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Honda's vehicles are 14 percent more fuel efficient than the industry average

Honda has several manufacturing facilities in the U.S. All are under orders to go greener.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda's U.S. fleet of vehicles is 14 percent more fuel-efficient than the industry average when it comes to fuel economy according to recently-released report on the company's environmental activities in North America.

Among the highlights of the Honda-produced report's findings is that for the 2019 model year, the unadjusted average fuel economy of the company's U.S. automobile fleet decreased 3.6 percent, to 37.5 mpg, but remains 14 percent higher (better than) the industry average of 32.9 mpg.

The 2021 Honda Insight has received new safety technology, has best-in-class passenger space, and achieves 55 mpg. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

That's no small number. On a car with a 14-gallon fuel tank, the average Honda has 525 miles of range with a full tank while the industry average vehicle would have 460.

During that same period, the unadjusted average CO2 emissions for the company's U.S. automobile fleet is 11.9 percent below (better than) the industry average of 269 g/mi.

It's not just cars that are proving to be more fuel-efficient. The average fuel economy of Honda U.S. motorcycle fleet in model year 2019 was up 10.7 percent from a year ago.

"Throughout this challenging year, our associates have continued to reduce our environmental impact throughout our processes," said Shinji Aoyama, president & CEO of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. "We remain committed to realizing our long-term vision for a zero-carbon society, while finding new and innovative ways for our technology to benefit the world."

In addition to its vehicles, Honda's manufacturing facilities have been getting greener. Total location-based CO2e emissions from North American manufacturing decreased 4.5% to its lowest level in seven years. Solid waste from manufacturing was down 6.2 percent and water usage fell 3.3 percent. Emissions from auto body painting decreased to their lowest level in a decade.

The biggest number is the next one. Ninety-nine percent of the waste from Honda's 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers was recycled during the 2019 fiscal year. Additionally, carbon dioxide emissions intensity of North American service parts shipments fell 4.2 percent moving the dial to a 49.7 percent reduction over the past decade.

This marks the 16th consecutive year that Honda has released detailed data on the environmental impact of its operations in North America.

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The new Civic Hatchback just went on sale.

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The Honda Civic is one of the most popular and well-known cars of any type. Honda keeps refining the Civic formula to the point that it seems hard for the car to get any better, but that's what we're here to talk about. The 2022 model year sees the Civic enter its eleventh generation, and updates for the new model year make the car more upscale, more refined, and safer than ever before. Honda released the Civic Sedan first, but the Hatchback is now on the streets. Both cars are excellent, but we want to take a closer look at the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback. Here are three things to know about the car.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback The Civic Hatchback is almost as practical as a small SUV, and it's way more fun to drive. Honda

Cargo Space

Looking at the Civic Hatchback, or any modern Civic for that matter, it's easy to start believing that there's nothing to it - that you can't use it as a proper family car. That isn't the case here, nor is it the case with the 2022 Civic Sedan. The Hatchback starts with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats, and the rear bench folds flat to open up even more room for gear. That's shy of a compact crossover, but better than many subcompact crossovers - and the Civic is infinitely more fun to drive than either. The Honda CR-V, for example, offers 37.6 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, but the subcompact HR-V offers just 23.2 cubic feet of space. I know which vehicle I'd rather drive, and it's the Civic Hatchback by miles and miles.


2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Clever design elevates the Civic above its competition.Honda

Refinement and Design

Honda's redesign of the Civic started with the Sedan, which released first. Its interior carries premium feeling materials and a grown-up design that is at odds with the Civic's reasonable price tag. There are several clever design touches like a singular metal grille that runs the length of the dash. The front air vents are concealed behind it and feature thoughtfully designed control knobs. It's a detail that isn't seen in other cars at this price point, and it's one that elevates the Civic from a budget car to one that feels special.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback All Civics come packed with safety tech.Honda

Safety Features and Crash Test Scores

The Honda Civic Sedan and Hatchback both earned Top Safety Pick + awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Vehicles earn the honor by scoring "Good," "Advanced," or "Superior" in all categories, including headlights. On top of that, Honda equips the cars with plenty of advanced driver aids, including forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation. Blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are available in higher trims.

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The Type S gets a 355-hp V6.

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The Acura MDX is a sharp three-row SUV that shares its roots with the Honda Pilot. The similarities between the two stop at the platform, however, as the MDX is more upscale, more engaging to drive, and more sharply styled. Acura skipped over the 2021 model year for the MDX, instead opting for a refreshed model in 2022. The new SUV is more of all the good things that it predecessor was, with the addition of new technologies and features. Acura recently announced that production for the higher-performance MDX Type S has begun, meaning we're about to see the hotted-up SUV in the wild.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Interior finishes and features are all high-end.Acura

While the standard MDX gets a 290-hp V6, the Type S receives a massaged version of the engine with a turbocharger that produces 355 horsepower. Beyond its significant power advantage, the Type S also gets adaptive air suspension, Brembo front brakes, and 21-inch wheels. Acura says the Type S is the most luxurious MDX it has made to date. To prove it, the automaker added nine-way massaging front seats and a 25-speaker Acura ELS Studio sound system to the Advance Package trim.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Massaging seats are available for the top Advance Package trim.Acura

Unsurprisingly, the Type S carries a notable price premium over its standard counterpart. The SUV's starting price is $67,745 including destination. The top MDX Type S with Advance Package starts at $73,095. The 2022 MDX was designed, tested, and developed in the United States. It's joined by the standard MDX in production at Acura's East Liberty facility in Ohio. The NSX supercar is also built in America, by hand, in Marysville, Ohio. Additionally, Acura notes that all of its 2022 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. using domestic and global parts.

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