Originally a subcompact car, the Honda Civic has undergone numerous generational changes, becoming both larger and more upscale. Over the years, from the launch of the first model in 1972, the Honda Civic has received several updates both in its interior and exterior, moving it to the compact car segment. Here’s what the journey has been like.
With its four-cylinder 1169cc water-cooled engine, the Civic could just get you to your destination. The Civic then was known for its fuel efficiency, and this became its selling point at a time when the world was facing an oil crisis. Towards the end of this generation, the Honda introduced their CVCC engine which allowed for more efficient fuel combustion.
The new Civic in this generation was sleeker and bigger. The CVCC system was now available in all the Civic engines and the base model was fitted with a 1335cc that offered greater horsepower. Three transmission options were also now available; a five-speed manual, a four-speed manual, and a two-speed automatic that provided better gear shifts for the Civic cars. The introduction of an FE model that was made to boost gas mileage and a sporty new S model marked the end of this generation.
A new set of engines was introduced in this generation. The base hatchback was fitted with a 1.3-litre 60 horsepower engine while other top models were fitted with a 76 horsepower unit. New models like the CRX that offered better fuel efficiency were introduced. The remarkable step in this generation was the introduction of a four-wheel-drive system alongside a six-speed manual transmission that greatly improved the performance of the Civic.
The new Honda Civic was more refined and more powerful than its predecessor. On top of a redesigned exterior, Honda launched a powerful set of new engines to improve the performance of the Civic. An EX sedan joined the Civic family and took a top position in the sedan range. The change that marked the end of this generation was the introduction of four-wheel disc brakes that provided better braking.
The Civic received a complete redesign which gave it a more aerodynamic body. Honda continued to offer hatchback and sedan models with a range of powerful engines. A new model, the Del sol was introduced to replace the CRX model. It offered two powerful engine options; 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre that gave it greater horsepower units. To mark the end of generation 5, Honda improved safety for all its models, making passenger-side airbags standard.
This Honda Civic was bigger than its predecessor and its overall length was up by some inches. Sedans were now reduced to only two trims, and the VX hatchback was replaced with a new model, the HX. The Honda introduced a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) for the HX model promising better performance and fuel economy. The Civic Si model was also reintroduced to meet the rising demand for high-performing small cars.
The new Civic underwent a lot of changes. Not only was its body completely redesigned, but it had also changed greatly from within. Most models were now fitted with a slightly larger engine that offered better fuel efficiency and horsepower. The biggest change in this era was the introduction of a hybrid model that mated a 1.3-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor to boost Civic acceleration and improve fuel economy.
The new Honda Civic looked greater both inside and outside. However, its interior space was smaller than the previous generation Civic. It came with a 1.8-litre engine which produced better torque and horsepower for the Civic. The Honda continued to offer the hybrid model for those who had needed fuel-efficient vehicles. A new GX model with a 1.8-litre engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission was introduced marking the end of this generation.
The increasing demand for fuel-efficient cars led to the designing of a smaller and lighter vehicle that was fuel-efficient. The new Civic was smaller in size featuring a wide range of engines. An Eco Assist Technology was added to most of the Civic models to improve fuel economy, and a new 2.4-litre engine coupled with a six-speed manual transmission was introduced which greatly improved the performance of the Civic. Compared to the previous generation, the new Civic was more fuel-efficient with greatly improved aerodynamics.
The modern-day Civic belongs to this generation. It’s an all-new car featuring a sleeker exterior design with the interior receiving lots of updates. This time around, the Honda decided to use higher-grade steel that greatly reduced the weight of the Civic. Honda offers an improved 2-litre turbocharged engine that’s found in the Type R model. Generally, the Civic in this generation is more sporty and modern than its predecessors.
The Honda Civic has continued to become better over time and the future is quite promising for this car.