Prediction: 10 Cars We Think Won't See 2016


Like your favorite new network TV show, some cars just won't be around anymore. This year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that have been, let's say, taken out to the farm? Which cars won't make it another model year?

Related: Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

We asked our fellow editors to gaze into their automotive crystal balls and predict 10 cars that we think could meet their end after the 2015 model year. Some may surprise you; some have been rumored to get the ax for a while, and thus grace our endangered species list again this year. This list is ordered from most likely to vanish to least likely, in our opinion.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 15, 2014 | Comments (9)

Ten Cars That Won't See 2015


Automakers give all sorts of reasons for canceling a model. Sometimes it comes from a deliberate one-and-done cycle, as Scion often employs. Other times a car too similar to its corporate siblings — compare the ultra-luxury Maybach brand to an optioned-out Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and allowed to age without a redesign can spell doom. And some cars just plain stink: Four of our 10 Worst Cars of the 2000s sputtered out with no direct replacement.

Whatever the cause, cancellations often coincide with lackluster sales. Consider former Volvo spokesman James Hope, whose eulogy for the now-defunct S40 and V50 was short and sweet. "The S40 and V50 are great cars," Hope said. "Our focus, however, needs to be on our [sales] volume vehicles."

More than a dozen models were discontinued in 2013. We polled our editors to see which cars we think will meet their end next year.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2013 | Comments (50)

2013 Honda Crosstour: Family Review Checklist


The 2013 Honda Crosstour is a fantastic family car with lots of room and safety features, but its looks are controversial.

I'm all for a family car that doesn't fall into the crossover category these days, and this five-passenger midsize hatchback is a funky-looking vehicle. The Crosstour received a new front end for 2013 that looks similar to that of the Accord, and it helped somewhat in the looks department.

Its restyling also included a more powerful V-6 engine. The 2013 Crosstour has a 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, an increase of 7 hp over the 2012 model. The new engine is paired to a six-speed automatic; the 2012 model had a five-speed automatic. The V-6 engine wasn't the gas-guzzler I'd expected it to be. With front-wheel drive, the V-6 gets an EPA-estimated 20/30/23 mpg city/highway/combined. I didn't do much highway driving during my weeklong test drive, and my observed fuel economy clocked in at 19.6 mpg. There's also a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 22/31/25 mpg.

By Carrie Kim | November 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

Top 10 Most Polarizing Cars


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 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)

Which Midsize SUV Is Safe, Reliable and Fuel-Efficient?

"Which midsize SUV is safe, reliable and fuel-efficient?"



Several SUVs may fit that description, depending on what you consider fuel-efficient and what qualifies as midsize. Here are five suggestions: Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Crosstour and CR-V, and Toyota Highlander and RAV4.

All have been rated Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and at least some versions of those models have EPA highway mileage ratings of 25 mpg or more.

In addition, all have performed well in recent reliability measurements by J.D. Power and Associates. For example, the Equinox had the fewest problems among compact SUVs in the 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study and the RAV4 was second highest among all SUVs in the 2013 study.

Although you asked about midsize SUVs, we're including smaller models because of their higher fuel-economy ratings. Versions of the Equinox, CR-V and RAV4 top 30 mpg in EPA highway estimates. Among midsize SUVs, ratings of 30 mpg or more are rare, and the list shrinks with all-wheel drive.

Several other SUVs may meet all or most of your criteria, depending on how flexible you are about size. We suggest you check crash-test ratings on the Research page, which is found at the Safety & Recalls tab, and tap the resources of the Vehicle Recommender to find models that offer the fuel efficiency you desire, other features you may want and fit within your budget.

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By Rick Popely | August 11, 2013 | Comments (4)

2013 Honda Crosstour: First Look

  • Competes with: Toyota Venza, Subaru Outback,Nissan Murano
  • Looks like: A more-lovable-looking Crosstour with some Accord design influence
  • Drivetrain: New 3.5-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: Tuesday,Nov. 20

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the 2013 Honda Crosstour production model is that there's so little distinction to be made between it and the concept version that debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Even then it was clear that this concept was only a concept, well, in concept.

