All-New, Innovative 2017 Honda Ridgeline Wins "North American Truck of the Year" Award

  • Second NATOTY win for Ridgeline
  • All-new Ridgeline designed, developed and manufactured in America
  • Innovative features include world's first factory-installed Truck Bed Audio System, Dual Action Tailgate and more 

The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year (NATOTY) northamericancaroftheyear.org. Launched in June 2016, the 2017 Ridgeline includes a host of industry-exclusive standard and available features including unibody construction, a Dual Action Tailgate, In-Bed Trunk®, a scratch- and dent-resistant composite truck bed and the world's first Truck Bed Audio System.

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The 2017 Ridgeline is also the first and only pickup to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when equipped with available front crash prevention system and LED headlights. It is the second consecutive year for Honda to earn a top honor, with the Honda Civic winning North American Car of the Year honors in 2016. Moreover, this marks Ridgeline's second NACTOY award, the first coming in 2006, when the 2016 Honda Civic also won the 2006 North American Car of the Year. 

"This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team's work," said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This is a terrific way to kick off 2017, and we're looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead."

The North American Truck of the Year Award is given by a group of over 50 members of the North American automotive media and is distinctive because it is not tied to a single publication, radio or television station but determined by an independent group of journalists from the United States and Canada. 

Presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, NACTOY recognizes the most outstanding vehicle of the year based on multiple factors including innovation, design, safety performance, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

The Ridgeline is a part of Honda's expanded lineup of innovative light-truck models, including the HR-V crossover, the CR-V and Pilot SUVs and the new 2018 Odyssey minivan that will be revealed later today at NAIAS. Honda light truck sales hit an all-time high of 661,188 units in 2016, up 7 percent over the previous year.


All-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating

  • Six 2016 Honda models have now earned top IIHS safety ratings 
  • 10th-Generation Civic features next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and available Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technology

TORRANCE, Calif., June 7, 2016 – The sporty, sophisticated and dramatically redesigned 2016 Honda Civic Coupe can now lay claim to safety leadership after earning the highest available collision safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with Honda Sensing™.

All 2016 Civic Coupes earn the top GOOD rating in each of five IIHS test modes, including small and moderate overlap frontal collisions, side impacts and roof crush protection. 

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The 2016 Civic Coupe joins the 2016 Civic Sedan, 2016 Accord Sedan, 2016 Accord Coupe, 2016 CR-V and 2016 Pilot SUV in applying Honda Sensing™ technology and earning an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

The 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation is reserved for vehicles that have an available front crash prevention system and earn an ADVANCED or SUPERIOR rating from the Institute. In 12 mph and 25 mph tests at the IIHS track, the 2016 Civic Coupe with Honda Sensing™ successfully avoided collisions, earning a SUPERIOR rating for front crash protection from the IIHS.   

“We’re proud to add the 2016 Civic Coupe to a growing family of Honda vehicles that employ our Honda Sensing technology and earn top crash safety ratings,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Honda Sensing and systems like it are changing the conversation around vehicle safety performance from crash protection to crash avoidance, and we will continue to expand Honda Sensing to additional models as we work toward our vision for a collision-free society.” 

Standard on the Civic Touring Coupe, the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology can reduce the potential of a collision or mitigate its severity, alerting the driver and taking emergency action when a collision is determined to be imminent. Honda Sensing™ uses both millimeter wave radar and a monocular camera to sense and respond to detected road hazards. Honda Sensing™ technologies on the 2016 Civic Coupe include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) 1
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) integrated with RDM 2
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) integrated with CMBS 3
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow 4
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) 5
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) 6

The greater use of high-strength steel and advanced crash engineering features, including Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, a new crash stroke front frame structure and tailor-tempered B-pillars and rear frame structures, help better protect occupants in a collision while minimizing vehicle weight for superior fuel efficiency. In addition, standard passive safety features on the 2016 Civic Coupe include a new front passenger's safety vent airbag, SmartVent® front side curtain airbags and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor.

