The 1997 Honda Civic is an entry-level vehicle that offers a solidly performing vehicle for a very low price tag. While it does not have as many amenities or as much power as many vehicles on the market, it does a good job moving people from point A to point B. It manages to accelerate decently, turn well, and be fairly comfortable to ride in without breaking the bank. The primary benefit is its low price tag. It holds up well when compared to similar priced vehicles, but this advantage evaporates compared to even slightly higher priced vehicles. For example, the Accord outclasses it in almost every way, but it also costs more, even for the entry-level model. It is an excellent vehicle for a driver on a budget, even if it isn’t as flashy or impressive as some other vehicles on the market.
Body Styles: hatchback, coupe
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Honda Civic DX, Honda Civic CX, Honda Civic EX, Honda Civic LX, Honda Civic HX
The 1997 Honda Civic receives 14-inch wheels for all models. The LX now has air-conditioning as standard equipment.
The 1997 Honda Civic is a small, compact vehicle for every available body design, measuring at 175.1 inches long for the sedan and coupe and 164.5 inches for the hatchback. The DX is the only model available with both options. The CX is only available as a hatchback. The LX is only available as a sedan. The HX is only available as a coupe. The EX is available as a sedan or coupe.
The 1997 Honda Civic, like other vehicles in its price range is very light when it comes to features. An AM/FM radio is the only feature that is standard on all models. Even the higher-end EX has a pretty small features list with keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, and an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. Overall, there is nothing unusual about the light load out when compared to the competition.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 Honda Civic has good performance that holds up well against the competition. The 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine is capable of delivering 127 horsepower (hp), which still delivers adequate speed and acceleration. It also handles itself well in turns, allowing it to maneuver quite easily.
The 1997 Honda Civic offers dual-front airbags as standard. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard on the EX sedan and optional on the EX coupe.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic: 25/32 mpg city/highway
- Coupe, sedan, and hatchback options
- Low price tag
- Amazing gas mileage
You Won't Like
- Tough competition
- Underpowered engine
The best entry-level car around.
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