Honda Civic (fifth generation)

The fifth generation Honda Civic debuted in Japan on September 9, 1991. At its introduction, it won the Car of the Year Japan award for the second time. Fifth generation cars were larger than their predecessors, had more aerodynamic bodies, and the wheelbase was increased to 257 cm (101.3 inches)—for the three-door hatchback—and to 262 cm (103.2 inches)—for the four-door sedan. The Civic Shuttle station wagon was not part of the fifth generation and was dropped for overseas markets, while the previous generation wagon continued in Japan and Europe.

Honda Civic
Fifth generation
1993-1995 Honda Civic GLi 3-door hatchback 01.jpg
1994 Honda Civic GLi hatchback
ProductionSeptember 1991 – August 1995
DesignerKohichi Hirata (1988)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car
Body style2-door coupé (EJ1/2)
3-door hatchback (EG3/6, EH2/3)
4-door sedan (EG8/9, EH9)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
Front-engine, four-wheel-drive
RelatedHonda Ballade
Honda City
Honda Concerto
Honda CRX Del Sol
Honda Domani
Honda Integra
Transmission4-speed S24A automatic
5-speed S20 A000 manual
5-speed S20 B000 manual
Wheelbase101.4 in (2,576 mm) (hatchback)
103.2 in (2,621 mm) (coupé & sedan)
Length160.2 in (4,069 mm) (hatchback)
172.8 in (4,389 mm) (coupé)
173.0 in (4,394 mm) (sedan)
Width66.9 in (1,699 mm)
Height50.7 in (1,288 mm) (hatchback)
50.9 in (1,293 mm) (coupé)
51.7 in (1,313 mm) (Sedan)
Curb weight925–1,130 kg (2,039–2,491 lb)[2]
PredecessorHonda Civic (fourth generation)
SuccessorHonda Civic (sixth generation)

This generation of Civic used lightweight materials to create a fuel-efficient economy car. Compared to the previous generation, the cowl was raised, which allowed for more suspension travel. Along with that change, the ride became softer than that of the previous generation, which provided a more compliant ride at expense of crisper handling.

In addition, vehicles with the larger 1.6 L SOHC VTEC 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) engines such as the Si hatchback and EX coupe models found in the United States, provoked popularity of the (relatively) high-performance 1.6 L inline-four segment. In South Africa, a unique model with the B18B3 engine from the Acura Integra RS was specially built to fill the gap left by the absence of the DOHC B16A VTEC engine in the range.

Body stylesEdit


1995 Civic ESi Coupé

Trims available in the two-door coupé body style, introduced for the 1993 model year, were the DX (EJ2), EX, and EX-S (EJ1), for the United States Domestic Market (USDM), and the DX, DX "Special Edition" (EJ2), and Si (EJ1) for the Canadian Domestic Market (CDM). The coupé, built in both Canada and the United States, was also exported to European and Japanese markets.[2] A left-hand drive version of the Civic Coupé was released as a limited edition in Japan, imported from the United States, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Honda Primo dealer network in 1994.

USDM CDM Engine Transmission Features
EJ2 DX DX 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 Manual: S20 A000

Automatic: S24A

Driver's side door mirror

Front chin spoiler/lip

Rear defroster

Power brakes

Power steering (with AT only)

DX "Special Edition" (1994-95 only) 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 Manual: S20 A000

Automatic: S24A

AM/FM cassette player with 4-speaker sound system


Centre armrest console


Power steering

Power mirrors

EJ1 EX Si 125 hp (93 kW) 1.6 L D16Z6 VTEC Manual: S20 B000

Automatic: S24A

AM/FM cassette player

with AR (Acoustic Research) 6-speaker sound system (1994-95 only)

Cruise control

Wheelcovers on 14-inch (360 mm) wheels


Passenger's vanity mirror

9,000 RPM tachometer with 7,200 RPM redline

Power steering

Dual body-coloured power mirrors and door handles

Power moonroof with tilt

Cargo area light

21mm front stabilizer bar

Dual front SRS (beginning 1994)