All 2016 Civic Coupe models also come standard with Vehicle Stability Assist® with Traction Control, 4-channel Anti-Lock Braking System with Brake Assist; a highly responsive, fully independent suspension; Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; Expanded View Driver's Mirror; indirect tire pressure monitoring system; and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child seat mounting system.

1 CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions

2 LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

3 FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

4 Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

5 LKAS only assists the driver in maintaining proper lane position when lane markings are identified without a turn signal in use and can only apply mild steering torque to assist. LKAS may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

 Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle's departure from a detected lane. Road Departure Mitigation may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.


All-New 2016 Honda Civic Coupe Goes on Sale March 15 Providing Enthusiasts with the Most Stylish, Refined, Dynamic and Connected Vehicle in its Class

  • Roomy and refined interior wrapped in sleek and sporty new body
  • Two new fun and efficient powerplants: 2.0-liter i-VTEC and 1.5-liter Turbo
  • Sophisticated chassis provides superior comfort, refinement and dynamic handling performance in a compact-class coupe
  • Available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ enhance connectivity
  • Honda introduces new responsive consumer website with Civic page on automobiles.honda.com  

Delivering a new level of style, sporty driving performance, technological sophistication and value, the all-new 2016 Civic Coupe goes on sale on March 15 with a starting MSRP of $19,0501 for the Civic LX Coupe with manual transmission. Following the highly successful introduction of the 2016 Civic Sedan, named 2016 North American Car of the Year, the Civic Coupe includes many of the same attributes in a more personal and enthusiast oriented two-door body style. 

The 2016 Civic Coupe is available in three powertrain configurations: a 174-horsepower2 1.5-liter DOHC turbo engine with CVT (EX-T and above), a 158-horsepower3 2.0-liter i-VTEC™ paired with CVT (LX and LX-P) and the same 2.0-liter engine with a six-speed manual transmission (on LX trim). EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2016 Civic Coupe are 31/41/35 mpg4 (city/highway/combined) for 1.5-liter turbo models with CVT, 30/41/34 mpg for 2.0-liter models with CVT and 26/38/31 mpg for the LX with 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission. 

"This new Civic Coupe exemplifies Honda’s focus on fun-to-drive character with two powerful engine options and a chassis tuned specifically for driving fun," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "As the second model in our sportiest and most ambitious Civic lineup ever, the coupe sets the bar for performance, refinement and connectivity in the compact coupe segment.”

Virtually everything about the 2016 Civic Coupe is new – all-new vehicle architecture, sporty and sophisticated new interior and exterior styling, a more spacious and high-quality cabin, two advanced new engines, and a host of new premium features and technologies. Further, with the addition of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies on the Civic Touring Coupe and the first application of Honda turbo engine technology to EX-T and above trims, the 2016 Civic Coupe offers buyers a wider range of options than ever before, each a high-value proposition.

For the 2016 Civic, Honda will roll out a new consumer website design on March 15. The one page vehicle experience has a responsive design to be fully functional on mobile devices and is focused to inspire, educate, and activate customers. This new design will be introduced initially on Civic but ultimately the pages for all Honda models will be upgraded. Customers can experience the new website design and view, build and price a 2016 Honda Civic Coupe at automobiles.honda.com/civic.

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New Technologies

Major new technologies, features and capabilities of the 2016 Civic Coupe, depending on trim, are as follows:

 

Powertrains

  • Turbocharged 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine
  • 2.0-liter DOHC port-injected i-VTEC engine 

Body 

  • Ultra-rigid body with 63 percent application of high-strength steel and 12 percent application of ultra-high-strength steel (up from 55 percent and 1 percent, respectively, in the previous model) – the most extensive use of high-tensile steel ever in a Civic
  • 76 pound reduction in unibody weight versus the previous Civic Coupe, despite its larger size and greater stiffness
  • ACE™ body structure with new crash stroke design (Honda and Civic first) for improved collision performance in a sportier, more compact front frame design
  • Ultra-rigid 590-MPa high-strength-steel floor for enhanced collision performance and improved ride quality (Civic first)
  • Most tightly sealed Honda body ever, with a 75 percent improvement in air leak performance over the previous model
  • Premium noise isolation materials and design features that combine with the tightly sealed body for cabin quietness that challenges luxury-class compact-segment products

