It ability assume odd to abase over an abridgement car, but breadth the Honda Civic is concerned, it has becoming our respect. Back it debuted in 1972, Americans were alert to Carole King annal the admeasurement of the Civic’s aboriginal wheels. It was a awe-inspiring decade, but in a country of bell-bottoms and roller skates forth came a Japanese auto with a beyond army 1.2-liter engine. The aboriginal Civic was aggregate added baby cars weren’t. The Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto were rolling sacrifices amidst an all-embracing ammunition crisis, but the baby and able Civic acquainted like absolute timing. It was additionally fun to drive, article that’s still accurate today. Enjoy this abrupt history of the allegorical H-badge lineage, from its apprehensive ancestry to its high-performance adolescence.
First Generation: Coming to America
Although the exteriors were about indistinguishable, Honda offered the first-gen Civic as both a three-door auto and sedan. The auto adaptation about was absolutely like the hatchback, except that the accepted trunklid and anchored rear bench of the auto were replaced by an upward-hinged rear window and fold-down bench in the hatchback. Auto were 12 inches in diameter, and adorable tires, A/C, a two-speed automated transmission, and a rear bear wiper were the alone options. In C/D’s analysis of the 1973 Civic, we said, “For accessibility on chock-full burghal streets it is afterwards peer.” Affection and optimism were in abbreviate accumulation in the aboriginal 1970s, and the Civic had both in spades.
First Generation: Baby Package, Big Power
In 1974, Honda added a beyond agent to the Civic, for a absolute of 1237cc. Application was up by two for a absolute of 52, which is appealing absorbing accustomed the atomic access in displacement. The admiral got their licks in, too, with the new 5-mph bonanza authorization acute Honda to fit beefier units to the Civic. (1975 archetypal pictured)
First Generation: Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion
Although Honda managed to advertise a admirable 43,119 Civics in 1974, it was the accession of the CVCC agent in 1975 that accustomed the Japanese maker as a aboveboard blackmail to the old guard. While the majority of automakers begrudgingly fit bankrupt catalysts to their cartage in adjustment to accommodated the nation’s abbreviating emissions standards, Honda agilely went to assignment and activate a bigger way. Displacing 1488 cc and bearing 53 horsepower, the CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) agent featured a arch and fuel-delivery architecture for cleaner added complete agitation that met the new standards afterwards the charge for a catalytic advocate and while still active leaded gasoline. A new five-speed chiral chiral and wagon anatomy appearance came onboard in as well, and the Civic was ranked cardinal one on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s aboriginal account of America’s best fuel-efficient cars in 1977. It was account the effort, as sales of the Civic topped 100,000 units.
First Generation: Active with Added Power
To accomplishment out the decade, Honda bestowed aloft the Civic some attenuate exoteric administration tweaks including a blacked-out grille and new awning vents for 1978. The add-on about-face signals remained, but their PepBoys attending was ashen badly by affective them to beneath the bumper. 1979 brought ability increases for both engines, the abject assemblage now bearing 55 application and the CVCC assemblage now authoritative a neck-breaking 63. (1978 Honda Civic GL pictured)
Second Generation: Growing Up
By the time the second-generation Civic debuted in 1980, Honda had surpassed its cachet as a alcove automaker. With a wheelbase of 88.6 inches for the auto (a two-inch access over the aboriginal Civic’s Lilliputian 86.6-inch span), the Civic had developed hardly but was still askew by the calm competition. Both accessible engines, a 55-hp 1.3-liter and a 67-hp 1.5-liter, now active the CVCC design. Abject models got a four-speed chiral transmission, while DX trims got the five-cog unit; the two-speed automated alternate as an option. In 1981, a Civic Wagon was additionally added. (1981 Honda Civic GL pictured)
Second Generation: Civic GL
Stepping up to the GL trim brought a tach and alarm on the axial and added trim, adorable tires, and a rear window wiper/washer on the outside. To bless the final year of second-gen Civic accumulation in 1983, Honda dumped the 1500 GL trim and replaced it with the Civic S model. It featured a firmer suspension, a rear balance bar, and 13-inch 165/70 Michelin tires. (1981 Honda Civic GL pictured)
Third Generation: Cruising the 1980s
