The holy March Madness holiday tips off on March 15, 2018, and with it comes your annual office tournament pool. Will this be the year a Cinderella heads to the Final Four, or will the status quo continue? We don’t know—we’re Miami Honda dealers, not NCAA basketball analysts.
Even so, we wanted to get in on the March Madness madness in a way that makes sense to us. Presenting: The first-ever 2018 Honda Championship of Miami, a tournament pitting eight of the fiercest, most popular, best Honda models against each other. Everyone’s favorite time of year just got better. Check out the winners in our Honda bracket below, and be sure to stop by your nearest Honda dealership to test drive the champion.
The eight best Hondas head into round one, but just four will come out as semifinalists.
Accord (1) vs. HR-V (8)
As the 2018 NAIAS North American Car of the year and Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buy, the 2018 Honda Accord is a showstopper and hands-on favorite to win the tournament. Refined in all the right places, the Accord boasts improved fuel economy, luxe cabin trimmings, modern features, and a dependable 2.0L VTEC turbo that makes 252 horsepower. There’s no debating it: The new Accord is an affordable do-it-all sedan that’s specifically excellent for Miami driving.
A newbie to the Honda lineup, the 2018 HR-V is making waves in the compact SUV market as a versatile crossover. Its MSRP is one of the lowest in its class, the 2nd-Row Magic Seat can be folded down to increase cargo space to 58.8 cubic feet, and the various cargo formations make it simple to haul around kayaks, bikes, and all your beach gear.
While a sporty SUV is an excellent choice for Miami Beach, we can’t deny the Accord it’s moment to shine. It’s as good a car as we’ve ever seen, Honda or otherwise. Visit our Florida Honda dealerships to test drive the new Accord in Miami.
Civic (4) vs. Pilot (5)
The 2018 Civic is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the Honda roster and has all the athleticism and style to match. Nimble and creative in the lane, the Civic’s true draw is its ability to inspire confidence. A true leader in every regard, the Honda Civic comforts drivers and passengers with its power seats, leather-wrapped cabin features, and ingenious adjustable cupholders and central storage compartment.
Honda’s largest SUV, the 2018 Pilot, has the size, muscle, and road IQ to do some damage to the Civic in round one, let alone the rest of the competition in our Honda Championship. Five USB ports and two wide moonroofs keep all eight passengers happy on road trips to Ft. Lauderdale. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds with ease. Its tall ground clearance puts it in prime position to score at will, and the 280-hp V6 ensures the Pilot has the energy to finish a play.
The Civic may be one of the most popular cars in America, but the Honda Pilot is a better vehicle for North Miami Beach.
CR-V (2) vs. Ridgeline (7)
You’ve undoubtedly spotted the classy Honda CR-V in Miami, whether at the grocery store or in a drive-thru lane. The Honda CR-V proves its worth as one of the best SUVs in the country, winning the Motor Trend SUV of the Year Award for 2018, and it’s got its sights on the championship. With a new look and hands-free power liftgate rocking in the back—the storage area is perfect for surfboards and the like—the CR-V is a sight to behold. Plus, there are over 50 pieces of technology inside the CR-V’s cabin to contend with.
The 2017 Ridgeline won the North American Truck of the Year Award. Carrying over that championship-caliber personality into 2018, the new Ridgeline returns with an in-bed power outlet, storage compartment under the rear bench, a full-size trunk and cooler in the bed, and a dual-hinge tailgate that makes loading and unloading a breeze. The ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds makes it a solid contender, as well.
Unfortunately for last year’s best truck, the new Honda CR-V is simply too much to handle. Its storage capacity and passenger volume alone keep it on pace to head to the championship round in Miami.
Odyssey (3) vs. Fit (6)
Perhaps known as the best minivan to ever be made, the Honda Odyssey seats eight and stifles road-trip blues with its rear entertainment system, mobile Wi-Fi, and multiple USB ports. The innovative HondaVAC makes quick work of the Miami Beach sand your kids forgot to shake out of their towels. An impressive parent-focused CabinWatch and CabinTalk system give you eyes in the back of your head, as well as an intercom that will make you reminisce about summer camp. The Odyssey has apparently been training for a marathon, as it now returns 32 mpg on the highway.
This is a quintessential David vs. Goliath matchup with the Honda Fit playing the part of David. As one of the nicest compact hatchbacks out there, the 2018 Honda Fit is a spitfire with a versatile cabin that can accommodate far more than you’d expect. Honda’s Magic Seat was seemingly built for the Fit, giving it the ability to miraculously expand cargo space from 16.6 cubic feet to 52.7 cubic feet.
In Miami, nothing beats a versatile go-getter like the Fit. Although the Odyssey clearly has an upper hand in passenger volume and horsepower, the Honda Fit fulfills the David-Goliath prophecy by offering a lot more than meets the eye.
Accord (1) vs. Pilot (5)
Unsurprisingly, just about every automotive award went to the 2018 Accord. Its reconfigured cabin and remodeled exterior are simply mesmerizing, and its performance on the road—38 mpg on the highway—all but guaranteed it the number one seed.
The 2018 Pilot has something to say about that. Sporting two rows of foldable seats that maximize storage space at 109 cubic feet, the new Pilot is a tough matchup for the Accord in Miami. Drivers need room to transport their beach umbrellas, picnic baskets, and boogie boards, and the Honda Pilot makes it simple for them to load up and hit the coast.
Is this where the Accord’s undefeated streak comes to a bitter end? The Pilot’s strength and storage capacity says, “yes.”
CR-V (2) vs. Fit (6)
Slightly smaller than the Pilot, the new Honda CR-V is built to tackle South Florida outings, whether that’s Pompano Beach or downtown Fort Lauderdale. Comfortable seating for five, a 75.8-cubic-foot cargo area, and a 190-horsepower turbo-four put the 2018 CR-V in the driver’s seat of this matchup. Having a natural inclination to live near sand helps, too.
Though the Honda Fit puts up a valiant effort to thwart the second-seeded CR-V, it simply can’t overcome the SUV’s power and interior versatility.
CR-V (2) vs. Pilot (5)
The safe bet is to put money on the CR-V to win it all, but the Honda Pilot’s aggressive nature doesn’t make it a sure thing.
With its 280-hp V6 and an 800-pound advantage over the CR-V, the new Pilot should get fed the rock—a lot. Some clever footwork and a few lowered shoulders help the Pilot command the lane, putting it in position to snatch the trophy away from the CR-V. Plus, the Pilot offers an additional 30-plus cubic feet of storage space compared to the Honda CR-V. If you need a dependable SUV in Miami, it’s obvious that the full-size Pilot should make your short list.
Champion: 2018 Honda Pilot
The March Madness action doesn’t begin until March 15, but we’ve already got game-winning Honda deals in Miami on the Pilot, CR-V, and all other Honda models. Visit your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers location to browse our selection and take a test drive. We have Honda dealerships all over the Miami area, including North Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Delray Beach, and Hollywood, FL.