The 1996 Honda Del Sol, also called the Honda Civic CRX Del or the Honda Civic Del Sol, serves as a two-seat, targa-top car manufactured by Honda. The Del Sol uses the Honda Civic platform and launched in Japan in 1992 as a successor to the popular Honda CR-X.
The Del Sol made its debut in the U.S. in 1993, and its name is Spanish for “of the sun,? which refers to the open roof of the car. It does not classify as a convertible in the conventional sense since it has a removable hardtop that can be stowed in the trunk and a retractable rear window to give it the feel of a convertible.
Body Styles: two-door roadster
Engines: 1.6-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Honda Del Sol S, Honda Del Sol Si, Honda Del Sol VTEC
The 1996 Honda Del Sol S, which serves as the base model, gets more power under its hood with a new 1.6-liter, I-4 engine instead of the older 1.5-liter engine. This engine pairs with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. All models of the Del Sol feature a new front fascia.
The 1996 Honda Del Sol has a redesigned air dam and front bumper. Nevertheless, it still retains most of the toy-car-like looks, according to most of the press. The Del Sol stems from the Civic, so it also retains many exterior aspects of the Civic. Most reviewers do not like this.
The 1996 Del Sol offers a good amount of headroom and legroom inside. Both seats feel comfortable and supportive, but the thick rear pillars hamper visibility at many angles.
On the positive side, the 1996 Honda Del Sol offers lots of interior storage options. Two locking bins sit right behind the seats, and the glove compartment and shallow center console bin provide more storage. One of the best aspects of the 1996 Honda Del Sol’s interior, its dashboard, looks intuitively laid out and attractive as well.
The lightweight top of the 1996 Honda Del Sol lifts and stows itself very easily, but it takes up a huge chunk of trunk space.
Performance & Handling
The Honda Del Sol S employs a 1.6-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 106 horsepower. The SI gets a 1.6-liter engine with variable valve timing that delivers 125 horsepower. The high-end VTEC Del Sol contains the most powerful version of the straight-four engine, which delivers 160 horsepower. The S and Si offer either a manual or an automatic transmission, but the VTEC model only uses the manual.
No matter which model you choose, the 1996 Honda Del Sol performs best when it combines with a manual gearbox. The S offers good acceleration, while the Si feels livelier. The VTEC Del Sol serves as a high-performance car that compares to other sport coupes.
Crash test information remains unavailable for the 1996 Honda Del Sol.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Del Sol 1.6-liter I-4, automatic: 28/35 mpg city/highway
- Good performance with Si and VTEC
- Adept steering and handling
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Noisy engine
- Poor rear visibility
Not too stylish, but still sporty.
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