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Car FYI's 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda Canada Inc.

Product Lineup: Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, Prologue, Ridgeline

Overall Brand Impression: 

Recognized for its sturdy reputation, Honda demonstrates itself as being exceptionally careful to deliver the vehicles customers want today while insuring they also provide products demanded for tomorrow. Having officially employed Canadians for 55 years, last year marked the company’s 10 millionth vehicle produced in the country with upcoming plans for expansion imminent. For 2024, Honda’s automobile lineup features backbone models such as the Civic and CR-V while the completely-new, all-electric Prologue. 

What’s New for 2024: 

Welcomed into the Honda lineup for 2024 is the first-ever Prologue. A fully-electric crossover vehicle with a predicted driving range of 450 kilometers thanks to a General Motors-supplied Ultium battery technology, the 2024 Honda Prologue is created as an attractive, practical design. Being delivered in limited quantities for 2024 with a two-motor configuration delivering a combined 288 horsepower, the Honda Prologue will be offered in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The Prologue will be Honda’s first electric vehicle sold in Canada since the Clarity in 2021.

New for 2024, Honda’s Ridgeline pickup and Passport sport crossover are now offered with a TrailSport model featuring suspension, all-terrain and underbody protection. All 2024 Honda Ridgelines gain more pronounced branding on the tailgate while an enlarged 9-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard. A new Passport Black Edition introduced in 2024 is a new premium level model boasting blackout exterior trim pieces and perforated, ventilated leather front seating with red accents.

Introduced earlier in 2023, an expansion of the 2024 Honda CR-V Hybrid can be obtained with an EX-L trim model. The CR-V Hybrid EX-L is more affordable than the Touring variant by shedding a handful of features but retaining the all-wheel drive powertrain combining a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with two electric motors.  

Receiving complete redesigns in the last two years, Honda’s Civic and Accord survive for 2024 as reasonably popular models despite the contraction of their vehicle categories in both competition as well as popularity with current car buyers. Although both cars appear to be relatively unchanged entering a new year, Civic Hybrid based on the compact car’s 11th generation platform will be arriving for the 2025 model year. 

Highlight Models for 2024:

Photo Credit: Honda Canada Inc.

Honda Prologue EX (Estimated mid $60,000 Canadian): As is the case with most other automakers, Honda has charted a path towards being a carbon neutral business. Honda currently plans to have an automotive portfolio consisting entirely of battery-electric and fuel cell vehicles by 2040. Lacking a fully electric vehicle in North America in 2023, the adaptation of electrification makes a big step in 2024 with the introduction of the Prologue.

Taking the relatable form of a crossover vehicle, the battery-electric 2024 Honda Prologue is fashioned to be a family-capable machine. Roughly the same exterior size as the Passport with a wheelbase stretching 3,094 millimeters, the 2024 Prologue boasts a comfortable, practical interior with a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and dual-zone climate control. Available in EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels, the higher-tier versions of the fully electric Honda offers premium equipment such as a 12-speaker Bose Premium Sound System, heated front seats and Head-Up Display.

All 2024 Honda Prologue models operate on a dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive. Generating 288 horsepower and 333 lb.-ft. of torque, the electric powertrain is paired with an Ultium battery pack containing enough energy to propel the vehicle up to 450 kilometers. A two-wheel drive Prologue has been indicated for future availability in the United States with no performance information yet to be disclosed.

Reservations for the Honda Prologue are ongoing with buyers placing a $1,000 refundable deposit for their selected trim level and colour.

Photo Credit: Honda Canada Inc.

Honda Ridgeline Trailsport ($56,124 Canadian): Honda’s take on a serious off-roading package, the TrailSport first appeared on the Pilot last year. For 2024, Honda has expanded the TrailSport trim to the Ridgeline and Passport. 

Paired with Honda’s four-door Ridgeline pickup truck, the TrailSport package comes better suited for a wide range of terrains beyond pavement. The 2024 Honda Ridgeline Trailsport rides on an off-roading suspension setup tuned with specialized spring rates and stabilizer bars tailored to support greater wheel travel. General Grabber A/T Sport tires mounted to 18-inch wheels finished in a Pewter Grey colour. This package blends nicely with Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. Touted as being tested on the dunes of California and Dubai, the 2024 Ridgeline’s standard all-wheel drive precisely distributes engine torque throughout varying and extreme conditions. Four-mode Intelligent Traction Management is included with the i-VTM4 system that receives momentum from a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

Beneath the Honda Ridgeline TrailSport, steel underbody protection provides the driver with an extra sense of assurance when tackling off-road trails. Aesthetically, orange badging is applied to a unique mesh grille as well as the tailgate while the colour also accents the interior through ambient lighting and contrast stitching. A Diffused Sky Blue paint is available exclusively for the TrailSport version of Ridgeline. 


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