Five Of The Best Honda Models Of All Time
Founded as a motorcycle company in postwar Japan, Honda did not enter the auto market in earnest until the mid-1970s. The timing couldn’t have been better. Frustrated by rising gas prices, Americans snapped up the company’s fuel-efficient vehicles like hotcakes. Out of the many models Honda has released since that time, a handful have stood apart from the pack.
1975 Civic CVCC
Because they were having far greater success with motorcycles, Honda was strongly considering getting out of the car-making business before it launched the Civic in 1974. Although it was not the first edition of the now ubiquitous model, it offered an enormous improvement over its predecessors in the form of the economical CVCC engine. Far more efficient than any motor on the market, the Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion engine eliminated the need for the catalytic converter, which helped it meet the stricter emission standards of the day. A commercial and critical hit, the 1975 Civic CVCC is largely responsible for the success of the auto giant today.
2000 Honda Insight
The first hybrid car in the United States, the 2000 Honda Insight was released about seven months earlier than the more popular Toyota Prius. The two-seat subcompact car got an impressive 61 MPG on the highway and 49 MPG in the city. Affordable to buy and relatively easy to maintain, the Insight was the first of many hybrid cars to enter the North American market in the coming years. It remains the least expensive hybrid vehicle available in the U.S.
In addition to its practical, economical offerings, Honda also produces a line of sporty automobiles. One of their most highly-regarded performance vehicles is the S2000 CR. At a starting price of more than double most of their mainstream models, the S2000 travels from 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds. Because it is a limited model, only a few thousand of them are made each year. The even more limited CR variant is slightly lighter than the base model, making it a tad faster.
2016 Honda Accord EX-L
As the company’s best-selling model, Honda obviously doesn’t want to mess with success. But that certainly doesn’t stop them from making slight improvements year after year. As such, the most recent Accord on the market is most likely the best version of the model that has ever existed. Powerful and responsible, the car zips from 0 to 60 in just 6.6 seconds, getting 37 MPG in the process.
2012 Honda CR-V EX
In a surprising turn of events, the Honda CR-V surpassed the legendary Honda Civic in sales last year. While many versions of the compact crossover contributed to its recent growth, the 2012 model introduced a sleeker, sportier vehicle that had more horsepower and got better gas mileage than its predecessors.
While there are hundreds of distinctive models in Honda’s proud history, these five are a cut above the rest.