TORRANCE, Calif., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Four highly popular Honda light-truck models have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as 2016 Best Cars for Families. The award-winning vehicles include the ultra-versatile 2016 Honda CR-V compact sport utility vehicle, the capable and stylish 2016 HR-V crossover, the ultimate family SUV – the 2016 Honda Pilot, and for a record-breaking sixth straight year, the class-leading 2016 Honda Odyssey minivan.
"Expanding the list of Honda vehicles awarded as Best Cars for Families shows our continued dedication to developing vehicles that fit the needs of family buyers, and we continue to push the envelope to bring families more of what they want in terms of leading safety performance, fuel economy, technology and spacious packaging," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "With the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey all receiving this honor, Honda has a light truck in nearly every size and shape to meet the needs of families."
The 2016 Honda CR-V, America's best-selling SUV, features a direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology™ i-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) to improve performance and fuel efficiency and was the first Honda vehicle to offer the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. With significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling and a long list of standard and available features, it offers a unique blend of performance, spaciousness and family-friendly flexibility in the compact SUV segment.
The 2016 HR-V subcompact crossover delivers the space, utility, comfort and features of a larger vehicle with the sporty driving dynamics and class-leading fuel economy ratings on par with a small car. The sporty crossover features is available with an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that delivers both fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance at a high level, as well as with a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive.
All new for 2016, the Honda Pilot is fully redesigned from the ground up, and substantially re-energized in form and function. With more power, fuel efficiency and space, and top-in-class collision safety ratings, the Pilot sets a new benchmark in the three-row mid-sized SUV segment.
The top retail-selling minivan in America for three years running, the 8-passenger Odyssey is a space wonder, comfortably and efficiently accommodating the lifestyles of American families and offering class-exclusive, family-friendly features including the highly acclaimed HondaVAC™ in-vehicle vacuum cleaner.
The Best Cars for Families award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. The 2016 Honda HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey and other winners can be found at http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Best-Cars-for-Families/.
1 Based on Automotive News Center data for all SUV and CUV models 2004-2014 calendar years.
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic and Accord passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, and the Odyssey minivan. The next generation Ridgeline pickup truck is set to debut later this year.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2015, more than 99 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
About U.S. News Best Cars
U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report at www.usnews.com/cars, has published rankings for new vehicles sold in America since 2007 and rankings for used vehicles since 2012. U.S. News also publishes the annual Best Cars for the Money awards. U.S. News Best Cars has grown in popularity and influence each year; in 2013, the site received over 40 million unique visitors. Over 65 percent of visitors were actively shopping for a car, while 80 percent of those active shoppers reported that the U.S. News Best Cars site influenced their car purchasing decision.