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Like a ditzy party animal or an all-out slacker, Honda was late for work. The Japanese automaker went into the office and decided to wage war against the Toyota Prius, only to discover that Toyota has moved on from the model they were aiming for.

The weapon that Honda has chosen in the green wars is the new 2010 Honda Insight, a sloped-nosed four-door hybrid that looks about the same as the Prius, just cheaper. Honda’s aim with this new car was to take away Toyota’s customers by offering 41 miles per gallon without the premium price tag.

We had a chance to drive the new Insight for a weekend and our test car was around $20,000, well below the Honda Civic Hybrid and the last generation Prius.

Seems too good be true? Honda is offering the same sort of thing that you get in the Toyota, but at a price that is far more affordable for the masses. Amazing.

Sadly, it’s not as good as you might think. Toyota has moved on from the Prius that Honda’s fighting and created an all-new version that’s massively better. The new model is capable of 50 miles per gallon, a number that will let Toyota keep it’s standing as the most fuel-efficient car in the United States. At least for now.

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Midsize sedans are the bread and butter cars of most companies. Yet, even if typical bread and butter may seem like a bland food, that doesn’t stop these cars from being stylish, sporty, and fun to drive.

The best selling cars in the country are midsize sedans and the best selling cars for most automakers are their sedan offerings. The midsize sedan offers practicality without the reputation crushing style of a minivan.

At least, that’s what they want you to think.

The Toyota Camry was once the most popular car in the world and a year ago, the Camry’s annual American sales typically exceeded the total annual new car sales in the average European country.

There are many choices for car buyers and that allows people to demand many different things from these four door cars. Some people buy them as family cars, opting for more room over a compact sedan, without sacrificing small car handling and fuel economy. Other people like a bigger car over a smaller one and then there’s people who prefer the Honda Accord to the Civic because it has a bigger presence on the road. The larger car makes you feel safer and more secure during highway travel.

These are our top ten midsize cars under $30,000.

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Honda has unveiled an exceptional video that pays tribute to the legendary NSX supercar . Turn up your volume, sit back, and enjoy! The next six minutes will represent pure art.

The NSX was launched in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show as a mid-engine sports car prototype. In 1990 the car went on sale on the US market, and only one year after that it won the Car of the Year award (in 1991).

The model launched in 1990 was powered by a naturally aspirated V6 engine with an output of 270 hp and a top speed of 168 mph. Honda discontinued production of the NSX in 2005. However there are rumors saying that Honda is already preparing a successor for the supercar and that it will be revealed in 2011 and will be powered by a V8 engine.

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For those of us who don’t want to drive around town in a vehicle the size of a train, there have always been small cars to keep us happy. They have gone through many changes since they first became popular during the gas crisis. No longer is it acceptable to just be small and fuel efficient, as the automotive buying public demands much more out of these tiny vehicles.

Today’s modern small car has to be quick and fun to drive, while also having plenty of room inside the cabin. If the car doesn’t manage over 30 miles per gallon then it’s a big disappointment. Not to mention looks. A small car needs to look good as well as not be completely boring to look at everyday.

We have compiled a list of the top ten best small cars on the market in the United States and, like always, we have one rule; the price needs to be under $20,000. That should give us plenty to choose from.

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The European Honda Insight is getting a makeover inside and out. Honda has announced that it will update the suspension and the interior trim of the hybrid. These minor changes come after it has been on sale for just 18 months.

Many have complained about the Insight’s poor handling and ride, so Honda will adjust the recoil rate of the springs, as well as the rear camber angles. The Japanese automaker says that these changes will help the ride quality of the hybrid hatchback.

Inside the car, the interior materials and color selections have been updated to give it a better feel and look. Some of the plastics have been changed and the seat trim colors have been updated. Having spent a week driving the Insight, we feel these changes are much needed.

There are new chrome accents around the air vents and the EX model will come with leather and a satnav system.

We hope to see these changes come to North America, but we have no official word yet.

