Accord • Civic • Crosstour • CR-V • CR-Z • Fit • HR-V • Insight • Odyssey • Pilot
Starting with two-cycle engines for motorbikes in Japan way back in 1946, Honda only made its way to American shores in 1959, when Honda Motor Company, Ltd. opened its first storefront in Los Angeles with six employees. American Honda has grown throughout the succeeding decades and is now known as one of the world’s top manufacturers of motorcycles, power equipment, ATVs, generators, marine engines and, of course, automobiles.
We’ve grown up with Honda cars here at Independent Motors, and many of our mechanics remember the first car they ever owned — a Civic — fondly. Since then, we’ve worked on pretty much every other Honda model, including the Honda Accord, the Honda CR-V SUV, the Honda Fit Hatchback, the Honda Odyssey Minivan, the Honda Pilot SUV, the Honda HR-V Crossover, the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, the Honda Crosstour, the Honda FCX Clarity FCEV, and the Honda Insight Hybrid.
A Look at the Honda Accord
One of the most successful cars on the market is the Honda Accord, which has again been recognized by Car and Driver Magazine as winner of the 2015 10 Best Cars Award. This is a record win, being the 29th time the Accord has been named in the top 10 by Car and Driver since 1983. With annual sales of between 300,000 and 400,000, the Accord has been selling steadily since its introduction in 1976.
The vehicle famous as a family-car is available as a sedan, coupe or hybrid, and is always a dependable, roomy car with outstanding fuel economy. In a Honda news release, Car and Driver Editor-in-Chief Eddie Alterman expands on the car’s qualities:
“The Accord offers terrifically fluid and sporty handling, while functioning perfectly for everyday use. It’s light on its feet and very driver-oriented, even if many of its drivers will never explore the full range of its dynamic capabilities. The Accord is an undercover sports sedan, and that’s what resonates with our editors year after year.”
Another honor received by the Accord is being ranked third by Kelley Blue Book in its 2015 Best Resale Value Awards: Mid-Size Car. Values cited by KBB include not just the new design and broad lineup, but also the more efficient powertrains, simple operation and great reliability.
Honda Safety Above and Beyond
Honda goes well beyond beyond government regulations when it comes to safety, taking real world situations into consideration in its research and development of new safety technologies. One of the innovations particularly liked by KBB is the LaneWatch safety system in the EX and Touring models. Using a “tiny video camera under the passenger-side mirror,” it “displays what’s happening in the blind spot.”
The environment has been a priority to Honda since the car maker’s inception. In fact, it developed the first engine technology to meet U.S. Clean Air Act standards without the need for a catalytic converter way back in 1972. Five years later, the Honda Civic topped the U.S. EPA’s list of America’s most fuel-efficient cars, and more recently, in 2010, Honda was named America’s “greenest automaker” by the Union of Concerned Scientists for the fifth year in a row.