The 1991 Honda Civic Si Was an Early Hot Hatchback

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Doug DeMuro

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The 1991 Honda Civic Si -- the "EF" Civic Hatchback -- is a special car that was an early example of a hot hatchback. Today I'm reviewing the Civic Si, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of the EF Civic Si hatchback. I'm also going to drive the Si and show you what it's like on the road.
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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro Πριν 5 μήνες
THIS... is the last nice Civic from this era in existence. I'm thrilled I got to review it!
Kim Strandberg
Kim Strandberg Πριν 2 ημέρες
Dude I have got one from 1990 and that is just as nice only difference is that I put a 1.6L v-tec engine in it.
ZR71 Media
ZR71 Media Πριν 20 ημέρες
A 1991 Ford Explorer (Any Trim) if you got one with a sunroof, it would be a manuel flip up. Consider this strange due to the Explorers were bigger and more expensive, yet here a Honda Civic which would be less expensive had a power sunroof. The 90's were strange times for cars.
EbluestarE
EbluestarE Πριν 24 ημέρες
I love these reviews! You remind me of Quentin Tarantino for some reason...
peterdevreter
peterdevreter Πριν μήνα
Forget any rare mclaren F1, I think that this car in that state is a unicorn.
Drift Rider
Drift Rider Πριν 2 μήνες
Hi Doug Demuro, please test Russian cars, I think many will be happy about it.
Doyle Hargraves
Doyle Hargraves Πριν 7 ώρες
I had the 1990 75hp, 4-speed base model. $6,900 base price without A/C, radio, clock or RH mirror. 38-40mpg hwy at 80mph. Best car ever. By the way, the Si models had 14" aluminum wheels. I think the owner (or previous owner) put stock steel wheels on this one.
The Nihilist
The Nihilist Πριν 10 ώρες
That thing is hot. I would LSX swap it/ZO6 trans and make it AWD.
Egelik22
Egelik22 Πριν 10 ώρες
Beam.ng drive ibushi corvette
s2hull
s2hull Πριν 16 ώρες
I bought an 89 Civic Si as my first new car at 19 years old. I loved that car - it was so fun to drive. I drove it for 9 years and put 155k on it and sold it for over half of what I paid for it, even with a blown AC. It was in amazing shape when I sold it as I babied it like it was a Ferrari. The one thing that I remember that the Si had that the other Civics did not was painted bumpers. I really wish I didn’t sell it as it would probably still be running today. I do remember that I sold it to a girl that had wrecked her Si and wanted a replacement so I knew it went to a good home. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.
plymouth barracuda
plymouth barracuda Πριν 17 ώρες
My dad had this when I was 3, but then a truck driver crashed into it with me and my dad in it. Now because of that my father can't run anymore and I was put in special ed because of my brain damage. The civic had a decepticon symbol on the gas lid.
George McCrea
George McCrea Πριν 18 ώρες
The theory behind the seat-belt being mounted to the door, was to encourage drivers and passengers to wear it. The thought was that you could buckle the seat-belt and LEAVE buckled, yet still enter and exit the car without having to mess with it. True, if the door flung open for any reason, your belt was basically useless, but I guess it was forward thinking back then. My 1990 Mazda MX6 GT has those electric should belts that moved when the door was opened or closed, however you still needed to manually put the lap belt on after getting in??? Technology from back then... how we ever survived! Lol
Lawrence Weston
Lawrence Weston Πριν ημέρα
Am I the only one who misses simple basic cars with less points of failure that you can fix easily ?!
Jules Young
Jules Young Πριν ημέρα
What? Enthusiasts are still K-swapping these more than ever before! You should drive one!
Sebastian Evers
Sebastian Evers Πριν ημέρα
no storageplace on left side rear maybe because of the fuel-filler stuff / never seen this door / seatbelt configuration .. must be an US spec???
Sean Ellis
Sean Ellis Πριν ημέρα
do the 8th gen si
Jarson Barson
Jarson Barson Πριν ημέρα
I drove that exact same car from Houston to San Diego in 93
Todd
Todd Πριν ημέρα
This dude is clueless
Todd
Todd Πριν ημέρα
Car is fast for the time
J Rotherham
J Rotherham Πριν 2 ημέρες
Better than any current day supercar, not even joking.
