Honda Civic Sedan History

Honda Civic Sedan History

Honda Civic Sedan History


Next to the Accord, the Civic is Honda’s most recognizable nameplate. The sporty compact has been on sale in North America for over four decades and is one of the only vehicles in recent memory to surpass the Ford F-Series as the best-selling vehicle for an entire month when it did so in 2008. The Civic has become a cornerstone of Honda’s lineup and a favorite of young car-buyers across the world.

Early History

The Honda Civic was introduced in July of 1972 as a two-door for the 1973 model year, and a three-door hatchback would be introduced shortly thereafter. The Civic would serve alongside the Accord and Prelude as Honda’s only offerings in North America until the Japanese automaker began expanding its offerings in the 1990s.

The first generation of the Civic would run until 1979, and since its inaugural edition, the Civic has seen a total of nine generations. The most recent redesign occurred in 2011 and is the still the generation of Honda Civic drivers see on roadways today, despite several facelifts.

Recent History

Honda has put the Civic through a number of mid-cycle refreshes to keep its styling fresh and appealing. The most recent of which brought with it a bolder rear fascia to match the aggressively-sculpted front end. To bolster fuel economy, Honda equipped nearly ever engine offered in the Civic with Eco Assist technology, which made the Civic the first of Honda’s gasoline-only North American models equipped with the feature.


  •  International Car of the Year in 2005
  • “Car of The Year” award from Brazilian magazine Auto Esporte in 2006
  • North American Car of the Year in 2006
  • North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Car of the Year in 2006
  • Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013

2014 Honda Civic Overview