USDM only:

Power locks and windows

EX-S (1993 only) 125 hp (93 kW) 1.6 L D16Z6 VTEC Manual: S20 B000

Automatic: S24A

(O Package or Optional Package, single option available only on the EX)

Dual front SRS

AM/FM cassette player

with AR (Acoustic Research) 6-speaker sound system


Civic Breeze hatchback

Introduced in late 1991, trims available in the hatchback body style in the U.S. and Canada were the CX, VX, DX (EH2 models) and Si (EH3), however the VX and Si models were discontinued in Canada after model year 1993, while the DX was discontinued after 1994 (leaving only the base CX model). With a total interior room (passenger and luggage) of 90 cu.ft., the hatchback was classified by the EPA of the U.S. as a subcompact car.

CX: The economical CX was the base model equipped with all-manual features, and power brakes. In the U.S., it came with the 8-valve 70 hp (52 kW) 1.5L D15B8 engine and manual transmission. With 42/48 miles per gallon (mpg) (city/hwy) [revised to 2008 EPA rating: 35/43 mpg city/hwy[3]] or 40/47 mpg (city/hwy) [revised to 2008 EPA rating: 33/42 mpg city/hwy[4]], the CX was the second most fuel-efficient Civic model of the fifth generation, after the VX. CX models in Canada came with the same 16-valve 102 hp 1.5L D15B7 engine as in the DX -model, but could also be ordered with automatic transmission which also came with power steering. The 1995 CDM CX models (sometimes colloquially referred to as the "CX-Plus") added the rear wiper/washer as a standard feature, and could be ordered with side mouldings and manual passenger-side mirror.

VX: During the late 1980s and the early 1990s, as a result of high gasoline prices and the consumer demand for relief, automobile companies, particularly Toyota and Honda competed to see who could field the most fuel efficient production automobile. The Civic VX was Honda's entry for 1992.

Fitted with the same manual transmission as the USDM CX, the VX was identical to the base model CX except that it gained improved fuel efficiency from various weight reduction methods such as reduced trim and molding, VX model-specific lightweight 13-inch aluminum alloy wheels, 165/70/R13 tires, and through a 92 hp (69 kW) 1.5 L (D15Z1) VTEC-E engine. These features on the VX yielded 48/55 mpg (city/hwy) [revised to 2008 EPA rating: 39/49 mpg city/hwy[5]] or 44/51 mpg (city/hwy) [revised to 2008 EPA rating: 36/46 mpg city/hwy[6]]

The D15Z1 engines efficiency was enhanced by placing cam followers at every cam lobe and the use of only two piston rings per cylinder, and the ability to burn an ultra lean air fuel mixture at and below 2.500 RPM at low load. This was achieved by only opening one valve during the intake stroke, rather than both, placing the multiport fuel injectors very near the intake valves, and by using an ultra sensitive oxygen sensor. The sensor has two O2 measurement electrochemical cells, rather than the single cell that at the time was universal. This same model sensor has been adopted by racing teams to monitor the combustion in each cylinder of racing engines during the tuning process, one per cylinder, because of its sensitivity.

The opening of only one intake valve below 2,500 RPM results in much more of the pressure drop between atmospheric pressure, and the inside of the cylinder to be across the valve than would otherwise be the case. This results in an exceptionally turbulent flow, very good mixing of the charge, very high speed flame propagation at ignition, high resistance to predetonation (knock), and very low amounts of unburned hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide, and increased engine torque, and power in both lean burn mode, and at more normal fuel-air mixtures, below 2,500 rpm. As a result of, the increased torque, and power at low rpm, the engine's torque, and power curves are between those of normally aspirated gasoline, and diesel engines. Since the VX has what was for the time an ultra low[citation needed] coefficient of aerodynamic drag of 0.30 cd, the car could operate at highway speeds in lean burn mode.

