The 1991 Honda Civic Si Was an Early Hot Hatchback

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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  1. Doug DeMuro

    Doug DeMuro5 חודשים לפני

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

  2. Kim Strandberg

    Kim Strandberg3 ימים לפני

    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.

  3. ZR71 Media

    ZR71 Media21 יום לפני

    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.

  4. EbluestarE

    EbluestarE24 ימים לפני

    I love these reviews! You remind me of Quentin Tarantino for some reason...

  5. peterdevreter

    peterdevreterחודש לפני

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

  6. Drift Rider

    Drift Rider2 חודשים לפני

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

  7. Renos Zannettos

    Renos Zannettos5 שעות לפני

    Another quirk of the clock which you missed is that when the car is turned off and want to see the time you press the clock adjustment door and the clock lights up

  8. downsouth420

    downsouth42010 שעות לפני

    I have a 2020 Si, which I love, but I sort of prefer this one. Simple and clean, it just has so much charm to it. It also reminds me of high school in the 90s when you saw these everywhere. I am tempted to hunt one down and throw a K20 in it, it could be so much fun.

  9. Omar Dogan

    Omar Dogan11 שעות לפני

    10:45 No cubby hole for the rear driver side passenger because the gas tank fill is on that side good sir.

  10. Doyle Hargraves

    Doyle Hargraves19 שעות לפני

    I had the 1990 75hp, 4-speed base model. $6,900 base price without A/C, radio, clock or RH mirror. 38-40mpg hwy at 80mph. Best car ever. By the way, the Si models had 14" aluminum wheels. I think the owner (or previous owner) put stock steel wheels on this one.

  11. The Nihilist

    The Nihilist22 שעות לפני

    That thing is hot. I would LSX swap it/ZO6 trans and make it AWD.

  12. Egelik22

    Egelik2222 שעות לפני drive ibushi corvette

  13. s2hull

    s2hullיום לפני

    I bought an 89 Civic Si as my first new car at 19 years old. I loved that car - it was so fun to drive. I drove it for 9 years and put 155k on it and sold it for over half of what I paid for it, even with a blown AC. It was in amazing shape when I sold it as I babied it like it was a Ferrari. The one thing that I remember that the Si had that the other Civics did not was painted bumpers. I really wish I didn’t sell it as it would probably still be running today. I do remember that I sold it to a girl that had wrecked her Si and wanted a replacement so I knew it went to a good home. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

  14. plymouth barracuda

    plymouth barracudaיום לפני

    My dad had this when I was 3, but then a truck driver crashed into it with me and my dad in it. Now because of that my father can't run anymore and I was put in special ed because of my brain damage. The civic had a decepticon symbol on the gas lid.

  15. George McCrea

    George McCreaיום לפני

    The theory behind the seat-belt being mounted to the door, was to encourage drivers and passengers to wear it. The thought was that you could buckle the seat-belt and LEAVE buckled, yet still enter and exit the car without having to mess with it. True, if the door flung open for any reason, your belt was basically useless, but I guess it was forward thinking back then. My 1990 Mazda MX6 GT has those electric should belts that moved when the door was opened or closed, however you still needed to manually put the lap belt on after getting in??? Technology from back then... how we ever survived! Lol

  16. Lawrence Weston

    Lawrence Westonיום לפני

    Am I the only one who misses simple basic cars with less points of failure that you can fix easily ?!

  17. Jules Young

    Jules Youngיום לפני

    What? Enthusiasts are still K-swapping these more than ever before! You should drive one!

  18. Sebastian Evers

    Sebastian Eversיום לפני

    no storageplace on left side rear maybe because of the fuel-filler stuff / never seen this door / seatbelt configuration .. must be an US spec???

  19. Sean Ellis

    Sean Ellis2 ימים לפני

    do the 8th gen si

  20. Jarson Barson

    Jarson Barson2 ימים לפני

    I drove that exact same car from Houston to San Diego in 93

  21. Todd

    Todd2 ימים לפני

    This dude is clueless

  22. Todd

    Todd2 ימים לפני

    Car is fast for the time

  23. J Rotherham

    J Rotherham2 ימים לפני

    Better than any current day supercar, not even joking.

