Based on the sterling reputation of reliability and affordability the manufacturer has established over the years, for the last 48 years and counting since its introduction, the Honda Civic has continued to be one of the most popular vars in the US. There have been a lot of different models from the first generation in the early 70s onwards and with each new design, comes new innovations and developments and, very often, industry accolades and awards.
Take a trip with us through the annals of history to discover more about the development of this fine automobile through the years to understand what came before to give us the Honda Civic 2020 model.
The Seventies – First Generation Honda Civic Introduced
Due to the oil crisis in 73, there was a real yearning of a step-down from the muscle cars automobile enthusiasts preferred up until then. People were looking for more fuel-efficient cars. Honda didn’t miss a beat when they introduced the Civic, which originally featured station wagon, hatchback, and coupe varieties. Due to its popularity, the company finally had a foothold on the US car manufacturing industry.
The early 80s – The Second Generation of Honda Civic is Unleashed
It’s starting to think that the Honda Civic released back in the early 80s, the second generation has a lot in common with the car we know and love today. It was developed into a larger car with a sedan-style body and four doors. Notably, even back then, Honda was continuing to push their fuel-economy efforts to new heights with the FE trim and they also released a sporty S trim too.
Later in the 80s – Third and Fourth Generation Emerge
The third generation of the Civic grew a little bit more and an additional body-style was released in the form of the fastback coupe that was just a two-seater and branded the CRX. As the sportier side of the cars was more emphasized and pronounced, the fuel economy was constantly evolving and improving. It was also during the third generation of new models that the Si vehicles were released for those interested in high-performance automobiles.
Towards the end of the 80s, Honda gave the Civic a major overhaul and most notably added a double-wishbone design suspension at the back and front. The handling was worked on and improved and as such the Civic became the choice of many tuners who would modify their cars to transform them into sports cars. Performance and size were also increased yet again.
Through the 90s – The Fifth to Sixth Generations
In the 90s, Honda continued to push the modernization of the Civic with the introduction of side airbags to all models and inclusion of anti-locking brakes on some. This ensured the Civics’ position as one of the safest cars. Be the mid-point in the 90s the VTEC variable valve engines were introduced. Although the changes weren’t as big or extensive, by the end of the 90s the Civic was restyled yet again. It was then that the company made its crowning jewel a natural gas-powered vehicle.
Although this was just a snapshot, it’s interesting to see the development and evolution of one of the most beloved cars that are still as popular now as it ever was.