Earlier this week, Honda debuted a near-production-correct concept of the upcoming 2022 Civic. While we like what we see so far, looking at the 11th-generation Civic got us nostalgic for the Civics of the past. So we decided to challenge the Window Shop crew to select and find the best ones of all time.
Window Shop regular and C/D contributor John Pearley Huffman joins us again this week and admits that the Civic is probably his second favorite vehicle after the Toyota Tundra. Despite having owned four different Civics in his life, Huffman has no problem selecting his favorite. Senior Editor Joey Capparella makes an uncharacteristically weird choice, an all-wheel-drive model that you may have forgotten existed. Capparella’s Civic sparks a conversation about steel wheels, for which we apologize. Contributor Jonathon Ramsey proves to be a fan of the fourth gen and presents a clean and unmodified example whose low cowl makes us swoon.
We argue the merits of each choice, have a few laughs, spout some quotable factoids that should end any unwanted conversations, and then finally crown the best Civic—sort of. We should also apologize in advance for Huffman neglecting to turn off his phone during the show, and if you watch until the end, you’ll see that he leaves before we’re wrapped, but we definitely don’t need him around to conclude that the Civic has been a spectacular car for a very long time.
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