Chassis

  • New multi-link independent rear suspension
  • Hydraulic compliance bushings for premium levels of ride quality and road vibration isolation (Civic first)
  • Larger stabilizer bars with bonded bushings for more refined body control (Civic first)
  • Rigid aluminum rear damper brackets for improved ride quality (Civic first)
  • Agile Handling Assist brake torque vectoring for cornering precision and stability (Civic first)
  • Dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratio for improved steering feel and maneuverability (Civic first) 

Exterior

  • Standard aluminum wheels on all trims
  • Available LED exterior lighting
  • Complete underbody covering for fuel efficiency and cabin quietness
  • Flush mounted, acoustic glass windshield
  • Capless refueling 

Interior

  • 91.0 (LX) and 88.6 (EX-T and above) cubic-feet of passenger volume (+7.8 cubic feet vs. previous Civic Coupe) – amongst the most spacious cabins in the compact class
  • New ultra-thin A-pillars for enhanced forward visibility
  • Premium, soft touch cabin materials exceeding current class standards
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Standard automatic climate control (LX)
  • Dual zone automatic climate control (EX-T and above)
  • Available Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™5 and Apple CarPlay®6
  • Available premium comfort and convenience features including Remote Engine start, Smart Entry with Push Button Start and rain-sensing wipers 

Safety and Driver Assistance

  • Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies (Touring trim)
  • Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • New crash stroke front frame design
  • Ultra-rigid 590-MPa high-strength steel floor for enhanced collision performance
  • Targeted highest-available collision performance safety ratings – a 5 star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s NCAP, a TOP SAFETY PICK from the IIHS for the LX through EX-L trims and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS for the Touring trim. 

Exterior Design

Advanced engineering and next-generation sporty Civic design themes are combined in the sleek new Civic Coupe exterior styling. The taut, tidy and sporty overall proportions of the new Civic Coupe are complemented and accentuated by its performance inspired design details, including its sleek, swept-back bodylines, its sharp and aggressive face, and its bulging wheel arches. The hood features sharply defined character lines that draw the eye forward and down to the Civic’s aggressive new face, highlighted by a chrome-plated Honda “wing” that runs the full width of the front fascia and is flanked by available new LED headlights in an in-line configuration.

The new Civic’s ultra-thin A-pillars lend the cabin an open, airy feeling with excellent forward visibility, while the aggressively sloped roof line connects seamlessly with gracefully arching C-pillars that carry the curvature of the roof rearward to the outside rear corners of the long deck, where they intersect with distinctive C-shaped “light-pipe” LED taillights forming a continuous line across the rear.

The sharply creased and curving upper-body side line swells over the rear wheel arches and curves aggressively inward to join the upper bend of the distinctive LED taillights, while the upswept lower-body side line is bisected by the bulging rear wheel arches before bending inward to meet up with the rear bumper’s upper surface. The overall effect is one of dynamism and premium quality with an unmistakable and yet thoroughly modern Civic design aesthetic. 

Interior Design 

The completely new interior of the 2016 Civic Coupe carries through on the exciting, modern and sophisticated styling of the exterior while providing enhanced comfort, leading-edge technology and class-leading quality. The 2016 Civic Coupe takes Civic interior quality to a new level. High quality, soft-to-the-touch materials are applied liberally—to the instrument panel, front door sash and door inserts and the larger, more thickly padded center armrest. Fit, finish and materials quality throughout the cabin have been thoroughly modernized and upgraded in keeping with the more premium and sporty compact coupe character of this all new Civic.

Interior Packaging

Honda’s vehicle packaging expertise, along with the Civic’s longer wheelbase and wider body, results in the most spacious interior in the competitive class. With 91.0 cubic feet of available passenger space (LX) and 88.6 cubic feet (LX-P and above trims), the 2016 Civic Coupe delivers top-of-class comfort by giving its occupants a sense of spaciousness and premium comfort beyond the compact class with ample headroom, legroom, shoulder clearance and side head clearance, including an additional five inches of rear seat legroom compared to the previous model. 

