About Honda Cars
The Honda brand has been around for more than 70 years. It was founded by mechanic Soichiro Honda as an auto engine part manufacturer. The company dabbled in motors for bicycles, then motorcycles, becoming the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer by 1964. Its first automobile, a small pickup truck, was produced in 1963, and the company created an aircraft manufacturing division in 1993. The brand’s luxury models, sold under the name Acura, have seen sales fall from about 63,000 per year to fewer than 50,000 in 2018. Its all-time sales record in the United States was over 1.6 million vehicles in 2018, putting it in fifth place among all consumer vehicle brands but about 1 million sales behind its rival Toyota.
- Honda Accord Hybrid is the most-recalled Honda vehicle
- Honda Civic is the least expensive car from Honda starting from $ 6,285.00
- Honda Insight has an MPG of 61 miles/gallon / 70 miles/gallon which is the highest gas mileage in the city and on highways
- Honda Civic Hybrid has the most trims available with 332 variations released
Number of Honda Sales in the United States
Honda U.S. Sales Reports - By Month
Honda Car Sales in The United States from 2015 to 2019
Average Pricing for Honda Popular models
|Popular Honda Models||Average Price|
|CR-V Hybrid||$ 34,350.00|
Interesting Facts About Honda
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 1994-2010 ranking of the ten most fuel-efficient vehicles sold in the United States included five Hondas; the most recent fuel efficiency data puts the Honda Odyssey minivan on the list as well.
Honda’s first U.S. plant was opened in Marysville, Ohio in 1984. In 2014 the automaker exported about 20,000 more Honda vehicles from the U.S. than it imported, primarily to markets in Central and South America.
The company now has 14 plants in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. One in North Carolina primarily makes motorcycles and lawnmowers for the American market. The company employs more than 26,000 Americans.
The Civic is the second-oldest model line for a Japanese manufacturer, with its rival the Toyota Corolla being the oldest.
At the same time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Honda Pilot, CRV, and Acura RDX to its list of 20 safest SUVs in 2019.
Among the unusual vehicles that Honda produces is Mean Mower, a ride-on lawnmower that can go from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. One version of the mower is capable of reaching speeds of up to 150 mph.
Honda makes over 140 million engines, and its engines have won more Indy 500 races than any other engine.
Aside from vehicles, Honda is one of the largest exporters of American soybeans. The company decided to get into this business because it made more sense than sending empty ships across the ocean after delivering vehicles. The company also says it believes in investing in American products.
How to Identify and Decode Honda VINs
The first three characters in the VIN are known as the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The WMI provides information about the vehicle, including what the company made it and where the vehicle originated.
Honda uses the following WMI codes:
|1HF||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Motorcycle|
|1HG||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Passenger car|
|19U||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Acura, Passenger car|
|19X||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Passenger car|
|2HG||Honda of Canada Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Passenger car|
|2HH||Honda of Canada Mfg., Inc. – Acura, Passenger car|
|2HK||Honda of Canada Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Multi purpose passenger vehicle|
|2HJ||Honda of Canada Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Truck|
|2HN||Honda of Canada Mfg., Inc. – Acura, Multi purpose passenger vehicle|
|2HU||Honda of Canada Mfg., Inc. – Acura, Truck|
|3HG||Honda de México S.A. de C.V. – Honda, Passenger car|
|3H1||Honda de México S.A. de C.V. – Honda, Motorcycle|
|478||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Honda, All-Terrain vehicle|
|5J6||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Multi purpose passenger vehicle|
|5J7||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Honda, Truck|
|5J8||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Acura, Multipurpose passenger vehicle|
|5J0||Honda of America Mfg., Inc. – Acura, Truck|
|5KB||Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC – Honda, Passenger car|
|5KC||Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC – Acura, Passenger car|
|5FN||Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC – Honda, Multipurpose passenger vehicle|
|5FP||Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC – Honda, Truck|
