In 1973, the Honda Civic made its grand debut. It gave American buyers a new small car option, had a great use of space, and delivered impressive fuel efficiency on the highway. With only an 86.6-inch wheelbase, it still offered enough room for up to four passengers.
Americans quickly fell in love with the agile econobox that was far superior to anything else on the market at the time. Its first engine only produced 50 horsepower, but with a weight of only around 1,500 pounds, this was more than enough power to get it going. By 1975, sales of the Civic surpassed 100,000 units in a year.
Moving into the 1980s, the Civic got a sleeker body design and continued to grow in length and power. Buyers could choose from a variety of body styles including a hatchback, sedan, tall wagon, and a two-seater called the CRX. The sporty CRX stood out thanks to its two-tone paint scheme. Across the lineup, buyers continued to be impressed by the Civic’s high-quality fit and finish and intelligent design.
The Civic continued to get a bit larger in the 1990s and got a new aerodynamic wedge-shaped body. In 1992, its wheelbase measured in at 103.2 inches for the sedan models. This decade brought a whole host of updated available features like a power moonroof and cassette player. The Civic also continued to increase in efficiency with some models achieving upwards of 50 mph on the highway.
Honda debuted the Civic’s seventh generation in 2001. This model came with a new front suspension and a flat rear floor — two of its most notable updates. Passengers would also find the cabin even more spacious than before. By the end of this decade, the Civic went through a series of technological updates to include features like Bluetooth®.
Today’s Civic, which is available at Roy Schmidt Honda, is more advanced than ever with intuitive safety features and connectivity that modern drivers expect in a new car.