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2022 Honda Civic


2006 Honda Civic Interior

The Honda Civic (Japanese: ホンダ・シビック, Hepburn: Honda Shibikku) is a series of automobiles manufactured by Honda since 1972. Since 2000, the Civic has been categorized as a compact car, while previously it occupies the subcompact class. As of 2021, the Civic is positioned between the Honda Fit/City and Honda Accord in Honda's global car line-up.

The first generation Civic was introduced in July 1972 as a two-door coupe model,[2] followed by a three-door hatchback that September. With a 1169 cc transverse engine and front-wheel drive like the British Mini, the car provided good interior space despite overall small dimensions.[3] Initially gaining a reputation for being fuel-efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly, later iterations have become known for performance and sportiness, especially the Civic Type R, Civic VTi, Civic GTi and Civic SiR/Si.[4][5]

The Civic has been repeatedly rebadged for international markets, and served as the basis for the Honda CR-X, the Honda CR-X del Sol, the Concerto, the first generation Prelude, the Civic Shuttle (later to become the Orthia) and the CR-V (which, by extension, was used as the basis for the Honda FR-V).[6]

By 2020, the Civic is the sixth best-selling automobile in the world of all time, with over 18 million units sold since 1972.[7]

See Autopedia's comprehensive Honda Civic Review.

Recent Changes[]

  • For 2011, as with 2009, Honda is importing 1500 units of its Euro Civic Type-R to Japan as a special edition model. The current generation three-door Civic Type R has been terminated in Europe because its 2.0-litre VTEC engine does not meet the Euro V emissions regulations. Changes over the previous model year are the addition of a new Crystal Black Pearl color, some trim updates such as the different finish of the fuel cap and a new numbered plaque. Prices for the 2011MY Civic Type R Euro start from 3,000,000 Yen [including consumption tax] or about US$37,200.[1]
  • For 2011, the European-market Civic gets minor upgrades. [2]
  • In Australia, Honda is celebrating 40 years of sales with the Civic Limited Edition. Based on the VTi, it gets 15 inch alloy wheels, rear park assist, chrome-tipped tailpipes, foglamps and deluxe tailored floor mats at the cost of $24,990 AUD driveaway for the manual and $27,290 AUD driveaway for an automatic option.[3]
  • For 2009, the Honda Civic received an mid-term update, including a new front bumper and grille, and revised front and tail lights. Hybrid and Si models now come standard with electronic stability control.
  • For 2006, Honda redesigned the Civic by giving it a sleeker look. The new version acquired a ULEV-2 rating and boasts a more powerful 1.8 liter engine, but retains almost equal fuel economy compared to the previous generation. In keeping with their "Safety for Everyone" campaign, all models come standard with ABS, side and curtain airbags, and active head restraints. A sedan, coupe, Coupe Si, and Hybrid models are available. The Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe all come in 3 available trims (DX, LX, EX).
  • All Civics have unique covers/wheels specific to their model and all come in cloth with the exception of the EX-L trim level, which offers choice of brown or gray heated leather seats. Moreover, they feature a new "two-tier" instrument panel. Speed, fuel level and temperature are displayed in the upper tier, while the lower tier displays the tachometer.
  • For the 2007 model year, look for the Si Coupe's hardware to carry over to the Si Sedan. Debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, the initial concept car sported larger wheels (18" alloys) than its coupe brethren, 4-piston Brembo brakes, and large cross drilled brake rotors not found on the Si Coupe. The production version stripped some of these features and simply is a 4-door Si with the same features found on the Si Coupe.[1]
  • Honda recently debuted a Type-R concept for the European Civic at the Geneva Motor Show, the Type-R will use a 2.0 liter 220-hp I4. The car itself will be lighter than the standard Civic as dictated by Honda Type-R philosophy. Sophisticated handling aids such as traction control have also been eschewed for a purer, more soulful driving character. The Type-R should go on sale in 2007 after the regular 3-door hatchback models hit the market.

