1985 Honda Civic/CRX
1985 10Best Cars
JANUARY 1985 BY DAVID E. DAVIS JR.
The Honda Civic and Civic CRX are extra-special. Performance cars that deliver passenger comfort, all-round utility, and award-winning gas mileage. In the CRX we have a very sporty little coupe, handsome as anything the dollar will buy, fast, fun to drive, yet capable of generating fuel-economy numbers superior to those recorded by America’s meanest and least savory diesel econoboxes. The other members of the Civic line may lack the glamorous shape of the CRX, but they deliver on every other important automotive attribute.
Love of cars, and incredibly good automotive intuition, seem to be the hallmarks of today’s Honda organization. The company is fast on its feet, eager to innovate, always willing to take its best shot. In a very short time these attributes, and a long string of uniformly successful products, have made Honda the third-largest manufacturer of cars in Japan, and the eleventh-largest in the world. This is as big a league as anyone could want to play in, yet Honda never feels like a big, faceless, heartless corporation any more than the cars feel big, or faceless, or heartless.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 2-, 4-, or 5-passenger, 3-door coupe, 3- or 4-door sedan, or 5-door wagon
BASE PRICE: $5399-7295
ENGINE TYPE(S): 4-in-line, aluminum block and head, 1x3-bbl carburetor
Displacement: 82-91 cu in, 1342-1488cc
Power (SAE net): 60-76 bhp
TRANSMISSION(S): 5-speed, 3-speed auto
Wheelbase: 86.6-96.5 in Length: 144.7-163.4 in
Curb weight: 1750-2100 lbs
EPA city driving: 26-49 mpg