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Sorting Seven Generations

Is it that 30 years have by since Honda started its little Civic to the U.S. If you one of those first-generation Civics or had a who did, you no doubt remember its cabin, tinny sheetmetal, and engine. It’s hard to see any of old Civic in today’s multi-valve, high-powered Civic Si. Well, for Honda’s trademark reliability and

And in fact, even those Civics were fun to drive, at in their own, fun-to-drive-a-slow-car-fast of way.

With 30 years of hindsight, those early of Honda’s success in the U.S. pretty well written in first cars. But success at cars is one thing; we don’t anyone—even Honda—could have that Civics were to be the hot rod of choice for teens and twenty-somethings in the 20th and early 21st If you feel like you need to do a homework to get up to speed on the Asian phenomenon, here’s a primer on the Civic models.

Since its introduction in 1973, the Civic has through seven distinct

Gen 1: 1973-1979

This first lasted the longest and is best for the introduction of the Compound Vortex Chamber engine, or CVCC, in Its clean-burning technology made the the first car to meet the decade’s Air Act’s standards, and it did so without a converter. Hot Rod did a buildup on one in 1976.

Gen 2:

The Civic grew up somewhat in its generation, and we mean that The hatchbacks got bigger, and a four-door and a wagon were added to the Two engines were available, 1300cc and 1500cc, both with the CVCC cylinder Transmission choices included and five-speed manuals and a two-speed until a three-speed automatic was in 1981. Early in this run there were three levels: base, DX, and GL.

An FE (for fuel economy) was added in 1982, and a sporty S was in 1983. That S model was the hint of performance potential in the economy-minded Civic.

Gen 3: 1984-1987

this new line of larger and Civics was introduced into the mix, it included hatchbacks in levels of base, DX, and S, plus a little two-seat fastback called the CRX. There was a sedan and a wagon, both to DX levels.

At first, the CRX was available in two as a base-trim fuel-sipper with the engine (rated at 51 mpg city, 67 or with the 1.5L motor. In came the first CRX Si, with a 1.5L that produced 91 hp to 76 hp for the standard 1.5); bigger, rims; and sticky 185/60R14 At the other end of the CRX spectrum was the HF model, replaced the previous year’s engine with a 1.5L but still managed to reach 50 mpg.

Honda added Si to the Civic hatchback in 1986 and the whole line flush-mounted making it simple to tell the and ’87 models from the and ’85s.


Gen 4: 1988-1991

Civics went major changes in their generation. All the models (even the CRX) grew again, and sheetmetal was smoothed for better There was more power the lineup, courtesy of a new, fuel-injected, 16-valve engine produced 92 hp. This engine was in mid-level DX hatchbacks and sedans, LX sedans, wagons, and standard

The base hatchback was fitted a 70hp version of the motor, and the CRX HF an eight-valve 1.5L that broke the 50-mpg mark. Yet the CRX Si got the big gun in Honda’s Civic lineup: a 16-valve, fuel-injected engine put out 105 hp. (For some reason, the Si was dropped for 1988.)

Power weren’t the only news for the Civics. Their chassis a big evolutionary step when the strut/torsion bar front and beam-axle suspensions were replaced double wishbones at both Not only did this greatly the car’s handling, but it also open the doors for easy modifications.

In 1989 the Si hatchback was in the line, and both the hatch and CRX Si 3 more horsepower from 1.6L engines.

Three changes marked Gen 4 Civics: In the line received a freshened treatment, and in that year a new the EX, was introduced at the top of the lineup, combining the of the LX with the Si’s engine. On a happy note, production of the CRX when this generation in 1991 (as did the wagon). Those of you for a CRX should note that it was with four-wheel disc only during its last two of production.

Gen 5: 1992-1995

Civics got bigger and they all received fresh The hatchback was available in four trim levels: base CX, DX, gas-miserly VX, and sporty Si. Sedan levels—DX, LX, EX—carried over the previous generation.

All Civics fitted with driver-side as standard equipment.