  24. Doctor Emil

    Doctor Emil2 ימים לפני

    There was a proper performance Civic at the time. In Japan it was called the Civic SiR and in Europe it was known as the Civic 1.6i-VT. It was powered by the iconic B16A engine, the first engine that had VTEC. This version was a beast with more than 150 hp!

  25. Aaron Cable

    Aaron Cable3 ימים לפני

    Im just asking but why does Doug mention history of cars and how the car started but never reviews cars older then the 80s

  26. Luis Foreal

    Luis Foreal4 ימים לפני

    The #1 essential item to every ricer...

  27. MrRedrocket42

    MrRedrocket424 ימים לפני

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

  28. Robert Niemiec

    Robert Niemiec4 ימים לפני

    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.

  29. LivingThroughTV

    LivingThroughTV5 ימים לפני

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

  30. Indranil Chakrabarty

    Indranil Chakrabarty5 ימים לפני

    Great review !!! Great car !!!!

  31. Ronald Aurelio Jose jr

    Ronald Aurelio Jose jr5 ימים לפני

    My Dad had a 1990 Honda Civic HatchBack SI and it was red with a engine swap I think.

  32. Gary Martin

    Gary Martin5 ימים לפני

    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

  33. Lone Maus

    Lone Maus5 ימים לפני

    Dual exhaust on a 108 hp engine lol

  34. erich84502ify

    erich84502ify6 ימים לפני

    Basic reliable transportation and fun

  35. Jack Dub

    Jack Dub6 ימים לפני

    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

  36. lightning Bolt's Channel

    lightning Bolt's Channel7 ימים לפני

    Do a Saturn Sl2 ((it's lighter))

  37. shawn hall

    shawn hall7 ימים לפני

    I believe Alpine made those Honda stereos

  38. David Anthony

    David Anthony7 ימים לפני

    13:47 My 2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport wagon literally has the same light.

  39. Kunwardip Mooker

    Kunwardip Mooker9 ימים לפני

    @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.

  40. Adam Smith

    Adam Smith9 ימים לפני

    My daily is a '91 CX trim package. It has a B16A swap. No power steering. No AC. All mechanical. I love it.

  41. Gabor Csuzdi

    Gabor Csuzdi9 ימים לפני

    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...

  42. Nicos

    Nicos10 ימים לפני


  43. Matej matej

    Matej matej10 ימים לפני

    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

  44. Matej matej

    Matej matej11 ימים לפני

    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

  45. Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo11 ימים לפני

    But it is very cool it's original, and unrestored

  46. Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo11 ימים לפני

    Imagine a 300HP K24 swapped into it. Your talking a very fast car!

  47. space kid

    space kid13 ימים לפני

    "rare" lol I have like 5 of these in my neighborhood, all in mint condition (usa ftw)

  48. Nicholas Crothamel

    Nicholas Crothamel13 ימים לפני

    Doug: Before I get started Me: *aggressively spams arrow key*

  49. X Æ A-12

    X Æ A-1213 ימים לפני


  50. David Sanchez

    David Sanchez14 ימים לפני

    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.

  51. The Cross Man

    The Cross Man15 ימים לפני

    "Rear headwest" @10:35

  52. tuowl05

    tuowl0516 ימים לפני

    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.

  53. Justin Couch

    Justin Couch17 ימים לפני

    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.

  54. WarpedNut

    WarpedNut17 ימים לפני

    Dude has one of those faces

  55. _______

    _______17 ימים לפני

    Just noticing the nice bend in the rear drivers side steelie

  56. Tech Nine

    Tech Nine18 ימים לפני

    I own the base model, it has 70hp doug

  57. 2prize

    2prize21 יום לפני

    pure simplicity

  58. Tweekkat The Cat

    Tweekkat The Cat21 יום לפני

    Cool Vibrations

  59. Jim Hester

    Jim Hester21 יום לפני

    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.

  60. Neil Hass

    Neil Hass22 ימים לפני

    The fuzzy game naturally plant because draw arespectively time round a undesirable behavior. guttural H habitual, pricey space

  61. Robert Lawrence Bany

    Robert Lawrence Bany23 ימים לפני


  62. mike stuart

    mike stuart23 ימים לפני

    We is finally reviewing his own car

  63. Jason G

    Jason G24 ימים לפני

    I had a base model, it also didn’t come with a rear wiper, radio and cigarette lighter, but I loved it

  64. Alexander Vaughn

    Alexander Vaughn25 ימים לפני

    I want that car in perfect condition

  65. lobit12

    lobit1226 ימים לפני

    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.

