MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Award Highlights

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Every year, since 1983, MotorWeek has presented its Drivers’ Choice Awards. These awards are handed out to the best vehicle from each segment depending on what you—the drivers—really want from a car. According to their website, this includes “price, practicality, performance and fuel efficiency.” This year’s awards made several worthy mentions of vehicles that we have here at Sunny King Honda.

Best Minivan – Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey was all-new for this model year, which is one of the reasons it was chosen by MotorWeek as their winner in this category. New comfort, new safety, new technology, and new family-oriented features all make this an excellent family hauler.

Best Small Car – Honda Civic

Thanks to its consistent reliability and intelligent design, the Honda Civic wins the Best Small Car award for the third year in a row. That’s, in part, is thanks to versatile variants including the Civic Si and the Type R Hatchback.

Best Family Sedan – Honda Accord

It turns out that the Honda Odyssey isn’t the only top-rated family hauler in the Honda lineup. The mid-size Honda Accord offers plenty of luxurious features, advanced technology and safety, and an efficient performance for a sedan that can’t help but stand out.

If you would like to get better acquainted with these award-winning Hondas, come visit us for a test drive at Sunny King Honda.

2018 Civic and CR-V Winners for AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards

AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice AwardsJust this month, the 2018 Honda Civic and CR-V were honored by being named overall winners in AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards. The Civic won the Best Car of the Year category, whereas the CR-V swept in the Best Utility Vehicle of the Year category. Honda was the most awarded brand within the awards, leading five segments and garnering seven awards total.

Along with the two awards above, Honda beat out the competition and came out on top in the following categories: Best Compact Vehicle of the Year – 2018 Honda Civic, Best Hatchback of the Year – 2018 Honda Fit, Best Sedan of the Year – 2018 Honda Accord, Best Van of the Year – 2018 Honda Odyssey, and Best Small SUV of the Year – 2018 Honda CR-V. The Civic was completely redesigned in 2015, introducing new mechanical specifications and advanced technologies in its most diverse lineup ever. Additionally, the CR-V was completely overhauled in its 2017 model, making similar mechanical and technological advancements that have pleased consumers everywhere.

To determine who receives these awards, AutoWeb performs a thorough review of vehicle price quote requests it receives over its network of auto websites, gathering data from over 120 million potential car buyers in the course of a year.

To see these award-winning vehicles for yourself, be sure to stop by Sunny King Honda.

 

Civic Type R is the Digital Trends Car of 2017

There are all kinds of fun, reliable, and efficient vehicles in the Honda lineup. At Sunny King Honda, we’re never surprised to see when one of these cars earns an award, but we sure are proud to be a vendor of these vehicles. One Honda car in particular was recently honored by technology news site Digital Trends when the Honda Civic Type R was named the Best Car of 2017.

Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R has a number of different things that make it stand out from competitors, as well as features that differentiate it from the rest of the Honda Civic lineup. The Honda Civic Type R is a performance-oriented version of this reliable compact car, taking that long-lasting and efficient engineering and adding to it a sporty design and a thrilling powertrain. The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo® engine which gets paired with a 6-speed manual transmission that enhances the drive with hands-on control.

Despite its impressive power and its chassis engineered for performance, the Honda Civic Type R is quite affordable, and still brings to the table other admirable Honda qualities, such as practical and sophisticated comfort and advanced safety. That’s why Digital Trends chose the Honda Civic Type R as its Best Car of 2017, for it’s just as practical as it is thrilling, and that’s a pretty impressive package.

Honda is the 2018 “Best SUV Brand”

Today many families are turning to the SUV instead of the minivan. The segment tends to offer more luxury options, greater capability, more versatility in the cabin, and connected technology. But with so many SUVs on the market, how can a person choose the right one?

 

Best SUV Brand

Shoppers can start by turning to the SUV brand that gets ranked the highest. It’s a great honor for the team at Sunny King Honda to report that according to U.S. News & World Report, the Best SUV Brand of 2018 is Honda.

 

The Honda SUV lineup includes a versatile selection that suits not only families but young couples and individuals who are looking for capable, sophisticated rides. From the spacious Honda Pilot SUV to the sub-compact Honda HR-V, which makes transitioning from city to to off-road simple, the Honda SUV lineup has something for everyone.

