Consumer Guide is known for creating a list of Best Buys designed to help consumers spend their money wisely. Each year, editors test drive more than 150 new vehicles, review them, and then pick the top choices in a number of categories. This year’s Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys show Honda vehicles taking three separate categories.
The Honda lineup grabbed the Compact Pickup Truck, Midsize Crossover/SUV, and Subcompact Crossover/SUV segment with ease.
The new Honda Ridgeline took the top spot in the Compact Pickup Truck category. The editors cited the model’s comfort, convenience, technology, and utility features as deciding factors. Features like a built-in bed speaker system and dual-hinged tailgate set the Ridgeline apart from the competition.
The Honda Pilot took home the title of the Midsize Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors cited the Pilot’s roomy interior, seating for up to eight, overall comfort, and abundant safety features.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Honda HR-V and the title of Subcompact Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors named the HR-V top dog due to its interior space, exceptional cargo room, and a balance between responsive handling and a comfortable ride.
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Earlier this month Honda announced information about the 2017 Honda HR-V updates and specs. The 2017 HR-V compact crossover doesn’t have a lot of updates, but it does have a fresh new color option and better fuel economy. Now available in Lunar Silver metallic in addition to four other color options ranging from white to black as well as blue, red, and green options.
The 2016 HR-V was the Green SUV of the Year, and Honda has improved on the HR-V’s fuel economy even more for the 2017 model year. With an EPA estimate of 34 mpg on the highway, the HR-V really stands out among the crowded crossover market.
The HR-V keeps its standard 4-cylinder engine, which has a max horsepower of 141 and is paired with a CVT or a 6-speeed manual transmission available on the LX and EX trim levels.
In terms of safety, the HR-V has already earned a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA thanks to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and standard features including a multi-angle rearview camera and Vehicle Stability Assist. More active safety technology such as Honda LaneWatch is available on the EX and EX-L Navi trims.
Covered by a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty, the new Honda HR-V also comes with Honda Roadside Assistance, making it a smart choice for buyers in the compact crossover segment.