The Honda Civic was the Little Compact Car Favorite of the 70s and also 80s until competition began to ramp up through Toyota's, Mazda's and also a wide variety of Hyundai's and also Fords !! The Civic initially emerged in 1973. It was economical, ranked high for safety and attracted a bunch of frugally minded consumers. Competition isn't constantly bad; it maintained Honda refining and also resculpting the Civic over all these years.
The many things that adjust the Civic apart is its fuel economy - all versions have combined mpgs of between 29 - 45 mpg, they racked up high on all the federal government collision tests and they were developed with very roomy interiors for such small vehicles!