2016 Honda Ridgeline Debuts at the SEMA Show: Designed for the SCORE Baja 1000

2016-Honda-Ridgeline

The 2016 Honda Ridgeline, the Desert Truck concept from Honda, was debuted at the SEMA show.

The off-road racing truck 2016 model has been designed specifically for participation in the SCORE Baja 1000 racing circuit and will not get into any dealerships for the moment.

No new versions of the Honda Ridgeline made an appearance in 2015; however from 2005 when it made a promising start with annual sales of 50,000 units, its popularity decreased and since 2009 not more than 18,000 units have been sold every year.

The 2016 version is meant only for racing in the SCORE Baja 1000 and is seen as a heralding of the return of the Honda Performance Division (HPD) to truck racing since 2012. Jointly developed by HPD and the Proctor Racing Group, 2016 Honda Ridgeline features a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 engine, present in the new Honda Pilot, delivering 280 horsepower and a peak torque of 262 pound-feet.

The racing truck is expected to feature a tube-frame racing chassis though the production version, reported for a 2017 release, would sport a unibody model as in the earlier version. The 2017 production model would most likely not include the turbo-chargers in the engine.

The company confirmed that the production version will feature a similar side, front, roof and bed revealing that the new pickup truck will stick very close to the proven and popular model. The 2016 Ridgeline’s engine features cylinder deactivation and hence is expected to have better fuel economy although its towing ability (5,000 pounds) is far below that of the Toyota Tacoma (6,800 pounds).

Although the 2016 Honda Ridgeline is expected to be only a concept truck and will not be available for purchase by customers, this version is seen by experts and analysts to be a teaser to the 2017 production model.

2016 Honda Civic – 5 Things That Make the Car Impressive

The brand new 2016 Honda Civic is out and while it may fool you by looking very conventional, the sedan has a lot more packed inside to be the next big commuter’s choice next year.

As a matter of fact, Honda has the upper hand with their Civic model because the car has been out for a decade and this is the 10th generation launch. If they choose to go with minor changes and launch a mediocre car, people would still buy it. They didn’t do it surprisingly, but have spent months working on new technologies and a completely new body to make the sedan extra safe.

The team has come up with an amazing body design which is easily the first point that makes it so good on the road. The car faces stiff competition from companies like Ford and Mazda which has prompted them to alter the front, making it look meaner and sharp. The wheels as well as the tailpipes are modified as well, especially the boomerang inspired headlights and the car looks muscular than ever.

If you haven’t noticed by now, the car is much bigger than it used to be, which boosts it legroom and headroom. People in the rear gain 2.2 inches extra space to be precise while the car is 3 inches longer than it used to be. For an average consumer, it might look meager when spaces are measured in inches, but you can experience it when you actually sit in the car.

A couple of new technologies have been incorporated into the vehicle which is another impressive feature that makes the 2016 Honda Civic irresistible. It supports Apple’s Car Play and Android Auto on all its trim levels that are above the EX standard. The car is also equipped with Honda Sensing, a brand name under which, a new list of safety features have been incorporated for the safety of the passengers.

It features a lighter body made possible by Advanced Compatibility Engineering. The technology allowed the car designers to shave off 68 pounds off it and it is mainly built on top of steel with advanced layering that makes it extremely robust, yet lightweight. Being lightweight obviously leads to better control as well as increased fuel efficiency.

2016 Honda Civic is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower which is more than enough for everyday commute. With everything in place including an affordable price tag, we can say that Honda has hit jackpot one more time with the Civic.

2016 Honda Civic Designed with More Class and Improved Performance: Errors of the Predecessor Corrected  

The new 2016 Honda Civic has been redesigned with added class and enhanced performance features.

The company openly admitted to the fact that the previous 9th generation model failed to live up to customer expectations. Now, Honda has taken pains to ensure all errors and goof-ups stand corrected in the 10th generation Civic.

The predecessor was launched in 2012 and irritants included a jittery ride, excessive noise, cheap interiors and inept handling. Hence, the 9th generation fell short of expectations and in an attempt to correct these goofs, Honda brought about a few upgraded about 18 months later which was just about passable.

For the 2016 model, Honda has refurbished the Civic brand by constructing it on an entirely new platform and employing two new engines. As against the outgoing model, the 10th generation Civic is lower, wider and longer and yet is more lightweight too.

While the top-end models will feature a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering 174 hp, the lower-end specs will feature a new 2L 4-cylinder unit delivering 158 hp. The engines are connected to automatic transmission system; the manual option is available only in the Base LX model.

The 2016 Honda Civic is positioned not only against the regular Toyota Corolla and similar vehicles but also to take on the Audi A3. While the 2L engine units in the base level offer sufficient power provided the demand is reasonable, the top-spec’s new engine offers immense advantages for a silent and smooth drive.

