30 Oct Top 5 Honda Civics of All Time
The 10th generation Honda Civic is coming soon, and, for many, it just cannot come soon enough. With new style, substance, and the addition of turbocharged engines, the next generation Civic is going to be a big deal. In celebration of the future, let’s take a look at the best of the past four decades of Civic.
1973 Honda Civic
It would be hard to make a list of the best Civics of all time without including the original. Taking full advantage of the booming small car market fueled by the oil crisis, the Civic cemented itself as a practical, yet enjoyable small car. When it entered the market in 1973, the Civic had a handling and fuel economy advantage over a lot of its competition. More importantly, it proved that Honda was serious about building small cars designed for worldwide consumption.
1984 Honda Civic Si
Although there were some sporty versions of the Civic early on, it was in 1984 that Honda got serious about the Civic’s performance. Only available in Japan, the Civic could be had with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that made 122 HP, which was very impressive for its time. This was also the first time that the Si designation was attached to the Civic.
1990 Honda Civic SiR
In late 1989, the Civic took a big leap in terms of performance. This was the year that the legendary B16 engine was crammed into the EF Civic SiR. For those not up on Honda acronyms, this pretty much meant the Civic hatchback received a 1.6-liter engine that incorporated VTEC to make 158 HP. For a car that didn’t weigh much over 2,000 lbs., that’s a good amount of operational power. And of course, the Civic SiR had the handling prowess to back up this power. (I still ride around in one of these babies, and I feel awesome every time.)
1998 Civic Type R
Weighing around 2,400 lbs, the Type R included a limited-slip differential, a strengthened body structure, a Momo steering wheel and Recaro seats. There was even the option to order a Type R without weight adding devices like air conditioning, power windows, power steering or the radio to save weight.
2006 Honda Civic Si
Having become marginally outdone by the competition in the early 2000s, the 2006 Civic Si coupe brought respectability back to the Civic.
The Civic has a history as complex and intertwined with the United States as one could possibly imagine. Why not celebrate that history and patriotism by test driving one for yourself? Honda of Adventura is waiting for you!