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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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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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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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HondaLens Augmented Reality - The Future of the Dealership Experience

HondaLens Augmented Reality - The Future of the Dealership Experience

There’s no going back from virtual reality as Honda pioneers a new level of dealership engagement

Honda has high hopes for the all-new 2018 Accord, so it’s taking the car’s dealership experience to a whole new level with a new feature called HondaLens. The augmented reality (AR) feature puts prospective customers in a unique position of seeing the Accord and its features in a whole new light, literally and figuratively. The proprietary system made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in grand fashion. Those in attendance were given an opportunity to peak into the history of one of Honda’s best-selling models before diving deep into the array of features that the tenth-generation Accord has at its disposal.

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2017 Honda Civic SI

2017 Honda Civic SI

The Si returns to fill the void between the Civic Touring and the Civic Type R

The Honda Civic has always been a go-to for tuners everywhere, but more recently, the Civic hasn’t exactly been praised for its looks or design. All of that changed with the introduction of the 10th-generation model, and now we’ll be blessed not only with a new, track-ready Civic Type R, but a Civic Si in coupe and sedan form as well. Slated to launch in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Civic Si was unveiled to the world in a near-production-ready form at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which means it gives us a very good idea of what to expect when the road-going model officially debuts. As a production model, the new Civic Si will spot a 1.5-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-banger that utilizes dual variable valve timing and mates to a six-speed manual transmission. Performance figures are unknown at this point, but Honda says the standard engine is both “high-performance and high-torque” Furthermore, it will come with active damper and steering systems, limited-slip differential, and 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. A factory performance aero kit that has front and rear splitters will help tie together the package that is the Civic Si.

The best part about the new Civic Si is that it maintains its own unique design compared to the standard road-going Civics and the Type R hatchback that broke the internet when it debuted. When it came to an Si model, we all kind of expected to see a lot of Type R styling in a coupe or sedan body form, but Honda did things right and gave the Si its own identity. If you like good performance and awesome looks without having to go hatchback, the Civic Si Coupe or Sedan will definitely be for you.

With that said, let’s talk about the upcoming model and what we can predict about it based on the prototype that Honda brought to the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Honda Brings Civic Si Prototype to Los Angeles, Confirms 2017 Launch

Honda Brings Civic Si Prototype to Los Angeles, Confirms 2017 Launch

It will hit the market in both coupe and sedan body styles

Originally created as the range-topping performance model of the Honda Civic, but superseded by the Type R in the mid-1990s, the Civic Si is about to get a major update and adopt the redesigned exterior and drivetrain of the tenth-generation model. Set to hit the market in 2017 in both coupe and sedan body styles, the new Civic Si made its debut in prototype form at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Described as a vehicle that closely previews the production model, the prototype wears a full Factory Performance aero kit, including front and rear splitters, rear spoiler, a center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher, and 19-inch, 10-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. Shown in coupe form only, the Civic Si displayed at the American car show is finished in a sporty looking Rallye Red Pearl.

The interior of the Si also bridges the gap between the standard model and the Type R. The show car features Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching and logos. The red stitching carries through to the door panels, steering wheel, and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The cabin also features a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals, and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim

So far so good, but what about the drivetrain? Honda says that the Si gets its juice from a higher performance version of the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine equipped with dual variable cam timing, but doesn’t say a word about. But, given that the standard unit cranks out 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet, the Si could have close to 200 horses. The turbocharged engine mates to a six-speed manual transmission for a more exhilarating experience, while a new active damper system, active steering system, and limited-slip differential enhance the car’s racing skills.

Both the Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will launch next year. A specific table is not yet available, but it should arrive before the track-ready Civic Type-R.

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Honda to Debut the New Civic Si at the L.A. Auto Show

Honda to Debut the New Civic Si at the L.A. Auto Show

Honda says yes to the mid-range Si

Sport compact fans have been blessed with a ton of fantastic products over the last few years, with models like the Subaru WRX, Volkswagen Golf R, Toyota 86, Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Sport, and Mazda MX-5 all proving that big fun can be had in small packages. Joining the party is the new Civic Type R, which just debuted in prototype guise at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Stateside buyers will be happy to know that the ‘Ring-storming, R’d-out tenth-gen Civic will indeed make it to U.S. dealers, but what if you want something a little less over the top? Honda has an answer, and it’s called the Civic Si. For now, details on the mid-ranger are still under wraps, but that’ll soon change, as it was just confirmed that the new Civic Si will make its formal public debut next month at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Breaking the news (perhaps unintentionally) is a single line in a recent L.A. Auto Show press release, which lists the Si as of many upcoming debuts slated to drop cover at the event. And while official specs are still forthcoming, a little speculation couldn’t hurt.

