The 1991 Honda Civic Si Was an Early Hot Hatchback

13 Αύγ 2020
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The 1991 Honda Civic Si -- the "EF" Civic Hatchback -- is a special car that was an early example of a hot hatchback. Today I'm reviewing the Civic Si, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of the EF Civic Si hatchback. I'm also going to drive the Si and show you what it's like on the road.
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  • THIS... is the last nice Civic from this era in existence. I'm thrilled I got to review it!

    Doug DeMuroDoug DeMuroΠριν 5 μήνες
    • Dude I have got one from 1990 and that is just as nice only difference is that I put a 1.6L v-tec engine in it.

      Kim StrandbergKim StrandbergΠριν ώρα
    • A 1991 Ford Explorer (Any Trim) if you got one with a sunroof, it would be a manuel flip up. Consider this strange due to the Explorers were bigger and more expensive, yet here a Honda Civic which would be less expensive had a power sunroof. The 90's were strange times for cars.

      ZR71 MediaZR71 MediaΠριν 18 ημέρες
    • I love these reviews! You remind me of Quentin Tarantino for some reason...

      EbluestarEEbluestarEΠριν 21 ημέρα
    • Forget any rare mclaren F1, I think that this car in that state is a unicorn.

      peterdevreterpeterdevreterΠριν μήνα
    • Hi Doug Demuro, please test Russian cars, I think many will be happy about it.

      Drift RiderDrift RiderΠριν 2 μήνες
  • Im just asking but why does Doug mention history of cars and how the car started but never reviews cars older then the 80s

    Aaron CableAaron CableΠριν 7 ώρες
  • The #1 essential item to every ricer...

    Luis ForealLuis ForealΠριν 20 ώρες
  • These cars were great for custom audio system installs, lots of room and the cabin had a great impact on the overall sound quality.

    MrRedrocket42MrRedrocket42Πριν ημέρα
  • This was almost my first car when I was 18 but the car dealer was an a hole. I bought a 89 prelude si instead.

    Robert NiemiecRobert NiemiecΠριν ημέρα
  • You need to have a go in an Up! GTI, though that won't be easily achieved, of course.

    LivingThroughTVLivingThroughTVΠριν ημέρα
  • Great review !!! Great car !!!!

    Indranil ChakrabartyIndranil ChakrabartyΠριν ημέρα
  • My Dad had a 1990 Honda Civic HatchBack SI and it was red with a engine swap I think.

    Ronald Aurelio Jose jrRonald Aurelio Jose jrΠριν ημέρα
  • My heavier '81 Celica GT only had 96hp and felt fairly quick during the time, so this Civic Si was indeed a desirable hot hatch

    Gary MartinGary MartinΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Dual exhaust on a 108 hp engine lol

    Lone MausLone MausΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Basic reliable transportation and fun

    erich84502ifyerich84502ifyΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • i get what you're doing but im 6'2" and im pretty sure i could reach the back windows from the front seat lol that car is so small

    Jack DubJack DubΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • Do a Saturn Sl2 ((it's lighter))

    lightning Bolt's Channellightning Bolt's ChannelΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • I believe Alpine made those Honda stereos

    shawn hallshawn hallΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • 13:47 My 2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport wagon literally has the same light.

    David AnthonyDavid AnthonyΠριν 4 ημέρες
  • @14:55 Those are not really shallow "cubbies" They were designed for JDM Gathers Speakers to be mounted there. Oh how I miss my 91 Si.

    Kunwardip MookerKunwardip MookerΠριν 5 ημέρες
  • My daily is a '91 CX trim package. It has a B16A swap. No power steering. No AC. All mechanical. I love it.

    Adam SmithAdam SmithΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • 1991 was anything but early for hot hatches, after the Peugeot 104 ZS, VW Golf GTi of the 1970s, and Lancia Delta Integrale and Peugeot 205 GTi of the 1980s...

    Gabor CsuzdiGabor CsuzdiΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • wow

    NicosNicosΠριν 6 ημέρες
  • Here in Slovenia Europe is one for sale 1.6 16v 96 kw 131 hp with 194000 kilometres for 5200 euros it's expensive for 30 years old car

    Matej matejMatej matejΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • There was also 1.6L 16v here in Europe with 130 hp same engine as crx Honda my friend had 1.6 16v civic and it was fast for teenager back then. You can tell from a far it was 1.6 16v because it had difrend bonnet with the a bulge

    Matej matejMatej matejΠριν 7 ημέρες
  • But it is very cool it's original, and unrestored

    Stevie JoStevie JoΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • Imagine a 300HP K24 swapped into it. Your talking a very fast car!

