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Japanese Vehicles Dominate CarMD’s Latest Reliability Rankings 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Traverse, honda, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Kia, Kia Forte, Mazda, Mazda5, Study, TOYOTA on 12 8th, 2017


CarMD has released its latest Vehicle Health Index Make & Model Reliability Rankings which examine how often vehicles show their check engine lights and how much those resulting repairs typically cost.

According to the company, they analyzed the check engine health of more than 4.2 million vehicles from between 1996 and 2017. The data was collected from CarMD’s network of ASE-certified technicians who “recommend, validate and upload repairs and costs to the database on a daily basis.”

The results of the study show Hyundai vehicles have the lowest average repair cost for a check engine light issue as the resulting parts and labor typically cost owners $306. The company was closely followed by Mazda and Kia which both had costs under $320.

The costs vary significantly by model and three most affordable average repair costs were for the 2012 Mazda 5, 2015 Kia Forte and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse. The Mazda 5 was the clear winner as its average repair cost was just $109.30. The Forte and Traverse had averages of $150.02 and $152.60, respectively.

CarMD’s data also showed vehicles from Acura, Honda, and Toyota were the least likely to have their check engine light on. In terms of models themselves, the Honda Civic was determined to be the vehicle that is least likely to have a check engine warning. It was followed closely by the Toyota Camry and Corolla.

The company says at least 10 percent of vehicles in the United States have their check engine light on at any given time and repair costs car vary widely as sometimes the light is activated for something as simple as not fully tightening the gas cap.

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Base Honda Civic Is Surprisingly Fun If You Can Live With Its Looks 25
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, UK, video on 11 25th, 2017


With the Type R getting all the attention, it’s easy to forget that, in order for the Type R to become one of the class-leading hot hatches in the market, Honda had to significantly raise the bar for the regular Civic, too.

Based on a new chassis that’s 52 percent more rigid than before, the 10th generation Honda Civic is bigger than ever and features a multilink rear suspension for a more surefooted and sporty handling.

Euro-spec models are available with a turbocharged 127hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit and a 179hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit, while those who prefer diesel Honda has them covered with their new 120hp 1.6-liter engine.

Perhaps the most challenging feature of the new Civic is the way it looks as not everyone likes design features such as the fake air outlets on the rear bumper.

So, does the base Civic retain any of the talents of the Type R? Watch Carwow’s latest video to find out.

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How The New Honda Civic Type R Avoids Torque Steer 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, video on 11 16th, 2017


One could look at the 2018 Honda Civic Type R and immediately criticize it for having front-wheel drive, particularly since many of its rivals are all-wheel drive.

However, simply dismissing the Type R based on its front-wheel drive layout would be short-sighted. It still provides incredible driving thrills, performance and with the right driver behind the wheel, could keep up with rear-wheel drive supercars along a mountain road.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about the Type R’s front-wheel drive system is its complete lack of torque steer. That’s right, despite the front wheels handling 316 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque, steering and braking, the steering wheel won’t try to break your wrists under heavy acceleration, a trait notorious with many other powerful front-wheel drive vehicles.

In order to avoid torque steer, Honda engineers employed a number of novel solutions, as Engineering Explained reveals.

One of these factors involves a complete redesign of the Type R’s steering and suspension systems compared to a base Civic. By pushing the steering axis closer to the wheel’s centreline, Honda has been able to almost completely eliminate torque steer without scarifying ride comfort.

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Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches 12
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Videos, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Mazda, Mazda Videos, Mazda3, reviews, video on 11 12th, 2017


These days, the market is filled with all sorts of compact hatchbacks, including the (worldwide) popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus .

But what if you wanted to step out of their shadow and go for something different, yet still affordable? Well, then you will have to check out other brands, and in this case, they include Honda, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

The team from RoadShow pinned the new Civic against the Cruze and one of the oldest ones in the segment, the Mazda 3, only to come up with a rather surprising result.

Before giving their verdict, though, the reviewers covered each basic aspect of the three hatchbacks, including their exterior design, cabin space, infotainment, fuel economy and handling.

Arguably, the Mazda 3 came first in most aspects, while the Chevy Cruze was found to be a good, civilized, and quiet urban driver, though consumers won’t feel the need to drive it on a twisty road. The newest arrival of the three, which wears Honda’s logo, is surprisingly good too, but which one would you choose?

