Honda released the Civic in 1972 as part of their strategy to achieve world domination. Or at least, the Civic would help one of Japan's premier manufacturers acquire a significant foothold in the automotive market over the next few decades.
Call it foresight, luck, or stellar engineering but Honda benefitted greatly from a series of gas crises, a Detroit design mentality that sank into the depths of Lake Michigan, and the reach provided by an increasingly global economy. The Civic has long been a strong seller for Honda, even if the latest generation has somewhat lost the model's longterm ethos of being a simple, economical, reliable commuter car.
Because Civics are so easy to buy, maintain, and drive, they have become a common platform for backyard modders and tuners. But many modding projects go bad, oftentimes right from the start. Keep scrolling for 19 sad attempts at modding Honda Civics.
19 So Sick
As a general rule of thumb, any time a modding project only surrounds aesthetics, it should be abandoned immediately. Just don't tell that to Honda Civic owners, the most likely offenders when it comes to adding on overly excessive pieces of garbage to their cars. Just look at all this plastic cladding, a faux hood scoop, and the ridiculous wheels.
18 Pokemon Won't Go
Whether this car's additions are Pokemon or Mario Kart themed, the owner needs to stop what they're doing and spend a few days taking them all off. Anyone who thinks this Honda looks good should have their head examined because it's probably likely to flip little pieces of toys off at the cars behind it while driving.
17 Now It's Fast
Honda has lost track of themselves with the latest generation of the Honda Civic. Where the model used to be about simple, reliable, economical cars, now it's clad in all kinds of winglets and fake intakes. Maybe Honda's designers just had their eye on the aftermarket tuning and modding crowd, which is responsible for atrocities like this strange spaceship hatchback.
16 So Bad But Still Not Good
The Honda Civic became a gamechanger in the automotive industry exactly because it was so bland and generic. Buyers didn't want a flashy car, all they wanted was something that would run for hundreds of thousands of miles between oil changes. But plenty of people now choose Civics for their modding projects because they're cheap and for no other reason at all.
15 Weight Savings
Carbon fiber is a miraculous material that's been around for decades now. But it still looks cool! On bicycles and cars, the increasing use of carbon fiber has helped reduce weight while increasing strength. But the weight savings of a carbon fiber hood or quarter panel are just silly when compared to the overall weight of a four-door Honda Civic.
14 Aerodynamics Are Key
This guy seems pretty pumped about his Civic now that it's got enormous gold rims, absurd aerodynamic fins, a front splitter, side skirt, and an excessive lowering kit. But the fact is that the car underneath is still an underpowered commuter, regardless of what kind of excessive boost he's pushing thanks to a quick ECU tune.
13 Race Me Bro
The rear diffuser is a rare mod to see on Honda Civics. Most owners who undertake a modding project stick with the showy rear wing, even though a diffuser is typically a better way to improve aero flow and downforce. This Civic, though, is probably negating any benefit of its diffuser with that enormous and pointless wing bolted onto the trunk.
12 Lambo Civic
The amount of money and time required to install scissor doors on a Honda Civic must be the reason someone decided to add Lambo doors to their Honda Civic—they just wouldn't have been able to afford the doors they needed plus a car that was a better base to start with. But the whole project is just ridiculous from the get-go.
11 Paul Walker Would Weep
The Nissan Skyline GT-R might be known as Godzilla but this modded Honda Civic wouldn't even scare away an actual moth. The Skyline GT-R uses a twin-turbocharged inline-six paired with an ATTESA all-wheel-drive system that can send power to the rear or front axles perfectly. This Civic probably has a normally aspirated four-banger that can barely spin the front wheels alone.
10 So Glowy
Despite what 2 Fast 2 Furious may have convinced people, glow kits on cars are useless and pointless. The only thing they do is make both the interior and exterior more conspicuous, which is exactly the opposite of what an actual street racer would want. But appearances are everything in Hollywood—and apparently to some Honda Civic owners.
9 So Stanced
Studies have yet to show that Stance Nation is made up of approximately 74% Honda Civics that have been ruined beyond belief. Why people think they should bag and slam their cheap commuter cars remains a mystery, though perhaps future studies will provide a reason for the phenomenon that current behavioral science can't explain.
8 Blow Hole
This Honda Civic hatchback has gotten some serious mods. Look at that front-mounted intercooler! Take that Subie bros! The most absurd part is the exhaust being sent right out of the top of the hood. Oh wait, maybe it's the mud flaps. Or is it that this is just another front-wheel-drive commuter car that someone started modding at one point but could never see the light at the end of the tunnel?
7 Flames Are Always A Good Idea
Flames are never a good idea. Even on the most classic of classic muscle cars or the cleanest Boyd Coddington hot rod, flames just look ridiculous. Even on Hot Wheels toys, flames are just a way to try to attract attention. On this Honda Civic, though, they reveal a serious sense of humor—especially given the spray-painted wheels.
6 How Low Can You Go
Stance Nation almost seems like a futile attempt to probe the limits of automotive engineering. But news flash, guys: the lowest you can go is actually just sitting the car on the ground. And the fastest you can go is about three miles per hour before curb rash, fender rubbing, and ripped off oil pans ruin a car that was just fine to begin with.
5 In Its Natural Habitat
A Honda Civic's natural environment is in traffic, plodding along on the daily commute getting 34 miles per gallon and running perfectly forever. A Honda Civics unnatural environment is on a golf course or polo club road, slammed to the floor on stanced wheels, tinted like a limo, and going zero miles per hour for fear of damage.
4 The Look
This Civic at least goes in something of a cool direction, being akin to some of the rally car builds that are growing in popularity these days. But a Civic is a weird choice for such a build, especially one with pink fog lights, mismatched hood, painted headlight lenses, and a roof rack. Nope, this car is not going to do well off the tarmac.
Some Honda Civics receive so much work that it's almost miraculous they're still recognizable. But maybe that's another sad fact about so many of the modded Civics on the road: their owners seem to wish the cars were, in fact, anything but a Civic. This one might not have a Honda badge up front anymore but at least it has huge chrome wheels!
2 Au Natural
Primer black, wire wheels, excessive camber at the rear, a roof rack, rusty hood, lip spoiler—what does this Civic lack? Oh, it reveals a stunning lack of foresight and planning, the result being a car that proves itself daily to be a complete waste of time. Just take all this time and money and buy a better car from the start!
1 So Much Rubber
Tires are expensive. Anyone who has had to replace four tires on their car knows that it's no fun and expensive. Plus, tires are made from rubber, which isn't exactly good for the planet. Cars with absurd camber like this Civic run through tires faster than a race car—even though they can't even drive very fast. And that just offsets the excellent MPGs that Honda's brilliant engineers have been able to produce for decades.
Sources: Wikipedia, Jalopnik, and Stance Nation.