Honda Civic Has Come a Long Way Since 1973

If you know Honda Civic, then you know it as the benchmark in the small sedan segment that it is today. However, it's had a storied history, no less than illustrious. Take a trip down memory lane with us here at Honda of Downtown Los Angeles to learn more about where one of America's best-selling compact cars came from.

Honda Civic first rose to popularity in the 1970s and 1980s among drivers seeking the height of dependability and fuel efficiency. It was to come in various body styles across several decades and counting that it has been in production. One, a "wagovan" in the 1980s, came complete with all-wheel drive, while in the 1990s, we would see builds as diverse as a two-door coupe, a four-door sedan, and a hatchback with three doors.

The car's engines saw upgrades over many model years to boot. An unassuming 106-horsepower model appeared in 1998, entry-level by some standards today but wowing with its spirit, unmistakably Honda. The VTEC engine technology added, and continuously variable transmission made available, in the same year delivered quite a bump, up to 127 horsepower. But it was the 1999 two-door coupe, Honda Civic Si, that would go high-performance, with a 160-horsepower engine, stiffer suspension, and a host of modernized amenities putting on the finishing touches.

Things could only get better, too. A redesign in 2001 added a completely new suspension system, offering a smoother, more comfortable ride than ever, one that today's Civic is certainly known for. A 2002 hatchback iteration, on the other hand, gave a fresh perspective to the Civic Si platform. By the 2003 model year, a hybrid version of the compact sedan was introduced, practically upending the segment when it came to fuel efficiency. 2004 was when the current branch-out, into a coupe, sedan, and hatchback trio, took place, and, as they say, the rest is history.

Today, in the new 2019 Honda Civic, you can look forward to quite a lot that's new.

  • The exterior design just got refreshed again, and three new color choices are now available: Platinum White Pearl, Molten Lava Pearl in sedan models, and Tonic Yellow Pearl in coupe models.
  • There's a new race-inspired Civic Sport trim, with a 2.0-liter engine, six-speed manual or optional CVT transmission options, and design cues borrowed from today's blisteringly-fast Civic Si, including its all-season tires and wide, chrome-finished sport muffler.
  • Honda Sensing, our automaker's proprietary suite of active safety and driver-assist features, now comes standard on all trims, both in coupe and sedan styles.
  • There have been a ton of interior upgrades made, like updates to the Display Audio infotainment system, the addition of a new interface, Bluetooth integration improvements, redesigned steering wheel-mount controls, and updates to the dash trim, not to mention the addition of extra sound insulation.

There's plenty more where these came from too. Check out the new Honda Civic today among its new Honda car, truck, and SUV siblings, right here on West MLK Jr. Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. We'll be glad to take you for a spin and a full tour!

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