First off, we know the powerplant will be turbocharged, and will most likely be the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder currently outfitted on the more pedestrian Civic variants. Those models get 174 horsepower, but we think the Si will sport around 225 ponies, all of which will get routed to the front axle by way of a six-speed manual transmission.

The body style is bit more uncertain, but with the recent reveal of the tenth-gen Civic hatchback, an Si five-door seems likely. Also look for swoopy, sporty styling, with an aggression level somewhere around 5, as opposed to the Type R’s 11.

Major debuts at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show are scheduled to kick off Wednesday, November 16th, continuing into Thursday, November 17. Stay tuned, as we’ll be on the scene bringing you the latest as it happens.

Note: 2014 - 2015 Civic Si shown above.
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2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

The Coupe follows the sedan in its 10th generation improvements

It’s no secret that the Honda Civic has had a bit of a rough patch, with the past few generations not being received as well as expected in the public eye, with the ninth-gen being so bad, that the entire generational cycle lasted no more than four years. All of that changed when Honda showed up to the 2015 New York Auto Show with the 2015 Civic Coupe Concept – a model that previewed the upcoming tenth-gen coupe. By the time the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off, Honda was ready to show the world the production version of the tenth-gen coupe and boy did it impress. To put it simply, Honda came correct with a new aggressive exterior design, a refined and beautiful looking interior, and two new engines that are borrowed from the Civic Sedan. More important, however, is the fact that the new Civic Coupe gets that 1.5-liter, turbocharged, four-banger, making this generation the first to come with forced induction straight from the factory.

The generation evolution of the Civic Coupe couldn’t come at a better time for Honda. The competition in the compact coupe segment is spread somewhat thin, but the offerings available are stronger than ever. By the time 2017 models hit showrooms, Toyota will have an all-new Toyota 86 and Subaru the BRZ (originally the FR-S prior to the discontinuation of Scion,) and Kia will have the updated Forte Koup. If you set price and horsepower aside and focus purely on aesthetics and functionality, the new Civic could even compete with more luxurious models like the BMW 2 Series or the Mercedes C-Class Coupe in their entry-level forms.

Okay, so comparing a Civic against a Bimmer of Merc might be a little bit of a reach, but we’ll talk more about that later on. For now, let’s dive in and take a look at the new Civic and everything that it brings to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe.

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2013 Honda FCEV Concept

2013 Honda FCEV Concept

After a very short tease, Honda unveiled the new FCEV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept hints at futuristic and aerodynamic design of a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle set for release in 2015 in the U.S and Japan, with a European release to follow later.

As you can see the concept features an ultra-aerodynamic body and a design language that takes the current FCX one step forward. It offers interior room for five passengers and will be powered by a new powertrain.

According to Honda, when the production version will arrive in 2015, it will be the first vehicle in the world to feature a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle. This new powertrain will deliver a 60% increase in power density - up to 3kW/L and will ensure a driving range of more than 300 miles of with a quick refueling time of about three minutes.

Updated 11/21/2013: The new Honda FCEV Concept made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. With the occasion we’ve updated this review with the official details, images and a promo video.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Honda FCX Clarity.

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2013 Honda Civic Coupe

2013 Honda Civic Coupe

The 2013 Honda Civic Coupe made its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sporting significant changes to the exterior and interior, the Civic Coupe aims to impress the younger buyers that are seeking an exciting 2-door coupe on a budget.

"Our industry has never been more competitive or fast changing, and a significant refresh of Civic, America’s best-selling compact car, just one model year after its debut as an all-new model shows true speed to market," said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of Sales. "Our corporate direction is to provide our customers with great products with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions. There is no better example of this direction than today’s introduction of the 2013 Honda Civic."

With strong words like those, Honda is obviously adamant on continuing Civic ‘s success in the U.S. market. For the success of any vehicle, the design, powertrain and the price must impress buyers – lip service just won’t do. Does the Honda Civic Coupe impress us?

Click past the jump to find out in our review.

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2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge Competitors Announced

2012 LA Auto Show Design Challenge Competitors Announced

Back in September, Los Angeles Auto Show organizers announced the theme for this year’s Design Challenge contest: contenders needed to design a law enforcement car for the year 2025. Today, they have finally announced the six competitors coming from BMW, General Motors, Honda (two entries), Mercedes-Benz and Subaru.

BMW’s entry will be the E-Patrol (Human-Drone Pursuit Vehicle), which is a concept built on a modular structure with three different drones. In the case of a pursuit in heavy traffic, the patrol officer can deploy either the flying drone or one of the single-wheel drones to chase the suspect and report back to the officer.

