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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  • THIS... is the last nice Civic from this era in existence. I'm thrilled I got to review it!

    Doug DeMuroDoug DeMuro3 hónapja
    • Hi Doug Demuro, please test Russian cars, I think many will be happy about it.

      Drift RiderDrift Rider15 napja
    • @oldskool is it for sale?

      vee winvee win26 napja
    • Doug trying to change the narrative to fit his criteria 🤦🏾‍♂️ this shit is always and always will be trash

      A lister EliteA lister Elite28 napja
    • I have a nicer one! All stock!

    • @Igor Florez not as cool

      Mind MindMind Mind2 hónapja
  • I'm not gonna lie, I love the rims.

    ariel estradaariel estradaNapja
  • 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 20022 napja
  • 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 Gutzke3 napja
  • Review the 2000 xtrail

    HouseOutSideLightHouseOutSideLight4 napja
  • 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 fletcher4 napja
  • Review my car, Honda Civic si 2020 coupe white

    SvenSianez714SvenSianez7145 napja
  • I own one pre-facelift (1989) for like four years now. I bought it shortly after I turned 22 and after going through ownership of 19 different cars, this is the only one I managed to keep and I think I´ll keep until I die or until I get into an accident. It has so much spirit, manual steering and poor engine noise reduction, which in the combination with the super easy to rev engine does a great job on it. The only thing done to it was swapping OEM cooler (after the plastic liuqid container cracked) with a full aluminium Mishimoto one.

    Ondřej LiškaOndřej Liška5 napja
  • I saw a blue ef that was cherry and bone stock by my house last year. I was debating if I should ask to buy it just because I haven’t seen one that nice and stock in a long time. Sadly, a few months ago I saw it and it was all banged up with major dents and body damage everywhere. What a shame. I own a Fiesta ST so you’re right when you say the Fiesta is the closest thing to a raw Hot Hatch experience.

    Mark GMark G6 napja
  • Next video : The car was a car

    sonyviva308sonyviva3086 napja
  • I LOVED my Civic of that 'era'!! That is a 19 year old car. It looks better than most 3 year old GM's! And it isn't falling apart or has faded paint. All that 'simple' stuff, bare minimum you bitch about is called being practical. Light weight,for less weight to pull around. And all that power crap was/is un-needed. Simple crank windows,manual mirrors, manual seats, LOTS OF GLASS! Yea, you could see out of the car easily, unlike today. No super thick A,B,C pillars stuffed with 20 freaking airbags! Didn't need 10 cameras and sensors to help you back up! You had to know how to turn your head and look! Doug, you are a total idiot. These older Civics like this were fun to drive, & with an actual manual trans., RELIABLE, easy to fix cars. They did carry a lot. With the rear seats down you can carry 2X4's. A simple key to open that hatch, no $400 FOB. Shocking!! This is why these are in demand. And command a lot of money, IF some stupid 18yo has not ruined it by trying to make it scrape the road, and sound like a Lamborghini. CAFE has ruined 'modern cars'.

    Marc B.Marc B.6 napja
  • I had a 1990 Honda Civic SI Automatic back in the day.

    Joe FeserJoe Feser7 napja
  • the back seats down please still waiting

    Nikolaos KraterosNikolaos Krateros8 napja
  • Those are not the OEM wheels for the 1991 Honda Civic SI, those belong to the Civic LX.

    Peter taylorPeter taylor8 napja
  • i would be terrified driving around in this car lol

    Erik HErik H9 napja
  • Mine is I believe the basest base model, but it does have the five speed manual and also the original radio.

    Ty TrueTy True10 napja
  • The seatbelt was mounted on the door as a US-mandated passive restraint measure for cars without an airbag. It had nothing to do with ease of access, as the same car in other markets had the seatbelt on the b-pillar in it's usual location.

    Mike A.Mike A.11 napja
  • “Weir headrests.”

    OnPointFirearmsOnPointFirearms14 napja
  • Hi Doug Demuro, please test Russian cars, I think many will be happy about it.

    Drift RiderDrift Rider15 napja
  • this is a icon of a fart cannon. watch out.

    Gabby BGabby B16 napja
  • *me selling a ultra clean, well kept, all original 91 Honda Hatchback* Some buyers: I got 300$ in cash, I just need a car to go to work. 😒😒😞😒

    TommyBoyZTommyBoyZ17 napja
  • No it wasn't.

    nunda shamanununda shamanu19 napja
  • This car is attractive truly

    Pappi ChuloPappi Chulo19 napja
  • I'd love this car as a first car even the non-si version.

    AlexAlex19 napja
  • It's so basic and minimalist! I want one!

