Is Honda the most fuel-efficient?

Is Honda the most fuel-efficient?

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Is Honda the most fuel-efficient? In previous blog posts, we’ve shared different ways that Honda has shown its commitment to the environment, including releasing electric and EV vehicles. Honda’s efforts have recently been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency who named Honda the most fuel-efficient automaker in America.

“Honda is proud to play a leading role in the move toward a more efficient, low- emissions mobility future and it’s encouraging to see the industry as a whole making significant gains, despite low fuel prices and the market trend toward trucks and SUVs,” said Robert Bienenfeld, assistant vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy for America Honda Motor Co., Inc. “There’s a lot of work still to be done, but with record sales and production of Honda electrified vehicles and more planned, we are committed to continue improving our fuel economy performance.”

The 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report shared that Honda had the highest fleet average fuel economy at 29.4 miles per gallon (mpg) and the lowest C02 emissions of any major automaker at 302 grams/mile for the 2017 model year. 2017 is the latest year for which full data is available. These amounts represent improvements from previous years with a five-year improvement of 3.1 mpg for Honda’s fuel economy and an improvement of 36 grams/mile from 2012 results. 

Two environmentally-friendly models to consider include the Clarity Plug-In and the Accord Hybrid. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Honda CR-V offers top pedestrian detection and crash prevention

Honda CR-V offers top pedestrian detection and crash prevention

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Honda CR-V offers top pedestrian detection and crash prevention.  The 2018 and 2019 Honda CR-V has earned the highest pedestrian detection and crash prevention rating of “Superior” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS). This safety rating is based on the CR-V’s extensive safety features which include the award-winning Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™). 

Honda CR-V Collision Mitigation Braking System:

“IIHS’ pedestrian crash avoidance tests can be unnerving to watch, since they are set up to look like an impending collision with a pedestrian. The tests highlight the need to consider the safety of all road users when designing advanced safety systems like those included in Honda Sensing®,” said Jay Joseph, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We have sold nearly 1.8 million Honda vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing in the United States, underscoring our leadership and commitment to the widespread application of these important technologies.”

In IIHS tests, the CR-V’s CMBS was also rated “Superior” for Crash Avoidance and Mitigation. The 2019 CR-V has also earned a “TOP SAFETY PICK” rating, when equipped with LED headlights and Honda Sensing.

Learn more in the official press release. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Which Honda models are the best investment?

Which Honda models are the best investment?

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Which Honda models are the best investment? Recently, U.S. News & World Reports released their list of the Best Cars for the Money 2019. After evaluating numerous models covering 14 different automotive classes, the winners offer a mixture of quality and value. Based on data collected from “every published and credible review of a given model” as well as safety and reliability data, this list provides an unbiased ranking with individual scores for each car. 

Pricing data was acquired through a partnership with TrueCar, a company that tracks real-time transaction prices for new cars. Total cost of ownership data, including fuel costs, repairs, and insurance, was obtained through a partnership with Vincentric.

Honda vehicles took home top honors in the following categories:

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Which CPO Honda model should I get?

Which CPO Honda model should I get?

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Which CPO Honda model should I get? Recently Autotrader released it’s list of 10-best CPO Cars for 2019, recognizing the best vehicles offered through manufacturer CPO programs. Models considered must be offered with a certified pre-owned warranty lasting for up to 100,000 miles, have an overall NHTSA safety rating of at least four out of five stars, and not be priced above $40,000.

“Our list of ‘good as new’ vehicles can bring the car a consumer wants into the price range they want to pay,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader. “These CPO vehicles are thoroughly inspected, covered by warranties and offer the latest designs, making it difficult to even tell the difference between their new car counterparts.”

The 2016-2018 Honda Civic was chosen by Autotrader because, “The Honda Civic is one of the most trusted compact sedans ever to be sold. Offering a quality interior to go with sprightly driving dynamics, over 300,000 new Civics have been sold every year in the U.S. on average dating back to the late 1990s. Needless to say, the Civic is a staple on U.S. roads.

Right now, a brand new 2019 Honda Civic ranges in price from around $20,000 to $28,000, excluding the performance-oriented Si and Type R models. Buyers looking for more value, though, can go the used route and take advantage of Honda’s certified pre-owned program, which offers an additional year of bumper-to-bumper coverage along with 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection, starting from the original sale date. Honda will even add an extra one year or 12,000-mile limited warranty if the basic “bumper to bumper” warranty has expired. The average CPO 2016-2018 Civic is valued at around $19,800, which means you’ll likely be getting a near-new Civic with more desirable features for less than most people are paying for a brand new, base model Civic.”

