Buying Tips

Which Honda Best Fits Your Lifestyle?


Buying a vehicle can be a pretty daunting task. Given that your vehicle is one of the most important purchase you’ll ever make, it’s crucial that you make the right call. You’re going to want a ride that’s big enough for the size of your family (if you have one), cost-effective enough to fit your lifestyle (if that’s something you’re concerned with), and packs the features you need (given that you spend hours in there every day). This usually means serious research and planning. But don’t worry. We’re going to make your life a lot easier in the next five minutes and help you answer the “Best Honda for my Lifestyle” question.

Today, we’re going to take you through six different vehicles in Honda’s 2018 lineup. We’ll show you the pros and cons of each, tell you how much everything will cost, and let you know which one is best for you. When we’re done, you can go to a dealership with a clear idea of what you want.

The great thing about Honda is that they have something for everyone.

  • Small familes
  • Large families
  • Single parents
  • New drivers
  • Low-cost options
  • Fully-loaded options
  • Cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans

So let’s get started!

2018 Civic Sedan

Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $22,000 – $30,000

There’s a reason the Honda Civic has been the best selling car in Canada since the 90’s. Year over year, it continually ranks at the top of its class in nearly every aspect. It successfully combines practicality and style to provide you with a versatile, fun-to-drive car that can handle single drivers and small families.

Plus, it works on a budget.

The 2018 Civic Sedan is affordable, long lasting, and ranks among the best of its class in terms of fuel economy, with numbers as low as of 6.6 L/100km (hwy). This makes it an excellent choice for students, and anyone who doesn’t want to break the bank in order to get back and forth to work. The 2018 Civic can be had for less than $70 a week.

If you’re someone who cares about performance, higher trims (i.e. the more expensive versions) feature a 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 205 HP and 192-lb.ft. of torque, while lower trims have a 4-cylinder/158 HP output. You can’t make a bad choice when it comes to either of the two transmission systems.

Translation: if you enjoy the sensation of a quick, smooth handling car and don’t want to spend a ton of your hard-earned dough on a luxury sports car, the Civic Sedan is a great choice.

With several advanced technologies and safety features, the Civic also makes for a good match if you’re a parent looking for a first car for your teenager.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Class-leading fuel economy and acceleration
  • Impressive maneuvering
  • Strong turbocharged engine
  • Comfortable drive
  • Spacious and well designed interior

Great Purchase For:

  • Students
  • Young professionals
  • Anyone on a budget

2018 HR-V

Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $25,200 – $33,200

Quiet, stylish, and affordable for anyone looking to get into the crossover/SUV segment, the 2018 HR-V is a top contender in the compact SUV ring.

Based off of the Honda Fit body (Honda’s sub-compact car), the HR-V offers excellent cargo space in a pretty tight package. Because it’s smaller than its SUV cousins (like the Honda HR-V, for instance), it offers class leading fuel efficiency ratings of up to 8.3 L/100km in the city, 7.1 L/100km on the highway, and a combined 7.7 L/100km.

Under the hood, the HR-V is sporting a 1.8-litre, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 141 HP and 127 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard in both the LX and EX models, but for a little extra, drivers can get a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which aids in fuel efficiency. (If you’ve never heard of a CVT transmission before, consider it an automatic in terms of the driving experience.)

Smaller and less expensive than the larger CR-V, the HR-V would make a great choice for someone who enjoys the feel of a car but wants to fit a bit more junk in the trunk. Elegant, sporty, with excellent safety scores, the HR-V is absolutely appropriate for a smaller family. Oh, and with available All-Wheel-Drive (AWD), the HR-V makes plenty of sense for our frigid Canadian climate.

In short, the HR-V is a real jack-of-all-trades; perfect for new parents, athletes with lots of gear, or for your regular commute.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Clever cargo solutions
  • Good commuter car
  • Handles like a car, feels like an SUV
  • Available AWD
  • Jack of all trades

Great Purchase For:

  • New parents
  • Athletes with gear
  • Anyone looking for a lower-cost AWD vehicle

2018 CR-V

Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $31,615 — $41,200

The 2018 Honda CR-V was recently named the Motor Trend SUV of the Year, and for good reason.

It’s a sleek, compact SUV that comes with class leading fuel economy ratings (8.7 L city/100km; 7.2 L/100km hwy; 8 L/100km combined), sharp handling, and a well-designed and surprisingly spacious interior.

This is one of the most affordable, family-friendly vehicles on the market. It’s small enough to fit in tight parking spaces, but spacious enough to fit five adults comfortably. Strollers and groceries fit easily into the cargo space, and the second row of seats can fold down flat, leaving you with all the space you need if you want to throw your hockey gear back there, or camping equipment, or your dogs.

It’s punchy 1.5-litre turbo engine offers 190 HP isn’t anything to brag about, but you’re not going to be doing any drag races with this thing. It’s got all the power you need, so don’t worry. If you’re going to be pulling a trailer, maybe this isn’t the best option for you, but outside of that scenario the 2018 CR-V performs just fine.

