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5 Of The Best Cars Ever Produced By Honda
Honda is one of the biggest carmakers and certainly one of the most well-known brands in the world. Since the very first production vehicle, the T360, Honda has produced some very good cars that helped make it the automotive giant it is today. Here are the 5 greatest Hondas that went into production and sealed Honda’s reputation as one of the world’s best.
Whenever the topic of classic roadsters comes up, people are always waxing lyrical about the Triumphs, MGs and Austin-Healeys of the days gone by. However, a true car enthusiast would quickly point out that, even though not as famous as its British counterparts, the Honda S600 was a truly marvelous roadster. Styled to directly compete with the best of the British marquees, the S600 was the first ever Honda production vehicle offered in two trims, including a special upgrades package for the SM600. The 606cc 57hp engine may not have looked like much, but it was enough to make the car, which weighed less that three-quarters of a ton, go like stink.
Mention the name ‘Honda’ and the first thing that probably pops into everyone’s mind is the Accord. While never officially getting the designation of Honda’s flagship car (it has always been the Legend / Acura RL), it is undoubtedly the car that Honda is most well-known for around the world. Every generation of the Honda Accord had something to offer that could not be matched by other manufacturers; not at the same price at least. Competing with already established models, like the Mitsubishi Galant and Toyota Corona, the first generation 2-door hatchback Accord did really well in the Japanese market. After entering the European and North American market, the Accord established itself as one of Honda’s best-selling cars of all time. By 1993, the Honda Accord was a house-hold name. However, the fifth generation Accord was a real game changer; it blew the competition away. The fifth generation model was so good and so popular that even now, two decades since its debut, it still remains one of the cars most frequently targeted by car thieves.
3. Civic Si (4th Generation)
Almost every Honda Civic Si ever made has been a very good car. However, the one that stands out the most is the SI model based on the 4th generation Civic. Not only was it a vast improvement over the previous SI models, the 4th generation Civic Si raised the bar for all subsequent models and gave Honda a massive boost in the tuner market. With the Civic Si for the Japanese domestic market (JDM) getting a more powerful engine, American tuners went to great lengths to secure the JDM engines and swapped them with the D-series engines in their North American cars. The Civic Si can be credited for making engine swapping an integral part of the tuning culture.
Every auto enthusiast knows that the best convertibles are cars that were designed to be built as roadsters from the ground-up; not cars that are coupes and have had their roofs chopped off. The formula worked very well for Honda with the S500, 600 and 800 in the 1960s. With the S2000, Honda produced what can only be described as one of the greatest roadsters of all time. The car had excellent performance, but without having to sacrifice everyday comfort and reliability. It’s not surprising then that most automotive experts in the world preferred to have the S2000 over the Mazda MX-5 Miata, an excellent car itself.
In the 1980s, Honda wanted to make a V6-powered car that could rival the 348, Ferrari’s V8 track-and-road machine for those on a smaller budget (small at least in terms of Ferrari) and couldn’t plonk down the big bucks for a Testarossa or a F40. Styled by Pininfarina, the NSX was destined to be a great car from the development process itself. Racing legend and 3-time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna played a key role in the development process of the car and the stiffer chassis for the NSX was a direct result of input provided by Senna during testing. With further input from Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Honda development team could not have put a foot wrong. It is not surprising then that, upon launch, the Honda NSX became one of the most sought-after cars in the world. With high-end Ferrari-like performance for a fraction of the cost, the As one of the largest automotive companies in the world, Honda can be expected to produce many more great cars in the future. However, every good car they ever make will always be measured against these 5 great vehicles.