Honda does have quite a few hybrid models on the market which make up for a good percent of all the hybrid vehicles sold in the World. However, they now plan on completely removing some of their models in order to replace them with a single hybrid car which is expected to arrive some time in 2018. Until then though, there are going to be quite a few 2016 Honda hybrid models on the market which are going to make a lot of people happy.
2016 Honda hybrid models – Accord
Let’s start our countdown with the Accord because this is the car from Honda’s roster to feature not one but two different hybrid models. There is a normal hybrid car which uses a small battery to store electricity from the regenerative braking system and there is also an extended range model which can travel for up to 30 miles on electricity alone and after that it can run its petrol powered engine to make electricity and go even further than that.
These two cars use the same 2 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 petrol engine which runs in an Atkinson cycle which is then coupled to a 124 kW AC electric motor. This offers a total output of 196 horsepower and roughly 200 lb-ft of torque which may not sound much but the fact the car can provide as much as 49 MPG on average, then it is a real winner for us. Unfortunately though, the range extended model of the Accord will be discontinued next year when an all new car is going to be released by Honda.
2016 Honda hybrid models – CR-Z
The second car we will take a look at is the next generation CR-Z which is actually expected to arrive on the market some time in the mid of 2016 as part of the 2016 Honda hybrid models. This car will not be similar to the current model which is has a tiny engine but it will rather use a much bigger 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine as well as an electric motor in order to offer a performance hybrid car. This model is expected to offer well over 300 horsepower and all wheel drive and it may be the first hatchback to pose a problem for the newest Focus RS. However, the CR-Z is actually expected to be priced even higher than that with an expected starting price of nearly $40,000 which is already quite close to some other much faster cars than it.
2016 Honda hybrid models – FCV
The last car we’ll take a look at is the 2016 Honda FCV which has already been released in California and it may come on the US market in the near future. Unlike many other hybrid cars which use a petrol powered engine to provide electricity, the FCV actually uses a hydrogen power-cell, so it is completely green when it comes to the environment. While it is not all that powerful with a single speed gearbox and a 150 horsepower electric motor, the FCV can travel up to 300 miles or little over that with a single tank of hydrogen. The best part about this is that the car can be refilled from a hydrogen refueling station in as little as 5 minutes and the cost is not that much higher over the cost of gasoline.
So, if we had to pick out choice for the best of the 2016 Honda hybrid models then we have to say that the CR-Z is the car we’re waiting for because it has a lot of potential and if Honda manages to get the design right then the car will truly become the next generation CR-X which has been one of the most loved sports cars in the World.