Subcompact Shootout – 2011 Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta and Honda CR-Z Review

Friday December 17th, 2010 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Back in the early 1990s when I was a few years away from my first driver’s license, one of the hottest cars you could own was the tiny little 1991 Honda CRX Si in yellow. It was small, quick and had an obnoxiously loud paint job that called attention to itself wherever it was. I’d sit in the back seat of my parents’ car as they chauffeured me to and from school, fogging up the window as I gawked at that yellow CRX which was always parked in some lucky guy’s driveway. I saved every waking cent until the day I was old enough to drive and flush enough to buy my own yellow CRX. It never happened. By the time I had enough money, my tastes had changed, and the CRX had morphed into the less desirable Del Sol.

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Best Mid-size Sedans of 2010 That Cost Less Than $30,000

Monday November 22nd, 2010 at 8:1111 AM
Posted by: AKramer

best_sedans_2010For a little while, it seemed like the mid-size family sedan was going to go the way of the dodo bird. Starting in the late 90s, folks across America began snapping up SUVs like hotcakes, and those still sticking with four doors and a trunk often migrated upmarket to luxury nameplates.

Take one great recession, add some higher gas prices, and viola, the times have sure changed again. Buyers are downsizing away from expensive, gas-guzzling SUVs, and the market for mid-sized sedans is as competitive as it has ever been. Sure, smaller crossovers are popular and wagons are making a small comeback, but for basic transportation that is also practical and affordable, nothing beats a well made four door sedan.

Selecting just 5 excellent mid-size sedans was tough, as almost every manufacturer offers a competitive product these days. Our top 5 needed to really excel in all areas, including build, performance, design and functionality, and of course value. With this in mind, we feel our finalists are all truly well balanced cars, with no major flaws and a lot to admire.

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2010 Honda Pilot First Impressions Review

Thursday November 18th, 2010 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

By Gary Chan

Pros:

  • Quiet cabin
  • Velvety smooth engine
  • Lots of storage space for trips
  • Kick-ass A/C system

Cons:

  • Mediocre fuel economy (The ’11 Chevy Suburban has an EPA rating of 15/21 with a 5.3-liter V-8!)
  • Center stack from the Space Shuttle
  • Shift handle is too high
  • With 2nd and 3rd-row in use, rear storage is limited

In the Pilot Seat
My how the Honda Pilot has grown over the years! From its humbler, smaller beginnings to its current 8-person hauler, besides size, it’s grown in sophistication. As a driver that regularly takes long weekend trips with friends and family, functional space and features are very important to me. Loaded with tons of features, would this Pilot “be ready for almost anything” as the Honda website advertises? Would it be ready to swallow the camping and racing gear for two or three-people going to a triathlon as well as a Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

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CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

best_suv_crossover_2010_300x230Five Standout SUVs/Crossovers – CarReview’s Recommendations for 2010

By Greg Gaillard and the CarReview editorial team

In the 1990s when the practical minivan began to seem passé, consumers turned their heads and wallets to the fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for some excitement to suit their new active lifestyles. The watchful eye of corporate marketing caught the emerging trend and aggressively promoted the ready-for-anything aura of the new Ford Explorer and instantly identifiable Jeep Cherokee. It worked.

Over the next 20 years manufacturers have refined the SUV from an inefficient 4 door truck glazed with rugged styling into some of the more sophisticated vehicles on the market. The crossover refinements have spawned a dizzying array of choices all called SUV or some variation if SUV (Think BMW’s sports activity vehicle designation for its X-series). While today’s models are much better than their forbearers, picking the best SUV/crossover is not as easy as it once was.

CarReview believes the current market has some great SUVs that do something better than the rest. To select the top 5, contributors used criteria that align with the original vision for the segment.

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Travelogue Video: Honda Odyssey Minivan

Saturday August 21st, 2010 at 10:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

Ryan, suffering from severe jetlag, questions the need for a minivan now that his family is growing up and carting around a lot more stuff. A common dilemma is trying to determine if a minivan suits the needs or will an SUV or station be the better choice. Tune in to find out how Ryan resolves his problem while test driving the Honda Odyssey.

