40 Years of the Honda Civic

Honda-Civic-40th-Anniv-1972-2016Currently in its 10th generation, the latest Honda Civic is as popular as ever before. First introduced in 1972 as a two-door model, Honda’s most popular car model recently celebrated its 44th birthday, which is quite an accomplishment.

The Civic served as a subcompact car until 2000 when it became classified as compact. Originally the car was heralded for its interior space, fuel efficiency and reliability. Since that time, later iterations have become known for their sportiness and performance.

During its 44th birthday month, the Honda Civic was the seventh most sold vehicle in the United States, with those numbers rising from the previous year. The Civic is nothing if not consistent; it also placed seventh for vehicles sold in the U.S. back in 2006 and was the #1 most sold vehicle in Canada for each year of the first decade of the 2000s.

Throughout the years, certain features of the Civic may have changed, but the car continues to provide the right blend of comfort, value and reliability that drivers depend on. It is often used as the benchmark of what a good, all-around car should be. The Civic has a pretty impressive collection of accolades which includes:

  • Car of the Year in Japan – 1972 to 1974
  • U.S. Road Test Magazine’s Car of the Year – 1974
  • Motor Trend Import Car of the Year – 1980
  • Car and Driver’s Ten Best List – 1985, 1988-91, 1996
  • Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year – 1996
  • International Car of the Year – 2005
  • Motor Trend Car of the Year – 2006
  • North American Car of the Year – 2006
  • U.S. News & World Report’s #1 in Compact Cars – 2016

The Honda Civic is completely new for 2016 as part of the 10th generation which began production a year earlier. The newest models now feature a 1.2 inch longer wheelbase, quicker steering, standard 4-wheel disc brakes, a multi-angle rear view camera and an optional turbocharged engine.

Honda of Seattle has a large selection of new and used Honda Civic coupes and sedans. We can help you finance a Honda, and to get an idea of what it may cost you try out our Honda payment calculator. Come in today to test drive a Honda Civic and see why the model is so popular.

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