The Evolution of The Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has been one of the most popular and enduring compact cars in the automotive market since its introduction in 1973. Over the years, the Civic has undergone several changes and transformations, which have helped it become one of the most sought-after vehicles in the world. Here's a closer look at the evolution of the Honda Civic.

First Generation (1973-1979)

The first-generation Honda Civic was introduced in 1973 as a three-door sedan and hatchback model and became increasingly popular amid the 1973 oil crisis due to its fuel efficiency. It was powered by a 1.2-liter engine that produced just 50 horsepower. The car was lightweight, nimble, and fuel-efficient, so it became an affordable option among reliable vehicles.

Second Generation (1980-1983)

The second generation debuted in 1980 and featured a more refined and streamlined design. It was also larger and more powerful, with a range of modern options. They included internally adjustable door mirrors, a five-speed gearbox, and a 55-hp 1.3-liter engine (or a 76hp 1.5-liter engine). The Civic's popularity continued to grow. The car became a favorite among drivers looking for a fuel-efficient and practical vehicle.

Third Generation (1984-1987)

The third-generation Civic was introduced in 1984. It had a sleeker and more aerodynamic design. It was a fast coupe with just two seats. The car was also larger than its predecessor and came with a fuel-injected 1.5-liter engine with a power of up to 91 horsepower. The third-generation Civic also introduced the popular and extremely lightweight D-Series engines.

Fourth Generation (1988-1991)

The Civic of the fourth generation was introduced in 1988 and featured adding double-wishbone suspensions for the front and back. It also came with a range of engine options, including a 1.6-liter engine that produced up to 108 horsepower. The fourth is also known for the introduction of a four-wheel independent suspension system.

Fifth Generation (1992-1995)

The fifth generation was introduced in 1992 and featured a more angular and sporty design. It was also larger and more powerful than its predecessor. It had a 106 hp 1.6-liter engine. The fifth-generation Civic continued to modernize with standard side airbags on all models and the introduction of anti-lock brakes on some trims. It also added a VTEC engine to the Civic.

Sixth Generation (1996-2000)

Being introduced in 1996, the sixth generation was a restyling with a revised DOHC VTEC engine producing 160 hp. Thus, the sixth generation came with a natural gas-powered Civic.

Seventh Generation (2001-2005)

The seventh-generation Civic was known for its much more spacious interior due to switching the double-wishbone front suspension to McPherson struts. It had a 1.7-liter engine with a power of up to 117 horsepower. The most significant introduction of the seventh generation was the first Civic hybrid in 2003. This vehicle earned an EPA rating of 39 mpg city and 43 mpg highway.

Eighth Generation (2006-2011)

The Civic of the eighth generation debuted in 2006 and brought fuel-efficient engines, a comfortable ride, and impressive cabin space, along with a 197 hp 2.0-liter engine. The eighth-generation Civic continued with the Hybrid, Natural Gas, and Si models. This generation was recognized as both the 2006 "North American Car of the Year" and the 2006 Motor Trend "Car of the Year."

Ninth Generation (2012-2015)

The 2012 Honda Civic was completely redesigned compared to its predecessor. But the 2013 model continued to implement modern features such as Pandora internet radio, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera as standard, which was a first for a compact car. The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe provided even more upgrades to design and performance. The 2015 model introduced a new SE level trim and excellent fuel ratings of up to 41 mpg highway and 31 mpg city.

Tenth Generation (2016-2021)

The tenth Honda Civic generation was released in the North American market in November 2015. This generation featured the first turbocharged engine for a Honda Civic. Additionally, it had the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard across all body styles, trims, and configurations. The Civic Si and Honda Civic R performance models were also introduced during this era.

Eleventh Generation (2022-Present)

The all-new 2022 Honda Civic boasts a clean, modern design paired with a high-tech, human-centered interior and is equipped with advanced active and passive safety systems. Previewed in November 2020 in prototype form, the 11th-generation Civic continues the tradition of innovation, design leadership, and class-leading driving dynamics.