Meta description: Honda is a perennial bestseller, and the new cars for 2107 will sure find an eager market for 2017.
Honda is one of the most successful car brands in the whole world, and its new models for US shores are poised to make sure that the brand doesn’t come down from its elevated perch. Gone from its 2017 lineup is the CR-Z, which in the US is currently the only hybrid car that you can get with a 6-speeed manual transmission. Once the current 2016 CR-Z goes out of production, it’s not quite sure whether there’s going to be a successor to this sport hybrid.
Meanwhile, other models are coming out nicely. If you’re considering a Honda as a new ride for 2017, here are your choices
It’s best to start with the most popular Honda model, which like always can be bought as a coupe or a sedan. But now you can also get a hatchback body style too. The Civic is the leader of its niche for good reason, as you can get a variant for just about any type of rider. It’s pretty safe too, since the 2016 model received a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and a Tops Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.
The base engine is the 2L I-4 that gives you a respectable 158 HP, 138 lb-ft of torque, and 31 miles to the gallon in the city. But there you may want to get the 1.5-liter turbo I-4 which provides 174 HP and 162 lb-ft of torque to go along with a 6-speed manual. In 2017, the Si variant is supposed to get the 2L turbo-4 that you’ll find in the Civic Type R. This particular engine tops out at 230 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque.
You’ll have a minimum price here of about $19,500 but better trims and more options can cost you up to $26,500.
This comes in either coupe or sedan configuration, but there’s a hybrid variant too. The 2.4L naturally aspirated I-4 base engine gives you a respectable 185 HP, with about 181 lb-ft of torque. But you can get a 3.5L V6 with a manual transmission, and that can zap a few pretenders like Mustangs at drag races.
Get the electric motor hybrid combo, and in return you receive a mileage that’s out of this world at 49 miles to the gallon. It’s safe to say that this leads the class in fuel efficiency. Inside, the latest infotainment system will surely come with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
So whether you’re looking for a practical city driver, and sporty car for races, or a fuel-efficient car to go with your green tendencies, Accord will have the car you need. And like its Civic sibling, it has received a rating of 5 stars from the NHTSA.
The Fit is a truly roomy subcompact hatchback, so you get a lot out of the $17,000 minimum price. For 2017, there are only a few changes, before Honda refreshes it fully. This versatile car can accelerate properly when you have the CVT, but it’s probably more fun to drive with the 6-speed manual.
Honda even equips this with its own contender to the Android Auto and the Apple CarPlay. Called the HondaLink Next Generation, you can use it to connect your smartphones to the car. You’ll be able to control your music and your phone calls from the infotainment system and car controls.
So are you in the market for a basic subcompact that you can maneuver easily while you drive across town? Then the Fit may fit your needs. With the 1.5-liter engine (130 HP and 114 lb-ft of torque), city driving can get you about 29 to 33 miles to the gallon. Once again, you also have a 5-star rating from the NHTSA.
Now if you’re really looking to be environmentally responsible, the Clarity is clearly a choice that must be considered. This is the 2nd generation of Honda’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, with an electric engine that provides 170 HP and 220 lb-ft of torque. This is Honda’s contender against the Toyota Mirai, and like that particular rival you can get up to 300 miles from just a tank.
What’s great about the Clarity is that you don’t have to put up with goofy aesthetics like you’d have to with other cars that use alternative fuels. This time, you get a car that looks like any other conventional car on the road.
It is, however, a bit on the pricey side. You may have to spring up as much as $60,000 for this particular car. While that may be somewhat intimidating, at least you can console yourself about the money you save on fuel. And you don’t have a weird-looking car either.
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