For Honda, Next Accord Must be a Hit

Randy LeBlanc has owned a Honda Accord for more than 20 years. A 41-year-old real-estate agent in New Orleans' suburbs, LeBlanc bought his first Accord, a used 1988 model, in the early 1990s. He replaced it with a brand-new Accord in 2001. Some 125,000 miles later, LeBlanc and his wife are looking for another sedan.

LeBlanc says he's 90 percent sure it won't be a Honda.

By Kelsey Mays | April 27, 2012 | Comments (16)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: June 2010


As we near the dog days of summer, the general malaise of the summer months seems to be taking its toll on car sales earlier than usual.

Many large automakers saw only incremental sales gains in June, with Ford up 13.3%, GM up 10.7%, Toyota up 6.8% and Honda only up 6.2%.

Despite the lull, some automakers managed to outperform. Beleaguered Chrysler saw a 35% sales boost in year-over-year sales; to be fair, the automaker was just exiting bankruptcy this time last year, making any comparisons between the two months extremely misleading. Korean automaker Hyundai also continues its sales gains, up 35%.

Significant changes on June’s top 10 include the Nissan Altima falling off the list and the Honda CR-V making the top 10. It’s the first crossover represented on the top 10 since April.

Find out which cars came out on top below. If you want to follow our breaking sales coverage every month, follow us on Twitter @kickingtires.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars June 2010

  • Ford F-Series: 46,502
  • Chevrolet Silverado: 30,994
  • Toyota Camry: 28,435
  • Honda Accord: 26,792 (includes 1,848 Accord Crosstours)
  • Honda Civic: 26,474 (includes hybrid)
  • Toyota Corolla: 21,876 (includes Matrix)
  • Chevrolet Malibu: 20,720
  • Ford Fusion: 18,412
  • Hyundai Sonata: 17,771
  • Honda CR-V: 16,041
By Colin Bird | July 1, 2010 | Comments (31)

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Pricing

If you’re interested in buying a new Accord Crosstour be sure to check out Kelsey Mays’ full review. How does the pricing of the new crossover hold up to its competition like the Toyota Venza and Nissan Murano? For V-6 models, it’s pretty competitive; it’s the only way you can get the new Honda, which starts at $29,670 before a destination fee. The Accord Crosstour goes on sale later this month. A full list of pricing is below.
By David Thomas | November 3, 2009 | Comments (11) Reviews the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

Remember the online furor with the first images of the Honda Accord Crosstour? editor Kelsey Mays does, and after reviewing the car he admits it’s better-looking in person. However, his platitudes stop there. Much more is amiss about the Crosstour than its polarizing sheet metal. Namely, its skimpy cargo room and a relatively high price tag.

2010 Honda Crosstour Review
By David Thomas | November 3, 2009 | Comments (3)

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Gets Four-Wheel Drive

Today, Honda released the first interior images of the upcoming 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour. The company also confirmed that the crossover would come with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 and have optional four-wheel drive when it goes on sale in November. We were hoping the Crosstour would get Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive but understand the need to keep the Crosstour from impeding on the new Acura ZDX.

Inside, the Crosstour looks a lot like a standard Accord, which is not a surprise. However, the cargo area has an interesting layout. Because the wheels are not near the crossover’s rear, the wheel wells don’t intrude into the back of the cargo area. Instead, they pop up toward the front, just behind the rear seats. This should add to the car’s usable cargo space. There’s also an underfloor compartment that’s 8 inches deep and looks to be sizable, as well. It can also be removed easily, kind of like a large plastic bin. The cargo cover is reversible with heavy-duty plastic on one side and carpet on the other, similar to the Acura RDX.

Honda has also put switches in the cargo area to lower the rear seats flat. More photos below.
By David Thomas | October 6, 2009 | Comments (18)

2010 Toyota Venza Adds USB Port Standard


One of my biggest gripes about some newly designed cars is the lack of a USB connector for iPods and digital music files. Some automakers like Kia and Hyundai make this feature standard on even their cheapest cars, while others only include a USB connector with expensive option packages. When I reviewed the all-new Venza last year, I was shocked that it didn’t even offer a USB connector, not even with the expensive navigation and sound system option packages. I railed about this loudly in my review and on this blog's comment section — as well as to the Toyota brass.

