Honda, Acura Announce Auto Show Reveals

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The 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is less than a month away, and the planned reveals are starting to trickle out. Acura just announced it will unveil the production version of its NSX super car and Honda will show off a new fuel-cell concept, the FCV.

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Although Acura only released veiled teaser images, the NSX should look somewhat familiar. The concept version debuted in Detroit in 2012 and then showed up again at the 2013 show. Acura says the one at the 2015 show is the real deal. The production version of the mid-engine supercar will use a three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit and go on sale in 2015. It will meet the press on Jan. 12. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld should be happy.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Honda CR-V Video

Honda updated its best-selling compact SUV for 2015. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays likes the exterior changes and cargo area but finds quite a few issues inside. Watch the video for more.

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By David Thomas | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Reduces Takata Airbag Expansion to 2.6 Million Cars

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Three days after Honda announced a massive expansion to its Takata-supplied airbag recall, the automaker said Dec. 8 that it would trim the nationwide driver-side airbag recall by some 600,000 vehicles. It still leaves 2.6 million cars in the recall expansion, but that’s short of the 3.2 million announced Dec. 5, The Detroit News reports.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Pressure has mounted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to recall vehicles from 10 automakers with faulty Takata airbag inflators across the entire U.S., but Japanese supplier Takata has resisted because it claims its own testing confirms inflators only pose a risk in high-humidity areas. Honda is the only automaker to publically extend its campaign across all 50 states; others have recalled cars mostly in the Gulf Coast, Hawaii and various U.S. territories. Honda's national recall will reportedly phase in over several months, with the initial focus on high-humidity areas.

For more details, click here to read the story from The Detroit News.

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By Kelsey Mays | December 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Honda CR-V Review

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"Updated for 2015, the new Honda CR-V's many improvements overcome some notable stumbles, and it remains a strong choice among the horde of small SUVs out there," says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out his review for more.

2015 Honda CR-V Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Many Automakers Expand Takata Airbag Recall, But Feds Still Want More

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At least six automakers expanded their recalls this week for faulty airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata Corp. The affected airbags can launch shrapnel into passengers as they deploy; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to recall scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida. The total previously stood at nearly 8 million cars, but that figure is rising fast.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

After findings suggested the inflators could fail outside the recalled areas — and were possible with driver's-side airbags, not just the passenger airbags originally investigated — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressed on Nov. 18 for automakers to recall cars across all 50 states. This week, many automakers expanded their campaigns, but only Honda pushed the recall nationwide. Just this morning, the automaker said it would recall another 3 million cars for the driver's-side airbag, The Detroit News reports. That brings the total to at least 11 million, and it's the latest in a string of developments in a recall crisis blamed for at least five deaths so far.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V: Car Seat Check

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Honda's compact crossover took home the top slot at Cars.com's $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout in 2012; how does the revised-for-2015 model measure up? The CR-V was lightly updated with styling and powertrain tweaks this year but interior dimensions remain the same, so its backseat still easily handles two child-safety seats thanks to plenty of space and easy-to-access Latch anchors, including a bonus extra anchor for the center seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Cargo Wars: How Does 2016 HR-V Compare to Siblings?

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Being the middle child is tough. Your parents are always asking, "Why can't you be more like your older sister?" Meanwhile your bratty little brother gets away with murder. Despite being "born" last, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is the middle child in Honda's brood of compact family haulers, smaller than the CR-V crossover and bigger than the Fit subcompact hatchback. Since carrying capacity no doubt tops prospective buyers' lists, we thought we'd see how the HR-V stacks up against its five-passenger siblings.

Related: Research the 2016 Honda HR-V 

The HR-V compact crossover distinguishes itself from the CR-V and Fit with its sporty looks compared with those vehicles' more right-angle-heavy exterior designs; plus, it's about 10 inches shorter than the CR-V and 9 inches longer than the Fit, with a width measuring about 2 inches less than the former and 3 inches more than the latter. Inside, Honda promised the HR-V would provide "unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility." Only real-world users can decide how well those promises will be fulfilled, but in terms of passenger volume, the HR-V certainly holds its own, measuring 100.1 cubic feet compared with the 2014 CR-V’s 104 and the 2015 Fit's 96.

When it comes to cargo space, however, things get considerably more varied. Behind the rear seats, the HR-V has 24.3 cubic feet of room compared with the CR-V's 37.2 and the Fit's 16.6. Meanwhile, with the seats down, maximum cargo space for the HR-V increases nearly 2.5 times to 58.8 cubic feet. The Fit's max cargo space jumps by more than three times to 52.7 cubic feet, while the CR-V's nearly doubles to 70.9 cubic feet.

Check out the graphic below for a side-by-side comparison of cargo volume.

By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Honda Accord Review

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"The Honda Accord remains a smooth-operating, easygoing family car that practically defines the word 'pleasant,' but newer competitors have it showing its age," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman. Read the review for more.

2015 Honda Accord Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (3)

Honda Failed to Report Airbag-Related Deaths, Injuries

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GM has some company in the hot seat: Another automaker is coming under fire for failing to report safety problems in a timely manner. According to the Detroit Free Press, Honda underreported how many people died or were injured by faulty Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles; so far the airbag recall has affected 7.8 million vehicles from several different automakers. Honda failed to disclose 1,729 accident, injury and death claims between July 2003 and June 2014.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

An outside law firm hired by the automaker discovered the discrepancy in time to meet a Monday deadline imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding Honda's timeline for the recall, specifically when the automaker first became aware of the issue and when it started investigating and reporting the defect.

"Honda takes these findings extremely seriously. We are taking immediate corrective action, and we continue to fully cooperate with NHTSA to resolve this matter," Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, said in a statement. 

Click here for the full story.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda HR-V Video

Honda's newest tiny crossover may be based on the automaker's Fit subcompact hatchback, but Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it wears none of the smaller car's styling and instead looks almost Acura-like outside.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show News

Inside, Mays wasn't impressed by the HR-V's touch-sensitive controls, but was surprised by the amount of room the subcompact SUV offers. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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