2016 Honda HR-V: More Photos


If Goldilocks were shopping for a small Honda and found the CR-V compact crossover "too big!" and the Fit subcompact hatchback "too small!" she might find the all-new 2016 HR-V "just right!" Slotting below the CR-V, the HR-V, which bows this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, wears a sportier, more rounded look than its right-angled siblings, in addition to a more aggressive-looking mug.

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Interior space is competitive with larger vehicles both in passenger and cargo room. That versatile spaciousness is complemented by Honda's Magic Seat, which folds completely flat to free up more cargo room in the front passenger position.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Honda HR-V Photo Gallery (27 Photos)


Subcompact SUVs are all the rage these days with new entries from Jeep, Chevrolet and Fiat; Honda won't be left out of the party with its new-for-2016 HR-V. Based on the subcompact Fit hatchback, it slots below the CR-V in size and shares its powertrain with the Civic. 

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Despite its tiny footprint, Honda says the HR-V will offer loads of passenger and cargo room inside thanks to the crossover's center-mounted fuel tank, which opens up room in the cabin, and the Magic Seat front passenger seat, which can fold completely flat for increased storage space.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Honda HR-V: Up Close


If there's one thing Honda does well, it's making small, comfortable and efficient vehicles. The automaker's new small crossover, the 2016 HR-V, should do just fine.

As traditionally "small" SUVs and crossovers have gotten bigger and bigger, space underneath the Honda CR-V has opened up and Honda thinks it can fill it. Taking a page from Subaru's playbook in which it created a smaller, smarter entry under the Forester with the XV Crosstrek, Honda's "smaller can be better" strategy could fit buyers looking for a little bit of cargo room and efficient transportation.

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The HR-V uses the Civic's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine along with a continuously variable automatic transmission or optional six-speed manual transmission. The manual is not available on all-wheel-drive models.

The HR-V is based on the Fit but has more stylish front and rear styling, as well as a familial grille and shape. The rear of the vehicle is rather nondescript with a clamshell hatch offering access to a fairly deep rear deck and 60/40-split rear seats. The rear bumper acts as the only impediment for lifting heavy or bulky boxes into the rear cargo area.

By Mark Williams | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda HR-V: First Look


Competes With: Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke

Looks Like: The CR-V's smaller, much sportier looking sibling

Drivetrain: 138-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder; continuously variable automatic or six-speed manual transmission; two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive

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What's bigger than the Honda Fit subcompact hatchback but smaller than the Honda CR-V compact crossover? Sliding into the tiny space between the automaker's popular compacts is the new-for-2016 HR-V.

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Honda calls the HR-V a multidimensional vehicle and promises "fun-to-drive performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings and unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility," it said in a statement. It debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Honda Accord Photo Gallery

2015 Honda Accord

The 2015 Honda Accord finished eighth in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge. "Our winner from last time still has a number of strengths, such as roominess, general comfort and drivability. Like many top-selling sedans, it does little to offend — or impress," said one of our judges. Check out our Accord photo gallery below.

Click on any image for a larger version.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | November 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V Real-World Cargo Space


Honda's compact crossover got some exterior styling and powertrain updates for 2015, but one thing that didn't change is the CR-V's roomy cargo area, though an optional new power liftgate joins the lineup this year.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V: First Drive

Behind the rear seats there's still a competitive 35.3 cubic feet of cargo space — plenty of room for some luggage, loads of grocery bags or even a big stroller. Fold the seat down and there's a maximum of 70.9 cubic feet of space. The CR-V long has been one of the largest compact crossovers in the class, and the update for 2015 doesn't change its impressive people- and cargo-carrying skills.

See how well common cargo items fit in the CR-V's cargo area below.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2001-2006 Honda, Acura Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: An unspecified number of model-year 2001-05 Honda Civic cars; 2003-04 Civic compressed natural gas cars and Element crossovers; 2002-05 CR-V crossovers; 2002-04 Odyssey minivans; 2003-05 Accord cars, Pilot crossovers, Civic Hybrid cars and Acura MDX luxury crossovers; 2005 Acura RL luxury sedans; and 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks, all originally sold or registered at any time in areas with high absolute humidity, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. The action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall that has affected nearly 7.8 million vehicles and 10 automakers.

The Fix: Honda will begin notifying owners Nov. 24, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. Honda said most of the vehicles covered by this formal recall were included in a June 2014 "safety improvement campaign." The automaker said the same repair required in that previous campaign — replacement of the passenger-side frontal airbag inflator — applies to all of the vehicles now included in the formal recall; vehicles in which the passenger-side airbag inflator already was replaced under the previous safety campaign are not included in the recall. Honda said the number of vehicles affected has yet to be determined; a call to the automaker for clarification was not immediately returned.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009, 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 | November 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect


If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda Accord: Car Seat Check


Beyond some safety and convenience features being made more widely available in the lineup, the affordable and reliably comfortable Honda Accord has scarcely changed for the 2015 model year. By and large, that's a good thing, at least where it concerns child-safety seats. The five-seat midsize family sedan's scores in our latest Car Seat Check were identical to those of the 2014 version, which got dinged for front-passenger legroom with the infant seat, and floppy seat belt bases.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?


This week saw the latest expansion of airbag recalls that began 18 months ago from Japanese supplier Takata Corp. and is now linked to at least four deaths. As of today, the recall affects some 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. from 10 automakers based in three continents. The bulk of them — 5 million — are from Honda. Takata issued a statement earlier this year that noted the incidents of airbag malfunction — where a faulty inflator can send metal and plastic shrapnel into occupants if the front passenger airbag deploys in a crash — have occurred in warm areas like Florida and Puerto Rico, and it suspects that high humidity plays a role in the problem. Returned airbags from Toyota confirmed as much, USA Today reports.

Related: NHTSA Urges Quick Fix of Defective Airbags

USA Today reports most owners should have already received recall notices by now, and some automakers — namely, Toyota and BMW — have advised keeping the front passenger seat clear of occupants until a dealer inspects the car for a faulty inflator and, if there is one, replaces it.

What cars have been recalled? And what should you do if you get a notice? We've compiled everything we know so far below:

By Kelsey Mays | October 23, 2014 | Comments (10)

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