Doctor Emil
Doctor Emil Πριν 2 ημέρες
There was a proper performance Civic at the time. In Japan it was called the Civic SiR and in Europe it was known as the Civic 1.6i-VT. It was powered by the iconic B16A engine, the first engine that had VTEC. This version was a beast with more than 150 hp!
Aaron Cable
Aaron Cable Πριν 3 ημέρες
Im just asking but why does Doug mention history of cars and how the car started but never reviews cars older then the 80s
Luis Foreal
Luis Foreal Πριν 3 ημέρες
The #1 essential item to every ricer...
MrRedrocket42
MrRedrocket42 Πριν 3 ημέρες
These cars were great for custom audio system installs, lots of room and the cabin had a great impact on the overall sound quality.
Robert Niemiec
Robert Niemiec Πριν 4 ημέρες
This was almost my first car when I was 18 but the car dealer was an a hole. I bought a 89 prelude si instead.
LivingThroughTV
LivingThroughTV Πριν 4 ημέρες
You need to have a go in an Up! GTI, though that won't be easily achieved, of course.
Indranil Chakrabarty
Indranil Chakrabarty Πριν 4 ημέρες
Great review !!! Great car !!!!
Ronald Aurelio Jose jr
Ronald Aurelio Jose jr Πριν 4 ημέρες
My Dad had a 1990 Honda Civic HatchBack SI and it was red with a engine swap I think.
Gary Martin
Gary Martin Πριν 5 ημέρες
My heavier '81 Celica GT only had 96hp and felt fairly quick during the time, so this Civic Si was indeed a desirable hot hatch
Lone Maus
Lone Maus Πριν 5 ημέρες
Dual exhaust on a 108 hp engine lol
erich84502ify
erich84502ify Πριν 5 ημέρες
Basic reliable transportation and fun
Jack Dub
Jack Dub Πριν 6 ημέρες
i get what you're doing but im 6'2" and im pretty sure i could reach the back windows from the front seat lol that car is so small
lightning Bolt's Channel
lightning Bolt's Channel Πριν 6 ημέρες
Do a Saturn Sl2 ((it's lighter))
shawn hall
shawn hall Πριν 6 ημέρες
I believe Alpine made those Honda stereos
David Anthony
David Anthony Πριν 7 ημέρες
13:47 My 2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport wagon literally has the same light.
Kunwardip Mooker
Kunwardip Mooker Πριν 8 ημέρες
@14:55 Those are not really shallow "cubbies" They were designed for JDM Gathers Speakers to be mounted there. Oh how I miss my 91 Si.
Adam Smith
Adam Smith Πριν 8 ημέρες
My daily is a '91 CX trim package. It has a B16A swap. No power steering. No AC. All mechanical. I love it.
Gabor Csuzdi
Gabor Csuzdi Πριν 9 ημέρες
1991 was anything but early for hot hatches, after the Peugeot 104 ZS, VW Golf GTi of the 1970s, and Lancia Delta Integrale and Peugeot 205 GTi of the 1980s...
Nicos
Nicos Πριν 9 ημέρες
wow
Matej matej
Matej matej Πριν 10 ημέρες
Here in Slovenia Europe is one for sale 1.6 16v 96 kw 131 hp with 194000 kilometres for 5200 euros it's expensive for 30 years old car
Matej matej
Matej matej Πριν 10 ημέρες
There was also 1.6L 16v here in Europe with 130 hp same engine as crx Honda my friend had 1.6 16v civic and it was fast for teenager back then. You can tell from a far it was 1.6 16v because it had difrend bonnet with the a bulge
Stevie Jo
Stevie Jo Πριν 11 ημέρες
But it is very cool it's original, and unrestored
Stevie Jo
Stevie Jo Πριν 11 ημέρες
Imagine a 300HP K24 swapped into it. Your talking a very fast car!
space kid
space kid Πριν 13 ημέρες
"rare" lol I have like 5 of these in my neighborhood, all in mint condition (usa ftw)
Nicholas Crothamel
Nicholas Crothamel Πριν 13 ημέρες
Doug: Before I get started Me: *aggressively spams arrow key*
X Æ A-12
X Æ A-12 Πριν 13 ημέρες
vtAk
David Sanchez
David Sanchez Πριν 14 ημέρες
Proud owner of a 1994 Honda Civic LX. Mine is actually called eg civic having more of a egg shape. Obviously used and abused. Still driving after 26 years 145000 miles. Have the same motor in that one but 1.5L. Honda always performs.
