10 HIGHLY RESELLABLE HONDA CARS
Founded in 1946 by the engineering guru, Soichiro Honda, Honda is one of the greatest Japanese automakers. As a company, Honda is renowned for engineering excellence and this cuts across all its products, from airplanes and marine engines to motorcycles and automobiles.
This is why the Japanese brand has sold millions of vehicles across the world. In the Gulf region,Honda is loved for its strength, durability and affordability. Many people in Dubai and UAE in general buy Honda cars because they offer several great features at pocket friendly prices and can withstand the heat and sand. Here is a list of the most resellable Honda cars.
1997-2017 Honda CR-V
The compact crossover that is the Honda CR-V was designed in 1993 by Japanese car engineer Hiroyuki Kawase. Although it was first sold in Japan in 1995, it only appeared in the global markets in 1997. The popular CR-V is modelled after the Honda Civic Platform but given the body design of an SUV. Many buyers love this car for its utilitarian features with Honda advertising it as the “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle”. So far five generations of the Honda CR-V have been produced, with each generation undergoing different modifications, mostly facelifts and safety features. In the fifth generation CR-V that debuted in 2016, Honda swapped the traditional 2.0L engine with 1.5L turbo, 1.6L turbo-diesel for premium trim levels and 2.4L for the standard version. The Honda CR-V EX and upwards trim levels also come with the “Honda Sensing” safety package as a standard feature. Further to these, in April 2017 Honda also unveiled the CR-V Hybrid in China during the Auto Shanghai motor show. Continuous improvement is the reason behind the great sales of the Honda CR-V.
1976-2017 Honda Accord
Since its first production in 1976, ten generations have spawned out of the Honda Accord with different name plates and features. Even though most people are familiar with the four-door sedan, Honda has produced diverse cars of different body types including coupes, hatchbacks, wagons and a rare crossover under its Accord range. The latest generation of the Honda Accord has created a sensation with its modern features, sleek looks and superb performance. The 2017 V6 EX-L for instance is one of the coolest family sedans ever that comes with myriads of options albeit with the powerful 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 278hp with a 252 pound ft of torque. No wonder it can move 0-60mph at 6.1seconds. A fraternal twin to the EX-L sedan, the 2017 EX-L coupe is powered by the 3.5L V6 iVTEC engine that produces 278hp with a six-speed automatic transmission.
And for those who love manual transmission, Honda brings its engineering prowess to the table with the unbelievable six-speed manual transmission with the 2017 Accord EX-L Coupe.
1972-2017 Honda Civic
THe Honda Civic is one of the oldest car models that Honda created and just like the Honda Accord, it has undergone several changes during its existence, producing ten generations altogether. Even though it originally debuted as a subcompact car, it evolved through different generations, morphing into different body types and finally settling for the compact car category. The first Honda Civics were hatchbacks that gained popularity for their spacious interior, reliability and its fuel-efficient 1169 cc transverse engine at a time when fuel crisis was at its peak. These cars were also affordable and as a result attracted high numbers in sales. Honda also unleashed coupe sedan models of the Civic with variations being sold under different name plates in the global markets.
The Honda Civic model has also been modified to create popular Honda cars such as the Honda Concerto, CR-V, CR-X, CR-X del Soland Honda Prelude first generation, amongst other cars.The latest Honda Civic models were based on the concepts of the Honda Fit and Honda Accord with Honda adding sportier and performance oriented modifications to models such as the Civix VTI, Civic Si, Civic GTi and Civic Type R in a bid to keep up with competitors.Even though Honda had discontinued the production of non-hybrid Civic in the Japan market in 2010, it created a tenth generation model in 2017.
1994-Present Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey has been a popular minivan in Japan, North America and other global markets. With five generations spurning a little over a decade, the Odyssey is popular for its spaciousness, practicality and more recently, performance. Initially, Honda created the Odyssey for its North American market as a solution for the economic export restraints that Japan was facing during the early ‘90s. However, this plan failed as the Odyssey performed way better in the local market as compared to international scene.
