Compare BMW Z3 & Miata. Crawl inside a del Sol [CRX targa], it has more room, truly reclining seat, more storage, built-in roll bar, & a safer permanent top. Trunk holds volumes. Love the power back window. At Interstate speeds the del Sol is far more capable than a Miata. Nearly 100K & still on the original brakes, clutch, etc. Recommended maintenance, tires, batteries, & fluids only expense. If Life is a series of compromises, then the del Sol hasn't heard: great handling & performance, along with great economy & practicality. Drive the SI SOHC-VTEC or DOHC-VTEC & feel the punch at 3K, 4K, & 5K RPMs as cam, 4 valves, & variable valve timing kick in respectively. Redline is over 7K RPMs.
This is a great car. I have driven the "heck" out of it (340,000 so far) and still get over 40 mpg highway. Have no complaints about its performance even though it's not the VTEC version. I'm actually glad I went with the Si. The trunk space is amazing and I have been able to carry things most people would never imagine a car this small could handle. I laugh at the commercials for new "economy" cars that brag 35 mpg. This "old" car beats all except some Hybrids and even those can't claim much better. Now the car is old, with a lot of miles on it, but I really can't justify trading it in on anything new. I'd be trading down!
72,000 trouble-free miles. I can't imagine how much I've saved on repairs. This car has been 100% reliable. It's one of the few Honda models in the USA that's made in Japan. Some say this car is impractical, but I disagree. It has a very large trunk for a small car. Legroom and headroom are the best of any small car I could find. I'm 6'2" and this car is very comfortable. Outstanding maneuverability and small turning radius.
The Del Sol not once, but twice, sucked in a plastic bag or newspaper through its front intake which overheated the engine to the point of the block cracking. I loved my Del Sol, but if you buy these cars, you'll have to watch out for this serious design flaw the car has. If I were to purchase another, I would specifically be making alterations to avoid this catastrophe. Tell me you like this car after you have it overheating crossing the George Washington Bridge, or in tears, throw down $3k on a rebuild, only to watch the rebuild die the same way in less than a year.