  66. Barry Miscampbell

    Barry Miscampbell27 ימים לפני

    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.

  67. misuiu64

    misuiu6427 ימים לפני

    I loved my red 1990SI. I drove it 11 years commuting 160 miles roundtrip. I watched this video for the memories. .

  68. Daniel Santos

    Daniel Santos27 ימים לפני

    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.

  69. John

    John28 ימים לפני

    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.

  70. ADDvanced

    ADDvanced28 ימים לפני

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

  71. ThinkPad22

    ThinkPad2228 ימים לפני

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

  72. Aben Rojas

    Aben Rojas28 ימים לפני

    This Honda Civic is my dream car

  73. Panda MilkShake

    Panda MilkShake28 ימים לפני

    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.

  74. Ron Damon

    Ron Damonחודש לפני

    I don't know how so many people like such an ugly car...!!!!

  75. new2000car

    new2000car23 ימים לפני

    I agree. But once you drove one, it drives so nice that it outweighs the ugliness.

  76. Raul Mundo

    Raul Mundoחודש לפני

    That thing is clean.

  77. Throttle Twister Cycles

    Throttle Twister Cyclesחודש לפני

    Doug has no business reviewing anything built before 2000

  78. Jason Lay

    Jason Layחודש לפני

    Still one of the best interiors in an average 80s car.

  79. Anthony Stark

    Anthony Starkחודש לפני

    This is cool but nothing beats the CR-X

  80. Donnelle Bivens

    Donnelle Bivensחודש לפני

    Seatbelt Warning: They probably repurposed the handbrake housing for Civics with automatic seatbelts.

  81. Senna4EvR

    Senna4EvRחודש לפני

    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.

  82. Joel Lemieux

    Joel Lemieuxחודש לפני

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

  83. Herbie P

    Herbie Pחודש לפני

    Is this the fastest car?

  84. Matt McNicoll

    Matt McNicollחודש לפני

    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.

  85. fembot attack

    fembot attackחודש לפני

    This car ALWAYS gets stolen in my country. My uncle just chains a tire up to poles whenever leaving it.

  86. mack cummy

    mack cummyחודש לפני

    There are better ways

  87. postersm 71

    postersm 71חודש לפני

    The premium Honda radios were made by Alpine

  88. Jean-Andre Sonnenschein

    Jean-Andre Sonnenscheinחודש לפני

    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

  89. Jean-Andre Sonnenschein

    Jean-Andre Sonnenscheinחודש לפני

    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

  90. Vinny Bruce

    Vinny Bruceחודש לפני

    I would mind get one of those as a collector side of I like the 99 model

  91. Michael Man

    Michael Manחודש לפני

    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.

  92. R Mar

    R Marחודש לפני

    These are great cars. Basic, but so fun to drive.

  93. Brandon Curtis

    Brandon Curtisחודש לפני

    I still have a La Bra and the original Rear hatch cover unfortunately cars long gone lol

  94. sirdonicus

    sirdonicusחודש לפני

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

  95. Bobby M

    Bobby Mחודש לפני

    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.

  96. Argura98

    Argura98חודש לפני

    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.

  97. Keith Cindy Panama

    Keith Cindy Panamaחודש לפני

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

  98. Keith Cindy Panama

    Keith Cindy Panamaחודש לפני

    Could you do one on the 1991. Toyota Tercel? Or the 1981 Corolla.

  99. Kaleb

    Kalebחודש לפני

    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

  100. Arnold Guisa

    Arnold Guisaחודש לפני

    That was my moms first car back in the day.

  101. Michael Packard

    Michael Packardחודש לפני

    10:35 headwests

  102. Adam Voinovich

    Adam Voinovichחודש לפני

    Chevrolet Beretta had the seat belts on the door too.

  103. Zack Forbing

    Zack Forbingחודש לפני

    The only civic I would buy 😍

  104. Larry Page

    Larry Pageחודש לפני

    Si's have rear disc breaks!

  105. Rafael Vargas

    Rafael Vargasחודש לפני

    Can you make a review of the 1989-1994 suzuki swift GT

  106. kaefergarage

    kaefergarageחודש לפני

    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.

  107. Dislob3

    Dislob3חודש לפני

    Do the basic tercel