Honda has since made several modifications to the minivan to reflect varied market needs, and this has earned it several awards and love from the public, beating the Civic as the fastest-selling new car by the automaker. The fifth and latest generation of the Honda Odyssey features Honda’s 2.4L i-VTEC engine which has been praised for its fuel economy. It also has a roomy seven-seater cabin with an eight-seater option upgrades. Like all the latest Hondas, this car also features Honda Sensing which has several safety and driver assistance features that have been highly rated. Save for China, this fifth generation Odyssey has replaced the Honda Elysion model in some Asian markets and rivals the Toyota Alphard and Nissan Elgrand. Furthermore, Honda also introduced the Plug-in Hybrid in 2016 which is an improvement to the 2013 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid and is currently produced and sold in the Japan market solely.
2002-present Honda Pilot
Debuted in 2002, the Honda Pilot is a mid-size crossover SUV that was mainly manufactured for the North American market. The largest SUV by the Japanese automaker, the Pilot was designed in 1999 by Ricky Hsu and its chassis and body concept are based on Acura MDX and the Odyssey respectively. The five-door SUV features three-row seating and is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine. Three generations of the Pilot have been produced with the model being badged as Honda MR-V in the Middle East. The third generation Honda Pilot debuted in 2016 receiving a power boost with its 3.5 L V6 engine with direct injection and 6-speed automatic transmission that can be upgraded to 9-speed transmission in the higher trim ZF. It produced 280hp. For the latest production, the 2019 Honda Pilot, Honda did not touch the powertrain but went out of its way with a facelift, interior changes and a fancy infotainment. This model also includes the Honda Sensing in all its trim levels.
1981- Present Honda City
Honda City is one of the oldest models produced by the Japanese automaker. This compact model originally debuted as a subcompact car targeting the Japanese, Australia, European and Asian markets. The first Honda City was a 3-door hatchback that was produced until 1994 when it paved way for the compact 4-door sedans that made up the second generation City. Honda has since retained the compact sedan model in subsequent City models. It has also been sold under different name plates including South Africa’s Honda Ballade, the five door hatchback called the Honda Fit/Jazz and the wagon or panel van popularly known as the Fit Aria. The Mobillo or Mobillo Spike is also another version of Honda City that has a fuel tank under the front seats. Honda City performed very well in the global markets and is Honda’s best selling car in India, accounting for quarter of the automaker’s global sales.
The Honda S2000 was definitely a step out of the norm with funky looks and extreme speed. This model caused a stir because of its semblance to the famous roadster, Mazda Miata. The first S2000 was a noisy machine and with a red line of 9000+ RPM, even the deaf would not miss its screaming entrance. Although the noise was toned down in subsequent models, Honda retained the 2.0L 4 cylinder engine that could eject the S2000 from 0 to 60 miles in a mere 5.8 seconds. All these features make the Honda S2000 a fun drive any day any time.
2008-2009 S2000 CR
After the fuss created by the S2000, Honda produced the Club Racer or simply, the CR. Besides being sexier and lighter in total weight, the CR was also faster than its base model sibling, the S2000. Covering 60mph in a mere 5.7 seconds, Honda only created 1400 of the CR, making it a valuable purchase to this date.
2006-2011 Honda Civic Type- R
The Civic Type R is mostly renowned for its speed and good looks. With a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine coupled that worked with the 6-speed manual transmission to deliver 198hp and 143 pound-ft of torque, the Civic Type-R could cover 60mph in 6.6 seconds. Honda proved that it could create a performance car with the Civic Type-R.
2017 Honda Civic Si
The 2017 Honda Civic Si is still regarded as one of the most exciting cars that Honda has ever produced. This Si stands out from the rest of Honda Civics because of its performance and looks. The 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged engine combined with the six-speed manual gearbox makes for a splendid drive. That buyers have the options of either picking a sedan or a coupe, is a classic utilitarian move by Honda. With its sleek looks and excellent drive, the 2017 Civic Si will have tongues wagging for a while.