Needless to say, there's not a lot to talk about in terms of brand-new features on the 2013 Crosstour, which goes on sale Tuesday — except that its base price of $27,230 is $525 less than it was in 2012 (Honda has not yet listed the car's destination fee).

Concept-car aesthetics that have made their way to the production model include more rugged exterior styling thanks to a redesigned front end and new grille. It also gets new bumper fog lights, front-diffuser designs and Accord-inspired exaggerated lower-front-intake flares. The rugged look is achieved with black composite plastic along the sill plates and front and rear bumper edges. Newly available paint colors include Kona Coffee Metallic and Mountain Air Metallic.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2012 | Comments (8)

HondaLink Multimedia System to Debut in 2013 Fit EV, Accord and Crosstour


Honda announced a new multimedia system called HondaLink, which will debut in the 2013 Fit EV, the still-unrevealed redesigned Accord and the updated Crosstour this fall. Additional Honda (and likely Acura) models will get it down the road. Like Toyota's Entune or Ford's Sync AppLink, HondaLink allows you to stream various smartphone applications through the stereo via voice prompts, touch-screen stereo commands or steering-wheel buttons.

It's not yet clear how Honda plans to differentiate HondaLink from Entune, AppLink and others. The automaker is working with internet radio provider Aha to stream Facebook and Twitter feeds, news updates and Yelp listings. Lest Honda run afoul of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's latest distracted-driving guidelines, Honda engineer David Kirsch told reporters on a conference call that the system is "showing things that are needed for you to see, but just enough."

By Kelsey Mays | July 19, 2012 | Comments (1)

Honda Makes Backup Cameras Standard on Most Models

Honda CR-V camera

Starting with the 2013 model year, a backup camera will be standard on the redesigned Honda Accord along with the Crosstour, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and CR-Z. That means Honda's 12-model lineup goes from having just two models with a standard backup camera — the FCX Clarity hydrogen vehicle and the CR-V crossover — to nine models. A backup camera was already standard on the 2012 Honda CR-V and remains that way for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Honda Fit EV also has a standard backup camera.

That's a drastic change for Honda; previously, backup cameras were an option that had to be coupled with an expensive navigation system. In fact, the update means Honda offers a backup camera on more of its lineup than any other mainstream automaker – other strong contenders include Kia and Hyundai.

By Colin Bird | July 17, 2012 | Comments (9)

Honda Crosstour Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Honda Crosstour Concept

  • Looks like: A more lovable-looking Crosstour  
  • Defining characteristics: A passenger side camera  
  • Ridiculous features: The fact that Honda's calling this a concept  
  • Chances of being mass-produced: 110%

For the 2013 model year, the Honda Crosstour Concept gets a significant midcycle refresh and adopts the face of the next-generation Honda Accord. It also receives some interior and mechanical updates.

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The Crosstour Concept gives an unmistakable preview of what the production version will look like. Honestly, at this point, we don't even know why Honda bothers with these "concepts." The main attributes distinguishing it from the production model are the concept's 19-inch wheels — Honda says the production model will have 18-inchers — and the fact that we don't know what the interior looks like … 'cause there isn't one yet.

By Colin Bird | April 4, 2012 | Comments (3)

Honda to Unveil Crosstour Concept at the New York Auto Show

2012 honda crosstour
The 2012 New York International Auto Show is turning into a wagon fest. Just before Toyota unveils its new Venza at the show, Honda will drop the curtain on the Crosstour concept.

The thinly veiled concept previews Honda’s design direction for both the Crosstour and its sibling, the Accord. We saw the Accord coupe concept at the 2012 Detroit auto show and expect to see the sedan soon, especially since it's set to go on sale this fall.

The Crosstour dropped the Accord name for 2012. Other model-year changes include the addition of four-cylinder power and more standard goodies such as a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity and USB input.

We'll get more details when the New York auto show opens to the media on April 4.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 21, 2012 | Comments (4)

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