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1997 Honda Civic Hatchback

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Honda Civic Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.6 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 106 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 28/35 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Honda Civic

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fun, affordable, and good looking.

  • Cons

    Why are anti-lock brakes only offered on models with an automatic transmission?

  • What's New for 1997

    Honda deletes the Civic EX Coupe five-speed with ABS model. DX models receive new wheel covers, all 1997 Honda Civic trims get 14-inch wheels, and the LX Sedan gets air conditioning.

Full 1997 Honda Civic Review

What's New for 1997

Honda deletes the Civic EX Coupe five-speed with ABS model. DX models receive new wheel covers, all 1997 Honda Civic trims get 14-inch wheels, and the LX Sedan gets air conditioning.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Civic

I'm 66 and this car has been the most cost effective vehicle I've owned including motorcycles and as old as it is now I still consider it a beautiful frog and believe it will last as long as I. Thanks Honda

Great lil car

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Civic

Im in the military, and im a single mother. I got this car during the winter and was surprised as to how well it did on the roads in Italy [im in Pisa]. My daughters car seat actually fits quite well behind me while i drive and i drive comfortably.. [mind u im also 5'6] Its a great lil work car, i get awesome gas mileage [i only put about euro 40 in every two weeks]. This is just an awesome lil car. I do have dash problems, as in the display doesn't work, but all in all, great lil car. And amazing space!

Good reliable car

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Civic

I have the midori green hatchback dx model. The car isn't fast by any means but it's really reliable. I like the storage capacity of the hatchback. It's a simple car and because of that simple maintenance will keep this car running for a very long time.

10 years still going strong

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Civic

I bought this car new. Since then I've driven it cross-country 3 times (fully loaded with stuff), through every possible climate and condition you can imagine. 10 years, 115K miles, it has never let me down once. All it needs is oil changes every 3K and regular service every 15K miles. Avg 38 MPG, quick around town, can haul more than some SUVs. The only downside is interior noise is a bit loud and the seats are not the most supportive. Only now am I seriously considering buying an other car (Honda Fit?) since this one has performed admirably.

Great car

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Civic

Great car. Gets great mileage even when I beat on it. Took out the rear interior and ran a 17.4 on bald street tires at Bristol Motor Dragway. Paint was crappy from previous owner but it was repainted after hail damage and looks great.

Beloved honda

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Vehicle: 1996 Honda Civic

Just sold it after 7 1/2 years. Will miss it a lot. Hardly any trouble at all; very quick, reliable. Only reason to sell was I wanted an Outback Sport. But can't recommend the Honda Civic hatchback highly enough.

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Mine is 2007 LX, love it. It exceedes my expectation by far. I have had in the past Fort, GM, Chrysler, 1992 Honda Civic, 1997 Nissan Altima (still have it), but this one 2007 LX is the best....

Thanks for the response, Auburn! Car is a LX Civic 1997 4 door..in dash door ajar light doesnt go on regardless of which door you open, and the light on the ceiling of the car works if you push the sw...

A styling element that Honda has used occasionally is to mirror/gel the shape of the headlamp to the tail lamp. This was true in 1996-2000 Civic, 1997-2000 CL, 1990-1993 Accords, 2004 TSX (look from t...

Gas Mileage


  • 28
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  • 35
  • highway
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