It is unknown whether Honda will produce a Type-R for other markets.

  • On June 28, 2007, Honda revealed the 300-unit limited edition Civic Mugen RR sports sedan. Unfortunately, the vehicle is only set for sale in Honda's home country of Japan. Power is bumped up 15hp over the standard Type R, producing 240hp at 8,000rpm and 160lb-ft at 7,000 revs. The jump comes from modifications to the intake system and new cams as well as high-flow exhaust. Weight has been cut back with the replacement of some panels with carbon-fiber and aluminum, down 10kg once again over the standard Type R. All vehicles will only be available in Honda's Milano Red paint job.
  • For 2009, the Civic, Civic Hybrid, Civic Coupe and Coupe Si receives its first mid-cycle facelift.[2][3][4]

  • For the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Honda rolled out the facelifted 2009 Euro Honda Civic. All Models the 5-door, 3-door and Type-S benefits from the new fascia.[5]

Honda Civic in India[]

In the Indian auto market, Honda Civic was first introduced in year 2006. Now it is available now available with Honda Civic S MT, Honda Civic V MT and Honda Civic AT. All three variants of Honda Civic are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 140 hp. A five-speed manual transmission is standard feature which is available with Honda Civic S MT, and a five-speed automatic transmission gearbox is available with Honda Civic V AT. All trims get a broad range of safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and full-length side-curtain airbags. Those accustomed to the Honda Civic conservative tradition will be surprised to find a dramatic-looking interior that features a new two-tier dashboard layout. The new Honda Civic will additionally sport features such as leather seats, front fog lamps and turn indicators integrated into outside rear-view mirrors. The major competitors of the new Honda Civic in Indian auto market are

Styles and Major Options[]

The Honda Civic is available as a sedan or a two-door coupe. There are three main trim levels available: DX, LX and EX.[6]



Honda Civic Sedan

The DX offers the following features:

  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable driver seat


The LX comes with:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • CD player with MP3/WMA playback
  • Air-conditioning
  • Full power accessories
  • Keyless Entry
  • Cruise Control



Honda Civic Coupe

The EX adds the following to the LX:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Moonroof
  • 60/40-split rear seatback
  • 2 extra speakers
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls and a portable music player jack.

In addition, there are two specialty models: the Civic Hybrid sedan and the Civic Si. Both are equipped to a level similar to the EX trim, though the Si also comes with a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels and special interior trim, while the Civic Hybrid has automatic climate control but no sunroof.[4] For the EX, Hybrid, and Si, satellite radio and a navigation system are optional.


Today's actual prices by city can be found at CarsDirect and Honda Civic Prices Paid.


DX Sedan

DX-VP Sedan

LX Sedan

LX-S Sedan

EX Sedan

EX-L Sedan

Si Sedan

GX Sedan

Hybrid Sedan

DX Coupe

LX Coupe

EX Coupe

EX-L Coupe

Si Coupe
































Gas Mileage[]

EPA estimates for various trims of the 2008 Honda Civic are as follows:


4-Cyl., 1.8L, 5-Speed Automatic

4-Cyl., 1.8L, 5-Speed Manual

4-Cyl., 2.0L, 6-Speed Manual

4 cyl, 1.8L, Automatic (CNG)

4-Cyl., 1.3L, Automatic (Hybrid)








There's always some risk of buying the first year of a new generation, but given the model's long history of being a reliable performer, this should be less of a concern. Consumer Reports has given the Civic a Predicited Reliabilty of Excellent.

