Honda or Ford: 85% of People Can't Correctly Identify the Make of These Vehicles. Can You?

By: Craig
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Ford or Honda? Ask that question in the bar and you're likely to end up with a fight on your hands as the "buy American" crowd faces off with the Japanese car aficionados. But all we want is for you to identify which car maker is which given a picture of one of their vehicles!

Ford is probably the most identifiable car brand in the world today. After all, it was Henry Ford, with the Model T, who first brought the idea of owning a car within the reach of ordinary citizens. Prior to his invention of the assembly line process for making cars, autos had been pretty much only for the wealthy.  In the century-plus since, Ford has had history-making successes (Mustang, anyone?) and legendary failures (Pinto go boom).

Honda is a LOT younger, especially to the car business. Most of us first heard of Honda via its motorcycles, with the Gold Wing being the apex of the touring bike life. Now, though, it's a formidable car maker, also producing one of the best minivans on the planet in the Odyssey and even a sport utility truck, the Ridgeline, that's become a favorite with the weekend warrior crowd.

So, ready to tell a Honda from a Ford? Take the quiz!

A higher performing version of the regular Civic, the Type R was a favorite of boy racers around the globe. First produced in 1997, it is currently in its 5th generation and is available as a 3- or 4-door hatchback or 4-door sedan. The 5th generation is powered by a 2.0-liter engine capable of producing over 300 brake horsepower.

A compact SUV, the Honda CR-V first hit the road in Japan in 1997. Currently the fifth generation is one of the best-selling models in the United States with over 357,000 sold in 2016 alone. Honda recently opened a factory in Greensburg, Indiana that produces the CR-V for the American market.

The first minivan offered by Ford in the United States, the AeroStar was sold for a 12-year period between 1985 and 1997. During that time, over 2 million were sold.

The first Ford in the F-Series was released in 1948 and over the years, this brand has become one of America's favorite pickups. And it shows in sales figures. Over the last three decades, the F-Series has outsold every competitor with ease. The latest models of the F-150 retain all that Ford history while giving their owners a thoroughly modern vehicle.

The Stream was a compact SUV featured as a Honda model from 2000 to 2014. Two generations have been produced over the years, and although the car has been made available in Europe, it never entered the American market. The last generation of the Stream is available as either a 5-speed manual or automatic and is driven by either a 1.8 or 2.0-liter VTEC engine.

Built between 1966 and 1970, the S800 sports car featured as either a 2-door roadster or coupe. Over 11,000 were produced.

The Baja Bronco was based on the race-winning Ford of off-road champion, Bill Stroppe. Around 650 were produced, each custom-fitted by Stroppe himself. Changes included bigger wheel arches and tires, roll cages, different lights and much more.

The S2000 two-door roadster was part of the Honda model range from 1999 to 2009. During this time, two generations were produced with around 110,000 sold in the U.S., Japan, U.K. and Canada over a 10-year period.

First launched in 2003 in the compact MPV market, the C-Max from Ford was the brand's first product that was solely hybrid. It features a luxury interior, spacious front seats and excellent driving and handling. In terms of economy, however, the numbers on the C-Max are not as impressive as its competitors. Over 100,000 of these vehicles have been sold in the U.S. since 2012.

The Cortina was a product of Ford Britain and found throughout Europe between 1962 and 1982. It was extremely popular and the top seller in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. It was replaced by another popular European Ford, the Sierra.

A sport utility truck, the Ridgeline was first marketed by Honda in 2005. It is currently in its second generation and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine.

The first 4x4 Bronco hit the trails in 1966 and between that year and 1977, proved to be a more than capable off-roader. Blessed with a turning circle of just 33.8 feet, thanks to a wheel base of 92-inches, later models also included a Ford V8 engine with incredible torque.

