The 1998 Honda Civic classifies as 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, the Civic does a good job moving people from point A to point B. The Civic manages to accelerate decently, turn well, and be fairly comfortable to ride in without breaking the bank in the process.
The Honda Civic’s primary benefit is its low price tag. It holds up well when compared to similarly priced vehicles, but this advantage evaporates when compared to higher-priced vehicles. For example, the Honda Accord outclasses the Civic in almost every way, but it also costs more, even for the entry-level model. The Civic makes an excellent vehicle for a driver on a budget, even if it doesn’t look as flashy or impressive as 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 HX, Honda Civic LX
The 1998 Honda Civic receives some minor styling changes, including new wheel covers and a rear handle latch.
Measuring at 175.1 inches long for the coupe and sedan and 164.5 inches for the hatchback, the Honda Civic serves as a small, compact vehicle for every available body design. The Civic DX remains the only model available with every body option. The Civic CX only sells as a hatchback; the Civic LX only sells as a sedan; the HX provides a coupe model; the EX comes as a coupe or sedan.
The EX comes standard with keyless entry, power locks, power windows, and power mirrors.
The Honda Civic like other vehicles in its price range remains very light when it comes to features. An AM/FM radio marks the only feature that comes standard on all models. Even the higher-end Civic EX offers a pretty small features list with cruise control, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. Overall, the 1998 Honda Civic offers similar features to the competition.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Honda Civic delivers a good performance that holds up well against the competition. The 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine puts out 127 horsepower, which, while not quite great, still provides adequate speed and acceleration. The Civic handles itself well in turns, allowing it to maneuver easily.
Dual front airbags come standard on all 1998 Honda Civic models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on the Civic EX sedan and optionally on the Civic EX coupe.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic: 25/33 mpg city/highway
- Coupe, sedan, and hatchback options
- Low price tag
- Amazing gas mileage
You Won't Like
- Tough competition
- Underpowered engine
A go-to entry-level car.
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