Price Range (MSRP): $15,890 (Fit) to $30,145 (Pilot)
Honda’s reliable lineup of vehicles sees big changes for the 2016 model year, with major redesigns of the Civic and Pilot, along with the introduction of a brand new subcompact SUV – the HR-V.
The 2016 Civic represents the 10th generation of the compact sedan/coupe. It gets new, brash exterior styling, a new turbocharged engine option, and the latest in driver/safety aids. There are also rumors of a Civic R to follow sometime next year – stay tuned.
Also getting big changes is the three-row Pilot midsize crossover. Its styling is not as aggressive as the Civic, but the updates also thoroughly overhaul the look of the family friendly SUV. Four-wheel drive and a new nine-speed transmission are optional. The Pilot seats seven or eight passengers.
Honda has also waded into the fray of the emerging subcompact SUV market with the HR-V. It shares a platform with the Fit, but offers a higher seating position that many car shoppers prefer. The “magic” backseat can fold forward or back for extra storage flexibility.
The Fit continues to offer great cargo capacity for a small car. It has the same second row features as the HR-V with “Magic Seat” capability. Fuel economy figures are impressive at an estimated 38 mpg on the highway.
A Top Safety Pick+ award winner, the Accord midsize sedan/coupe gets minor updates for 2016, with added standard features including a backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity. There are also new driver aids and minor tweaks to the styling, front and rear.
The CR-Z looks to prove that a hybrid can offer an engaging drive in addition to great fuel economy and the sport coupe is still the only hybrid on the market to offer a six-speed manual transmission. It adds push-button start and an improved audio system for the new model year.
For families on the go, the Odyssey minivan remains an intriguing option, thanks in part to its available HondaVAC system, an in-vehicle vacuum system. It is stored in a small compartment in the trunk area, and has enough hose to reach every part of the interior.
The CR-V got a refresh last year and those changes carryover. It added fuel efficiency and more standard features to deliver greater value. The CR-V also includes some of Honda’s latest safety technology, including a lane keeping assist system that will autonomously steer the car in short stints on the freeway.
Honda says goodbye to a few models for 2016: the Crosstour and Civic Hybrid/NG. There are also two models taking a year off, but returning in 2017 with updates, the Accord Hybrid and Ridgeline pickup truck.