The Ford Country Squire was produced for an incredible 41 years between 1950 and 1991. It saw seven different generations at that time and was produced as both a 2-door and 4-door model

Marketed between 1979 and 2001, the Prelude was a two-door sports coupe and a competitor to the Toyota Celica among others. Honda produced five generations of this vehicle. Interestingly, the Prelude name actually belonged to Toyota, which amicably allowed Honda to use it for this vehicle.

The second generation of this classic Ford F-100 pickup was built between 1953 and 1956. And by 1956, they were sporting a V8 engine, giving them around 180 brake horsepower, a lot of grunt for the time!

Introduced in 2002, the Pilot is a mid-sized cross-over vehicle. It is built on the same platform as the Acura MDX, Odyssey minivan and the Accord. Over 360,000 have been sold in the United States in the last three years.

The Crown Victoria was introduced by Ford in 1991. This 4-door sedan was built up until 2011 and over that 20-year period, only two different generations were produced.

The Passport is a rebadged version of the Isuzu Rodeo and first appeared in 1993. This partnership also saw Honda provide passenger vehicles to be rebadged as Isuzus. A compact SUV, the Passport was produced for two generations up until 2002 where it was replaced by the Pilot.

One of the top minivans available today, the Odyssey has it all. It handles well, has great acceleration, ample space for your family and their luggage and more than decent gas mileage.

Available in the United States since 2006 and Europe a decade later, the Edge competes in the midsize crossover SUV segment. Currently in its second generation, the Edge offers three engine options on U.S. models with the 3.5-liter Duratec V6 the largest available. It pushes out 280 brake horsepower.

It’s probably never good to name a car after yourself and the Edsel, named after Henry Ford’s son, was a massive failure for the company in which they lost $250 million! Marketed as the car of the future in the early 1960s, the Edsel was an embarrassment for Ford.

One of Ford's offerings in the highly competitive compact crossover market, the Escape has sold close to 1.5 million units in the past five years. The Escape is not only popular in the States, however. Named the Kuga in other parts of the world, it sells well in Europe and Australia. It is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and has a six-speed gearbox as standard.

This two-door mid-engined sports car was marketed in the U.S. as the Acura NSX. The first generation of the NSX was built between 1990 and 2005 with the second generation following a decade later in 2016. The current NSX, a hybrid, is powered by a 3.5 L twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors.

A mini MPV, the Mobilio Spike was marketed by Honda between 2002 and 2008. Not only is it extremely fuel efficient, but it could carry 7 passengers and be set up in five different ways in terms of seating and cargo space. The Mobilio is powered by a 1.5-liter L15A VTEC I4 engine.

The Ford Escort was first released as a model in Europe in 1964. One of the most iconic Ford brands on the European continent, six generations were produced over a 36-year period throughout the world. The brand was introduced to the United States in 1980 and three generations until 2003.

Produced between 1971 and 2014 and over five generations, the Honda Life is a name badge used on city cars and microvans produced by Honda. The last model, produced from 2003 to 2008 was powered by a 700cc engine connected to a four-speed automatic gearbox.

This van was first produced in 1961. Four different generations were built up until 2014 when the marque was replaced by the new Transit. The E-Series dominated the van market in North America, claiming well over 70% market share at times.

The Excursion was built by Ford between 1999 and 2005. It was marketed as a heavy-duty SUV vehicle and seen as competition for both the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban.

The flagship model in the Honda range, the Legend has been in production since 1985. It has taken other name badges around the world, including Acura Legend, RL and RLX as well as Daewoo Arcadia. The Legend is a four-door luxury sedan.

Although the RS Cosworth competed on the rally circuit, a few were made available for the public to buy. Simply put, this was a monster capable of 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds and a top speed of 147mph. Our only complaint? The monstrous big spoiler found on many was simply hideous.

The SVT Lightning was introduced in 1993 and essentially is an F-150 truck with a little extra under the hood. The Lightning was powered by a 5.8 liter V8, while handling was improved thanks to an upgraded suspension system.

