The 1996 Honda Civic classifies as a compact manufactured by Honda. It represents part of a line of subcompact and compact cars that have been produced by the Japanese automaker since July 1972. Until the 1990s, the Civic and Accord (and subsequently the Prelude) provided the only cars sold in the U.S. by Honda. Over time, the Civic has become larger and more upmarket, going on to become a compact car from a subcompact one.
The 1996 model marks the beginning of the sixth generation of the Civic, and it comes with a number of changes. However, it still retains some important aspects from the fourth and fifth generations, such as its class-leading handling.
Body Styles: two-door coupe, sedan, three-door hatchback
Engines: 1.6-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed engine, five-speed manual
Models: Honda Civic CX, Honda Civic DX, Honda Civic HX, Honda Civic EX, Honda Civic LX
The 1996 Honda Civic marks the beginning of a completely new generation, and therefore comes with a number of important changes. The Civic delivers more power and looks more contemporary than before.
The exterior of the Honda Civic changes from last year, but not in a drastic way. It still retains the aerodynamic design introduced in the start of the last generation, but the front fascia changes to an extent. The grille gets bigger, and so do the headlights.
The 1996 Honda Civic sits on a wheelbase of 103.2 inches and has a width of 67.1 inches. The hatchback has a width of 164.5 inches, while the coupe and sedan measure 175.1 inches long.
Despite the small size of the 1996 Civic, it offers abundant space inside. According to the interior volume provided, the 1996 Honda Civic would be qualified as a compact car, but the hatchback and coupe still get regarded as subcompacts.
Surprisingly, the rear seat of the 1996 Honda Civic feels rather comfortable, irrespective of the body style chosen. Adults up to six feet in height can sit comfortably inside. Visibility improves from previous years due to the thin roof pillars and the taller rear window.
The steering wheel sits at a comfortably low angle, and the gauges prove easy to see and read. Cargo capacity remains average, but it can increase to a large extent by folding down the split-folding rear seatbacks.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Honda Civic offers three versions of a 1.6-liter, overhead-cam, four-cylinder engine. The CX, DX, and LX contain an engine that delivers 106 horsepower. The HX uses a 115-horsepower engine, and the engine under the hood of the Civic EX delivers 127 horsepower.
The Civic EX offers the liveliest performance, but all models perform adequately. Fuel economy also looks great for all versions of the Civic. The engines get quieter than the previous generation, but road noise tends to be a little too high at highway speeds.
The overall ride comfort of the 1996 Honda Civic seems quite good and much better than the average small car, albeit with a few jolts in between. The Civic feels easy to steer and remains stable and controlled on the highway. Steering feedback and response remains excellent as always.
Crash test data remains unavailable for the 1996 Honda Civic.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic 1.6-liter I-4, automatic: 26/31 mpg city/highway
- Good fuel economy
- Comfortable ride
- Responsive steering and handling
- Good visibility
You Won't Like
- Noisy cabin at highway speeds
- Problems with entry/exit at the rear
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