Recall Alert: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey


Vehicles Affected: About 886,815 model-year 2005-10 Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured June 23, 2004, through Sept. 4, 2010

The Problem: The fuel pump strainer in these vehicles could deteriorate and allow fuel to leak. This could cause a fire.

"As of March 6, 2014, Honda has received 187 warranty claims for this issue. There have not been any fires or injuries reported," the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Honda will start notifying owners in April, but the automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that parts to permanently fix the issue are not yet available; it expects the parts to be available this summer. Any vehicles that are currently leaking from the fuel pump cover will get an interim replacement cover until the permanent fix can be made.

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 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 16, 2014 | Comments (4)

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2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe Goes on Sale Wednesday With More Power


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By Matt Schmitz | March 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

2013 Honda Civic Versus its Competitors


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For 2013, the Civic gained notable improvements after a half-hearted 2012 redesign. Our yearlong goal with the Civic was to assess those changes against other compact sedans that entered our rotating fleet of manufacturer-provided test cars. Below, see how well the updated Civic performed head-to-head against three of those competitors in the following categories: cabin quality, noise, handling, acceleration, braking, ride, gas mileage, seats and roominess, and multimedia usability.

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What Did it Cost to Own Our 2013 Honda Civic?


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With the exception of the rear end being smashed by another car while our Civic was parked, owning this sedan was as uneventful and predictable as its passing power. Our LX sedan with an automatic transmission required two oil changes, a tire rotation and an inspection, plus we threw a set of wiper blades on the car and had it detailed when a funky smell invaded the interior after a wet spring.

By Joe Bruzek | March 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Honda Civic Coupe: Car Seat Check


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By Jennifer Newman | February 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

Report: Honda Discontinues Insight


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By Joe Bruzek | February 26, 2014 | Comments (12)

Winter Weather Impacts Auto Production Worldwide


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According to the Detroit News, Toyota stopped production Monday at its Takaoka plant, which builds cars including the Corolla and iQ (sold in the U.S. under the Scion brand); the Tsutsumi factory that makes the Prius and Camry; and plants in Motomachi and Tahara. All facilities but Tsutsumi were expected to resume production Tuesday. Honda, meanwhile, suspended work at its Yorii factory near Tokyo after snow affected output Feb. 14 and 15, the Detroit News reported.

By Matt Schmitz | February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Honda Pilot Review


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

2014 Honda CR-V Review


In's Chicago home base, options abound for our famed deep-dish pizza, but one in particular, Giordano's, stuffs enough universally accessible qualities into its pies to make it a down-the-middle crowd pleaser. Therefore, it's the one out-of-towners always seem to know. Well, the best-selling Honda CR-V is the Giordano's of crossovers, and the 2014 version is no exception. reviewer Kelsey Mays touts a sprightly powertrain, improved ride quality, and competitive mileage and cargo space. Could a poor crash-test performance quell buyers' CR-V cravings? Read Mays' review and decide.

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