Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

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Tether anchors, a critical part of a car's Latch system, often go unused by parents and caregivers. In sedans, where the tether anchors are easy to find on the rear shelf behind the head restraints, they're used only 52 percent of the time, according to one study. In pickup trucks, where the anchors are difficult to locate, that number drops significantly.

Related: Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks

In a 2014 study of tether anchor use and misuse conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it found that parent volunteers with car-seat-installation experience had the most problems correctly using the loop-style tether anchors found in some pickup trucks. These volunteers installed the tether strap correctly only 11 percent of the time in the trucks. In other cars, volunteers used the tether anchor correctly 57 percent of the time.

While many may not consider a pickup truck a family vehicle, the full-size versions make easy work of hauling three kids in car seats. To help truck-owning parents, caregivers and prospective parents, we've combed through owner's manuals and crawled through pickup trucks to show the different styles of tether anchors and how to correctly use them.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

Honda Trims Civic Production Amid Dealer Glut

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Shopping for a Honda Civic? You might have fewer cars to choose from over the next few weeks. Supply disruptions prompted Honda to announce production cuts at two plants — one in Indiana, another in Canada — by 5,000 cars next week, the Associated Press reports via U.S. News & World Reports. It comes on the heels of Honda cutting production by 20,000 cars at five North American plants this past week. Most of the cuts were Civic compacts, a Honda spokesman told AP.

Related: 2015 Honda Civic: What's Changed

Cutting 25,000 cars is significant when you consider that Honda's U.S. and Canadian plants built 35,802 Civics in January, according to Automotive News. The good news for car shoppers, however, is that dealers have more Civics than they know what to do with right now.

Low gas prices sapped demand for the fuel-efficient compact, and sales fell 14.3 percent in January. Honda began February with a 118-day supply of Civics on dealer lots or in the pipeline — way more than the industry's 82-day average. The glut continues today: Cars.com lists some 62,000 new Civics on dealer lots, or about as much inventory as the Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus combined.

By Kelsey Mays | February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)

Does The 2016 Honda Pilot Look Too Much Like Other Crossovers?

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There's no doubt that Honda did a terrific job in redesigning its family-focused three-row crossover. The new Pilot will go on sale this summer and rejoins a competitive field, including strong-sellers such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Related: The 2016 Honda Pilot Could Be the Ultimate Family Car

We were impressed by just how significantly Honda departed from the previous generation's boxy yet unique look. The new styling seems like it will maintain the previous Pilot's standout visibility.

The 2016's design diverges from its past, and it now looks like it has been assimilated into stereotypical suburbia styling. See how closely the 2016 Pilot resembles two of its future competitors.

By David Thomas | February 18, 2015 | Comments (9)

The 2016 Honda Pilot Could Be the Ultimate Family Car

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We like to think we know the family-car shopper. Besides our diligence in checking just how well child-safety seats fit in new vehicles, we also happen to be a staff with a lot of kids of various ages at home. That's one of the reasons the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, unveiled at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, is so interesting to us.

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To be a great family car — like the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, winner of Cars.com's Family Car of the Year — it needs to not only handle all the kids' wants and needs, but also take care of the adults. After all, it's important that Mom or Dad remain sane on even the shortest drives.

By David Thomas | February 16, 2015 | Comments (16)

2016 Honda Pilot Photo Gallery (53 Photos)

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Honda's three-row SUV is almost unrecognizable for 2016. Gone are the Pilot's trucky styling and blocky shape; in its place are sleek lines and a stylish face.

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Inside, more family-friendly features should keep the kids happy, and a slew of standard safety features are sure to be a hit with parents. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (32)

2016 Honda Pilot Video

Honda's three-row SUV gets a huge makeover for 2016. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays highlights the many changes, including sleeker styling outside, a new multimedia system inside and a host of additional family-friendly features.

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The new Pilot will go on sale this summer. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Inside the New 2016 Honda Pilot

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There was a moment at the unveiling of the last-generation Honda Pilot during the 2008 North American International Auto Show that stuck with me all these years: The cover came off the truck, and the crowd was silent. Honda executive John Mendel then asked the assembled journalists, "Well, what do you think?" expecting applause - but getting only continued silence. Honda had turned the Pilot from an attractive, wedgelike machine into a big-eyed, upright box. It didn't hurt sales much, with Pilot still selling well, but a recent roundup of three-row crossovers has shown that the Pilot has been soundly passed by the competition in many areas.

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Honda is looking to remedy that with this, the new and thoroughly redone 2016 Pilot, and at first glance it looks like Honda has crafted a winner. Styling is even more appealing than the first-generation Pilot, with a sleekness that wears the smaller CR-V's overall look but with better proportions and heft.

By Aaron Bragman | February 12, 2015 | Comments (5)

2016 Honda Pilot: First Look

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Competes with: Hyundai Santa Fe, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer

Looks like: A pumped-up Honda CR-V

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 engine, six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmission, optional all-wheel drive

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Honda's big SUV got a huge styling change when it went from the sleek, angular first-generation model to the boxy, not-so-attractive second-generation model. For 2016, it's coming full circle — the redesigned Pilot got a very stylish update for the 2016 model year.

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The new Pilot is longer than the one it replaces, which increases interior room — something the previous model didn't exactly lack, being one of the few three-row SUVs on the market that could accommodate three child seats across the second row. The field has changed a lot since the Pilot was last redone in 2008, with competitors all having received at least one update in the time the Pilot has soldiered on unchanged, but now the new Pilot has arrived to up Honda's game in this hot-selling segment.

By Aaron Bragman | February 12, 2015 | Comments (9)

2015 Honda Fit Earns NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

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For 2015, the redesigned Honda Fit has something to brag about: improved safety ratings. The subcompact hatchback received a five-star overall safety rating out of five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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It also earned five stars in NHTSA's front and side-impact crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. That's an improvement over the 2013 Fit's NHTSA crash tests where it received four stars out of five across all the tests.

It's no surprise that the 2015 Fit earned better crash-test scores than the previous generation; the automaker made structural modifications designed to enhance its safety scores. Honda revised the 2015 Fit's bumpers with upgraded steel bars under the plastic covers after production started.

By Jennifer Newman | February 2, 2015 | Comments (1)

Government Forces New Airbag Recall For 2.12 Million Vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix a defect it says was not properly remedied under a previous recall. Airbags can inadvertently deploy in 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac and Toyota vehicles, increasing the risk of an injury.

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NHTSA says this campaign will provide owners with a new remedy after the manufacturers' original attempts to fix the defects proved ineffective.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

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