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In 1997, Honda decided to cut costs with its premium brand Acura and introduced a badge-engineered Civic as an Acura EL on the North American market.

While the 1995 Civic was a hit on the market, Honda tried to get more money out of that platform. It already had a factory in Canada, and it was easier for the Japanese carmaker to adjust the existing Civic and sell it as an Acura.

While the overall shape remained the same as its budget-priced Civic, the EL featured a new front and rear end. Its wider headlights with corner-mounted turn signals flanked a reversed trapezoidal grille. At the bottom, an Acura-specific bumper featured a broad grille with a horizontal slat and two wide, orange, turn-signals. At the rear, a new trunk lid allowed a distinct shape for the lamp cluster's inner side. The taillights' corner-mounted part followed the same form as the Civic's, but with its unique lens.

Acura offered the EL in a few trim levels and installed unavailable features for the regular Civic. The leather upholstery and the silver instrument panel were unique for the EL. The car featured a power sunroof, CD-player, air-conditioning, and leather-clad steering wheel and gear-stick in the top trim level.

Strangely, Honda didn't consider selling the Acura EL with an automatic transmission. Moreover, the car was available with one engine option, and it wasn't even the best from the Civic's lineup. Despite all that, the EL was the best-selling Acura in Canada.

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ACURA EL 1.6L 16V 5MT (107 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 16V 5MT (107 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1590 cm3
Power
78.7 KW @ 6200 RPM
107 HP @ 6200 RPM
106 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM
139 Nm @ 4600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.4 in (4481 mm)
Width
67.1 in (1704 mm)
Height
54.9 in (1394 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/58.3 in (1,481/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.2 cuFT (374 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2524 lbs (1145 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3638 lbs (1650 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Highway
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
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