New Honda HR-V, 2016 Acura ILX to Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Honda and its Acura luxury division plan to debut at least two vehicles at next month's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. One is Honda's latest — and smallest — SUV, the HR-V; the first exterior images of the tiny crossover appeared last April. As we expected, Honda says the Fit-based HR-V will slot below the popular CR-V, which means it should compete against a burgeoning segment of entry-level crossovers like the Nissan Juke and Chevrolet Trax. Honda also confirmed the HR-V would have a lower price than the CR-V, which starts at $24,150 including destination.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show News

Acura, meanwhile, announced today it would unveil a "substantially new" 2015 ILX with a "potent new powertrain," updated styling and "substantially upgraded" cabin design. The brand released a teaser image of the compact sedan, above. It makes sense, as Acura moves to expand the ILX's role as the entry-luxury car in its lineup; both the TSX and TL have been succeeded by the TLX. But through September, ILX sales have amounted to just 12,854 cars — a figure beat by the Buick Verano, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3/S3.

Stay tuned for full details and up-close impressions on both cars in our coverage of next month's auto show; press days are Nov. 18-20.

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By Kelsey Mays | October 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Honda CR-V: Explaining the Trim Levels

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We try to "explain" trim levels so consumers will be less confused — hopefully — by the alphabet soup of trim names and seemingly endless list of option packages. The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market and just received a significant overhaul for 2015, so we thought it deserved a closer look at the trim... level.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V First Drive

The biggest change for 2015 is the addition of a Touring trim level. Also of note is Honda's against-the-grain practice of not offering option packages. Instead, you can only add features by moving up a trim level. We detail them all below.

By David Thomas | October 7, 2014 | Comments (3)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2014

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The kids went back to school, the leaves began to change colors and car shoppers in September sent new-car sales from the largest seven automakers up about 10 percent versus a depressed September 2013. That made for some significant reshuffling in the top 10 sellers. As Toyota Camry shoppers await the updated 2015 model, the Honda Accord spent its second month as America's best-selling sedan, and the Ford Escape broke in to the top 10 sellers for the first time since March 2014.

Related: What's the Most Worry-Free Car You Can Buy?

Honda, Chrysler, GM and Nissan led major automakers with double-digit sales gains. Ford sales fell 2.7 percent as the F-Series had its second straight month of declining sales ahead of the redesigned F-150 hitting dealerships. Pickup-truck shoppers apparently preferred the F-Series' competitors: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram pickup sales combined to gain 39.8 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Honda CR-V First Look (36 Photos, Full Details)

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Competes with: Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5

Looks like: New Accord-inspired front end, with the same only-a-mother-could-love looks

Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; CVT; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Oct. 1

Honda's CR-V is a perennial favorite around the Cars.com offices for its comfy ride, spacious interior and generous standard features list. For 2015, Honda tweaks the popular CR-V with a smorgasbord of fresh features and technology while introducing a new fuel-economy-boosting engine and transmission.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V First Drive

While not a complete redesign, the 2015's updates should make a competitive difference given the convenience and technology features found in the compact SUV segment. An available power liftgate and smart keyless access with push-button start are two of the CR-V's new niceties, which are becoming common in compact and midsize SUVs. A new Touring trim level hosts much of the CR-V's new safety technology such as collision warning and mitigation systems.

By Joe Bruzek | September 30, 2014 | Comments (12)

2015 Honda CR-V First Drive

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Technically, Honda calls the CR-V's updates for the new model year a "minor model change," or a refresh in our own parlance, but the changes run much deeper than a standard refresh. A more detailed list of changes can be found in our First Look of the 2015, but in brief include a new power train, new top-of-the-line Touring trim level and the debut of new safety technology for any Honda model.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V First Look (Full Details)

There was also the addition of many standard features across all trim levels, with only an approximate $200 increase in starting price in the lower trim levels. We spent our drive through Orange County, Calif., however, in the new, line-topping Touring trim models with pretty much every option box checked including all-wheel drive.

By Brian Wong | September 30, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2015 Honda Fit

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Vehicles Affected: More than 6,000 model-year 2015 Honda Fit hatchbacks manufactured between April 11 and June 9, 2014

The Problem: The vehicles may have been assembled with an A-pillar interior cover designed for vehicles without side curtain airbags. The incorrect A-pillar interior cover may adversely affect the performance of the side curtain airbags in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners on Thursday, and dealers will inspect the A-pillar interior cover and install the correct cover, if necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

This is the First Photo of the 2015 Honda CR-V

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Witness the first photo of the 2015 Honda CR-V. Honda characterizes the changes as an "aggressive and bold" update that "portends the significant enhancements made" to the popular SUV, which has been around in its current form since the 2012 model year.

Related: 2015 Honda Pilot: What's Changed

The 2015 CR-V mixes in some of the Accord's horizontal lighting themes; the headlights also appear to get some sort of wraparound LED piping. We won't know more about the updated CR-V until Sept. 30 when Honda says it will unveil full information. The 2015 CR-V goes on sale the next day, Oct. 1.

There are more than 35,000 2014 models in Cars.com's new-car inventory, which means people looking for the outgoing model should have plenty to choose from when the 2015s hit dealer lots.

Check out a photo of the 2014 (below) to see how different the front end truly is.

By Kelsey Mays | September 22, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Honda Civic: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New SE trim level

Price change: $100 increase for LX, EX, EX-L and HF

On sale: Sept. 17 for LX, EX, EX-L and HF; later in the fall for Si, Hybrid, Natural Gas and new SE

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? The 2015 SE is a compelling value choice

With the exception of a new Special Edition trim level, most of the 2015 Honda Civic coupe and sedan lineup remains unchanged for 2015 except for a $100 price increase across the board for the LX, EX, EX-L and HF trim levels, which go on sale today.

Related: 2014 Honda Civic Expert Review

The all-new SE trim level joins the lineup slotted between the base LX and higher-content EX. It's a Special Edition without pinstripes or gimmicky stickers. It takes a bunch of content previously only available on the more expensive EX and offers it with LX-like pricing. Honda says the new SE includes $1,100 worth of optional equipment for only $700 more than the Civic LX sedan.

By Joe Bruzek | September 17, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Honda Fit Video

Honda's compact hatchback, the Fit, is back for 2015 with a redesign and a host of new entry-level features. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says that "if the last Fit was already a solid effort, this one is a must-drive for anyone shopping small cars." Watch the video to learn why.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda Fit: Real-World Cargo Space

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The subcompact Honda Fit is a marvel of space efficiency considering its small exterior dimensions hide an interior that rivals the cargo capacity of larger SUVs. All 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat folded and 16.6 cubic feet with the backseat upright are easy to use with a low cargo load floor and the large dimensions of the cargo opening.

Related: 2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

Redesigned for 2015, the Fit's cargo area is 3.1 inches longer than before, though maximum space is down slightly compared to the previous Fit. A trick up the Fit's sleeve is the front seat's ability to recline all the way and fit cargo up to 7 feet 9 inches long. See how well the 2015 Fit handles common cargo below.

By Joe Bruzek | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

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