Honda innovation highlighted at Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards
There is no more important quality in a vehicle than innovation; after all, finding better ways to do things is the only sure path to being the best. Honda takes great pride in its innovative approach and has been recognised once again for their efforts this year by the world-renowned industry expert Edmunds. Here we will take a closer look at what the fuss is all about.
Who is Edmunds?
Edmunds started out back in 1966 as one of the first companies ever to offer vehicle valuation tools for prospective buyers. In 1994 Edmunds upped its game even further by creating the first ever site on the internet to post car pricing data.
Over the last 20 plus years, Edmunds has evolved and expanded dramatically, such as by creating a wide range of specialized vehicle valuation tools, including ‘True Market Value’, ‘True Cost to Own’, and LotBuddy. In short, Edmunds has become known as a leading expert in telling the gems from the lemons.
The Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards
Since 2014, Edmunds has been making life even easier for vehicle shoppers by recognizing industry-leading vehicles across a broad range of categories at the CES Tech Driven Awards. In order to be eligible, vehicles must be of the current model year, not be a prototype, and be available to the general public, with vehicle testing carried out by Edmunds’ team of skilled and knowledgeable experts.
Honda’s 2018 award-winners
Honda was once again highlighted at this year’s CES Tech Driven Awards and below is a brief look at its two big winners.
2018 Honda Clarity – Most Innovative Car of the Year
While there is a lot to like about this amazing new Honda, Edmunds was particularly impressed by the wide range of innovative powertrain options available, including a plug-in hybrid, electric battery, and hydrogen fuel cell versions. The plug-in hybrid’s combined range of almost 550 km was also highlighted, along with the more than respectable 145 km range provided by the dedicated electric engine. Furthermore, the new fuel-cell Clarify features a redesigned powertrain that fits entirely under the hood, freeing up enough space in the cabin to comfortably seat 5 people.
2018 Honda CR-V – Most Innovative SUV of the Year
The Honda CR-V has been at the top of its class for years and the latest version has only widened the gap by providing a spacious, balanced, and fuel-efficient ride that families will love. The experts at Edmunds highlighted the CR-V’s active safety features, advanced driver assistance capabilities, and affordable price, along with its user-friendly 60/40 split-fold rear seats that provide a class-leading 2,146 litres of cargo space. This savvy Honda’s wide range of tech features were also certainly noticed (such as its compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and the cherry on top was the CR-V’s responsive performance and luxuriously comfortable ride.
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