  • RECALL ALERT: On September 14th, 2007, Honda issued a recall alert involving 182,000 Civics manufactured between 2006-2007 due to the potential failure of O-rings on a wheel speed sensor in the rear wheel bearings that can allow water and road salt to accumulate, effecting the bearing to loosen, overheat, and fail. [7]
  • RECALL ALERT: On March 25, 2008, Honda UK announced a recall affecting 80,000 2006 and 2007 Civics due to a faulty handbrake that may not stick if applied when pushing the release button. All owners of affected vehicles are being urged to visit their Honda dealer as soon as possible to replace the handbrake free of charge.[8]
  • RECALL ALERT: On November 24, 2008, Honda issued a recall alert affecting 3,940 USDM MY 2001 Honda Accords and Civics due to a defective driver's airbag inflator. The recall begins on December 22, 2008 and Honda urges owners to visit their nearest local Honda dealer where the defective item will be replaced free of charge.[9]



Honda Civic Si shown with front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side curtain airbags. The ACE Body Structure shown on the right helps to absorb and disperse crash energy.

  • ===Safety===

Honda Civic comes equipped with G-CON Technology, an advanced passive shielding that offers the occupant a survival zone in case of an unavoidable collision. The advanced active safeguards such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) work in synergy with BA (Brake Assist) that makes your drive safe in any given road condition.

Honda also ensures safety with features like SRS Airbags, Pretensioner Seat Belts and Anti-theft Immobilizer. Simply, when it comes to safety, you can always depend on Honda.

Airbag - Front dual SRS airbags to protect heads & chests of the driver & front passenger.

Seat Belt - A pre-tensioner seat belt is used together with the SRS airbag.

ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes System) - It prevents locking of wheels during braking, avoids skidding and lets you maintain control over the steering.

EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution System) - The system apportions / distributes braking force between the front & rear wheels based on distribution of weight within the vehicle

Brake Assist - It helps ensure that driver achieves full braking potential of the vehicle by increasing brake system pressure in a panic situation and bringing the vehicle into a desired stop. As per the details available at Honda Civic Safety Features

  • The 2006 Civic comes equipped with many more standard safety features compared to the 2005 model. All trims come equipped with ABS, side and curtain airbags, and active head restraints. Also, the Civic has Honda's new Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which is designed to enhance the vehicle's ability to deal with crash energy in impacts with vehicles of differing size. The Civic scored "Good" ratings in frontal, side and rear impact tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and earned the organization's "Top Safety Pick – Gold" Award.

2008 Euro Honda Civic undergoing EuroNCAP testing [5]



The 2006 Honda Civic comes in the following colors:

  • Atomic Blue Metallic
  • Galaxy Gray Metallic
  • Nighthawk Black Pearl
  • Royal Blue Pearl
  • Shoreline Mist Metallic
  • Taffeta White Pearl
  • Rallye Red Metallic
  • Alabaster Silver Metallic
  • Fiji Blue Pearl
  • Habanero Red Pearl

Main Competitors[]

Hybrid Models[]


2006 Honda Civic Hybrid

The Honda Civic Hybrid is a hybrid version of the Honda Civic sedan.

For the 2003 model of the Civic, Honda added a continuously variable transmission and a Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system similar to that of the Insight, creating a fuel efficient hybrid sedan.[6]

The Civic Hybrid was redesigned in 2006 and based off the new Civic platform.

Before the 2006 model year, the electric motor was not able to drive the car itself but provided useful assistance to the gasoline engine during heavy load situations like accelerating. Starting in 2006, however, the electric motor is able to maintain the car at a low speed cruise (20-30 mph) without power from the gasoline engine.

Unique Attributes[]

Unique exterior, compelling interior, decent power, and excellent gas mileage

In Australia, the Civic VTi is the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid petrol small car avaliable with the combined fuel consumption of just 6.9 L/100 km (manual).

Resale Values[]

The Honda Civic maintains resale value very well. It serves its purpose as an economically efficient investment. Automotive Lease Guide, which rates the predicted value of vehicles over their lifetime, gives the Civic three out of five stars.