The D15Z1 engine was considered revolutionary for its day.[citation needed] To this day, the VX remains a favorite of Hypermilers.[citation needed]

One of the few rocks Honda left unturned in search of better fuel economy was increasing the final drive ratio of the VX, usually expressed as the number of engine revolutions per mile in the transmission's top gear. Since the ratio of the VX is identical to the CX, despite the engine's greater power, low end torque, and the car's lower coefficient of drag the use of a higher final drive ratio would have resulted in a drivable car, with even higher fuel economy. The lower than necessary final drive ratio results in a vehicle that is remarkably quick off the line, for one that can get 50 MPG on the highway. A higher ratio could have been accomplished by transmission modifications, such as an overdrive top gear, a dual range transmission, or simply by using larger diameter wheels, in conjunction with a wide ratio transmission, so there would be sufficient torque on the driving wheels in first gear.

In Canada, the VX was rated by Transport Canada fuel consumption estimate: 4.7L/100 km city and 4.3L/100 km hwy.[7] Other added features were an 8000 rpm tachometer with redline at 6000 rpm, lightweight 13-inch (330 mm) aluminum alloy wheels, as well as additional front & rear under-body trim additions to improve aerodynamic flow.[citation needed] The VX was also equipped with an aluminum alternator bracket, an aluminum front driver's side engine mount, and a lightweight crank pulley. In addition, the instrument cluster of the CX and VX featured a shift indicator light that would notify the driver when to shift upward in order to achieve optimum fuel economy. To this day, the CX & VX models are lauded as one of the only gasoline-powered cars that rival the fuel economy of today's hybrids and diesels.[citation needed] In the March 2010 issue of Car & Driver, it mentions its long-term test car, a 2009 VW TDI Jetta with 6-speed dual-clutch auto transmission, got worse fuel mileage (38 mpg) than their 1992 Honda Civic VX test car (which got 41 mpg) and 2000 Honda Insight hybrid (48 mpg).[8]

DX: The standard model was the more powerful DX, with a 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 engine, manual passenger side mirror (after 1992), tilt steering, intermittent wipers, side mouldings, rear wiper/washer, and rear cargo shelf as standard equipment. Despite the higher horsepower powerplant, the DX returns real-world mileage of 38 city / 45 hwy.[citation needed]

Si: The Si model replaced rear drum brakes with discs, added a power moonroof with tilt, cruise control, a dashboard clock, a 9,000 rpm tachometer with a 7,200 rpm redline, plastic wheel covers on 14-inch wheels, power side mirrors (body coloured, beginning in 1993), body-coloured door handles, and a 125 hp (93 kW) 1.6 L single-overhead cam D16Z6 VTEC engine with manual transmission. It enabled the car to hit 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16.3 seconds at 86 mph (138 km/h).[9] VTEC activated on the intake side and not the exhaust side, which was the result of the spark plug blocking the area where the cam follower would be. In 1994, rear speakers and optional ABS were also added.

In other markets (Australia, Japan, Latin America) the Si received the 1.6 D16A8/9 DOHC non-VTEC engine, with 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp). At this time, however, the Si was not the most powerful variant of the Civic sold elsewhere: In Europe, Honda also offered the Civic VTi, which featured a 160 PS (118 kW; 160 hp) B16A2 engine, and the JDM SiR, SiR-II, and SiR-S carried an even more powerful B16A engine, which made 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp).[10] Japan also received a VTi model with a 1.5 litre engine similar to the D16Z6, with 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp).

In European markets the trims available were the DX (EG3/1.3 L; 75 PS Engine code:D13B2), LSi (EG4/1.5 L 90 PS Engine code:D15B2), VEi (EG4/1.5 L SOHC VTEC-E 92 PS Engine code:D15Z1), ESi (EG5/1.6 L SOHC VTEC 125 PS Engine code:D16Z6), and VTi (EG6/1.6 L DOHC VTEC 160 PS Engine code:B16A2)

USDM CDM Engine Transmission Features
EH2 CX CX USA: 70 hp (52 kW) 1.5L D15B8

Canada: 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7

Manual: S20 A000

Automatic (Canada only): S24A

Power brakes

CDM only:

Automatic Transmission (AT) option

Power Steering (with AT)

Intermittent wipers

Rear wiper/washer (1995 only)

VX VX 92 hp (69 kW) 1.5 L D15Z1 VTEC-E Manual: S20 A000
  • 8000 rpm tachometer with 6000 rpm redline
  • 13 in (330 mm) aluminum alloy wheels
  • Front chin spoiler/lip & rear under-body trim
  • Aluminum alternator bracket
  • Aluminum front driver's side engine mount
  • Lightweight crank pulley
DX DX 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 Manual: S20 A000

Automatic: S24A

  • Passenger side mirror (beginning 1993)
  • Tilt steering
  • No tachometer (Automatic Transmission only)
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Side moldings
  • Rear wiper/washer
  • Rear cargo shelf
Power steering
EH3 Si Si (1992-93 only) 125 hp (93 kW) 1.6 L D16Z6 VTEC Manual: S20 B000
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Power moonroof with tilt
  • Cruise control
  • Clock
  • 9000 rpm tachometer with 7200 rpm redline
  • Plastic wheelcovers on 14 inch wheels
  • Power side mirrors (body coloured, beginning 1993)
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • Interior door map pockets
  • Three sun visors (small middle one above mirror)
  • Unique interior fabric, White stripes (92-93) and checked pattern (94-95)


1992-1995 Civic sedan

Trims available in the USDM sedan body style were the DX, LX (EG8) and EX (EH9), while the CDM models were branded slightly differently as the LX, LX "Special Edition" (1994–95), EX (EG8) and the EX-V (1992–93) (EH9). In Japan, the standard four-door Civic sedan was called Civic Ferio and sold at Honda Primo dealerships, while a more upscale version was called the Honda Domani and sold at Honda Clio dealers. In Japan, the Ferio name was used from 1992 until 2006 on all sedans, regardless of trim packages installed.

The five-door wagon was not updated for this generation platform, and continued to use the previous generation internationally until February 21, 1996, when it was replaced by the Honda Orthia and Honda Partner which were only available in Japan.

USDM CDM Engine Transmission Features
EG8 DX LX 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 Manual: S20 A000

Automatic: S24A

  • Power brakes
Power steering
LX "Special Edition" (1994-95 only) 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 Manual: S20 A000

Automatic: S24A

  • AM/FM cassette player with 4-speaker sound system
  • Wheelcovers
  • Center armrest console
  • Clock
  • Power steering
  • Air conditioning
LX EX 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 Manual: S20 A000

Automatic: S24A

  • AM/FM cassette player with 4-speaker sound system (CDM beginning 1993, USDM beginning 1994)
  • Cruise control
  • Center armrest console
  • Clock
  • 9,000 RPM tachometer with 6,000 RPM redline
  • Power steering
  • Power windows, locks, and mirrors
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) (USDM option, only 1994-95)
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes (with ABS option)
  • Cargo area light
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Wheelcovers
Wheels Tires
1992–93 13-inch (330 mm) 175/70
1994–95 14-inch (360 mm) 175/65
EH9 EX EX-V (1992-93 only) 125 hp (93 kW) 1.6 L D16Z6 VTEC Manual: S20 B000

Automatic: S24A

9,000 RPM tachometer with 7,200 RPM redline
  • Power tilt/slide moon roof
  • Body-coloured mirrors (beginning 1993)
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • AM/FM cassette player (CDM only: with 2-speaker sound system, USDM and CDM: with 4-speaker system beginning 1993)
  • Air Conditioning


North AmericaEdit

All DX and LX models used the D15B7 a 16-valve SOHC engine rated at 102 bhp (76 kW; 103 PS) and 98 ft⋅lbf (133 N⋅m) of torque. The USDM CX models had the D15B8 which is an eight-valve non-VTEC engine rated at 70 bhp (52 kW; 71 PS) while the CDM models came with the D15B7. The VX had the D15Z1 (VTEC-E engine) capable of 92 bhp (69 kW; 93 PS). The USDM EX / CDM EX-V, and the Si had the D16Z6 SOHC VTEC engine (125 hp (93 kW)).