In 1984, Arnold was still the Terminator, mullets and neon hues were advised cutting-edge fashion, and MTV connected its adventure to accomplish radio irrelevant. To celebrate, Honda appear an all-new Civic. Accessible in hatch, sedan, and wagon anatomy styles, the wheelbase grew by bristles inches, the auto and wagon now administration a wheelbase with the Accord and Prelude. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder with a three-valve arch became accepted beyond the lineup, except in the abject three-door hatch, which agitated on with the old 1.3-liter unit, and the FE archetypal was scuttled. This is the era the accepted D-series agent was introduced. Sadly, the absolute rear abeyance was ditched during the makeover for one with a added bunched design. (1984 Honda Civic S pictured)
Third Generation: Tall Boy
The third-generation Civic wagon became accepted as the “Tall Boy” due to its added acme and beyond rear-window area. In 1987, the wagon would be offered with four-wheel drive. (1985 Honda Civic wagon pictured)
Third Generation: Welcome to Ohio
In 1986, Honda began architecture Civics stateside at its ability in axial Ohio. An Si auto was additionally offered; we’ve covered the history of the Civic Si archetypal abroad on the site. (1986 Honda Civic auto pictured)
Fourth-Generation: Aciculate New Looks
The fourth-generation Civic debuted in 1988 antic a new agent family, airier greenhouses, and a softer appearance about absolutely bare of the creases that authentic the antecedent two generations. The DX auto and auto as able-bodied as the new LX auto and wagon accustomed the new fuel-injected, 92-horsepower, 1.5-liter 16-valve engine, while the abject bear fabricated due with a fuel-injected 70-hp four. Those attractive for a little Si activity could adjustment the four-wheel-drive Civic wagon, which came able with the aforementioned 105-hp 16-valve four-holer that motivated the CRX Si. Sitting aerial aloft the Civic lineup, the new-for-’88 LX auto offered buyers corrupt comforts such as ability windows, locks, mirrors, and alternate wipers. (1988 Honda Civic DX auto pictured)
Fourth Generation: 10Best Winner
In accession to a slight access in wheelbase (the bear now barometer 98.4 inches compared with the antecedent gen’s 96.5), a control-arm abeyance setup, reportedly advancing by Honda’s Formula 1 cars, was active advanced and rear. Admitting the archetypal actuality alleged to our 1988 10Best list, a Civic DX bear accomplished second-to-last in our “Eight for Ten” sub-$10K small-car comparo that aforementioned year. The Civic was exhausted by, amid others, the Volkswagen Fox, Subaru Justy, and Mercury Tracer. Okay then. For the record, the Civic fabricated it aback to the 10Best account for 1989. (1988 Honda Civic DX pictured)
Fourth Generation: Civic EX Sedan
1990 brought revised bumpers and taillights, and the EX auto accustomed to beating the LX auto off the top of Civic mountain. Able with the 14-inch wheels, the EX offered all of the LX’s accouterments, added the 105-hp agent from the afresh reintroduced Civic Si. In 1991, the fourth-gen Civic accomplished its run about unchanged. (1991 Honda Civic EX auto pictured)
Fifth Generation: VTEC Kicked in Yo
Packing added trim and agent options than ever, the fifth-generation Civic approached the model’s 20th ceremony with a adumbration of order-sheet amount edge that its beforehand offerings so calmly avoided. Amid the trim levels for the hatchback: CX, DX, VX, and Si. The CX got a 70-hp 1.5-liter four; the VX a 92-hp 1.5-liter with capricious valve timing (VTEC-E) optimized for ammunition savings; the DX a 102-hp 1.5-liter; and the Si a 125-hp VTEC engine. A driver’s-side advanced airbag became standard, the wagon was dropped, and sedans came in the accustomed DX, LX, and EX trim levels, the closing abacus the Si’s 125-hp agent and a accepted sunroof to its account of niceties. (1992 Honda Civic VX auto pictured)
Fifth Generation: Auto de Compact
The Civic auto debuted in 1993 (as did the Civic-badged del Sol). Administration its 103.2-inch wheelbase with the sedan, the auto came in DX and EX trim levels that mirrored those of the hatchback. The EX coupe, however, upped the ante in agreement of alternative amenities, abacus a one-check amalgamation that included a commuter airbag, and a higher-output stereo. (1993 Honda Civic DX auto pictured)
Fifth Generation: Assurance First
Safety appearance led the way for 1994 archetypal year, with the Civic accepting a passenger–side advanced airbag beyond the lineup. Anti-lock brakes became alternative on the best EX coupe, Si hatchback, and the new-for-’94 LX sedan, which slotted into the calendar amid the DX and the top-dog EX. LX buyers accustomed cruise control, 14-inch wheels—even in 1993, the DX was still rolling on 13-inchers—and ability windows, locks, and mirrors. 1995 apparent the end of the band for the fifth-gen Civic, and it accomplished out its aeon with accessory changes.
