The Honda Civic EX and Si arrived with a single camshaft VTEC engine when it started selling in the US market. It was definitely a step up from the DX and LX trims with the non-VTEC engine, but it seemed to be stuck living in the shadow of the DOHC VTEC of the Japanese domestic market.
Honda does have one other used mid-size SUV offering in the form of the Honda Element, but we are not recommending it for several reasons. Topping the list is the Element’s lack of power. The best engine available is a 2.4L I4 that offers 165 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. That is plenty of power in a sedan, but not in a mid-size SUV. In addition to the lack of power, the Element is consistently denigrated for its poor ride quality and loud cabin. It is cheaper than other Honda used cars for a reason!
You are better off looking for the long wheelbase version because it features a fold-flat third-row seat, but the short wheelbase version is just as mechanically reliable. There are only two trim levels, and both provide plenty of comfort and tech. But, the higher EX-level trim adds a roof rack, fog lights, power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, optional power sliding rear doors, heated leather upholstery, and automatic climate control.
While we are talking about used Honda sports cars, we have to mention the Honda S2000. The S2000 could be the least known of all the Honda used cars available anywhere in the world. Well known or not, the S2000 is an impressive sports car.