The Cross Man
The Cross Man Πριν 15 ημέρες
"Rear headwest" @10:35
tuowl05
tuowl05 Πριν 16 ημέρες
I remember when this generation was new; liked the CRX more. I definitely appreciate the history of the car but something about the looks never did it for me. Reminded me too much of the Colt hatch of that era? Talons, Eclipse and even a non-hatch Z24 Cavalier, Probe GT were nicer imo for the price.
Justin Couch
Justin Couch Πριν 16 ημέρες
PGMFI was much better than the MPFI system. Anyone who had a Civic of that era knows that. I even converted my 1991 sedan with a 1.5L MPFI to the 1.6L MPFI to get that extra power.
WarpedNut
WarpedNut Πριν 16 ημέρες
Dude has one of those faces
_______
_______ Πριν 17 ημέρες
Just noticing the nice bend in the rear drivers side steelie
Tech Nine
Tech Nine Πριν 17 ημέρες
I own the base model, it has 70hp doug
2prize
2prize Πριν 20 ημέρες
pure simplicity
Tweekkat The Cat
Tweekkat The Cat Πριν 21 ημέρα
Cool Vibrations
Jim Hester
Jim Hester Πριν 21 ημέρα
I had the DX. Extra money for the passenger side mirror and I had to buy the radio cassette too. Loved the car. Would like to drive that one again to re-live the experience. Sadly rust got the better of it after 100,000 miles. Canadian seat belt law was I guess different as the belts were attached to the pillar. A little in the way for back seat entry and exit. They still make the North American civics in Canada.
Neil Hass
Neil Hass Πριν 21 ημέρα
The fuzzy game naturally plant because draw arespectively time round a undesirable behavior. guttural H habitual, pricey space
Robert Lawrence Bany
Robert Lawrence Bany Πριν 23 ημέρες
Headwest
mike stuart
mike stuart Πριν 23 ημέρες
We is finally reviewing his own car
Jason G
Jason G Πριν 23 ημέρες
I had a base model, it also didn’t come with a rear wiper, radio and cigarette lighter, but I loved it
Alexander Vaughn
Alexander Vaughn Πριν 24 ημέρες
I want that car in perfect condition
lobit12
lobit12 Πριν 26 ημέρες
one of the coolest design features is the glass/ visibility. I think this is part of the reasons these cars feel alot faster than they are. They are actually a bit scary / exciting to go fast in.
Barry Miscampbell
Barry Miscampbell Πριν 26 ημέρες
From Australia, I owned a 1989 4 dr GL auto sedan for 14 years. It was the best car I have ever owned. Fantastic handling from the double wishbone suspension would allow the 1.5 auto to out perform nearly anything else on the road through corners. B series motor, even without VETC, lovely reving and sounding and this was with duel carduretors and not EFI. With the engine mounted on the left side in a right hand drive car the balance is always going to be better one up driving. Honda changed this when they needed to have their engines rotate the opposite direction for F1 racing and joined the mainstream. Very easy and enjoyable to drive, electric windows and a/c standard. Very well made and reliable. Also a beautiful design to look at, I think the sedan was more balanced than the hatchback. Unfortunately the next model was a little bigger, with a longer stroke softer suspension to make it more favorable for Americans. Also a AWD version was sold in Japan. Unfortunately l sold it when it was 21 years old. Bought a 8th gen Civic 1.8 auto, more relaxed highway driving but virtually everything else was a backwards step. The latest Civics I don't feel have advanced any further, except for all the safety equipment.
misuiu64
misuiu64 Πριν 27 ημέρες
I loved my red 1990SI. I drove it 11 years commuting 160 miles roundtrip. I watched this video for the memories. .
