Car Lust 1985 Honda Civic CRX

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1985 Honda Civic CRX

If I had to my blue 1985 Civic CRX in one that would be it.

I bought it from a dealer my father I took delivery one Saturday and drove to my parents’ house to it to Mom and my sister, taking the shortcut the park so I could play my new toy on the twisty part in the gorge the old mill and the goldfish pond.

By the I got to the house, I was thinking to myself, is perfect! It’s like read my mind. Someone built the car I’ve always

That CRX was perfect. Completely, perfect. The most perfect car I had owned, driven, ridden in, or looked at from ten yards

Let me explain what made it so

As it says in my official Car Lust I learned to drive on a succession of mid-70s domestic cars. To be I learned to drive in a ’67 Le (not quite a ’70s I know), a ’73 Catalina, and a Ford LTD. Not long I got my license, my father acquired a Vega .

I learned very that I do not like bigger so I ended up preferring the Vega Dad’s large-barges. The Vega was and light and had no power steering, helped me to appreciate road and maneuverability. Being a Vega, it taught me to appreciate build and durability—which it lacked completely.

In fact, every car we had had in this its share of quality-control problems, the Wagon which replaced the being the worst offender of a bad lot.

I didn’t like the Elvis-in-Vegas look. with the windows and the vinyl roof and ornament and the faux -chrome trim all over the dashboard—like you had in, the LTD. I’d always a clean-lined space-age Car Of The Future. The Enterprise didn’t have a ornament or a vinyl roof, why I have to put up with that

Since we lived in Northeast my first winter as a driver was a course (metaphorically speaking) in the skills necessary to get RWD Detroit through the snow. I remember frantically to keep the car in its lane the rear end broke traction. Le Mans was especially prone to I also noticed that the around me in Rabbits and Civics having a lot less trouble. I to think that this front wheel drive be something I wanted.

The last car I had the CRX was a decommissioned Ohio State Patrol Plymouth Fury a 440 Interceptor under the hood. It was too big and too much gas, and it had mediocre seats and full sensory steering gear—but it also had throttle response and brute grip. Lots of brute grip.

Oh, man, could it corner!

I had at the Rabbit GTI in the fall of 1983, but it was just out of my reach. I’d of resigned myself to just with the Fury for the forseeable and then I got a call from a of mine I usually call Perk has an honest-to-Colin-Chapman Lotus S4 in his garage, and he’s forgotten about performance cars I’ll ever know.

On automotive, I trust him completely.

called because he’d gotten home from a to his local Honda dealer, he’d test-driven the new CRX. He was as about it as he’d ever about anything. You should get he kept saying.

It’s what you want.

There was no dealer in the town where I was but I investigated the CRX as best I could. It good on paper. Car Driver it. Motor Trend liked it. Track liked it.

The MSRP was barely within reach, but I swing it. I mentioned it to Dad, Dad his dealer friend and set up the transaction, I my car money out of savings and drove up to my old with checkbook in hand.

I got as much CRX as I could afford. meant settling for the base model instead of the fuel-injected version. and passing up the opportunity to get AC and fancy alloy wheels. The DX had a carbureted 1.5-liter engine a mere 76 horsepower—but since 76 ponies only had 1,819 of car to tug on, the straight-line performance was better you might think.

The car magazines it at 10.1 seconds 0-60, doesn’t sound all that until you realize that it was the of the contemporary Rabbit GTI. outclassed the competing 2M4 Fiero and and trailed the much more Cavalier Z24 by less than a second.

It felt even than it was, thanks in to a low seating position which put rump down close to the and in part to a smooth clutch and a transmission that fit the engine I quickly developed an optimum dash technique—cue up Tom Petty the Refugee in the cassette deck, the hammer on the first chorus, in time with the music, and along at the top of your lungs. me, if you shifted every time Tom changed guitar chords, the needle would be right in the powerband where you wanted it.

you were up to cruising speed, the fun was starting. If you simply read the the suspension doesn’t sound all exciting: MacPherson struts and discs up front, but a beam and drum brakes in the rear. there were sway and it had rack and pinion steering, but a axle?

They’re kidding, right?

weren’t kidding. It may not have a fully independent suspension or brakes, but you couldn’t tell by how it It took curves gracefully, and the curves the journey had, the fun you had.

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I had an eight-mile one-way commute over country at that time, and in the CRX it was the highlight of my

As for build quality, it was a Honda. said.

Oh, and fuel economy? 32 MPG city and highway. On a long with mostly freeway it broke 40 MPG easily. (The HF version, which was optimized for economy, did over 50 MPG in highway

The CRX wasn’t drop-dead beautiful—I the Fiero had it beat in the styling it was pleasant to look at. It had a touch of the Giugiaro creased-and-folded look, just enough curvature to that out. It was comfortably my desired Car Of The Future territory, but it draw a lot of attention to itself—which me to surprise a few 4-cylinder Fieros in the grand prix .

Inside, the layout of the gauges and the aviation guys call integration—was superb, the best I had seen. I had some long-legged friends who occasionally bummed a from me, and they fit comfortably in the seat. The cargo area was cavernous.

The only thing with it was that it was a two-seater it was sold as a 2+2 in Europe and Japan), was really no disadvantage until I a family.

My CRX served me faithfully five trouble-free years it was totaled in a wreck on a rainy It’s a tribute to the lightweight structural engineering that I away uninjured. Had it not been I would have had to get rid of it within a of years, as soon as the kids coming along, due to the absence of a seat.

The 1985 model was the last year for the original Beginning in 1986. Honda the recessed headlights with units, which to my mind away some of the character. The generation CRX. which was in 1988, added flared arches and general curviness to the and adopted a sophisticated double-wishbone that makes it a tuners’ to this day.

The second-gen is a car by every objective measure, but I warm up to it. Call me old-school, or old-fashioned, but I prefer the original.

First-generation CRXs are relatively these days. I did see one in the wild summer, while we were through Pittsburgh. It was a white DX, an or ’85 with recessed stock wheels and hubcaps, no no rust.


The driver content, as well he should been. He was driving the perfect

The vintage advertising illustration at the and the scale drawing, came the image gallery at The CRX Page. The photos came from the Rides gallery at Honda magazine’s website. The blue belongs to relic85 and the red one to Sgt. . (If either of you ever want to your CRXs, let me know.)

the Dog’s Owner

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