The ample and ever-ready torque allows the driver to achieve good speed at the lower and mid-level range where the CVT is more palatable. The silently working turbo engines also masks any jerks and sudden movements in the transmission system.  The top-end models featuring this new engine are the Touring, EX-T and EX-L versions.

The chassis is also redesigned and fine-tuned for improved and fluent handling. The steering is also direct and smooth and the turn-in response remains good even when the turning is sharper. The car movement is steady and controlled thanks to a refined body control.  The excessive noise of the earlier model is now more muted and all these factors make the new 2016 Honda Civic a substantial and mature feel.

The interiors are more contemporary and minimalist without the clutter of the earlier twin-layer instrument panel. The base models come with a simple audio system while the higher-end models feature Honda’s capacitive touchscreen along with the infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

All models of the new Civic will feature automatic climate control, automatic up/down front windows and standard rear view camera.  The EX versions and above will also feature remote start. An additional electronic parking brake saves space, reduces effort and adds more oomph to the car. Moreover, this adds so much of storage room between the two seats in front that multiple iPads can be accommodated in the configurable console.

While the USB port is fixed at a very low and inconvenient position, cup-holders, trays and cubbies are ample and conveniently located. The EX-L comes with a power driver seat, the EX-T and above models come with heated seats and the Touring model also gets heated rear seats.

Although the first type to be rolled out is the sedan, two others would also join the 2016 Honda Civic lineup including a 5-door hatchback and a coupe. The coupe is expected to be launched in winter while the hatchback a year later. The expected price range would be between $18,640 and $26,500.

2016 Honda Civic is Going to Revoke Design Factors from Si  

Creating the next gen car is a difficult task for the designers because they have the crucial task to satisfy their audience.

In order to make the 2016 Honda Civic stand out from the rest, they are going to borrow some design factors from the previously launched Si Civic variant.

Buyers who have had the chance to drive the Civic in the past will be familiar with the new offering. The news is nearly official, according to which designers will be using some of the elements from the Civic Si, which belong to the ninth generation model. Honda has decided to bring things from the past because they believe that in order to appease buyers in North America, a sense of familiarity is mandatory. Besides, it keeps the risk levels under control when a tried and tested design is rehashed with new tweaks to make it look stylish and next gen.

The exterior of the upcoming 2016 Honda Civic is expected to be extremely sharp and seamless with taillights connected to the grille in a unique manner. Similarly, the interior of the car will also be modified accordingly so that there are no unwanted gaps or obstacles in the design. Seamless uni-body finish is what automobile manufacturers rely upon and the same will be used in the upcoming Civic as well.

An update from the Consumer Report confirmed that Honda is also planning to upgrade the construction materials to aluminum and fiber. These two the most preferred materials which are exceptionally lightweight, easy to integrate into varied designs yet sturdy enough to provide stability for the car at its top speed. A pass-through center console will be used in the car. It will be powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine while the high line trim variant of the sedan will be equipped with a much better engine capacity.

Additional versions like Android Auto and Apple Car Play are expected to be found in all variants of the cars, enabling the drivers to easily control the console besides allowing them to enjoy the best of entertainment on the go. We have also had the opportunity to look at some of the spy shots of the 2016 Honda Civic. It confirmed that the vehicle is not going to undergo any major changes before its launch, but it’s the subtle design elements borrowed from the Si that’s going to make a huge difference when it gets launched.

Acura ILX Sales Expected to Remain Undeterred Despite 2016 Honda Civic Revamp

Earlier, it was claimed that the 2016 Honda Civic has all the possible features to beat and affect the sales of 2016 Acura ILX sales. A similar claim has been made randomly by industry watchers who opined the Accord Touring may beat the Acura TLX.  

While it may sound credible at one point, in reality, statistics clarify that the customers who love the Acura have hardly moved to a Honda car or truck. They are not only fond of the brand, but are so used to its features that they never prefer to move away from their comfort zone. In the direct comparison tests, it was evident that the Honda Civic from 2015 was a much better model, because it offered great performance on-road, had more room for the passengers and has multiple safety features, which ensured a ride like never before. However, we have other points to support why the Acura ILX is different.

In order to stay ahead of the competition, a brand new compact Acura ILX is all set to be revealed in 2016. The 2017 Acura will bring multiple new features included performance upgrades and safety standards to the table so that it could distinguish itself from a Civic or an Accord. Besides, the manufacturer has also expressed their desire to launch a 2.0 liter turbo version of the sedan in the near future so as to cater to their loyal customers.