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Accord and Odyssey named in KBB's 5-year cost to own awards

Accord and Odyssey named in KBB’s 5-year cost to own awards

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Accord and Odyssey named in KBB’s 5-year cost to own awards. The Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards recognize new vehicles and brands with the lowest project cost of ownership for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period. Rank is based on Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own data, which evaluates depreciation, fuel costs, financing, insurance, and state fees, as well as scheduled maintenance and repairs.

The Honda Accord was recognized as the most affordable Mid-size Car, while the Honda Accord Hybrid came in right below the Accord. Kelley Blue Book shares about the Accord, “If you’re looking for a safe, stylish, efficient, reliable and easy-to-own midsize sedan, the Honda Accord checks every box. Hybrid variants grant all that, plus 48-mpg combined fuel economy, while an optional 2.0-liter turbo engine packs surprising potency and fun-to-drive manners.”

The Honda Odyssey is the most affordable minivan. KBB editors write about the Odyssey: “If you’re looking for the perfect family van delivering pluses in every category, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is a no-brainer. From its Magic Slide 2nd-row seats to its built-in vacuum to its 5-star safety ratings, it’s no wonder the Odyssey is America’s best-selling minivan eight years running.”

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Which Honda models are considered the "greenest"

Which Honda models are considered the “greenest”

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Which Honda models are considered the “greenest”? Recently the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) put out its list of “Greenest Vehicles of 2019,” and the 2019 Honda Clarity Electric and 2019 Honda Insight were listed. The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback with CVT and 2019 Honda Civic 5DR were also featured on their “Greener Choices 2019” list.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit organization that works to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. ACEEE achieves its mission by conducting technical and policy analyses, advising policymakers, educating consumers, and more. Founded in 1980, ACEEE collaborates with the government, private sector, research institutions and other non-profits. 

The list features the most environmentally-friendly vehicles available and ranks the car based on their Green Score. The Green Score is based on the environmental damage index (EDX) which calculates the damage to human health associated with the manufacturing, the production and distribution of fuel or electricity, and vehicle tailpipes.

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Which Honda models get the best resale value?

Which Honda models get the best resale value?

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Wondering which Honda models get the best resale value? One consideration many car buyers make is whether or not the car is a a good investment. Resale value is important to consider since you may want to trade in your car in the future. Luckily, five Honda models were named in Kelley Blue Book’s 2019 Resale Value Awards. This means when you invest in a Honda you can expect a good return. 

KBB evaluates the depreciation of the car during the first five years of new-vehicle ownership. Using the latest research and analysis, Kelley Blue Book bases the awards on sales data, market conditions, competition within individual segments, and future economic factors consideration. The awards are divided into three categories: best brands, overall top ten winners, and category winners.

Which Honda models get the best resale value? Honda’s 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award winners are:

Learn more about the cars and the awards here. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Honda Ridgeline is the best mid-size pick-up truck

Honda Ridgeline is the best mid-size pick-up truck

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Honda Ridgeline is the best mid-size pick-up truck! Recently the editors at Car and Driver named their list of the 10best SUV’s and trucks. The editorial staff evaluated 54 vehicles including all new or substantially revised models alongside last year’s winners, spending a week driving each of the vehicles.  The staff tests the vehicles on rigorous roads that can include lots of twists and potholes as well as specified off-road sections. Beyond evaluating handling, factors such as rear-seat accommodations and technology are considered when determining the winners.

For the third consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named the Best in the Mid-Size Pickup category. But what made this truck stand out from the competition. The editors share that “The Honda Ridgeline proves that different can be better. A unibody pickup based on the same platform that underpins Honda’s Odyssey and Pilot, the Ridgeline is an anomaly. It’s the only pickup on the market with a transverse-mounted engine (a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6), and in its base configuration, it drives the front wheels. Scandalous!

And while the Ridgeline’s towing and payload ratings are lower than some of the competition’s, this mid-sizer more than compensates with its unique features: a lockable in-bed weatherproof trunk, a dual-hinged tailgate, and a composite bed that can double as a big speaker. The Ridgeline’s outside-the-mainstream design imbues it with real versatility, and make it something more than merely a shrunken version of a full-size pickup. Furthermore, it boasts a roomy and comfortable cabin, and its superior ride and handling are befitting a sedan. The Honda also boasts excellent fuel economy and robust acceleration.