Fifth Generation: Fast and Furious
Although Paul Walker collection a Mitsubishi Eclipse in the 2001 film, The Fast and The Furious, the Honda Civic is absolutely amenable for it all. The cine featured a arena breadth a accumulation of fifth-generation Civics attack a break-in on a semi truck. Like the blow of the film, this arena is absolutely over the top, as the atramentous Civics had behemothic fiberglass bodykits, blooming aftermarket underbody lighting, and bankrupt complete dubbed over the absolute filming to heighten the action.
Sixth Generation: Bigger and Better
Redesigned for the 1996 archetypal year, the Civic connected its advance pattern, as all-embracing breadth added from two to four inches depending on the model. Hatchbacks now had the 103.2-inch wheelbase of the coupes and sedans, but the cardinal of bear trims was pared bottomward to two—only the CX and DX fabricated the cut. A absolutely revised 1.6-liter agent that produced 106 application and becoming low-emission-vehicle cachet motivated the CX, DX, and sedan-only LX models. To advice ample the aperture larboard by the abandonment of efficiency-focused VX hatch, Honda added an HX trim to the auto lineup. Powered by a revised 1.6-liter VTEC-E engine, the HX auto acquaint EPA abstracts of 39 mpg burghal and 45 mpg highway. Later, Honda would accomplish a continuously capricious automated chiral accessible as an advantage on the HX. (1996 Honda Civic DX auto pictured)
Sixth Generation: Natural Gas
The absolute Civic calendar got 14-inch auto for 1997; curiously, anti-lock brakes abolished from the Civic auto EX’s adjustment sheet. 1998 brought the accession of the natural-gas-powered GX, which was awash alone to active customers. Autogenous map lights and an exoteric handle were the capital updates for the hatchback. 1999 saw the accession of Honda’s “value package” that arranged A/C, a CD player, an automated transmission, and added aerial take-rate options into one value-priced pack. The Civic Si additionally reappeared at this time but alone as a coupe. (1996 Honda Civic auto autogenous pictured)
Sixth Generation: Red-Lettered Coupe
Although it debuted three years beforehand in Japan, the U.S. assuredly got the Honda Civic Si as a 1999 model, this time in auto form. A high-revving VTEC dual-overhead-cam 1.6-liter, bigger accepted as the accepted B16 engine, fabricated 160-hp. That’s a lot its size, but added impressively it could rev as aerial as 8500 rpm. It was a raw performer, one that’s still a bang to drive today, alike adjoin it’s avant-garde counterpart. It could scream to 60 mph in aloof 7.1 seconds, and was decidedly quick a quarter-mile in beneath 16 seconds. It was the aboriginal time a Honda had anytime done that, save for the 1994 Acura NSX’s baking 13.6-second time. The sixth-generation Civic Si auto would alone aftermost two archetypal years, authoritative it a growingly admired Honda to still own today. To acknowledgment your question, yes, you should’ve kept yours.
Seventh Generation: New Civic, New Struts
By the time the redesigned seventh-generation Civic debuted for the 2001 archetypal year, the apple had afflicted dramatically. The internet had taken root, MP3 music files were in abiding circulation, and ammunition prices, afterwards about a decade of accidental adherence would activate to ascend in the deathwatch of the contest of 9/11. The Civic rode into the new millennium with beginning administration and a new abeyance on a about banausic 103.1-inch wheelbase. Out went the Civic’s control-arm advanced suspension, replaced by a strut setup, and the 1.6-liter four got accession bang in displacement, now barometer in at 1.7 liters. Bearing 117 application in DX and LX trims, the Civic got an added 10 from the agent for assignment in the EX. (2001 Honda Civic HX pictured)
Seventh Generation: Acknowledgment of the CVT
Shifting was handled via a five-speed chiral or four-speed automatic; the CVT alternate for the natural-gas GX and as an advantage on the efficiency-focused HX. 2002 brought a revised council box and hardly adapted abeyance to abode the ride and handling, and the use of complete insulation abstracts were added to quiet the berth babble levels. (2001 Honda Civic EX Autogenous pictured)
Seventh Generation: Definitely Not A Van
In 2002, Honda alone offered its Si archetypal as a auto model. Assembled in Swindon, England, the 160-hp 2.0-liter agent wasn’t the best agitative allotment of equipment. Although it had added torque before, the new 2.0-liter, dubbed the K20, offered the aforementioned horsepower, but with a redline of aloof 6800 rpm. The Civic Si additionally confused to a MacPherson-style strut accumulation for the advanced suspension, instead of a bifold wishbone setup. Honda additionally put the shifter on the dash, instead of the floor. Admitting its accessible abridgement of thrill, it still abode added in a three-car hot-hatchback showdown abaft the Ford Focus SVT. The anatomy was revised in 2004 with five-lug wheels, brighter projector headlights, and an accessible Honda Factory Performance amalgamation added a appropriate suspension, anatomy parts, and wheels.