A performance variant of the car based on the Civic Si is also being considered. If the performance coupe version is coming, it will most probably sport an automatic transmission system and not manual gears because drivers who have had an Acura for a long time are more used to the former than the latter. The next gen Acura ILX will sport powerful eight speed automatic transmission system.

The base price of the Acura ranges between $27,900 and $34,890. While the pricing is almost similar to the models offered by other manufacturers like Audi and BMW, it continues to amass support from the buyers unlike any other model. The sales volume is credited to its performance, fuel efficiency and comfort, which usually is a hit or miss with the other models, but not with Acura. The models have been consistent throughout history even though it never underwent any drastic design changes in the recent past.

With such a strong foundation and fan following, we can confidently claim that the 2016 Honda Civic may have little impact on the Acura ILX sales trend.

2016 Honda CR-V Arrives at Dealerships with New Special Edition

Honda already had several trims for the 2016 Honda CR-V. However, the Japanese company decided to add one more trim for the 2016 model year, after the update for the 2015 model year.

The new, 2016 Honda CR-V Special Edition sits comfortably between the base LX trim and the higher EX trim.

The 2016 CR-V Special Edition is based on the entry model, LX trim, but with a few additions and updates. In short, what makes the Special edition so special are the new 17-inch alloys, tinted rear windows, better security system and a two-tone paint job that is exclusive for the Special Edition.

But going further, you’ll notice other changes, for example, drive system. The 2016 Honda CR-V Special Edition is available in both the front wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions. The price is slightly higher than the base LX model, which makes the Special Edition attractive to prospective buyers.

Under the hood, Honda keeps the 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, with direct injection system, that can produce 185hp. The transmission is still the “continuously variable transmission”, a signature gearbox by Honda that improves fuel economy for the 2016 CR-V. With the signature transmission, the 2016 Honda CR-V has EPA rating of 26mpg in the city, 33 on the highway and 29 combined for the front wheel drive, and even lower 25/31/27 for the all-wheel drive system.

Since the Honda CR-V was introduced in the US in 2014, it is one of the best-selling SUVs in the country. Honda has broken several records with the 2015 CR-V, including nine of the past 12 months that Honda has classified as “best individual sales months”. In August, Honda sold 35,000 units of the CR-V, ranking as the all-time best month.

The Special Edition will cost $800 more than the basic LX trim of the 2016 Honda CR-V. The price of the SE is $24,395 for the front wheel drive and $25,695 for the all-wheel drive. The Special Edition is way cheaper than the EX trimming, as the EX trim is priced at $25,845 for the front wheel drive and $27,145 for the all-wheel drive. The Special Edition will arrive at dealerships by the end of October, giving prospective buyers 12 trim options for the 2016 Honda-CR-V.

Honda 2016 Accord Arrives in Style: New Facelift and Latest Tech

The Honda 2016 Accord will be coming to the showrooms very soon. This Japanese maker has quite a history to its name, given that the Accord was introduced about 40 years ago.

However, over the entire period, this auto maker has been busy trying to come up with the perfect family car and it seems the answer lies in the 2016 Accord.

Durability and efficiency are driving Honda Accord sales

Reportedly, Honda sells over 300,000 Accords each year, thanks to the fact that the auto maker effectively combines durability and efficiency. The Honda 2016 Accord is no different from these models as far as these aspects are concerned.

The new mid-sized 2016 Accord will come with some tweaks to the exterior design in addition to a wide array of technological advancements including an infotainment system and safety features. The facelift doesn’t come as a huge surprise to this year’s Accord given that the current 9th-generation model was introduced two years ago.

Specifications

The 2016 Accord is a front-wheel-drive and it comes with two choices for engines. There is a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine that manages 185hp and another 3.5-liter V6 engine that manages about 277hp. All of these 4-cylinder engine models are equipped with variable transmissions, except for the base models. Honda will also be availing the 2016 Accord in two other variants; one will be a two-door model and the other a four-door hybrid.

As far as the redesigns are concerned, the new Accord will come with an added accent strip on its nose and narrower vertical dimensions for the headlights. In addition, there will also be additional stylish LED fog lamps; features that are meant to give this year’s Accord a modern touch. Other changes include new 18-inch allow wheels, LED taillights and a partially remolded rear-end.

The inside of the car is where the big news is. A new infotainment system has been installed. The new interface does not need a HDMI cable connection in order to hook your Android or iOS smartphone onto your car, instead, a USB cable is enough. You will enjoy using your favorite phone apps when driving the 2016 Accord thanks to the new support for the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems. Honda has reduced the number of dialing and switching to do by installing a new 7-inch display screen in the latest sedan.

