2017 Honda CR-V Honored for Low Environmental Impact

 

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Last week  the ACEEE honored Accord Hybrid and Honda CR-V Touring for their low environmental impact “green” attributes. This raises a bit of a question for me and others that embrace an electric motivated future for personal transportation. Amazingly enough, the turbocharged optioned Honda CR-V approaches near hybrid MPG, without the advantages of electrification, not an easy engineering task.

When considering the purchase of a new car or SUV, how often do we look to environmental impact as a weighing factor in the decision to lease or purchase? In a time where the average pump price of gasoline sits at or near a historical low, fuel efficiency, and related car emitted air pollution, may take a backseat to utility, interior accouterments, good looks, and engine acceleration performance.

Honda continues to lead the automotive world in fuel-efficient, super low emissions I.C.E ( internal combustion engine) technology. In practice, 2017 CR-V Touring ranks #1 in the compact crossover/SUV segment for average fuel efficiency. And, according to KBB.com, will lead the competition in long-term ownership residual value.

2017 Honda CR-V offers the best of all worlds through financially attainable MSRP, segment topping performance, and as acknowledged by the ACEEE,  (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) a reduced environmental footprint, as a “Greener Choices 2017” pick, with a top 11% efficiency rating when measured against all cars on the road today. This Honda Hybrid landed in the top 1.3%  2017_Honda_Accord_McCants

It’s good to be “Green”

How we measure such benchmarks:  Vehicles that qualify for the “Greener Choices 2017” list are restricted to widely available gasoline-powered cars and light trucks with automatic transmissions, which showcases the widespread availability of environmentally responsible vehicle choices in many segments of the market. The vehicles are ranked based on a full life-cycle analysis, looking at not only the environmental impacts from driving, but also from the manufacturing and end-of-life recycling of the vehicle.

As reviewed by McCants Auto News: While driving under real-world weather and road surface conditions, our turbocharged 2017 CR-V Touring averaged 28.9 MPG. That’s exceptional for a near midsize 2-row equipped with real-time all-wheel-drive, a high torque output turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine, chunky-exterior design cue’s and what gained acknowledgement from the automotive press as the most refined, comfortable interior in the compact SUV segment. Read my latest 2017 Honda CR-V drive review here.

2017 Honda CR-V named Car and Driver ‘Best Compact SUV’

Interestingly enough, prior to its North America dealership debut, auto industry bellwether “Car and Driver.com” names Honda’s reinvented 5th generation CR-V “2017 Best Compact SUV” when weighed against some rather good competition.

I had the pleasure of driving 2017 Honda CR-V from San Francisco to Monterey California last month, and was just a bit blown away by how comfortable, road worthy and spacious CR-V truly is. Read my first drive impressions here.

But in short: What Honda has done with CR-V goes way beyond turbocharging; although the benefits of the 1.5 Liter VTEC 4-cylinder gasoline engine can’t be understated. Where 2017 CR-V truly shines is in superior interior seating comfort, ease of control, and welcomed added passenger, cargo space.

I was further impressed by CR-V’s much improved interior noise reduction, total lack of torque steer, side roll and truck-like suspension attributes. It’s posh way beyond the restrictions of the compact crossover/SUV classification. Apparently our friends at “Road and Track” agree with me. I further predict that 2017 Honda CR-V will continue to rank as the best-selling SUV of any size segment in North America.

Read how Road and Track assessed Honda’s best-selling SUV here

CR-V’s in good company with 2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup. In other news we find the 2nd generation Honda Ridgeline picking up yet another much coveted auto industry accolade. With a reported 60% of all new auto sales dedicated to the pickup truck, crossover or SUV, according to Road and Track.com, Ridgeline is the best value found in today’s growing midsize pickup truck segment.

Read my latest Honda Ridgeline road adventure here.

2017 Honda Pilot named ‘Best 3-Row SUV’ by Cars.com

 

Looking to Monday morning Honda News: According to our friends at Cars.com 2017 Honda Pilot tops the 3-row SUV segment in standard feature value, comfort, fuel efficiency and ‘real-world’ MPG — when compared to a rather good field of competitors.  You may read my latest drive review of the reinvented Honda Pilot here.