  • Sedan
    • Weak-feeling engine
    • Poor brake-pedal feel.
  • Hybrid
    • There is sometimes criticism that the actual MPGs realized by drivers of the Civic Hybrid are not what the EPA sticker says they’ll be. According to, owners of the vehicle are getting an average MPG of 47 MPG.
    • Also, like many hybrids, the Civic Hybrid can be sluggish compared to the conventional model.
  • EX Coupe
    • Absolutely maddening seat-belt chime, which starts beeping as soon as the car's started. This is apparently a remnant of Japanese vehicle operating procedure: Buckle first, then start car. Doesn't work well in the USA.
    • No interior rear-seat fold-down release, coupled with no exterior trunk lock. If your cable-actuated latch lever breaks, as mine did, you can not get into the trunk without either prying open the trunk lid or sawing through the holddown latch U-bolt on the rear seat-back.
    • Cheap, easily scratched dash plastic.

Eleventh generation (2021)[]


The eleventh-generation Civic sedan was revealed as a prototype on November 17, 2020. Its first official image was revealed on April 14, 2021. It was fully revealed on April 28, 2021 and released on June 16, 2021 as a 2022 model in North America. The liftback variation (marketed as "Civic Hatchback") was unveiled on June 23, 2021 for North America and Japan. A coupé version is not offered due to its declining sales. The eleventh-generation Civic sedan will not be sold in Japan and Australia because of worsening sales of its predecessor, leaving the Accord as the only sedan that Honda sells in those markets.


North America[]

In the United States, the Civic comes in 4 trim levels; LX, Sport, EX and Touring (Sport Touring on the Civic Hatchback). LX and Sport models come with a 2.0-liter I4, while the EX and Touring models come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4. In Canada, the Civic comes with the same 4 trim levels but instead arranged as LX, EX, Sport, and Touring in the lineup. Only the Touring model received the more powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. All sedan and liftback models come standard with a CVT, however, the liftback can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission on Sport and Sport Touring models.[47]

The Si version was unveiled in October 2021 for the 2022 model year. It has a four-cylinder 1.5-liter 200 hp (150 kW) turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Southeast Asia[]

In Thailand, eleventh-generation Honda Civic was launched on August 6, 2021 in EL, EL+ and RS trim levels.[51] On the same date, the eleventh-generation Civic sedan was launched in the Mexican market. Powered by either a 2.0-liter engine or a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, it is offered in the i-Style, Sport, and Touring trim lines.

In Singapore, the eleventh-generation Honda Civic was launched on 12 August 2021, utilising a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine which is called the L15BJ engine. With power detuned to 129 PS (127 hp; 95 kW) at 5,500 to 6,000 rpm and 180 N⋅m (18.4 kg⋅m; 133 lb⋅ft) of torque from 1,700 to 4,500 rpm to meet the Vehicle Quota System (VQS) band.

In Malaysia, Honda Malaysia revealed the eleventh-generation Civic in late December 2021 and was launched on 13 January 2022. 3 trim levels are available: E, V and RS. All trims are powered by a revised L15B7 1.5-litre turbo engine which puts out 182 PS (180 hp; 134 kW) and 240 N⋅m (24.5 kg⋅m; 177 lb⋅ft) of torque. Honda Sensing are standard on all variants.

In Malaysia, Honda Malaysia revealed the eleventh-generation Civic in late December 2021 and was launched on 13 January 2022.[57][58] 3 trim levels are available: E, V and RS. All trims are powered by a revised L15B7 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine which puts out 182 PS (180 hp; 134 kW) and 240 N⋅m (24.5 kg⋅m; 177 lb⋅ft) of torque. Honda Sensing are standard on all trims.


The eleventh-generation Civic sedan was released in China in September 2021. In the same month, a restyled version produced by Guangqi Honda was released as the Honda Integra (Chinese: 型格; pinyin: Xínggé).

