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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