As gasoline prices rise, Americans looking to buy an automobile are increasingly focused on fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, Honda continues its tradition as a distinguished manufacturer of fuel-efficient engines.
Honda’s 2.4 liter 2,354 cc in-line 4 front engine powers the popular Accord, CR-V and Element models. This remarkable engine, with its multi-point injection fuel system, generates respectable horsepower in all three models without sacrificing fuel efficiency. Accord’s horsepower weighs in at 177 while yielding 21 city/30 highway miles per gallon. This engine, with a slightly lower compression ratio, gives the CR-V and Element 166 horses and performs with similar economy – 20 city/26 highway (CR-V) and 19 city/24 highway (Element).
Fuel efficiency is also apparent in the slightly smaller 2.2 liter 2,157 cc engine that powers the sporty S2000. This engine boasts a double overhead cam and prefers premium fuel (91 octane), but utilizes the same injection system as the 2.4 liter. At 177 horsepower and 18 mpg city/25 highway, style has not eclipsed this model’s capacity for fuel economy.
The popular Honda Civic is powered by the 1.8 liter 1,799 cc in-line 4 front engine. This model, rated at a very efficient 26 mpg city/34 highway, provides more than adequate horsepower at 140.
A slightly smaller 1.5 liter 1,497 cc engine drives the Honda Fit model, which provides 117 horsepower while delivering very impressive fuel efficiency — an impressive 28 mpg city/35 highway.
Honda has equipped its heavier models with the more substantial 3,471 cc 3.5 liter V-6 engine, yet fuel efficiency remains intact. The Honda Pilot, with a compression ratio of 10.5 and 186 horsepower, is rated at 17 mpg city/23 highway; the Ridgeline, with identical horsepower but a 10.0 compression ratio, tests out at 15 mpg city/20 highway. The Odyssey, with 182 horses, provides 16 mpg city/23 highway. These numbers compare favorably with parallel models of other manufacturers.
Naturally, Honda’s most fuel-efficient engine is the 1,339 cc 1.3 liter in-line 4 front engine found in the hybrid Honda Insight. Electric fuel-powered with additional unleaded 87 gasoline, this 98-horsepower engine travels an astounding 40 miles per gallon in the city and 43 on the highway.
For decades, Honda has earned its reputation for producing fuel-efficient automobiles through innovative engineering and intelligent design. The contemporary American consumer, concerned about the environment, economic climate, and continued availability of gasoline, is served better than ever by Honda’s superior fuel efficiency.