Best Honda Models Ever Made

First-gen Honda CR-V

Here we’ve compiled a list of the best Honda models ever made. In fact, the list could be longer, but here we have mentioned the most remarkable vehicles which influenced the company in one way or another.

Honda has been making cars for 74 years under the motto «The Power of Dreams». It was the first Japanese car manufacturer to launch a dedicated luxury brand, Acura, in 1986.

Honda’s key markets are the USA and Southeast Asia. Honda models are famous foremost for their nice road handling and cargo space, and they are always good options.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V 2023
2023 Honda CR-V

The CR-V (“Comfortable Runabout Vehicle”) is an iconic car for the brand, as it was on the vanguard of new-type vehicles – tall, car-based, and wagon-like ones, once known as “soft-roaders” and further got defined as “crossovers” (CUVs) or “crossover SUVs”.

The model boasts five generations after its debut in 1995, several powertrains, including hybrid ones, practicality, and dependability.

Honda NSX

Acura NSX 1998
1998 Acura NSX

The Honda NSX (sold as the Acura NSX in North America) is one of the most famous sports cars in history created to challenge Ferrari. Its first generation was extremely popular, and the second generation was a massive success too.

The original 1990-1996 Honda NSX powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine with up to 310 hp was available in three variants: the base 2-seater, the Type S with a 2+2 setup, and the Type R racing car. Besides, it was one of the fastest cars at that time, with a 0-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds.

Honda (Acura) Integra Type R

1st-generation Honda Integra Type R
1st-generation Honda Integra Type R

While the first-gen Integra is one of the most prized models ever, the 1995–2001 Integra Type R is considered to be one of the best front-wheel-drive cars of all time.

The Integra DC2 Type R is one of the most beloved Honda cars and a favorite among rally racing enthusiasts for several years, an excellent example of a classic racing car.

Its 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine developed 200 hp at 8,000 rpm: unthinkable figures for a car of the end of the last century.

The current 2023 Acura Integra with an advanced 200-hp 1.5L VTEC Turbo engine and modern technologies is an agile and potent tour de force.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic Type R 2023 Front
2023 Honda Civic Type R

This is Honda’s all-time bestseller with global sales of about 30 million and 12.3 million of U.S. sales since its debut in 1973. Over the last 5 decades, the Civic is America’s best-selling small car.

The first-gen Honda Civic was efficient, reliable, surprisingly good at corners, and offered a spiced-up, blast-to-drive RS version with a 1.2-liter 76-hp i4 engine.

The hot Civic Type R features a lightweight design, excellent handling, and sporty driving. It has become a global icon powering rallycross tracks for years.

The latest 2023 model comes with a potent 2.0-liter turbo-four making 315 hp at 6500 rpm and 310 lb-ft at 2600 to 4000 rpm.

Honda S2000

Honda S2000 1999-2004
1999-2004 Honda S2000

When Honda decided to bring its rally technologies to the road, it launched the S2000 roadster as a rival to the Mazda Miata. The car’s gorgeous exterior is combined with an incredibly pure driving experience provided by a free-revving I4 engine that makes up to 240 hp.

The S2000 was an instant hit among Honda fans all the time of its production from 1999 to 2009, though only around 3,000 units were ever made.

This model is a future classic car, and it is no coincidence that currently there is an increase in the value of its well-kept examples.

The Honda S2000 is the successor to the legendary sports cars of the 1960s – the Honda S800, S600, and S500.

Honda S800

Honda S800 sports car
The tiny, nice-looking Honda S800 with a great high-revving engine, a lightweight body, and a well-tuned chassis was the fastest Japanese car of its time

Acura TSX

Acura TSX Sport Wagon 2011
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

To compete with such models as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, Honda introduced the Acura TSX and built two generations of this compact executive car from 2003 to 2014. The TSX is derived from Europe and Japan-spec Honda Accord, more compact and sportier than the American analog.

The first-gen model had a bold exterior design and was powered by a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder 200-hp engine paired with an improved 6-speed manual transmission.

There are many people who consider the TSX to be the best Acura vehicle ever sold. In particular, the TSX Sport Wagon – a somewhat rare car – is the only station wagon in history under the Acura brand.

Honda Insight

Honda Insight 2000
Produced from 1999 to 2022 in 3 body styles and 3 generations, this model is Honda’s 1st hybrid ever, 1st hybrid introduced in North America, 1st Honda with Integrated Motor Assist, and the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car available in the USA without plug-in capability

Honda Civic CRX

Honda Civic CR-X1988-1991
1988-1991 Honda Civic CRX

The Honda Civic CRX (“Civic Renaissance Experimental”) was a front-wheel-drive compact sports car made from 1983 to 1991 and offered as an economy sport Kammback for 2 passengers in the USA and with a 2+2 seating arrangement in Europe and Japan.

Other names: Honda CRX or CR-X. The car redesigned for the 1988 model year and produced till 1991 was especially popular and gained a respectable reputation for its performance, nimble handling, and nice fuel economy.

EPA rating of the original 1.3-liter car was 52 miles per U.S. gallon on the highway, or sometimes it reached 70 mpg in favorable conditions – more than a decade before the arrival of gas-electric hybrids. Later models had 42 mpg (city) and 51 mpg (highway) according to EPA’s new rating system.  

The CRX featured a double-wishbone suspension and three gasoline 4-cylinder engine variants (1.2-, 1.5-, and 1.6-liter ones with up to 150 hp) with either a 5-speed manual transmission or an automatic option (3- or 4-speed one).

Honda Prelude

Honda Prelude 1997
This Honda Accord-derived 2-door coupe with 4-cylinder engines and a 5-speed manual gearbox was produced in 1978-2001, spawned 5 generations, was very popular in America in the 1980s and many times found itself on the 10 Best Cars list

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