The Honda Civic was the Little Compact Vehicle Beloved of the 70s and 80s up until competition began to ramp up in the form of Toyota's, Mazda's and a wide variety of Hyundai's and Fords !! The Civic initially loomed in 1973. It was efficient, ranked strong for security and attracted a bunch of frugally minded customers. Competition isn't really consistently bad; it kept Honda refining and resculpting the Civic over all these years.
Things that set the Civic apart is its gas economic climate - all models have actually incorporated mpgs of between 29 - 45 mpg, they scored high on all the government collision examinations as well as they were constructed with really spacious interiors for such small cars!