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EPA Trends Report names Honda as most fuel-efficient automaker

If Honda is the most fuel-efficient brand, then what is the least efficient? The answer might surprise you.

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A new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Honda as the most fuel-efficient automaker in America. The company has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker for the 2018 model year (MY2018), the latest year for which full data is available, according to the report.

The 2019 EPA Automotive Trends Report ranked Honda first among full-line automakers and second overall with a U.S. fleet average "real world" fuel economy of 30.0 miles per gallon (mpg), a five-year improvement of 2.8 mpg, and 4.9 mpg above the industry average for MY2018. Similarly, Honda's fleet average CO2 emissions dropped to 296 grams/mile, an improvement of 31 grams/mile from 2013 results and 57 grams/mile better than (below) the industry average for the 2018 model year.

The Big Three - General Motors, Ford, and FCA - took up the bottom three slots on the report.

Honda EPA ranking Honda beat out Subaru, Mazda, and Hyundai to be named the most fuel-efficient automaker.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

In 2019, Honda set a new all-time record for sales of electrified vehicles in America, including the Clarity series, Accord Hybrid and the Insight. The company has added the CR-V Hybrid to its lineup for the 2020 model year and there are indications that more electrified powertrains are coming not too far down the road. Honda has previously announced the intention to have two-thirds of its automobile sales to be electrified by 2030.

Other automakers are electrifying their lineups and making already existing hybrid models more fuel-efficient. Subaru recently introduced the Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV) based on the engineering in the Toyota Prius Prime. Toyota has recommitted to electrification in the U.S. but debuting new, more efficient RAV4 and Highlander Hybrid models in the past 18 months. A RAV4 plug-in model, called the RAV4 Prime, is coming for the 2021 model year.

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Honda is pledging at least $1 million in donations as it kicks off charitable spending in the era of COVID-19.

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Honda is committing $1 million to food banks and meal programs across the United States, Canada and Mexico in communities that are most vulnerable for food access during the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker is also matching up to $1,000 for each individual gift that Honda employees make that benefit their local communities.

"We are focusing our societal response on three vital and immediate human needs," said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America, Inc. "We are addressing food insecurity at a time when many families are struggling, investigating the potential to use our manufacturing know-how to produce medical equipment to help those battling COVID-19, and deploying our associate 'virtual volunteers,' to help people in need."

In addition to the $1 million dollar pledge to address food insecurity, Honda's response includes a number of activities to support community and government efforts aimed at combatting the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Inventoried our stocks of Personal Protective Equipment at our North American facilities and have donated much of this equipment, including N95 face masks, to support frontline healthcare providers.
  • Deploying our 3-D printers to manufacture visors for protective face shields that will be used by medical providers. And we continue investigating the ability to meet critical manufacturing needs related to medical equipment, including partnering with other companies.
  • Engaging and empowering Honda associates throughout North America while at home, to serve as "virtual volunteers," to help non-profits and people in need in their local communities while respecting the requirements of social distancing. This will include reaching out to many of its nonprofit partners to assess their needs and determine opportunities to support them with virtual tasks at a time when nonprofit resources are stretched.
  • Offering payment extensions and deferrals, as well as late fee waivers for existing Honda and Acura finance customers impacted by the pandemic, and a 90-day deferred payment to qualified customers for new vehicle sales that are financed by Honda and Acura Financial Services.

Honda recently changed the business plans for their plants in North America in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The Honda Insight is mostly unchanged from the 2020 model year.

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The 2021 Honda Insight is mostly unchanged from the 2020 model year. However, there are a few notable improvements.

Honda is making blind spot monitoring and cross traffic monitoring technology available in the low-cost model. The car will also come in a new paint color - Radiant Red Metallic.

It retains its size, fitting between the Civic and Accord in the Honda lineup, with a focus on budget-friendly fuel efficiency rather than creature comforts and family friendliness.

2021 Honda Insight Honda has added the Insight's Radiant Red Metallic job to the options list for the new model year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Insight continues to have best-in-class passenger space and a high fuel economy rating.

All models come standard with LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance technology.

The mid-grade Insight EX comes standard with an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The top-tier model gains leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power driver's seat, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

Honda has priced the 2021 Insight starting at $22,930 for the base LX model. The Insight EX starts at $24,810 while the Insight Touring is priced at $28,840. All models carry a $955 destination and handling charge.