A Trip Down The Honda Civic Memory Lane
The Honda Civic is a line of small to medium-sized cars manufactured and produced by Honda. It is widely regarded as the best small hatchback/sedan, and arguably all the car you’re ever going to need. Now in its tenth generation, we thought it’d be a good idea to visit the previous iterations and shortly go over their key specs
The first generation Civic started life as a subcompact back in 1937. Originally sold only in Japan, it featured a small 1.2 liter four-cylinder, front disc brakes and optional air conditioning. A new CVCC engine made its debut in 1975, vastly improving the little hatch.
The second generation was introduced in June of 1979 as a 1980 model. The shape was visibly different. It featured more angles and crests, as well as an increase in horsepower. Engine power was up to 55 hp or 67 hp if you went for the 1.3-liter engine. The Hondamatic transmission wasn’t bad, but everyone wanted the four and five-speed manuals.
Here’s where things really started taking off for Honda. The third gen boasted a much more modern design, better interior features and an upgraded engine lineup. The version people wanted the most? The Civic Shuttle later known as CRX (also called breadbox, wagovan or shuttle wagon). Power was bumped to 118 hp in the 1.6-liter DOHC ZC engine.
The Civic got a lot bigger with the fourth gen. It was now made to compete with larger hatches and sedans, but it did sacrifice its styling a bit according to some people. Still, with electronic fuel injection, fully-independent rear suspension and larger engines it wasn’t like it didn’t offer decent innovations.
This is the Civic most people remember. The NA version with the SOHC VTEC engine would prove to be one of the best tuning platforms for enthusiasts on a budget, offering reliable performance for not a whole lot of money. To this very day, the fifth gen Civic is extremely popular with tuners, racers, and people who like to track their car from time to time.
The sixth gen debuted a brand new styling direction with rounder shapes and much more elegant body lines. The base 1.6-liter engines mixed with the 5-speed manual proved to be really popular, especially the B15B VTEC unit which responded really well to cheap and easy mods.
The seventh generation was probably one of the most underrated Civics out of the entire range. Although technically brilliant, you can still see a lot of them being used as daily drivers by people who treat them as ordinary means of transport. The body shape isn’t preferred with Civic enthusiasts, but it’s a great platform nonetheless.
For the first time ever, Honda split the design for the hatchback and the sedan. The sedan featured a more traditional look, whereas the hatch did not. It boasted futuristic, angular lines and weird, quirky shapes. It still looks futuristic today.
The ninth gen’s styling is an upgrade of the eight gen model. It’s an evolution, not a revolution. With it, Honda mostly focused on safety and efficiency, offering stuff like ABS and TC as standard, without switching the drivetrain too much.