TORRANCE, Calif., Mar. 11, 2015 – The boldly restyled 2015 Honda CR-V (http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/) compact sport utility vehicle and the class-leading 2015 Honda Odyssey minivan (http://automobiles.honda.com/odyssey/) have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as 2015 Best Cars for Families. This is the fifth year in a row that the Honda Odyssey has been selected as the Best Minivan for Families.
“Recognition from the Best Cars for Families awards for our top-selling CR-V and Odyssey demonstrates that theHonda brand values align with the needs of family buyers in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and safety performance,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. “The CR-V and Odysseywere designed to offer the ideal vehicle packaging for transporting families in comfort and style positioning Hondastrongly in the competition for family buyers.”
The new 2015 Honda CR-V received the most significant mid-model cycle refresh in its history, with a new direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology™ i-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) to improve performance and fuel efficiency. A new suite of Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive features on the Touring trim, along with significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, and a long list of new family-friendly standard and available features bring a new level of sophistication to America’s top-selling SUV1.
The Odyssey received a multitude of powertrain, styling, interior, feature and safety equipment upgrades for the 2014 model year, including the highly acclaimed in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, the HondaVAC™, featured on the OdysseyTouring Elite. Other upgrades designed to meet the needs of active families included the addition of a standard 6-speed automatic transmission resulting in receipt of class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings, enhanced safety equipment and connectivity upgrades.
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 2015 Honda CR-V and Odysseyand 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 automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit,CR-Z, along with the Pilot, CR-V sport-utility vehicle, the HR-V crossover and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in 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.
Feb 12, 2015 – CHICAGO. The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV made its global premiere today at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Reengineered and redesigned in America, the 2016 Honda Pilot delivers more family-friendly utility, more advance technology and more premium attributes and amenities than ever before, boasting class-leading safety features, fuel efficiency and confident driving dynamics in a thoroughly modern, stylish and sophisticated new package.
The all-new 2016 Pilot, launching at Honda dealerships nationwide this summer, is the third generation of Honda’s three-row midsize SUV to be designed, developed and manufactured in America. Reinforcing 2015 as the “Year of Honda,” Pilot further strengthens Honda’s SUV/CUV triple threat by joining the exceptionally well received 2015 CR-V (2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year) and greatly anticipated new 2016 HR-V.
“With looks that command attention and the powerful presence of true functionality, the 2016 Pilot sets a new benchmark in the midsize SUV class with an unmatched combination of sophistication and utility,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager. “This means the all-new Pilot will comfort, entertain and assist active families in all aspects of their lives, whether it’s an evening out for two, a road trip adventure for all or just the chores of everyday life.”
The all-new design of the 2016 Pilot sports a modern, sleek, yet commanding and muscular form incorporating new premium features, including optional brighter and more efficient LED projector headlights with auto high beam technology, available signature LED daytime running lights and taillights, plus available 20-inch wheels and a first-ever panoramic roof option. The premium quality of the new Pilot carries over to the interior, where designers have applied high-quality, soft- touch materials throughout the cabin and added thoughtful details such as LED map lighting.
Additional high-end amenities include available heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats. For the first time, upper-trim Pilot models will have available two second-row captain’s chairs, providing for easy walk through between the second and third rows, in addition to the standard second-row three-person 60/40 split seat for 8-passenger seating capacity.
The new Pilot delivers the connectivity and power access that the modern family demands, including up to five USB ports, four that provide better recharging with 2.5-amp output, to charge iPads or smartphones while in use. Additional ports and plugs include an auxiliary jack for nearly any audio player, an HDMI port for a gaming console, two headphone jacks, two 12-volt power outlets and a 115-volt outlet to power just about anything.
The new Pilot also incorporates Honda’s latest thinking for advanced, family-friendly technology, including an upsized 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface powered by a new Android-based operating system and more powerful processor, along with an available all-new embedded Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. The new navigation system features improved graphics and new capabilities, including 3D renderings of terrain, buildings and road signs, improved lane guidance, live search function, 911 emergency services and more.
The Pilot’s Display Audio system enables simplified smartphone connectivity making for easier access to all the features and connectivity options of the HondaLink™ connected-car system. A 9-inch rear entertainment system with DVD and new Blu-Ray disc™ capability is available.
The new Pilot builds on its reputation for best-in-class interior space, versatility and utility with 3.5 inches of added overall vehicle length, enabling a larger cargo area that can hold an 82-quart cooler without compromising third-row seating capability, a segment-exclusive feature. Third-row entry and exit is made even easier and more intuitive courtesy of an available one-touch walk-in second-row seat that slides and tilts to its forward-most position at the touch of a button. As compared with the current Pilot, the width of the lower portion of the third-row entryway has been increased by 2.5 inches with 1-inch lower step-over height.
The Pilot’s new center console features a cavernous storage compartment capable of accommodating items as large as a full-size iPad or large purse. And with its seamless cover in the closed position, the console provides a convenient, non-slip surface for items that the driver or front passenger may need close at hand.
The 2016 Pilot delivers more refined, powerful and fuel-efficient performance than ever before courtesy of its new 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. For improved fuel efficiency, the Pilot will include available Idle Stop technology that shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, instantly and smoothly restarting the engine when the driver lifts their foot off the brake pedal. The new engine is mated to one of two advanced new transmissions – a Pilot-first 6-speed automatic transmission, or on upper trims, a Honda-first 9-speed automatic transmission – both delivering notably refined, responsive and fuel-efficient performance. The new Pilot will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations and will feature a completely new Honda all-wheel-drive system that delivers even more confident, efficient and dynamic all-weather performance.
