“Are you using the right car for your gasoline?”
Even for the 1980s, the 1984 Honda Civic CRX two-seater was absolutely tiny, with a length of a little over 12 feet and a weight of around 1,800 pounds. The CRX debuted as a new model included with the introduction of the all new third generation Civic line.
There were two engine choices for the CRX in 1984. The CRX HF (High Fuel economy) got a carbureted 1.3 liter inline 4 cylinder with all of 60 bhp—but this got you 46 city/52 highway by the standards of the day (still 38/47 by today’s standards). It also got you a 0-60 time of about 12 seconds.
Moving up to the DX got you the EW1 carbureted 1.5 liter/91 ci inline 4 cylinder with 76 bhp—enough to reduce the 0-60 time to a little over 10 seconds and still get 32 city/38 highway by the eighties standards (28/35 by the current standard).
A five-speed manual was standard, but you could get a three-speed automatic with the DX—though I’m not at all sure why you’d want one.
The first generation CRX found its markets and sold quite well, with over 48,000 in 1984 and a total of 218,000 over four years. In 1985, the fuel injected 91 bhp Si would come along—but that is a topic for another blog post.
I see early CRX’s occasionally, but they’ve become rarer and rarer on the roads in the northeast. I have yet to see one at an auto show, but I’d love to.
Make my 1984 CRX a DX in blue (with the standard metallic gray lower rocker panels), please.