Looking at used cars for sale doesn’t have to be a hassle. Whether you’re visiting dealerships in person, shopping online, or looking for a private seller, chances are you’ve already done a lot of research and know what you want. You may not, however, know which specific model would be best for your needs. This is where brand knowledge comes in. Are you looking for a sporty vehicle, a sleek SUV, or a sultry sedan? Do you want specific features, or are you more concerned about the longevity of a used car? Do you need it for commuting to work every day, or is this more of a weekend type of vehicle?
Skip the hassle and go with a brand that is renowned for their affordable, durable, easy to maintain vehicles that you can keep driving for years. No matter what type of vehicle you’re looking for, Honda will have an answer. With their track record of producing reliable and stylish vehicles, it’s a good idea to start by looking at a few Honda models. But which ones? Try these on for size.
The Honda Civic
Perhaps the best known of the bunch, the Honda Civic’s reputation is legendary. It is a fuel-efficient, inexpensive, spacious vehicle. If you are buying a used one that is less than ten years old, you can expect to pay a fair price for something that doesn’t even have 100,000 miles on it. The 2017 model, in particular, is a great buy, since you could pick up a higher trim level due to the age of the vehicle and its lower sticker price. You could find an Si or even a Type R to test drive, or you could find one that has a hatchback, especially useful for those people who always need more trunk space.
As far as details go, the 2017 Honda Civic gets up to 32 MPG in the city and up to 42 MPG on the highway. It seats four to five people, and comes in a coupe, sedan, or hatchback. The model was redesigned for 2016, which means you get the benefit of designers, engineers, and factory workers who worked to get a new, fresh design into the hands of the public, and then had a year to fix any bugs in the design. There are quite a few safety and tech features, as well as multiple choices regarding the engine options and trim levels. Between the five trim levels, you can get either a 2.0L I-4 producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, or a 1.5L turbo I-4 making 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The LX and EX-T trims are even available with a six-speed manual transmission if you prefer to row your own gears. But whichever trim level you get, the Civic is a fun compact car with plenty of verve, and making the morning commute a bit easier. What’s not to love?
The Honda CR-V
Do you need something a bit larger than the Civic for your family? Check out the Honda CR-V. It also adheres to Honda’s vision of providing affordable, reliable vehicles for customers. The CR-V looks refined and has even more room than some other brands’ larger SUVs, with none of their drawbacks. The 2015 Honda CR-V boasts up to 27 MPG in the city, and up to 34 on the highway, making it one of the best choices for a fuel-efficient compact crossover. All trim levels of the 2015 CR-V have the same engine, a 2.3L I-4 that generates 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque and sends its power to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission..
With seats for five passengers, ample storage space, and a host of standard features, the CR-V is poised to become your new favorite vehicle. With your family in tow, you’re more conscious of what’s happening on the road. You want to keep them safe, and the CR-V has been equipped to protect those inside as well as those outside the vehicle. Honda’s LaneWatch system serves as a second pair of eyes, helping you avoid collisions by showing you what’s in your blind spot. The LaneWatch system, along with a suite of other safety features, will help you keep your family safe and sound from point A to point B and back again.
One of the best things about purchasing a used vehicle is that you pay a lower price for a relatively new vehicle that still comes with all or most of the bells and whistles in the newest vehicles. Even if you look at a Honda CR-V from ten years ago, you’ll still be getting a high quality product that has pretty modern features. With this in mind, you may want to consider potential upgrades since you’re saving so much money on the car. Outfit it with seat covers, floor mats, and other accessories that will make your life easier by providing your passengers with plenty of creature comforts.
The Honda Insight
Are you looking for something more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly? Honda’s Insight might be right up your alley. A five-passenger sedan hybrid that provides a driving experience unlike any other hybrid, the Insight is packed to the gills with goodness. It provides fuel efficiency of 55 MPG in the city and 49 MPG on the highway. Can you imagine having extra money in your account that doesn’t have to go toward gas? You won’t be poking along in the slow lane, either. The Insight’s 151 horsepower and impressive 197 lb-ft of torque is plenty to keep up with traffic, even at highway speeds.
The Insight also has plenty of space, despite being a sedan. It has a roomy trunk providing 15.1 cu. ft. of room for your stuff. It also has back seats that can fold almost flat, and cargo bins in the cabin. There’s also plenty of room to stretch out, which means you won’t feel like you’ve been folded up inside a Murphy bed before you get out and stretch. Instead, you can enjoy the spacious interior, whether you’re sharing it with friends or family, or just want to take your dog to the park.
With more and more options for green energy, it makes sense to go ahead and make the switch. These vehicles have dropped in price, especially if they are used, and are now much more affordable, about the same price as a used car fueled solely by gasoline. You’ll be surprised at how smooth the driving experience is, and how good it feels to help in protecting the environment.
Make Your Next Used Car a Honda
If you haven’t yet decided on a used car, you’ll want to take some time to see and drive some Honda models, particularly the ones mentioned here, as they tend to be the most reliable, and will keep you on the road for quite a long time. You’ll love driving the Civic, the CR-V, and the Insight. Wherever you go, you’re sure to be a showstopper. No matter what you need your next vehicle for, chances are there’s a Honda that can fill your needs.