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5 Reasons Why the 2019 Honda Passport is Better Than the Old One

5 Reasons Why the 2019 Honda Passport is Better Than the Old One

The badge returns after 16 years

Honda just revived the Passport name after 16 years for a brand new SUV that slots between the CR-V and Pilot. Unlike its spiritual predecessor, it isn’t a rebadged Isuzu, but a vehicle designed and engineered by Honda itself. How does it compare with the old model? Well, it’s better in just about every department, which isn’t surprising given that the previous Passport is two decades older. Let’s find out what makes the new Passport a better, modern SUV.

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If You Think the New Honda Passport Looks Good, Wait Until You See it in Person

If You Think the New Honda Passport Looks Good, Wait Until You See it in Person

Honda has unveiled its new Passport crossover designed to slot in its range between the CR-V and the Pilot. It rides on the same underpinnings as the Pilot, but it comes with considerably shorter rear overhang, extra ground clearance, and additional body cladding to make off-roading less stressful.

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Honda Touts The New Passport SUV As its Resident Off-Roader

Honda Touts The New Passport SUV As its Resident Off-Roader

Honda’s shiny new SUV has no problem getting dirty

Honda is under no illusion on how it’s going to market the new Passport SUV. Slotted between the CR-V and the range-topping Pilot, the Passport takes its turn in the spotlight as Honda’s do-it-all SUV, the kind that carries enough space inside for the family and has the performance chops to be the go-anywhere ride that can tackle whatever road surface it finds itself on. The Passport is also rich in add-ons, packages, and accessories, giving all of you a lot of leeway on how to customize your Passports depending on your tastes and preferences. The Passport is on the clock for an early 2020 launch. Honda has yet to give the specifics on a timetable, but it did say that the SUV will be offered in four trim levels, including the range-topping Elite trim. Pricing for the SUV drops closer to launch. Considering where it’s slotted, expect the Passport to cost a little cheaper than the top-level Pilot, which starts at $31,450.

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The Production Version of Honda's Urban EV Could be Your Next Posh Electric City Runabout

The Production Version of Honda’s Urban EV Could be Your Next Posh Electric City Runabout

Series Honda Urban EV already has us excited and intrigued

Honda is testing camouflaged prototypes for the production version of its Urban EV concept, and even with the camo, we can pretty much make out the entire shape of the car and most of its details. Unlike the motor show design study, the production version will have five instead of three doors and several additional detail changes.

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2020 Honda Urban EV

2020 Honda Urban EV

We spoke and Honda listened - The Urban EV is moving into production

It turns out the rumors that Honda was eventually going to put its Urban EV Concept from the 2017 Frankfurt motor show into production were true. Our spies have caught what is, evidently, a camouflaged production prototype of that study and, while it does do away with some of the concept’s craziness, it’s still an interesting and unexpected model.

Back at its motor show debut, the Urban EV concept caused quite a stir with its retro-futuristic styling and all-electric powertrain, although it was probably the former that made it unique. Honda seems to have left the overall design mostly unchanged for the production version, the big difference being that it has grown from a three-door into a five-door.

The concept also had rear-hinged (so-called “suicide”) doors, but this production interpretation seems to have regular doors. Another change over the concept has to do with the shape of the rear lights that are now round as opposed to square, mirroring the shape of the front clusters.

It’s also going to be Honda’s first all-electric vehicle for the European market, but aside from that, it’s also apparently going to be a sold as a kind of premium vehicle (according to some rumors), so it probably won’t necessarily be an affordable supermini/subcompact.

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Idiot Gets Instant Dose of Karma as He's Ran Over by the Honda Accord He Stole During the Police Chase

Idiot Gets Instant Dose of Karma as He’s Ran Over by the Honda Accord He Stole During the Police Chase

We seriously can’t make this stuff up

Isaiah John Gellatly was the unhappiest man in Happy Valley, Oregon, when his attempt at stealing a run of the mill Honda Accord ended with jail time and a broken leg after he was run over by that same Accord.

Yes, that is what actually happened on Monday night in a quiet Oregon neighborhood that was suddenly turned on its head by a police pursuit. While injuries coming as a result of a police pursuit aren’t something that’s unheard of, the way this particular guy got his is what makes the story fit perfectly in a Leslie Nielsen movie.

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1994 - 2002 Honda Passport

1994 - 2002 Honda Passport

The company’s first SUV for the U.S. market

The Honda Passport was the Japanese company’s first entry into the SUV market in the United States. The Passport was born from a partnership between Honda and Isuzu as a badge-engineered version of the Rodeo. The Passport arrived in the U.S. for the 1994 model year, three years after the Isuzu Rodeo. The second-generation model was introduced for 1998 and production came to a halt in 2002.

