Honda Civic (fourth generation)

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1990 Civic DX 4-door; note Automatic seat belts
Fourth generation
(EC/ED/EE/EF)
1988 Civic LX sedan
Production1988-1991
AssemblySuzuka, Japan
East Liberty, Ohio, USA
Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Shin-Jyu, Taiwan, Republic of China, Republic of China, South Africa
Car body style3-door Hatchback
3-door Coupe (CRX)
4-door Sedan (car)
5-door Station wagon (Shuttle)
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Internal combustion engine1.3 L D13B Straight-4
1.4 L D14A Straight-4
1.5 L D15B Straight-4
1.6 L D16A6 Straight-4
1.6 L B16A Straight-4
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed manual
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase98.4 in (250 cm)
Length156.1 in (396 cm) (hatchback)
166.5 in (423 cm) (sedan)
161.7 in (4107 mm) (wagon)
Width65.6 in (167 cm) (hatchback)
65.9 in (167 cm) (sedan)
66.1 in (1680 mm)
Height52.4 in (133 cm) (hatchback)
53.5 in (136 cm) (sedan)
56.1 in (1425 mm) (FWD Wagon)
56.9 in (1445 mm) (4WD Wagon)
Curb weightSedan
'88 DX M/T 2,039 lb (925 kg)
'88 LX M/T 2,138 lb (970 kg)
'89 DX M/T 2,147 lb (974 kg)
'89 LX M/T 2,211 lb (1,003 kg)
'90 DX M/T 2,262 lb (1,026 kg)
'90 LX M/T 2,322 lb (1,053 kg)
'90 EX M/T 2,374 lb (1,077 kg)
'91 DX M/T 2,262 lb (1,026 kg)
'91 DX A/T 2,252 lb (1,021 kg)
'91 LX M/T 2,322 lb (1,053 kg)
'91 EX M/T 2,374 lb (1,077 kg)

Hatchback
'88 HB M/T 1,933 lb (877 kg)
'88 DX M/T 1,993 lb (904 kg)
'89 HB M/T 2,013 lb (913 kg)
'89 DX M/T 2,088 lb (947 kg)
'89 Si M/T 2,161 lb (980 kg)
'90 HB M/T 2,127 lb (965 kg)
'90 DX M/T 2,165 lb (982 kg)
'90 Si M/T 2,291 lb (1,039 kg)
'91 HB M/T 2,127 lb (965 kg)
'91 DX M/T 2,165 lb (982 kg)
'91 Si M/T 2,291 lb (1,039 kg)
Fuel capacityConvert/usgal
RelatedAcura Integra
Honda CRX
Honda Ballade
Honda Concerto
Honda Integra
Rover 200
Civic DX 3-door

For 1988, the Civic's wheelbase was increased to 98.4 inches (250 cm). The body was redesigned with a lower hood line and more glass, giving less drag. The model range was fairly limited for the US, whereas the European and Japanese markets had a wider range. A 1500 cc 16-valve fuel injected engine giving Convert/hp was used in the DX hatchback and sedan, new LX sedan, and the American market wagon. The Si and four-wheel drive wagons were powered by a 1.6 L 16-valve engine, rated at Convert/hp. The base hatchback had a Convert/hp version of the same 8-valve engine. All engines sold in the US were fuel injected. Carbureted models were available elsewhere. All Civics had a Double-wishbone suspension in the front and Multi-link suspension trailing arm suspension in the rear. In 1990, the EX trim was introduced. Four-wheel drive wagons had standard steel wheels (white steel wheels with matching center caps were optional), a 6-speed manual transmission (with a super-low gear left of first) or an optional 4-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive was also available on the sedan in some markets.

The base model of the 4th generation Civic had a 1.2 L SOHC, this single carbureted engine was not available for the European and American market. For Europe the base model was the 1.3 Luxe (23L and 23U for the Japanese market) 1.3 L SOHC single carbureted engine. Next engine was the 1.4 L which was not available in the USA and Japan. It was a 1.4 L SOHC dual carbureted engine that was available only in 1988 and 1989; (replaced by the 1.5i GL and GLX in 1990).

Honda Civic wagon

The 1.5 L SOHC engine came in a wide variety of models, dual-point injection, single carbureted and dual carbureted. Those engines were available in the Japanese-market 25X and 25XT, American-market DX and STD models, and European 1.5i GL and GLX models. The LX model offered over the base and DX models such accoutrements as power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, and cruise control.

Next in line was the 1.6 L SOHC. Simply 1.6i for the European market and Si for the American market (US top model). (not to be confused with the JDM Si, which is a (ZC) D16a8/9 1.6 L DOHC) Second highest model was the American Si. It was equipped with a 1.6 L SOHC (D16A6) engine and delivered Convert/hp. The European 1.6i GT and 1.6i-16 (depends on country) had a ZC like 1.6 L DOHC engine and produced 124 hp (D16Z5) or 130 hp (D16A9). All DOHC engines are equipped with Honda's multi-point fuel injection system (although there seems to have been a 1.6 L DOHC non-VTEC with dual carburetors for the 4th generation).

Top model of the hatchback was the Japanese SiR with the Convert/hp B16A engine. In Europe the SiR was called 1.6i-VT and had a similar B16A1 engine. These top models of the 4th generation Civic were equipped with the VTEC system .

In 1990 the 4th generation Civic had a light facelift. Some things that changed were the front bumper design, the front corner lights no longer had the two screws on the outside, the gauge cluster cover shape slightly changed, tail light units design changed, and some American Civics received Automatic seat belts (the sedan and wagon received automatic shoulder belts only, while the hatchback received automatic shoulder AND lap belts).

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