Tenth generation (2015)[]

Civic hatch ext 1

Based on an all-new Honda compact global platform, the tenth-generation Civic marked the unification of the Civic range globally. Honda targeted the Civic range at the key U.S. market, resurrecting its once-discarded "lead-country" system which calls for developing a model specifically for its main targeted market but selling it in other regions as well. As the result, Honda ceased making a smaller, dedicated version for the European market. Instead, the Swindon plant in UK produced a five-door hatchback version of the globally-marketed Civic for international markets.

The sedan model was first unveiled in the U.S. in September 2015, for the 2016 model year. The tenth-generation Civic features a new fastback exterior design, with the rear C-pillar flowing into the tailgate. The front of the car features a new chrome wing design that flows across the top of the headlamps. Civic body styles include sedan, coupe, five-door hatchback, while performance models include Si trims and Type R models. The hatchback version saw its re-introduction in the North American market for the first time since 2000, along with the first Type R model ever sold in the region, both imported from the UK.

The interior of the new Civic likewise features major design changes. Unlike the split bi-level speedometer and tachometer of its predecessor, tenth-generation Civic consolidates these instruments into an optional "Driver Information Interface" incorporating a customizable 7-inch LCD screen positioned directly behind the steering wheel and in the driver's line of sight. Several model received an instrumentation that consists of a large analog tachometer that surrounds a digital speedometer and other digital displays.

Ninth generation (2011)[]

Honda Civic 2


The ninth-generation Civic consists of four body styles, which are sedan, coupe, hatchback and station wagon marketed as the Civic Tourer. The latter two makes up for the European-market Civic range built in the UK. The hatchback version forms a basis for a Civic Type R (FK2) model, which was released later in 2015.

The production version of the ninth-generation Civic sedan and coupe first went on sale in the U.S. on 20 April 2011. The model was developed during the height of the global financial crisis, which led Honda to believe that consumers specifically in North America would be willing to forego upscale content and quality in new vehicles as long as they were fuel efficient and affordable. Following criticisms regarding quality and refinement, Honda updated the Civic with new exterior and interior improvements in late 2012 for the 2013 model year. The ninth-generation Civic was never introduced in Japan, except the 750-unit limited run Civic Type R sold in 2015.

A hybrid version was also available for the sedan model, equipped with a larger 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that produces 90 hp and 97 lb ft of torque and a lithium-ion battery, is rated at 44 mpg‑US (5.3 L/100 km; 53 mpg‑imp) in combined city and highway EPA test cycle, an improvement of 3 mpg‑US (3.6 mpg‑imp) over the previous generation hybrid.

Current Generation: (2006–present)[]


8th Generation Honda Civic (European-market)

The eighth-generation Civic was released in September 2005 in the North American market, for the 2006 model year. For the eighth-generation, Honda split the model into two different platforms, one for sedan and coupe, and one for a hatchback designed primarily for the European market using a simpler rear suspension from the Honda Fit and more aggressive styling.

Although the North American and the Asia-Pacific model slightly differ in front and rear clip design, they are mechanically identical. The hatchback is available as a three and five-door. Both Si and Type R trim levels continued although the Japanese and European Type R, while sharing the same engine size, are mechanically different. In the United States, an improved, sportier version of the Civic Si 4-door tuned by tuner Mugen was offered, featuring cosmetic alterations and changes to the suspension, wheels, slight exterior differences, and exhaust system. A Canadian-only Acura model received a new nameplate, changing from the Acura EL to the Acura CSX.

As of 2006, a total of 16.5 million Civics had been sold worldwide, with 7.3 million of them in the United States.

Previous Generations[]

Seventh Generation (2001-2005)[]


7th Generation Honda Civic

The seventh generation was released in September 2000, for the 2001 model year. While the redesign retained the previous generation's exterior dimensions, interior space was improved in part by using a flat rear floor thus bumping up Civic to a compact car size segment. The front suspension was changed from that of a double wishbone to a MacPherson strut, in order to lower costs, as well as allow more engine bay room for the newly introduced Honda K-series engine. Power was also increased on some trim levels. The four main trim levels were DX, LX, EX and HX. The Civic Coupe was no longer sold in Japan starting with this generation.

