The Vehicle: This is the classic hype Honda, cut from the same material that has been used and reused to create the Fast & Furious franchise. This is the type of car that is “old” but is constantly upgraded, done and redone for whatever reason. I have no idea why people do this nor why Hondas are the car of choice for this but the 1999 Honda Civic DX is the object of these car flippers’ attention.
Environmental Impact: In 1999, Honda proclaimed, “nearly two-thirds of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. will be equipped with advanced low emission technology.” Expanding to what this meant for the time, “LEV standards call for 70 percent lower emissions of non-methane organic gases (hydrocarbons) and 50 percent lower emissions of nitrous oxides than the federal standard.” The EPA ratings for city/highway for the manual DX were 32/37 and 28/35 for the automatic. Today? The 2016 version ranges from 31/42 to 27/28. They kind of break even, don’t they? Past, present, and future, these cars are OK.
How Happy Does This Honda Make Me? I love it because it’s old. I don’t love it because of what it’s doing to the planet. C’est la vie.