The Honda Civic has a long and illustrious history. This beloved compact car arrived in the states in 1973 and has since established a loyal following and reputation for being reliable, efficient, and built to last. To this day, the Civic remains a staple of the Honda lineup.
The introduction of the Civic to American drivers allowed Honda to gain a foothold within the states. The first generation of the Civic was exceptionally-efficient and featured three body styles: coupe, hatchback, and station wagon. As time went on, the Civic’s popularity did nothing but grow. In the second generation of the vehicle, which was introduced in 1980, the vehicle grew a bit larger and began coming in the four-door sedan body style that is still popular today. Since the inception of the Civic, increasing fuel efficiency was a central engineering and design goal, as was elevating the overall driving experience of the Civic and its handling.
As the Civic entered the new millennium, it continued to innovate its powertrain, design, and construction. The seventh generation, which debuted in 2001, marked the first-ever Honda Civic Hybrid. As exemplified by the history of the Civic, Honda has long been committed to producing fuel-efficient vehicles and continually innovating and improving its established platforms.
The Modern Civic
The eighth generation of the Civic was released in 2006 and was recognized as the 2006 “North American Car of the Year” as well as the 2006 Motor Trend “Car of the Year.”1,2 This generation featured the familiar, distinctly modern design of the contemporary Civic, with smooth, sporty contours and sophisticated style.
The ninth generation of the Civic saw the introduction of numerous smart connectivity and entertainment features — like Bluetooth® wireless technology — and offered drivers impressive fuel efficiency.
The tenth generation of the Civic, which is the vehicle’s current generation, began with 2016 model year. Its bold, aggressive styling was matched by its turbocharged power, and both have continued to become more and more sophisticated over the past couple of years.
The 2018 Civic Hatchback Sport was named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars list, and we can’t wait to see what future Civics have in store for us.3 The Civic is accelerating us into the future of auto-making, and we at Floyd Traylor Honda definitely want to be along for the smart, sophisticated ride.
1North American Car of the Year, January 2006
2 Motor Trend, January 2006
3 Car and Driver, November 2017