Throwback Thursday: Let’s Go Back To 1992!

throwbackLet’s go back to 1992!  The Honda Civic Hatchback was introduced and it was a great year!

Some Fun Facts of 1992:

  • MTV introduced The Real World reality TV show. Prior to this, the network was known for running music videos believe it or not.
  • Wolfenstein 3D was released, the first-ever first-person shooter computer game.
  • Compact discs surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music.
  • Gas: $1.05 – $1.19 per gallon
  • Disneyland Paris opened.
  • Average cost of new car: $16,950.00
  • Largest Mall in America (spanning 78 acres), Minnesota’s Mall of America, constructed.

Sports Facts of 1992:

  • World Series Champions: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Superbowl XXVI Champions: Washington Redskins
  • NBA Champions: Chicago Bulls
  • Stanley Cup Champs: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • U.S. Open Golf: Tom Kite
  • Wimbledon (Men/Women): Andre Agassi/Steffi Graf

Popular Films:

  • Aladdin
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Batman Returns
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • A Few Good Men
  • Sister Act
  • The Bodyguard
  • Wayne’s World
  • Basic Instinct
  • Unforgiven
  • Honey, I Blew Up The Kid
  • Reservoir Dogs

Popular Musicians

  • Pearl Jam
  • Color Me Badd with all for love
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Vanessa Paradis
  • Nirvana
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Primal Scream
  • R.E.M.
  • Boyz II Men with End of The Road

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1992 Honda Civic Hatchback Introduced! Fuel Efficient and Fast!

Introduced in 1992, trims available in the hatchback body style in the U.S. and Canada were the CX, DX, VX (EH2) and Si (EH3), however the VX and Si models were discontinued in Canada after model year 1993. With a total interior room (passenger and luggage) of 90 cu.ft., the hatchback was classified by EPA of U.S. as subcompact.

CX: The economical CX was the base model equipped with all-manual features, and power brakes. In the U.S., it came with the 8-valve 70 hp 1.5L D15B8 engine and manual transmission. With 42/48 miles per gallon (mpg)

VX: Fitted with the same manual transmission as the USDM CX, the VX was identical to the base model CX except that it gained improved fuel efficiency through a 92 hp 1.5 L VTEC-E engine yielding 48/55 mpg (city/hwy)

The VX was also equipped with an aluminum alternator bracket, an aluminum front driver side engine mount, and a lightweight crank pulley. In addition, the instrument cluster featured a shift indicator light that would notify the driver when to shift upwards in order to achieve optimum mileage. To this day, the CX & VX models are lauded as one of the only gasoline-powered cars that rival the fuel economy of today’s hybrids and diesels. In the March 2010 issue of Car & Driver for example, it mentions its long-term test car, a 2009 VW TDI Jetta with 6-speed dual-clutch auto transmission, got worse fuel mileage (38 mpg) than their 1992 Honda Civic VX test car (which got 41 mpg) and 2000 Honda Insight hybrid (48 mpg).

DX: The more powerful DX , with a 102 hp (76 kW) 1.5 L D15B7 engine, manual passenger side mirror (after ’92), tilt steering, intermittent wipers, side mouldings, rear wiper/washer, and rear cargo shelf as standard equipment. Despite the higher hp powerplant, the DX returns real-world mileage of 38 city / 45 hwy.

Si: The Si model replaced rear drum brakes with discs, added a power moonroof with tilt, cruise control, a dashboard clock, a 9K tachometer with a 7,200 rpm redline, plastic wheel covers on 14 inch wheels, power side mirrors (body coloured, beginning in 1993), body-coloured door handles, and a 125 hp (93 kW) 1.6 L single-overhead cam D16Z6 VTEC engine with manual transmission. It enabled the car to hit 0–60 in 7.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16.3 at 86 mph. VTEC activated on the intake side and not the exhaust side, which was the result of the spark plug blocking the area where the cam follower would be.



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