Read how Cars.com assesses the reinvented Honda Pilot

After extensive testing in the Cars.com “Three-Row SUV Challenge,” the completely redesigned 2016 Honda Pilots named the best midsize SUV of 2016 and the overall Challenge winner. Testing, which included expert evaluation on a set course, a 170-mile drive to determine real-world MPG, and driving by an in-market family, revealed Pilot as the clear leader within its segment.

Recognized for its interior space, versatility and utility with comfortable seating for up to eight passengers, the Pilot is now also available with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ functionality. To read more about the awards, visit www.Cars.com. 

What I like about 2017 Honda Pilot

For 2017, Honda refined Pilot’s ride and drive experience while increasing horsepower and torque to segment leading levels. Absent is the harsh ride tendencies associated with pick-up-truck based SUV s. Thanks to Pilot’s shared Oddysey and Ridgeline’s unibody manufacturing platform, primary front-wheel-drive, i-VTEC V6 power and Pilot’s optional 9-speed automatic transmission with electronic drive-mode selection,  Pilot presents a much improved all-weather, variable road surface traction, and much more.

Family friendly, work ready

No worries: Although Honda has measurably refined Pilot’s interior layout and finish while increasing seating capacity and behind row-3 cargo room, Pilot remains a financially attainable crossover/SUV package for discerning buyers looking to Honda for exceptional initial purchase and ownership value. * MSRP from $30,950 FWD LX to $47,070 Elite AWD. MPG: 27 Highway/19 City.

In the dirt 

Yes, Honda Pilot is surprisingly good off-road. Check out my Texas experience here.

 

2016 Honda Civic continues to elevate brand sales

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2016 Honda Civic Touring takes on Audi and BMW with exceptional styling and performance for under $25,000.

 

I could have just as easily substituted “continues to elevate” for “carries American Honda Motors through” a tough transitional May 2016 sales month. With all major automotive brand sales slumping a bit in May. 2016 Honda Civic continued to buck the SUV trend with yet another near record sales month. Read my latest Honda Civic market recap here.

With Civic up no less than 20% for the year, when compared to May of 2015, AHMC looks to Civic Sedan, Coupe and the soon to arrive built in England 5-door hatchback to push the maker to new found segment dominance in North America.

While it may be a bit down the road before North American Honda Type-R fans realize the arrival of the long awaited Type-R hatchback, recent spy photos indicate a fast-track (no pun intended) R&D and subsequent road trials for Honda’s “hot hatch” in Canada and the U.S..

Why Civic continues to sell so well in a crossover/SUV obsessed market

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9th generation Civic Si Vs 10th generation Civic Touring.

It’s the “Art of the Line,” and when it comes to the compact sedan and coupe, no other maker at this time in North America builds a better looking, higher performing, near-premium compact car than Honda does.

While not the cheapest offering the compact segment, when one weighs the initial MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) against offerings from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Hyundai, KIA, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda and others, 2016 Civic, even in its 2.0 Liter, 6 speed manual transmission base trim presents the greatest long-term lease or purchase value — that’s why 2016 Honda Civic was voted “Best Car of the Year” and “Best Car for Families” in 2016.

In risk of reading like yet another Honda advertisement

Don’t read me wrong here, McCants Auto News has driven all competitors in the compact segment. The aforementioned auto brands ALL manufacturer a very decent car. BUT, some are more refined, offer greater initial quality, higher crash test ratings, greater fuel economy and quieter interiors than other.

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Hondapro Jason and i take a closer look at the turbocharged 2016 Honda Civic Touring.

It takes more than good looks to sell a car theses days. Honda engineering and design tells m McCants Auto News that Civic is purpose designed to go after the compact premium sports sedan segment, and takes on Audi and BMW.

Honda and Civic are on a record sales year trajectory as consumers discover the reinvented North American Honda lineup including the built in the U.S.A. 2017 Ridgeline Pickup Truck.

Is Honda giving the European Imports a run for their money? Could be! Read my initial 2016 Civic Coupe drive impression here.