A class leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility is aided by a new, ultra-thin A-pillar design, 18.2 mm (0.72 inch) narrower than the A-pillar in the outgoing 2015 Civic. Even the forward visibility of rear-seat occupants is taken into account, as the new Civic features newly shaped front seatbacks and a smaller head restraint. 

More legroom for the driver is made possible by the reduced intrusion of the instrument panel into the driver’s knee space, while rear-seat foot room is improved by a 27 mm (1.1 inches) wider space between the front seat rails. Trunk room has also been significantly increased, by 0.2 cubic-feet to 12.1 cubic-feet (LX), among the largest in the compact class, with a lower lift over height, larger rear opening, and wider and taller cargo area than the outgoing model. An all-new reconfigurable center console, with up to 7.2 liters of storage space, can hold multiple full-size tablets or an oversized water bottle with the console lid closed.

Interior Comfort, Convenience and Connectivity

The new Civic is designed to be the most comfortable, convenient and connected Civic ever. In addition to its more spacious interior, the 2016 Civic Coupe incorporates new, available premium comfort and convenience features including, remote engine start, electronic parking brake, walk away door locking, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and rain-sensing wipers 

Raising intuitive operation and digital connectivity to the next level, the 2016 Civic Coupe in EX-T and above trims incorporates a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen that serves as the nerve center for control of audio, HVAC and other functions. The new Display Audio is integrated with new Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ platforms, providing seamless integration of smartphone features and functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, and access to a host of Apple- or Google-approved smartphone apps.

Powertrains

Powering the 2016 Civic Coupe are two all-new engines, first introduced in the Civic Sedan, that were both designed to provide highly refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance. Civic Coupes in LX and LX-P trim are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC, 16-valve, port-injected, inline 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC™ valvetrain producing a peak 158 hp at 6,500 rpm and 138 lb-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm, making it the most powerful base engine ever offered in Civic. The new 2.0-liter engine is mated to a sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT) with Honda G-Design shift control, or on the LX trim, a quick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission.

Civic Coupes in EX-T, EX-L and Touring trim are powered by an all-new turbocharged 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine with VTC and electronic wastegate, turning out 174 hp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 162 lb-ft. from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. The 1.5-liter turbo engine is mated to a new CVT that leverages the engine’s low-inertia turbo with electronic waste gate and variable cam timing (VTC) to optimize power delivery across the engine’s full operating range.

Both engines feature a wide array of friction-reduction design and engineering features that support both high performance and high fuel efficiency. These two ultra-efficient engines, married to the 2016 Civic’s light, rigid and highly aerodynamic body, help the Civic garner anticipated class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 30/41/34 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the 2.0-liter engine with CVT, 26/38/31mpg1 for the LX with the 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission, and 31/41/35 mpg for the 1.5-liter turbo with CVT. 

Body

The 2016 Civic Coupe’s new powertrains and sophisticated chassis design are underpinned by its entirely new body construction, where engineers went deeper in the study of dynamic body rigidity to realize an ultra-rigid platform architecture that serves as the foundation for its more sophisticated chassis design, its class-leading collision performance, and its powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains.

Global bending and torsional rigidity are increased with specifically localized body rigidity tuning in key areas, especially at suspension and subframe mounting points which are dramatically improved. 

The new Civic’s sleeker body design combines with aerodynamic features, including nearly full underbody covering, front and rear wheel strakes, optimized rear exhaust silencers and a highly aero-efficient engine compartment, to create the most aerodynamically efficient body in the compact class. The 2016 Civic Coupe’s Cd*A – the combination of coefficient of drag (Cd) and frontal area (A) – is improved by 12.5 percent over the outgoing Civic to best-in-class levels, based on Honda internal test data. The Civic aero design was optimized using a combination of advanced CFD (computation fluid dynamics) and wind tunnel testing of highly detailed 25- and 40-percent scale models and a full-scale model. 

Chassis

Building on the foundation of its ultra-rigid and lightweight body structure, the 2016 Civic Coupe utilizes the most sophisticated chassis design in the history of Civic. Its fully independent suspension includes an all-new multi-link rear design mated to a rigidly-mounted rear subframe for a high degree of lateral stability.

