After some lonely years without it, the Honda Civic Hatchback returns for the 2017 model year. And the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is almost just as strange and alien as the first one was in 1973, with its front wheel drive and independent suspension. To get you ready to fall in love with it all over again, we’re here to share the brief history of the Honda Civic Hatchback.
The first Honda Civics had a playful, funky style and were fun to drive, not unlike those in more recent history. As the 1970s progressed, so did the design of the Civic Hatchback. Honda designed better and stronger engines. They played with the exterior design, updating hood vents and the front grille. In the 1980s, the Civic Hatchback became more popular as Honda grew into a more mainstream car manufacturer. The Honda Civic Hatchback underwent several updated designs this decade, ending with the fourth generation debuting in 1988.
It wasn’t until the fifth generation in 1992 that the Honda Civic started to offer more trim levels and different engine options, plus features like driver-side airbags. The Civic continued to grow with the sixth generation and onward. And despite its hiatus from the American market, the turbocharged 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback returns with a new kind of pizzazz, the sort that would not let its quirky predecessors down.