The 1991 Honda Civic Si Was an Early Hot Hatchback 

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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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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
THIS... is the last nice Civic from this era in existence. I'm thrilled I got to review it!
Mind Mind
Mind Mind Pirms Mēneša
@Igor Florez not as cool
DJ Vanilla
DJ Vanilla Pirms Mēneša
Review a Toyota Corolla AE86 Levin
MrDuncl Pirms Mēneša
@Rali272 I'm guessing you are in the USA. It amazes me how youngsters there could have cars like that. In the UK the insurance for a youngster would be as much as the car. That is why even Lady Diana Spencer had a Metro. A typical car for a British Teenager www.google.com/search?q=lady+diana+spencer+metro&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=KCMupAObLGgodM%252CDGp5jHQbdp52YM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kTzRSOM6FuLpiTaol7aedcQTRsagw&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj8p_OZ6rXrAhVysHEKHU5zBvkQ9QEwAHoECAoQHg#imgrc=KCMupAObLGgodM
93hokie93 Pirms Mēneša
The base model may have had a 4-speed but my mid level model had a 5-speed and it was awesome. It was a great little car but I commuted 50 miles at the time and everyone was buying 7000lb SUVs so I decided to sell it and get something a little bigger. But I wish I had that car these days. Great little car to run around town in.
legend lonely
legend lonely Pirms Mēneša
Plz plz do Video for vw polo 1998
Stright Simple Steps
Stright Simple Steps Pirms 8 Stundām
Bahi mehran ka be review ker do...
Jake Robinson
Jake Robinson Pirms 11 Stundām
Most similar today is the base model nissan micra. But not available in the states unfortunately :(.
tj Bell
tj Bell Pirms 14 Stundām
das funny cause thats what im looking for these days! was going to get a fiesta st but at 10-15 id rather find a old si for less then 5 and have money left over to do what ever i want lol
Bartonovich52 Pirms 15 Stundām
“Early hot hatchback” *puzzled look in 1976 VW Rabbit GTI*
John Morrison
John Morrison Pirms 21 Stundas
You totally missed the seatbelts. The door mounted seatbelts were a "passive" safety system, they were not present in the original 1988 version of the car. As such, Honda intended that the driver was to keep the belt latched at all times. Closing the door put the belt in the proper position. The warning label was there in the rare event that the belt needed to be unbuckled. These stupid systems were implemented at a time when air bags were expensive.
Travis Lundquist
Travis Lundquist Pirms 2 dienām
I don’t have the SI but I do have the old 1991 civic hatchback. It looks exactly like the SI just without a few things and mine is blue.
Brian Graff
Brian Graff Pirms 3 dienām
I see that somebody else mentioned it, but prior to air bags in the 1992 models, US cars required passive seat belts - in effect, the belts were designed such that they would always be connected and would close around you when you losed the door - some vehicles had the seat belt on a track around the window frame and when you closed the door it would run around the framee. The red stickers were part of this law. Cars in Canada and other countries usually did not have this as this was a US only law... no stickers either. The storage bin on the one passenger seat is because the other side has the fuel filler behind it - so there was no room on the dirver side. Also, the seats and engine were shared with the CRX Si - which I owned. Doug - I do not think you have reviewed the 84-87 CRX or the 88-91 CRX, but it should be top of your list if you can fine nice ones that were not modified.
Jlgonthebeat Pirms 3 dienām
Doug the typa guy to hold automatic doors open for people
soacha2080 Pirms 3 dienām
My has this Honda Civic and if you guys don"t I do not feel bad I feel Great because its a rare car so I don"t feel bad.🥇
Things With Engines
Things With Engines Pirms 3 dienām
This Mk4 Civic: 1.6L engine with 108hp, skinny 14in wheels, and an electric sunroof. My Mk7 Civic: 1.6L engine with 109hp, skinny 15in wheels, and an electric sunroof. Progress.