Daniel Santos
Daniel Santos Πριν 27 ημέρες
Neat quirk about that generation of Honda clocks. If the ignition was off been with no key, you could push in the cover and it would light the clock momentarily.
John
John Πριν 27 ημέρες
Doug - the seatbelt mounted on the door was a solution to the "passive restraint" requirement, an alternative to the "motorized mouse" common at the time. You were actually never supposed to unbuckle it but sort of crawl in underneath it, close the door and - like magic - federal passive restraint requirement met. That also explains the emergency release(s) you mentioned - sort of reinforcement by guilt in a CYA approach.
ADDvanced
ADDvanced Πριν 27 ημέρες
Handling gets a 4 out of 10? Jfc doug. Please go autocross so you learn how to drive man. These things slay.
ThinkPad22
ThinkPad22 Πριν 28 ημέρες
I'd happily daily drive this all it would need is an android auto head unit.
Aben Rojas
Aben Rojas Πριν 28 ημέρες
This Honda Civic is my dream car
Panda MilkShake
Panda MilkShake Πριν 28 ημέρες
Please tell me I am not the only one that LOVES these types of interiors in cars. The analog stuff, the sharp yet rounded off edges on this monochrome black interior. I just love em.
Ron Damon
Ron Damon Πριν 29 ημέρες
I don't know how so many people like such an ugly car...!!!!
new2000car
new2000car Πριν 23 ημέρες
I agree. But once you drove one, it drives so nice that it outweighs the ugliness.
Raul Mundo
Raul Mundo Πριν 29 ημέρες
That thing is clean.
Throttle Twister Cycles
Throttle Twister Cycles Πριν μήνα
Doug has no business reviewing anything built before 2000
Jason Lay
Jason Lay Πριν μήνα
Still one of the best interiors in an average 80s car.
Anthony Stark
Anthony Stark Πριν μήνα
This is cool but nothing beats the CR-X
Donnelle Bivens
Donnelle Bivens Πριν μήνα
Seatbelt Warning: They probably repurposed the handbrake housing for Civics with automatic seatbelts.
Senna4EvR
Senna4EvR Πριν μήνα
0-60 in 7.5 seconds was very quick for the day. I guess If one compares it to the acceleration of a Ford GT40...yeah 1 out of 10.
Joel Lemieux
Joel Lemieux Πριν μήνα
My parents had a base 1991 Civic sedan. It had a 5 speed. My 1984 Civic had a 4 speed (and a manual choke!)
Herbie P
Herbie P Πριν μήνα
Is this the fastest car?
Matt McNicoll
Matt McNicoll Πριν μήνα
A few years ago, after a car accident, I had borrowed my grandmas low mileage 2000 civic DX (EK) hatch while I shopped around for a new car. Jesus Christ, I couldn’t get over the low weight and how agile it felt. She was 85 at the time and still driving stick too, but that D15.. you had to wind the shit out of it just to keep up with modern traffic, and all the new SUVs around you seemed like dumptrucks. Good memories.
fembot attack
fembot attack Πριν μήνα
This car ALWAYS gets stolen in my country. My uncle just chains a tire up to poles whenever leaving it.
mack cummy
mack cummy Πριν μήνα
There are better ways
postersm 71
postersm 71 Πριν μήνα
The premium Honda radios were made by Alpine
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein Πριν μήνα
The civic si or as we call it in germany the Honda CRX got a 160hp VTEC version I think that was the must have performance version you wanted back in the 90s :D
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein Πριν μήνα
I love how the exhaust is just like hanging there like Honda did not even try to hide it a bit or make it hang a bit higher so its not so noticeable :D
Vinny Bruce
Vinny Bruce Πριν μήνα
I would mind get one of those as a collector side of I like the 99 model
Michael Man
Michael Man Πριν μήνα
The seatbelts are on the door because "automatic" belts were required at this time. You left them fastened at all times and could simply get in and out without unbuckling-- hence the emergency release stickers.
R Mar
R Mar Πριν μήνα
These are great cars. Basic, but so fun to drive.
