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Honda Scores Big In Ideal Vehicle Awards With New Ridgeline Truck And 3 Cars Winning

Honda ties with Nissan and FCA for the most wins in the Auto Pacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. See why the 2019 Honda Ridgeline, Insight, Fit, and Clarity best meet owners expectations.

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If you ask customers what cars meet their expectations best, those vehicles must be the ideal vehicle for them. That’s what the 2019 Auto Pacific Ideal Vehicle Awards are supposed to tell prospective owners. They list the best new vehicles on the market today that owners think are ideal and they wouldn’t change much about them. Honda Scores three cars, the 2019 Honda Insight, Honda Fit, Honda Clarity and a truck, the Honda Ridgeline.

"While no single brand or manufacturer is taking all the glory, several brands have exceptional designs," says AutoPacific president George Peterson. Honda tied with Nissan and FCA for the most wins and did dominate the economy/compact car segments and the mid-size truck category in this year’s competition. The 2019 overall winner is the Volvo XC60 and Volvo is top Premium Brand.

2019 Honda Insight

The 2019 Honda Insight comes with a highly advanced hybrid powertrain providing a seamless and engaging driving experience for their owners and it is meeting their expectations. The LX and EX trims have a 55 mpg city EPA fuel mileage rating, and the Touring has a 51-mpg city rating, making the Honda Insight an efficient ride.

2019 Honda Fit

The 2019 Honda Fit may look small, but it offers up 16.6-cubic-foot of cargo space. The Fit also comes standard with Honda's Magic Seat, a rear seat that does more than just fold with a 60/40 split. With the front-passenger seat also folded, you can haul extra-long items, like a surfboard or snowboard meeting expectation of owners for with active lifestyles.

2019 Honda Clarity

The future is here now with the 2019 Honda Clarity offering electricity, gasoline, or hydrogen power for customers. The plug-in hybrid Clarity is sold nationwide and boasts a claimed 47 miles of electric-only driving range before the gas engine fires up. That is meeting owner expectations who are looking for efficiency.

2019 Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline competes in the highly competitive mid-size truck segment with Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon. The 2019 Honda Ridgeline comes in six trim levels and starts at $29,990 for the base RT model. Price and having plenty of options help meet owner expectations.

It’s somewhat surprising that Honda’s best-selling vehicles, the 2019 Honda CR-V compact SUV, Honda Civic compact sedan and hatchback, and Honda Accord Sedan did not score any wins in the Auto Pacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. But Honda Scores big with three cars, the 2019 Honda Insight, Fit, Clarity and the 2019 Honda Ridgeline mid-size truck.

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Steve Pemberton (not verified)    September 14, 2019 - 9:32AM

I own a Honda Clarity and it is a great car. No real compromises and I rarely have to visit a gas station, most of my driving is accomplished with the plentiful EV range. Unfortunately the Clarity is no longer sold nationwide. It was sold nationwide in 2018 however in 2019 the Clarity was only shipped to the ten ZEV states early in the year, and then only to California for the remainder of the year. No word yet on what will happen in 2020.

When questioned Honda admitted that cars for inventory were currently being "prioritized" for California but claimed that Clarity could still be ordered in all states. However reports from people in other states who attempt to purchase a Clarity say otherwise, they cannot find a dealer willing to place an order. The only explanation is that the car is expensive for Honda to produce and in spite of large tax credits they weren't moving fast enough without factory incentives, something Honda is apparently not willing to do except in states where they need to sell a certain percentage of electric vehicles.