent (increased to 108 horsepower for this installed in the CRX Si and the 4WD wagon.

Revised bumpers and taillights the 1990 Civic. Hatchbacks larger reverse (white) and sedans adopted a horizontal theme. An EX sedan joined the family and took its place at the top of the lineup.

The EX had the Si’s engine, wheels and all the features of the LX (which now cruise control). Four-wheel brakes appeared on the CRX as did a slightly dash-board (with softer and larger instruments) for all Civic

The 1991 Civics were unchanged, and this was the last for the spunky CRX.


with acquiring a more wedge-shaped body, the Civic was in dimensions and trim levels for . Wheelbases now measured in at 101.3 for the two-door hatchback and 103.2 for the four-door sedan. The wagon was

Trim levels for the hatchback the CX, DX, VX and Si. The CX was fitted with a 1.5-liter engine; the DX with a 1.5-liter engine; the VX with a 92-horsepower with variable valve tuned for economy (VTEC-E); and the Si a 125-horsepower VTEC engine.

The VX, also came with alloy wheels, managed economy figures of 48 in the city and 55 on the — nearly the same as the old CRX HF in of 30 more horsepower and five-passenger Sedans came in the same levels as before: DX, LX and EX (which a power moonroof to its list of luxuries). The DX and LX had the 1.5-liter 102-horsepower and the EX sported the 125-horse 1.6 from the Si.

A manual was standard across the and a four-speed automatic was optional on the DX and all sedan models.

The level of increased with the new Civic via a driver-side airbag for all models and antilock (ABS) brakes on the EX

A two-door notchback coupe, shared its 103.2-inch wheelbase the sedan, debuted for 1993 and was in DX and EX trim levels. The DX was outfitted the as the DX hatchback, and the EX coupe had the same as the EX sedan, including the 125-horse and power moonroof. An option for the EX coupe added a passenger and high-power stereo with player.

The EX sedan had a few more added to its already generous features list, including air and the high-power sound system cassette player.

Also year, the del Sol debuted as a belated for the CRX. Built on a wheelbase 8 shorter than a Civic the del Sol featured a removable targa-style a snug two-seat cockpit and one of two either the 1.5-liter unit 102 horsepower or the 1.6 sporting 125 ponies, on whether one chose the base S or sporting Si version.

1994 safety advances and an LX version of the sedan. A passenger-side airbag standard on all Civics, and antilock were now optional on the EX coupe, Si and LX sedan. The new LX sedan filled the gap the basic DX sedan and loaded-to-the-gills EX.

windows, locks and mirrors; control; a tachometer; a stereo cassette player; and 14-inch the DX’s 13-inch) tires all standard on the LX.

On the del Sol front, a new model called the VTEC. Named its 1.6-liter DOHC engine boasted a sizzling 160 horsepower, del Sol came with bigger a firmer suspension and high-performance rubber. Apart from the of a passenger airbag, the rest of the del Sol continued as before.

There were no changes for the Civics except on the del Sol models, got a few improvements. Upgrades included antilock brakes for the VTEC, locks for the Si and VTEC, and a remote release for all trim lines.

A revamped Civic lineup for 1996 . The new body featured light clusters fore and a grille (chrome-accented on sedans) and a character line that ran the of the car. Hatchbacks now had the 103.2-inch of the coupes and sedans, and overall was up around 2 to 4 inches, depending on style.

Sedans were offered in DX, LX and EX trim levels. A new the HX, joined the DX and EX coupes. The HX coupe replaced the VX hatchback, offering mileage figures from a powerful engine.

The revised engine (now at 1.6 liters) in the HX put out 23 horsepower (for a total of 115 than the previous version but now scored mileage figures of 39 in the and 45 on the highway. A gearless continuously automatic transmission (CVT) promised seamless performance and fuel economy was introduced in the year as an option for the HX. The hatchback was trimmed down to two models, the CX and DX.

A new 106-horsepower engine that Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) powered the CX, DX and LX, and a slightly more 127-horsepower VTEC-assisted version was in the EX models.

Excluded from the the del Sol was now in its fourth year and got a host of to keep it current. The base (S) got the new 1.6-liter 106-horse engine to the new Civic, Si models got the beefier of the VTEC, and all versions got a freshened fascia.

In 1997 . all Civics with 14-inch wheels, DX got full wheel covers, the LX received air conditioning and, EX coupes with manual no longer had the option of antilock As this would be the last for the del Sol, Honda made no

Not much happened in 1998 . for new wheel covers, an exterior for hatchbacks and the addition of map lights.

A revised front fascia and along with redesigned controls updated the Civic for . A Value Package for the DX sedan that included features most buyers wanted, as air conditioning, a CD player, power locks, automatic transmission and entry, at a substantial savings compared to the separate option

Midway through the year to the joy of enthusiasts everywhere, the Civic Si now in the coupe body style and a potent 160 horsepower from its VTEC engine. A firmer front strut tower 15-inch alloy wheels 195/55R15 rubber and four-wheel brakes completed the hardware for the Si. A front spoiler, side and subtle bodyside graphics set the Si from the other Civic and the standard equipment was generous and to that of the EX.