Brandon Curtis
Brandon Curtis Πριν μήνα
I still have a La Bra and the original Rear hatch cover unfortunately cars long gone lol
sirdonicus
sirdonicus Πριν μήνα
My first car* 89 EF Dx hatchback 4speed manual in sky blue. This video brings back a lot of memories 😂👍🏽
Bobby M
Bobby M Πριν μήνα
This car is 30 years old with 30 newer models after it to choose from and doug is picking on the 108hp? That sort of mindset got all of these things ruined in the first place.
Argura98
Argura98 Πριν μήνα
6:25 it is not strange at all. it is cost effective for manufacturer to make the same door for all trims and models of civic and just power sunroof for SI. consider the sales volume didn't justified cost to make separate power doors.
Keith Cindy Panama
Keith Cindy Panama Πριν μήνα
I had a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire with Manual widow and electric sun roof
Keith Cindy Panama
Keith Cindy Panama Πριν μήνα
Could you do one on the 1991. Toyota Tercel? Or the 1981 Corolla.
Kaleb
Kaleb Πριν μήνα
I saw an ad for a bone stock, one owner '91 civic Si for $3000 Canadian a couple months ago and I still regret not getting it
Arnold Guisa
Arnold Guisa Πριν μήνα
That was my moms first car back in the day.
Michael Packard
Michael Packard Πριν μήνα
10:35 headwests
Adam Voinovich
Adam Voinovich Πριν μήνα
Chevrolet Beretta had the seat belts on the door too.
Zack Forbing
Zack Forbing Πριν μήνα
The only civic I would buy 😍
Larry Page
Larry Page Πριν μήνα
Si's have rear disc breaks!
Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas Πριν μήνα
Can you make a review of the 1989-1994 suzuki swift GT
kaefergarage
kaefergarage Πριν μήνα
I love this Civic and the area, when they were built. I owned a couple of it and still was satisfied with them. It's so cool, that you got a "real survivor". Awesome. I like your videos a lot. Here, I have to point out some comments you've said during the video. You showed the car for the US market. A lot of features weren't available for the US. Starting with the engine: in Germany it was available from 75 up to 150 HP. The power roof was never with a crank. Never. Honda started building in power roofs with the predecessor (AH) in 1983. Never mechanical, always electrical. Also we had power window and power steering with the 110 HP - 150 HP engine ;) The predecessor - btw - was available with up to 101 HP in Germany. PGM-FI. It was special. It was an own development by Honda. Nevertheless. In those days it was not common, to have fuel injection in small cars. That is the special on it. The predecessor also was not the first hatchback by Honda. The Civic is a hatchback since it is produced back in 1972. The safety belts is a US market feature. The structure of the b-post and rocker rail is modified for that. The little storage pocket in the back was only on the passenger side. Yes. But there is a reason. Simply, there is no room for a storage box because of the filling system on the drivers side. You can see the filler door while you speak about the storage pocket. The headrests for the back seat bench was available in Germany with the more "luxury" options. As soon you bought the fuel injection, you had the head rests. With a little facelift in 1989 the big head rest (like seen in your video) came as a standard in the back. Anyway: so sool.
Dislob3
Dislob3 Πριν μήνα
Do the basic tercel
Christopher McDaniel
Christopher McDaniel Πριν μήνα
Ok... a few things! I had a 90’ civic HB. Blue. Doug forgot, but you can see, how far back the back seat buckles are fitted....way, way back...they were hard to deal with. Also, the hatch back was what it was known for! Tons of space in the back. I had two friends who used them to haul scuba gear! And, the very best....gas was .89 cent a gallon..this civic got almost 42 miles to the gallon!!! Yes! 20$ all month long! Holds a twin futon, chest of drawers... moves a college student all over the USA. Never broke down. All for the new price of 8800.00 out the door! Bam! Bam! Honda....what great cars and memories!
Leandro Oliveira
Leandro Oliveira Πριν μήνα
Hey Doug. This car brought me some good memories. I owned a 1991 1.3lr Toyota Starlet. And til this day, it was the funniest car I’ve ever driven. Fast for its size and quite sharp on turns. Perfect to drive on hilly roads. The previous generation was also really fun to drive. Unfortunately I crashed it in one of my long nights out drifting with the boys and I still miss driving it.
Koji Waki
Koji Waki Πριν μήνα
Incredible condition for the age and the type of car.
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