Honda Civic

In 1972, when the Honda Civic first launched, it was introduced as a subcompact car for the 1973 model year. With the Honda Accord and Honda Prelude, the Honda Civic became part of the model lineup of cars sold within North America. It remained a North American Honda car until the 1990s when Honda expanded the model to other countries around the world.

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Honda Civic Origins

The first cars to hit the road were two-door coupes, followed by a three-door hatchback. Over time, and with each new generation of the Honda Civic, the car grows larger and appeals to a more upmarket crowd. With the unveiling of the seventh generation for the 2001 model year lineup, the Honda Civic became large enough to move into the compact car category. Honda launched the ninth generation of the Civic for the 2012 model year. This model represents the current generation of the car.

About the Honda Civic

During the 1970s, the demand for cars with excellent gas mileage grew due to the inflated fuel prices caused by the Arab oil embargo. Honda designed the Civic to meet this need. Although the first generations only offer small cars, their designs allow for optimal interior space and comfort. The first generations of the Honda Civic built up the car's reputation as a reliable and environmentally friendly vehicle that provides excellent fuel economy. With later modifications and newer generations, the Honda Civic also gained notice for its performance and sportiness.

Honda Civic Features

In January, 2011, the ninth and latest generation of the Honda Civic was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show. The current generation went on sale in April of the same year. Honda offers several trim levels of the Civic sedan, but all versions come equipped with a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. Anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability system, and electronic brake distribution come as standard features. The models also include Honda's Eco-Assist technology. The information provided by the system helps the driver adopt a driving style that improves gas mileage. Both a conventional and a hybrid version of the latest Honda Civic sedan are available.

Honda Civic Evolution

Honda produced the first generation of the Civic from 1973 to 1979. Its engine runs on either leaded or unleaded fuel, providing flexibility of choice for drivers. Consumers will not find this feature in many vehicles. The model can be purchased as a two-door coupe, a three-door hatchback, or a five-door hatchback or station wagon. In 1976, the platform of the three-door hatchback expanded to create the Honda Accord.

When the second generation of the Honda Civic launched in 1980, it presented a larger, more angular body shape and a more powerful engine than the first generation. It offers three different transmission options, including a four-speed manual transmission found on the base models, a five-speed manual transmission, or a two-speed semi-automatic transmission.

In 1984, the third generation of the Honda Civic was unveiled as a three-door hatchback or a four-door shuttle wagon called the Honda Civic Shuttle. The two-door coupe, called the CRX, also launched the same year. A more powerful, high-performance version of both the Honda Civic and the CRX launched in 1984, designated by the letters Si. A real time four-wheel drive option is also available, where all-wheel drive can be turned on and off during driving with the push of a button.

The unveiling of the fourth generation in 1988 introduced a Honda Civic with increased dimensions and a lower hood line. Several different models and trim lines sell in different markets around the world. The overall dimensions of the Honda Civic increased once again for the launch of the fifth generation in 1992. The larger body also flaunts a more aerodynamic restyle. The sixth generation, introduced in 1996, shows a restyle but with nowhere near the significance of the previous generations.

The 2001, seventh generation, of the Honda Civic has the same overall dimensions as the previous generation, but the flat floor increases the interior space. This change in space moves the Civic from the subcompact to the compact car category. It comes as a coupe or a sedan, but only the three-door hatchback offers the Si version. The seventh generation also includes the first Honda Civic hybrid.

One of the most significant changes for the 2006, eighth generation, of the vehicle is Honda's decision to create two Civics, based on different platforms. One version of the Honda Civic caters to the North American and home market, while the other focuses on the European market. The North American version comes as a sedan or coupe, while the European model shows significant style changes and can only be purchased as a three- or five-door hatchback.

Select a Honda Civic Year

2013 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


The 2013 Honda Civic delivers great fuel economy and updated styling and features.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $14,563

MPG
22-44
Seats
5

2012 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


The Civic is completely redesigned inside and out for 2012. It gains a more mature look, larger head- and taillights, and a fresh strip of chrome on the grille. Inside, the interior has been redesigned, but not for the better: it loses some of the soft-touch materials, although the dash design retains the split-level approach introduced with the previous-generation Civic.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,511

MPG
22-44
Seats
5

2011 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


A significant refresh in 2009 updated the Civic’s exterior styling and increased the availability of certain tech features, so the 2011 Civic soldiers on unchanged. The ninth generation Civic is rumored to debut in 2011 as 2012 model.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $10,202

MPG
21-43
Seats
5

2010 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,624

MPG
21-45
Seats
5

2009 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


The 2009 Honda Civic holds up the standard set by its predecessors.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,731

MPG
21-45
Seats
5

2008 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,722

MPG
21-45
Seats
5

2007 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,369

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

2006 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan


The 2006 Honda Civic comes as both a coupe and a sedan, with both hybrid and natural gas engines available.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,590

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

2005 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Hybrid, Sedan


The 2005 Honda Civic comes in a wide variety of body styles, available in coupe, hatchback, or sedan versions.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,535

MPG
N/A
Seats
4-5

2004 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Hybrid, Sedan


ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,028

MPG
26-48
Seats
5

2003 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Hybrid, Sedan


The Honda Civic was first introduced in 1973.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,610

MPG
26-48
Seats
5

2002 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan


The 2002 Honda Civic continues its popularity as one of best and well-known economy cars in America.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,048

MPG
26-40
Seats
5

2001 Honda Civic
ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,790

MPG
30-40
Seats
5

2000 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan


ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,330

MPG
26-38
Seats
5

1999 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan


When the Honda Civic first debuted in the 1970s, its main claim to fame was great fuel economy.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,155

MPG
26-38
Seats
5

1998 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan


The 1998 Honda Civic classifies as an entry-level vehicle that offers a solidly performing vehicle for a very low price tag.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,780

MPG
28-39
Seats
5

1997 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan


The 1997 Honda Civic is an entry-level vehicle that offers a solidly performing vehicle for a very low price tag.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,630

MPG
28-38
Seats
5

1996 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan


The 1996 Honda Civic classifies as a compact manufactured by Honda.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,455

MPG
28-45
Seats
5

1995 Honda Civic

Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,130

MPG
29-56
Seats
5

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