The 2014 Honda Insight is a hatchback hybrid that comes with good handling dynamics and a competitive price. This five-seat, five-door suburban-oriented hatchback is one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market. The most direct competitor of the Insight is the Toyota Prius C, that is similar in concept, size and price. Honda Insight also competes with other non-hybrid cars, like Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta.
The 2014 Honda Insight has front-wheel drive and comes in three trim levels: base, LX and EX. The Insight base comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, automatic climate control, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, driver’s seat height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and a 2-speaker audio system with a CD player.
The Insight LX adds as standard equipment a front center armrest, cruise control and an upgraded 4-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB interface. The 2014 Insight EX adds 15-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. A navigation system with voice controls and a touchscreen, and a rearview camera are available as options for the EX.
The 2014 Honda Insight is powered by a hybrid system that consists of a gasoline engine and an electric motor (a nickel-metal hydride battery pack is also present, of course!). The 1.3-liter in-line four-cylinder engine produces 85 hp and it is paired with a permanent Magnet AC Synchronous electric motor that produces 13 hp and 58 lb-ft of torque. The maximum combined output is 98 hp and 123 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard for the base Insight and LX. The EX comes with a CVT with paddle shifters that basically functions like a regular automatic transmission.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Honda Insight include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, stability control, active front headrests, side curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is a sport three-door two-seat subcompact hybrid hatchback that is unique to the market. The CR-Z is one of the best-performing hybrid car on the market, and it is the spiritual successor of the old CR-X. This car was introduced as a totally new model for 2011, and for 2013 the Honda CR-Z gets a mild styling refresh, a bit more power and more standard features.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z comes in two trim levels: base and EX. The base model comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, mesh fabric upholstery, full power accesories, keyless entry, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, full power accesories, keyless entry, hill-start assist, cruise control, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cargo cover, a height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface and steering-wheel audio controls.
The CR-Z EX adds LED daytime running lights, automatic xenon HID headlamps and foglights, a two-tone black and red upholstery, heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic interior trim and a 7-speaker sound system. A navigation system with a touchscreen interface and voice control is available as an option.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter engine paired with an electric motor. The 1.5-liter 16-valve i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine combined with the electric motor (that produces 23 hp and 78 lb-ft of torque) gives to CR-Z a total output of 130 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque with the standard 6-speed manual transmission. Also available is an optional CVT (continuously variable transmission) with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, but in this case the torque drops to 127 lb-ft.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z comes with Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, that combines the functions of an alternator and starter motor in one, with the electric motor that starts the engine, accelerates the car, recharges the battery and provides regenerative braking. EPA fuel economy estimates for 2013 Honda CR-Z are 36 mpg city/ 39 mpg highway with the CVT and 31 mpg city/ 38 mpg highway with the manual transmission.
Standard safety features of 2013 CR-Z include side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints, antilock brakes, stability control and traction control.
The 2013 Honda Accord is offered in sedan and coupe body styles and it is fully redesigned. The ninth generation of Honda’s popular family car offers responsive handling, quick acceleration, roomy and high-quality interior, and superb fuel economy. With a new suspension, transmission, engine and safety equipment, the new 2013 Honda Accord is one of the best family-car on the market. The 2013 Accord competes with Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2013 Honda Accord is offered in four-door sedan and two-door coupe versions. There are six trim levels for sedan (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navi, Touring) and four for the coupe (LX-S, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navi).
The 2013 Honda Accord base LX comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, full power accesories, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch video display, a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth connectivity and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player and iPod/USB interface. The LX-S model of Accord coupe is similar to the LX sedan.
The new Sport trim adds 18-inch wheels, an eight-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a rear spoiler. The EX comes with 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition, keyless entry, a sunroof, heated mirrors, Honda’s new LaneWatch blind-spot display and a six-speaker audio system.
The 2013 Honda Accord EX-L model adds driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, forward-collision and lane-departure warning system and a premium 7-speaker audio system. The EX-L with Navi adds a navigation system with voice recognition. The Touring sedan adds LED headlights and adaptive cruise control.
The LX, Sport and EX models come with a 4-cylinder engine. The EX-L and EX-L with Navi come with a choice of a 4-cylinder or V6 engine. The Touring comes only with a V6 engine. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque (on the Sport, the same engine produces 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual. Optional is the Honda’s newly developed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features of 2013 Honda Accord include ABS, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtains airbags and active front head restraints.
The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup truck built on an unibody platform similar to the one on the Honda Pilot, and it features an unique design that includes the exclusive In-Bed Trunk and a locking compartment under the rear cargo bed floor.
The five-passenger four-door crew cab Honda Ridgeline is offered in four trim levels: RT, Sport, RTS and RTL. The 2013 Honda Ridgeline entry-level RT comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a power-sliding rear window, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with under-seat storage, full power accesories, a rearview camera, a trip computer, cruise control and six-speaker sound system with a CD player.
The Sport adds 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, rear privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auxiliary audio jack. The RTS adds to the RT’s features a rear privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat and an upgraded seven-speaker audio system with six-CD changer. The top-of-the-line RTL gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, foglights, ambient console lighting, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a 115-volt AC power outlet.
The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC VTEC V6 engine that produces 250 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, putting the Honda Ridgeline performance on a par with some V-8 trucks. The five-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.
Standard safety features of 2013 Honda Ridgeline include Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), dual-stage multiple-treshold front airbags (SRS), front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), Lowe Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH), side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), stability control, traction control and active head restraints.
The 2012 Honda Crosstour is based on the Accord sedan and combines sedan and SUV attributes resulting in a Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). The 2012 Honda Crosstour successfully combines the sporty roofline of Accord with an aerodynamic look and hatchback flexibility. The 2012 Honda Crosstour competes with Subaru Outback, Toyota Venza and Chevrolet Equinox.
The 2012 Honda Crosstour approaches the crossover SUV formula from sporty and fuel-efficient perspective while also maximizing the versatility, interior’s cargo capacity and premium feel. The 2012 Crosstour is available in EX ( starting at $27,755) and EX-L (MSRP from $ 30,805) trim levels.
The 2012 Honda Crosstour EX comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, automatic headlights, foglamps, power front seats, keyless entry, dual zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer and an iPod/USB interface. The EX-L trim level adds 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, driver seat memory functions, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded sound system. A voice-activated navigation system is an option for the EX-L.
The Crosstour’s exterior design emphasizes a bold, aerodynamic look that also conceals an accommodating rear cargo area with a large, lift-over tailgate. Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend from the passenger compartment all the way through the cargo area. An under-floor storage area in the rear of the vehicle adds functionality, while reversible cargo floor panels accommodate dirty objects. Two new colors are available on all 2012 Honda Crosstour models: Basque Red Pearl ( replaces Tango Red Pearl) and Twilight Blue Metallic (replaces Glacier Blue Metallic).
The 2012 Honda Crosstour comes with two available engines. New for 2012 Crosstour is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The other choice is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) for power and efficiency. This VCM system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders, based on current power requirements. This V6 engine produces 271 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is the only available transmission for the 2012 Honda Crosstour. Front-wheel drive is standard and the Real Time 4WD system is available on the V6 models.
Safety equipment of the 2012 Honda Crosstour includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side curtain airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags, dual-stage front airbags and active front seats head restraints.