Lost Cars of the 1980s — Honda Civic CRX Hemmings Daily

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Lost Cars of the 1980s – Civic CRX

The early 1980s perhaps the golden age of hot hatchbacks and fastbacks, with buyers to shop the wares of brands Volkswagen (the Rabbit GTI and AMC (Spirit GT, Eagle SX/4), (Fuego), Ford (Escort GT) and (Shelby Charger, Daytona Z, Conquest), to name but a few. In Honda Japan launched a fastback in its home market, at urban-dwelling young professionals and by a modest 1.3-liter four-cylinder Honda America realized the potential and lobbied for its introduction on shores, and in 1984 the Honda CRX made its North American

No one really knew what to of the diminutive Honda coupe it first appeared on these but its futuristic styling, impressive and exceptional fuel economy won over buyers en masse. models were targeted to seeking fuel efficiency all else, and the EPA rated the 1.3-liter 1984 Honda CRX at an astonishing 68 MPG in driving.

The car’s aerodynamic shape helped, as did its tall gearing and weight of just 1,713 virtually unattainable in a moderately production car today. Despite its construction, the National Highway Safety Administration  gave the Honda CRX five stars in frontal-impact crash protection, and stars in passenger frontal-impact though it’s worth that 1984 crash standards were far more than they are today.

buyers could opt for the 1.5-liter engine as well, which was a long-… version of the 1.3-liter Both fed the cylinders via carburetor of fuel injection, and the increase in bumped output from 58 to 76 horsepower, though even wasn’t enough to appeal to hot shoppers.

In late 1985, Honda this with the introduction of the CRX Si, used a rev-happy fuel-injected four rated at 91 horsepower and 93 of torque, mated to a five-speed transmission. Though modest by standards, the CRX Si’s 0-60 MPH of 8.5 seconds was relatively impressive in the era, especially in light of the seconds it took the base to reach the same velocity.

In an effort to standardize production, used the 1.5-liter four in HF Fuel economy) versions in 1985. Thanks in part to a in the EPA rating system, the car’s economy rating fell the original 68 MPG highway to a still-impressive somewhat conservative) 42 MPG highway. frequently reported highway economy in excess of 50 MPG, and CRX are quick to point out that hybrid automobiles, for all their and complexity, struggle to top this

First-generation Honda Civic CRX built from 1983 to featured a torsion bar front and a twist beam rear Given the car’s light that was good enough to spirited handling (especially in Si which got anti-roll bars in and rear and  received a chassis beginning in 1986). sold as a 2+2 in other markets, buyers only had the option of a configuration for CRX models.

1986 Honda Civic

The second generation of CRX, in 1988, debuted with a independent wishbone suspension in all even the fuel-sipping HF. Buyers opt for engines ranging in power 62 horsepower (in HF models), to 72 horsepower (in DX models), to 105 horsepower in Si trim, but all to be entertaining when the road into curves.

Thanks to safety requirements, second models grew in weight the addition of things like door beams, but still to tip the scales at less than pounds (in HF trim) and just 2,000 pounds (in Si trim). DX were available with transmissions, but both HF and Si models drivers to row their own gears.

Honda replaced the CRX with the Del Sol for the model year, and fans the over mourned the car’s It’s still unclear why chose to discontinue the still-popular but perhaps the most logical is that the car had grown expensive for drivers to insure, thanks to its price point and exceptional (both of which likely to a higher-than-usual accident rate).

that most buyers steps to increase horsepower or improve handling, finding an example without rust today is challenging, to say the least. the Honda Civic Si made every magazine’s “10 Best” back in the day, so the quest may be for those willing to devote the and effort.

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