Other than the of paint choices, the Civic pat for the year 2000 .


The seventh-generation Civic debuted for Riding on a 103.1-inch wheelbase was virtually identical to the outgoing the new Civic had nonetheless undergone changes. Chief among were a new front suspension with a comfort-oriented MacPherson design instead of the previous double-wishbone setup.

This Civic also a flat rear floor, made sitting in the middle more bearable.

The regular was available in coupe and sedan styles, as well as a two-door style for the Si model. Honda its typical mainstream trims DX, LX and EX a few specialty trims such as HX and GX. models had a slightly enlarged engine good for 117 hp or in the EX model 127 hp. were the coupe-only HX, whose 1.7-liter mill made 115 hp, and the sedan-only GX.

Transmission choices of a five-speed manual, a four-speed and (on GX and optionally HX models) a continuously transmission (CVT).

A more cabin featured Honda’s large, simple controls, but a widespread use of hard plastic seemed to indicate that the was resting on its laurels a bit. while the redesigned Civic on a stiffer platform that chassis flex, Honda’s to replace the front double-wishbone setup with a cheaper and ride-biased MacPherson-strut setup enthusiastic drivers. Although an small percentage of the buying those enthusiasts appreciated the double-wishbone design and the ease it for lowering the suspension.

For 2002 . the big was the arrival of the Civic Si. Based on the hatchback body style, the new Si a rally-inspired dash-mounted five-speed shifter and a high-revving 160-hp Performance numbers were down a smidge from the Si coupe, and this version of the Civic, although still fun to was softened a bit in terms of handling to the previous, harder-edged Si coupe.

changes for ’02 included a steering box for improved feel, sound insulation and slightly suspension tuning.

2003 the advent of the hybrid model, as as rear adjustable outboard and a new steering wheel design for all Improved gauge illumination on HX, LX and EX Civics.

The hybrid, which an 85-hp 1.3-liter four-cylinder gas to a 13-hp electric motor, the room and comfort of a Civic along with mileage (at the time) of 46 mpg in the city and 51 on the highway. Toyota brought out its four-door hybrid a few years prior to Civic’s debut, Honda now had a practical hybrid they call their own. previous gas-powered Civics even stingier at the pump, as the 1992-’95 VX model, rated at

LX and EX models received a revised console, and a CD player was made on the HX and LX. All models were treated to taillight styling and new wheel

2004 brought further refinements, including restyled and rear bumpers, hood, and grille. Inside, the stereo were upgraded and extra material was added. The LX received an to 15-inch wheels as well as keyless entry.

A new value for base models grouped air-conditioning, a CD player and a new center The Si was treated to larger 16-inch and the hybrid got a height-adjustable driver

2005 was the last year of for this generation Civic. A Edition package was introduced for sedan and coupe, featuring an audio system with MP3 a six-disc CD changer and an auxiliary jack. The new SE model boasted a steering wheel, a wing and alloy wheels.


After a series of conservative Honda positively went with the eighth-generation Civic. The hood and radically raked gave both sedan and models a spaceshiplike appearance, and theme continued inside, drivers were treated to one of the dashboard designs this of George Jetson’s personal

While still as ergonomically as ever, this layout such oddities as a bilevel arrangement, with the tachometer in its location behind the steering and a recessed digital speedometer situated high on the dash. thanks to the extreme angle of the the dashboard itself was one of the deepest in memory.

The new design didn’t do any for interior space, either and trunk space in the coupe was down a bit from the previous Nonetheless, consumers took a to this futuristic Civic, as its DNA had for the most part been intact.

The eighth-generation Civic was in either sedan or coupe and Honda’s familiar trim (DX, LX and EX, along with the trims) were again In a change from Civics the DX, LX and EX models were all powered by the SOHC 1.8-liter, inline engine featuring Honda’s system. This engine a respectable 140 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque returning very good economy.

A five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual was offered.

the previous Civic Si hatchback was a lukewarm performer, its replacement available only in coupe packed a zesty 2.0-liter, engine and came equipped a sport-tuned suspension, a six-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential. The GX, was endowed with a conventional automatic this time employed a natural-gas-fueled version of the mill that made 113 hp and 109

Finally, the hybrid sedan, as before with a CVT, was by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor for a combined rating of 110. Laudably, the fuel economy actually to 50 mpg city/50 highway using the ratings at the time.

Despite Civic’s polarizing exterior and styling, most agreed it remained at or near the head of the class. The sporty Si model, in garnered rave reviews those who reveled in its sports-carlike and didn’t mind winding out its motor to the 8,000-rpm redline. ordinary Civic models praised for their composed well-equipped interiors and frugal consumption relative to the competition.

On the excessive road noise a trait since time continued to plague Honda’s compact offering, as did the increased use of plastics on the dashboard.

Changes for were limited to the introduction of a version of the high-strung Si model.

For the EX model could be equipped leather upholstery an all-time for the Civic. Models so equipped designated EX-L. Also, the Mugen Si sedan debuted, numerous aesthetic upgrades the regular Si sedan but little in the way of performance enhancements.

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