Launched to compete against the Ford Explorer, Jeep Cherokee, and Nissan Pathfinder, the Passport was Honda’s desperate answer to the SUV craze that was taking off in the U.S. And even though it wasn’t impressively popular back in the day, it gave Honda a good start in the crossover field ahead of the CR-V’s American launch in 1997. The Passport is bound to return for the 2019 model year, so let’s have a closer look at its predecessors from the 1990s and early 2000s.

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The True Inner Working's of Honda's Awesome VTEC System: Video

The True Inner Working’s of Honda’s Awesome VTEC System: Video

VTEC stands for Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control

In the engineering world, Honda is most famous for its creation of VTEC, a system that allows engines to excel at delivering good fuel economy, as well as high-performance all without forced induction. VTEC is really clever, but as the widespread adoption of turbocharging has changed the industry, it is not as important as it used to be - even Honda itself is only using it on the exhaust camshaft of its turbocharged cars these days.

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2019 Honda Passport

2019 Honda Passport

The nameplate returns after 16 years

Discontinued in 2002, the Honda Passport made a comeback for the 2019 model year. Introduced at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the modern Passport fills the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot.

Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the SUV shares many of its underpinnings and drivetrain components with the three-row Pilot and Ridgeline pickup trucks. It has a similar unibody construction, but it’s presented as a more rugged, off-road capable crossover. More importantly, it’s Honda’s very own design and not a rebadge Isuzu, like the old Passport. Unlike other Honda SUVs, it also benefits from a range of accessories, much like Mopar is offering for FCA vehicles. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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Honda Is Reviving the Passport Name Plate for 2019 at the L.A. Auto Show

Honda Is Reviving the Passport Name Plate for 2019 at the L.A. Auto Show

Hopefully it won’t cannibalize into the sales of other Honda SUVs

Honda is all set to bring back the familiar ’Passport" nameplate after going into exile 16 years ago. The Japanese automaker will be using the moniker on its latest SUV that will be unveiled on November 27 at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show. The Passport will be Honda’s sixth offering in the SUVs and light trucks segment after the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey minivan.

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2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda’s first electrified crossover for Europe

Honda’s first electrified crossover for the European market is the new CR-V hybrid which it introduced at the 2018 Paris motor show. It is the second powertrain option that Honda offers on the Old Continent, after the 1.5-liter turbo shown at the Geneva motor show, and it promises decent performance with excellent economy thanks to its combination of a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and two electric motors - it also does away with a conventional gearbox.

Instead, it uses a single fixed-gear ratio that sounds quite similar to what the Koenigsegg Regera uses, albeit in a less fancy package - one gear and plenty of electric boost at lower speeds before the engine starts to pick up. Honda offers the CR-V hybrid in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations with the latter only incurring a minimal fuel efficiency penalty.

The North American version of the vehicle will be nearly identical in terms of specs and look to the one revealed in Paris.

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Honda's Pedal Car Might Be The Coolest Vehicle On Display at SEMA

Honda’s Pedal Car Might Be The Coolest Vehicle On Display at SEMA

I want one, so don’t be ashamed to say that you want one, too

The 2018 SEMA Auto Show was completely lit. Automakers far and wide presented versions of their models in various states of tune. Honda was on-hand at the event, bringing with it a number of Civic Type R concepts, a Ridgeline camper, and the obnoxiously cool Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept. As awesome as they are, none of these concepts caught my attention more than the Honda Pedal Car. It’s probably a side-show attraction at best, but I don’t care, it looks awesome as hell, and I want one stat.

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2018 Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept

2018 Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept

It may not be immediately apparent, but the Honda Open Air Vehicle Concept is actually a Ridgeline-based study that looks like an oversized buggy. Honda doesn’t intend to put it into production, but it does want us to picture ourselves ripping across sand dunes in one of these, and we’re more than happy to oblige because it’s actually a pretty awesome idea.

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2018 Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally

2018 Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally

Honda’s mid-size SUV is more than just a family hauler

The Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally is a mid-size SUV that doubles as an off-road adventure marauder. Created to compete in the 2018 Rebelle Rally, the modified Pilot competed in the Crossover Class, finishing fifth overall behind the driving and guidance of the “Desert Dreamers” team that’s made up of Honda product planner, Ariel Jen, and senior fabricator, Melanie Morimoto. The Pilot Rebelle Rally is headed to the 2018 SEMA Auto Show where Honda plans to showcase the aftermarket possibilities that can happen with its mid-size SUV.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R TCR

2018 Honda Civic Type R TCR

The most extreme Civic Type R, but it’s not road legal

The Honda Civic Type R TCR is a purpose-built racing car for the TCR formula. It is based on the FK7/8 Civic Type R and is built by JAS Motorsport. The car, with all of its 340-horsepower, won the inaugural TCR title in the Pirelli World Challenge this year with driver Ryan Eversley and team RealTime Racing.

