The Honda CRX is a 3-door sport compact coupe manufactured and marketed by Honda between 1983 as a 1984 model and 1991. The Honda CR-X is among the most sought-after—and much missed—of Honda's specialty products over the years. The model is two-door hatchback first introduced in 1983. It went through two generations, excluding the third-generation model, the Honda CR-X del Sol, until the automaker discontinued it.
History of the Honda CRX
In today's market, it's possible to get top dollar even for a twenty-year-old automobile, but why would you do that if it's so rare? When Honda exported the Civic CR-X outside Japan, they referred to it as the Civic CR-X. The CR-X and the Si were both performance-oriented Civics of the time, and the CR-X was one of them. The CR-X featured several unique features, such as sporty handling and a streamlined hatch area with a rear spoiler. On the freeway, the 1.5L I4 engine of the CR-X provided approximately 40 mpg in fuel efficiency. The premium fuel efficiency model of the CR-X provided drivers with an EPA-certified 50mpg on the interstate in exchange for sacrificing horsepower for torque.
Honda CRX First Generation (1984–1987)
Honda unveiled a new two-seater in 1983 for the 1984 model year that featured the Civic's drivetrain but had a distinct appearance and interior features.
Honda Verno stores sold the CR-X in Japan at the time of its launch, along with the Prelude, the Quint, and the Vigor. Both economy and sport variants of the CRX were available in the United States. Honda used a new 1.3L aluminum CVCC engine for the Honda CRX economy model. The sport model has an aluminum 1.5L four-cylinder featuring three valves each cylinder and five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmissions.
Honda CRX Second Generation (1987–1991)
When Honda introduced the second-generation CRX in 1988, it had become wider, longer, and heavier than the Civic. Instead of emphasizing performance, the CR-X focused on style above performance, even though customers could have the car's Japanese and European variants with different engines that increased horsepower by 50%. As soon as customized automobiles began to show up, the American CRX retained its fuel-efficient moniker. Why did Honda decide to discontinue the CRX? The goal was to keep the Civic Si going while reinvesting in the Acura Integra, a car built on the Civic platform. At the same time, Honda invested more money in Acura's luxury brand. Most Civic enthusiasts preferred the Si over the CR-X, which indicated that new buyers would be guided by the more popular option or, the larger and more luxury Acura Integra.
Honda retailed the Honda CRX in Japan with a price range of 1,357,000 yen to 1,437,000 yen in 1991. When converted to the 2022 conversion rate of yen, this range would cost 1,484,605 yen to 1,572,128 yen ($11,483 to $12,160).
The 2,200 mm wheelbase of first-generation automobiles makes them well-rounded vehicles. The model has two doors, four seats, and a beautiful coupe body.
Elegant with a dash of sportiness. On the downside, the front of the badge does not include a dazzling accent. The aerodynamic headlamps of the 1986 model are particularly noticeable, and a more comfortable, luxury-oriented interior is available, as is a lighter, more maneuverable steering system. The cassettes are stacked on a central console. The manufacturer included a few extra features to make the Si model stand out from the rest. An electric sunroof, remote-controlled mirrors, and a wiper for the back screens are standard. 13-inch alloy wheels and new contemporary bumpers are available for a more refined design. The hatch has a unique ducktail spoiler. You may listen to music with its two speakers. A wonderful experience is not what you can anticipate. Air-conditioning is a must-have feature, as are radio cassette ports and electric windows. From 2,200 mm to 2,300 mm, the wheelbases of second-generation cars have been tweaked somewhat. However, there is still no badge to elevate your appearance. The chassis, consoles, and headlights are all more expressive and eye-catching. Other features for the Honda CRX include a central locking system, an airbag for the driver's seat, a power antenna, and a receptive engine immobilizer.
Specs of the Honda CRX
The engine specs for the Honda CRX depend on the engine choice, but we'll focus only on the 1.6i VTEC. The Honda CRX delivers 148 hp (110 kW) of horsepower at 7,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft (144 Nm) of torque at 7,100 rpm. This model accelerates from 0-62 mph (100 kph) in 7.2 seconds, with a top speed of 138 mph (222 kph) and a curb weight of 2,227 lbs (1,010 kg). Honda used a front-wheel-drive (FWD) drivetrain for the CRX model, with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Honda CRX is powered by a 1.6L VTEC 150–160 hp B16A1 I4 engine.
Honda released the Honda CRX in 1983 for the 1984 model year until 1991.