The Honda Motor Company is a worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, automobiles and small engines. Honda entered the US market in 1959 with small motorcycles and in 1969 with small cars. Honda began manufacturing cars in the US in 1982 and most of its top-selling vehicles are made in the US. Honda's solid reputation for quality, high resale values, and fuel efficiency has earned the trust of buyers in just about every key segment in the industry.
New or Significantly Altered Models
The Honda CR-V enters its fifth generation with an all-new model for 2017. The new model is roughly 1 inch longer and 2 inches wider. Passenger legroom and cargo volume both increase accordingly. The new CR-V also offers a choice of engines. The base LX model retains the 2.4l four-cylinder, but higher trim levels now equip a 1.5l turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 190-bhp.
After a long absence, a five-door Honda Civic model returns to the U.S. market. The LX, Sport, EX and Sport Touring models are powered by a 1.5l turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 174-bhp. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and CVT. The hatchback also serves for the basis of the high performance Type-R model which is offered in the U.S. market for the first time. The Type-R equips a 306-bhp four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission.
After a brief hiatus, the second generation Honda Ridgeline appears as a 2017 model year vehicle. The Ridgeline retains its unibody construction, but Honda has given the new Ridgeline more conservative pickup truck styling. Power from the 3.5l V6 is up to 280-bhp (from 250-bhp) and a six-speed automatic transmission is now standard.