Used Honda cars are popular choices on the secondhand market in large part due to their reputation for reliability. Another factor working in the favor of used Honda cars is that the Japanese brand adheres to model lifespan of approximately five years or so, which means that it is often possible to pick up a good deal on a used Honda car that stylistically resembles the current model and also offers many of the same features – important considerations when it comes to resale value.
Let’s take a look at five recent used Honda car deals that are waiting out there on the previously owned car market.
The Honda Civic is the automaker’s most popular model, and this compact car can be had in sedan, coupe and hybrid editions. The 2008 – 2009 used Honda Civic offers everything from a stripped-down entry-level DX trim to the more premium EX-L model. Also available for these model years is the sporty Civic Si, which can be had in both two and four-door body styles.
Most versions of the 2008 – 2009 used Honda Civic are motivated by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. This output is sent to the vehicle’s front wheels by either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The Civic Si sees the installation of a 197 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that also provides 139 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choice is restricted to a six-speed manual for this model. Fuel mileage for the 1.8-liter Civic shows as 26-mpg city and 34-mpg highway, while the Si drops those figures to 21-mpg city and 29-mpg highway.
The Honda Fit subcompact hatchback was offered in two different generations for 2008 and 2009. The 2008 model represents the edition of the car that introduced Honda’s practical and frugal runabout to North America, while the 2009 edition ironed out some of the vehicle’s details, stretched out its interior to give it additional utility (57.3 total cubic feet of cargo space compared to 41.9 cubic feet the year before). Styling was also given some extra attention for 2009, with the Fit Sport model incorporating a sleeker body kit and additional interior features compared to the 2008 Sport trim.
Both model years of the used Honda Fit feature a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, but there are important differences between each of the two motors. In 2008, this unit was good for 109 horses and 105 lb-ft of torque, while 2009 saw it graduate to a peppier 117 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual or five-speed automatic represent the transmission choices for the Fit, with the Sport adding paddle shifters to go with the auto box. Fuel mileage for either engine is almost identical, with the 2008 model pulling ahead by one highway mile per gallon thanks to its 27-mpg city, 34-mpg highway rating.
Like the Civic, the mid-size used Honda Accord can also be found in sedan and coupe editions. The vehicle was completely redesigned for the 2008 model year, and both the 2008 and 2009 editions of the Accord are essentially identical in terms of appearance and features. Each offer improved interior room and more available equipment than their predecessors.
A used 2008 – 2009 Honda Accord also provides better engine options when compared to the models that came before it. The sedan editions come with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder motor that generates between 177 and 190 horsepower, with the latter standard on the Accord coupe. 161 lb-ft of torque is also on tap from this engine, which returns fuel mileage of 21-mpg around town and 31-mpg highway. Top tier editions of the Accord come with a 3.5-liter V-6 that is good for 268 ponies and 248 lb-ft of torque, along with fuel economy that is rated at 19-mpg city and 29-mpg highway. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual (four-cylinder engines), five-speed auto (both motors) and a six-speed manual (V-6 coupe).
2010 marked the return of the Honda Insight to the dedicated hybrid car market after a three model year hiatus. A used Honda Insight is an appealing choice for buyers focused on maximizing their fuel economy while staying in budget, as the vehicle is typically priced lower than is gasoline / electric competitors. The Insight also offers a reasonable amount of practicality in the compact car class, with its trunk space doubling to 31.5 cubic feet of room with the hatchback’s rear seat folded forward.
A used 2010 Honda Insight pairs a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine with a battery-powered electric motor in order to generate a total of 98 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. Managed by the Honda Hybrid System with Eco Assist, the Insight features a lofty fuel mileage rating of 40-mpg in stop and go driving and 43-mpg on the highway.
The Honda CR-Z might have just appeared on the market, but used editions of this sporty hybrid coupe are right around the corner. One of the most interesting designs to come out of Honda in several years, the two-door, two-seat Honda CR-Z is meant to offer an engaging driving experience while at the same time reducing engine emissions and fuel consumption thanks to its hybrid drivetrain.
The 2010 Honda CR-Z makes use of a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that combines with an electric motor so as to produce 122 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices for the CR-Z include a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic unit. The vehicle also offers a Sport mode in addition to its fuel saving drivetrain management programs. Fuel mileage for a used Honda CR-Z shows as high 36-mpg city and 39-mpg highway when found with the CVT.