Honda Civic Generations
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Honda Civic Generations

By Autolist Editorial | January 12, 2020

2016 - Present Honda Civic (10th Generation)


The current-generation Honda Civic comes in three body styles: sedan, coupe and hatchback, which returned for the first time since 2006. Built on a new global platform, this Civic features a low and wide profile with a sloping roof and a slightly more spacious interior and trunk. The base LX trim is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower, with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.

All models now include automatic climate control and a rear-view camera. Higher up, the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring trim levels carry a 178-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The top-of-the-line Touring comes with a leather interior, a 10-speaker sound system, and a Honda Sensing package — which includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision alert—as standard features.

A new Sport trim for the sedan and coupe variants is now available with a six-speed manual transmission and optional continuously variable transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and center exhaust. Features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available on most models. Also, the Type-R hot hatchback came to the U.S. for the first time, offering 306 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbo four.

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2012 – 2015 Honda Civic (9th Generation)


The ninth-generation Civic was unveiled at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in both coupe and sedan configurations. This generation’s DX, LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels retained the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine of the previous generation, while the Si model got a larger 2.4-liter engine that produced 201 horsepower. All models came with electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a new multi-link rear suspension that improved the ride quality and handling on rough roads. Buyers could choose between manual and automatic transmissions, and between hybrid and natural-gas versions. The 2012 redesign introduced Honda’s Eco Assist technology, which monitored the driver’s driving style and displays its impact on fuel efficiency.

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2006 – 2011 Honda Civic (8th Generation)


The 2006 redesign introduced a raked windshield that gave the coupe and sedan a sporty, futuristic look. Both the coupe and sedan were available in a variety of trim levels (DX, DX-G, LX, EX, and EX-L). The Hybrid model only came as a sedan, and the Si was offered as a coupe and sedan for the first time. Inside, the analog instrument panel of the previous generation was replaced with a two-tier digital panel. Under the hood, the DX, LX, and EX models shared a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 140 horsepower. All models except the hybrid had five-speed transmissions. The Civic Hybrid featured a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produced a combined maximum of 110 horsepower—23 percent more power than the previous generation’s hybrid.

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2001 – 2005 Honda Civic (7th Generation)


The seventh-generation Civic debuted with sedan and coupe body styles and four trim levels: DX, LX, EX, and HX. The Si model, which was offered as a three-door hatchback, rejoined the lineup for 2002. Honda also introduced the Civic Hybrid as a sedan powered by a 1.3-liter engine. The DX and LX models got a horsepower bump—from 106 hp to 115 hp—while the EX model maintained the previous generation’s 127 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission came standard, but a four-speed automatic was optional. A CVT transmission was available on the HX to maximize fuel economy. Standard safety features included front airbags and an engine-immobilizing theft-deterrent system.

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1996 – 2000 Honda Civic (6th Generation)


The sixth-generation Civic was available in sedan, coupe, and hatchback configurations. All body styles shared a 103.4-inch wheelbase that offered more interior space. Out of the standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the CX, DX, and LX trim levels got 106 horsepower, the HX coupe got 115 horsepower, and the top-tier EX sedan got 127 horsepower. The EX model boasted keyless entry, cruise control, a power sunroof, and full-wheel covers. Fuel economy still defined the Civic, with the HX model being the mileage leader. With a five-speed transmission, the HX could do 39 mpg and 45 mpg in city and highway driving, respectively. On other trims, buyers could choose between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.

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### 1992 – 1995 Honda Civic (5th Generation)


The 1992 redesign saw the Civic drop its boxy look and take on a more aerodynamic design. Both the sedan and hatchback were built on a longer wheelbase, which made the new Civic larger than most of its predecessors. Honda dropped the wagon but added a two-door coupe model in 1993. Six trim levels were available, depending on body style: CX, DX, VX, LX, Si, and EX. The base CX trim married a 70-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with a five-speed manual transmission. The Si and EX models had 1.6-liter gas engines that churned out 125 horsepower.

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1988 – 1991 Honda Civic (4th Generation)


The Civic was completely redesigned for the fourth generation. Its wheelbase was increased by 2 to 4 inches to 98.4 inches, and the body got a lower hood line and more glass. Honda kept the distinctive boxy shape of the previous generations. In the U.S., the Civic was available as a sedan, hatchback, and wagon in Standard, DX, LX, and EX and Si trim levels. The base Standard model was powered by a 75-horsepower 1.5-liter engine that was matched with a four-speed manual transmission. An automatic four-speed transmission was also available. The sporty Civic Si, which was only available as a hatchback, churned out 108 horsepower. Standard features on the Si trim included a large exhaust, air conditioning, and fog lights.

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1984 – 1987 Honda Civic (3rd Generation)


The third-generation Civic was available as a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, five-door station wagon, and a sporty coupe. All models were built on a larger platform that increased the previous generation’s wheelbase by 2 to 5 inches to 93.7 inches. The base hatchback CRX model ran on a 1.3-liter 8-valve engine that produced 60 horsepower. Other trim levels got a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

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### 1980 – 1983 Honda Civic (2nd Generation)


Second-generation Civics had more angular shapes and were larger than the models of the previous generation. The wheelbase grew from 86.6 to 88.6 inches for the hatchback and from 89.9 to 91.3 inches for the wagon. The two-door sedan of the previous generation was dropped from this generation’s lineup. Buyers could choose between two engine options: a base 1.3-liter engine that produced 55 horsepower and a more powerful 1.5-liter engine with 67 horsepower. The four-speed manual transmission of the previous generation came as standard equipment on the base model. The mid-range DX version featured a five-speed manual transmission, partial cloth seats, and rear window defroster. To this package, the top-of-the-line Civic 1500 GL added radial tires, a tachometer, and body side moldings.

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1973 – 1979 Honda Civic (1st Generation)


The first-generation Honda Civic went on sale for 1973. It was available as a two-door sedan, three-door hatchback and five-door station wagon. Standard features included a dashboard with wood-grain accents, reclining bucket seats, and 12-inch wheels. The hatchback boasted a fold-down rear seat, cloth upholstery, and an AM radio. These first models were fitted with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produced about 50 horsepower. Subsequent generational modifications increased power to 52 horsepower. Four-speed manual transmission was standard across the line. Optional features included air conditioning, radial tires, and a two-speed semi-automatic transmission.

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