The 1995 Honda Civic is a subcompact car, and along with the Prelude and Accord, is one of the three cars sold by Honda in North America when the company’s lineup was expanded. Since its introduction in 1972, it has become increasingly more popular. It is part of the fifth generation, which was introduced in 1992. This model year is expected to be the last for this generation as Honda prepares a redesigned model for the following year.
Body Styles: coupe, hatchback, sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Honda Civic CX, Honda Civic DX, Honda Civic VX, Honda Civic Si, Honda Civic EX, Honda Civic LX
As Honda prepares for a complete redesign of the Civic, the 1995 Honda Civic enters dealerships without any changes from the previous year.
The 1995 Honda Civic is wedge-shaped and has a larger wheelbase than the previous generation. This generation also uses lightweight materials to increase the fuel economy. As compared to the previous generation, it has a higher cowl that allows for greater suspension travel. The hatchback version has a wheelbase of 101.3 inches, while the coupe and sedan models have a wheelbase of 103.2 inches. The length varies with each body style, with the hatchback at 160.2 inches, coupe at 172.8 inches, and sedan at 173 inches.
For a subcompact car, the 1995 Honda Civic is quite roomy inside. All body styles can accommodate four adults comfortably. There is enough legroom in the front and back for passengers to stretch a little and get comfortable. The controls on the dash are well designed, large, and easy to use. Cargo space is good irrespective of body style. However, the hatchback suffers a problem in this respect. Its split opening makes it difficult to load and unload items.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Honda Civic is available with three different versions of the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine unit. The DX and LX models use a version that delivers 102 horsepower. The base CX model uses a version that delivers 70 horsepower, while the VX uses a special VTEC-E version that delivers 92 horsepower. A 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 125 horsepower is fitted under the hood of the EX model. Despite the presence of four engines with varying power outputs, all of them lack low-end torque. As a result, it all lacks a certain zest and energy when going from standstill.
The 1995 Honda Civic does perform smoothly in the middle gears, but irrespective of the engine choice, it fails to show any considerable energy. The four-cylinder engines feel especially lethargic with the automatic transmission. It is not an easy car to drive when on the highway or while ascending hills since constant gearshifts are required. When compared to the previous generations, it suffers from considerably less wind and exhaust noises. Handling is modest at best, and the narrow tires offer little road grip. As a result, body lean is evident during turns, it is moderately stable.
The 1995 Honda Civic got a mediocre three-star rating for driver and passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic: 26/34 mpg city/highway
- Good fuel economy
- Decent acceleration with EX and Si
- Good ride quality
- Stable handling
You Won't Like
- Poor acceleration with CX and VX
- Space, cargo room, and noise problems in the hatchback
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