The Honda Civic is one of the oldest and longest-standing Honda models.
It has featured in racing completions and is present in every continent across the globe. The Civic has received several accolades in almost 50 years of its existence.
Since its inception, Honda has sold over 20 million Civics worldwide, cementing its place as one of the world’s top-selling vehicles.
In this article, we look at the Honda Civic’s stats and numbers.
How Many Honda Civics Have Been Sold Per Year in the U.S.?
The Honda Civic is one of the most popular and commercially successful Honda models in the U.S. Honda has sold over 8 million Civics in the U.S. since its debut.
Below is a breakdown of yearly sales of the Honda Civic and its hybrid variant which was discontinued in 2015.
As of 2020, 12,015,761 Honda Civics and 229,161 hybrid variants have been sold in the United States.
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The Civic’s highest sales year came in 2017 with a total sales figure of 377,266. In 2019, the Honda Civic was named the second best-selling car in the United States after the Toyota Camry.
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What Year Did Honda Start the Honda Civic?
Honda started producing and marketing the Honda Civic in 1972; that year also marked the start of its first generation.
The second generation started in 1979; the third generation in 1983; the fourth generation in 1987; the fifth generation in 1991; and the sixth generation in 1995.
The seventh generation began with the compact style in the year 2000.
The eighth generation debuted in 2005; the ninth generation in 2011 and the 10th generation in 2015. The Honda Civic is currently in its 11th generation which started in 2021.
How Is the Fuel Economy on Honda Civic?
Honda Civics have a decent fuel economy, depending on the trim level and engine type.
Of course, the hybrid models consume even less but they have been discontinued since 2015.
So let’s compare the Honda Civic’s fuel economy with that of its competitors.
The table below shows the vehicles’ Highway MPG, City MPG, and combined MPG.
|Model||City MPG||Highway MPG||Combined MPG|
|Honda Civic 5Dr 4cyl, 1.5l, Manual 6-spd||29||37||32|
|Honda Civic 5Dr 4cyl, 1.5l, Automatic(variable gear ratios)||31||40||34|
|Honda Civic 5Dr 4cyl, 1.5l, Automatic (AV-S7)||29||35||32|
|Honda Civic 5Dr 4cyl, 2.0l, Manual 6spd||22||28||25|
|Honda Civic 4Dr 4cyl, 1.5l, Automatic (AV-S7)||30||38||33|
|Honda Civic 4Dr 4cyl, 1.5l, Automatic (variable gear ratios)||32||42||36|
|Honda Civic 4Dr 4cyl, 2.0l, Automatic (AV-S7)||29||37||32|
|Honda civic 4Dr 4cyl, 2.0l, Automatic (variable gear ratios)||30||38||33|
|Nissan Sentra 2.0L 4cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios)||29||39||33|
|Toyota Corolla 1.8l, 4cyl, Automatic (variable gear ratios)||30||38||33|
|Hyundai Elantra 2.0l, 4cyl, Automatic (AV-S1)||31||41||35|
The table above shows that the four-door, automatic Honda Civic 1.5L (variable gear ratios) is the most fuel-efficient variant. When stacked up with its competitors, this variant takes the upper hand.
Less fuel-efficient trim levels are also not far behind, except the manual five-door Honda Civic which has a very low fuel economy. Overall, the Honda Civic has an excellent fuel efficiency for its class.
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How Quickly Do Honda Civic Depreciate?
According to Car Edge, the Honda Civic will decline in value by 37% after five years. This would mean that if you get a new Honda Civic for $21,250, the value would likely drop to about $13,387 in five years.
AutoPadre forecasts a 43% depreciation rate in 5 years, which is still relatively slow. These percentages show just how slowly the Honda Civic depreciates. Little wonder, the Civic made Investopedia’s 2019 lists of cars that depreciate the least.
Did Honda Recall Any of the Civic Models?
Honda has recalled its Civic models several times over the years.
Below is a table that highlights the number of recalls for each Honda Civic model year 1992:
|Model Year||Number of Recalls|
Honda Civic models have been recalled more times than most other Honda models. The 2001 to 2004 models have the highest recalls so far with 20 or more.
The 2001 model has had the highest recalls so far with 32 recalls.
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How Much Does the Honda Civic Pollute?
Honda Civics aren’t as environment-friendly as hybrid cars but they pollute less than many other vehicles.
The Turbo 4dr automatic Honda Civic, which is also the most fuel-efficient variant has a greenhouse gas emissions rate of 248 grams per mile.
It also emits 3.7 metric tons of gas per year and has an energy impact score of 9.2 barrels.
On average, all trim levels of the Honda Civic emit less than 4.0 metric tons per year (266 grams per year).
How Much Can the Civic Models Tow?
The 2021 Honda Civic weighs in at 2,947pounds maximum.
It can tow about 1,763 lbs. Note that these compact vehicles are not ideal for towing. If you do a lot of towing, we suggest getting a pickup or SUV.
It’s also worth looking at how much space you have inside the Civis. We have an article listing the cargo capacity for each Honda Civic model.
How Reliable Is a Honda Civic?
U.S. News & World Report give the Honda Civic a weighted average rating of 8.6 out of a possible 10. J.D. Power gives it a reliability rating of 80 out of 100 based on reviews from thousands of owners.
Meanwhile, RepairPal rates the Civic a stellar 4.5 out of 5 and ranks it 3rd out of 36 vehicles in the compact segment.
Based on these overwhelmingly positive ratings, we can say the Honda Civic is reliable.
How Safe Is a Honda Civic?
The Honda Civic has also been frequently praised for its top-tier safety features.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2021 Civic five-star ratings in rollover, frontal crash, and side crash situations.
Further, Institute For Highway Safety Administration gives the Civic a “Good” in all categories, except Headlights where it was rated “Poor.”
U.S. News & World Report also give it a 9.7 over 10 safety rating. These mostly positive ratings are testament to the Honda Civic’s safety.
What Is the Typical Buyer Demographic for this Model?
According to a 2017 survey conducted by J.D. Power, 58% of Civic buyers are men.
The report also suggests that people born between 1977 and 1994 made up 43% of Civic buyers and 36% were Gen Z.
The study also reveals that a large proportion of Civic owners have a higher average household income compared to the median for the segment.
Buyers in this demographic consider price and practicality when choosing a car. They also want their cars to be stylish and want a versatile vehicle for their busy schedules.
Honda Civic Theft Numbers
The Honda Civic tops several yearly lists of most stolen cars in the United States, a testament to its popularity even among car thieves.
In 2019, the 2000 Honda Civic was stolen 4,731 times, putting it comfortably atop the list of most stolen cars. The 1997 and 1998 Civic models have also been stolen very frequently in the past decade.