Civic: After a strong 2016, Civic sales have cooled for 2017 though fresh models keep rolling into dealerships, such as the Si and long-awaited Type R. Variants of the Type R are coming but likely not until the 2019 or 2020 model years; they'll include a more powerful track-focused model and a more mainstream version that could offer an alternative to the six-speed manual transmission. A hybrid or plug-in hybrid Civic is expected in 2018 or 2019 based on Honda's promise to introduce such versions of its core models. A freshened base Civic should arrive for the 2019 model year.
Accord: The 10th-generation sedan debuted this month as a 2018 model. Set to go on sale this year, it rides on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the Civic and CR-V. It uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission as its base powertrain and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 10-speed automatic as the optional powertrain that replaces the long-standing V-6. A six-speed manual is available on base models of each engine, and all models have Honda Sensing. The Accord Hybrid returns with revisions to its two-motor hybrid system that boost efficiency.
Sports car: Since the S2000 died, Honda diehards — and dealers — have yearned for a successor. The Civic Type R only partially fills that void, and repeated patent filings for a small Honda or Acura two-seat, midengine sports car have kept speculation rampant. Acura would make more sense for the U.S., considering it has more to gain from an approachable performance halo, something the NSX is too pricey to pull off. If it happens, expect rear- or all-wheel drive, and at least a hybrid or plug-in hybrid and possibly even an electric.
Stand-alone hybrid: Honda's global CEO announced at the 2017 Detroit auto show that his company was developing a stand-alone hybrid to be built and sold in the U.S. Despite reports of a Tokyo auto show debut, this vehicle is set for an early 2018 debut as a 2019 model. Whether it's a crossover or car remains to be seen, but it will most likely be a C-segment vehicle. Consumers' preference for crossovers and the fact that a hybrid car could be confusingly close to the Clarity lineup help the case for a crossover. But brands such as Honda are eager to have a Prius fighter, the failure of Honda's second-gen Insight notwithstanding.