Honda Civic (second generation)

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Honda Civic
Second generation
Civic 2g.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Production 1980–1983
Assembly Suzuka, Japan
East London, South Africa
Nelson, New Zealand (Honda New Zealand)
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
5-door station wagon
Layout FF layout
Related Triumph Acclaim
Honda Ballade
Honda Quint
Honda Prelude
Engine 1.3 L Honda E engine#EJ CVCC I4
1.5 L Honda E engine#EM CVCC I4
1.3 L Honda E engine#EN1/EN4 non-CVCC I4
Transmission 4-speed manual
5-speed manual
3-speed Hondamatic automatic
Wheelbase 3-door:2,250 mm (89 in)
4/5-door:2,320 mm (91 in)
Length 3-door :3,760 mm (148 in)- 3,870 mm (152 in)
4-door :4,090 mm (161 in)
5-door: 3,830 mm (151 in)
Width 1,580 mm (62 in)
Height 1,350 mm (53 in)
Curb weight 3-door: 720 kg (1,587 lb)-780 kg (1,720 lb)
4-door:780 kg (1,720 lb)-835 kg (1,841 lb)
5-door:750 kg (1,653 lb)-780 kg (1,720 lb)
Predecessor Honda Civic (first generation)
Successor Honda Civic (third generation)

The 1980 Civic debuted with a more angular shape, increased engine power, and larger dimensions in all models. The wheelbase now measured 88.6 inches (2,250 mm) for the hatchback (the two-door "sedan" was dropped) and 91.3 inches (2,319 mm) for the wagon. The Civic engines came in cross flow and CVCC design depending on the market they were sold in; the base 1335 cc ("1300") CVCC engine made 55 hp (41 kW), while the 1488 cc ("1500") CVCC engine produced 67 hp (50 kW). Three transmissions were offered: a four-speed manual (on base models), a five-speed manual and a three-speed automatic.[1]

1982-1983 Honda Civic Hatchback
1980-1981 Honda Civic 1500DX 3-door (US)
1980-1983 Honda Civic Country (Japan)
Civic 5-door

The Civic 1300 and 1500 came in base and DX versions, and the latter featured a five-speed manual transmission, partial cloth seats, carpet, rear window defroster, intermittent wipers, and a cigarette lighter. The 1500 GL added radial tires, a rear window wiper/washer, tachometer, clock, and body side moldings. The Civic wagon came in a single version that was similar to the DX trim level.[1]

In 1980 a three-box four-door sedan debuted, as did a three-speed automatic transmission that replaced the aging two-speed unit fitted to the first generation Civic. Rectangular headlamps and black bumpers appeared on the 1982 Civic. The 5 door hatchback became the Honda Quint in Japan and was introduced at Japanese dealership sales channel called Honda Verno along with the Honda Ballade, a high luxury model based on the sedan. Also introduced was a new highly fuel efficient I4 model, the five-speed "FE" (Fuel Economy) which was rated at 41 mpg-US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg-imp) in the city and 55 mpg-US (4.3 L/100 km; 66 mpg-imp) on the highway.[1] However, even the standard 1500 cc model achieves 34 mpg-US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg-imp) city, and 47 mpg-US (5.0 L/100 km; 56 mpg-imp) highway when driven 55 mph (89 km/h), the maximum U.S. speed limit at the time (California mileage ratings).

The slogan for 1983 Civic was We Make It Simple. A sport-oriented Civic "S" was introduced in 1983 and was fitted with firmer suspension (with rear stabilizer bar) and 165/70R13 Michelin tires. A red accent encircled the S and set it apart from other Civics as well as a black grille and blackout paint around the window frames. This model was fitted with two different motors. In some markets it was fitted with a high performance 1335cc EN4, which was of traditional cross-flow design, and was fitted with twin Keihin CV carburettors, and the same camshaft that was fitted to the earlier 1st generation GL models. The twin carburettors shared much in common with the legendary RS models of the mid-70s, using the same intake manifold, however Honda updated the configuration by fitting twin velocity stacks to help increase bottom-end and mid-range response. The Civic "S" was available in Red, and in Black. The Civic platform also spawned a new car, with an emphasis on performance, called the Honda Prelude.

A re-styled saloon version of this model was also sold in Europe, badged as the Ballade. This model was also made under licence by British Leyland, badged as the Triumph Acclaim, featuring new front and rear styling, as well as a revised interior.[1]

EN1 = 1335 cc base model. EN4 = 1335 cc S model.


  1. ^ a b c d "Generations". Edmunds. Retrieved 2006-11-05.