When the Honda Civic first debuted in the 1970s, its main claim to fame was great fuel economy. All 1999 models continue this tradition and run on the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It carries three model types and three configurations: two hatchback models have a two-door configuration, four sedan models have a four-door configuration, and four coupe models have a two-door configuration.
Body Styles: hatchback, sedan, coupe
Engines: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, two-speed continuously variable
Models: Honda Civic CX, Honda Civic DX, Honda Civic VP, Honda Civic LX, Honda Civic EX, Honda Civic HX, Honda Civic Si
The 1999 Honda Civic Si coupe is brand new. The exterior styling and instrument panel have been improved across all models. Plus, all three DX models now have new features.
The 1999 Honda Civic uses the more conservative exterior features introduced in 1996. These features are a squarer shape, a frontal grille, and larger rear tail lamps. The hatchback models are designed to be very sound economically. Hence, there are not a lot of standard exterior and interior features. The exterior of the hatchback models look a little odd. The exterior of the EX sedan is the classiest of the sedan models. But if looking for a sleek and sporty vehicle, the coupe models will be best. All models have a wheelbase of 103.2 inches.
The 1999 Honda Civic was the first car that the Japanese company ever sold in the North American market. The interior seats five passengers comfortably. However, the most comfortable interiors belong to the sedans.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Honda Civic Si Coupe model is probably the most innovative. It's also the fastest with the ability to go from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds. Even though the Si coupe performs very quickly, consumers looking for speed and sportiness might be better off with the EX coupe because the Si model only comes with five-speed manual transmission. The EX coupe does come with five-speed manual transmission standard, but they can opt for four-speed automatic transmission. This choice seems more appropriate since modern consumers don't often know how to shift manually. The automatic transmission or continuously variable transmission improves handling. Luckily, for a little extra money one can opt out of the manual transmission in all but the Si model.
The 1999 Honda Civic VP sedan has the same horsepower and torque, but it is only available with the four-speed automatic transmission. The HX coupe has a horsepower of 115 and 104 lb-ft of torque, which come with the five-speed manual transmission as standard, but a two-speed continuously variable transmission is available as an option. The EX models have a horsepower of 127 and 107 lb-ft of torque. These models also come with five-speed manual transmission standard, but a four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The most powerful model is the Si coupe, which has a horsepower of 160 and 111 lb-ft of torque but is only available with five-speed manual transmission. All models come equipped with front-wheel drive.
Like most Honda models, a brand new 1999 Honda Civic is a tad expensive. It performs well and lasts for a ridiculously long time. This long-lasting quality makes it an overall good value as it holds its resale value. Overall, the CX hatchback is the best option for a very tight budget.
Overall, the 1999 Honda Civic is a pretty safe little car. It receives a four out of five star rating on both frontal and side impact. The hatchback models have dual frontal airbags, power brakes, and optional power steering. The sedans have these features standard. Plus, all models but the DX has cruise control and passenger airbags. Most of the coupe models also have these features. However, the coupes only have frontal airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Civic four-cylinder 106 hp: 28/35 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic four-cylinder 115 hp: 34/38 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic four-cylinder 127 hp: 28/35 mpg city/highway
Honda Civic four-cylinder 160 hp: 26/31 mpg city/highway
- Choices in engines
- Choices in style
You Won't Like
- Bland exterior
- No towing capability
An icon of reliability.
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