Wew yah
Wew yah Pirms 4 dienām
Here in the philippines its called civic EF
Barry Raass
Barry Raass Pirms 4 dienām
Nice EF Civic SI. A few notes - Rear seat headrests, electrical windows as well as electrical folding mirrors were only offered with the JDM version. The cubbies on the back were for rear speakers, again, offered only with the JDM versions. Great to see an original EF Civic SI still original. FYI - I am the original owner of a 1991 Civic DX Hatchback, still original as when I took out of the dealer in November 1991. Still have the OEM radio cassette, btu have upgraded with SI parts in the interiors like seats, speedometer with tach, rear speakers, JDM center console and armrest, clock and front spoilers. My daily driver since 1991.
Ki E-Skate Mods
Ki E-Skate Mods Pirms 5 dienām
Awesome review! This was the sport car for us peasants in the 90’s
cristian valdez
cristian valdez Pirms 6 dienām
Why does he look so tiny in contrast to the hatch wth
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson Pirms 7 dienām
$10,000? Lmao! This is a 900 dollar car at best. GTFO.
Santiago Gonzalez
Santiago Gonzalez Pirms 8 dienām
There isn't a cubby on the left side because it's where the fuel hatch is.
Enzo Lebold
Enzo Lebold Pirms 9 dienām
1:31 still more hp than my suzuki ignis
tyler franz
tyler franz Pirms 9 dienām
My 89 accord lxi could take corners way harder than my 05 can. I miss the double wishbone suspension
Raider Richard
Raider Richard Pirms 10 dienām
I have a feeling doug has no idea how to fix cars.
Sparkle pup Man
Sparkle pup Man Pirms 10 dienām
Doug the type of guy to talk about a ‘91 civic in 2020
John Burke
John Burke Pirms 11 dienām
The seat belt was designed to stay locked in. That's why you have the emergency release decal and the door/seat belt warning light
Jose Cruz
Jose Cruz Pirms 11 dienām
Best car out video should have 10 mill views
J Carney
J Carney Pirms 11 dienām
The Japanese version was the sir that had 158hp. Had a B16 dohc vtec engine.
Sam Wyatt
Sam Wyatt Pirms 12 dienām
Sorry Doug - You've got it a bit wrong. The siR is the king of that shape of civics. I don't believe the US got it though, what a shame :(
Zak Dahne
Zak Dahne Pirms 12 dienām
2021 Honda Ridgeline
Syed Ghazi
Syed Ghazi Pirms 12 dienām
Omg I had the sedan version as my first car it cost me 500 dollars It was a DX automatic
Wesley Dagenhart
Wesley Dagenhart Pirms 13 dienām
“Head wests”
Jonathon Stambaugh
Jonathon Stambaugh Pirms 13 dienām
The seatbelts are on the door because they are meant to stay buckled all the time when you get in and out of the car. It was a "passive restraint" required because the car didnt have an airbag. Thats why large read warning labels near the buckles. Also, there is no armrest storage in the back right seat because Thats where the fuel door is.
usdm420 Pirms 15 dienām
By the way, those two "shallow storage cubbies" out back behind the rear passenger seats were pre-formed indents that actually housed optional speakers you could get with the car. Most only came with 2 speakers in the front doors so you could imagine how "balling" you were if you had the rear speaker option lol
usdm420 Pirms 15 dienām
Just missing the factory Si hubcaps.
khris Pirms 15 dienām
Ibishu Covet?
Quincy Squid
Quincy Squid Pirms 17 dienām
I have the same color 1991 civic hatch. Mine is a base model, completely stock except the Honda got rims I threw on it. But is still have the original wheels on top of my garage fridge lol. Check it out on my channel teaching my daughter to drive stick.
He Was Dead When I Got There
Thats an integra seat lol
He Was Dead When I Got There
I had a 91 dx. Man i miss that car
Makoto Shimabukuro
Makoto Shimabukuro Pirms 19 dienām
Well, power steering is ok, A/C yeah, but rolling up my windows with my hand, no problem, and other crap like blue tooth and gps, that i never use.
Frank White VIII
Frank White VIII Pirms 19 dienām
Just one minor detail…only JDM chassis are EF. USDM is actually an ED chassis. Now you know.
Jon Ell
Jon Ell Pirms 19 dienām
The seatbelts mounted to the doors was another crude form of passive restraint, which our government considered acceptable at the time. Although nobody actually used them this way, you COULD leave the belts buckled and still enter and exit the car. It was insanely impractical as whenever the inertia reel locked you couldn't open the door, and it was a fine art not to get tangled in them, but that's why they existed, NOT because of the size of the doors. It also explains the big red warning labels...
