Honda Announces 2015 HR-V SUV

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Honda, an automaker known for its small-car portfolio, is introducing a compact SUV named the HR-V. Honda says the HR-V will feature a spacious and versatile interior helped by a center-mounted fuel tank for additional passenger room, like the Fit with which the HR-V shares its platform. Also like the Fit, the HR-V receives Honda's Magic Seat front passenger seat capable of folding completely flat for increased storage space.

The HR-V will be positioned below the CR-V in both price and size, according to Honda, and will be the entry point to Honda's light truck lineup — the 2014 CR-V starts at $23,775 with destination. When it goes on sale this winter, it will compete with the Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke.

Otherwise, we won't know much more about the HR-V until later this year.

By Joe Bruzek | April 17, 2014 | Comments (10)

Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

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Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.

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To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 14, 2014 | Comments (10)

Honda Boosts 2015 Fit's Gas Mileage

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The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit receives a much-needed fuel economy boost over the outgoing model's wimpy 31 mpg combined rating with automatic transmission. For 2015, Honda bumps the Fit's EPA ratings as high as 36 mpg combined (33/41 mpg city/highway) on LX trim levels with the optional automatic transmission.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

New engine and transmission technology unlock the improved mileage now that the engine uses direct injection and a new continuously variable automatic transmission, which replaces a conventional five-speed automatic. Don't do the CVT cringe just yet, however; Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays was impressed by the Fit's drivability with the CVT in his review of the 2015.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Honda Fit Review

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If you liked the outgoing Honda Fit, you'll likely love the redesigned-for-2015 hatchback, which brings more power and passenger space, along with a new continuously variable automatic transmission. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Fit forgoes its buglike look for a Civic-like appearance. Healthy increases in horsepower and torque make the Fit a better fit for highway maneuvers, while the interior has some decent features for its entry-level price. Legroom improves for backseat passengers, but at the expense of cargo space. Read Mays' review below.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | April 9, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Honda Fit To Start at $16,315

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The Honda Fit has been one of the most successful subcompacts in the U.S. market. Its size, standard list of features and sizable cargo area make it feel like a substantial car for shoppers in the segment. For 2015, the Fit has been completely redesigned, but the prices have gone up minimally compared to the outgoing model.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

The starting price of the base LX model is $16,315, including a destination charge. That's with a six-speed manual transmission. Adding a continuously variable automatic transmission ratchets up the price by $800 to $17,115. Both prices are $100 more than the 2013 Honda Fit base model with a manual or an automatic. Honda points out that added features for the 2015 model at this trim level — a standard backup camera, spoiler, center armrest, automatic headlights and more — outweigh the price change.

The 2014 Toyota Yaris four-door starts at $16,265, including destination, but comes with a four-speed automatic transmission standard. The 2014 Nissan Versa Note has less standard equipment than the Fit, but its starting price is considerably less at $14,800, including destination with a five-speed manual transmission.

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

2014 Honda Pilot Photo Gallery

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The 2014 Honda Pilot finished sixth in our $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge. "The Pilot remains a roomy option for passengers and cargo, but the overall package is becoming less appealing as it ages," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below to inspect the Pilot's styling, interior and family-friendliness.

By David Thomas | April 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Honda Civic Review

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Honda's compact car is no stranger to refreshes, and the model-year 2014 update, the Civic's third in three years, offers some appealing new features and an exterior styling face-lift for the coupe. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Civic remains one of the best-equipped and priciest small cars on the market. Check out the review for more.

2014 Honda Civic Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Honda Civic

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 9,816 model-year 2014 versions of the Honda Civic LX sedan and coupe; only vehicles manufactured from Nov. 26, 2013, through Jan. 21, 2014, are affected.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that during the tire mounting process, the tire bead may have gotten pinched between the assembly equipment and the steel wheel rims. This could damage the tire and cause it to leak air, increasing the risk of an accident.

"Honda has not received any warranty claims, field reports or injuries related to this issue," the automaker said in a statement to NHTSA.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace any damaged tires for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda has already started notifying owners. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda's New Touch Display Multimedia System Put To the Test

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The automotive world is in a battle over touch-sensitive controls versus old-fashioned buttons and knobs. Some automakers pull off the new-wave systems well, others not so much. As a group, the editors at Cars.com generally favor some sort of physical buttons to complement the latest in-car technology.

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Honda doesn't seem to agree. Its latest Touch Display Radio is devoid of any physical controls and is featured in one of its most popular cars, the Civic. It also will be rolled out in the redesigned 2015 Fit that goes on sale later this year. How well does it work?

By David Thomas | March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Used Cars for $10K

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Although new cars offer the latest design, tech and safety features, shoppers buy more of their used counterparts: about 2.7 used cars for every new car sold in 2013, according to CNW Marketing Research. It's hard to blame shoppers. The average new car sells for around $30,000. By contrast, the average used car sold in early January 2014 for $10,843 at franchised dealerships (e.g., Bob's Honda) and $9,513 at independent dealerships (e.g., Bob's Used Cars), according to CNW.

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The age of paying $10,000 for a brand-new car is in the rearview mirror. So what are the best used cars for $10,000? We crunched a lot of data, and from a pool of more than 60 candidates, here are our top 10 cars, listed alphabetically.

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (8)

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