General Motors entered the contest with a Volt Squad — a three-vehicle fleet designed around the concept of observe, pursue and engage. Honda has two entries for 2012: the CHP Drone Squad, a vehicle-based-system for 2025, which is designed to work efficiently and seamlessly in the harsh environment of California highways. Honda’s second entry is the "CHiPs" 2025 Traffic Crawler, a vehicle that has the ability to adjust to changes in the traffic environment.

Mercedes is entering the contest with Ener-G-Force, a vehicle based on the G-Class and designed as an environmentally friendly SUV. And finally Subaru’s entry is the SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) highway patrol vehicles. They are capable of providing an innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection and rapid emergency response.

The winner of the contest will be announced on November 25.

Click past the jump to read the press release on each vehicle.

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2013 Honda Civic Sedan

2013 Honda Civic Sedan

Just like with the recently announced Honda Accord, the ninth generation Civic also received its first update and changes include a completely revised front and rear exterior styling, improved interior, while the 1.8-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine remains unchanged. The model made its world debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be put on sale on November 29 at a stating price of $18,165.

On the exterior the 2013 Civic has received a more youthful and premium styling with an an all-new hood, updated grille, a new rear bumper design and new rear trunk lid. The interior has also being revised with soft-top materials and new technologies, while the list of safety features is being more impressive than ever and will include as a first in the compact segment standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

While under the hood the engine remains unchanged, Honda has added a new high fuel efficiency "HF" version that delivers an impressive fuel economy of 41 mpg on the highway.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Honda Civic.

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2012 Honda Intelligent Horse: "High Noon"

2012 Honda Intelligent Horse: "High Noon"

Honda’s story for their concept vehicle, the IH (Intelligent Horse), takes us to futuristic world of the wild, wild west. We swear they make some sense out of this eventually.

The setting is hundreds of years into the future in a world that has been disrupted by the impact of a gigantic comet. After the impact of Armageddon, the remaining survivors needed a vehicle that will not only serve as their companion, but also as their protector in an inhospitable environment.

Drawing from history, they created a vehicle that was inspired from a now mythical creature - the horse. Take note that this is a future setting so we don’t sound ridiculous describing a horse as ’mythical.’

The Honda IH is a concept vehicle thatacts as a life-saver in a comet-ravaged world. Through the advent of technology, the IH uses three critical elements of the future: local production, artificial intelligence, and additive technology. The car is characterized as efficient, lightweight, and strong, and offers plenty of both A.I. technology and nanotechnology. It also carries additive technology, which is being described as a "revolutionary attempt to produce very small or especially very large parts in a more efficient way to save weight and resources while improving the strength and flexibility of the product."

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2012 Honda CR-V

2012 Honda CR-V

The 2012 Honda CR-V has already been seen, more or less, with the official unveiling of the Honda CR-V Concept, so the car unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show brings no surprise for us. For 2012, major enhancements include improved car-like interior comfort, a smoother and quieter ride, and more innovative features.

Th exterior design of the CR-V is a bit more aggressive than the previous model illustrating Honda’s attempt to appeal to a higher end market. Also, the list of standard equipments has been increased quite significantly, while the interior gets new comfort features, convenient integration with personal technology, versatile cargo storage and high-quality materials. Customers will receive Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Pandora internet radio interface, SMS text messaging function, and available DVD Rear Entertainment System and FM Traffic.

Under the hood Honda has placed a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE12/16/2011: Honda has unveiled pricing for the new CR-V, set to debut in U.S. dealers nationwide today. The CR-V prices will range from $22,295 for the CR-V LX 2WD to $28,295 for the luxurious CR-V EX-L AW.

UPDATE 07/26/12: Honda UK has released a new batch of photos of the CR-V, as well as a new walk-around video of the SUV. Check them out!

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2011 Honda Fit EV Concept

2011 Honda Fit EV Concept

Honda has unveiled the Fit EV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept features an all-new plug-in hybrid platform that will be used in Honda’s next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology set to debut in 2012.

The new Fit EV concept is powered by a high-density motor that combines a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor, derived from the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle. This powertrain uses an innovative 3-mode electric drive system which allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal, and Sport to instantly and seamlessly change the driving experience to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration.

The new Honda Fit EV provides an autonomy of 100 miles when fully charged. Battery recharging can be accomplished in less than 12 hours when using a conventional 120-volt outlet, and less than six hours when using a 240-volt outlet.

The EV version is distinguished by unique LED headlights, a chrome front fascia, aerodynamic bumper, clear LED taillights and EV decals. And of course an exclusive Deep Clear Blue Pearl exterior color.

Press release after the jump.

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