Faheem Iqbal
Faheem Iqbal Pirms 19 dienām
thats my dads first car
Teknique 82
Teknique 82 Pirms 20 dienām
Lmao the Mazda Miata got a better score than the Integra Type R. Now that’s ridiculous! I love your videos but your scoring system is complete trash.
Teknique 82
Teknique 82 Pirms 20 dienām
We get it...it’s not the fastest car ever. I hate that you have to keep repeating that every time you complement the car because you’re scared that you’re going to get flamed because you like at car that isn’t very fast.
José Coutinho
José Coutinho Pirms 20 dienām
In america they just give you the 108hp model in europe and japan they did 130 d16 and 150 horsepower b16 a1 model's so ya much better
Dude...Are you sure??
Dude...Are you sure?? Pirms 20 dienām
So the reason the seat belts are mounted on the doors and the warning label by the ebrake is because cars in that era were pre airbag and those seabelts were supposed to be attached clipped into the clips so they became "automatic" seatbelts. if memory serves, there was some sort of federal mandate for seatbelts or something. So just imagine the seatbelts clipped in already and the door opens, and you get into the car, close the door and you would already be strapped in. thus the auto seatbelts.
Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia Pirms 21 dienas
Honda has built so many hatchbacks including the CRX.
Brett Griffith
Brett Griffith Pirms 21 dienas
Driver side air vent control is to control fresh air from outside coming in as you drive. Not from the blower, but just air as you're driving. Hence the separate control to open or close it.
lalos Pirms 21 dienas
those cut outs on the back are for used condoms
lalos Pirms 21 dienas
in Europe is common to have a motors with 100-150 Hp. why you are saying horse power for this car with a jerky smile?
Allan Bernabe
Allan Bernabe Pirms 21 dienas
This is so rare in pristine stock condition. Don't mod it please. With that out of the way. OK, I'll take it on the raod, and... FLOOR IT!
Matt Simons
Matt Simons Pirms 22 dienām
Would love to see a review of the Honda CRX. My first car was a 1984 Honda CRX. Miss it so much. I RARELY see them on the road anymore. I'm sure someone has one in decent stock condition somewhere.
potatomonkey99 Pirms 23 dienām
The reason the center console has those warning labels on it is because you can leave the seatbelt buckled in permanently due to them being mounted on the doors. If you leave the belts buckled up and open the door, you can just step out without having to unbuckle because the belt swings along with the door.
Luke Emms
Luke Emms Pirms 23 dienām
We wanna talk power to weigh ratio my snowmobile weighs 400 pounds and has 110 hp
Chris 315
Chris 315 Pirms 23 dienām
The point of this car is that it got you from point A to point B. If you were a musician or had a job doing deliveries of documents this car was gold. Also in '91 gas was about $1.80 a gallon. If you didn't mind all of the distractions of today's cars this would've been it....
Marcus Taber
Marcus Taber Pirms 23 dienām
Front corner lights look to be Japanese domestic market. US market had the amber colored ones. Beautiful example though.
Andrew Beech
Andrew Beech Pirms 24 dienām
Talking about the PGM FI below , that tech came from their F1 teams at the time so a version of that went into their car. I worked at Honda at the time in the UK . We had a civic DX which was the standard car , roll up windows - no colour coded bumpers - steel wheels. Then we had the GL which had electric windows , electric mirrors , power steering , better stereo , wheel trims over the steel wheels.. Then there was a rare one which was a 16 valve V-tech engine . This car had a third camshaft over the other two and when you got to the right revs it would switch to the higher cam giving you more power ( kinda like a turbo) . Interesting to see what the the USA had at the time.. I still see them on UK roads but it is a rare sight..
mr machinist
mr machinist Pirms 24 dienām
I would absolutely die to take that for a spin
doctajuice Pirms 24 dienām
I've been a civic si fanboy since a little kid. My parents had a 91 si when I was little, then I've had a 96 si, a 06 si, and my current vehicle is a 12 si... Sometime in the next few months I'll be looking at a 2020. They're just the best fun daily you can get. Super stoked to see this one. Brings me back to being 6 years old when my parents would let me shift gears from the passenger seat while they drove
Soundmaster Blink
Soundmaster Blink Pirms 24 dienām
Random car: has a slightly different heat/ac adjusting nob than most cars Doug: that is an extremely quirky feature
Myriad Pirms 24 dienām
@Doug 4:00 The actual reason they put that in was the U.S. laws in the 70's/80's requiring the use of automatic seatbelts or airbags. The belt is supposed to be constantly buckled with the driver able to slide under or out from it when the door opens.