In North America, coupe and sedan body styles were available, except for the Si (SiR in Canada) which was offered only as a three-door hatchback. The rest of the world received three- and five-door hatchbacks. The Type R was redesigned as well this time using a more powerful i-VTEC engine and using the three-door hatchback body style. This generation saw Honda introduce their first Civic Hybrid, powered by a 1.3-liter engine.

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Face-lifted Honda Civic coupe

DX: BASE model


DX VP adds the following features:

  • CD player


LX comes with:

  • Power windows
  • Power locks
  • Power mirrors
  • Tachometer

LX Special Edition

LX Special Edition adds the following to LX:

  • 15" 12-spoke Alloy rims
  • MP3 6-cd changer
  • leather wrapped steering wheel
  • spoiler


EX adds the following to LX:

  • Moonroof
  • 15" 5-spoke Alloy wheels

EX Special Edition

EX Special Edition adds the following to EX and LX:

  • Moonroof
  • spoiler
  • 6-Cd changer
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • 15" 12-spoke Alloy rims

Sixth generation (1996–2000)[]

1997 Honda Civic

6th Generation Honda Civic Sedan

All models increase in size. Engine outputs were also increased without a fuel consumption penalty. A HX trim was added in 1996 with the availability of an electronically controlled CVT-gearbox. Later EX models benefit from a larger engine (1.6L) and the popular Honda VTEC engine. The Civic del Sol was dropped in 1998, and a sporty Si coupe is introduced in 1999. From 1995-2000 a 5-door Honda Domani was sold in the UK badged as a Civic alongside the 6th generation model. A surge in import tuning and wide variety of aftermarket products available for the 6th generation Civic made it a popular choice among import enthusiasts. In Australia, the sixth generation was sold as a sedan and coupe but sales weren't as good and a 3 door hatchback known as a CXi.

See Wikicar's comprehensive Sixth generation Honda Civic Review.

Fifth generation (1992–1995)[]


5th Generation Honda Civic

Introduced in September 1991 for the 1992 model year, the redesigned Civic featured increased dimensions, as well as more aerodynamic styling. The wagon variant was now only available in the Japanese market where the previous generation wagon was carried over until 1995. The efficiency of the previous HF model was replaced by the VX hatchback which, with an EPA rating of 48/55 MPG, was Honda's most fuel efficient model sold at the time. In North America the Si featured a SOHC VTEC valve train, whereas the VX featured the VTEC-E. The Japanese Si featured a DOHC non-VTEC valve train D16A9. Continuing in the sporty tradition of the original Civic SiR, Honda sold several similarly equipped variants of the fifth generation car, still referred to as the Civic SiR, in Japan, Asia and Europe. In South Africa, MBSA (Mercedes Benz of SA) built the Civic as the Ballade only in 4-door sedan. A special model was the 180i with the B18B4, that was fitted to Ballade models. A new body style was introduced with this generation called the Civic Coupé, based from the Civic Ferio sedan, and was sold in North America, Europe and Japan. The fifth generation remains popular among tuners and racers alike.

Fourth generation (1988–1991)[]

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4th Generation Honda Civic

The Civic became sleeker as well as larger. This generation saw the introduction of four-valve-per-cylinder engines across all models as well as fuel injection. And for the first time, the double wishbone suspension system used on the Accord and Prelude was incorporated in front and rear to guarantee excellent stability and handling. The LX model was introduced with more standard features compared to the DX, and an even more feature-laden EX was introduced in 1990 as part of the mid model lifecyle refresh. The Civic Si Hathaback departed but returned for 1989.

