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2019 Honda Clarity Wins Cars.com 2019 Eco-Friendly Award

Cars.com has recognized Honda’s environmental leadership this Earth Day by naming the 2019 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid the winner of its 2019 Eco-Friendly Award. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, with an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 47 and a total driving range of 340 miles, is America’s top-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.

The 2019 Civic EX earned runner-up status, with Cars.com noting its exceptionally fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid also beat out theToyota RAV4 Hybrid and 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV in earning top environmental status. For this award, Cars.com considers all vehicles that reduce consumption and/or minimize the release of carbon and pollutants, regardless of fuel type.

The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is part of a family of electrified midsize five-passenger vehicles that also includes battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell, all on one model platform, offering Honda customers an array of electrified vehicle choices to suit their individual tastes and driving needs.

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American Honda is Most Represented Automaker in Cars.com 2018 American-Made Index

  • Honda Odyssey, Ridgeline, Pilot and Acura MDX comprise four of 10 vehicles in the Index
  • Almost two-thirds of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2017 were made in America

Reflecting its longstanding commitment to develop and build vehicles in the markets where they are sold, American Honda took four of the top ten spots in Cars.com 2018 American-Made Index. Topping any other automaker, American Honda vehicles included the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, 2018 Honda Ridgeline mid-size pickup truck, 2018 Honda Pilot SUV and 2018 Acura MDX luxury SUV.

Cars.com assesses several factors for the American-Made Index: assembly location; domestic-parts content; U.S. factory employment adjusted by sales; engine and transmission origin; and for ties, heavier curb weight is considered. More information about the “Cars.com 2018 American-Made Index” can be found at www.cars.com/american-made-index

Each of the Honda and Acura models featured in the Cars.com 2018 American-Made Index was designed and developed in the U.S. at Honda R & D Americas, Inc. facilities in Ohio and California. The Honda Odyssey, Ridgeline and Pilot are produced exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama, with the Acura MDX now produced exclusively at Honda of America Mfg.’s East Liberty, Ohio plant.

2018 Honda Odyssey – 2nd place

2018 Honda Ridgeline – 3rd place

2018 Honda Pilot – 6th place

2018 Acura MDX – 7th place

Honda Manufacturing in the U.S.
Honda has one of the largest and most diverse U.S. manufacturing footprints of any international company operating in America. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 12 major U.S. manufacturing facilities, employing more than 31,000 associates in the production of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment products, Honda powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

In 2017, Honda produced 1.2 million automobiles in the United States, and almost two-thirds of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were made locally, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Specifically for the Acura brand, five out of six models sold in the U.S. were manufactured in the U.S.

Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

Cumulatively, Honda has invested more than $20 billion in its U.S. sales, manufacturing and R&D operations, including more than $5.9 billion in new manufacturing investment over the past five years.

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Makes Cars.com “Car Seat Check Honor Roll”

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Grades are in and the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid earned straight A’s in the Cars.com “2017 Car Seat Check Honor Roll.” Cars.com tested 65 model year 2017 and 2018 vehicles with only those scoring an “A” grade in each of the applicable six criteria being included on the list. The 2017 Accord Hybrid was one of only 10 to earn the required grades.

Cars.com’s certified child passenger safety technicians reach their decision by investigating a vehicle’s Latch system as well as how different car-seat styles fit into the vehicle. Overall, the Cars.com “Honor Roll” recognizes vehicles that make car seat installation easy for families.

2015 Honda CR-V Wins Cars.com/USA Today/“MotorWeek” Compact SUV Challenge

2015 CR-V applauded for its optimal balance of family-friendly features, interior room, excellent visibility and rewarding driving experience

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The 2015 Honda CR-V, America’s most popular SUV for the past decade (automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/), has won the top spot in the Cars.com/USA TODAY/”MotorWeek” Compact SUV Challenge (cars.com/news), with a panel of experts and customers choosing CR-V over six competing models.