Hydraulic compliance bushings, a feature typically reserved for larger or more expense vehicles, are also utilized on Civic (front bushings on all trims, front and rear on Civic Coupes with 1.5-liter turbo engine), improving ride compliance and reducing road vibrations without compromising sporty handling feel. The new Civic Coupe also applies bonded front and rear stabilizer bushings for smoother and more progressive anti-roll behavior. And Civic’s new dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratio provides for more precise steering control and feel—with only 2.2 turns lock-to-lock (vs. 2.87 turns on the previous model) for greatly improved low-speed maneuverability.

The new Civic Coupe’s wider track, plus 1.9 inches at the front and plus 2.5 inches at the rear, and its 0.39 inch wider tire tread, compared to previous Civic Coupe, aid flat handling and lateral grip, while its 3.1 inch longer wheelbase improves ride quality on undulating or rough road surfaces. The Civic also applies Agile Handling Assist for the first time, using the VSA4 system to apply the brake of the front inside wheel at the entry to a corner, improving cornering attitude, stability and precision. 

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)

Engineers for the new Civic adopted premium noise-isolating materials and design features to achieve a new level of cabin quietness in the compact class. This includes the adoption of new methods to measure and reduce air leaks in the Civic body that, based on Honda’s internal test data, is the most tightly sealed body in the competitive class. Full body air leaks have been reduced 75 percent compared to the previous Civic Coupe. 

Safety and Driver Assistive Features

The 2016 Civic Coupe is designed to provide a high level of collision safety performance in a wide variety of collision scenarios, including offset and oblique-angle frontal collisions as well as side and rear impacts. The Civic’s safety performance starts with its class-leading forward visibility and precise, stable and predictable steering, handling and braking performance. Standard four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) 7 with traction control and Agile Handling Assist further enhance dynamic stability and emergency maneuvering and braking performance.

Standard on the Civic Touring Coupe, Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technology can further reduce the potential for a collision and mitigate the consequences, alerting the driver and taking emergency action when a collision is determined to be imminent. Honda Sensing™ uses both millimeter wave radar and a monocular camera to sense and respond to detected road hazards. The Civic Honda Sensing technology suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow. Honda Sensing features include the following:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™)8
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)9 integrated with RDM
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)10 integrated with CMBS
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow11
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)12
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)13  

All Civics come equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera14 and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. 

The 2016 Civic utilizes its advanced body structure – including its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure (ACE™), new crash stroke technology and a 590MPa high-strength steel floor – to provide a high degree of occupant protection while minimizing weight and aiding fuel efficiency. 

Engineers were challenged not only to create a body that supported their goals for dynamic performance, but also for top-in-class collision performance. The adoption of a more compact front end and shorter front overhang proved to be an exceptional challenge to achieving their goals, effectively shortening the front frame’s crash stroke (the area available to absorb and redirect frontal collision energy). To overcome this challenge and maintain the sporty proportions of the new Civic, engineers developed a new crash stroke design for frontal collisions. A new subframe linked attachment creates a mechanical hinge effect that directs the engine downward in a frontal impact, effectively increasing the front “crash stroke” by 80 mm (3.0 inches). 

The Civic utilizes advanced front, side and side curtain airbag technology, including a driver’s front airbag with new spiral stitching for an improved deployment profile; SmartVent® technology for the driver and front passenger side airbags; and a new front passenger airbag with safety vent technology that can mitigate the possibility of injury from airbag deployment when the passenger is “out of position.”  These systems work in conjunction with the advanced body structure and optimally tuned interior components to help mitigate injuries in a collision.  

Utilizing these design features and safety technologies, the 2016 Civic Coupe targets the highest available crash protection ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), with top ratings in all test modes; and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for LX through EX-L trims, with a score of GOOD in all test modes, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for the Touring trim, equipped with Honda Sensing. 