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Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches 12
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Videos, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Mazda, Mazda Videos, Mazda3, reviews, video on 11 12th, 2017


These days, the market is filled with all sorts of compact hatchbacks, including the (worldwide) popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus .

But what if you wanted to step out of their shadow and go for something different, yet still affordable? Well, then you will have to check out other brands, and in this case, they include Honda, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

The team from RoadShow pinned the new Civic against the Cruze and one of the oldest ones in the segment, the Mazda 3, only to come up with a rather surprising result.

Before giving their verdict, though, the reviewers covered each basic aspect of the three hatchbacks, including their exterior design, cabin space, infotainment, fuel economy and handling.

Arguably, the Mazda 3 came first in most aspects, while the Chevy Cruze was found to be a good, civilized, and quiet urban driver, though consumers won’t feel the need to drive it on a twisty road. The newest arrival of the three, which wears Honda’s logo, is surprisingly good too, but which one would you choose?

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America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017


If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.



2018 Honda Civic Type R Price Bumped To $34,100, No Entry Level 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, prices, USA on 11 2nd, 2017


If you were hoping for an entry-level Honda Civic Type R, you’d better keep dreaming as the company has just announced the 2018 model will cost $34,100.

Priced $200 higher than last year, the 2018 Civic Type R continues to be “available in one fully equipped trim.” Honda declined to mention any changes but the model features an aggressive exterior with LED headlights, a prominent rear wing, and a center-mounted triple exhaust system. The car also has 20-inch aluminum wheels which are backed up by Brembo brakes.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a leather wrapped steering wheel, two-tone sport seats, and an aluminum gear knob. Other highlights include a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a 7-Inch Display Audio system with GPS navigation as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the front wheels via a limited slip differential.

Speaking of performance, the Civic Type R has an adaptive damper system and a dual-axis strut front suspension which has been designed to virtually eliminate torque steer. The car also has three different driving modes including comfort, sport, and +R settings.

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The Honda Civic Hatchback Has Changed A Bit In The Last 44 Years 2
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Si, Honda Civic Type-R on 11 2nd, 2017


What do the BMW 3 Series, Porsche 911, and Nissan GT-R all share in common? Well, they're all handle like a dream, and they've all undergone significant testing at the Nürburgring. But that's not what we're referring to.
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Honda Civic Type R Crate Engine Announced, Costs $6,520 30
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Ridgeline, SEMA show on 10 30th, 2017


The Honda Civic Type R is an impressive beast and the company has just announced its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will be available as a crate motor.
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Matt Farah Puts The Honda Civic Type R Through Its Paces 24
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, video on 10 24th, 2017


The latest Honda Civic Type R bucks the recent trend of hot hatches moving from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, yet, by some Japanese wizardry, can be just as fast and enjoyable to drive as the Ford Focus RS, as Matt Farah explains below.
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Meet The 500HP Honda Civic That Can Keep Up With A Supercar 17
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, reviews, tuning, video on 10 17th, 2017


A full 500 horses is what makes this 2014 Honda Civic a true sleeper. In other words, something that wouldn't get embarrassed by an Italian exotic in a straight line.
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Matte Black Civic Type R Shows How Vinyl’s Done Right 15
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, video on 10 15th, 2017


The beauty of wrapping a car in vinyl is in its simplicity. It's basically just a giant sticker, right? Only as with most things, there's an easy way to do it, and the right way to do it. And the guys at Premium Auto Styling do things the right way.
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Entry-Level Honda Civic Type R To Launch Next Year 12
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Hot Hatch, Reports on 10 12th, 2017


It appears increasingly likely that Honda will start selling an entry-level Civic Type R model in the U.S. for the 2018 model year.
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2018 Honda Civic Sedan Priced From $18,840, Coupe Starting At $19,250 29
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Si, new cars, prices on 09 29th, 2017


Honda has announced pricing and range details of the 2018 Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si models, which will go on sale nationwide on October 3.
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Civic Type R And Fireblade Inspire Honda Robot Lawnmowers 16
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Offbeat News on 09 16th, 2017


Do you want to express your love for the finest JDM hot hatch on the market? Do you want to make your neighbors envious with the coolest lawnmower on the block? Honda has the answer.
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