|5FR||Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC – Acura, Multipurpose passenger vehicle|
|5FS||Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC – Acura, Truck|
|8CH||Honda Motor de Argentina S.A. - "Honda," Motorcycle (HRV SUV until octuber,2019)|
|93H||Honda Automoveis do Brasil Ltda. – Honda, Passenger car|
|9C2||Moto Honda da Amazônia Ltda. – Honda, Motorcycle|
|JHF||Honda Motor Co., Ltd.|
|JHG||Honda Motor Co., Ltd.|
|JHM||Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – Honda, Passenger car|
|JHL||Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – Honda, Multipurpose passenger vehicle|
|JHN||Honda Motor Co., Ltd.|
|JHZ||Honda Motor Co., Ltd.|
|JH1||Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – Honda, Truck|
|JH2||Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – Honda, Motorcycle|
|JH4||Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – Acura, Passenger car|
|JH5||Honda Motor Co., Ltd.|
|LUC||Honda Automobile (China) Co., Ltd. – Honda, Passenger car|
|MAK||Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. – Honda, Passenger car|
|MHR||PT Honda Prospect Motor Indonesia – Honda, Passenger car|
|MLH||Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. – Honda, Motorcycle|
|MRH||Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd. – Honda, Passenger car|
|PAD||Honda Cars Philippines Inc. – Honda, Multipurpose passenger vehicle|
|PMH||Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. – Honda, Passenger car|
|NLA||Honda Türkiye A.Ş. – Honda, Passenger car|
|SHH||Honda of the UK Mfg., Ltd. – Honda, Passenger car|
|SHS||Honda of the UK Mfg., Ltd. – Honda, Multipurpose passenger vehicle|
|VTM||Montesa Honda S.A. – Honda, Motorcycle|
|YC1||Honda Belgium NV – Honda, Motorcycle|
|ZDC||Honda Italia Industriale SpA – Honda, Motorcycle|
Positions Four through Eight are used to identify specific vehicle attributes. Honda uses these three positions in different ways based on current models, engines, and trim levels. In many cases, the codes were changed every three years. Graphical representation of all the possible combinations is not possible.
Position Seven and Eight identify the model type, transmission, and trim level-or some combination depending on the year. These codes often change meaning from one year to the next.
All U.S. vehicles use the digit in Position Nine as a check digit. This check digit is used to validate a VIN. The Check digit represents a fractional or decimal result of a mathematical algorithm.
Position 10 is the Model Year identifier. The model year and the year of manufacture are not always the same, however.
Position 11 identifies the specific plant at which the Honda vehicle was built. Honda uses these codes:
|A||Marysville, Ohio, USA|
|B||Lincoln, Alabama, USA|
|C||Sayama, Saitama, Japan|
|E||Greensburg, Indiana, USA|
|G||El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico|
|H||Alliston, Ontario, Canada|
|L||East Liberty, Ohio, USA|
|M||Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico|
|S||Suzuka, Mie, Japan|
|T||Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan|
|U||Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.|
Position 12 through 17 are the vehicle serial number. The serial number is unique to each vehicle and can be used to identify the sequence in production at a specific plant. It should be noted that serial numbers are not sequential. A larger number does not indicate a later production date.
Safety and Recalls for Honda Cars
The most significant safety issue to face Honda brand vehicles in its history is ongoing. The recall is for Takata airbags, which have been documented to inflate prematurely and to send shrapnel from inferior inflators into the bodies of drivers and passengers. This recall affects nearly 34 million vehicles in the United States. Models and years affected include:
- 2001-2007 and 2009 Accord.
- 2001-2005 Civic.
- 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V.
- 2003-2011 Element.
- 2007 Fit.
- 2002-2004 Odyssey.
- 2003-2008 Pilot.
- 2006-2014 Ridgeline.
Sudden braking that the driver cannot control prompted a recall of 250,000 Honda vehicles. This recall affected all SUVs, and was attributed to new electronics.
Accord hybrid sedans have a recall to fix a stalling engine on 2014-2016 models, which affects about 6,700 vehicles.
Honda had 3683 from 1980 to 2021 of which the most recalled model is 1992 Honda Prelude and the least is 1996 Honda Odyssey. Honda had the most recalled during 2019.
|Model||Number of Recalls|
|1992 Honda Prelude #1 with most recalls||5|
|1987 Honda Prelude #2 with most recalls||2|
|2001 Honda Accord #3 with most recalls||18|
|2011 Honda Civic Hybrid #4 with most recalls||14|
|2015 Honda CRF250L #5 with most recalls||1|
|2007 Honda VT1100C #6 with most recalls||1|
|1996 Honda Odyssey #7 with most recalls||1|