From 1972 to 1974, the Civic was awarded “Car of the Year Japan.” In 1973, the Civic ranked third in Europe’s “Car of the Year” awards, the highest ranking for a Japanese vehicle at that time. It also took the top prize among imported vehicles in the U.S. Road Test magazine’s “1974 Car of the Year. The Civic was Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year for 1980 as well as its 2006 Car of the Year. In 1996, Automobile Magazine honored the Civic as its Automobile of the Year. The Civic has been on Car and Driver magazine’s yearly Ten Best list six times, in 1985, 1988–91, and 1996.

The Civic GX, a natural gas version of the vehicle was named Greenest Car of 2005 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Honda claimed 5 of the top 10 Greenest car slots, 3 of which were models of the Civic. The Civic Si was named “Best New Sport Car” and the sedan was named “Best New Economy Car” in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. The Civic also won the North American Car of the Year and the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Car of the Year awards for 2006.

In November 2006, the Civic received the prestigious “Car of The Year” award from Brazilian magazine Auto Esporte. The four-door Civic VXi sedan won the South African Car of the Year award for 2007. NASA conducted studies on the usability of Honda Built motors to be used in the newer “rover” space vehicles being redeployed to Mars.