2015 Honda Pilot: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New Special Edition model slots between the EX and EX-L

Price change: $200 increase on returning models

On sale: Now

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

Once Honda slaps a "Special Edition" label on one of its vehicles, a redesigned model can't be far behind. Honda historically introduces SE models a year or so before it launches a new generation. Because the Pilot's upscale cousin, the Acura MDX, was redesigned for 2014, expect a new version of the Pilot SUV for 2016.

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The Special Edition adds to the EX trim level's equipment with pewter gray aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, satellite radio and a DVD rear entertainment system. SE base prices are $33,120 with front-wheel drive and $34,720 with all-wheel drive, not including the $830 destination charge, or $1,000 more than an EX.

By Rick Popely | June 11, 2014 | Comments (4)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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After what seemed like an eternity at No. 1, the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover finally toppled as the 2014 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck climbed to the mountaintop on our list of most-read reviews. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Honda Ridgeline
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2014 Mini Hardtop
4. 2015 Subaru WRX STI
5. 2014 Honda CR-V
6. 2014 BMW 328d
7. 2014 Subaru Outback
8. 2014 Cadillac ELR
9. 2014 Subaru Forester
10. 2014 Infiniti Q50

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | June 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Honda Ridgeline Review

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"Offering some pickup truck utility with the ride, handling and fuel economy of a minivan, the Honda Ridgeline sounds like it should be a hit, but its awkward styling and an embarrassingly outdated interior have kept it from being one," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman. Check out the review for more.

2014 Honda Ridgeline Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Accord Continues To Be a Real Steal for Thieves

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For the fifth year, automotive tracking-device manufacturer LoJack has released its Vehicle Theft Recovery Report, and once again, the Honda Accord ranks as the most stolen and most recovered car. That's not really a surprise, as the Accord is also consistently one of the top-selling cars, so there are more of them out there to swipe. The same goes for much of LoJack's top 10, six of which were among the 10 best-selling vehicles of 2013, including the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry and Corolla, and Chevrolet Silverado at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively, and the Nissan Altima at No. 9.

Honda Accord Still Most Popular Car to Steal

What is a surprising, however, is the continued appearance of the Acura Integra on the list of most stolen and recovered cars. The Integra was last available in the U.S. as a sedan or coupe for the 2001 model year. It clocks in at No. 6 (down two spots since last year) and is followed by the Cadillac Escalade at No. 7, the Ford F-350 at No. 8 and the Chevrolet Tahoe at No. 10.

By Matt Schmitz | May 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2014 Honda Odyssey

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 24,889 model-year 2014 Honda Odyssey minivans.

The Problem: A shorting coupler, an electrical component in the side curtain airbag system, must be replaced. During assembly of the electrical coupler for the side curtain airbag on the passenger's side of the vehicle, it is possible that the shorting terminal, which is used to prevent deployment of the airbag before it is assembled into the vehicle, may have been damaged. This may cause the supplemental restraint system indicator to illuminate and prevent the side curtain airbag from deploying in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. Honda said no crashes or injuries have been reported, and the problem was discovered through warranty repairs.

The Fix: The automaker will begin notifying owners by mail on May 16, and dealers will replace the shorting coupler for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or visit www.recalls.honda.com for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

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 (11)

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 (10)

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 (9)

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)

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