Honda is back for 2014 with a lineup that promises safety (all of its models are either an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+) and reliability.
For 2014, the largest changes come to the Odyssey minivan, which gets a mid-cycle refresh that enhances its safety credentials and standard features. There are a few slight styling changes outside and in, but the real star is the new HondaVAC, which is the first ever 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.
Honda has announced that they will not sell a 2014 version of their Fit subcompact; it will instead go straight into the 2015 model year as a redesigned model next summer (2014).
The Civic and Civic Hybrid were refreshed last year to answer some criticisms. Added standard features, including a backup camera and upgraded interior materials give the Civic great value, and tougher exterior styling gives it a more attractive face.
The Accord midsize sedan/coupe returns for 2014 fresh off of a redesign last year, and the hits keep coming with the introduction of the Accord Hybrid. The Accord Hybrid has been rated at 50 city mpg, which puts it among the most fuel efficient cars in any segment.
The hatchback Crosstour returns sporting V-6 power and plenty of standard features including Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera.
Honda also offers a pair of hybrids with completely different aims. 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. The efficient Insight hatchback goes the other direction, putting a premium on fuel economy (42 combined mpg) and a low base price.
The CR-V compact crossover SUV remains one of the most compelling options in its crowded segment. It has plenty of useful features, like rear seats that fold forward for more cargo space with the pull of one handle and a new “Econ” button that maximizes fuel economy.
Rounding out the crossovers is the midsize Pilot. It features seating for eight and a V-6 that offers ample power to go with cylinder deactivation technology which improves fuel economy.
And last but not least is the Ridgeline pickup truck. The Ridgeline is less of a pickup in the traditional sense and more like an SUV with a truck bed. As such it features a more comfortable cabin than you’d find in most trucks.