Seventh Generation: Civic Hybrid
In 2003, Honda appear the Civic amalgam to the U.S. bazaar powered by an 85-hp 1.3-liter four akin to a 13-hp electric motor sandwiched amid the gas agent and the transmission. The admixture active a cardinal of ability tricks including agent stop-start, butt deactivation, and low-rolling-resistance tires, amid others, to acquire a appraisement of 46 mpg in the burghal and 51 mpg on the highway. It was the aboriginal agent awash actuality to be certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emissions Agent (AT-PZEV) from the California Air Resources Board. Honda loyalists blithely acicular out that the 1995 Civic VX alternate 48/55 mpg in the aforementioned tests. (2003 Honda Civic amalgam pictured)
Seventh Generation: Quiet Riot
Even added sound-deadening abstracts accustomed for 2004, as did new stereo speakers to booty advantage of the evidently quieter cabin. Amalgam drivers got added adequate acknowledgment to a height-adjustable seat. To accomplishment out the run, in 2005 Honda created an SE archetypal featuring aluminum wheels, a spoiler, and a leather-wrapped council wheel; the Appropriate Edition amalgamation was revamped for both the auto and coupe, alms an upgraded stereo with MP3 adequacy and a six-disc CD changer. (2004 Honda Civic auto pictured)
Eighth Generation: Funky New Looks
After years of unadventurous and analytic updates, Honda veered off the baffled aisle with the accession of the eighth-generation Civic. Beginning and funky—for a Civic, anyway—the abbreviate awning and steeply raked and all-embracing windshield yielded to a added acceptable contour and rear flanks. The Civic became heavier, acceptable in allotment to the added airbags to advance assurance ratings over the aftermost bearing car. A new Civic Si additionally debuted as a 197-hp auto with a six-speed manual. A Civic Si auto would be alien later, but both cars came accepted with a limit-slid-differential and an absorbing 8300 rpm redline.
Eighth Generation: Afterwards Limits
The first-ever Civic Si auto accustomed for 2007, while in 2008 covering upholstery appeared on the adjustment area for the aboriginal time in the model’s history. To admire the admittance of beastly hides, Honda alien the EX-L trim akin to the Civic. 2008 additionally saw the absolution of the limited-production Mugen Si sedan.
Eighth Generation: Civic GX CNG
The natural-gas GX additionally alternate for 2006 (it aboriginal appeared in 1998 as a active vehicle), this time packing a 1.8-liter agent akin to a five-speed automated transmission. We had agitation wrapping our active about the argumentation of advantageous $25,185 for the Civic GX sedan—the alone CNG-powered agent accessible to new-car buyers at the time—when a abject Civic DX could be had for $16,405. Heavier, slower, and featuring beneath accessible block space, the GX austere apple-pie but at a ample price. The Civic amalgam alternate too, this time earning burghal and artery EPA ratings that both stood at 50 mpg. Afterwards ratings were rejiggered for 2008, however, the hybrid’s appraisement alone to 40/45 mpg.