Motor Trend didn’t care, and neither should you.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Spacious interior with an expansive cargo space for its class
  • Sharp handling, quick acceleration
  • Comes with All-Wheel-Drive, great for winter driving
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quality materials
  • Affordable SUV
  • Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year

Great Purchase For:

  • Any family with 5-or-less people
  • Adventure seekers

2018 Pilot

Seats: Up to 7
Go Auto Price: $47,915 – $54,500

Honda’s largest SUV, the 2018 Pilot, is available in five trims, all paired with a 3.5-litre V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. While a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard to the lower trims, the Touring trim comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

As far as fuel consumption goes, the Pilot maintains that fuel-efficient image Honda is known for. With city 12.4 L/100km in the city, 9.3 L/100km on the highway, and a combined 11 L/100km this puts the Pilot ahead of most of its competitors. Keep in mind, this is a large SUV.

And for a large SUV, the Pilot is near the head of the pack where it counts: cargo space. Whether you’re packing up to go camping with the family or making a gloriously massive Costco run, there’s no need to worry about ever running out of storage space.

All in all, the Honda Pilot is the ultimate vehicle for big families who don’t want to go the minivan route (although once you check out the Honda Odyssey below, you might change your tune). With expansive third-row seating and a rear-seat entertainment system, you’ll find your bickering kids to be a lot quieter on those long (or short) road trips.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Huge interior with plenty of leg space left for the rear seats
  • Smooth ride, and can manage most conditions
  • More fuel efficient than its large-SUV competition
  • Much more powerful than the Honda CR-V
  • Up to a 9-speed automatic transmission

Great Purchase For:

  • Large families

2018 Honda Ridgeline

Seats: Up to 5
Go Auto Price: $45,015 – $50,300

The Ridgeline is pretty unique, and in many ways is more akin to an SUV than a pickup. There’s a reason why it was named the North American Truck of the Year last year. 

With five different trim levels, Honda’s familiar 3.5-liter V6 delivering 280 HP and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, and an impressive fuel economy rating (city 12.8 L/100km; hwy 9.5 L/100km; combined 11.3 L/100km), the Ridgeline fits the criteria for several different lifestyles.

If you’re an athlete with a lot of gear, a big family, or someone who could use a dependable mid-size pickup for the job site, the Ridgeline will suit your needs. Its manageable size, roomy and well-designed interior, and comfortable SUV-like ride make it a versatile choice that’s up to nearly every task.

The Ridgeline is something of a multi-sport athlete – like Bo Jackson … if he were a vehicle.

True, it may not satisfy the serious truck enthusiasts looking for something with a longer bed and more towing capacity, but if your towing and loading needs are reasonable, and you’re looking for something a bit smaller and lighter-duty, the Ridgeline is the truck for you.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Recently awarded North American Truck of the Year
  • Drives like an SUV
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent fuel efficiency for its class
  • Well-designed interior

Great Purchase For:

  • Anyone with moderate-to-high towing/payload needs
  • Someone who wants the look of a truck and the feel of an SUV

2018 Honda Odyssey

Seats: Up to 7
Price range: $40,900 –  $52,800

The ultimate family vehicle, the 2018 Honda Odyssey combines a polished, sophisticated look with all the safety features and spaciousness that minivan drivers are fond of. It retains the spunk of its Honda relatives, and excels in all categories minivans should: cargo space, infotainment system, safety, and affordability.

Best of all, it’s cool as hell. Seriously, vans are pretty awesome now.

We’re talking power sliding doors, a power lift gate, Bluetooth, leather trimmed seats, blind spot monitoring, a sun roof, a great touchscreen interface, proximity keyless entry, push button ignition, auto leveling headlamps, 10-speed transmission, and 3-zone temperature control.

In terms of performance and efficiency, the Odyssey come equipped with a 3.5-litre direct-injection V-6 that delivers 280 HP and a fuel efficiency rating of 12.6 L/100km in the city, 8.4 L/100km on the highway, and a combined 10.7 L/100km.

Alternatively, the Touring trim comes equipped with a 10 speed automatic transmission that can improve fuel efficiency ratings to 12.2 L/100km in the city, 8.5 L/100km on the highway, and a combined 10.6 L/100km. In short, the Odyssey stands out as a surprisingly fun drive, considering we’re talking about a minivan. Getting the kids to soccer practice on time shouldn’t be an issue with one of these.

It should go without saying, but the Honda Odyssey is an excellent choice for families of every size. Capable of seating the kids and their friends comfortably while affording everyone enough leg space to avoid disputes on long road trips, equipped with modern and easy-to-use tech, and packed to boot with safety and driver assist features, the 2018 Odyssey is probably the best minivan on the market today.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Family friendly
  • No shortage of modern safety and tech features
  • Impressive performance for a minivan with fun handling
  • Improved infotainment system

Great Purchase For:

  • Large families