1992 Honda Civic

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$8,100

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1992 Honda Civic

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • VX

    $10,550

  • DX

    $10,755

  • LX

    $11,585

  • Si

    $11,900

  • EX

    $13,775

  • CX

    $8,100

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1992 Honda Civic review: Our expert's take

By Jim Mateja

“Beauty,“ it has been said, “is only skin deep, but ugly goes all the way through to the bone.“

Such is the case with Honda`s newly designed Civic Si hatchback, the runt of the Japanese automaker`s litter.

The Civic hatchback is offered in CX, DX, VX and sporty performance- oriented Si version, the one we test-drove.

The function of the Si is to rack up mountains of miles without having to stop for fuel. The rating is 29 m.p.g. city/36 m.p.g. highway with the 1.6- liter, 16-valve, 125-h.p. four-cylinder engine teamed only with a five- speed manual.

Even though you can pass most gas stations without having to stop, the price you pay is having to cover the machine with a tarp once you reach your driveway-to protect you from the giggles or outright guffaws of friends and neighbors who see it.

With the Civic Si`s light weight (2,326 pounds) and small subcompact dimensions, it`s obvious why the mileage is so high. We`d swear the car ran on fumes without having to dip into the gas supply. The needle hardly budged.

While fuel economy is a big plus, the performance from the sports- oriented Si we test-drove was a bit disappointing. It sure didn`t feel as if 125 horses were pulling only 2,326 pounds.

For 1992, the front-wheel-drive Civic has undergone a design change to the rounded aero look. It also has grown a bit in size. Wheelbase was extended to 101.3 inches from 98.4 inches and length grew to 160.2 inches from 157.1 inches. There`s ample room up front to stretch legs and arms. In back, those legs and arms better be attached to preteens if you want to get the person out again.

The hatchback`s elongated rear-end design makes the car look like a mini station wagon. Adding to the dumb styling is a rear spoiler extending out over the hatch glass in back that looks like an awning.

The new design for `92 tapers the glass on the rear side window. The effect is to make the glass look “pinched,“ and thus smaller, which only magnifies the awning look from the spoiler.

The rear hatch has separate glass that swings up and a tailgate that swings down. The gate is very small and rounded and, as a ledge, leaves the ability to balance a sack of groceries to be desired. The rear seats fold flat so you can haul more cargo, but the tailgate provides some interference in loading the vehicle from the rear.

Standard equipment includes power brakes and power steering, power sunroof, 14-inch tires, front stabilizer bar, dual power mirrors, cruise control, quartz digital clock, intermittent wipers, rear-window wiper/washer/ defroster, coin box, passenger-side vanity miror, split/individually foldling rear seats, tinted glass, pop-out dual cupholders and adjustable steering column.

The Civic offers a driver-side air bag as standard, but no anti-lock brakes.

Base price is $11,900. Add $720 for air conditioning and $474 for AM/FM ster eo.

The Si`s mileage is great, but if you want a car that looks like a wagon, you might as well wait until this fall when the Saturn station wagon bows, complete with a driver-side air bag and ABS-plus plastic body panels that won`t rust. More important, the prototype that made the rounds of the auto shows this year is considerably more pleasing to look at than the Civic Si hatchback.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Very basic with excellent gas mileage

Fun to drive 4 speed manual transmission for a 27 year old vehicle it rides like it’s fresh out of the factory smooth and quiet it’s 1.5 Liter 16 valve fuel injected lawn mower engine gets 40 miles to the gallon I will never sell this car only improve it and make it better it’s a after market dream it’s endless what you can do to upgrade Good job Honda

4.3

Most reliable car i've owned super cheap to fix

This car met all of my needs it is cheap to fix and maintain and by far the most reliable car I've owned for this particular year and model

5.0

Gas Saver

I had a used 92 Civic that had over 60,000 miles on it. I owned it for five years and put over 100,000 miles on it when I got rid of it. The car ran great and I had only the basic mechanical work done and went through a new set of tires. The only thing I didn't like is that it was hard for me to get in and out of the car and I'm 5'-11" tall. I fit comfortably inside front and back seats. Anyway you can never go wrong with a Honda no matter the year or mileage as long as the maintenance is kept up to their schedule.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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