I've gotta show love for the EF, so I'm gunna say 88 Hf (non-cal), which I do believe gets in the 50's for MPG has an awesome amount of cargo room and handles really well.
If you don't have to vote for a stock car, I would say 88 HF with a VX power-plant. The extra 30 HP really makes the HF pretty fun to drive. Or maybe a 88 HF with a HX engine with a ZC tranny. I'm considering going to this setup. The mileage won't be as good, but 115HP in my HF will be something I'm more likely to keep.
the Local owner of an N600 still clames 50-70mpg.
I would have to say that for most peoples needs an Insight is perfect, if you have kids, or need to haul stuff a civic vx is the way to go, I love the CRX HF partly because they are simple, and work well.
I was just told, by a Honda dealer that in the next year or two they will be coming out with a hybrid diesel to replace the insight with, they did not know what body it would be in.
So sorry... I was assuming he wanted a four seater.
I messed up. I should have specified 4-seats. Matt was correct. I still have 2 kids that I need to haul for awhile. I do agree with SVOboy about the Insight. Why else would Dan and Wayne have chosen an Insight for the TDS?
So it looks like a 1995 Civic VX seems to be the popular choice. Did this car have the lean burn mode and, if not, was there a lean-burn model that gets the same or better FE? Or would the lean-burn option add too much to the cost? Cost is a HUGE factor right at the moment.
Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall, torque is how much of the wall you take with you.