2013 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD Review

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Hypes: Great Loading, Huge Cargo Area, Nice Finish
Gripes: Needs a V6 and 6 Speeds

Just because this SUV packs loads like a donkey doesn’t mean it has to look like a donkey. With this in mind, Honda last year revamped the uninspiring appearance of its CR-V, turning it into one of the most fetching compact SUVs in a crowded market that includes Chevy’s Equinox, Ford’s Escape, Hyundai’s Tucson, Nissan’s Rogue and Toyota’s RAV4. You can even ice the new cake by selecting the scintillating blue color of our test car – “Mountain Air Metallic.” But the CR-V’s appeal lies deeper than its shimmering paint, plunging side window line or pinched rocker panel. The real beauty of the CR-V is its utterly utilitarian configuration.

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2013 Honda Accord EX 4-DR Review

Friday January 11th, 2013 at 8:11 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Hypes: Honda Goes Green with “ Earth Dreams Technology”
Gripes: Erratic RPM of CVT Gearbox

I spent most of my week in the new Accord driving around like a demented octogenarian with my right turn signal perpetually blinking to indicate a turn I never took. What, you may ask, prompted this bit of imbecility? Honda’s new feature called LaneWatch. If you flick your right turn signal on, an incredibly clear, continuous picture of the road adjacent and behind your Accord displays itself in full color on an 8 inch i-MID (Intelligent Multi Information Display) screen on the dash. The LaneWatch camera, mounted beneath the passenger side exterior rear view mirror, affords a mesmerizing view of the world gone by. It’s like watching a newsreel of your travel unfold at the instant it’s happening. Of course, Honda provides it, not as entertainment, but rather as a useful safety device to keep you informed of traffic patterns and help you avoid collisions when changing lanes.

What I didn’t realize until after my week in the Accord was nearly up: you can simply depress a button on the end of the turn signal stalk to activate LaneWatch without signaling for a right turn. I’m not sure why there was no provision for a left side LaneWatch, but as it stands the right side only monitor is one of the most udeful safety advances devised in the last decade. But it’s just one hors d’oervre in the tasty feast that Honda has whipped up for the 2013 Accord banquet. For a base price of $25,405, the EX offers a lot of family sedan for the money.

Starting under the hood, you’ll find a willing performer in the gas miser 2.4 liter inline four. Direct Injection is new for 2013, an improvement that ups horsepower to 185hp (from last year’s 178), and torque to 181 lb.-ft. (from 161). Even when saddled with the vagaries of the belted CVT automatic gearbox, the Accord jumps smartly to attention when prodded with the accelerator. If you select Sport Mode from the floor mounted CVT lever, the Accord picks up an instant 1000rpm which eases passing anxiety considerably. This velocity increase is unfortunately accompanied by a hellish racket from the intake and exhaust systems that underlines just how hard the four banger is straining to get the job done. You will be thrilled at the mileage, however, which pays off with an overall combined rating of 30MPG.

For a family sedan with four full-size doors, and a spacious and comfortable back seat, backroad handling is beyond respectable. Throw the EX into a series of bends, and you’ll be amazed at just how well balanced and competent the twin anti-roll bar equipped suspension system is. The new Accord corners flat. Information passed through the steering wheel is accurate and encyclopedic. To look at the wheel and tire fitment – which consists of 7.5” x 17” alloys rims mounting all-season Michelin MXMV4 215/55R17 tires – you wouldn’t give the EX much of a chance of success on a twisty road. The truth, however, is just the opposite. On a light traffic, mid-week run from Mill Valley to Point Reyes Station, this Honda proved itself to be agile, quick and confidence-inspiring. The steering wheel could do with a thicker rim, and the front seats are deficient in side bolstering. But the chassis dynamics are spot-on.

This is the 9th version of the Accord that Honda has offered in the 30 years they’ve been building this model in the USA. While it may look little different from version 8, it is deceptively improved. Lighter and dimensionally smaller on the outside, the new EX is inexplicably more spacious in terms of headroom and shoulder room on the inside. If you’re looking for a sedan in the mid-$20K range, you need to consider this latest Honda before making any final decision.

2013 Honda Accord EX 4-DR

  • Engine: 2.4 Liter DOHC, 16-Valve iVTEC Direct Injection Inline 4
  • Horsepower: 185hp
  • Torque: 181 lb.-ft.
  • Fuel Consumption: 27 MPG City/36 MPG Highway
  • Price as Tested: $26,195
  • Star Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Stars

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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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