Honda may taken away the CRX, but for a lot of it more than made up for the with the introduction of the VTEC The 1.6L VTEC in the Si put out 125 hp, more the 102 hp from the 1.5L non-VTEC in the DX (and nearly double the 70 hp the CX engine). The 125hp VTECs are the engines that are popular to into earlier Civics commonly available aftermarket mounts (try Place or Hasport online).

The VX was also with a VTEC engine, but one was tuned for fuel economy, not It produced 92 hp while achieving highway economy.

Among the Gen 5 the DX and LX versions were fitted the 102hp motor, while the EX got the VTEC engine. Transmission for all Civics simplified in this as buyers could choose a standard five-speed manual or a automatic (available only in the and DX hatchback).

In 1993 two new body were added—the two-door and the del Sol. The coupe sat on the same as the sedans and was offered in sedan-like DX and EX levels. The del Sol was a different Civic

A two-seater, it was designed to replace the but it was almost a foot longer. It featured a removable roof and a rear window that making it a near-convertible. Initially the del Sol was in two versions: S trim with the motor, and as an Si with the 125-horse engine. We say initially because in a third del Sol model was offered, the fitted with a more DOHC VTEC motor produced 160 hp.

The DOHC VTEC engine was not in the ’94 Si hatchback (and find its way into a hatch many years later).

changes for 1994 included the of passenger-side airbags as standard on all Civics, and the option of antilock on certain models, including the Si

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Gen 6: 1996-2000

In its sixth generation, the lineup changed considerably. the cars got a little bigger and was restyled again, but for enthusiast the biggest news —and the disappearance of the Si hatchback. If you wanted a Civic, you were limited to the del which was not a part of the latest and was discontinued after ’97.

For there were only two offered—a base CX and a mid-level DX. The model mix was unchanged. The coupe included a new HX (high-mileage) model in to the DX and EX models.

The CX and DX hatchbacks, DX coupe, and DX and LX were all powered by a new 1.6L producing 106 hp. The EX coupes and sedans a 127hp VTEC motor, the HX was powered by a new version of the VTEC-E (E for engine. Later in the model it was available with a continuously transmission.

There were very few to the Civics in 1997 and 1998, but proved to be huge. The Si returned. planted the DOHC, 160hp engine (last seen in the del Sol VTEC) in a coupe and gave it a suspension, bigger tires, and body pieces.

No other were made to the Civic until the seventh-generation was unveiled.

Gen 7:

The current generation of Civics is far from those that before it. The styling is all-new, and the car’s overall size changed this time, it significantly more interior says Honda. One of the ways gained that cabin was to replace the double-wishbone front with MacPherson struts. sound you hear is all the aftermarket companies going back to drawing boards.) The engines are all-new and from a completely engine family.

The 1.7L, engines in DX and LX coupes and sedans 115 hp, while the 1.7L VTEC in EX coupes and sedans put out 127 hp. The high-mileage HX is fitted with a lean-burn 1.7 produces 117 hp while achieving 40 mph on the There is also a Civic GX, is equipped with a version of the 1.7 burns natural gas.

For Honda introduced the Civic a four-door sedan fitted a gasoline/electric drivetrain that 50 mpg on the highway.

The Hot One

Quick, what’s from that Gen 7 lineup? You it: the Si. We had to wait until ’02 Honda issued an Si on the seventh-generation It arrived in an all-new (and zoomy) hatchback body that, at least for now, be offered in the U.S. only as an Si.

Under the hood is an all-new a 2.0L, DOHC mill the latest generation of VTEC called i-VTEC. It makes 160 hp and 130 of torque and is mated to a close-ratio gearbox. The base price for the Si hatchback is $19,000, which is a tad higher than the three-door Focus SVT but a bit lower than the price for Dodge’s new Neon sedan. Sounds like a horse race to us.

We can’t to get our hands on all three and see which one is the best 21st century hot

Here’s where it all began: The generation Civic (this is a imported to the U.S. They small and had tiny engines, but were fun to drive back in the Note that what like small, amber fog mounted in the grille are actually indicators.

In 1978 they moved under the bumper.

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