    Stevie JoStevie JoΠριν 8 ημέρες
  • "rare" lol I have like 5 of these in my neighborhood, all in mint condition (usa ftw)

    space kidspace kidΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • Doug: Before I get started Me: *aggressively spams arrow key*

    Nicholas CrothamelNicholas CrothamelΠριν 10 ημέρες
  • vtAk

    X Æ A-12X Æ A-12Πριν 10 ημέρες
  • Proud owner of a 1994 Honda Civic LX. Mine is actually called eg civic having more of a egg shape. Obviously used and abused. Still driving after 26 years 145000 miles. Have the same motor in that one but 1.5L. Honda always performs.

    David SanchezDavid SanchezΠριν 11 ημέρες
  • "Rear headwest" @10:35

    The Cross ManThe Cross ManΠριν 12 ημέρες
  • I remember when this generation was new; liked the CRX more. I definitely appreciate the history of the car but something about the looks never did it for me. Reminded me too much of the Colt hatch of that era? Talons, Eclipse and even a non-hatch Z24 Cavalier, Probe GT were nicer imo for the price.

    tuowl05tuowl05Πριν 13 ημέρες
  • PGMFI was much better than the MPFI system. Anyone who had a Civic of that era knows that. I even converted my 1991 sedan with a 1.5L MPFI to the 1.6L MPFI to get that extra power.

    Justin CouchJustin CouchΠριν 13 ημέρες
  • Dude has one of those faces

    WarpedNutWarpedNutΠριν 14 ημέρες
  • Just noticing the nice bend in the rear drivers side steelie

    ______________Πριν 14 ημέρες
  • I own the base model, it has 70hp doug

    Tech NineTech NineΠριν 14 ημέρες
  • pure simplicity

    2prize2prizeΠριν 17 ημέρες
  • Cool Vibrations

    Tweekkat The CatTweekkat The CatΠριν 18 ημέρες
  • I had the DX. Extra money for the passenger side mirror and I had to buy the radio cassette too. Loved the car. Would like to drive that one again to re-live the experience. Sadly rust got the better of it after 100,000 miles. Canadian seat belt law was I guess different as the belts were attached to the pillar. A little in the way for back seat entry and exit. They still make the North American civics in Canada.

    Jim HesterJim HesterΠριν 18 ημέρες
  • The fuzzy game naturally plant because draw arespectively time round a undesirable behavior. guttural H habitual, pricey space

    Neil HassNeil HassΠριν 19 ημέρες
  • Headwest

    Robert Lawrence BanyRobert Lawrence BanyΠριν 20 ημέρες
  • We is finally reviewing his own car

    mike stuartmike stuartΠριν 20 ημέρες
  • I had a base model, it also didn’t come with a rear wiper, radio and cigarette lighter, but I loved it

    Jason GJason GΠριν 20 ημέρες
  • I want that car in perfect condition

    Alexander VaughnAlexander VaughnΠριν 22 ημέρες
  • one of the coolest design features is the glass/ visibility. I think this is part of the reasons these cars feel alot faster than they are. They are actually a bit scary / exciting to go fast in.

    lobit12lobit12Πριν 23 ημέρες
  • From Australia, I owned a 1989 4 dr GL auto sedan for 14 years. It was the best car I have ever owned. Fantastic handling from the double wishbone suspension would allow the 1.5 auto to out perform nearly anything else on the road through corners. B series motor, even without VETC, lovely reving and sounding and this was with duel carduretors and not EFI. With the engine mounted on the left side in a right hand drive car the balance is always going to be better one up driving. Honda changed this when they needed to have their engines rotate the opposite direction for F1 racing and joined the mainstream. Very easy and enjoyable to drive, electric windows and a/c standard. Very well made and reliable. Also a beautiful design to look at, I think the sedan was more balanced than the hatchback. Unfortunately the next model was a little bigger, with a longer stroke softer suspension to make it more favorable for Americans. Also a AWD version was sold in Japan. Unfortunately l sold it when it was 21 years old. Bought a 8th gen Civic 1.8 auto, more relaxed highway driving but virtually everything else was a backwards step. The latest Civics I don't feel have advanced any further, except for all the safety equipment.

