The humble began its long life here in '74 as an imported, economical transporter for the masses. In a nutshell: What's this absurd fascination with spoilers? For calendar year 2011, the 1994 Honda Accord and 1998 Honda Civic were the two most stolen cars reported in the U. But when you push the revs beyond the 6000-rpm range, the commuter car transforms into a tenacious little street fighter. . And I'm not just talking sports cars.
More like a motorcycle than a car engine, revving to an 8000-rpm redline, the Civic Si is one of those cars with which we love to surprise other drivers. After all, there are reasons why the economy section of an airplane is often referred to as a cattle car, what with its long lines, tight quarters, and general unpleasantness. It quickly earned popularity in the U. Late-model family sedans seem to be the…. These Civics have a firmer, more sophisticated front suspension than the current car, are easy to modify, and are plentiful. Yet, this remarkable Si engine is able to extract an estimated 26 mpg in the city and a far-reaching 31 mpg on the highway. This time, however, the Si is cleaner running while achieving the once magical engine output milestone of just over 100 horsepower per liter of displacement, or if you prefer, just over 1 horsepower per cubic inch.
It's always offered a combination of quality, reliability, and good driving feel that people certainly haven't tired of. We're in the midst of an automotive styling trend that makes me wonder aloud about the sense of the American public. All this great equipment adds up to one capable and fun-to-drive car. The previous-generation Civics, introduced in 1996 and sold through the 2000 model year, remain high on the budget-minded enthusiast's list. Honda also went to work on marginally improving the handling of the Si with progressively valved shocks, front and rear anti-roll bars, shock tower brace, and standard 15-inch aluminum wheels.
But by '95, more powerful compacts from other manufacturers made the buzzy little Civic Si less attractive, and it was dropped from the Civic line. Walk through any parking lot and count the number of cars with decklid spoilers. Available in hatchback, sedan, and… Frankly, I'm befuddled. But the hardware upgrades don't begin and end with a 7. Three body… When Honda introduced the Civic in '73, it quickly established a foothold for the Japanese automaker in the U. In '99, the time is again ripe for an Si model, and has answered the cracking voices of young drivers across the country with a new, improved Civic Si coupe. In '85, the sleepy commuter got a dose of caffeine with a peppy Si model, and the response from young buyers looking for an inexpensive and spirited driving experience was immediate.
Units Affected 6545 Honda owners, beware: the National Insurance Crime Bureau has revealed the 10 most stolen vehicles in the U. Since then, the Civic's been our market's best-selling subcompact, and Americans have consumed seven generations' worth. To make things worse, economy rarely applies… Honda always manages to give more car for the money than expected, and the Civic continues this trait. Chances are good the byproduct won't be delectable. . . .
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