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11-30-16

2017 Honda HR-V

You may feel there's something quite familiar about the 2017 Honda HR-V, and you'd be correct. Even though it was a completely new vehicle to the Honda range for the 2016 model year, the name is anything but all-new. The familiarity stems from the fact an HR-V was originally introduced into the Honda lineup as long ago now as 1998 as a 1999 model year, and it continued rolling off the production line until as recently as 2006 when it was eventually discontinued. After what turned out to be a full decade-long hiatus, what could technically be categorized as the subcompact crossover's second-generation finally appeared in showrooms last year as a 2016 model. However, other than the familiar name and the segment of the market it resides in, the new model has next to nothing in common with its predecessor.

The 2017 Honda HR-V is built on the same platform as the excellent and highly regarded Honda Fit hatchback, although it has to be said there's a lot more of the CR-V about its styling. There's quite a coupe-like feel with the HR-V thanks to its upward sweeping rear pillar and the sleekly embedded and almost hidden rear door handles. The HR-V doesn't suffer from the lack of rear headroom found with many genuine coupes though, as its roofline includes a practical arch. But the fenders have a design that swells and curves in a bold and attractive way that really does catch the attention of anyone who sees it.

The interior of the crossover is neat and tidy, and it's probably fair to say the finishes and materials are of an even higher quality than those found in the Fit. A really big infotainment touchscreen that doubles up as a display for audio and the HR-V's safety systems is a feature of higher trim levels, and you could easily mistake a lot of what you see inside the Honda as coming from a considerably more expensive vehicle.

There are no complications or dramas with the trim levels offered for the 2017 Honda HR-V as there are just three trims and one powertrain across the entire family. The entry level trim is the LX, the EX-L Navi is the top-of-the-range offering, and the EX sits in the middle between them.

Another area where the HR-V differs quite a lot from the Fit it's based upon is the engine. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder in the Fit puts out a capable 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, but the inline-four we find in the 2017 Honda HR-V is actually a 1.8-liter unit that delivers more power in the shape of 141 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission in the entry level LX model, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard with EX and EX-L Navi trims, but is also an available option for the LX.

Source: http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/honda_hr-v_2017

http://www.auto-brochures.com/makes/Honda/HR-V/Honda_US%20HR-V_2017.pdf

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11-29-16

2017 Honda Accord

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2017 Honda Accord

Although trucks, SUVs and crossovers are making most of the headlines in the auto industry these days, especially as far as sales are concerned, there's still seriously fierce competition going on in the midsize sedan segment. Even though there's an abundance of choice and some very good cars in this section of the market, there's one model that keeps setting the standard the rest struggle to keep up with, and the car in question is the simply phenomenal 2017 Honda Accord. And if a sedan isn't what you're really looking for, the superb Accord also comes as a coupe and hybrid. So whether you want sleek, practical or environmentally friendly, the Accord family has got it covered.

A Sport Special Edition trim level is introduced new for the 2017 Honda Accord, and it joins the lineup right between the Sport and EX models with its leather-trimmed seating, red stitching, heated front seats and special edition badging, which is in addition to regular Sport's existing list of features and equipment.

This ninth-generation of the Accord was enhanced last year with a mild refresh, which ushered in the new bolder grille design, a redesigned taillight arrangement, and brought the Honda Sensing collision avoidance technology into the equation. The 2017 Honda Accord has styling that isn't devastatingly futuristic, but what it has got going for it is that it's incredibly handsome, fresh, grown-up and instantly recognizable as an Accord. Anyone who enjoys the sportier way of doing things will find the Accord Coupe takes the sedan's winning recipe and adds a sleeker and perhaps slightly more youthful feel. And if you want outstanding fuel economy or you have the loftier ideals of doing your bit to save the planet, there's also now the terrific hybrid variant.

There's no need for an overwhelming abundance of engines to choose from in a segment like midsize sedans, at least there isn't as long as you have the bases covered that is. That's certainly the case here with the Accord as its standard powerplant is a 2.4-liter inline-four developing 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, or 189 horsepower with Sport models, courtesy of their standard dual exhaust system. You then have a choice between a six-speed manual transmission (an increasingly rare option in midsize sedan today) and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Some rivals of the 2017 Honda Accord may have abandoned offering a V-6 these days, but the Accord defies current convention by still giving customers the option. The Honda offering is a 3.5-liter unit that puts a very healthy 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. at your disposal, which is then mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, but a six-speed manual option is reserved for the coupe only with this engine.

There are plenty of things Honda has long been renowned for, such as reliability, durability, quality and high resale values, but stuffing vehicles with standard features hasn't always been one of them. If you haven't experienced a Honda for some time then, you might be pleasantly surprised at just how much you get for you money with them these days.