“The compact SUV segment is among the most competitive in the industry, and we took nothing for granted with the 2015 CR-V,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “The CR-V has been America’s top SUV choice for many years now, and it’s great to see that real-world customers and experts from Cars.com, USA TODAY and “MotorWeek” agree that the 2015 CR-V continues to live up to their high expectations.”

In winning the competition, the CR-V earned praise for its rewarding driving experience, generous interior room and family-friendly features. The 2015 CR-V features upgrades to styling, performance, fuel efficiency and family-friendly technology.

“The 2015 Honda CR-V came out on top because it provided the best blend of good interior room, excellent visibility and a surprisingly rewarding driving experience,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. “The CR-V was also packed with great family-friendly features like easy-to-fold seats, a low load floor, rear air vents and much more.”

The Challenge pitted seven of the most popular compact SUVs against each other in a series of expert and consumer testing, which determined that the 2015 CR-V was overall best-in-class. To qualify for the competition, vehicles had to cost less than $28,000 and achieve a combined city/highway EPA fuel economy rating of at least 26 mpg.

 

2015 Honda CR-V Wins Cars.com/USA Today/“MotorWeek” Compact SUV Challenge

2015 CR-V applauded for its optimal balance of family-friendly features, interior room, excellent visibility and rewarding driving experience

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The 2015 Honda CR-V, America’s most popular SUV for the past decade (automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/), has won the top spot in the Cars.com/USA TODAY/”MotorWeek” Compact SUV Challenge (cars.com/news), with a panel of experts and customers choosing CR-V over six competing models.

“The compact SUV segment is among the most competitive in the industry, and we took nothing for granted with the 2015 CR-V,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “The CR-V has been America’s top SUV choice for many years now, and it’s great to see that real-world customers and experts from Cars.com, USA TODAY and “MotorWeek” agree that the 2015 CR-V continues to live up to their high expectations.”

In winning the competition, the CR-V earned praise for its rewarding driving experience, generous interior room and family-friendly features. The 2015 CR-V features upgrades to styling, performance, fuel efficiency and family-friendly technology.

“The 2015 Honda CR-V came out on top because it provided the best blend of good interior room, excellent visibility and a surprisingly rewarding driving experience,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. “The CR-V was also packed with great family-friendly features like easy-to-fold seats, a low load floor, rear air vents and much more.”

The Challenge pitted seven of the most popular compact SUVs against each other in a series of expert and consumer testing, which determined that the 2015 CR-V was overall best-in-class. To qualify for the competition, vehicles had to cost less than $28,000 and achieve a combined city/highway EPA fuel economy rating of at least 26 mpg.

 

No Minivan Tops Honda Odyssey

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the simply the best minivan available. That’s not just what we think, that’s according to Cars.com. The newest version of the Honda Odyssey is just the Odyssey pulling further away from the competition.

“The minivan market is pretty competitive,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “But the 2014 Honda Odyssey really proves there is no competition. It has led and will continue to lead the minivan pack because it is the best designed, most functional, most technological advanced, and most family friendly minivan available.”

The short video by Cars.com shows exactly why the 2014 Honda Odyssey is better than all the rest:

  • 1 mpg improvement over the last model
  • Touchscreen infotainment control
  • Better materials
  • HondaVac, which is the vacuum designed by ShopVac that reaches all the way to the front of the van.
  • Would win a race with any other minivan, including the Toyota Sienna
  • The seats expand outward to make more room for car seats
  • There is a 15 inch widescreen tv…that can split into two media AND 5.1 surround sound!

Certainly the Honda Odyssey is not a cheap vehicle, but compared to other minivans is right in the ball park. But compared to many vehicles it is by far the best value for everything that comes with it.

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership today to take the 2014 Honda Odyssey for a test drive!

Greenest Car Shopping Areas…Don’t Include Seattle

I thought I knew what to expect as I read this article in honor of Earth Day that listing the locations of America’s greenest car shoppers.