 

U.S. News & World Report picked this lineup for its impressive safety features which come in the Honda Sensing® safety suite of driver-assist tools. The brand was also chosen for its reliability, which is certainly an important feature to shoppers in all circumstances.

 

We’re happy to have the Best SUV Brand on our lot at Sunny King Honda. If you’re looking for the best option out there, don’t hesitate to stop by and try out of these versatile SUVs at your leisure.

Honda Accolades: The KBB Most Awarded Brand

2017 Honda CR-V

 

KBB 2017 Awards

Honda has won a handful of awards for the 2017 lineup in the past; in fact, Honda was even named the Most Awarded Brand of 2017 by Kelley Blue Book (KBB). KBB is an industry leader in automotive reviews, offering objective evaluations of some of the industry’s most popular vehicles. And, it seems that Honda is the among the top on the market.

According to The News Wheel, Honda earned 28 awards from KBB for 2017 models, more than any other brand. Some of the top awards include recognition for having affordable cars, vehicles that are great for families, quality engineering, and more. The Accord earned the most awards, gaining recognition in seven areas.

“Honda’s extensive portfolio of cars and SUVs, as well as its truck and minivan, top decades of reliability and strong resale value with fun-to-drive appeal and thoughtful touches,” wrote KBB.com editors. “The Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline all won awards this year—including four Best Buy Awards—for a jaw-dropping 28 accolades.”

The Civic also won several awards, while the CR-V was the top scoring crossover. If you’d like a truly award-winning vehicle, check out the 2017 Honda lineup today at Sunny King Honda.

No Surprise: The Honda Accord Is the Best-Selling Car in America

best-selling car in America

When it comes to the Honda Accord, superlatives abound. The most telling is perhaps the number sold. Americans have bought 12.7 million units of the Honda Accord since its inception in 1976, making it the most popular, best-selling car in America for forty years.

Of course, it’s not only consumers that have showed adoration for this inimitable sedan. The automotive press has also been charmed, it seems. The Honda Accord has the singular honor of being the only vehicle to have made the 10 Best list by Car and Driver over thirty times.

Not only has the Honda Accord been so often purchased here in the United States, but since Honda began manufacturing the Accord in Ohio, American workers have produced more than 10.5 million units as well.

According to the automaker, one of the keys to the success of the Accord is the car’s ability “to adapt to the changing needs of customers.” For example, when the Accord first hit the scene back in the late 70s, it was a hatchback with a smaller wheelbase than the contemporary Honda Fit!

Honda Safety Features Put Civic and Pilot on “10 Best Family Cars” List

2016 Honda Civic named one of 10 Best Family Cars

Honda models are designed to be family friendly, one of the many reasons the Civic and Pilot recently earned awards for their family-oriented design. The latest comes from Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com, which recognized the Civic and Pilot in their list of the 10 Best Family Cars.

According to Honda, the Civic’s safety features were the major reason for the award. These include technologies like the Honda Sensing™ suite with features like automatic emergency braking. The Civic was also given a 5-Star Overall Rating in safety from both the NCAP and the NHTSA, and it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

The 2016 Pilot is just as impressive, offering dynamic handling and a refreshed exterior design. It also comes with the same Honda Sensing technologies, Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™), and a standard multi-angle rearview camera. Named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and awarded a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, the Pilot is incredibly safe.

It’s no wonder both the Pilot and Civic were included on the list of the 10 Best Family Cars by Edmunds and Parents Magazine. Thanks to their unparalleled safety, you get added peace of mind when you drive a Honda.

2016 Honda Civic Named North American Car of the Year

The 2016 Honda Civic is the North American car of the year

At car shows all around the world, automakers and vehicles are given awards. But, here in the United States, one of the most prestigious awards is the North American Car of the Year award given out at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At this year’s show, the all-new 2016 Honda Civic earned this coveted honor.

“The all-new Civic was developed and is built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager, in a statement. “Civic is a cornerstone of the Honda lineup, and we’re delighted that the automotive press has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, advanced technology, safety and value that characterize the new Civic.”

This is the second time the Civic has won this award. The last time was in 2006 when it shared the stage with the 2006 Honda Ridgeline, which won the North American Truck of the Year award that year.

The all-new Civic was redesigned from the ground up with a new vehicle architecture that makes it sporty, sophisticated, more spacious, and more high-tech. And, with new engine options and safety tech, buyers have more choices than ever before.

Stop by Sunny King Honda today to check out the all-new, award-winning 2016 Honda Civic.