Celebrating the Civic; Honda’s Most Iconic Vehicle Turns 50

July 21st, 2022 by

Half a century ago, Honda released the Civic, a car that would set the standard by which all commuter cars would be judged. The fuel-efficient, three-door commuter car has made quite an impression over the last 50 years, with sales of close to 30 million units throughout 11 generations. With such success, it is no surprise that the Civic is now the longest-running automotive nameplate that Honda has ever had.

One of the Best

As a cost-effective and fuel-efficient option that was also fun to drive, the Civic took the nation by storm when it first arrived on dealership lots in 1973. The Civic quickly became a top car in its class thanks to its incredible handling, fuel efficiency and top-notch safety performance. Fifty years and eleven iterations later, the Civic is still one of the best-selling cars in America, boasting 12.3 million units sold — with most of these being produced in North America.

“Civic embodies Honda’s commitment to delivering clean, safe and fun products of the highest quality for each generation of car buyers. That’s been the magic of Civic and the key to its success for 50 years,” said Mamadou Diallo, vice president of Auto Sales at American Honda. “Civic is deeply woven into the fabric of American car culture and we are thankful for the loyalty and trust that our customers have placed in Honda and Civic over the last five decades.”

Not only is the Civic one of America’s best-selling vehicles, it is also one of the world’s most awarded cars too. That’s right, the Civic has earned some of the auto industry’s top awards throughout its 50-year history and there are no signs it won’t continue to win more. Some of the awards it has earned include Car & Driver’s 10Best, Motor Trend Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year.

50 More Years

While the Civic has had an incredible 50-year run, it is far from over. As of 2011, the Civic is the number one vehicle among Millennials and Gen Z alike. In addition to this, the Civic holds most of the market share when it comes to first-time and multicultural buyers.

With as much popularity as the Civic holds, there should be no doubt that Honda stands to be one of the top automakers for decades to come. As the world changes and cars evolve, Honda has found itself at the forefront, spearheading the transition into electric vehicles and more sustainable technology. Safe to say, with no shortage of innovation and a major dedication to doing things “right”, Honda will continue to win the hearts and minds of generations to come.

Visit Lehigh Valley Honda Today

If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of one of America’s best-selling cars, Lehigh Valley Honda is the dealership to visit. Here at Lehigh Valley Honda, we stock a huge selection of new, used and certified pre-owned Hondas, including the Civic and the family-friendly Passport. Whether you’re a lifelong Honda fan or new to the brand, when you shop at Lehigh Valley Honda you’re treated like family.

No matter what your needs are in a car, here at Lehigh Valley Honda we can make it happen. Don’t overpay for your next Honda, come on down to 675 State Avenue and test drive your next car today!