Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2014 Nissan Rogue is still No. 1 on our list of most-read reviews this week, but a quartet of newcomers has joined the roster to shake things up a little. Debuts are led by reviewer Jennifer Geiger's near-gushing critique of the much-improved 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan at No. 2. Other fresh faces include the 2014 Lexus GX 460 at No. 5, the 2014 Honda CR-V at No. 7 and the 2014 Lexus ES 300h at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Chrysler 200
3. 2014 Infiniti Q50
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Lexus GX 460
6. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
7. 2014 Honda CR-V
8. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
9. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
10. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | March 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover has occupied the top spot now for weeks on end, and even after brief absences in its four months on the roster, it has managed to muscle its way back to No. 1. Another popular crossover, the 2014 Honda CR-V, gives the Rogue a run for its money, though, checking in at No. 2. And way down at No. 10, a 2015 model joins the list for the first time in the Volvo V60 wagon. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Honda CR-V
3. 2014 Infiniti QX80
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Dodge Durango
6. 2014 Infiniti Q50
7. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
8. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
9. 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop
10. 2015 Volvo V60

By Matt Schmitz | March 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Honda CR-V Review


In's Chicago home base, options abound for our famed deep-dish pizza, but one in particular, Giordano's, stuffs enough universally accessible qualities into its pies to make it a down-the-middle crowd pleaser. Therefore, it's the one out-of-towners always seem to know. Well, the best-selling Honda CR-V is the Giordano's of crossovers, and the 2014 version is no exception. reviewer Kelsey Mays touts a sprightly powertrain, improved ride quality, and competitive mileage and cargo space. Could a poor crash-test performance quell buyers' CR-V cravings? Read Mays' review and decide.

2014 Honda CR-V Review photo by Kelsey Mays.

By Matt Schmitz | February 14, 2014 | Comments (6)

Honda Is a Net Exporter, Sort Of


You might have heard that Honda is a net U.S. exporter, sending more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imports into the U.S. for sale. But don't take the news at face value.

Here's why. The automaker, which includes the Honda brand and its Acura luxury division, declared itself a "net exporter in the U.S. for the first time" on Tuesday by virtue of shipping more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imported to the U.S. in 2013. 

But it only counts imports from Japan — which accounted for 88,537 cars in 2013 — in that tally. Those Japan imports fell below the 108,705 cars that Honda shipped out of the U.S. in 2013, excluding cars sent to Canada. The infographic above is provided by Honda and the line "Honda exported more cars from the U.S. than it imported from Japan" is correct.

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That means Honda exported more cars from the U.S., excluding exports to Canada, than it imported from Japan alone in 2013. Did it export more cars from the U.S. than it imported from all countries? Honda won't say, but it's unlikely.

By Kelsey Mays | January 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Honda CR-V: All-Wheel-Drive Real-World Mileage


Gas prices may have fallen a bit recently, but fuel economy is still a top concern for car shoppers. Have automakers caught up on the gas-mileage front? I observed 31.5 mpg on the trip computer over some 230 highway miles in an all-wheel-drive 2014 Honda CR-V during a mid-January trip — the sort of mileage that, 10 years ago, you might have needed a four-cylinder Honda Accord to get.

But wait. There's more.

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My wife and I took to the Pacific Northwest in an EX-L tester, piling more than 600 miles on the SUV around Seattle and north-central Oregon. I logged mileage on CR-V's trip computer during the major highway portions of the week — some 230 miles each way, north and south, along the Interstate 5 corridor between Seattle and Dallas, Ore., with speeds between 65 and 75 mph.

By Kelsey Mays | January 28, 2014 | Comments (4)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2013


As experts largely predicted, car shoppers shook off any hesitation from the federal government shutdown and bought enough new cars in the second half of October to drive the auto industry up about 11 percent by Halloween, judging by numbers from the largest seven automakers.

The Detroit Three led the pack, with sales up 13.9 percent. Nissan, Toyota and Honda gained 9.5 percent, while Hyundai-Kia were nearly flat with a 0.6 percent increase.

"Consumers showed resiliency in October with steady auto sales despite headwinds caused by the government shutdown," Toyota division GM Bill Fay said in a statement. Sales for the automaker's best-selling Camry ebbed, but a redesigned Corolla lifted Toyota's numbers. Honda saw a larger boom in the Civic, while shoppers shied away from the Accord; both cars had a strong October 2012. Nissan's popular Altima, meanwhile, fell 11.5 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | November 1, 2013 | Comments (11)

Which New SUV Is Comparable to the Saturn Vue?

"Which new SUV is comparable to the Saturn Vue? I am driving my fourth Saturn Vue and have been really frustrated at the thought of replacing it. I already looked at the Equinox but passed because it is not comparable — it's bigger and pricier. Then I saw the Chevrolet Captiva! Problem solved — or so I thought (fleet only). If I can't buy a Captiva, I will go to another brand. I buy new, so a used Captiva is not an option in my mind."


By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Honda CR-V: What's Changed


Most significant changes: No changes for 2014

Price change: $150 higher on all models

On sale: Since early August

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2013

After introducing a redesigned CR-V crossover for 2013, Honda makes no changes for the current generation's second year. And there really was no reason to make any alterations to what seems to be a winning formula. The new CR-V was launched without quality glitches, sales are up nearly 9% this year and it remains the best-selling SUV (and among the 10 best-selling vehicles of all types).

By Rick Popely | September 19, 2013 | Comments (42)

Does the Honda CR-V Have a Manual Transmission?

"Does the Honda CR-V have a manual transmission?"


By Rick Popely | September 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Honda CR-V: Family Checklist


I typically like to go against the grain, and driving the 2013 Honda CR-V is anything but. During my test drive, I was put off when I passed at least three CR-Vs on my way to the grocery store, parked next to another four at the park and at the gas station, filled up to an almost identical CR-V.

But the 2013 Honda CR-V is so awesome for small families that I had to agree with its seemingly endless fans: It rocks. The CR-V packs in a ton of features and storage options, and its convenience is undeniable.

By Carrie Kim | August 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

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