Source: LeftLaneNews
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The Honda Accord has been the Iron Man of the midsize sedan market for generations. Now, with the great Accord name on the back, Honda has created an all-new version of the family sedan. Meet the Accord Crosstour, which adds a touch of modern versatility and a premium ride to the Accord lineup.

The Crosstour is Honda’s take on the swoopy five-door coupe-like crossover that seems to be making its rounds in the automotive world. So, is the new Crosstour good enough to be called an Accord?

If you think this design is new then you would be quite mistaken. The 2010 Accord Crosstour is just another five-door utility in the market. BMW has the X6 , Toyota has the Venza , and Acura has the ZDX.

Amazingly, despite being nearly the same company, the Acura ZDX is not at all similar to the Crosstour. The ZDX is based on a truck chassis, while the Crosstour is pure Accord.

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Mugen unveiled today a new tuning package for the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid. Called the ’Hybrid Advanced Sports’, the new tuning package includes aerodynamic body kits, engine tuning components, suspension, braking, and interior upgrades.

The aerodynamic parts include a new rear spoiler, diffuser, and new alloy wheel options. As for the engine, Mugen did not release any new numbers, but we expect to see an impressive boost. We do know that the package includes a new suspension and a new brake system.

As a reminder, Mugen unveiled the first tuning package for the CR-Z back in February. It included front and rear aprons, a large roof-mounted wing, side skirts, rear diffuser, a new grille with LED daytime running lights, and a variety of 17-inch alloy wheel designs. The interior got new carbon fiber mirror, unique gear lever knobs, and floor mats.

More details will be unveiled for the ’Hybrid Advanced Sports’ at a later date.

Honda unveiled today details on the 2011 Ridgeline pick-up. For 2011 it will be offered in three trim levels: RT, RTL and RTS, all available with standard anti-lock brakes; VSA; brake assist; advanced multiple-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s SRS airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System(OPDS); two-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; front seat active head restraints; a tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.

For 2011 Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a total of 250 HP at 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 15/20/17.

The Ridgeline integrates an independent suspension with MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link with trailing arm design in the rear. The VSA system with active yaw control monitors lateral (cornering) stability and can integrate traction control, four-wheel drive, anti-lock braking, throttle control and stability control functions by modulating brake power at each wheel and controlling throttle input.

Press release after the jump.

The Honda Civic has remained completely unchanged ever since 2005, but things are going to change. The change will begin with the next generation that will be revealed at the end of 2012 and will go on sale as a 2013 model. With the next Civic, Honda will focus on reducing consumption and emissions while improving the current details of equipment and interior finish, all without harming the sale price.

Honda engineers are already testing the future generation, but the car is well hidden under the body of the current model. Even so, it is known that the 2013 Civic will get a CR-Z inspired exterior design although it will keep the same dimensions as the current generation.

Under the hood there will be a new generation of the low emission three-cylinder engine and a hybrid version featuring the same powertrain as the CR-Z: a 1.5-liter petrol engine assisted by an electric motor that delivers a total of 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque.

Source: CarAndDriver

Honda has announced that the new CR-Z hybrid sports car will go on sale in August at a price starting below $20K. They have also announced that the CR-Z will not get an SI or electric version. Want to hear some more bad news? Well, sorry, you have to hear it anyway. There will be no federal tax credit on the sporty hybrid coupe: "No. The limit per car company is 60,000 hybrids, and we passed that long ago."

The CR-Z will be offered in three trim levels: CR-Z, CR-Z EX, and CR-Z EX Navi. When asked about a SI version, John Mendel, Honda’s U.S. executive vice president of sales said: "Nothing official." He said the same thing about an electric version: "I don’t think that there’s [sic] plans to make this vehicle a pure electric. I wouldn’t say that we believe that the pure EV or BEV [battery-electric vehicle] will flop in the U.S. It depends upon the application. If you talk about longer charging times and limited range, it speaks to a different usage than a 150-miles-per-day commuter would require."

The Honda hybrid sports coupe is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor that deliver a combined output of 122 HP and 128 lbs-ft. The engine is linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

Source: Inside Line

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