Manufacturing

The 2016 Civic Coupe for the U.S. market will be produced at Honda’s global lead plant for Civic in Ontario, Canada, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Both new engines and the CVT transmission are produced in North America, with the 1.5-liter turbo engine being produced in Anna, Ohio, at the largest automobile engine plant in Honda’s global production network, the 2.0-liter engine being produced in Alliston, Ontario, and its highly precise CVT transmissions are assembled in Russells Point, Ohio, where two on-site wind turbines provide for upwards of 10 percent of the plant’s power needs.

For More Information

Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/civic. To join the Civic Coupe community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/hondacivic. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is available at hondanews.com/channels/civic.

 

1 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $835 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

2 174 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (SAE net)

3 158 horsepower at 6,500 rpm (SAE net)

4 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

5 Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.

6 Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

7 VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle’s course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.

8 CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. System designed to mitigate crash forces. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

9 LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

10 FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

11 ACC cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. ACC should not be used in heavy traffic, poor weather or on winding roads. The driver remains responsible to slow or stop the vehicle to avoid a collision.

12 LKAS only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position. LKAS may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

13 Road Departure Mitigation only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use and can apply mild steering torque to assist driver in maintaining proper lane position and/or brake pressure to slow the vehicle's departure from a detected lane. Road Departure Mitigation may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

14 Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.


Honda HR-V Named “2016 Green SUV of the Year” by Green Car Journal

  • 2016 HR-V delivers unsurpassed fuel economy1 in the subcompact crossover segment in combination with fun-to-drive performance, sporty design and spacious, versatile packaging
  • HR-V is third Honda model honored by the magazine within the last five years 

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 21, 2016 – The 2016 Honda HR-V (www.automobiles.honda.com/hr-v/.com), the brand’s stylish and versatile crossover vehicle, has been named “2016 Green SUV of the Year” by Green Car Journal. The “Green SUV of the Year” award recognizes the all-new HR-V for its class-leading environmental performance – a top fuel economy rating of 35 mpg highway1(2WD CVT) and additional designation as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV2 ULEV).

“The Honda HR-V is a truly unique new subcompact crossover, delivering the space, utility, comfort and feature content of a larger vehicle, with the sporty driving dynamics and class-leading fuel economy ratings on par with a small car,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of Auto Sales for American Honda. “All of us at Honda truly appreciate Green Car Journal for recognizing the HR-V as Green SUV of the Year and as the latest in a growing lineup of products with class-leading efficiency and low emissions.”

"With its active styling, smart features, and fuel economy leadership, the 2016 Honda HR-V gives car buyers an entirely new option in the small SUV category," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "The HR-V brings true environmental performance to this fast-growing category, and drivers are taking notice, as are we here at Green Car Journal, making HR-V the perfect choice to take home 2016’s ‘Green SUV of the Year’ honor. 

The 2016 HR-V is the third Honda brand vehicle honored by the magazine in the past five years, joining prior Green Car of the Year Award winners, the 2012 Civic Natural Gas and the 2014 Accord.

2016 Honda HR-V

The 2016 HR-V is available with an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that delivers both fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance at a high level. When equipped with the available CVT, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 28/35 miles per gallon when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 27/32 miles per gallon when equipped with Real Time AWD™. With a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, the HR-V has an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 25/34 miles per gallon.

About Green SUV of the Year

The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. The magazine's content is featured online at www.CarsOfChange.com

Honda Environmental Leadership

Based on its vision of "Blue Skies for our Children," Honda is taking a comprehensive approach to reducing the environmental impact of its products, advancing fuel efficiency, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance with new powertrain technologies, including more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and advanced electromotive technologies. Honda will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including the launch of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in 2016, and an all-new Honda plug-in hybrid model by 2018. Honda also will expand the use of its advanced two- and three-motor hybrid systems in the years to come. Together, these vehicles will offer significant sales volume, enabling Honda to bring ultra-low carbon transportation to consumers in the U.S.

1 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.


Ride & Drive: 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid

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For the record, the Honda Accord has a very diverse lineup, available in coupe and sedan body styles and with a number of powertrain options including hybrid and plug-in electric models.

 

That’s part of the reason it’s a perennial contender for best-selling car in America year after year.

