New Honda The History of the Honda Civic For Sale in Raynham near Brockton
For more than 40 years now, the Honda Civic has been a popular car among American drivers based on a reputation for affordability and reliability. There have been many models leading up to the current 2015 Honda Civic, and each has built upon the success of previous models. The history of the Honda Civic is rich with accolades.
Our Honda dealership opened in 1973, the first year the Civic was released. From the very start and continuing through our relocation to Raynham, Massachusetts, we’ve been privileged to see the Civic grow, change, and continue to improve year after year. Here’s our look back at nine incredible generations of the Honda Civic, and a look forward to the tenth.
First Generation: 1973 to 1979
Second Generation: 1980 to 1983
With its second generation, the Honda Civic grew closer to what we know today. The vehicle itself got bigger, and a four-door sedan body style was added for the first time. What was notable for this generation was the introduction of a special FE (fuel economy) trim designed to boost gas mileage and a sport S trim. This last one hinted at the Civic Si models to come.
Third Generation: 1984 to 1987
Fourth Generation: 1988 to 1991
Honda closed out the decade with some major modifications. Perhaps the most important change was to add double-wishbone suspensions for the front and back. Handling was greatly improved, and the change allowed the Civic to start to become a vehicle of choice for tuners who made aftermarket modifications to turn it into a sports car. Size and performance were increased again. This was also the last generation for the two-seat CRX model.
Fifth Generation: 1992 to 1995
The first all-new generation for the 1990s, the Honda Civic continued to modernize with standard side airbags on all models and the introduction of anti-lock brakes on some trims, making the Civic much safer for drivers in Easton, Raynham, and elsewhere. Honda introduced the four-seat, two-door coupe body style for this generation, while also trying to replace the CRX with a new del Sol model. It was a two-seat coupe that was longer than the standard Civic, and it featured a lowered rear window and removable roof to give it an appearance similar to a convertible. This generation was also when Honda added their variable-valve timing VTEC engines to the Civic.
Sixth Generation: 1996 to 2000
Seventh Generation: 2001 to 2005
The Honda Civic successfully made it through Y2K and emerged with a dramatic redesign. By switching the double-wishbone front suspension to McPherson struts, Honda was able to make the Civic’s interior much more spacious. In turn, this bumped the Civic up from subcompact to the compact car class. Of course, one of the most notable additions to this generation was the very first Honda Civic Hybrid, showcasing Honda’s desire to offer a variety of fuel-efficient options for their customers.
Eighth Generation: 2006 to 2011
During its first year, the eighth-generation Civic was recognized as both the 2006 “North American Car of the Year” and 2the 006 Motor Trend “Car of the Year.” Honda continued with the Hybrid, Natural Gas, and Si models while changing how they approached the coupe and sedan body styles. For this generation, Honda began using different platforms for the coupe and sedan, giving them different driving dynamics.
Ninth Generation: 2012 to Present
Tenth Generation: Upcoming 2016 Honda Civic
See the Latest Honda Civic at Silko Honda
Want to know more about the history of the Honda Civic? Or maybe you’d like to try out a new or pre-owned model on a test drive? We can help you out when you visit Silko Honda at 1580 New State Highway in Raynham, MA.