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Five Used Honda People Movers

Benjamin Hunting
by Benjamin Hunting
February 15, 2011
3 min. Reading Time

When the need to transport a sizable group of passengers from point A to point B arises, a used Honda people mover is often found on the list of affordable options. Good interior room, practical cargo space and a reliable drivetrain are some of the features shared by the crossovers, SUVs and minivans built by Honda, and these characteristics have served the Japanese brand well amongst those seeking a deal on a previously-owned automobile.

Honda offers high capacity vehicles ranging from entry-level compacts to mid-size pickup truck alternatives. Let’s take a closer look at five recent used Honda people movers.

01. Used Honda Odyssey

A used Honda Odyssey is one of the more highly rated secondhand minivan options. The 2008 – 2009 Honda Odyssey offers seating for as many as eight passengers, tying it with the Honda Pilot for the title of highest capacity used Honda people mover. With the second and third rows out of the picture the minivan can also haul as much as 147 cubic feet of gear. The Odyssey also offers the upscale Touring trim, which adds cylinder deactivation technology to the vehicle’s engine as well as a host of power and luxury features throughout the interior.

All versions of the 2008 – 2009 Honda Odyssey are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6. This engine is tuned to provide 244 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, and it is matched with a five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the minivan maxes out at 17-mpg in stop and go driving and 25-mpg on the highway.


02. Used Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline is in a class of its own, a mid-size crossover pickup that makes use of a unibody platform that emphasizes on-road comfort and handling over rugged towing or all-terrain capability. A used Honda Ridgeline also provides four-wheel independent suspension, seating for as many as five passengers and a cargo bed that incorporates an 8.5-cubic foot trunk that can be locked to protect valuable items.

2008 – 2009 Honda Ridgeline models share the same V-6 drivetrain, a 3.5-liter unit that is good for 247 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle’s unibody design restricts it to a modest but still useful maximum tow rating of 5,000 lbs, and it can haul up to 1,550 lbs in its truck bed. The only available transmission is a five-speed automatic and all-wheel drive is included as standard equipment. The Ridgeline’s fuel economy shows as 15-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway.


03. Used Honda Pilot

There are two generations of used Honda Pilot SUVs available on the market. Models built in 2008 or before feature eight passenger seating across three rows, 88 cubic feet of total available cargo space behind the front two positions and a 244 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that also generates 240 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is available as an option on these models, while a five-speed automatic transmission is included free of charge. Fuel mileage for a used 2008 Honda Pilot is rated at 16-mpg around town and 22-mpg on the highway.

A used 2009 Honda Pilot features the same redesigned looks and platform as the current model. Larger than its predecessor, seating capacity remains unchanged but it does gain additional room for all occupants, especially in the third row. Cargo space, however, is roughly equivalent to that found in the 2008 model. This version of the used Honda SUV also squeezes an additional six horsepower and 13 more lb-ft of twist out of the same displacement engine. Front-wheel drive versions of the 2009 Pilot offer improved fuel mileage of 17-mpg city and 23-mpg highway despite the power boost. All-wheel drive remains an option, and a five-speed automatic is still the SUV’s only available transmission.


04. Used Honda CR-V

A used 2008 – 2009 Honda CR-V is one of the strongest competitors amongst affordable compact crossover SUVs. Despite its smaller size, a used Honda CR-V provides surprising amounts of interior storage (featuring a total of 73 available cubic feet), and restricts seating to five occupants in order to maximize passenger room. For those who require additional traction during inclement weather conditions or the winter season the CR-V can also be ordered with an all-wheel drive system that automatically shuttles torque to the rear axle should wheel spin be detected.

All used 2008 – 2009 Honda CR-V models make use of the same four-cylinder drivetrain. This 2.4-liter engine provides 166 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission represents the sole gearbox option. Fuel mileage for the practical crossover comes in at 20-mpg in stop and go driving and 27-mpg on the highway.


05. Used Honda Element

A used Honda Element is the choice of many families seeking a minivan replacement that offers a practical interior layout combined with a smaller form factor that is easier to park and maneuver through traffic. The 2008 – 2009 Honda Element’s box-like shape also sets it apart from other compact crossovers, and it provides an array of features (such as easy to clean interior surfaces, accommodations for four and a 75 cubic foot cargo area with the rear seats removed that can be accessed via pillar-less, rear-hinged doors) that appeal to utility-minded drivers.

Under the hood, all used Honda Element models make use of the same 166 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Also capable of generating 161 lb-ft of torque, this motor can be matched with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on higher trim levels, and fuel mileage for a used Honda Element ranges as high as 20-mpg in city driving and 25-mpg during highway cruising.



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