It seems they listened. For 2010, the Venza will include a USB/iPod port as well as Bluetooth streaming audio as standard on all trim levels. The company says the USB port allows for full control of an iPod through stereo and steering-wheel controls.

The base price of the 2010 Venza ratchets up $300 to start at $26,275, excluding destination charges. The 2010 model goes on sale this November.


By David Thomas | September 25, 2009 | Comments (2)

New Honda Accord Crosstour Photos: Same Controversial Grille

In response to an avalanche of criticism on its Facebook page, Honda has issued a formal rebuttal and posted four new photos of its upcoming Accord Crosstour. We’ve posted the other three photos below, but the new set shows a red paint job and two new angles of the car. While it does look more composed in profile, the downward slope of the raised back to the narrow front is still broken up by the rather large and yes, awkward grille.

Honda says this is the car America is getting and that crossover buyers say they like the look. Presumably Honda did its due diligence and spent massive amounts of time and money researching consumer desires, but we’re still very, very unsure of this new look.

By David Thomas | September 9, 2009 | Comments (53)

Plenty of Hatred on Internet for Honda Accord Crosstour


There haven’t been many new models that have stirred the ire of the internet as quickly as Honda’s Accord Crosstour. The crossover made its official internet debut yesterday on a number of blogs, including this one, Facebook and on Honda’s official website. The internet is an open forum, and people weighed in immediately with almost universal disapproval of the car’s design. Namely its ungainly front end.

We talked to Honda spokesman Chuck Schifsky about the reaction and if Honda might consider something as radical as reworking the grille.

“We’re confident with the styling,” Schifsky said. He suggested that people need to see the Crosstour in person and on the road before leveling criticism. He also said that it’s a little bigger than the Accord, so possibly the larger grille won’t seem so off-putting in person.

Schifsky said there was a lot of negative internet chatter about the new Civic when it debuted because it had small windows ahead of the door, sort of like the Toyota Prius.

Since then, Twitter and Facebook have opened up even more outlets for people to vent, and vent they did.

By David Thomas | September 2, 2009 | Comments (46)

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: First Look


  • Competes with: Toyota Venza, Subaru Outback, Nissan Murano
  • Looks like: Acura’s penchant for ugly grilles has infected Honda
  • Drivetrain: Likely the same 3.5-liter V-6 as the Accord sedan
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2009

We knew Honda was bringing a new crossover — based on the Accord — to market relatively soon. The company even teased an up-close image of its grille. Today, we get to see the full monty, and it could have stood some shrinkage.

There’s just no discussing this car without tackling its huge schnoz. Not only is it oddly shaped, but it doesn’t fit the natural flow of the car’s front end. Follow the lines of the headlights and notice how they smash right into the grille. It’s disjointed to say the least and unfortunate in an extreme sense since the rest of the car looks fairly decent. We have images of the Crosstour grille and the standard Accord sedan grille below.

Full specs haven’t been revealed yet. A special web page for the Crosstour hints at more in 34 days; we’re not sure if that’s for more information or the on-sale date. Honda is known for putting an all-new model on sale the same day they release full details to the press, and it’s possible that the Crosstour will go on sale on Oct. 2.

How else does it differ from a typical Accord sedan? Honda says it will ride higher, like an SUV, to give a commanding view of the road. Obviously, the rear hatch will offer more utility than a sedan trunk; Honda calls it a “unique” cargo area, but doesn’t offer any specific details about it.

If you want to follow the Crosstour on Facebook, maybe you’ll learn more along the way. Check out the new page here. For the rear — and much better-looking — angle of the Crosstour, click below.

By David Thomas | September 1, 2009 | Comments (58)

Recall Alert: Honda Accord, Civic, Acura TL

2001civic Honda is expanding a recall from 2008 to include an additional 440,000 vehicles. The recall is for defective airbag inflation systems that could deploy with too much pressure, causing injury or even fatalities. According to Bloomberg News, the default has led to one death in the U.S.

Included in the recall are model year 2001-02 Honda Accords, 2001 Honda Civics and 2002-03 Acura TLs.

Honda will send out recall notices in the next few months, but concerned owners can visit their recall website at or for Acura owners.

By David Thomas | July 31, 2009 | Comments (1)

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