Beginning in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the Honda Motor Company sought to fill a desperate need for affordable and reliable 2-wheeled transportation. And within fifteen years Honda was well on its way to reinventing the global motorcycle industry and identity. Launched in the U.S. with 'you meet the nicest people on a Honda' messaging, the ad campaign neutralized the negative images of motorcycles and their riders. Honda followed its successful launch of motorcycles with motorcycle competition, and planted the seed for Honda passenger cars with a successful entry into Formula One. Honda's first car for sale in the U.S. was the 600, propelled - after a fashion - by a two-cylinder, 600cc aircooled powerplant powering the front wheels. That was followed by the launch of the Civic, and while Honda management couldn't have predicted the OPEC crisis that same year, a front-wheel drive compact with high quality and an affordable price was just what the U.S. market ordered.

Today, Honda offers an essentially complete lineup of competent sedans, practical crossovers and a still-unconventional pickup, its new Ridgeline. The least expensive Honda is a toss-up between a base Civic and its newish crossover, the HR-V. The redesigned Civic is wildly popular, and the Accord is invariably the best-selling sedan in the marketplace, but on the Honda showroom the CR-V - due for a redesign in 2017 - commands comparable sales. The fun-to-drive descriptive is affixed to performance variants of the new Civic hatch, while 'most expensive' would be found on a heavily optioned Pilot crossover or Odyssey minivan.


2017 Honda Fit
2017 Honda Fit
MSRP:
$15,990
Engine:
1.5L I-4
MPG:
29 City / 36 HWY
2017 Honda Ridgeline
2017 Honda Ridgeline
MSRP:
$29,475
Engine:
3.5L V-6
MPG:
19 City / 26 HWY
2017 Honda Accord
2017 Honda Accord
MSRP:
$28,000
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
26 City / 34 HWY
2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Honda HR-V
MSRP:
$19,215
Engine:
1.8L I-4
MPG:
25 City / 34 HWY
2016 Honda Accord
2016 Honda Accord
MSRP:
$23,875
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 34 HWY
2016 Honda Fit
2016 Honda Fit
MSRP:
$15,890
Engine:
1.5L I-4
MPG:
29 City / 37 HWY
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle ready for HyFIVE in Europe

Four other automakers will deploy fuel-cell vehicles in EU project.

This is Honda's next step in zero-emissions driving.
2017 Honda Civic Si fills the performance gap between Sport and Type R

The Civic Si returns. This time with turbo power.
Honda patent predicts the future of window shades

It involves touch sensors, so you may want to stock up on Windex.
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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid First Drive
We get our first drive of the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, and while this thing is decent, we wonder if the highly touted MPG numbers will be reachable.
Watch us put the 2017 Honda Ridgeline through its paces
Autoblog Consumer Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski puts the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to the test and finds that it's a great truck for certain buyers.
‚Äč2017 Honda Ridgeline First Drive
Autoblog reviews the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and finds that it's comfortable, efficient, and a solid choice for rational pickup truck buyers.
Honda and NHTSA report 11th death linked to Takata airbags

If you receive a recall notice, please make repairs a priority.

This latest fatality brings the human toll of Takata's faulty airbag inflators to at least 100 injuries and 11 deaths.
Takata airbag victim urges consumers to head to the dealership

Corey Burdick lost an eye after an airbag in his Honda exploded during a low speed collision.
Honda audit says Takata manipulated airbag inflator data

Honda models not affected by the recall are still safe.

Former IIHS president Brian O'Neil says Takata selectively edited reports to make them shorter, prettier, and more favorable.