When car shopping involves looking for a reliable second-hand vehicle, it’s almost guaranteed that a Honda will be part of the search. Honda’s humble roots in the U.S. began with motorcycles in the 1950s; the 1970 N600 marked its first car on this side of the Pacific. Since that time, Honda has become one of the most popular nameplates on American roads. Its vehicle lineup includes the storied Civic and Accord passenger cars, the trusty CR-V and Pilot SUVs, and the unique Ridgeline pickup truck.
Let’s review what to know when shopping for a pre-owned Honda. Not to worry, we’ll skip the decades of automotive history and focus on more recent models. Keep in mind that equipment, powertrains, and other features may vary by trim and model year.
The original Civics were little econoboxes with tiny 1.2-liter power plants, but today’s models offer spacious comfort and capable engines. And they’ve grown in size; modern Civics are larger than the early versions of Accord. We’ll start with the tenth generation that first appeared for the 2016 model year as you look for a used Honda Civic for sale.
The tenth-generation Civic marked the debut of an all-new global platform. For the first time, all Civics worldwide shared the same design and underpinnings. Offered in sedan and coupe form, this Civic is powered by either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower or a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder making 174 ponies.
A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual is available on most versions. But, the performance-oriented Type R and Si models are stick-only and get an exclusive turbo 2.0-liter engine making more than 200 horsepower. Trims include the base LX, the mid-tier EX, and top-level Touring. Touring models offer premium features like leather-trimmed seating and an infotainment-based navigation system.
The eleventh-generation Civic is brand-new for 2022. As such, there aren’t many used versions at Honda dealerships near you. Highlights include an all-new design that mirrors the larger Accord and an upscale cabin that’s right at home in an entry-level Acura. Engines are carried over from the previous generation, but the output is up. The base 2.0-liter powerplant now makes 158 horsepower, and the turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder pushes out 180 horsepower. Variants include a 200-horsepower Civic Si and a fuel-sipping Civic Hybrid.
The first Accord appeared in the U.S. in 1976 as the bigger brother to the Civic. Together, both nameplates have cemented themselves as go-to used Honda passenger cars. Over the decades, the Accord has blossomed into a mid-sized vehicle with generous interior space. Let’s explore what to know about a Honda Accord for sale.
The ninth-generation Accord debuted for the 2013 model year. While critics panned its vanilla styling, its measured looks have helped this car appear as modern as ever. Inside, its cabin embraces an upscale feeling. This generation is the final one with a coupe body style to accompany the stalwart sedan.
Depending on the model year, powerplants range from an economical 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to a potent 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 horsepower. An Accord Hybrid split the difference (sort of) with 212 ponies. Driving purists will appreciate that Honda produced some Accord V-6s with a six-speed manual. But a six-speed automatic is the most common gearbox pairing with the big engine.
Honda broke the mold for the tenth-generation Accord. The staid sedan gets transformed into a striking family hauler with sleek, aggressive looks. And there were other changes; Honda dropped the coupe and the V-6. Power now comes from a pair of turbocharged four-cylinder engines; the base 1.5-liter makes 192 horsepower, and the upgraded 2.0-liter engine offers an impressive 252 horsepower. There’s also an Accord Hybrid.
As is typical for Honda, this latest Accord comes in numerous trims ranging from the base LX to the luxury-laden Touring. Every Accord comes with a suite of safety features, including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping technology.
CR-Vs are about as common as ants at a summer picnic. First hitting the road in 1996, the CR-V helped usher in the SUV craze in general and establish itself as a benchmark for compact utilities. Here’s what to know about a used Honda CR-V for sale.
In addition to all-new sheet metal, the fourth-generation CR-V presented new levels of interior quality and a more functional cabin. Throughout its history, the CR-V has never been about winning stoplight races, and this version of the CR-V was no different. Its 2.4-liter inline-four cylinder engine with 185 horsepower is adequate on the road and better at the pump (up to 31 mpg).
Other can’t-miss features include surprising space, especially in the back seat and cargo area. And in no-fuss Honda style, the CR-V comes in three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L. The upgrades for the top version include leather-trimmed seating, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, and a premium audio system. This generation can be a sweet spot for a used Honda CR-V.
Facing increasing competition from the Toyota RAV4 and a myriad of other compact crossovers, Honda launched an all-new CR-V for 2017. Its new body gives the CR-V a fresh, modern look that doesn’t take practicality away. There’s still plenty of room for five and accompanying cargo. The trusty 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine carries over, but it’s only for the base LX. Step up to the EX, EX-L, or all-new (for CR-V) Touring trim, and buyers get a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 190 horsepower.
In a marketplace dominated by compact and midsize SUVs, the only place for automakers to go was down (in size).
The HR-V had been a Japan-only mainstay since the late 1990s, but Honda brought an all-new design to the U.S. for the 2015 model year. Slotting in below the CR-V, the HR-V took over as the company’s smallest crossover since the departure of the Honda Element after 2010. While containing some classic design elements like the wraparound headlights and centered Honda logo in the grille, the HR-V embraced its own style (no one can confuse it for a shrunken CR-V or Pilot).
