Top 10 Most Polarizing Cars

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Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it, but almost certainly you're talking about it. Polarizing cars have that effect on people — but sometimes you just love what you love, even if seems like everyone thinks you're nuts for loving it. Sometimes that public pressure makes you love it more. There have been cars like this since the beginning of the auto industry, with the first automobiles themselves being polarizing machines. Some people thought the horseless carriage was amazing, and some thought it was blasphemy, but it certainly got attention.

We polled the editors of Cars.com to decide the most polarizing cars of recent memory and tabulated the results. What's the most polarizing car?

By Aaron Bragman | September 17, 2013 | Comments (23)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Honda Crosstour

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Ambivalence abounds in our review of the 2013 Honda Crosstour. Cars.com reviewer Kristen Varela finds the five-seat hatchback's newly restyled exterior eclectic, to put it kindly — she calls it "some crazy experiment from a chop shop." Somehow, though, that oddness translates into impressive practicality with regard to ease of entry and cargo space. The front seats are terribly uncomfortable, though the backseats easily fit three children across. Its heated leather seats suggest luxury, but much of the interior screams cheap. Read Varela's conflicted critique below.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Does Honda's LaneWatch Replace a Blind Spot Warning System?

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I recently spent a week in the 2013 Honda Crosstour. While I couldn't get over the aesthetics of this oddball (a fellow mom said it looked like a reincarnated Pinto), it did prove to be a practical family car with some innovative features.

The Crosstour has a new Honda safety feature called LaneWatch, which is also found on the 2013 Accord. According to Honda, the system "uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent-Multi-Information Display. The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn-signal stalk is pressed."

I was a little baffled as to why LaneWatch was not integrated with a blind spot warning system, which can alert the driver with a tone or light if someone is in the car's blind spots. The two seem like a natural pair, but if they're not paired together, is LaneWatch a replacement for blind spot warning?

By Kristin Varela | April 5, 2013 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2012 Honda Accord and Crosstour

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Honda is recalling 347 Accord sedans and Crosstour hatchbacks to address airbag issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

In certain vehicles, the side curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger may have a faulty inflator. In the event of an accident, the affected airbags will not deploy, increasing the risk of passenger injury.

Honda will begin notifying owners on Feb. 10, and the affected airbags will be replaced for free. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

Honda to Honor Discounts on Sold-Out Models

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Despite limited inventory, Honda is trying to keep potential car shoppers in the fold by extending expired lease agreements and by honoring national incentive programs, even when the vehicle is not in stock, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Honda has initiated a new incentive campaign called the Honda Promise. On Honda’s retail website, the company describes the promise as follows:

“You may be concerned about the availability of your next Honda vehicle. Should recent events impact the vehicle of your choice, we’ve developed special options for you until your new Honda arrives. To learn more about your options, please contact your local Honda dealer today and find out if you qualify.”

The Wall Street Journal has learned that those measures include honoring incentives, regardless of the current availability of the given model at a dealer’s lot, and to extend lease agreements for an extra 12 months. Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, is reportedly offering similar incentives.

In addition to the lease deals and pledge, the automaker will also start a new incentive campaign, which started Wednesday, according to Automotive News. Those deals include $0 due at signing and low monthly payments on the Accord, Accord Crosstour, Odyssey, CR-V and Pilot. There are also low 1.9% financing deals on the outgoing 2011 Honda Civic.

Honda expects its inventory problems will be resolved by August.

Honda Tells U.S. Dealers to Honor Discounts on Out-of-Stock Cars (Auto News)

By Colin Bird | June 16, 2011 | Comments (1)

Honda Spotlights No Money Down Leases in April

2011 Odyssey minivanDespite potentially tight supplies of some Honda vehicles, the automaker continues a robust lease and low-financing incentives campaign throughout April. Honda calls it “The Really Big Thing Sales Event,” and by now, you've likely seen the commercials for it, which feature oversized lapel pins. Like other recent Honda sales events, the carmaker is pushing leases with $0 down payment, $0 security deposit, $0 first month's payment and $0 due at signing on most of its lineup.

The no-money-down lease deals include $380 a month on the 2011 Odyssey minivan and $250 a month for a 2011 Accord. Keep in mind that $0 down doesn’t include tax, license, title, registration and documentation fees, which will likely cost thousands of dollars before you leave the lot. If you want to reduce your monthly payments, Honda’s also offering lease deals with money down — typically $1,999 — knocking off about $60 a month on the lease deals we highlight below.

By Colin Bird | April 6, 2011 | Comments (1)

Happy Honda Days Actually Good For Lease Deals

2010 Accord CrosstourHonda has the second-highest residual values in the industry (after Subaru) because the company doesn’t offer big discounts on its vehicles. In fact, Honda is currently offering no customer cash-back incentives during its holiday sales event. So how do they call it a sale?

There are dealer incentive programs, which we highlight below. It’s important to note that dealer incentives are for the dealers only, but often you can squeeze the manufacture subsidy out of your retailer. For more info, check out our advice page on the incentives.

By Colin Bird | December 17, 2010 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

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Honda is recalling 3,336 2010 Accord Crosstour units because of an improperly assembled front passenger airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
In the event of a crash, the airbag may not deploy properly and could injure an unbelted child in the front passenger seat, NHTSA says.
 
Owners will be notified Sept. 22. Honda dealers will inspect and replace the passenger airbag module if necessary at no charge. For more information, owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.
By Dave Lee | September 15, 2010 | Comments (3)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: August 2010

Cash for Clunkers continues to cast a long shadow: Big automakers had what looks to be a bad month, but last year the popular government program dramatically boosted the sales of many models, including the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V and Honda Accord. So the dramatic declines experienced by those models is not all too surprising.

Year-to-date, five of the models in the top 10 are selling less than they sold year-to-date in 2009. Before August, only one model on this list – the Dodge Ram – was selling worse in 2010 compared with 2009.

Toyota (down 31.4%), Honda (down 30%), Nissan (down 27%) and GM (down 24.9%) saw the most dramatic declines. Of course, Japanese automakers were the biggest gainers during Cash for Clunkers; GM’s decline is partly due to the strong sales gains by Pontiac and Chevrolet in August 2009. Chrysler saw a 7% increase because very few of its cars sold well during Cash for Clunkers.

The best selling full-size trucks — Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram — performed well this month, and they were the only models on the list (besides the Hyundai Sonata) to post positive gains. Honda remains the automaker with the most cars on the list with three models, the same as last month.

By Colin Bird | September 1, 2010 | Comments (45)

Five Midsize SUVs Earn Top Safety Picks

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 12 new midsize SUVs with its new rollover crush strength requirement, and only six passed.

Of the six, five earned the Top Safety Pick award, which means they received the top score of Good in front, side, rear and roof crash tests and are equipped with stability control.

Although the Jeep Liberty and its Dodge Nitro twin had the best results for roof strength at five times the weight of the vehicle, they rated Acceptable and Marginal in rear and side crash tests, respectively.

The five new Top Safety Picks are:
By David Thomas | June 2, 2010 | Comments (6)

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