Long noted for exceptional reliability, strong resale values and high quality fit and finish, you can’t go wrong with a Honda, it seems. And as some of the most popular-selling vehicles in America, there are plenty of used Hondas out there worthy of consideration. Here are three of the Best Used Honda Cars – chosen on the basis of numerous accolades, value, fun-to-drive and other intrinsic qualities. See if you agree.

  • Honda Fit (2008-2009) – All-new for 2009, the Honda Fit subcompact received U.S. News & World Report’s 2009_Honda_Fit_NYAutomotive Ranking of Best Car for the Money in the class. Fit was also Car and Driver’s 10 Best for 2008 and 2009, Consumer Guide Best Buy, and on the All-Stars of 2009 list from Automobile magazine. Car and Driver says, “If there’s a better combination of thrift, practicality, and fun-to-drive, we haven’t seen it yet.” While it sports a higher price tag than other subcompacts, Edmunds says, “For the small hatchback shopper, or even car enthusiast daydreamers who need something to get to work, Honda’s Fit is the best pick out there.”
  • Honda Civic (2006-2009) – Named the Motor Trend Car of the Year when it debuted in 2006 as well as accolades at the 2006 North American International Show, the Honda Civic compact was also Consumer Reports top pick for 2007 and Best of the Best in small used cars. Consumer Guide gives the 2009 Civic its Best Buy nod in compact vehicles, commenting, “What no competitor matches is this Best Buy’s particular fusion of engineering, style, value and reputation for reliability.” Of Civic, Edmunds says, “For small car shoppers looking for a used vehicle, the Civic is…a smart choice.” U.S. News & World Report hails Civic as “one of the most reliable, visually appealing and solidly performing vehicles of the affordable small car class.”
  • Honda S2000 (2006-2009) – U.S. News and World Report’s Automotive Rankings says of the 2008 Honda S2000 sporty car that it’s a “top choice for anyone wanting a fast, affordable sports car or convertible.” The magazine’s editors rank the 2009 model #2 out of 8 Affordable Sports Cars. Road & Track named the Honda S2000 CR (which stands for Club Racer) as one of its Top 20 New Cars for 2008, saying “Honda’s S2000 roadster has been nothing but good fun.” Consumer Guide calls it “pure sports car fun,” if a “bit stiff-riding and noisy.” Okay, it’s a two-seater convertible, cramped on space. But it’s a blast to drive and gets decent fuel economy for the segment.

Other Honda models to consider include Accord, CR-V, Element, Pilot and Odyssey.

By Suzanne Kane

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