Honda's product onslaught continues for 2017, with the next 12 months heralding the launch of next-gen Accord, Odyssey and CR-V models, plus an expanded green footprint and wider proliferation of turbos.
Fit: Expect a refreshed Fit to arrive for the 2018 model year with only mild changes. This is Honda's affordability play, so don't expect sweeping changes (or turbos).
Civic: The Civic sedan and coupe have had a banner year in 2016, lighting up the sales charts and even rubbing off on Accord sales. This fall both the long-awaited Civic Type R and the Civic Si are expected to be unveiled. Look for the Type R to continue the path of front-wheel-drive, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and output just north of 300 hp. The Si will use the 1.5-liter turbo that's already available in the Civic, but boosted for more power. Both will go on sale in 2017. In the meantime, the Civic hatchback goes on sale by the end of the year.
The biggest unknown is how Honda approaches electrification of the Civic in coming years: plug-in or regular hybrid? Regardless, look for that update in the 2018 or 2019 model year.
Accord: The 10th generation of Honda's venerable sedan is due in 2017 as a 2018 model. The redesigned model will ride on the same fwd modular platform as the current Civic. The march of the turbos continues: Expect the base engine to be Honda's 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four as the optional choice -- goodbye, V-6. As with the Civic, expect Honda to add a hybrid (plug-in or normal) to the Accord nameplate in 2018. A normal hybrid would avoid cannibalizing too many sales from the Clarity PHEV that is similar in size and goes on sale in 2017.
Clarity lineup: Honda's second-gen Clarity FCV hydrogen fuel cell car goes on sale in California later this year. It will sell for around $60,000 and come with a 300-plus-mile range. In 2017 the FCV version will be joined by a new Clarity EV and a Clarity PHEV with 40 miles of all-electric range. By 2020, Honda's collaboration with General Motors on fuel cell know-how could mean a significant upgrade in the Clarity's technologies.
Sports car: It's the rumor that will not die. While dealers are always clamoring for an heir to the S2000 to burnish Honda's performance cred, the business case for one is tough. If this is something the Honda brand is intent on doing, don't expect it until the turn of the decade at the earliest. By then Honda will have a variety of turbocharged four-cylinder engines that it could run solo or pair with its burgeoning portfolio of electrified powertrains.
HR-V: All new for 2016, this tidy crossover based on the Fit should see a freshening in 2018 as a 2019 model. Like its platform mate, this is a price-sensitive model, so don't expect major powertrain changes.
CR-V: Next year will usher in a redesigned CR-V as a 2018 model. It will ride on the modular platform shared with the Civic and Accord. The 1.5-liter turbo will be the only engine until Honda adds a hybrid iteration in 2018 or 2019. Honda likely will squeeze a third row of seats into global models, but that isn't expected in the U.S.
Pilot: The redesigned model went on sale in 2016. A midcycle re-engineering is expected in the 2019 model year that could see the V-6 being jettisoned in favor of Honda's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
Odyssey: Honda's minivan gets a redesign set to debut at the end of this year as a 2017 model, following on the heels of Fiat Chrysler's new Chrysler Pacifica. The basic minivan recipe will stay the same: shared platform with Pilot and Acura MDX crossovers, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The current version has a six-speed automatic transmission; look for the new model -- at least in higher trims -- to use the ZF nine-speed automatic found in other Honda and Acura models. Honda's in-house 10-speed automatic may join the Odyssey in a midlife refresh or re-engineering in 2019 or 2020.
Ridgeline: Honda's redesigned pickup truck is just a few months old and rides on the same light-truck platform that underpins the Odyssey and Pilot. Look for a midcycle freshening in 2020, but without significant powertrain changes.