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Segment: Compact

Honda considered that the compact-segment buyers deserved more attention and offered superior technologies in a market where the main criteria were the price.

There was no other carmaker to offer an all-wheel independent suspension in the segment. Moreover, it offered a complex system that was not available even for medium-sized vehicles. As a result, it won the comfort battle against all of its main competitors, and the customers started to rethink their budgets. Soon, the fourth generation of the Civic started to gain customers' hearts.

At a glance, it looked just like its predecessor, but it was a completely different car. It kept the same narrow, rectangular horizontal headlights and a small grille on the lower part of the bumper. In the rear, depending on the trim level, Honda offered a red trim that covered the area between the taillights.

Inside, the dash looked like a bolted together puzzle rather than a single unit. The carmaker installed the radio under the ventilation system, not above like most of the other carmakers on the center stack. Its straight lines design and low height gave a cramped vehicle the impression despite its four doors bodywork. But since its wheelbase was longer than on its predecessor, there was room enough for five adults on a short trip. For a family of four, with two children, it was an excellent car. Moreover, the standard folding seatback extended the luggage compartment.

Under the hood, Honda installed fuel-injected engines only, and that was a relief for most of its customers. All versions were paired with 5-speed manual transmissions.

HONDA Civic Sedan 1987 - 1991
HONDA Civic Sedan (1987 - 1991)
HONDA Civic Sedan 1987 - 1991
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.4L 5MT (90 HP)
  • 1.5i 5MT (90 HP)
  • 1.6i 5MT (110 HP)

HONDA Civic Sedan 1.4L 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1396 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 6300 RPM
90 HP @ 6300 RPM
89 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
83 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
112 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106.9 mph (172 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.1/57.5 in (1,450/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.5 cuFT (382 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1946.7 lbs (883 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3020.3 lbs (1370 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
171 g/km

HONDA Civic Sedan 1.5i 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5i 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1493 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 6000 RPM
90 HP @ 6000 RPM
89 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
88 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
119 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.6 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.1/57.5 in (1,450/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.5 cuFT (382 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2054.7 lbs (932 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3086.5 lbs (1400 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
164 g/km

HONDA Civic Sedan 1.6i 5MT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 5MT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1590 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 6300 RPM
110 HP @ 6300 RPM
109 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
99 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM
134 Nm @ 5200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height
53.5 in (1359 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.1/57.5 in (1,450/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.5 cuFT (382 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2076.4 lbs (942 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3108.5 lbs (1410 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
176 g/km
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