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2010 Honda Element EX Review – Honda goes to the dogs with its Pet Friendly package

Monday August 2nd, 2010 at 3:88 PM
Posted by: mash

2010 Honda Element EX 4WD
By Mary Ellen Ash

Pros:

  • Safe and reliable
  • Spacious cabin and seating
  • Rear seats that recline
  • Great utility and cargo space
  • Pet friendly

Cons:

  • Heavy, cumbersome rear seats
  • Mediocre MPG
  • Limited number of cup holders

Somewhere in the middle:

  • Clam-shell doors

Once upon a time, we thought there were only four elements: earth, wind, fire and water. Now from the gods at Honda, we have been blessed with the fifth – the original Element. In 2003 Honda introduced the Element to the world. And for 2010, Honda was continuing with its quintessential Japanese box car conveniently transformed to suit Americans. It’s packed with über headroom, spacious seating, wide-load entry side doors, and for the first time targets the pooch market. Everyone knows Americans love their pets. The Element’s Pet Friendly package offers a lot of nifty features for pet comfort and safety while still being simple to clean. As with all Elements, this could be your ticket to drive and a new fundamental part of your (transportation) life.

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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Review – Not the design catastrophe you so deliriously predicted

Friday May 7th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Solid all-around performance
  • Roomy interior
  • Spacious trunk with under-floor organizer
  • High seating position

Cons

  • Less-than-stellar fuel efficiency
  • Awkward styling
  • Busy dashboard

I recently became the father of the cutest baby in the world, so I asked my editor for a family vehicle to test drive instead of the usual Porsches and Astons he throws my way. Then he showed up with this blue Honda Accord Crosstour 4WD EX-L. I’m not sure whether Honda intended the Crosstour for families, I read that they were actually trying to target empty nesters, much like the Toyota Venza. That being said, the Crosstour is still much better for the baby seat than my G35 so I was actually pretty jazzed to try it out for the weekend.

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Honda CR-Z Video

Tuesday January 19th, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

honda-crzThe Honda CR-Z is a sporty and fun-to-drive hybrid coupe with a focus on sleek design and efficient environmental technology. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the 2011 Honda CR-Z. In this video the CR-Z’s chief chassis dynamics engineer, Terukazu Torikai, talks about how Honda developed the car’s handling and performance.

The CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC® engine with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist. The IMA system — motor, battery, electronics — will be like the Insight’s, as will the platform, to save cost. Honda wanted to provide a personal driving experience, that’s why they included a 6-speed manual as the standard transmission. Even the available CVT version comes with paddle shifters for an added level of control.

A senior engineer says, “It must be fun to drive, must remind you of the original CRX.”

Video after the jump

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New Cars On the Horizon for 2010

Friday January 15th, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

Lotus EvoraBy Greg Gaillard

If 2009 was a year of uncertainty, manufacturers’ products certainly didn’t show it. Buyers were able to choose from two new class-leading hybrids, a couple of new pony cars and several other creative designs that all pushed the boundaries of their respective segments. Despite the economic downturn with accompanied scrambling for solvency, the trend toward smarter, efficient cars took root and stood firm.

The list below includes exciting new products scheduled for production during calendar year 2010. From the buyer’s perspective many will be worth the wait as they represent new thinking and technology that are expected to carry manufacturers through the industry’s transition to Electric Vehicles (EV) as well as new form factors that suit today’s economy and lifestyle. If 2009′s LA Auto Show is any indication of what to expect in 2010, the trend toward efficiency and driver involvement will continue. And in some cases manufacturers are counting on strong sales to justify new partnerships and changes to old-school business practices. Even more than 2009, 2010 will focus on product first and provide consumers with several choices worth waiting for.

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Honda Jumps to #4 in US Auto Sales

Friday December 11th, 2009 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: michael.leroy

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Honda laps a broken down Chrysler to become No. 4 in US auto sales

Honda, the company that got its start selling mopeds, has replaced Fiat-Chrysler as the No. 4 automaker in the US.

If you think Honda gained the No. 4 spot by selling a few extra Civics from the cash for clunkers program, think again. The Japanese automaker has sold over 1 million cars this year and has crushed Fiat-Chrysler with a sales lead of 200,000. Last year, Chrysler outsold Honda by 25,000 cars.

Fiat-Chrysler has insisted that this is just a temporary setback and they will regain lost ground after their new products hit the US market. Honda is going to stay at No. 4 for the time being because it’s going to take years to fix Chrysler.

Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, announced last month a five-year plan to restructure the company. Deadweight like the PT Cruiser has been axed, but its replacement may not come until 2012.

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