 

It’s enough to earn the Ridgeline our accolades as the best mid-size truck for a third consecutive year—although we should make it absolutely clear that the Ridgeline ran unopposed at this year’s event, owing to a lack of fresh competition. With the mid-size-pickup segment drawing more entrants—including the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator—that won’t be the case for 2020. But we expect the iconoclastic Ridgeline will still be a strong contender even in an expanded field.”

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Which Hondas are the best buys?

Which Hondas are the best buys?

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Which Hondas are the best buys? Recently editors at Kelley Blue book evaluated 3oo new models, choosing only 14 to honor with their annual Best Buy Awards. These awards were designed to provide consumers with clear guidance on which models offer the best investment due to high quality and value. Learn more about what Kelley Blue Book wrote about each of the winning Honda models below. 

In the Best Compact Car category, the Honda Civic was awarded the top honor. KBB editors write, “With fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines, an affordable sticker price, and a history of trouble-free service, the Honda Civic continues to serve up 5-Year Cost to Own numbers that are impressive. All-in-all, its combination of low running costs, competitive pricing and great retained value makes a solid case for the 2019 Honda Civic as the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy among Compact Cars.

The Honda Accord won in the Midsize Car Category because “the Accord “isn’t just the finest midsize sedan money can buy, it’s the most sophisticated, most advanced and most impressive automobile not wearing a luxury badge.” We stand by that statement and the Accord’s return to the winner’s circle is clear proof of that judgment.

The best Compact SUV is the Honda CR-V. KBB writes “Whether you’re looking for a safe, practical, easy-to-drive and easy-to-own car for a younger driver or a leather-laden mainstream SUV that could give some luxury vehicles a run for their money, there’s a CR-V to fit your needs.

The best Midsize SUV is the Honda Pilot, with KBB editors sharing: “When you buy a Honda Pilot, you get a lot of useful features for the money. As you own the Pilot, you’ll enjoy the comfortable ride – one of many reasons this is a terrific road-trip car — and the family-friendly attention to detail throughout. The Honda Pilot, the Midsize SUV Best Buy of 2019, offers many forms of value from day one, and little to no compromise in the process.

In the minivan category, the Honda Odyssey impressed editors with all the “minivan essentials: a solid chassis, seats for eight, a pair of sliding side doors, a spacious cargo area and cupholders galore. And of course, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is loaded with safety features.

The Honda Clarity was named the best buy in the Electric/Hybrid category with KBB sharing, “Starting at just over $34,000, the newest Clarity serves as one car that could please electric-car fans and old-school long-distance road-trippers alike. Best of all, the 2019 Clarity is pure Honda. Imagine your favorite Honda sedan, Accord or Civic for instance, and rest assured the Clarity driving experience is just as rewarding.”

If you are considering any of these models for yourself or your family, make sure to stop by for a test drive so you can see if this Honda is a true match. For more Honda news, follow Wilde Honda Waukesha on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid has one of the best engines

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid has one of the best engines

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The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid has one of the best engines! Even though gas prices have been dropping, choosing to drive a hybrid model can save you more money at the tank and help you lower your carbon footprint. Not only that, but according to WardsAuto, the Honda Accord Hybrid two-motor hybrid powertrain has one of the 10 best engines of 2019. The editors at WardsAuto spent October and November evaluating 34 engines and electric propulsion systems during routine commutes in Detroit to determine the winners of their 25th annual awards.

The editors at Ward’sAuto chose the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid because its “one very smooth operator. Yes, the fuel economy is great – most judges achieved close to 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km) in their test drives. And the performance from the combination of the 2.0L DOHC iVTEC Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine and two electric motors is all anyone could ask for in a midsize sedan. But it’s the way the powertrain’s combined peak 212 hp is delivered to the front wheels that really wows us.

There’s a lot of complexity in this third-generation hybrid powertrain, with the propulsion system quickly shifting between electric, hybrid or engine drive as required, accounting for whether the driver has opted to run in normal, sport or economy mode. But the operation is all very seamless, quiet, amazingly responsive and affordable (with a $25,100 base price) – making believers out of even our staunchest hybrid skeptics.

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