The entry LX model comes standard with: dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, an 8.0-inch i-MID display with Pandora audio streaming and text-message capability. The 2017 Honda Accord in EX-L trims gets such luxuries as a 360-watt system with Aha internet radio streaming, and stepping up to the Touring trim starts to get extremely close to a genuine luxury-grade car both inside and out, but without the premium price to go with it.

Source: http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/honda_accord-sdn_2017

http://www.auto-brochures.com/makes/Honda/Accord/Honda_US%20Accord_2016.pdf

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11-24-16

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10-31-16

2016 Honda CR-V

No matter what future tasks you might take on, the 2016 Honda CR-V is a vehicle which will always have your back. It was engineered with a small footprint, meaning you can park where plenty of other SUVs won't even begin to fit. At the same time, the interior provides loads of legroom on both rows of seating, so adults can sit comfortably anywhere. Cargo space is also excellent, and loads of standard features are included in each of the five trim levels.

Performance is surprisingly good with the 2016 Honda CR-V. One of the central components is the strong 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It uses direct fuel injection, a drive-by-wire throttle and i-VTEC to maximize fuel and acceleration. The engine is rated at 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. Hill start assist is standard, along with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and two-wheel drive. A real time all-wheel-drive system with intelligent control can be added to any of the trims.

Anyone who spends enough time behind the steering wheel learns quickly that the 2016 Honda CR-V handles itself well on the road. The unit-body construction combines with a MacPherson strut front suspension and reactive link double wishbone rear suspension, plus ABS disc brakes for all four wheels to make an incredibly balanced approach. All but the base trim also come with alloy wheels, adding some serious style to the SUV.

Numerous active safety technologies are bundled into the 2016 Honda CR-V, helping to avoid accidents before they can happen. The ABS brakes combine with brake assist and electronic brake distribution for maximum control during panic stops. Vehicle stability assist with traction control takes automatic action to correct for anything which could lead to over- or under-steer. With the standard multi-angle rearview camera, drivers can always be aware of any obstacles behind the vehicle, before backing into them. Among the optional technologies is forward collision warning, lane departure warning and a collision mitigation braking system.

Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided. The good news is the 2016 Honda CR-V is designed to provide maximum protection in any scenario. Upon impact, the airbag system, deploys to place a protective layer in several strategic areas. The SmartVent front side airbags detect when a person is in the way, so they don't inflate all the way. All three seats in the rear are outfitted with LATCH anchors, a big plus for parents and guardians.

Quite a few conveniences and technologies can be loaded into the 2016 Honda CR-V. A power tailgate is activated with the touch of a single button, making loading items into the rear a breeze. Soft leather upholstery can be paired with front seat heaters, a nice addition for the cold weather. The optional Display Audio system includes a 7-inch full-color touchscreen, putting a number of connectivity and entertainment features literally at the driver's fingertips. SiriusXM satellite radio, Pandora, HD radio and Bluetooth streaming audio are all available as well.

Source: http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-v/

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09-28-16

2016 Honda FIT – Car Review

The new 2016 Honda FIT is the latest Honda car! It's a great city car as it fits in almost any parking spot and offers the power you need to get around!

2016 Honda FIT

As a subcompact hatchback, the 2016 Honda FIT serves up far more than a practical size and amazing efficiency. It also delivers a surprisingly large and flexible interior, plus an impressive amount of standard features. Simply put, owning a vehicle that's affordable on so many levels doesn't mean you need to suffer.
Drivers get the supreme pleasure of sporty performance, without the penalties of horrible gas mileage. The secret to this almost magical setup for the 2016 Honda FIT is a spunky 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Peak output is impressive at 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque. The base offering includes an easy-to-operate 6-speed manual transmission, while a highly efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) is also available. Front-wheel drive is standard across the lineup.
Carving up city streets and powering through twisty country roads is a cinch with the 2016 Honda FIT. A MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion-beam rear suspension provides excellent agility, while still cushioning riders from rough road surfaces. A stabilizer bar that's 25.4 millimeters-thick helps the car stay firmly planted, while ventilated front disc brakes provide solid stopping power.
Honda takes a comprehensive approach to safety with the 2016 FIT. Several systems are designed to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Antilock brakes, brake assist and electronic brake distribution help the driver stay in control during emergency stopping maneuvers. Vehicle stability assist, traction control and even the tire pressure monitoring system allow the vehicle to handle any on-road situation with greater ease. Also included on all trims is a multi-angle rearview camera, so drivers can spot any obstacles behind the vehicle when reversing.
Just in case a crash can't be avoided, the 2016 Honda FIT is equipped with features that absorb the impact forces and guard against injury to anyone inside. Chief among these designs is the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. The airbag system includes side curtains that extend down both rows of seating. SmartVent front side airbags detect when a person is sitting in the pathway of the bag, actually venting out the gases so it doesn't inflate all the way and cause injury.
Plenty of modern comforts are included as standard equipment on all 2016 Honda FIT models, with even more conveniences included on the higher trims. No matter what version you choose, power locks/windows, air conditioning, cruise control, cupholders, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 12-volt power outlets, rear window defroster and more are bundled together. Going with the EX or EX-L adds a push button ignition, tie downs in the cargo area and a blind spot detection system.
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08-19-16

