The Honda Civic is adored by Honda lovers of all ages, especially the 1988-2000 EF, EG and EK generations. They’re loved not in the way Toyota guys idolize the AE86, but rather in the way that Mini guys adore the original Austin Mini Cooper, almost as if that was the only offering from Honda.
Despite being perennially the butt of nearly every shortsighted “FWD lol” joke and the bane of every salty VW enthusiast who took second place at autocross, the Honda Civic endures as one of the most popular FWD platforms ever. Why is that? Well this video from MotorWeek in 1989 will be the best description of why the EF Civic has been so beloved since it’s inception.