As the automotive industry has evolved and advanced over the years, so have the priorities and desires of consumers as they search for new automobiles. Among their changing demands, many car shoppers, including Mid-Michigan drivers, now want something beyond the latest technologies and luxury amenities; they want an eco-friendly automobile. Ever at the ready and ever at the cutting edge, Honda has complied with the green desires of its customers by providing exceptional hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles that boast both eco-conscious efficiency and some of the very latest comforts and features the auto industry has to offer.
Hybrid models utilize two power sources and are noted for their exceptional fuel efficiency and for producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. They operate by combining an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid features a unique two-motor hybrid system in which one motor accelerates the car from a full stop and the second motor fires up the car’s engine and charges the first motor. Energy that is generated during braking and deceleration is additionally stored by an onboard battery.
The Honda Accord Hybrid truly shines in the area of fuel economy, delivering an EPA-estimated 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.1 These jaw-dropping gas mileage numbers are sure to save drivers countless fuel dollars in the years to come. Though many believe you have to sacrifice engine power in order to enjoy such impressive fuel savings, that certainly is not the case with the Accord Hybrid, which delivers a mighty total system output of 212 hp.
There used to be a stereotype that hybrid cars were boring, and while we think that Honda’s lineup of hybrids has helped shake that reputation a bit, none has been more influential than the CR-Z in showing drivers that hybrids can be fun to drive. The 2016 Honda CR-Z is ready and waiting now at Mid-Michigan Honda Dealers, and we think that once you get over the unusual idea of a hybrid sports car, you’ll see why we love it.
First, the small size of the CR-Z makes it an excellent fit for a hybrid, letting it get the most out of its powertrain and out of every drop of fuel. And the CR-Z’s electric motor helps give you an edge with low-RPM torque. And then there’s the engine itself: Capable of 130 hp, and the 2016 CR-Z with CVT earns an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 39 mpg on the highway.2
But we haven’t gotten to the best part: the CR-Z features three driving modes, letting you choose the performance you need when you need it. And if you find yourself itching for an extra boost of speed, just press the S+ button.
There are few vehicles that have a reputation for efficiency like the Civic, so of course dropping a hybrid powertrain under the hood has to happen someday. And we’re glad it did. The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid earns an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 47 mpg,3 making it one of the most efficient compact cars on the market.
In addition to its fuel-conscious engine, the Civic Hybrid also comes with some of the best standard features, from Honda’s i-MID infotainment system to the standard rearview camera with guidelines to the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone and audio connectivity.
Whether you’re adding on another vehicle to the family fleet, sending the kid off to college, or just looking for a fuel efficient small car for yourself, the 2015 Civic Hybrid is a smart choice.
Rather than using battery power, the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell produces electricity in an on-demand fashion by a fuel cell that combines hydrogen from an onboard tank and ordinary oxygen and converts them into electricity, which then powers the car’s high-torque electric-drive motor.
One benefit of driving a hydrogen-powered automobile is that it can be refueled quickly. The Clarity Fuel Cell can be re-powered in just three to five minutes. A small battery also stores energy that is generated during braking and deceleration, further adding “free” electrons into the mix of power onboard the Clarity Fuel Cell.
With all this innovation, don’t be fooled into thinking of the Clarity Fuel Cell as an experimental vehicle. This amazing car is a genuine part of the Honda lineup—made on an assembly line and produced for everyday driving just like any other Honda model. It has been developed in accordance with global safety standards, with the car’s hydrogen fuel tank mounted securely in the subframe.