The three door hatchback comes in three trims DX, STD., and Si. The DX is the basic model. Thr STD. (Standerd) is the DX just they added passenger mirror, leather like seats, interior clock, and a tape player. The Si model was the top of the line, The Si gave you body colored bumpers, moonroof, tachometer, sporty tail pipe, and a 1.6 liter engine with multipiont fuel injection ,but not one of the hatchbacks have power windows.

The Civic 5-door hatchback came in one trim 4WD, it basically has Power steering and 4-wheel drive. it has the same 1.5 liters as the rest (except the Si) and no power windows.

In late 1987 the fourth generation civic arrived and were sold as 1988 models. The hatchbacks arrvied first then the sedans arrived a few months later.

Third generation (1984–1987)[]


3rd Generation Honda Civic

The Civic became more sophisticated. The wheelbase increased 5 inches to 96.5 inches, matching that of the Accord's. A new 1.5-liter engine producing 76 horsepower was introduced except on the base hatchback, which turned out 60 horsepower. The line-up was made up of three hatchbacks (base, DX and S), a wagon, a sedan and a new two-seat sport version called the CRX. In 1985, a CRX Si became available with fuel injection and and 91 horsepower. In 1986, there was a refreshening that included flush-mounted headlights, a four-speed automatic, and a Si version of the Civic Hatchback.

Second generation (1979–1983)[]


2nd Generation Honda Civic

The second generation Civic saw its external dimensions increase. Two different engines were available - the 1300 (55 hp) and the 1500 (67 hp) - in base and DX trims. In 1981, a four-door sedan debuted along with a three-speed automatic tranmission. A high fuel-efficient model, the FE, appeared in 1982, while a sporty "S" was introduced in 1983.

First Generation (1973–1979)[]


1st Generation Honda Civic

Available as a hatchback and two-door sedan, Honda’s first Civic was powered by an all aluminium 54 hp 1.2 litre SOHC 4-cylinder engine. In 1975, the new car featured a low-pollutant CVCC engine, which until 1983 met the strict American exhaust gas standards without the use of a catalytic converter. Transmissions included a four-speed manual or a two-speed "Hondamatic".

Worldwide the Civic caused a sensation with its design, technology and low fuel consumption – features that characterized all later models. By 1976 production had already reached the magical one million mark.



European Honda Civic.

The Japanese Civic has little but noticeable styling differences from the American version. While the arcing line sweeping across the front fascia is retained, the main headlights dip away from the main arc for a more sporty appearance. The front bumper also has more vents with a steeper angle and sharper corners than the US Civic.

On the interior side, the Japanese Civic has a contrasting two-tone color scheme. The three-spoke steering wheel from the US Civic Si and the European hatchback is standard. Engines include a 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 140bhp at 6300rpm and a 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 155bhp at 6200 rpm; both are mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic (with paddle shifting available on the 2.0L model) with drive by wire throttles. A hyrbid version is also available.

The European Civic is the most different in that it is only offered as 5-door and 3-door hatchback only. Mechanically, the European Civic differs from the US and Japanese variants in that it is based on the Honda Jazz/Fit platform and uses a simpler torsion beam suspension system for the rear wheels compared to the double-wishbone system. Externally, the European model is the most aggressively styled. While the sweeping front arc is maintained, a light replaces the grille. The rear tail lights are also similarly styled. Triangular accents are found on the front and back, with triangular fog-lamps in front and dual triangle exhaust tips at the back. The rear backglass is split into two levels, divided by a spoiler lip and the fuel filler cap is a race-inspired exposed metal cap. For the 5-door models, the rear door is hidden away, with the door handles tucked away at the corners of the rear windows. Inside, the Euro Civic follows the same split level theme, but with a slightly racier design with circular A/C vents and switchgear. There's also a start button reminiscent of the Honda S2000. The handbrake is in a more covnentional position behind the shift lever. All around there is a generous use of metallic trim. Engines include the 1.8 liter i-VTEC shared with the US and Japanese versions as well as a 2.2 litre i-CDTi turbodiesel, on the 5-door there is also a 1.4 liter petrol engine with 83hp (pre 2009 i-DSI) or 100hp (2009 I-VTEC). A 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed i-SHIFT is available across the range.