 

That said, this review will only focus on the 2015 Accord Hybrid, a five-passenger, front-wheel drive sedan that achieves an impressive EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg city, 45 mpg highway (47 mpg combined).

 

For those unfamiliar with hybrid vehicles, these models combine a gasoline engine and an electric motor to achieve both peak performance and fuel economy.

 

The batteries are constantly being recharged by the vehicle’s motion, and you never need to plug it in — just fill it with regular unleaded gasoline like other cars, only not as frequently.

 

The hybrid can operate in electric only mode, gas engine only mode or in combination to achieve a total performance output of 196 horsepower.

 

The two-motor hybrid powertrain is mated to an E-CVT (Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission).

Read the entire article here: http://www.waxahachietx.com/automotive/ride-drive-honda-accord-hybrid/article_928009d6-7078-5b5c-8727-64eae2eac3de.html

 


Honda Fit, Accord and CR-V Named Best Family Cars for 2015 by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com

  • Accord recognized as one of the top family sedans for the third straight year by parenting and car experts
  • The subcompact Fit is honored as one of the best budget cars
  • CR-V highlighted as a standout in the crossover category of the annual list

Torrence, Calif., June 3, 2015 – The 2015 Honda Fit (www.automobiles.honda.com/fits/),  Accord (www.automobiles.honda.com/Accord) and CR-V (automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/) have been named to the 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the parenting and car experts at Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. The three family-friendly Honda vehicles – each earning the top crashworthiness ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and equipped with a standard rearview camera – were selected out of hundreds of models for excelling in the key areas of safety, convenience features, performance and value. 

The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for families for the third straight year. The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains1 and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch display and a standard multi-angle rearview camera. With safety a top shopping consideration for families, the Accord shines by earning a TOP SAFETY PICK ratingfrom IIHS and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).2

The spacious, fuel-efficient1 and versatile 2015 Honda Fit was chosen as one of the best budget cars on the annual list. The all-new 2015 Honda Fit is even more of a standout choice in the subcompact segment with its small-on-the-outside, big-on-the-inside packaging, incredibly versatile second-row Magic Seat® and a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP)3 starting at just $15,525. The Fit features a fresh and modern design, a sporty and efficient engine, plus a highly versatile interior loaded with equipment essential for urban driving, including a standard rearview camera and Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity. Occupant safety features for the 2015 Honda Fit are further enhanced through the use of Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, helping Fit earn a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from IIHS, including a GOOD rating in its stringent small overlap frontal crash test.

The 2015 CR-V, also recognized as one of the best crossovers for families, received the most significant mid-cycle redesign in its history, with a new direct-injected EarthDreams™ Technology i-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) to improve performance and fuel efficiency1. A new suite of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive features, available on the Touring trim, contribute to the vehicle's TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from IIHS. Additionally, the CR-V features significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, while a long list of new family-friendly standard and available features brings a new level of sophistication to America's top-selling SUV4

For more information about the Parents magazine and Edmunds.com’s list of the 10 Best Family Cars for 2015, please visit www.parents.com and www.edmunds.com. The full list will be featured in the July 2015 issue of Parents magazine available June 9. 


2016 Honda Pilot: Honda's All-New, Fully Evolved Family Crossover

I was a huge fan of Honda’s first Pilot when it launched over a decade ago. The large, three-row SUV had an appealing look wrapped around a unibody platform at a time when many large SUVs still used truck-based, body-on-frame designs. The Pilot felt like a significant leap forward, offering car-like ride and handling along with a comfortable interior and plenty of space for up to 8 people. Its level of refinement and functionality made the Pilot a superb family hauler as I carted my clan from Los Angeles to Cooperstown, New York during our summer vacation. Sadly, my affinity for the first-generation Pilot turned to disappointment when the second generation Pilot was introduced 5 years later. It was clear Honda had based the second-gen Pilot’s design brief on the aggressive truck culture popular in the U.S. in the mid-2000s.