The Honda Insight, an electric-hybrid vehicle, was first marketed as a subcompact car from 1999 till 2006 and then as a compact car from 2007 till 2014. Two generations were introduced during this period with the possibility of a third in 2019. The Insight offers excellent gas mileage figures of over 40 mpg for both city and highway driving.

This compact MPV was built by Honda between 2004 and 2009. Seating was easily configured and over 32 combinations could be selected. The FR-V had a range of powerplant options including gas and diesel power.

The Expedition is a full-sized SUV which has been in production in the United States since 1996 and is currently in its fourth generation. Despite selling over 200,000 units a year from 1997 to 2000, figures have slowly dropped and in 2016, Ford sold just over 59,000 units.

Now in its third generation, the Honda Fit is a subcompact car which first entered production in 2001. Current models include either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox and either gas or diesel engine options. This vehicle is known as the Honda Jazz in certain markets.

The Clarity name badge has been used by Honda on a range of alternative fuel vehicles. It first appeared in 2008 on a four-door sedan powered by a hydrogen fuel cell electric motor and currently on an electric and a plug-in electric vehicle.

An SUV first produced by Ford in 1991, the Taurus currently competes in the full-size crossover SUV market. It is in its fifth generation. Three engine options are available for the Explorer including an Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 which produces 365 brake horsepower. This popular model has sold over 1 million units in the United States in the last five years.

The Honda Element is a compact crossover produced by Honda between 2002 and 2011. Models are powered by a 2.4-liter gas engine. Sadly, sales dropped considerably in the final years of production and the Element was discontinued.

Over the past 30 years, the F-150 has outsold every other competitor each and every year. And it's not difficult to see why. Now a thoroughly modern brand, the F-150 keeps that incredible personality of its predecessors.

Produced between 2010 and 2016, the CR-Z is a three-door sport compact hybrid with coupe styling. The electric engine produces around 14 brake horsepower while the 1.5-liter gas engine produces 112 brake horsepower.

Excellent performance and lower than average gas mileage figures? That's the CRX Si from Honda's claim to fame. Oh, and it looked pretty awesome as well.

Although they had collaborated before, the 2007 F-150 Harley-Davidson Supercharged saw a massive influence from Harley. This included chrome, lots of chrome among other aesthetic details. And the powerplant? Well this F-150 had a 5.4-liter V-8 capable of 450 brake horsepower.

Since 2012, the Honda Civic has sold over 1.6 million units in the United States alone. The Civic brand was first introduced by the Japanese automaker in 1972 in the subcompact car bracket. From 2000, however, the Civic has competed in the compact car class. Including sales up until the end of 2015, 18.5 million Civics have been sold worldwide.

Built between 1991 and 1996, the Beat was designed by legendary Italian design company Pininfarina. This two-seat roadster was particularly small and received its power from a 700 cc engine coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The first Fiesta came out in 1976 while this popular vehicle from the supermini class is currently in its seven generation. The new 2017 model has a range of engine options from 1000 cc to 1500 cc petrol driven and 1500 cc turbo diesel.

This full-sized crossover utility vehicle has been in production in the United States since 2008. The Flex includes two powerplant options, both V6 engines.

The Ford Fairlane was produced by Ford between 1955 and 1961 in the full-sized car segment and from 1962 to 1970 in the mid-sized car segment. Over this period, seven generations were produced. The Fairlane name was used on a concept car in 2005. This later became the Ford Flex.

With gas mileage of around 25-30 mpg while city driving and up to 38 mpg on the highway, the Accord is one of the least thirsty cars in its class. Add to that comfort, space, features and impressive handling and you can see why this car is so well loved.

Produced from 1969 to 1977, the Maverick was a compact 2- or 4-door sedan. It came with a range of powerplant options, the biggest of which was a 5-liter V8.

The Acty microtruck/van has been produced by Honda since 1977. It is available as a two-door microtruck or five-door minivan.

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