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Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey Named Best Cars of 2018

Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey Named Best Cars of 2018

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Honda Accord and Honda Odyssey Named Best Cars of 2018! To determine winners of its Best New Car Awards, Good Housekeeping Institute works in partnership with experts at Car & Driver magazine to assess hundreds of new vehicles focusing on the things drivers care about most, including value, safety performance, reliability, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), handling, interior design, comfort and technology.

Good housekeeping writes about the Honda Accord, which was named a Best New Car of 2018 and Best Car of 2018, “We were impressed by the roomy interior, superior gas mileage and perfectly placed steering wheel buttons. The Accord has tons of available add-ons that are usually only on pricier cars, like smart braking and lane-keeping assist. In the hybrid, when you use the turn signal, a camera pops up on the center screen to let you see blind spots.”

About the Honda Odyssey, Good housekeeping shares, “The ultimate family ride, it seats eight and has a built-in vacuum, speedy 4G LTE Wi-Fi and a stellar safety package. It’s the first vehicle with CabinWatch and CabinTalk so you can see what’s going on in the backseat with a built-in overhead camera, then pause shows or music to make announcements over the car’s PA system.”

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Four Honda Models Win 2018 Best Cars for the Money

Four Honda Models Win 2018 Best Cars for the Money

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Four Honda Models Win 2018 Best Cars for the Money! Recently, Honda won four U.S. News & World Report 2018 “Best Cars for the Money” Awards, the most of any automaker, including a fourth consecutive award for the Honda Fit and a third straight year for the Honda HR-V. The awards are a measure of the best combination of quality and value, U.S. News & World Report uses data from their own vehicle rankings plus other credible sources to assess quality plus pricing information from TrueCar to determine average transaction prices. 

Honda vehicles took home top honors in the following categories:

  • Best Subcompact Car for the Money: 2018 Honda Fit: “The 2018 Honda Fit is roomy and versatile, with an innovative back seat that lets you haul a wide variety of cargo. Its sharp handling adds enjoyment to the drive, though its sleepy engine is slow to accelerate. “
  • Best Subcompact SUV for the Money: 2018 Honda HR-V: “The 2018 Honda HR-V owes its high ranking thanks to a versatile, spacious cargo hold and roomy second row. The HR-V also has a sturdy build quality for a small SUV.”
  • Best Compact SUV for the Money: 2018 Honda CR-V: “Well-balanced everyday performance vaults the 2018 Honda CR-V toward the top of our rankings. It boasts good safety scores, a high-quality interior, and some of the most spacious passenger and cargo room in its class. “
  • Best Minivan for the Money: 2018 Honda Odyssey: “The 2018 Honda Odyssey is fully redesigned, and it makes a huge splash in the minivan class. Honda’s family hauler boasts a spacious interior, user-friendly technology, and impressive overall performance. “

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver's List of Best Trucks

Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver’s List of Best Trucks

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver’s List of Best Trucks! For the second consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs in the Mid-Size Pickup category. Car and Driver tested the selected vehicles in categories including ride and handling, safety features, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency. 

Car and Driver shares about the Ridgeline, “The Ridgeline’s smooth-revving, naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque (up from 250 horsepower and 247 lb-ft in the previous version) and works exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. Any worries about the efficacy of this tandem are easily dismissed with a quick perusal of the Ridgeline’s test results: the zero-to-60-mph run required just 6.6 seconds and the quarter-mile 15.2. That’s quicker than both the last Toyota Tacoma V-6 and Chevrolet Colorado V-6 trucks we’ve tested. Equally as impressive, the Ridgeline returned 28 mpg in our highway-fuel-economy test. So while the Ridgeline may not go around boasting with an exaggerated exhaust note and extroverted decal package, it can hustle when called upon and deliver better fuel economy than other V-6 competitors.”