The Moon
The Moon Pirms 25 dienām
I would trade my 2014 Si in a heartbeat for a 91 this clean. Favorite car of all time. Had one in Tahitian green pearl that rusted out and I still kick myself for selling it.
Good Brother Of Everyone
Good Brother Of Everyone Pirms 25 dienām
Nice 76ers shirt man!
pxgq55a Pirms 25 dienām
Um... Doug... I would love a car with crank windows and no features.
Larry Ordine
Larry Ordine Pirms 26 dienām
I owned a 90 si... The sunroof was wonderful, fresh air without road noise. A Great handling car with a super Solid practical body. You missed the gas shocks, and extra heavy axles, CV joints and bigger brakes with a beefed up super slick five speed transaxle. The Special, expensive and unique to the car super sticky 185/60 14 Bridgestone RE 88 summer tires are No longer available so You drove on all season junk; and on 30 year old bushings. You therefore missed the performance experience. There was no lean as the oversize sway bars were matched to the special tires and multilink with special bushings suspension. It stuck like glue and was actually very quick through turns. It handled so well it had its own stock racing series. 7.4 to 60 was faster than most import sedans and is still faster than a 2020 LX Accord. Honda programed fuel injection, not Bosch, had just replaced carburetors on that generation civic and was state of the art; more powerful, efficient, bullet proof and smooth. My car was stolen or I'd still have it. Nothing ever broke in three years of super hard driving and racing. Most fun car I ever owned. Next time research the car instead of showing us the cubbies.
Don KiksBiscuits
Don KiksBiscuits Pirms 26 dienām
Dude I had one back in 95 😂 it was a white 1990 Si hatch drove it faithfully for 7 years before I sold it . I'd definitely buy another one it was a very fun car to drive and it was also great on gas milage .
David Muela
David Muela Pirms 26 dienām
This was my first car, I had the metallic black version. Awesome car, great memories.
Javier Santiago
Javier Santiago Pirms 27 dienām
My dad had that same car when I was little. I miss that little bucket 😢
Leroy Brown
Leroy Brown Pirms 27 dienām
Doug, don't get TOO excited about this car - nobody really did. Another popular car from this time was the Toyota Tercel. I myself had two used 86' Nissan Pulsars. Fun little Japanese cars with pretty good reliability.
ROGER AGUILAR Pirms 27 dienām
That car is freakin good on gas
brandon moller
brandon moller Pirms 27 dienām
It's an et ul six ul
Brandon roberts
Brandon roberts Pirms 28 dienām
Doug is the kind of guy that would obsess over a sunroof not being manually operated. Talk about quirks and features ol Dougy two shirts is full of them
Glastron geatea
Glastron geatea Pirms 28 dienām
I would love to see a review of a corrado vr6
John Prinos
John Prinos Pirms 28 dienām
I miss mine. It was stolen in 1998....
Austin Benesh
Austin Benesh Pirms 28 dienām
Wow, a Civic without a fart can. Unreal.
Stalin Cat
Stalin Cat Pirms 28 dienām
10:42 Probably the left one was omitted cause the fuel door is on the left side :)
The Hound
The Hound Pirms 28 dienām
The Civic was Wayy better in SCCA Solo 2 due to the rear axl. The VW's have a tendency to lift the inside rear wheel in hard cornering. Looks like a dog that's found a nice tree to do its business.
