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Honda CR-V and Clarity Series are 2018’s ‘Most Innovative SUV and Car of the Year’

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

If Honda had an astrological sign, its horoscope would read “Today, you will receive an industry award; then tomorrow, another; and the day after, and after, and after…” 2018, it seems, is really proving to be Honda’s year.

The most recent set of awards it has received now comes from, which named the automaker’s 2018 CR-V and all-new Clarity series the “Most Innovative SUV and Car of the Year,” respectively, at the 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards.

“With wins in two of six categories, it is clear that pushing the boundaries of automotive innovation is in Honda’s DNA,” said Alistair Weaver, Edmunds editor-in-chief. “Both the forward-thinking Honda Clarity and class-leading Honda CR-V are prime examples of how Honda innovates with buyers in mind, and makes advanced technology features that are both easy to use and accessible beyond high priced luxury vehicles.”

Edmunds’ editors praised the CR-V for its clever packaging and efficiency, nothing that its offers advanced driver assistance technologies and active safety features (via Honda Sensing) at an affordable price point, something few other automakers can claim, especially on SUVs. “Coupled with other outstanding features such as a deftly balanced ride and handling, class-leading fuel economy ratings, and a large and clever storage space, the CR-V is a winner.”

The Honda Clarity series, meanwhile, was lauded for its innovative approach to electrified powertrain technology. The Clarity is offered in plug-in hybrid, all-electric, and even hydrogen fuel cell variants, allowing customers wishing to go green to get all of the features they would normally want out of a vehicle like the Clarity and then choose the powertrain that best fits their needs. “The 2018 Honda Clarity provides unmatched flexibility when it comes to alternative fuel choices, and proves that innovative design can push the industry further toward a future using renewable energy.”