Honda also won in the Compact SUV category with the editors explaining, “This also is the best-looking CR-V ever—certainly since the first-generation model. But whereas the original CR-V was cute and dainty, with its hatch-mounted spare tire, puny wheels, and spindly pillars, this new one is a purposeful, chunky piece that sees Honda’s cybernetic design language finally turned handsome. The exterior is expressive and tasteful, with LED lighting, functional aerodynamic detailing to aid fuel efficiency (check out the Kamm-tail-like trailing edge of the rear fenders), and a just-right amount of brightwork. The 2017 CR-V gets so many things right that it’s hard to imagine a more well-rounded package. We welcome any vehicle that might prove us wrong, but if this Honda represents the zenith of the compact crossover SUV, well, we could certainly live with that.”

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Honda Odyssey Wins Cabin Tech of the Year Award

Honda Odyssey Wins Cabin Tech of the Year Award

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Honda Odyssey Wins Cabin Tech of the Year Award! The Honda Odyssey has been recognized as the most loved minivan, but now its being recognized for its cabin tech. The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey redefines family-friendly utility and connectivity with innovative features such as its available second-row Magic Slide™ seats, CabinWatch™ day-and-night video monitor and CabinTalk™ in-car PA system.

CNET explains their reasoning, “The Honda Odyssey‘s performance and efficiency are quite good for a minivan. Dashboard tech has been overhauled and now features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a physical volume knob! Cabin Watch and Cabin Talk help parents keep tabs on a car full of kids without taking their eyes off of the road, and rear entertainment apps help keep little passengers occupied. The 2018 Honda Odyssey is solid choice for modern families with a smart loadout of available driver aid, infotainment and family-friendly tech. Plus, it’s a pretty fun drive — for a minivan.”

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2018 Honda Accord Named North American Car of the Year

2018 Honda Accord Named North American Car of the Year

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2018 Honda Accord Named North American Car of the Year! Recently the Honda Accord was given the distinct honor of being named the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The 10th generation model winning this year marks the third consecutive year that a Honda model has been named the North American Car of the Year, with the Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline winning the car and truck awards in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

“Honda took a clean-sheet approach to reinventing America’s most popular car, and we couldn’t be prouder to receive this honor for Accord as the North American Car of the Year,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re especially proud for the production associates in Ohio where Accord has been built to the highest quality standards for over 35 years.1

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The Honda CR-V is the Most Innovative SUV

The Honda CR-V is the Most Innovative SUV

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The Honda CR-V is the Most Innovative SUV! Recently Edmunds announced its list of the most innovative models with the CES tech driven awards.  The Tech Driven Awards highlights new vehicles and systems that are available this year and that were developed and brought to market by automakers represented at this year’s CES show. The tech must be fully realized products that consumers can benefit from during their daily drive.

Edmunds shares about the Honda CR-V, “It isn’t just that the 2018 Honda CR-V offers advanced safety and driver assistance systems. Or how it expertly balances ride and handling in a way that’s pleasing to drivers and comfortable for passengers. Or that it delivers ample low-end torque for smoothly scooting you through city streets. Nor is it the many clever storage solutions in its ample cargo space. It’s the ubiquity of the 2018 Honda CR-V’s commitment to real-world usability that earns it the Edmunds CES Tech Driven Award for Most Innovative SUV of the Year.”

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Four Honda Models Named Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted

Four Honda Models Named Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted

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Four Honda Models Named Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted! Recently Edmunds announced their Buyers Most Wanted Award for the Accord, Odyssey, Civic, and CR-V. The winners were determined by analyzing data from the first nine months of 2017 for all the models on sale during that period. These four vehicles topped the list and dominated the standard segments in the following categories:

  • Midsize Car Segment: Honda Accord “In a hotly contested segment, the Accord’s reputation precedes itself as one of the most reliable, comfortable and easy-to-drive vehicles. Extremely popular in terms of both sales and consideration, the Accord hits all the marks for shoppers seeking a family-friendly vehicle with solid gas mileage, long list of standard safety features, and strong resale value.”
  • Minivan Segment: Honda Odyssey “With a solid track record in reliability, easy handling and family-friendly features, the Odyssey holds a special place in the hearts of shoppers across America. The Odyssey continues to offer the best value for a large family vehicle, and its spacious cabin and amenities continue to make it a preferred choice for buyers.”
  • Compact Car: Honda Civic “The perennial top-selling vehicle in its class, the Honda Civic is a no brainer when shopping for a small car. Reliable, dependable, and boasting a nice list of features, the Civic remains a favorite among buyers year-after-year, even in a market dominated by SUVs and crossovers.”
  • Compact SUV: Honda CR-V “One of the first compact crossovers on the market, the redesigned Honda CR-V remains a bestseller thanks to aggressive new styling that grabs the attention of buyers in this extremely popular segment.”