2016 Honda CR-V Review

There's a lot of reasons to like the Honda CR-V. Thanks to its leadership in such categories as quality and durability, the compact crossover continues to be quite popular in its class.

The 2016 Honda CR-V Upgrades

That doesn't mean the automaker is resting on its laurels. The 2016 Honda CR-V received several exciting tweaks and upgrades compared to the outgoing model. The biggest one is the addition of a new Special Edition trim level. Slotted above the entry-level LX and just under the luxurious EX, the SE provides even more choice for buyers. The LX’s standard 16-inch steel wheels, for example, have been replaced with stylish 17-inch alloys. Rear privacy glass is also standard. Finally, the SE comes with a high-end security system.

CR-V Safety Features

The five-passenger CR-V continues to provide everything the modern driver could want. In safety alone, the crossover is equipped with front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, stability control, a backup camera, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system come standard as well. More advance safety equipment like Honda's unique LaneWatch blind spot monitoring setup is added as one climbs the trim ladder. All this, and more, help explain why the CR-V received five out of five stars in overall safety from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration as well as being chosen for the Top Safety Pick+ list from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Engine & Transmission

Continuing to motivate the CR-V is an excellent 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine good. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission which channel the engine's 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available for all five trim levels.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy of the 2016 Honda CR-V is an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg cruising along the highway and 29 mpg in mixed driving.* The federal agency estimates those equipped with AWD to get 25 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined. Tow capacity is 1,500 pounds in properly equipped models.

Honda CR-V Standard Features

Hold onto your hats for the CR-V's standard equipment list. Adding to the above safety features and engine, the base LX come with air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup, Bluetooth connectivity and a four-speaker, 160-watt audio system. Notable items added by the EX include fog lights and a power moonroof, while the EX-L adds leather upholstery (hence the name). Finally, the top-level Touring comes with such exclusive bits as a power tailgate and an advance braking system.

*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

See our 2016 Honda CR-V Inventory!

Disclaimer: Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program(www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags(SAB).

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07-31-16

2016 Honda Civic Review

The Civic is all-new. The compact sedan now comes with a sportier exterior and roomier backseat. And all models and trim levels are packed with modern components. Even the base LX model is loaded. Its wheels, for example, are 16-in. alloys. There are standard LED lights to keep the view ahead always illuminated. Inside the LX, automated climate control ensures everyone stays comfortable no matter the weather conditions.

A Closer Look at the 2016 Honda Civic

Step up to the LX-P and buyers get a power moonroof, push-button start and remote engine ignition. A dual-zone automatic climate control system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility can be had in the EX-T while the EX-L adds leather upholstery to the standard equipment list. An auto-dimming rearview mirror and blind-spot detection system are also available at this trim level. Finally, the top-of-the-line Touring bring such exclusive bits like a 450-watt premium sound system and satellite navigation to the segment.

Color Pallets

The 2016 Honda Civic has an extensive exterior color pallet. Aegean Blue, Modern Steel, Rallye Red and Crystal Black are just a few of the more notable ones.

Honda Civic Safety Features

Passenger protection in the Civic starts with the compact's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which helps direct crash forces away from the driver and passengers. Everyone is further protected by an array of airbags. Other safety features include standard anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability assist, tire pressure monitoring, and a rear-view camera with multi-angle for superior perspective behind the car. Finally, a new Honda Sensing safety package, which consists of smart cruise control, forward-collision alert and lane departure intervention, is available throughout the lineup. It's no surprise the IIHS chose the Civic for its Top Safety Pick+ list.

Engine & Transmission

The Honda Civic's outstanding gas mileage has helped it to remain a top-seller in the segment over the years. The latest iteration sports a new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that puts out 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard. A responsive CVT is available. For the buyer who wants the optimum balance of performance and efficiency, there's a new 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-charged engine. Peak output is 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque which are sent to the front wheels via the CVT.

Besides great power, fuel economy figures are also high with the new engines. The base 2.0-liter delivers 40 mpg on the highway according to the EPA.* Meanwhile, the potent turbo returns a remarkable 42 mpg in similar testing.

*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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