The Hound
The Hound Pirms 28 dienām
My first real car was an 88' Accord. This takes me back. The Civic didn't have the clock turn on if you pressed "the door" like the Accord had. Great review and trip down Memory Lane.
waclosh Pirms 28 dienām
no, the trunk is small because Honda opted for independent rear suspension. Back then, it was a really brave choice.
swietoslaw Pirms 29 dienām
About basic hot hatch in modern times, dacia (chepo euro brand which belong to renault) sells in South America sportier version of they car with 2 liter engine about 150hp and I know a lot of people who would buy it in EU just because you can have really cheap and fun car. And yes it is not soo basic as this car, but you can just buy little better version with AC and couple other things
SCGI 8386
SCGI 8386 Pirms 29 dienām
My 1991 cavalier coup had the seatbelt mounted to the door as well.
Woke AF
Woke AF Pirms 29 dienām
Fail by Doug If you are gonna test an old-school Si, you test the 1992 model, with more power, a more aero look, a nicer interior, and upgraded safety
dylan reed
dylan reed Pirms 29 dienām
88-89 had a B-pillar mounted seat belt, 90-91 had them on the door
Inpaintballwetrust Pirms Mēneša
Makes me miss my 91 EF si hatch. I had a turbo d15b in it with v tec and that single jingle would SCREAM on boost. I parted it out to build my super turbo w124 300d
IDontGetIt Pirms Mēneša
This is the world's best looking car. Inside and out. Change my mind.
ThisIsHerbs !
ThisIsHerbs ! Pirms Mēneša
Skip to 13:12 to learn how to open a civic si truck , your welcome
rrs Pirms Mēneša
@7:22 A tear dropped from the corner of my eye, as Doug made me internalize car interiors will never be as "direct" and zero-bullshit as cars from this era were. This was a car, not less than it needed to be, but not more than it is supposed to be. No intelligent assistants, no shrieking buzzers because you forgot to zip up your fly, no 3 airbags for every bone in the human body, no consoles refrigerators, massage chairs.... It was simply and geniously a car. God I love the 80s/90s era of automobiles.
Shawn Edwards
Shawn Edwards Pirms Mēneša
Doug plz answer this question. Is the owner of this Si in their 60's? I would bet good money it is
Jack C
Jack C Pirms Mēneša
Doug seriously needs to do a review of a Z3 M Coupe.
Æ Ne0n
Æ Ne0n Pirms Mēneša
Am I the only one who prefers the old civics over the modern ones Especially the 1995 civic si(the si right after the one in this vid), the current civics lost the simplicity and beauty it had years ago
Haruhi Pirms Mēneša
I'm not gonna lie, I love the rims.
M Pa
M Pa Pirms Mēneša
Doug is a Sixers fan?
Marcello Mori
Marcello Mori Pirms Mēneša
I miss my EG Hatch... I didn't sell it. Just been in the shop during shutdown.
Cary Coller
Cary Coller Pirms Mēneša
In 1988 I bought my first, and to date only brand new car. The 1988 Honda Civic LXi 4 door. I'm 57 now, and have owned more than 20 vehicles. That Civic LXi is by far my most memorable car. This Doug video is bringing back strong memories for me 😢.
David M
David M Pirms Mēneša
This civic had the same cool score as the Integra type R?
Ben Day
Ben Day Pirms Mēneša
I reckon that boot light was automatic, but you have the option to turn it off. Same in my mid-90's Mazda 323. I'm guessing the fresh air switch was due to the collaboration with Rover UK - Rovers had a fresh air option going back 40-50 years - perhaps an idea they stole!
Dylan Lewis
Dylan Lewis Pirms Mēneša
Let it be known, this is what an actual compact car looks like. I parked my '17 Mazda 3 (a compact car) next to one of these and it looked like a land yacht in comparison. The dimensions of modern vehicles are just ridiculous compared to cars made 20-30 years ago. That being said, not dying in a crash is nice.
TorchMobileHome Pirms Mēneša
My 2005 civic has the door jam interior decal....lik
myc0p Pirms Mēneša
14:53 Fun fact: These storage cubbies are actually factory optional rear speaker covers as the car came with only 2 front speakers. Additionally, engine cut off is set to 6500 rpm 4:27
Fifthcell Pirms Mēneša
5:32 my 06 Civic has that sticker... and they did that up til 11 at the end of the 8th gen’s life so
Fifthcell Pirms Mēneša
I can see Doug whippin this around
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zilfondel Pirms Mēneša
Doug, would you consider the Chevy Bolt a hot hatch? Its certainly got pep to it.
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