Touring car racing has seen many sets of regulations come and go, some more successful than others. We all remember the glorious Group A touring cars such as the BMW M3 (E30) Sport Evolution, the Mercedes-Benz 190E AMG Evo II or the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32. Then there was the Super Touring formula which took the world by storm and became a truly global phenomena spawning regional series all across the globe, including North America where the North-American Touring Car Championship was held for two seasons.

Now, there’s a new platform that’s at the peak of its popularity. It’s called TCR, and it was conceived by Marcello Lotti, head of World Sporting Consulting, as a cost-effective option to the TC1 cars that were used in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

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Watch a Tesla-Powered 2006 Honda S2000 Run a 10-Second Quarter Mile

Watch a Tesla-Powered 2006 Honda S2000 Run a 10-Second Quarter Mile

With such performance on tap, few can miss the high-revving Honda 2.0-liter

If you’re still dreaming of the Honda S2000’s amazing 100-horsepower/liter figure that was an industry benchmark in the sports car class for years, there’s now a new benchmark, at least in the S2000 world. As expected, it’s highly modified but in an unusual way: it sports the drivetrain from a Tesla Model S P100D.

Discontinued back in 2009, the S2000 remained the backbone of many modified rides over the years. This white example, nicknamed "Model S2000", is one of the raddest yet. It’s employing parts from the Tesla Model S and the Chevrolet Volt to tear up the dragstrip and seamlessly tick a quarter-mile time of 10.24 without much hassle. And that’s only the beginning.

Keep on reading to learn more about this cool S2000 EV.

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2018 Honda Civic Deep Orange 9

2018 Honda Civic Deep Orange 9

Clemson University Students Build 600-horsepower Hybrid Civic

Graduate students at Clemson University have completed building one of the coolest Honda Civics you’ll ever see. It still looks like the current Civic, but a lot of what lies under the surface has changed, none more important than the car’s powertrain. No longer is this Civic running solely on a traditional gas engine. It still has one in the form of a 2.0-liter, supercharged, four-cylinder engine, but it also features an electric motor that helps bring the car’s total output to 600 horsepower.

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Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Don’t expect any of these models to go away anytime soon

There is no shortage of car models in the auto industry these days. Some models have gained followings while others have become flashes in the pan. Then there are the titans of the business, the models that have lasted the test of time and have been around, literally, for generations. In the course of their respective lifetimes, these models have evolved in more ways than one, none more evident than their designs. These seven models have been around for so long their designs have evolved considerably from when they first came out. Knowing their place in the business, these models are unlikely to go away anytime soon.

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General Motors and Honda Collaborate On Autonomous Technology

General Motors and Honda Collaborate On Autonomous Technology

This is a big, big partnership that could put the other market players on red alert

A lot of partnerships are arising these days. It’s not just automakers and tech companies, but also automakers and automakers. This time, it’s General Motors and Honda teaming up to take on the world with Autonomous Technology. General Motors and Cruise Automation announced collaboration with Japanese giant, Honda that will seek “large-scale deployment” of technology for autonomous vehicles.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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The Euro-Spec 2019 Honda HR-V Shows Up in Paris with Minor Updates, Turbo V-Tec

The Euro-Spec 2019 Honda HR-V Shows Up in Paris with Minor Updates, Turbo V-Tec

Diesel engine coming too

Revived in 2015 after a nine-year hiatus, the Honda HR-V just went through a mid-cycle update and was brought to the 2018 Paris Motor Show for its European debut. Changes are mild, but keep the crossover fresh for a couple more years.

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2021 Honda Jazz

2021 Honda Jazz

A fourth-gen subcompact from the H Badge

Honda is testing an all-new Jazz subcompact hatchback, also known as the Fit in some markets. It’s the fourth generation for the nameplate and it looks like it will retain the wedge-nosed one-box design of its predecessors, albeit with a slightly sportier design twist.

The camouflaged prototype spotted by our spies reveals quite a lot about the car, which is slated for a reveal no earlier than 2020, since the refreshed version of the current model only came out last year. Aside from the completely new and slightly more rakish-looking body, changes will be made to its powerplant lineup and interior. The hybrid version may share its powertrain with the new Insight.

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