Honda City Awards

Two Honda Models Top the KBB Cost To Own Awards

KBB 5 Year Cost to Own AwardAbout the 2017 5-Year Cost to Own Awards

Everyone knows that negotiating a good price on a new car can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and that’s what Kelley Blue Book has been helping car buyers do for decades. But fewer car shoppers realize they can save even more simply by choosing the right car to begin with. Purchase price is just one of the costs associated with vehicle ownership, and when you consider the continuing costs of fuel, financing, insurance and, in particular, depreciation, saving a few bucks up front can actually cost you more when all is said and done. Similar cars with similar sticker prices can vary widely in overall outlay, and the wrong car can easily eat up all the savings you fought so hard to achieve at the negotiating table.

Best Mid-Size Car: 2017 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is the kind of car that just does everything right. With a lineage that goes back four decades, Honda’s midsize sedan has honed itself to be the segment’s benchmark. No wonder the latest model also took top honors as the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winner among midsize sedans.
The Honda Accord’s recipe for success includes supple but playful driving manners, efficient powertrains, a roomy interior and a history of reliability. Combined with a starting price of just over $23,000 and its ability to hold its value, this latest Honda Accord returns to the top of the 5-Year Cost to Own pack.
The 2017 Accord lineup spans numerous trims and models to suit a variety of tastes, from a V6 coupe to a nearly 50-mpg hybrid. Most familiar and by far the best-seller is the Accord sedan. As we found in our full review, “All Accord models are brisk, compliant and comfortable, with each particular model offering more or less of those traits depending on drivetrain. The bread-and-butter 4-cylinder Accord with an automatic transmission finely balances the comfort/agility equation while offering one of the best continuously variable transmissions (CVT) in the business.”
Never settling for the status quo, the Accord continues to up its game. One of the most impressive recent additions is the Honda Sensing suite of safety features. Available for just $1,000 extra on automatic transmission models, this package adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation and automatic emergency braking. With a starting price of just over $23,000, the 2017 Accord resides where value, quality, features and economy intersect.
 

 5-Year Cost to Own:

$36,442

as of December 31, 2016

Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover: 2017 Honda HR-V

The 2017 Honda HR-V has impressed us on a number of levels. It’s affordable, great on gas, as reliable as, well, a Honda, and offers very good resale value. As it turns out, those are all great reasons for its excellent 5-year cost to own story as well.
There’s more to the HR-V than the numbers though. It’s surprisingly roomy inside, offering plenty of space for front and rear passengers, plus all their stuff in the generous cargo area. That cargo area can be expanded quickly, with multiple configurations thanks to the clever way the rear seats flip and fold. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the HR-V shares its underpinnings with the Honda Fit, and that kind of flexibility is why it’s one of our favorite subcompact cars. Credit the centrally located gas tank and Honda’s dedication to slap-your-forehead clever engineering.
Under the conservatively sharp sheet metal is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower, connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission, driving the front or all four wheels. Around town the HR-V gets good fuel economy, and is easy to drive thanks to its small size and clever features like LaneWatch, which uses a camera to show you what’s on the right side of the car. We also like the automatic brake hold, which automatically holds the brake for you at a full stop, letting you take your foot off the brake pedal.
Prices for the 2017 Honda HR-V start at about $20,500 for a base model, ranging all the way up to about $27,000 for a loaded all-wheel drive EX-L with navigation. That’s a bargain no matter how you slice it.
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KBB Award HR-V

 5-Year Cost to Own:

$33,722

as of December 31, 2016