The Honda CRX is a modern classic, not a bad feat for a car originally intended to be a fuel-efficient commuter car. With the advent of the Si model in 1985, the CRX became a serious budget sports car.
Now 30 years later, Honda sadly doesn’t have a CRX car in the lineup, with the hybrid CR-Z being the spiritual, but sadly, not performance successor. Although it does have the Civic Coupe Si, which is a much bigger car than the CRX, has a real back seat, and is the closest thing Honda has to a small performance car.
Thanks to HondaPartsOnline.net, the following infographic shows the differences between the two, and the old car still compares favorably to the old:
What’s amazing is that, even with less than half the power and nearly half the torque, the little CRX is only 1.4 seconds slower through the quarter mile and puts up better fuel economy numbers than the new car. Of course, the old car is 1,100 pounds lighter than the new car and doesn’t have the crash worthiness or creature comforts of the Civic.
The question is, though, which car would you rather drive? Also, would anyone buy an $18,000 modern two-seat CRX? Start the conversation in the comments below.
Check out this TFLcar video of the all-new 2016 Honda Civic: