Christopher Hoffman is a guy I'd like to meet. He's profiled in the latest installment of Petrolicious, titled Original Fanboy, because of his love and dedication to his 1987 Honda CRX Si. And that's something I can relate to.

My personal car is a black 1988 Honda CRX Si. Road & Track executive editor Sam Smith sold it to me in December 2010 with some 93,000 miles on the odometer (and one bum tire!), and though I don't drive it nearly as much as I should, I'm madly in love with my little Honda. I take immense pride in owning this car, despite my recent neglect. As soon as we're done with this Polar Vortex crap here in the midwestern United States, I'm going to pull the CRX out of its wintertime storage and show it the love it deserves.

Like me, Hoffman fully understands the beauty of the CRX. It's not super powerful, or even quick (when it was new, its 0-60 time was just over 9 seconds), but it's extremely light, and comes from an era when Honda was churning out brilliantly simple cars. The steering is incredibly precise, the transmission perfect, and the chassis superb. Nearly 26 years after its birth, I adore every moment behind the wheel of my CRX. And thanks to this Petrolicious special, I know I'm not alone. Scroll down to watch the full episode.


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      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      >CRX >no rust SORCERY, SORCERY I SAY!
      Skye Barcus
      • 10 Months Ago
      I had an '87 Civic Si, and it was one of the most enjoyable cars I've ever owned. It was basically Honda's version of a Mini Cooper, only more reliable!
      rbnhd1144
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well Said Chris, you really do know what you are talking about, Good Luck to you and your Lovely CRX. The CRX was one of the best cars ever made, so cheap to buy and fun to own, simple and reliable. I worked at a Honda Dealer at the time, The tallest guys would buy them, I always wanted one, still I haven't owned one, maybe in the future I will. Those were the days, when a simple car got high gas mileage, the Crv HF was the highest MPG, Id love to see Honda take the CR-Z and turn it into a regular gas powered car using a set up similar to the old CRV HF, these days car makers seem to go overboard, I miss the Fun good looking small cars that don't cost alot.
      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      Its too bad they have not been able to replicate it. Most attempts fail. The closest was the original fit.
      Scooter
      • 10 Months Ago
      Many little-box like cars of 1990s with manual transmission were all pretty fun. The steering wasn't numbed down, the ride dynamics weren't muddied up for a numb-comfort drive. Fewer gears to play with so it wasn't a hassle in traffic. They were light and had a nice buzzy scoot to them. My mom drove a little 90s Toyota with manual transmission, she always said it was a lot of fun to drive. I think many cars today are geared towards straight-line thrust, and total ride comfort with all the amenities of home. Its indicative to why many people think autonomous cars are great. I've driven some seriously fast cars with that plush, comfort vibe. No discernible engine note, butter-on-a hot skillet dynamics where any feel of the road or sound of an engine is total anathema. We really don't get many if any affordable cars these days that really put sport driving first with appropriate dynamics. Many people think technical amenities and 0-60 is the only thing a car should strive for.
        Indubitably
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        Sounds like you described the GTR. Also, thats mostly what the America consumer wants. All you ever hear car reviewers talk about is the ride comfort and 0-60 times -- even in a minivan! You can still find "fun to drive" cars in Europe and Japan.
      razingkane
      • 10 Months Ago
      Of all the Honda's I've purchased since my 1st in 1977, my 87 CRX is by far my favorite Honda and I will never fully understand my stupidity when I sold it.
      bK
      • 10 Months Ago
      Great car, wish more people kept their oldschool japanese cars nice and clean.... Ebay and craglist are just littered with riced out to shame cars...
      Indubitably
      • 10 Months Ago
      Great to see a mint condition unmolested crx. All of them are now either riced out or stanced to hell(the new rice*).
        RedEmblem
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        My God I loathe those folks who ruined the old Hondas (like the CR-X shown above). I guess I'm left with all the cr"p Honda made since they lost their way.
      JaredN
      • 10 Months Ago
      I had an '87 Integra that I bought new and kept for 13 years. Back then, Honda made sweet cars. That little 1.6 was a jewel of an engine. The shifter was incredible, particularly since it was a front-wheel-drive car. It wasn't fast. By today's standards, the cornerning limits were low. But that was just such a fun car to drive.
      rollie
      • 10 Months Ago
      This care probably still gets 42 mpgs which is better than just about every hybrid today. There is no substitute for light weight and simplicity.
        mary.keana
        • 10 Months Ago
        @rollie
        Doubtful, not the Si in that time frame. And the new Accord Hybrid is rated 50 mpg city, and appears it gets that mileage.
          Dizzy
          • 10 Months Ago
          @mary.keana
          My '87 si just knocked down 41.4 mpg on I-40 from Flagstaff to Vegas rolling at 65-70 mph, around 3200 rpm. Not my favorite interstate cruiser. But it's my favorite car. And yeah, I know how to figure mileage correctly.
      jebibudala
      • 10 Months Ago
      I had an '87 totally stock RX7 in mint condition. Sold it a few years back to make room for an NSX. That RX7 got riced out within a couple months by the next owner. I had a totally stock excellent condition '89 Integra, sold it to make room for another exotic, and same day it got riced out by the next owner. If I had garage space, I'd start collecting a ton of unmolested 80's cars starting with the Subaru XT Turbo (with the funky instrument cluster). Most, if not all cars from the 80's will forever be slow, so no sense on trying to make them autozoned fast.
      Carlos Soto
      • 10 Months Ago
      The CRX is one of the best car ever. Drive has never be the same since i sold my 88 SI. It was like a extension of your body. I can feel every inch of the car in motion.
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