2012 Honda Civic Si Review

Wednesday March 21st, 2012 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: mtan

Sean reviews the new 2012 Honda Civic Si

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  • Smooth, powerful and high-revving engine
  • Incredible transmission
  • Nimble, responsive handling


  • Strange RPM behavior when shifting
  • Schizophrenic interior


The Honda Civic first appeared in 1973 as the no-frills economy car Americans needed due to climbing gas prices. In the mid 80’s Honda offered a spiced-up version called the ‘Si’ which added horsepower and handling improvements to the lightweight Civic, proving that a practical car could also be fun to drive. It turned out to be a winning formula and the Si badge has been in Honda’s line ever since. The 2012 Si showcases 30+ years of evolution in the breed, and as we had hoped, this is the best Si yet.

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2012 Honda CR-Z EX Review

Thursday March 8th, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Pros: Nimble, Cheap, Fun
Cons: Poor rear vision, Under-tired, Stainable seat material

The automotive world changes so fast that most products lose their identity over an extended period of time. For example, the Honda Civic has morphed from a sub-compact to a compact, while the Honda Accord has transitioned from a compact to a mid-size sedan. But many Honda enthusiasts still long for the days when they could buy the sub-compact 2 seat hatchback called the CRX, a cult ride of the 80s that was a favorite tool for autocrossing.

Although the CR-Z lacks the undiluted performance focus of the long gone CRX, it still channels enough of that car’s perky personality to warrant a close look from today’s bargain hunting performance drivers. In keeping with the times, the CR-Z, introduced in 2010, is a hybrid that combines a 1.5 liter, 4 cylinder gas engine with an electric motor. In unison, the two sources of energy provide 122hp. When you harness that output through a 6 speed manual transmission, you’ve got a lively package that closely mimics the acceleration of the old CRX. The shift mechanism is delightfully weighted and rewarding to use. Although a constantly variable transmission is also available for the CR-Z, the belted gearbox kills any vestige of fun thanks to negligible acceleration.

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Fourth Generation 2012 Honda CR-V Ready for U.S. Late 2011

Monday July 25th, 2011 at 10:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2012 Honda CR-V concept

This is the all-new, fourth-generation CR-V that is set to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2011 and in Europe in Autumn 2012

The new Honda CR-V goes for a distinctive new design and bold styling direction. Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the concept model has a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front grille. Overall the lower front bumper design integrates more smoothly into the fascia for improved aerodynamics and curves upward to convey off-road capability. There are also five-spoke alloy wheels and bolder fender flares.

Powertrain details haven’t been released, but the new CR-V is expected to be outfitted with a more efficient engine and deliver improved fuel economy. Also look for more interior room and reduced curb weight.

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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Review – Honda’s Compact Crossover Solid as a Brickhouse

Friday May 20th, 2011 at 9:55 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

By Danny Chang


  • Conservative styling
  • Good trunk space for a compact crossover
  • Decent MPG


  • Nav/Entertainment unit with interface from 1985
  • Tight rear seat
  • Bo…yawn…ring styling
  • Tailgate “lip” gets in the way

The Honda CR-V is one of the best selling compact crossovers in America, competing with the likes of Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and the new Kia Sportage, just to name a few. This is a very crowded segment that includes some new unconventional entries like the Nissan JUKE and luxury entrants like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The third generation CR-V has been on sale in the US since the 2007 model year and is due to be replaced by a brand new 2012 CR-V in mid- 2011.

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2012 Honda Civic Sedan HF

Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2012 Honda Civic Sedan HF

The 2012 Honda Civic Sedan HF features a 1.8-liter, I4, 140-horsepower engine and a 5-Speed automatic transmission. The HF is new to the Civic lineup and takes fuel efficiency to higher levels with 41-mpg on the highway and 29-mpg in the city. The Eco Assist system enhances efficient vehicle operation and provides feedback to the driver to promote more efficient driving styles. Honda also enhanced the HF’s aerodynamics by lowering the ride a bit compared to other Civic models and also adding special wind-cheating underbody panels.