While the Civic is sold in largely the same form worldwide, differences in the name of the models exist between markets. In Japan, the Honda City Hatchback 2022 is just called "Civic" while the sedan or coupé model is called "Civic Ferio". In the United States "Civic" generically refers to any of the coupe, sedan or hatchback models.

The two-door-hatchback body style has not been very popular in the United States but has achieved wide acceptance in Canada, Japan and European markets. Starting in 2001, the Civic two-door hatchback has been built exclusively at Honda's manufacturing plant in Swindon, England. Accordingly, all instances of that model (left- or right-hand-drive, anywhere in the world) are British-made cars designed with Japanese engineering.

Design quirks and oddities[]

  • The wing mirrors are concaved and can distort anything behind. Drivers may find it more difficult to judge distances to overtake or reverse park.
  • In the What Women Want survey conducted by the RACV in 2003, the Civic is the most popular choice among women buying a Honda. Ironically, the sedan version was more preferrable than the hatchback according to the survey but only by a small amount.


  • The Honda Civic was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1980 and Car of the Year in 2006.
  • The Civic has been on the annual "10 Best" list 6 times for Car and Driver - in 1985, 1988 through 1991, and 1996.
  • The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy named Civic GX the Greenest Car of 2005. The Civic GX is a natural gas version of the vehicle.
  • 2006 RACV Australia's Best Mid-size Car under $28,000
  • 2000 Japanese Car Of The Year

See also[]


Honda Motor Company

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USA: Fit/Jazz · Civic · Accord · Civic Hybrid · Odyssey · CR-V · Pilot · Ridgeline · Civic GX · Civic Si · FCX Clarity · Insight Hybrid · Accord Crosstour · CR-Z

Europe/Asia: City · Jazz · FR-V · Legend . Accord (European) . Civic Type-R

Japan: Inspire · Stream · Legend · Life . Odyssey (Japanese)· Step WGN . Freed


1300 · Acty · Airwave · Avancier · Ballade · Beat · Capa · City Turbo · CR-X · CR-X del Sol · Concerto · Domani · EV Plus · FCX · FR-V · HR-V · Insight · Inspire · Integra · Life Dunk · Logo · Mobilio · Mobilio Spike · MR-V · N360 · N600 · NSX · Orthia · Passport · Prelude · Quint · Stream · S500 · S600 · S800 · S2000 · That's · Today · Z · Z600 · ZEST · Accord Hybrid · Element


Small Hybrid Sports · StepBus · Dualnote · HSC · JVX · Remix · Spocket · WOW · FCX Concept · Accord Tourer Concept · 1-4 Concept · 2007 CR-Z Concept · PUYO Concept · Accord Coupe HF-S Concept · Pilot SUV Concept · Inspire / Accord Modulo Concept · Pilot Prototype · Civic Type-RR Mugen Concept · Racer Hot Wheels · Open Study Model (OSM) Concept · Insight Hybrid Concept · City Concept · Civic HFP Concept · FC Sport Fuel-Cell Design Study · The Great Race 2025 Concept · Sports Modulo S2000 Concept · Sports Modulo Fit Concept · Life Style Study · NSX Mugen RR Concept · Accord SR-9 Study · 2009 CR-Z Concept · EV-N Concept · Skydeck Concept · P-NUT Concept · New Small Concept · Insight Sports Modulo Concept · SSM Concept · Odyssey Concept · 3R-C Concept · Li Nisn Everus Concept · Air Concept · CR-Z Hybrid R Concept · CR-Z Racer Concept · Fit EV Concept · BRIO Concept · Civic Concept · N800


RA271 · RA272 · RA273 · RA300 · RA301 · RA302 · RA106 · RA107 · HSV-010

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