    Barry MiscampbellBarry MiscampbellΠριν 24 ημέρες
  • I loved my red 1990SI. I drove it 11 years commuting 160 miles roundtrip. I watched this video for the memories. .

    misuiu64misuiu64Πριν 24 ημέρες
  • Neat quirk about that generation of Honda clocks. If the ignition was off been with no key, you could push in the cover and it would light the clock momentarily.

    Daniel SantosDaniel SantosΠριν 24 ημέρες
  • Doug - the seatbelt mounted on the door was a solution to the "passive restraint" requirement, an alternative to the "motorized mouse" common at the time. You were actually never supposed to unbuckle it but sort of crawl in underneath it, close the door and - like magic - federal passive restraint requirement met. That also explains the emergency release(s) you mentioned - sort of reinforcement by guilt in a CYA approach.

    JohnJohnΠριν 24 ημέρες
  • Handling gets a 4 out of 10? Jfc doug. Please go autocross so you learn how to drive man. These things slay.

    ADDvancedADDvancedΠριν 25 ημέρες
  • I'd happily daily drive this all it would need is an android auto head unit.

    ThinkPad22ThinkPad22Πριν 25 ημέρες
  • This Honda Civic is my dream car

    Aben RojasAben RojasΠριν 25 ημέρες
  • Please tell me I am not the only one that LOVES these types of interiors in cars. The analog stuff, the sharp yet rounded off edges on this monochrome black interior. I just love em.

    Panda MilkShakePanda MilkShakeΠριν 25 ημέρες
  • I don't know how so many people like such an ugly car...!!!!

    Ron DamonRon DamonΠριν 26 ημέρες
    • I agree. But once you drove one, it drives so nice that it outweighs the ugliness.

      new2000carnew2000carΠριν 20 ημέρες
  • That thing is clean.

    Raul MundoRaul MundoΠριν 26 ημέρες
  • Doug has no business reviewing anything built before 2000

    Throttle Twister CyclesThrottle Twister CyclesΠριν 27 ημέρες
  • Still one of the best interiors in an average 80s car.

    Jason LayJason LayΠριν 27 ημέρες
  • This is cool but nothing beats the CR-X

    Anthony StarkAnthony StarkΠριν 27 ημέρες
  • Seatbelt Warning: They probably repurposed the handbrake housing for Civics with automatic seatbelts.

    Donnelle BivensDonnelle BivensΠριν 28 ημέρες
  • 0-60 in 7.5 seconds was very quick for the day. I guess If one compares it to the acceleration of a Ford GT40...yeah 1 out of 10.

    Senna4EvRSenna4EvRΠριν 28 ημέρες
  • My parents had a base 1991 Civic sedan. It had a 5 speed. My 1984 Civic had a 4 speed (and a manual choke!)

    Joel LemieuxJoel LemieuxΠριν 28 ημέρες
  • Is this the fastest car?

    Herbie PHerbie PΠριν 29 ημέρες
  • A few years ago, after a car accident, I had borrowed my grandmas low mileage 2000 civic DX (EK) hatch while I shopped around for a new car. Jesus Christ, I couldn’t get over the low weight and how agile it felt. She was 85 at the time and still driving stick too, but that D15.. you had to wind the shit out of it just to keep up with modern traffic, and all the new SUVs around you seemed like dumptrucks. Good memories.

    Matt McNicollMatt McNicollΠριν 29 ημέρες
  • This car ALWAYS gets stolen in my country. My uncle just chains a tire up to poles whenever leaving it.

    fembot attackfembot attackΠριν μήνα
    • There are better ways

      mack cummymack cummyΠριν 27 ημέρες
  • The premium Honda radios were made by Alpine

    postersm 71postersm 71Πριν μήνα
  • The civic si or as we call it in germany the Honda CRX got a 160hp VTEC version I think that was the must have performance version you wanted back in the 90s :D

    Jean-Andre SonnenscheinJean-Andre SonnenscheinΠριν μήνα
  • I love how the exhaust is just like hanging there like Honda did not even try to hide it a bit or make it hang a bit higher so its not so noticeable :D

    Jean-Andre SonnenscheinJean-Andre SonnenscheinΠριν μήνα
  • I would mind get one of those as a collector side of I like the 99 model

    Vinny BruceVinny BruceΠριν μήνα
  • The seatbelts are on the door because "automatic" belts were required at this time. You left them fastened at all times and could simply get in and out without unbuckling-- hence the emergency release stickers.