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2011 Honda CR-Z Review: A hybrid hot hatch? Not quite, but still a fun little car

Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Honda CR-Z
By Alex Kramer


  • Slick shifting 6-speed manual transmission
  • CRX-like handling
  • Decent fuel efficiency
  • Eye-catching exterior design


  • Unimpressive acceleration
  • Fuel efficiency should be much better
  • Interior needs some work

Ever since Honda pulled the plug on the CRX 20 years ago, loyal fans have been waiting for the rebirth of this popular sporty compact hatchback. Having owned 2 CRXs myself, I have spent many an hour wondering why Honda abandoned such a perfect combination of smart styling, peppy performance, and impressive fuel efficiency.

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40 MPG Cars – Affordable and Fuel Efficient

Tuesday March 29th, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Chevy CruzeWith fuel prices continually rising, 40+ mpg cars are looking like a great option for consumers who can’t afford or don’t want hybrid technology. Without breaking the bank, these affordable fuel efficient cars range from $15,000 to about $20,000 and all provide 40 mpg or more highway mpg driving. Companies that have joined the 40-mpg club are Ford, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Hyundai, Chevrolet, and Smart.

Automakers are achieving the 40 mpg mark by using lighter-weight materials, modern gasoline powered engines with direct injection and six-speed automatic transmissions along with additional fuel-saving technologies such as low-rolling-resistance tires.

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Japanese Automakers Resume Limited Output

Monday March 21st, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Japanese Automakers Resume Limited OutputJapan is slowly taking steps to resume auto and parts production after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, with auto companies starting limited production throughout the week. Due to aftershocks, rolling blackouts and infrastructure problems, Japanese auto factories have remained idle costing Japanese automakers an estimated $150 million a day, according to Goldman Sachs.

The IHS Automotive Insight states that “lost production outside of Japan is so far about 10,000 vehicles, but that number will rise ‘exponentially’ as more parts suppliers are affected, reducing stockpiles of components for cars and trucks built overseas”. The U.S. is starting to feel the effect, as General Motors Co. will shut down production at its 900 employee pickup plant in Shreveport, La. next week, which relies on Japanese made transmissions.

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2011 Honda Odyssey Review – More of a Good Thing

Thursday January 13th, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Posted by: twain

By Twain Mein


  • More utility than a Swiss army knife. This is one car that can handle most anything you throw at it, including seating for 8 passengers and lots of space.
  • It offers a limousine-like 58 cubic feet up front and in the second row seats, as well as 38 cubic feet for parcels (behind the third row) and up to 149 cubic feet with the seats folded flat
  • Car-like driving despite its behemoth size
  • Thoughtful and convenient features such as the “magic” third row seats, low rear liftover, “conversation mirror”, and built-in cooler for drinks and sandwiches up front
  • Serene ride and luxurious appointments
  • The family-hauler records a respectable 19 mpg


  • Exterior styling is a step backwards
  • Minivan stigma
  • Not available in all-wheel drive

Driving impressions
Though minivans have a negative stigma, I was excited to drive the new Odyssey. Rolling up in traffic, looking down at other commuters, I was as pumped as if I were driving a BMW 7-series. Not surprisingly, I wasn’t challenged to any drag strip races and women drivers didn’t pay me a second, let alone first, look. Hah! Little did they know what they were missing!

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2011 Honda Accord SE Sedan Review – European aspirations found in a stalwart Japanese package

Friday December 24th, 2010 at 9:1212 PM
Posted by: the911guy

By Dan Tsuchiya


  • A very functional sedan – built for the family or for the office
  • Great interior and lots of trunk space
  • Efficient four cylinder engine mated to a well matched transmission


  • Front seats almost as hard as a park bench
  • Mid-year refresh actually made the rear less attractive
  • Styling does not stand out over the competition

How does a Japanese automaker, or for that matter any automaker, build a car that will appeal to American families or office workers who just don’t have the means to lay out fifty-large for a four door luxury sedan? Well you build a car (or try to) that has the looks and quality of those $50k+ sedans at half the price… in other words you try and emulate. This has been a winning strategy for Toyota and more recently Hyundai, where they chisel the body to emulate a Mercedes, stuff the interior with leather faced seating, shoehorn a diminutive 4 cylinder or barely satisfying 6 cylinder under the hood, and add all the usual bells and whistles, all for under thirty-large.

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