This gas-only non-hybrid 1988 Honda CRX HF has a remarkable EPA fuel economy rating of 49 miles per gallon on the highway, and 41 in the city. The HF stands for “high fuel efficiency,” an acronym still used by Honda to signify the most fuel thrifty version of the Civic.
The 1987 CRX, back in its day, was rated at 57 mpg, but the number has since been adjusted by the EPA, due to changes in its testing and rating protocols. The CRX HF, and other cars of that era, were so efficient because they were stripped down and lighter in weight—lacking the creature comforts and safety features that we expect today.
In 1993, Honda replaced the CRX with the del Sol, a removable hardtop convertible that didn’t offer an HF model.
Today, only the most efficient hybrids can beat the CRX HF in fuel efficiency. Even many hybrids don’t stack up on mpg with the CRX. For example, the hybrid-only Honda CR-Z coupe, which was inspired by CRX, only manages a combined city/highway rating of 37 mpg, compared to the CRX HF’s combined 44 miles per gallon.
The CRX in this listing was originally sold as a standard model DX, but has been retrofitted with a 1.5-liter HF engine, allowing it to achieve similar fuel economy to the original HF models. The seller has also replaced many of the original components with new parts and installed a more modern stereo system with a CD player.
Besides the outstanding fuel efficiency, the CRX stands out for two reasons. Its lightweight body and responsinve handling make it a blast to drive. And its simple, small and light platform—as well as ease of modifications and availability of parts—makes it one of the premier tuner cars of all time. This 1998 Honda CR-X HF on eBay is just waiting to get radically pimped by the right buyer.
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