    Michael ManMichael ManΠριν μήνα
  • These are great cars. Basic, but so fun to drive.

    R MarR MarΠριν μήνα
  • I still have a La Bra and the original Rear hatch cover unfortunately cars long gone lol

    Brandon CurtisBrandon CurtisΠριν μήνα
  • My first car* 89 EF Dx hatchback 4speed manual in sky blue. This video brings back a lot of memories 😂👍🏽

    sirdonicussirdonicusΠριν μήνα
  • This car is 30 years old with 30 newer models after it to choose from and doug is picking on the 108hp? That sort of mindset got all of these things ruined in the first place.

    Bobby MBobby MΠριν μήνα
  • 6:25 it is not strange at all. it is cost effective for manufacturer to make the same door for all trims and models of civic and just power sunroof for SI. consider the sales volume didn't justified cost to make separate power doors.

    Argura98Argura98Πριν μήνα
  • I had a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire with Manual widow and electric sun roof

    Keith Cindy PanamaKeith Cindy PanamaΠριν μήνα
  • Could you do one on the 1991. Toyota Tercel? Or the 1981 Corolla.

    Keith Cindy PanamaKeith Cindy PanamaΠριν μήνα
  • I saw an ad for a bone stock, one owner '91 civic Si for $3000 Canadian a couple months ago and I still regret not getting it

    KalebKalebΠριν μήνα
  • That was my moms first car back in the day.

    Arnold GuisaArnold GuisaΠριν μήνα
  • 10:35 headwests

    Michael PackardMichael PackardΠριν μήνα
  • Chevrolet Beretta had the seat belts on the door too.

    Adam VoinovichAdam VoinovichΠριν μήνα
  • The only civic I would buy 😍

    Zack ForbingZack ForbingΠριν μήνα
  • Si's have rear disc breaks!

    Larry PageLarry PageΠριν μήνα
  • Can you make a review of the 1989-1994 suzuki swift GT

    Rafael VargasRafael VargasΠριν μήνα
  • I love this Civic and the area, when they were built. I owned a couple of it and still was satisfied with them. It's so cool, that you got a "real survivor". Awesome. I like your videos a lot. Here, I have to point out some comments you've said during the video. You showed the car for the US market. A lot of features weren't available for the US. Starting with the engine: in Germany it was available from 75 up to 150 HP. The power roof was never with a crank. Never. Honda started building in power roofs with the predecessor (AH) in 1983. Never mechanical, always electrical. Also we had power window and power steering with the 110 HP - 150 HP engine ;) The predecessor - btw - was available with up to 101 HP in Germany. PGM-FI. It was special. It was an own development by Honda. Nevertheless. In those days it was not common, to have fuel injection in small cars. That is the special on it. The predecessor also was not the first hatchback by Honda. The Civic is a hatchback since it is produced back in 1972. The safety belts is a US market feature. The structure of the b-post and rocker rail is modified for that. The little storage pocket in the back was only on the passenger side. Yes. But there is a reason. Simply, there is no room for a storage box because of the filling system on the drivers side. You can see the filler door while you speak about the storage pocket. The headrests for the back seat bench was available in Germany with the more "luxury" options. As soon you bought the fuel injection, you had the head rests. With a little facelift in 1989 the big head rest (like seen in your video) came as a standard in the back. Anyway: so sool.

    kaefergaragekaefergarageΠριν μήνα
  • Do the basic tercel

    Dislob3Dislob3Πριν μήνα
  • Ok... a few things! I had a 90’ civic HB. Blue. Doug forgot, but you can see, how far back the back seat buckles are fitted....way, way back...they were hard to deal with. Also, the hatch back was what it was known for! Tons of space in the back. I had two friends who used them to haul scuba gear! And, the very best....gas was .89 cent a gallon..this civic got almost 42 miles to the gallon!!! Yes! 20$ all month long! Holds a twin futon, chest of drawers... moves a college student all over the USA. Never broke down. All for the new price of 8800.00 out the door! Bam! Bam! Honda....what great cars and memories!

