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The Honda CR-X, originally launched as the Honda Ballade Sports CR-X in Japan, is a compact sports car manufactured by Honda. The first generation CR-X was sold in some regions outside Japan as the Honda Civic CR-X. The "CR-X" name is said by some to stand for "Civic Renaissance-Experimental".
The Mk 1 Honda Civic CR-X was first produced in 1983 and is a lightweight sport hatchback. In the US market, the CR-X was marketed as an economy sport hatchback, having room for just two passengers. European markets, however, received a more powerful 130 hp engine and four seats.
Redesigned in 1988 through 1991, the Mk2 CR-X was very popular for its performance (specifically the USDM performance model, Si), nimble handling, and good fuel economy - the USDM CR-X HF model could reliably achieve better than 50 miles per gallon, more than a decade before gas-electric hybrids appeared on the market.
One of the rarest options for the CRX was the Cyber Glass roof, it streched from the end of the top of the windsheild, and went all the way back to the hatch opening, the roof was brown in color and is extremly rare.
The Mk2 Japanese Si and European 16v models came with a 1.6 DOHC engine putting out 128 bhp. The Si engine was stamped ZC, whilst the 16v stamped D16A9. Honda refreshed the looks of the car in these markets in 1990 when it added the B16A VTEC engine in the 150 bhp VT and 160bhp SiR models in the UK & Europe and Japan respectively. The CR-X was the second car to receive a Honda VTEC engine after the Integra.
The Mk 2 CR-X was replaced in 1993 by the Mk 3 CR-X del Sol, a targa top 2-seater again based on the Civic platform. The del Sol was discontinued in 1997 for US markets and 1998 for other markets.
The Civic CR-X was Motor Trends Import Car of the Year for 1984. It also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1985. The redesigned CR-X was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1988. The CR-X Si was Motor Trends Import Car of the Year for 1988.
Mk 1 Honda Civic CR-X
CR-X HF (USDM)
CR-X Si (USDM)
Mk 2 Honda CR-X
CRX Si (1991)
European domestic market (EDM)
CRX 1.6i-16 (ED9)
CRX 1.6i-VT (EE8)
Japanese domestic market (JDM)
CR-X 1.5X (twincarb) (EF6)
CR-X Si (EF7)
CR-X SiR (EF8)