USDM Curb WeightsEdit

CX Hatch VX Hatch Si Hatch DX Hatch
Manual Manual Manual Auto Manual
1992–1993 2,094 2,094 2,326 2,275 2,178
1994–1995 2,108 2,094 2,390 2,264 2,178
DX Sedan LX Sedan EX Sedan DX Coupe EX Coupe
Auto Manual Auto Manual Auto Manual Auto Manual Auto Manual
1992–1993 2,343 2,274 2,388 2,319 2,524 2,480 2,317 2,224 2,445 2,390
1994–1995 2,392 2,313 2,456 2,403 2,575 2,522 2,326 2,231 2,575 2,520

All weights listed in this table are in lbs.

Other marketsEdit

In Europe, the model trims included the DX with a D13B2 (hatchback EG3), the LSi with a D15B2 (hatchback EG4, sedan EG8) or D15B7 (coupé EJ2), the VEi with a D15Z1 VTEC-E (hatchback EG4 and sedan EG8), the ESi with a D16Z6 VTEC (coupé EJ1, hatchback EG5, sedan EH9), the RTSi with a D16Z9 VTEC (sedan EH1), and the VTi with a B16A2 VTEC (hatchback EG6, sedan EG9).

In Japan, the model trims included the EL with a D15B single carb (hatchback EG3, sedan EG7), MX with a D15B dual carb, ETi with a fuel-injected D15B VTEC-E, VTi with a fuel-injected D15B VTEC (130 PS SOHC VTEC) (hatchback EG4s, sedan EG8s), RTi with a ZC SOHC dual carb, RTSi with a fuel-injected ZC DOHC (sedan EH1s with 4WD), Coupe (coupe EJ1) and EXi (AT-only sedan EJ3) with a fuel-injected D16B VTEC, and SiR with a fuel-injected B16A DOHC VTEC (170 PS) (hatchback EG6, sedan EG9). The D16B VTEC in the Coupe and EXi had the same power rating as the D15B VTEC in the VTi (128hp-130ps), but the torque is a bit higher. The D15B shared the same head as the D16Z6 found in other markets but featured a unique block, crank, and rods. The engine shared the 1.5 L displacement of the other D15 blocks, but the rods were the same length as the D16's (137mm) and had a better rod to stroke ratio (1.63) than the normal D15's ratio of 1.59. Despite this, the crank and bearing sizes were not the same. The sedan/saloon in Japan was called the Civic "Ferio".

In the Middle East, the EX had the D16Z9 (sedan EH5) and the VTi (hatchback & coupé, EJ2) had the B16A2/3 engine.

In Indonesia, the fifth generation Civic had two body styles, sedan (nicknamed "Genio") and 3-door hatch ("Estilo"). Both had the same D16 SOHC engine that produced 120-130 HP and were available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

In the Philippines, the fifth generation Civic was launched in 1992 with 2 body types: a 3-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan. The hatchback was powered by a 1.2-liter carbureted engine (PH12)[citation needed] while the sedan was offered in three trims: the base model DX, the mid model LX and the top-of-the-line ESi. Both DX and LX were carbureted fed while the ESi came with Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). The DX was powered by a 1.2 SOHC engine just like the hatchback, the LX with a 1.5 SOHC engine (PH15)[citation needed] and power steering, and the ESi with a 1.6-litre EFI SOHC engine (PH16) and all power amenities. All engines were of the non-VTEC type.

In Pakistan, the fifth generation Civic was launched and manufactured from May 1994, only in the sedan bodystyle. The single engine option was a 1.5 L 16 valve carburettor engine and the only transmission choice was a 5-speed manual. The fifth generation Civic was the first to be manufactured in Pakistan and was manufactured until December 1995. The total number of fifth generation Civic's manufactured in Pakistan was 6,480 vehicles. The first example to come of the production line is on display at the Honda Heritage Center in Lahore Pakistan.[11]



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