1988 Honda Civic Overview

Civic

Looking for a Used Civic in your area?

CarGurus has 72,283 nationwide Civic listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:
Average user score
4.2 5 stars
Based on 19 reviews

1988 Honda Civic Overview

Let the drum rolls begin. Power and looks are at the forefront of generation four of the Honda Civic, and a wide variety of engines come into play. All models except for the CRX had a longer wheel base and all had more glass and a lower hood line added to looks, almost making the Civic a stylish ride.

It is 2006 as this is written, but even back then, the '88 Honda Civic was technically advanced. Its top CRX and hatchback models incorporated VTEC technology (more about this in a second); most all had a double wishbone suspension in both the front and rear; and each cylinder had 4 valves.

Still it was VTEC that had tongues wagging. VTEC stands for variable timing and lift, electronically controlled and simply means that engine speed controls the amount that the intake/exhaust valves are opened to enhance performance.

But even those Civics that didn't rate VTEC had changes. The wagon, DX sedan and hatchback, and new LX sedan all boasted a 1.5-liter engine with 16-valves, 16-valve producing greater horsepower. Even the base hatchback had a version of the same engine, just a bit lower in hp. And, the CRX got kicked up, too with a 16 valve, 1.6 liter engine.

The '88 Civic came in several models: a hatchback, sedan, wagon, and the ultra-cool 3-door CRX.

Most drivers, of any '88 Civic model, love it and some even suggest, "if it's good new, it's even better used."

Updated

What's your take on the 1988 Honda Civic?

Have you driven a 1988 Honda Civic?  
Rank This Car

Cars compared to 1988 Honda CivicPeople researching a 1988 Honda Civic contacted a dealer about

Civic

Looking for a Used Civic in your area?

CarGurus has 72,283 nationwide Civic listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:
Have questions?   Ask a question

Honda Civic Questions

I Have Replaced My Thermostat, Head Gasket And The Last Owner Had Put A New...

oil is full

Fuel Pump Not Priming

My fuel pump doesn't prime, but my ECU is not throwing any codes, my CEL comes on for 2 seconds and goes off when I turn the key like it should, and I can hear the main relay click when I turn my ...

Why Wont Car Start After Changing Fuel Pump

I just had fuel pump replaced it drove for a while I had it in park while running and it puttered and cut off now it won't start at all it turns over just won't start. 1988Honda civic

My Civic Wagon Has Water Inside The Motor?

I did a 97 swap on my 88 civic wagon re did the head new gasket all around wen it was time to turn on the car I notice a lot of smoke coming out of the exhaust. So I keep the car on for couple mins. t...

Car Trouble

Car would not go pass 30mph and rpms would be at the 3 ..... Then the car stop accelerating all together and would just drag along and started to smoke wats wrong