Top-selling vehicles usually share the same types of assets. Affordability, versatility, and safety are a few of the most relevant specs, and thankfully, Honda has a number of models that foot the bill. If you’re in the market for a highly rated, modern, and stylish vehicle, look no further than some of the latest offerings from Honda.
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The Accord continues to improve on its winning formula year after year, and both critics and the public noticed. No matter which trim level, body style, or other options you choose, it’s sure to please.
Perhaps its most interesting feature is under the hood. The Accord sports a peppy 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that lends itself to excellent performance and superb fuel efficiency. With this motor, the Accord gets up to 27 miles per gallon (mpg) highway and 27 mpg in the city, as well as a zero-to-60 time of just 7.0 seconds. For the performance enthusiast, the coupe and sedan both offer a 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, which accelerates from zero-to-60 in a mere 6.1 seconds.
Inside the cabin of the Accord, Honda’s inclusion of convenience and entertainment features make it more enjoyable than even prior models. At the heart of this transformation is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are two innovative new platforms that help integrate smart phone and vehicle. This allows drivers to stream music, use navigation, employ voice recognition, and answer phone calls without any distractions.
For the safety conscious, the Currently, only provides contributes a plethora of both active and passive safety features, resulting in the top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2016.
2016 Honda Civic
Much like its larger sibling the Accord, the Civic continues its popularity thanks to brilliant features. However, 2016 also ushers in a shockingly beautiful redesign. While it does have some sleek and elegant new curves unique to the small car market, most of the Civic’s new specs come under the body. With a new suspension, a light-weight chassis and frame, larger wheelbase, and improved steering, the Civic handles like a car that costs twice as much.
The most intriguing and pivotal change from these traits is the light-weight, yet durable chassis and frame, which lends itself to a top-notch safety rating. In crash tests conducted by the IIHS, the 2016 Honda Civic with Honda Sensing earned a Top Safety Pick Plus rating in 2016, which is the top honor bestowed by the organization. Drivers can add the Honda Sensing suite for a marginal price. This preventative system contains features such as lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
Drivers also won’t have to choose between sportiness and fuel economy on the Civic. It comes in two engine choices, and each has their own set of perks. The first option is the 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers an impressive 42 mpg highway and 31 mpg city. However, a slight price increase brings the 174-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder. Despite its decrease in engine displacement, the turbocharged beast decreases fuel economy by only 1 mpg, while boosting acceleration to an insane 6.6 second clip on the zero-to-60 test.
All in all, the Civic’s safety, performance, and handling are its best attributes, but nothing else, inside or out, seems to lag behind.
2016 Honda Pilot
For the driver that loves the versatility of added room, or someone who just likes the look of an SUV, the 2016 Honda Pilot is king. With available third-row seating, the Pilot comfortably handles up to eight passengers with 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear. If drivers need the extra room to haul something, the seats fold down to expose an industry-leading 83.9 cubic feet of space. No matter what the task, the Pilot is up to it.
Because the Pilot is the poster child of impressive versatility, it doesn’t end its features with cargo space. It also provides available all-wheel drive that makes tough terrain such as mud, snow, and sand feel like a finely paved road. The Pilot also has a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, allowing it to go a sizzling 114 miles per hour with a zero-to-60 time of just 6.1 seconds. Although this power sounds like it’s a possible detriment to fuel-efficiency, the Pilot still achieves a respectable 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg in the city.
One of the best things about these Hondas is that their popularity isn’t like a homecoming queen. They aren’t suddenly nice to you one day and forget all about you the next. Instead, they’re in it for the long haul. You may just have to see it for yourself.
MPG based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.