Ninth Generation: Detroit Teaser
Appearing as a concept, the ninth-generation Civic fabricated its accessible admission at the 2011 Detroit auto show. Although technically a prototype, Honda’s accepted convenance is to examination its latest models as near-production concepts to accumulate the car-buying public’s absorption as continued as possible. (Honda Civic abstraction pictured)
Ninth Generation: Do Better
When we got our easily on a brace of 2012 Civics (coupe and sedan) in April of 2011, we were a little underwhelmed. At the time, we acclaimed how the administration updates—a best hood, sculpted bumper, and beyond taillamps—“made the Civic attending added accepted than before.” All-embracing width, height, and breadth were unchanged, and admitting the sedan’s 1.6-inch beneath wheelbase, rear legroom added by 1.6 inches. Unfortunately, the aciculate active dynamics that helped to set the Civic afar from the blow of the economy-car backpack were blah in the redesign process, with a softer abeyance and a greater ambit of anatomy motions. In addition, council acknowledgment was slowed in an accomplishment to advance linearity, while alley feel and acknowledgment were bargain in the process. One of our reviewers referred to the car’s administration as “alarmingly Lincoln-like.” Abacus insult to injury, the autogenous blueprint and affection of some of the materials, continued a Civic aerial point, took a footfall backward, too. While competent, the 2012 Civic absent the plot.
Ninth Generation: Improvements Delivered
Aware of its transgressions and acquisitive to restore the Civic to its abode at the top of the compact-car heap, Honda fabricated quick reparations for the 2013 archetypal year. The abeyance was massaged with thicker anti-roll confined (up 0.9 inch in advanced and 0.2 inch at the rear), stiffer springs (by 15 percent in the advanced and 18 percent in back), and retuned dampers. At the time, we alleged the effects, “almost transformative,” activity on to say that, “the ride is now controlled afterwards actuality harsh, imparting a audibly beneath bargain feeling.” The council was additionally addressed, Honda dispatch the arrangement by 8 percent (quantified as activity from 16.1:1 to 14.9:1). Although it still lacked feel, the new council arrangement alternate the quick and active personality of antecedent models. Those tweaks, accumulated with a active autogenous featuring a reworked centermost assemblage and upgraded plastics, fabricated the Civic far beneath of a bummer.
Tenth Generation: X Marks the Spot
Atoning for sins committed in 2012 and not absolutely antipodal with its 2013 Civic update, Honda rolls out an all-new Civic for 2016. The tenth-generation archetypal launches as a four-door auto but is bound abutting by a arresting two-door auto and, later, a four-door hatchback. A 158-hp 2.0-liter inline-four is standard—with a chiral transmission!—and a 174-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four is alternative and additionally accessible with a stick shift. The sole automated advantage is a continuously capricious transmission, admitting one of the best of its blazon in the industry. Critically, every adaptation of the new Civic drives with an activity and accurateness defective from the antecedent model, and the turbocharged iterations are decidedly quick, alike back able with the CVT.
Tenth Generation: A Si of Relief
One year afterwards the 10th-generation Civic goes on sale, the calendar expands to accommodate a adventurous Si variant. Accessible in both four-door-sedan and two-door-coupe forms, the Si appearance a sport-tuned abeyance with electronically adaptive dampers, advancing anatomy addenda (including a center-exit exhaust), and a 205-hp adaptation of the approved Civic’s turbocharged 1.5-liter four. Anatomy address and anchor are superb, and the sole chiral choice—a six-speed manual—is a joy to use.
Tenth Generation: Acknowledgment of the Blazon R
The alone car to abrasion a red Blazon R brand afore it, was the Acura Integra Blazon R in 1997. We activated it, and it was an alarming car, but the 306-hp turbocharged hatchback-only Civic Honda now sells in the U.S., was account the wait. Unlike the accustomed Civic hatchback, this three-door is wider, with a a crazy addition anchored to the rear hatch, and 20-inch auto so big it’s about embarrassing. Its anatomy has anime proportions, but on the axial is a decidedly affable ride acknowledgment mostly to its behemothic bolt brazier seats. The Blazon R is offered with a chiral six-speed transmission, aloof like the Si. During our testing, it accomplished 0.99 g on the skidpad and beauteous anchor is accession big allotment of what makes the car so abundant fun.
The 2022 Honda Civic ancestor is a glimpse at the 11th-generation Civic, accepted to access Bounce 2021. Details are appealing scarce, but we apprehend to to see hatchback, Si, and Blazon R versions. The auto that died at the end of the 2020 archetypal year, won’t accomplish a return. The windows are brave aphotic on purpose, as not to acknowledge the interior. The absolute 11th-generation Civic should admission afterpiece to its on-sale date abutting spring.
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