The Honda Civic was the Little Compact Automobile Beloved of the 70s as well as 80s until competitors began to ramp up in the form of Toyota's, Mazda's and a huge selection of Hyundai's and Fords !! The Civic initially came on the scene in 1973. It was efficient, ranked strong for security and attracted a bunch of frugally minded consumers. Competitors isn't always bad; it kept Honda refining and resculpting the Civic over all these years.
Things that establish the Civic apart is its fuel economic climate - all designs have actually incorporated mpgs of between 29 - 45 mpg, they scored high on all the government collision tests as well as they were developed with quite roomy interiors for such small cars!