Until I saw the list, that is. Here is the list cities most buying hybrids, electric vehicles, and other green cars:

10. Sacramento—Stockton—Modesto, California

9. Medford—Klamath Falls, Oregon

8. Lima, Ohio

7. Honolulu, Hawaii

6. Washington D.C.

5. Eureka, California

4. Portland, Oregon

3. San Diego, California

2. Monterey—Salinas, California

1. San Francisco—Oakland—San Jose, California

There were a couple things about this list that stood out to me. The first is that Lima, Ohio is eighth on the list (where is Lima, Ohio?). The second, and most surprising to me, is the fact that Seattle (and surrounding area) is not on the list at all (and that Lima, Ohio is). As a Puget Sound driver, it seems crazy to me that Seattle is not on the list because I see so many hybrid vehicles on the road.

The article is right that it makes sense that the list would be full of West Coast cities because it has”…abundant charging stations, special perks for eco-friendly drivers in some western cities and robust infrastructure, the West Coast is well equipped to cater to the needs of eco-conscious drivers.” This seems especially true for Seattle, which is also a city of early adopters and prides itself on its technological know-how.

However, Seattle is still oddly missing from this list.

What do you think? Was this a mistake on the part of Cars.com or is there a reason Seattle didn’t make the list?

Gallery: Cars.com Purchased a 2013 Honda Civic

You know you have a winning vehicle when Cars.com makes the plunge and buys one. Well, that’s exactly what Cars.com did with the 2013 Honda Civic.

“The Honda Civic is one of the best-selling cars of the last couple decades and the 2013 Honda Civic certainly does this tradition justice,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The redesigned 2013 Honda Civic is a really great compact car with the incredible gas mileage that people have come to expect from Honda and the Honda Civic.”

Check out the complete gallery of the 2013 Honda Civic that Cars.com purchased.

For the opportunity to see the 2013 Honda Civic in real life, stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership to take it for a test drive. We’ll let you take all the pictures you want.

Hondas Beat Competition in all 3 Head-to-Head Shootouts on Cars.com

Hondas Beat Competition in All 3 Head-to-Head Shootouts on Cars.com

We love Hondas, so it’s no wonder that we write about how much better Hondas are than other cars. But, in an effort to show that it’s not just us who love Hondas, here’s an AWESOME article about how Honda vehicles beat out all other vehicles in three different face-offs: the $16,000 Subcompact shootout (2012 Honda Fit won), the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout (the 2012 Honda CR-V won), and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout (the 2013 Honda Accord won).

Not only did Honda win, but they won each shootout by an average of 26 points. We can’t make this stuff up.

The article provides a great breakdown for the pros and cons of each car tested in each shootout, including the comments of each judge and the real-life test-family. If you are considering by a vehicle in any of these three categories, I HIGHLY recommend you read the article relevant to you because they do a great job with specifics.

 

Here’s what you need to know from the $16,000 Subcompact shootout:

  • “The verdict: ”The Fit is a triumph of cargo volume, versatility and execution,” Wiesenfelder said, “and its powertrain is a winner. From the first moment, the Fit begged to be driven hard.” Enough said.”
  • All the judges and the test-family raved about the overall roominess of the vehicle that looks much smaller on the outside then it feels on the inside. In fact, the second row seats fold UP so you can still have a flat loading space.
  • It’s fun to drive. More than any of the other cars tested, the Honda Fit handled magnificently on corners, hills, bumps, etc. No need to worry about driving a puny, wimpy
    car. Drive one that is fun to drive!
  • It got the second best gas mileage with EPA tested 28/35 city/highway mpg. The judges got an actual gas mileage of 33.4 mpg.
  • See the verdict on each individual car HERE.
  • See the overview of this shootout HERE.

See our next blog to find out what the Cars.com head to head shootouts said about the 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Honda to make them the winners of their categories!