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The sixth-generation Civic Coupe breaks the mold set by previous cars. Whereas previous Civic Coupes were little more than Civic Sedans with fewer doors, the new Coupe is a shorter, sportier alternative to the more staid sedan. Already lower and leaner than the sedan, the Civic Coupe also sports increased damper stiffness, firmer spring rates, and unique stabilizer bars to go with the noticeably more aggressive styling.

The Accord Coupe is luxuriously appointed with exciting technology, making it as functional as it is stylish. Leather-trimmed seats offer a sophisticated look and luxurious feel (EX-L and above). The Accord Coupe is luxuriously appointed with exciting technology, making it as functional as it is stylish.

The Fit proves that a small car needn’t be punishment for spending less, successfully mixing economy, versatility—and even a little mischief. Its 1.5-liter four-cylinder makes 130 hp; a slick-shifting six-speed manual is standard, while a CVT is optional. The chassis is willing to play when you are, but the brakes are merely average. Rear-seat legroom is ample, and thanks to rear seats that fold flat, cargo capacity—at 53 cubic feet—is impressive, too.

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover SUV that can offer seating for five and that comes in four different trim levels. Standard equipment includes: 16” steel wheels, parking camera, tilt and telescope steering wheel, 60/40 split and fold rear seating, Bluetooth/iPod/USB integration, internet and HD radio and four-speaker sound system. Stepping up to a higher trim level can get you add-ons like larger wheels, automated headlamps, LED daytime running lights, heated and powered front seating, collision mitigation system, 7” touchscreen console, roof rails, heated and powered side mirrors, leather upholstery, GPS, upgraded sound system, powered rear liftgate and more. Driving the CR-V is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.

The engaging Accord offers more than you’d expect, which helps make it a 10Best winner for 2017. A 185-hp 2.4-liter four and a six-speed manual are standard in both the coupe and sedan; Sport models make 189 hp. A hybrid sedan gets a combined 48 mpg. A CVT is optional, as is a 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic; the coupe offers a six-speed manual.

The Civic, offered as a sedan or a coupe, exemplifies automotive excellence and underscores Honda’s commitment to blending fun with efficiency and practicality. Precise steering, a solid chassis, and a well-tuned suspension provide a compliant ride as well as sweet handling. Two four-cylinders are offered—a 158-hp 2.0-liter and a 174-hp turbo 1.5-liter—and either a six-speed manual or a CVT.

The CR-Z is an ambitious attempt at making a sporty hybrid, but its performance doesn’t match its adventurous styling. The good news is that it’s the only hybrid sold with a manual—a six-speed—but the bad news is that the combined output is a mere 130 hp. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder pairs with an electric motor; the EPA rates it for 36-mpg city/39-mpg highway with the optional CVT; the manual gets 31/38. Standard features include Bluetooth capability, automatic climate control, and cruise.

The HR-V mixes angles and curves in an attractive design that lends it a sporty look while hiding its budget-friendly roots. A 141-hp 1.8-liter four comes with either a six-speed manual or CVT and front- or all-wheel drive. Many safety features are available, and the flat-folding second-row provides cargo-hauling bragging rights. Load it up with extras like lane-departure warning, a seven-inch touch-screen display, and a vehicle telematics system and the HR-V becomes a high-tech haven.

The Insight is the lowest-priced hybrid you can buy, and that may or may not be a good thing. It was designed around price, and uses a simplified hybrid system in which both gas and electric modes use the gas engine for power. The Insight is less efficient than a Toyota Prius, but also cheaper to make. A 2012 update brought an upgraded interior, more insulation, and redesigned nav. While it rides and handles like a Honda should, the Insight is more of a hybridized Fit than a bargain Prius.

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