The 1984-1987 Honda Civic CRX, Motor Trend's "1984 Import Car of the Year," appeared simultaneously with the third-generation Civic wagon and hatchback, and heralded a significantly more aggressive marketing strategy.

1984 Honda Civic CRX hatchback coupe, Motor Trend's 1984 Import Car of the Year
1984 Honda Civic CRX hatchback coupe. See more pictures of classic cars.

The 2-door CRX, a hatchback variant, ran with a 12-valve 1.5-liter four that developed 78 horsepower or an 8-valve engine that developed less power, but returned record fuel economy figures.

CRX established the long hood/stubby deck look that defined Civic coupes for a decade. More significantly, it suggested that Honda created fun as well as transportation. The car was a sales success and spawned other, sportier cars.

Pluses of the 1984-1987 Honda Civic CRX:

  • Very much a budget buy
  • Good workmanship
  • Handling & roadholding abilities

Minuses of the 1984-1987 Honda Civic CRX:

  • Little collector interest at the moment
  • Not particularly quick

Production of the 1984 Honda Civic CRX (U.S. calendar year sales):
48,445

Production of the 1985 Honda Civic CRX (U.S. calendar year sales):
57,152

Production of the 1986 Honda Civic CRX (U.S. calendar year sales):
64,106

Production of the 1987 Honda Civic CRX (U.S. calendar year sales):
48,355

Specifications of the 1984-1987 Honda Civic CRX:
Wheelbase, inches: 86.6
Length, inches: 144.6
Weight, pounds: 1,713
Price, new: $6,149-$8,475

Engines for the 1984-1987 Honda Civic CRX:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohc I-4 81 cid
60 1984
ohc I-4 91 cid 58/761984-1987

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