A recent article by Edmunds revealed that consumers are currently researching some cars more than others, which should delight the team at Honda.
According to the Edmunds' investigation, the Japanese automaker is routinely researched for potential purchases of the new Civic, Pilot, Accord, and CR-V.
We decided to take a closer look and see what each of those four models will offer in 2016. We were impressed with what we learned and delighted that the range of vehicles includes a sedan, a compact crossover, and a three-row crossover which mimics a minivan in the best way possible.
Totally redesigned to combat lagging sales, the new Civic is more exciting than ever before. Although it's only available in two trims, the sedan and mainstream, others will be available later in the new year, including a coupe, a four-door hatchback, the performance-driven Si, and the Civic Type R.
For the first time ever, the Civic will be powered by a turbocharged engine. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder generates 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque, operated exclusively by a CVT. Of the five available trims for the sedan, the LX and EX are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque, matched to a six-speed manual or CVT. Set up with the CVT, the LX and EX boast EPA-estimates of 35 mpg combined.
Turbocharged power is featured on the EX-T, EX-L, and Touring levels, all of which match the entry-level models outstanding combined fuel economy, with specific city and highway ratings actually seeing a slight improvement at 31/42, respectively.
Priced to start at the MSRP of $18,640, the new Civic is unbelievably affordable in light of its significant makeover.
Upping the competitive edge for the three-row crossover class, the new Honda Pilot is already celebrated for its outstanding comfort and capability.
Also completely redone for 2016, the Pilot comes in five trim levels able to accommodate eight people, unless you opt for the Elite, which replaces the second row of seating with captain's chairs, dropping available seats to seven.
No matter which trim level you prefer, all are outfitted with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated at 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with either a six or nine-speed automatic transmission, depending on the model.
Fuel economy comes in at 22 mpg combined from the standard front-wheel drive, and 21 mpg combined with the all-wheel drive configuration.
For those drivers who want the bells and whistles of a minivan with respect to space and storage, but who just can't quite make the move to a minivan, the Pilot is a fantastic option. Cargo room is measured at 83.9 cubic feet and there are loads of storage bins, cupholders, and even a removable floor panel for extra space should you need it.
Competitively priced at $29,995, the new Pilot is ideal for families on the move.
Available as a sedan or coupe, the new Honda Accord benefits from some fresh upgrades as standard equipment, like LED taillights, a refreshed interior, and new suspension tuning, as well as available Honda Sensing technology.
The four trim levels, LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L, are all front-wheel drive and outfitted by one of two available engine options. Standard power comes from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, backed by 185 horses and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. But the Sport packs a bit more punch at 189 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque.
But for even more muscle, check out the 3.5-liter available V6 engine, able to produce 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic and returning fuel efficiency of 26 mpg combined for the sedan and 25 mpg combined in the coupe.
When it comes to performance, you needn't choose the V6. The standard four-cylinder clocks in at 7.8 seconds for the zero to sixty mph sprint. However, the V6 makes it just 6.1 seconds, among the fastest in the sedan segment.
Depending on trim level and options, the 2016 Honda Accord starts at $22,105.
Competing in the crossover class is no small challenge. The segment is loaded with all kinds of options from a wide range of manufacturers. But, the new Honda CR-V, basically unchanged for the 2016 model year, remains a very affordable and capable contender.
Able to seat five, the CR-V comes in five trims, starting with the entry-level LX, and moving upwards to the new for 2016 SE, followed by the EX, EX-L, and top-range Touring.
Sharing the same drivetrain, the new CR-Vs are backed by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, operated exclusively by a CVT, configured for either front or all-wheel drive.
The CR-V sets the standard for serious fuel efficiency for the crossover class. Front-wheel drive setups return 29 mpg combined, with the all-wheel drive measured at 27 mpg combined. Although crossovers aren't usually researched or purchased for their acceleration speeds, the new CR-V is quicker than most, able to make it to sixty mph from a standstill in 8.8 seconds.
On the other hand, the CR-V also brakes faster than average for the segment, able to stop in 119 feet from sixty mph speeds.
Although the CR-V is largely unchanged from the current model year, Honda has released a new Special Edition trim level. Taking all the standard equipment from the base level LX, like complete power accessories, cruise control, Bluetooth technology, rearview camera, air-conditioning, and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the new SE adds rear privacy glass, a security system, and stands atop 17-inch alloy wheels.
Reasonably priced at $23,595, the new Honda CR-V is a smart option for both commuting professionals or young suburbanite families.
Given the specs and competitive pricing on these four models, it's no wonder that Honda is getting so much attention from savvy consumers. If you're one of them and considering shopping for a new car sooner than later, hone in on Honda and "Start Something Special."