Honda New Models: What’s Changed?
For the last few years, Honda has made major changes in their vehicles with each new roll-out, but will this trend continue? If you’re trying to decide between springing for a new or lightly-used vehicle, our guide can help.
The Honda Accord is the mid-size sedan of choice for many American families. In the 2016 model, there were quite a few great additions such as remote start, LED headlights, auto high beam, heated rear seats, and rain-sensing wipers. Plus, all trims got the Honda Sensing package.
The 2017 model doesn’t have a lot to add to that, but it will include all of the features implemented into the 2016 version. The biggest change is the new Sport Special Edition trim in addition to the six trims available with the previous year. The Sport Special Edition will include leather seats with red stitching and heated seats. The price point for the 2017 Accord did raise to $23,000 for the basic model from the 2016 starting MSRP of $22,925. The fuel economy for the Accord remains relatively the same with the 2017 model getting 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway while the previous year had 27 mpg/36 mpg.
The 2016 Honda Odyssey didn’t get many changes, but the newest model definitely got a few upgrades. A slight body shape change and a streamlined appearance give it a touch of modernity. High-tech options include a streaming camera that feeds into the side mirror and helps you ensure a smooth lane change.
The Odyssey’s engine has undergone a similar change to the Pilot’s. It sports a 3.5-liter V6 with 248 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The president of Honda suggested that the Odyssey could get all-wheel drive for the 2017 model, but that plan was scrapped in favor of a roomier interior. The price is staying about the same – up from $29,550 to $29,850 for the base LX model. The Odyssey has a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The CR-V is Honda’s best-selling SUV, and it’s getting an overhaul with the 2017 design. The biggest change is an increase in size. Last year’s model had 37.2 cubic feet of cargo space. (Or 70.9 cubic feet with the seat down.) This year’s model has 39.2 with the seat up and 75.8 with it down. It should also mean a little more comfort for passengers. Another huge change is the introduction of an optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The CR-V slightly improves over last year’s gas mileage, depending on how you spec it out. The 2016 got 28 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. This year’s model gets as much as 28 and 34.
Some other new features and options include LED running lights possible for standard models, power liftgate, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Honda Sensing. Honda Sensing helps drivers avoid potential accidents with a collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings, and road-departure mitigation braking system. The price for the base-model CVT Automatic is set at $24,045, which isn’t a huge increase from the 2016 model’s starting MSRP of $23,845.