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Unfortunately, by the time the second-gen Pilot hit showrooms (3 years later), fuel prices has spiked and people were scrambling to unload their Hummers before gas reached $3 a gallon. The then-new Pilot looked like a relic from another time, even before it went on sale. At the 2016 Pilot’s launch a few weeks ago Honda representatives confirmed my impression, telling me many customers never considered the second-gen Pilot simply because it looked like a gas hog (ironic, given it was one of the more fuel efficient large crossovers offered in the segment). Sales of the second-gen Pilot held up pretty well, despite its blocky design, though at Kelley Blue Book we saw volume drop 14 percent last year.

Read the rest here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kbrauer/2015/05/26/2016-honda-pilot-hondas-all-new-fully-evolved-family-crossover/


2016 Honda Civic revealed in patent drawings

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Thanks to the sleuths at CivicX.com, we've now got our first glimpse at the production 2016 Honda Civic. The forum found these patent drawings from Honda, showing the next-generation Civic in both coupe and sedan body styles, and we're happy to report that the car seen here is very, very close to the concept we saw in New York earlier this month.

Shortly after Honda debuted the Civic Coupe concept at the New York Auto Show, we spoke to the car's lead designer, Guy Melville-Brown, about how this bold two-door would transform into a production model. He told us the Civic should be "a halo product for Honda," and that the concept showed "elements of what we can expect from the production car." The showcar is "what a true Honda Civic should be," Melville-Brown said.

Now that we see these patent drawings, a lot of that makes sense. Sure, it's all been toned down for production spec (as expected), but a lot of the bolder design cues are still present. We like the angular shape of the headlamps and front fascia, and we're glad the wraparound taillamps were left alone (on the coupe, anyway – the sedan uses a slightly different design).

See all of the patent drawings in the slideshow above, and scroll down for photos and video of the showcar from New York. CivicX.com has more information, including side-by-side comparisons between the patent pictures and the bright green concept.

Read everything here: http://www.autoblog.com/2015/04/19/2016-honda-civic-patent-drawings/


Honda shows off sleeker Pilot at Chicago Auto Show

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The Honda Pilot and Spider-Man don't ordinarily have something in common, but the sport utility vehicle and cinematic superhero both got the same treatment this week — plans for complete reboots.

Sony plans to relaunch its valuable Spider-Man franchise after the most recent movie failed to wow audiences. Honda announced at the Chicago Auto Show last week that it plans to replace its boxy, aging SUV with a new model that looks more like a crossover and better matches consumer trends.

Pilot sales fell 14 percent last year, to about 109,000 units. It lags far behind the Ford Explorer, the market leader, and its rival from a fellow Japanese brand, the Toyota Highlander.

The new Pilot, which is set to go on sale this summer, will be larger, lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the vehicle it replaces. It will have a new curvaceous body and pick up the 3.5-liter, direct-injected V-6 engine available in the top version of the Honda Accord.

Honda hasn't yet provided the exact power rating of the engine, which will be tuned differently from the sedan to handle a bigger vehicle and provide towing capacity.

"We were looking to make something that was much more modern, sleek and premium," said Marc Ernst, chief engineer for the Pilot.

The new design sheds the boxy, truck-like look that once characterized all SUVs. Honda is about the last automaker to make that switch. Styling of the new Pilot took place at the automaker's design studio in downtown Los Angeles. It will be built at a Honda factory in Alabama.

During development of the new model, Ernst said, consumers told Honda that the Pilot had to work as a family hauler but also be more personal and distinctive once Mom or Dad drops the kids off at school and drives on to work.

This is the first complete redesign of the Pilot since 2009 and was badly needed, said Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for AutoPacific Inc., an industry consulting firm.

"The current one was designed at a time when SUVs were meant to look like a truck, and has become very dated," Sullivan said. "But now crossovers are more like big station wagons."

Sullivan said the Honda is packing the new model with an assortment of features — available video screens, numerous device charging ports — that will appeal to families. He thinks that will grab sales from minivans.

Depending on trim level, the new Pilot has up to five USB ports, including four that that provide faster recharging through their 2.5-amp output, allowing them to power up iPads or smartphones, even while in use.

The crossover also has an auxiliary jack for other audio players, an HDMI port for a video gaming console, two headphone jacks, two 12-volt power outlets and a standard 115-volt outlet.