Sold between 1996 and 2002, the Honda S-MX is a compact MPV that features four-wheel drive. The concept for this model first appeared in a Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, engaging audiences as the fourth offering in the "Creative Mover" series. The S-MX was made available in three different trim levels that all featured 4WD capabilities. This Honda features a 2-Liter version of the popular B-Series engine whose popularity centered around double, overhead camshafts. It uses four valves in every cylinder and is capable of 128 horsepower. However, the engine did not feature the VTEC system that was being put into many other Honda vehicles being manufactured at the time.
The peak torque of the S-MX engine was 135 foot-pounds. This particular design was shared with the CR-V and utilized column shifting in tandem with the four-speed, automatic transmission in order to preserve space for the driver and passengers. In terms of space, this Honda gave drivers two rows of seating that was capable of accommodating four to five passengers with bench seating in the front. The body used customary door configurations for the time, incorporating a rear passenger door on the left side of the vehicle.
The highest trim level of the S-MX gave drivers the lowest ride height, placing the cabin 15 millimeters lower than the base model. Other stylistic differences for this trim included chin and rear spoilers, side skirts, and 15-inch wheels. In general, the styling of the S-MX remained stable throughout its production. Although, the body was re-envisioned in 2000 using different bumpers, composite body components, and a new exterior trim known as "Custom Basic." Other minor changes included tinted rear windows and electric mirrors. The vehicle was eventually replaced in 2002 with the release of the Honda Edix that became globally available in 2004.