    Ryan KelseyRyan Kelsey20 napja
  • The simplicity of this car goes all the way to the engine XD

    The Car IndustryThe Car Industry20 napja
  • I would never want Doug to check my exams keeping in mind the scores he gives

    Manav LakhaniManav Lakhani20 napja
  • Where are my Ef fans at? 🚀

    Vinny VinVinny Vin21 napja
  • So weird seeing a clean stock EF. Things like brand new. I had a turd EG and it was just trashed 😔 Is it original owner?? Crazy knowing this thing is nearly 40 years old and is in better condition then some cars today lol

    Aiden · 20 years agoAiden · 20 years ago21 napja
  • It's an early '90's Honda, it's gold, what a find. Gearbox like butter...

    VoidVoid22 napja
  • I have this, and thinking to convert it to e-car. Does anybody have knowledge how to make it happen?

    Agung BudiartoAgung Budiarto23 napja
  • Review a eg civic so!

    Garrett GarciaGarrett Garcia26 napja
  • Has a full tank of gas. Usually its hovering over E

    Jeffrey SalvadorJeffrey Salvador27 napja
  • For sale?

    Donnie CaissieDonnie Caissie27 napja
  • "If someone made a car like this today" - VW Up GTI?

    blibbaxblibbax29 napja
  • My 1982 honda accord has at least half of these features lol

  • The US sold Civics at the time we're equipped with these door mounted belts, but for the Canadian sold units, they are located in the B-pillar. I think it maybe due to regulations in Canada that doesn't allow them to sell door mounted belts there. Motorized shoulder belts are the same, it's more common to see them in the US sold models but for the Canadian sold models it's often the standard 3-point seatbelts.

    hkdiva2015hkdiva201529 napja
  • the driver seat is out of an Integra Type R

    David OrellanaDavid Orellana29 napja
  • The reason for the driver side vent, is that it brought in outside air directly from the outside, not via the car’s HVAC system, which even though the heat may be off, the air coming through the other vents picks up engine heat and is simply not fresh and cool like you get with the window rolled down. That driver’s vent is the closest you could get to the old style front vent windows that disappeared in the 80’s. I love cold air on my face when the heat is on everywhere else, so my cars that featured this were my favorites.

    Ian ForsythIan ForsythHónapja
  • When did civcs had the vtec and I-vtec ?

    TermiDriver TomTermiDriver TomHónapja
  • My first Honda was a white 93 Civic CX. I can't remember if it had AC, other than that it was perfect base model. Didn't come with a radio, just a blank cover. Also no clock, side mirror, electric locks nor windows. Was getting 46 MPG. Was great.

    Sloppy TurtleSloppy TurtleHónapja
  • I have a 89 Honda Civic SI hatch mint in better condition then that one ....

    donald bingdonald bingHónapja
  • Nice shirt, Doug! 😀👍

    Ojas ThakurOjas ThakurHónapja
  • Takes me back if you press the cover over the clock when the ignition is switched off it lights up 😄😄👍👍

    Alan DickinsonAlan DickinsonHónapja
  • I had a 1.3 16 value with carburettor, no rev limiter, it was my first car, it was amazing, it under steered in the wet, manual chock. 👍

    Liam ClarkeLiam ClarkeHónapja
  • i haven’t seen a non-riced one of these in YEARS

  • A vintage Honda... pretty vaporwave

    Dav F.HDav F.HHónapja
  • Why does this dude talk so weird

    Daniel IrvingDaniel IrvingHónapja
  • EF civics did have head rests in the rear, jdm only.

    Daniel IrvingDaniel IrvingHónapja
  • One of my first cars I owned...and still own. Hard to let it go. Such a fun little go kart, and it gets better with mods.

    Eric BEric BHónapja
  • I wish they still made cars like this. Every car after the early 2000s seems so over kill I don't need a ton of technology "assisting" me while I drive I wish car manufacturers would still make fun simple cars like this.

  • I can’t imagine how cool it would be if Honda made a new Civic that had this look

  • fun fact: honda still uses the PGM-FI thing on their mopeds and motorcycles... for some reason.

    tristan 123455tristan 123455Hónapja
  • I remember my dad had an 86 si my childhood car growing up. and there so rare .

    Cesar Villa dlcCesar Villa dlcHónapja
  • I have a 2003 GTI VR6 (24v) in 'like new' condition (6 speed manual). Would you like to review it? It's a blast to drive!

  • I have a 91 DX hatchback. Looks exactly the same but white

  • 10:35 “rear headwests”

    Matthew RedmondMatthew RedmondHónapja
  • About the trunk light, if you put the switch in the middle it will turn on the light when you open the trunk :)

  • Less buttons = less broken buttons

  • I have an 05 civic si. Super hard to find in good condition too. Everything you said about it being special because it hasn’t been modified is exactly how I feel about mine! Everything on mine is stock and I get compliments on it all the time. I am kind of obsessed with it to the point where I want to just garage it and leave it alone now because it’s becoming extinct and more and more rare LOL. And yes, when I drive mine it’s hard to explain but it really does feel like you are part of the car because there’s not really that much car around you

    Stevie MichelleStevie MichelleHónapja
  • I had both the crx si and the civic si. Still great cars and super fun to drive.

