National Geographic : 1988 Dec
The least you can expect from Honda. Some people would have you believe that how much you spend on a car is directly proportional to how much you'll enjoy it. They have obviously never driven a Civic Hatchback. Because, while this Hatchback is our lowest priced car-and one of the lowest priced cars in America-it is, first and foremost, a Honda. Which means it has to live up to our high standards before we expect it to live up to yours. Perhaps that is why the Civic helped make Honda number one in import owner loyalty for the last 11 years: And why Civic Hatchbacks are famous for holding their value so well. For example, if you had sold a 1987 Civic Hatchback 12 months after you bought it, it would have retained an impressive 104.5% of its original value: In other words,you can get a lot out of a Honda Civic Hatchback. Which isn't at all surprising, when you consider everything we put into it. Starting with a 1.5 liter, 16-valve, fuel-injected engine. Sixteen valves let the engine run much more efficiently. Programmed fuel injection lets exactly the right amount of fuel into the engine. The Civic is responsive. You'll get a kick out of driving it. The 4-speed manual transmission © 1988AmericanHondaMotorCo., Inc. *LeadingImportSales Analysis, R.L. Polk & Co., May '88. will help bring you up to speed. You'll see that shifting is extremely smooth. While you're changing gears you'll appreciate the responsive rack-and pinion steering. And the fact that the Civic Hatchback has front-wheel drive, which allows for more interior space and better traction. One big attraction of the Civic is its stable, comfortable ride. We attribute this to an advanced double wishbone suspension system. You'll find it on all four wheels of the Civic. You won't find it on any other car in its class. The multi-control rear suspension makes the car track better, especially in hard cornering. The front suspension keeps the tires nearly perpendicular to the road, which improves stability considerably. This frees up the springs and shock absorbers to do a better job of toning down bumps and other unpleasantries of the road. We put gas pressurized shock absorbers in back because they last longer. They don't fade in extreme heat or during hard cornering. And when you're carrying a full load, they help keep things on an even keel. The double wishbone design was perfect for the Civic because of its compact layout. It leaves more room for people than a strut-based suspension would, and fits nicely under the low Civic hood. The low hoodline contributes to the Civic's low 0.33 coefficient of drag. So do the near-flush side windows, flush low-profile halogen headlights, flush door handles and rear spoiler. - Percentage of MSRP compared to the retail amount without optional equipment and/or mileage adjustment based on Sept./Oct. 1988KelleyBlue Book. Actual selling price may vary.