American carmakers have lost out to Honda in the Cars.com American Made Index. In a recent study that examines which vehicles in the U.S. automotive industry are actually made in America, Honda has come out on top for the second year in a row.
The Japanese carmaker came out with six of the top 10 most American-made models sold in the United States. Last year, Honda was also awarded this honor with four models in the top ten.
The following vehicles were recognized in the Cars.com American Made Index:
2019 Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, AL), 2nd place
2019 Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, AL), 3rd place
2019 Honda Passport (Lincoln, AL), 4th place
2019 Acura MDX (East Liberty, OH), 6th place
2019 Honda Pilot (Lincoln, AL), 7th place
2019 Acura RDX (East Liberty, OH), 10th place
To determine the top ten vehicles in their American Made Index, Cars.com considered several factors. This includes the location of each vehicle’s assembly plant, the origin of the engine and transmission, the domestic-parts content, and U.S. factory employment adjusted by sales. In the case of a tie, curb weight is used to break it.
Honda is proud to note that nearly two-thirds of Honda and 99% of Acura vehicles that are sold in the United States are also made there.*
If you ever find yourself looking for American brands when shopping for a new car, you’re not alone. Many people value buying domestic, whether it’s because they think it will do more to help the American economy or they believe American-built vehicles are better made. But as it turns out, despite the Japanese badge, buying Honda is the way to go if you care about cars built in America. Visit Bryan Honda to explore Honda’s lineup and discover the quality of American-made cars.
There is no denying the growing popularity of hybrids and other electrified vehicles in the United States. Americans are realizing their benefits go beyond simple spending less on gasoline. That is why it is exciting to learn that Honda may be getting a Pilot plug-in hybrid model ready.
Recently, Automotive News captured some spy shots of a Pilot model with two fueling doors, implying that one of them could be a port for a plug. The Pilot is already a popular choice among families. It has been going through a sales surge with a 36.1% sales increase in May 2018 compared to May 2017.
This is why a plug-in hybrid model would fit in perfectly with Honda’s plan to have two-thirds of its sales be electrified by 2030. Honda currently has three other electrified models in the its lineup, the Accord, Clarity, and Insight. The addition of an electrified crossover could be a big boom for Honda.
There are currently plans for a Pilot refresh for the 2019 model year that will likely include a new grille, revised headlights, and a new front fascia. Perhaps Honda will surprise us with a new plug-in hybrid option. But, it is too soon to tell.
The Honda Pilot is already one of our most popular vehicles at Bryan Honda. We can’t wait to see how a plug-in hybrid would be received.
Buoyed by the success of larger vehicle offerings such as the Odyssey minivan, Ridgeline pickup, and Pilot SUV, Honda reports that truck, SUV, and minivan sales saw the greatest increase in April. Perhaps the spike in sales has something to do with the prospect of road trips with the whole family, but we venture to guess it has a lot to do with the strength of Honda’s current lineup of trucks, SUVs, and minivans.
April’s heaviest hitters were the Honda Odyssey and the Honda Pilot, which were up 31.3% and 32.2% respectively on a daily selling rate basis. This means the Odyssey saw 8,464 daily sales for April while the Pilot moved 11.891 daily units. That’s a lot of SUVs and minivans!
These numbers hardly surprise us, though. The Honda Odyssey is the top retail-selling minivan in American, after all, while the Honda Pilot offers an impressive combination of full-size SUV convenience and flexibility and economical fuel efficiency.
While models such as the Civic, CR-V, and Accord continue to see some of Honda’s strongest sales numbers, the trend toward larger Honda vehicles is indicative of America’s growing preference for trucks and full-size SUVs such as the Odyssey and Pilot that offer a lot of flexibility, and a lot of fun.
See for yourself why Honda truck and SUV sales have done so well by checking out the full lineup at Bryan Honda!
Each year, Kelley Blue Book (KBB), one of the most trusted names in the automotive industry, selects the best lineup of family vehicles. It includes the 2018 Honda Pilot on its “Best Family Cars of 2018” list.
The new Pilot gives families looking for a three-row crossover, refinement, value, versatility, and loads of features. KBB also gave the Pilot the “Midsize SUV Best Buy” award, providing those with children one more reason to purchase this model.
One feature that really makes the Pilot stand out from the competition is its great use of interior space. It offers seating for up to eight passengers, while still including plenty of room behind the third row for groceries or a large stroller. When you need just cargo volume, conveniently fold away each of the back seats to take advantage of a cavernous interior.
The 2018 Pilot is not only practical, but it’s fun to drive. The engine is responsive, delivering pleasing acceleration thanks to the nine-speed automatic with paddle shifters, available on the Touring and Elite trims. These versions also deliver 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, which should satisfy those desiring a more thrilling ride. In addition, standard and available tech features such as the Blu-Ray rear entertainment system and Bluetooth® will help keep everyone engaged on each adventure.
To see for yourself why the 2018 Honda Pilot is such a good family car, take it out for a test drive at Bryan Honda.