    Christopher McDanielChristopher McDanielΠριν μήνα
  • Hey Doug. This car brought me some good memories. I owned a 1991 1.3lr Toyota Starlet. And til this day, it was the funniest car I’ve ever driven. Fast for its size and quite sharp on turns. Perfect to drive on hilly roads. The previous generation was also really fun to drive. Unfortunately I crashed it in one of my long nights out drifting with the boys and I still miss driving it.

    Leandro OliveiraLeandro OliveiraΠριν μήνα
  • Incredible condition for the age and the type of car.

    Koji WakiKoji WakiΠριν μήνα
  • 9:25 That's for automatic seat belt ones

    Rafael AndresRafael AndresΠριν μήνα
    • Yup. My 88 Camry have this and have that big lever around the handbrake

      Godless ToyotaGodless ToyotaΠριν 26 ημέρες
  • 21:10 As a sixteen year old looking for a car, I would definitely get this if I could. Safety is not a concern, HP numbers are not a priority, and I live where air conditioning isn't really necessary 10 months out of the year. I wish that they still made dirt cheap, reliable, no frills cars like this today so there would be more of them around on the market. (I know safety standards wouldn't allow for something like this now, but I'm just talking about a car that's as minimalist as possible)

    TJTJΠριν μήνα
  • Don't you think you are wrong for all those people who buy completely stripped civics and drop a new engine in them?

    Michael BeaulieuMichael BeaulieuΠριν μήνα
  • The fuel injection WAS special. I had a 1988 Honda CIvic (the first year of this model), and it was the first year that Civics came with fuel injection standard. Accords started in 1990

    SJHFotoSJHFotoΠριν μήνα
  • damn, that is a pure unicorn

    Marc De La RosaMarc De La RosaΠριν μήνα
  • my nieghbor has the 91 civic

    nick kolebanick kolebaΠριν μήνα
    • the original

      nick kolebanick kolebaΠριν μήνα
  • Great commuter.

    Joseph Christian RoldanJoseph Christian RoldanΠριν μήνα
  • I own a 1989 si hatchback and I love it

    Wesley KellyWesley KellyΠριν μήνα
  • I had a sedan 4 door lowered cut springs summer blue all stock. Auto even.. d15 with 80 hp if that Had to kill second gear if you wanted any acceleration. Anyways one day I'm off work and a dude and his buddy's I had beef with pulled up on me at a gas station. Kwik trip to be exact. What sucked was I was on E and there was 2 cars full of people. A hemi 392 and a 350z. Both useless drivers obviously as they chased me on E around green bay for atleast 30 miles on highways back roads and even a dead end. On one corner I took it so sharp I lost them. A lot more to the story but cant explain in full detail. Saw buddy alone afterwards a week or 2 later and he didn't say nothing haha. Built to hell these things put the gapperoni toppings on anything lmaoo.

    Isaac FournierIsaac FournierΠριν μήνα
  • I love when Doug reviews the older cars. The new cars unless its a hellcat minivan or a kia k900 are boring.

    adam ogdenadam ogdenΠριν μήνα
  • I'm not gonna lie, I love the rims.

    ariel estradaariel estradaΠριν μήνα
  • I had this same car a few weeks ago, it had gotten stolen 4 days after I had bought it, it still has not been recovered, I had lost my job like a day before I got it to.

    SammyFox 2002SammyFox 2002Πριν μήνα
  • My favorite car I have owned. Was looking through some old papers and found the original window sticker $10,555. A fairly quick car back in the day. Thanks for the review, brought back good memories.

    paul Gutzkepaul GutzkeΠριν μήνα
  • Review the 2000 xtrail

    HouseOutSideLight TVHouseOutSideLight TVΠριν μήνα
  • Doug, you're missing the boat on late 80's passive restraint requirements. There is a reason for the door mounted belts. Cars of this era needed one of 3 things, airbag, motorized belts or door mounted belts that were designed to always be latched. You could leave the belts latched and still get in and out of the car. That's the reason for the 'emergency release' sticker..the buckle was technically the emergency release as the belts were supposed to stay latched at all times. Many cars of this era had door mounted belts.

    steve fletchersteve fletcherΠριν μήνα