Vehicles are ranked according to highest overall sales, fastest selling speed, and two types of shopper consideration metrics on the Edmunds site. These rankings are weighted equally to determine the winners in each segment.

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2 Honda Engines Named in Ward’s Best Engines

2 Honda Engines Named in Ward’s Best Engines

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2 Honda Engines Named in Ward’s Best Engines! The Honda Civic R was recently named a best buy by Motor Authority but now the model has been honored by Ward’s in their Best Engines list. The Civic Type R features the 2.0-liter DOHC VTEC Turbo direct-injected powerplant, which is the most powerful engine ever offered on a Honda production vehicle in America. The engine offers a peak output of 306 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. This powerful engine makes the Civic Type R the fastest Honda production automobile ever offered in America, with a top track speed of approximately 170 mph.

The other model highlighted was the Clarity Fuel Cell which features a hydrogen-powered fuel cell engine that is 33% more compact than its predecessor. This more compact engine also offers a 60% increase in power density compared to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity.

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Honda Will Debut New Model Insight

Honda Will Debut New Model Insight

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Honda Will Debut New Model Insight! Honda will debuting the all-new Insight at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 15, 2018. The prototype is a precursor to the 2019 Insight, which Honda calls “an upscale, stylish five-passenger sedan positioned above the Civic in Honda’s passenger car lineup.” The all-new Insight will launch next summer as the newest electrified vehicle in the Honda lineup. The first Insight was introduced in 1999 and was America’s first hybrid vehicle whiled the second-generation Insight debuted in 2009 as the most affordable hybrid on the market.

“With its sophisticated styling, dynamic stance, ample interior space and best-in-class performance, the all-new Insight embodies Honda’s approach to creating electrified vehicles without the typical tradeoffs,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of Automobile Sales and general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  “You won’t have to be an electrification advocate to appreciate the new Insight – it’s a great car in its own right, independent of what’s happening under the hood.”

“At the 2017 North American International Auto Show we announced our Honda Electrification Initiative with the intention to make two-thirds of Honda’s global vehicle sales electrified vehicles by 2030,” said Arcangeli, “With the Insight launching later in 2018 as the fifth electrified vehicle brought to market over the past year, we’re demonstrating our commitment to that goal.”

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Honda is the Best SUV Brand

Honda is the Best SUV Brand

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Honda is the Best SUV Brand! Recently we reported that the Honda CRV was named the 2018 SUV of the Year when it beat out 25 contenders in evaluations by 11 of Motor Trend’s Top editors, writers, and testers. Now, we are excited to share that Honda has been named the Best SUV Brand of 2018 according to U.S. News & World ReportThe award is based on the strength of Honda’s SUV lineup:  the versatile and segment-leading1 subcompact HR-V, the family-friendly Pilot, and the ever-popular CR-V, as well as outstanding safety and reliability.

U.S. News writes about their decision, “When it comes to today’s automotive shopper, most people are looking for an SUV. If you are one of those people, then look no further than our 2018 Best SUV Brand threepeat winner, Honda. With Honda, you have the option of the subcompact HR-V, compact CR-V, or 3-row Pilot. Whatever you need out of a modern crossover, Honda has it in spades.

Honda is no stranger to awards. The 2017 HR-V is one of only three vehicles to win both a 2017 Best Car for Families award and a 2017 Best Car for the Money award. The 2017 CR-V can make this claim as well, sweeping both the 2017 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families awards. The CR-V also picked up a new trophy this year: 2017 Best New SUV for Teens. The 3-row 2017 Pilot also has some hardware thanks to its 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award as well.”

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