Sharing some components with the Fit hatchback, the HR-V comes with a 141-horsepower 1.8-liter gas engine connected to an automatic continuously variable transmission or six-speed manual gearbox. Choose from the ubiquitous Honda trims LX, EX, and EX-L. Unlike some other Honda models, the HR-V EX-L includes navigation. For 2019, the Sport and top-dog Touring get added to the trim mix.
Honda will be releasing an all-new HR-V later this year. It’s expected to be a bit larger and incorporate design cues from the CR-V and the Accord. A new model introduction can mean it’s an excellent time to search for a used Honda CR-V for sale.
The Honda Pilot marks 20 years of serving American families. Its generous cabin is ideal for someone who needs three rows of seating but doesn’t want to jump up to a full-sized SUV like a Chevy Suburban.
The second-generation Pilot carried on the boxy tradition of its predecessor and continued to share components with its Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX relatives. Unlike other automakers and Honda’s own efforts with some of its other models, Honda offered just one powerplant with the Pilot. Its 3.5-liter V-6 incorporated the company’s i-VTEC (variable valve timing) set up to deliver 250 horsepower. The Pilot LX offered the basics, while the EX, EX-L, and Touring added more goodies as you moved up the trim tree. A rare feature for today’s SUVs, flip-up rear glass, was standard across the lineup.
Not wanting to mess with success, Honda introduces a third-generation Pilot that doesn’t stray too far from the original formula. While the looks and components are primarily new, this Pilot carries on as a spacious three-row SUV. Designers added a few more curves to soften the bulkiness of the previous model.
The 3.5-liter V-6 gets reworked to push out 30 more ponies (now at 380 horsepower). Lower models stick with a six-speed automatic, but the upper version brings a new nine-speed automatic gearbox for better performance and economy. The arrival of the third-gen Pilot also marks the debut of the top-tier Elite trim (above the Touring), which comes with a host of advanced safety gear and other technologies.
Not every pickup driver wants a truck from Detroit. And that’s exactly what Honda was hoping for when launching the Ridgeline. And rather than reinvent the wheel, Honda just opened the corporate parts bin as this truck shares much with the Pilot and Acura MDX. Of course, there are trade-offs. The Ridgeline can’t haul or tow like a Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado, but it drives much smoother than traditional truck competitors. It harkens back to the days of the Chevy El Camino and Ford Ranchero.
Given the Ridgeline’s DNA, it’s no surprise that it’s powered by the same 250-horsepower V-6 shared with the Pilot. Honda did add unique sheet metal to ensure the Ridgeline wouldn’t just look like a Pilot with a cut-out back. But, the elevated and angled cargo bed sides gave the truck a less-conventional look compared to the typical pickup. Honda mixes things up when it comes to trims (or at least trim names): RT, Sport, RTS, and the king-of-the-hill RTL.
After putting the Ridgeline on hiatus for a couple of years, Honda brings this truck back. This time, there’s no doubt that Ridgeline is a spawn of the Pilot. Sure, the front end is unique, but the cab and side panels are all Pilot. But, that’s OK as Ridgeline buyers are likely grateful for a family-friendly alternative to the SUV or minivan. Take a wild guess about the powertrain. Yes, it’s the stalwart 3.5-liter V-6 (280 horsepower) and nine-speed automatic from the Pilot.
Real automotive trivia buffs may recall that the first Honda Odyssey wasn’t a minivan as we think of them today. The first-gen Odyssey (1994-1998) was a weird mashup of a station wagon with a raised roofline (it was actually based on the Accord).
Its modest size may have been ideal for the Japanese market, but it was in a gray area in the U.S.; not large enough for a basketball team and too big to be cute or unique. But the second-gen Odyssey (1999-2004) got larger and helped Honda take over school and grocery store parking lots.
Honda’s introduction of the third-gen Odyssey lessened the blockiness of its predecessor. The sharp creases and overall chunkiness were replaced with softer angles and curvier sheet metal. Once again relying on the 3.5-liter engine, Odyssey’s horsepower ranged from 244 to 255 (a change in testing standards led to the fluctuation).
A minivan is a minivan, so innovations for the fourth generation focused on appearances more than new technology. For such a vehicle, this new Odyssey was larger and broader. A lowered roofline and angled backend gave this minivan an almost rakish appearance. We won’t call it sporty, but it comes close. Underneath the hood is that same trusty V-6, this time making 248 horsepower.
The latest Odyssey moves forward with a profile similar to the previous model, but the sculpted body panels help separate the versions. Horsepower gets bumped to 280 (and matches the Pilot), and buyers can choose from five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite.
You’re one step closer to finding the ideal pre-owned Honda for sale. Trust Auto in Sykesville has a wide selection of high-quality cars, SUVs, and trucks. Our professionals are here to help with a customer-first, no-hassle approach. And when it comes to a loan, you’ll appreciate that our team can offer terms competitive to Honda finance. Visit our conveniently located dealership for used Hondas for sale near you. Or enjoy 100% online shopping; it’s your choice!
Posted Monday, March 28, 2022