The History of the Honda Civic
Prior to the early 70’s, Honda was known for their motorcycles more than their
cars. This all changed when the Civic was introduced as a two-door coupe in 1972,
followed by a three-door hatchback later that year. The Civic offered incredible space
efficiency in a little car that achieved more than 40mpg on the highway. The Civics’ early
models typically had the basic AM radio, two-speed wipers, painted steel trim, and a
rudimentary heater. Air conditioning, power windows, leather upholstery, power locks,
satellite-linked navigation, and a six-speed manual transmission became the luxury
featured in the most recent models . Now one of the top selling vehicles in the U.S. the
Civic is known for being fuel-efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly.
The first Generation of the Honda Civic was from 1973-1979. Equipped with a
1169cc four cylinder engine, the Civic competed with the American compact vehicles
and gave the options of the front power disc brakes, reclining vinyl bucket seats and AM
radio. The oil crisis of 1973 demanded fuel efficient vehicles. The quality build of the
Civic matched its fuel efficiency, allowing it to prosper in the U.S. market.
1980-1983, the Second generation of the Civic came to life when it was
redesigned, featuring more angular and larger body life styles and the Civic engine power
increased in the form of an optional 1.5-liter engine. A four-door sedan was also available,
as well as a three-speed automatic that took the place of the two-speed unit that was in
the previous generation. Introduced in 1983, a sport-oriented “S” model offered a firmer
suspension and sports tires. A red accent encircled the S and set it apart from the other
The third generation (1984-1987) started with the release of the four door “shuttle
wagon” followed by a new two-seater called the CRX. The CRX came in two models: the
base CRX and the CRX 1.5. The major...