1985 Honda Civic vs. 2015 Honda Civic

In 1985, the car world looked different when walking through the local dealership showroom. Despite many changes and advances, vehicles of yesteryear still capture our imagination. In July, I attended a car show hosted by Foss Motors Inc. in Exeter, New Hampshire. It didn’t take long to realize, classic cars will (and should) be around forever.

However, the long sought after classics share some of that glory with a very modest set of wheels. The 1985 Honda Civic CRX Si.

In April 1985, Csaba Csere of Car and Driver wrote: “The Honda Civic CRX is one of our favorite cars, but we’re never sure how to categorize it. With comfortable accommodations for two, low cost, and superior fuel economy, it’s an outstanding commuter car. But with its sporty two-seat design, excellent performance, and nimble handling, it can also be viewed as the reincarnation of the low-priced sports car.”

While the 1985 Honda Civic CRX Si and 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe are remarkably different, a new chart from HondaPartsOnline.net shows the 1985 CRX Si is solid, even by today’s standards. Comparing things like performance, fuel economy, and up-front costs (inflation adjusted), the 1985 Honda still stands tall.

“The 2015 Civic Si Coupe is definitely a better car than a 1985 CRX. It’s faster, safer, quieter, more comfortable, and has more features,” said Gib Goodrich, HondaPartsOnline.net Manager. “However, when you look at the specs, that ’85 CRX Si was something special.”

In light of modern advances, The 1985 Honda tops the 2015 in a few areas, including curb weight, fuel economy, and purchase cost. Goodrich also points out how the 1985 Honda Civic CRX Si gives up 1.2 seconds in the quarter mile, something he believes is minimal.

“That’s not very much when you consider the ’85 CRX Si had less than half the horsepower of the 2015 Civic Si coupe,” he said.

The 2016 Honda Civic is available now.

What are your thoughts on the Honda Civic through the years? 

*Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog.net and resides in Detroit, Michigan. 

1985 CRX SI vs. 2015 Civic Coupe SI Infographic

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About The Author

Carl represents automakers in their marketing and product development arms as a Vehicle Coach, Product Specialist, and Facilitator. He has worked with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Volvo, and Local Motors. Carl is the Immediate Past President of Detroit Working Writers and on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation. He enjoys a multitude of health and fitness activities and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.

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