    Chris LChris LHónapja
  • 8:03 my 2001 Accord also has side vents that can only be opened with a dial so it's probably just a honda thing

    Mopar GuyMopar GuyHónapja
  • I repaired so many of these cars that I can't begin to remember them all. These cars were awesome in their day.

  • Honda still has the "interior color" decal on their cars.

  • Just an FYI, Canadian cars had the seatbelt mounted on the B-pillar. Reason US cars had this, was the seatbelt laws of the late 80s and early 90s in US mandeted a system where the seatbelt was buckled all the time and driver could enter/exit without releasing it. Most other cars had the automated systems where the upper portion of the seatbelt would ride a rail around the door opening etc. Very strange and by mid 90s all of that foolery was done. Canadian cars never required these systems so our cars were "normal". :)

  • Funny my 1991 civic hatch felt like a tank compared to my 1988 civic hatch. Not sure why but the doors were way heavier too.

  • My very first car was an '89 Civic Si. Looked exactly like this, but with a little different color scheme inside. I loved everything about it and it is definitely what sparked my love of cars. Like most of these cars and most teenagers though, I added MASSIVE 16" rims, lowered it (tastefully), and went with stiffer roll bars and sway bars, an intake and exhaust too. I loved everything about this car. Thanks Doug for reviewing it!

    Lane BeversLane BeversHónapja
  • Thank you Doug! This was awesome, I am now able to show my son this is what Daddy had when I was younger. I wish I kept my White 89 Si, it had 350,000 km's when I sold it. Kicking myself now, it was original except the radio :)

    Tommy PhanTommy PhanHónapja
  • sweating for headroom... what a quirky feature

    Jacob CaponettoJacob CaponettoHónapja
  • Not a crx 😒

    buckeyes fanbuckeyes fanHónapja
  • The seatbelt was on the door because it was designed to be automatic to comply with regulations at the time. You were supposed to leave it connected to the release and slide in behind it. Those regs went away with the advent of airbags.

    Charles BallCharles BallHónapja
  • It would be pretty cool if you did a camping roadtrip series with various vehicles that might be suited for it. Sometimes hatchbacks, or off roaders, or campers.

    Gabriel GGabriel GHónapja
  • Bahi mehran ka be review ker do...

    Stright Simple StepsStright Simple StepsHónapja
  • Most similar today is the base model nissan micra. But not available in the states unfortunately :(.

    Jake RobinsonJake RobinsonHónapja
  • 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

    tj Belltj BellHónapja
  • “Early hot hatchback” *puzzled look in 1976 VW Rabbit GTI*

  • 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.

    John MorrisonJohn MorrisonHónapja
  • 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.

    Travis LundquistTravis LundquistHónapja
  • 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.

    Brian GraffBrian GraffHónapja
  • Doug the typa guy to hold automatic doors open for people

  • 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.🥇

  • 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.

    Things With EnginesThings With EnginesHónapja
  • Here in the philippines its called civic EF

    Wew yahWew yahHónapja
  • 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.

    Barry RaassBarry RaassHónapja
  • Awesome review! This was the sport car for us peasants in the 90’s

    Ki E-Skate ModsKi E-Skate ModsHónapja
  • Why does he look so tiny in contrast to the hatch wth

    cristian valdezcristian valdezHónapja
  • $10,000? Lmao! This is a 900 dollar car at best. GTFO.

    Mike JohnsonMike JohnsonHónapja
  • There isn't a cubby on the left side because it's where the fuel hatch is.

    Santiago GonzalezSantiago GonzalezHónapja
  • 1:31 still more hp than my suzuki ignis

    Enzo LeboldEnzo LeboldHónapja
  • My 89 accord lxi could take corners way harder than my 05 can. I miss the double wishbone suspension

    tyler franztyler franzHónapja
  • I have a feeling doug has no idea how to fix cars.

    Raider RichardRaider RichardHónapja
  • Doug the type of guy to talk about a ‘91 civic in 2020

    Sparkle pup ManSparkle pup ManHónapja
  • 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

    John BurkeJohn BurkeHónapja
  • Best car out video should have 10 mill views

    Jose CruzJose CruzHónapja
  • The Japanese version was the sir that had 158hp. Had a B16 dohc vtec engine.

    J CarneyJ CarneyHónapja
  • 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 :(

    Sam WyattSam WyattHónapja
  • 2021 Honda Ridgeline

    Zak DahneZak DahneHónapja
  • Omg I had the sedan version as my first car it cost me 500 dollars It was a DX automatic

    Desi CanadianDesi CanadianHónapja
  • “Head wests”

    Wesley DagenhartWesley DagenhartHónapja
  • 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.

    Jonathon StambaughJonathon StambaughHónapja