Honda Won Four 2018 ‘Best Cars for the Money’ Awards
Honda won more U.S. News & World Report 2018 “Best Cars for the Money” Awards than any other automaker, thanks to its unrivaled combination of quality and value. The carmaker’s luxury brand, Acura, also received two awards.
Hondas and Acuras have always been renowned for their quality, reliability and longevity, which keeps many on the road even with 300,000 miles or more on their odometers. This longlasting reliability partly explains why used Hondas and Acuras retain so much of their value.
Among the many popular Honda and Acura models from the past is the Integra, which was sold as a Honda in Japan and as an Acura in the US.
The Integra has always been praised for its solid handling and spirited response. In fact, many enthusiasts consider it one of the best front-wheel drive models ever made because its highly rigid body, independent double wishbone suspension and powerful, high-revving engine make it extremely fun to drive, as well as competitive in racing.
For a relatively small investment, used Integras from the 1990s can be imported from Japan and modified into very fast machines for drag racing, autocross racing and road racing. There is a plethora of affordable aftermarket parts available for old Integras, including swapping parts from Honda Civics. Moreover, Integra engines are known to be extremely easy to work on.
Among the many popular JDM Integra models imported from Japan is the second-generation 1992 Honda Integra RSi (Rally Sport fuel injection), a base model often used for racing because of its combination of high performance, low price and light weight. As a trimmed-down model, it doesn’t provide luxury options like ABS, sunroof or power windows. But it does feature 4-wheel disc brakes, a 5-speed manual transmission and a high-revving naturally aspirated 1.6-liter DOHC VTEC inline-4 engine with 16 valves and PGM-FI that produces an impressive 170 PS. This engine rewards those who push it hard and reportedly accelerates the Integra from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 8 sec) — a specification that can easily be improved with a little modification.
The next iteration of nineties Integras was the legendary Type R in 1995. The car was designed to be driven harder and faster. It was lighter and improvements like a larger throttle body, aluminum pistons, high-volume manifold, redesigned intake valves and higher compression ratio resulted in more horsepower, 195 HP to be exact.
Many Integras from the 1990s, like the RSi and Type R, can still be found in outstanding condition in the Japanese market, where Honda Integra owners like Emperor Akihito take great care of their cars.
Contact Japan Car Direct today. We can help you find, purchase and import the secondhand car you seek at a reasonable price from auctions and dealers all over Japan.
I had an excellent experience working with Matthew at Japan Car Direct. I was a first time auction buyer and importer to the United States. Mathew walked me through... read moreAlex Spiegel8/11/2022
Matthew at JCD is the man. I’ve now imported three of my own cars through him. JCD was able to accommodate my unique needs, everything from short turn around inspections,... read moreChan Shin7/29/2022
I highly recommend Japan Car Direct. They help you find exactly what you are looking for and are with you throughout the entire process. Import was seamless. Mike was great... read moreSir Selrahc7/14/2022
Before this I have never imported any vehicles to NZ let alone one from Japan! I decided to give these guys a shot and bought a JDM Tesla into the... read moreEdward Yuan7/11/2022
Great experience. Extremely easy process and Kept me well informed. Highly recommend them if looking to purchase a vehicle from Japan.Antonio Sevilla7/08/2022
It's hard to say anything that hasn't been said from other reviewers! This was my first experience importing a vehicle. Mike Nguyen was super patient with me and my indecisiveness.... read moreLaw_of_the Za6/30/2022
I used Japan Car Direct's services to import a Nissan Silvia from Japan to Australia. Mike was very helpful from start to finish and definitely made the process stress free.
The... read morematthew martin6/24/2022
Just picked up my car that I bought through JCD. I was a complete newbie about buying a car overseas and Mathew was kind enough to basically hold my... read moreTK Mad6/18/2022
I worked with Mathew on getting my first Japanese Kei truck. The process and communication were great. For me the back-and-forth communication was the reason why I decided to go... read moreJohn Penny6/12/2022
Taylor at JCD has been incredibly helpful in my search for a couple of unique rigs from overseas -- We've scored one, and are looking forward to finding another.
Taylor's professinoalism,... read morecamden lindsay5/31/2022
After seeing quite a few Kei Trucks on the road, I was intrigued. Seeing the local retail prices gave me sticker shock, so I immediately thought there has to be... read moreChris Okano5/24/2022
Can't fault these guys - this was the first time I've bought a car at any auction, let alone one in Japan. The support from Yoshiro was brilliant, very patient... read morePhil Stebbing4/14/2022
Japan Car Direct helped me find my dream car. We found a great deal on an ST205. Yoshiro was fantastic and super responsive and patient with all of my questions.... read moreBrandon Moore4/11/2022
So pleased with our companies new Japanese mini-truck import. Japan Car Direct made it all too easy. We made a few first-timer mistakes on the paperwork but the next import... read moreMARKNADEN Studio4/08/2022
Great dependable business! Highly recommended! Thank you Mathew for all your hard work!Dmitri Gordei3/30/2022