The new Pilot is almost 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing model; its more rigid, tightly sealed yet lighter body in combination with new, efficient powertrains, a new all-wheel-drive system and class-leading aerodynamics result in class-leading dynamic performance and fuel efficiency along with a new level of cabin quietness befitting its status as a premium family SUV.
In keeping with Honda’s commitment to safety, the new Pilot will feature the most comprehensive set of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies ever offered on a Honda vehicle. Together these technologies make up Honda Sensing™, a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver’s situational awareness while sensing and responding to potential road hazards, including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians, mitigating the possibility or severity of a collision. It includes Honda’s popular LaneWatch™ display, Blind Spot Indicators, a standard Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, and available Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Honda-first Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system.
The new Pilot is expected to deliver the highest safety ratings in its class and targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in all crash modes. The new Pilot incorporates Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, designed to more efficiently absorb and disperse the energy from a frontal collision, along with a new ultra-high-strength door ring designed to help better protect occupants. The 2016 Pilot also incorporates an all-new 3-bone platform while also utilizing high and ultra-high strength body materials, which together reduce noise, vibration and harness (NVH), improve handling, increase rigidity and reduce weight.
Standard safety and driver-assistive features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent™ side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with real-time display of individual tire pressures.
All three generations of the Honda Pilot have been designed and developed in America by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles design studio and Raymond, Ohio, vehicle development center. The Pilot and its engine are manufactured at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama auto plant. In 2014, nearly 98 percent of all Honda-brand vehicles were produced in North America.
The Pilot joins the Honda CR-V – 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year and America’s best-selling SUV for eight of the past 11 years – the popular Odyssey minivan and the dynamic new HR-V crossover, launching this spring, in Honda’s growing lineup of innovative light truck offerings. An all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup will join the Honda lineup within the next two years. All Honda light truck models are produced in North America using domestic and globally sourced parts.
“Are we there yet?!” It’s a common question asked by more than a few kids this time of year, as the rigors of travel and–let’s be honest–the short attention spans of our progeny make them more than a little antsy during longer trips. So what is a parent to do? Easy! Download a few fun and informational phone apps, and let your kids’ imaginations run free! Here are five great apps for kids on vacation, from your friends at Metro Honda! Read the rest of this entry »
“Who’s a good boy? Are you a good boy?”
Chances are, if you happen to be a dog owner, this is (relatively one-sided) conversation you’ve undoubtedly had for each wonderful day of your ownership. Perhaps a less common human/dog conversation, however, might require a little more attention, and it’s a conversation that generally begins with, “Who wants to go for a car ride?” As much as dogs love riding in the car, they tend to be somewhat finicky travel companions. So, before you begin your next cruise with your furry friend, take these five dog travel tips from your friends at Metro Honda.
To the surprise of no one, Honda has a long and illustrious history in automobile racing. Honda’s racing program was founded fifty years ago and, after a long hiatus, is now up and running at full swing again. But did you know that people will race almost anything? We at Metro Honda wanted to look at a few of the stranger racing competitions around today, none of which we would recommend anyone trying. Have your popcorn ready? Enjoy the chaos! Read the rest of this entry »
In the early to mid 1990s, a popular subset of small vehicles known as “kei cars” had taken Japanese markets by storm, with many compact passenger cars, vans and pickups occupying a previously untapped niche within the marketplace. One of the most popular of these kei cars was called the Honda Beat, a two-seater, 660cc three-cylinder vehicle that was thrilling to drive as well as being attractive visually. Although it was popular with auto enthusiasts everywhere, the Beat never made it to our shores, and eventually faded from memory. However, its legacy was conjured again recently with the announcement of the Honda S660, a vehicle similar in style and performance profile to the legendary Beat. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re like us at Metro Honda, the minute that anyone asks us a question we don’t know, or presents us with a problem, the first reaction is, “Let me check my phone.” This applies to a long list of questions–Quick, who played the dad on Mr. Belvedere?!–but it’s perhaps most handy when it comes to car-related tasks. So we at Metro Honda have put together a fancy little list of 5 helpful car-related phone apps, all of which are free and available in both Android and iOS options. Safe travels! Read the rest of this entry »
In recent years, as the shift toward more dependable and fuel-efficient vehicles has become more pronounced, the competition within the small-car segment has never been more fierce. Where the segment was previously defined by inexpensive interior materials and uninspiring performance, compact vehicles have evolved to become as refined as they are economical. During this evolution, two have moved to the top of the class, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. But how do these two stack up to each other head-to-head? Read the rest of this entry »
Man, when it rains, it pours, huh? Just last week, we greeted the news that the 2015 Honda Pilot had arrived at our Jersey City dealership, and this week is no less exciting at Metro Honda. That is because, at long last, we have greeted the 2015 Honda Fit, which has been fully restyled for the new model year. It is energetic in all the right places, further proof that the so-called “hot hatchback” genre is here to stay. But how does this latest model stack up? Let’s break down the updated 2015 Honda Fit, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve got a trip coming up–and it’s summer, so you should probably get on that–then you’ve more than likely been considering which vehicle will be the one to carry you and your progeny to the grandparents’ house in the next few weeks. You have many options to consider–or, at least, you used to.
That’s because you might have realized that Metro Honda in Jersey City is now offering the updated 2015 Honda Pilot, a vehicle ready-made for family vacations. Wanna know why? Read the rest of this entry »