The new model is also not short of driver-assist technologies. There is access to a Honda Sensing, safety suite that includes lane departure warning, emergency breaking system, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control as well as road departure mitigation features.

The seats inside the car are leather and the front ones are fixed with a heating system. If you opt for the top level trim – Touring – you will also get heated seats in the back as well. There interior is also not short of space as it has an expansive 119 cubic feet, a 60-40 fold-down back seat that joins to a huge trunk, only adding more space for carrying cargo. In essence, the interior of the Honda 2016 Accord is a low-stress environment.

Honestly, the tweaks that Honda has included in the 2016 Accord have really made some real changes to this coupe.

Pricing of the 2016 Accord

The Honda 2016 Accord sedan will be available in five different trim levels; namely Touring, EX-L, EX, Sport, and LX. The prices of this year’s mid-size Accord sedan will vary from $23,000 to $36,000.

2016 Honda Civic – New Design, New Engine and Completely New Car

After a disappointing period from 2012 to 2016, Honda went back to the drawing board for the all new, 2016 Honda Civic. The previous version of the vehicle was criticized for lacking the “sizzle” that Honda has built a reputation on.

With that in mind, the company decided to completely redesign the Honda Civic and deliver a tenth generation of the popular sporty sedan.

Correcting the mistakes, Honda decided to use a new sheet metal for the exterior, giving the 2016 Civic an expressive profile.

Dimensions of the 2016 Civic don’t change much, as the sedan is two inches wider and has a 1.2 inches longer wheelbase. However, it is also lighter, as the sedan has shed 68 pounds. With the new dimensions, the sedan will offer more interior space and more legroom for the rear seats.

The new profile of the Civic features strong arches that go over the front wheels and a roofline that throws the current Civic out in the dust. The new roofline is almost fastback-like, giving the 2016 Civic that sporty, dynamic and aggressive look we grow accustomed to. Finishing the front is a new fascia with prominent chrome grille and LED headlights.

In the interior, Honda also has made several changes. Now with a new TFT display, Honda has clearly justified the promise they will bring much more technology and innovative thinking in the 2016 model. Aside from the TFT display, Honda leaves traditional gauges inside, but is finally getting rid of the multi-tiered dashboard that people hated in the previous version. Honda will play both sides and will allow both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inside the Civic. The central touchscreen display is based on an Android OS, same as the new Pilot.

Under the hood, Honda is also making changes with bringing a new, 1.5-liter engine into the lineup. The 1.5 liter turbocharged engine features direct injection and is the first turbo engine by Honda for a US model. The engine will produce roughly 200hp in the highest trim. The second engine option is a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that Honda says will produce the most power between base models. According to reports, the 2.0-liter engine might produce around 160hp for the base trimming model. All engines will be accompanied by either a manual or automatic gearbox.

Honda officials claim that the new 2016 Civic will be extremely fun to drive thanks to the changes in the interior and exterior, giving the car a sporty experience. However, we will have to wait and see whether the “most ambitious remake” of the Civic is actually worth the hype.

2016 Honda CR-Z Gets a Makeover to Boost Sales

The 2016 Honda CR-Z was removed from the showrooms around the world due to the high price of $38,490 for a sport hybrid that didn’t offer as much as its competitors did, like the Toyota 86 and Hyundai Veloster.

Faced with weak sales, Honda gave the CR-Z a facelift, hoping that a makeover will get the sales back up for a model that was released this year. The new, updated version goes on sale in October.

Starting from the exterior, visually speaking, the updated 2016 Honda CR-Z has sportier and sleeker end. The front end now has a new grille enhanced with LED headlights. On the back, Honda has added side skirts to accompany the new tweaked design. The 17 inch alloy wheels are the cherry on the icing. The back tiers have been pushed out, which gives the sporty hybrid a solid stance. A sportier look like that requires new color and Honda has added Velvet Purple Pear exterior hue as an option.

The CR-Z remains stuck in the middle between a sports car and a hybrid car. Honda markets the CR-Z as the only sports hybrid that is fun to drive, but also environmentally friendly. Therefore, the engine under the hood remains unchanged. The 2016 Honda CR-Z still runs the same 1.5-liter gasoline engine with four cylinders and a small electronic motor. The end result is 134hp and 190nm of torque.

Inside, owners will find few subtle changes. For starters, the car now has a start button with a new look, new infotainment system, an updated stereo system and a system for electric park brake. Tech goodies making its way in are a touch-panel screen for audio, and an active noise cancellation technology.

Mechanical changes are not visible and they are subtle. Limited to the chassis, Honda’s engineers has added driver’s armrest. The disc brakes have also been increased, with the new size reaching 15 inches. It is just an inch increase, but the added space has allowed for a better wheel design that shows the new hardware of the CR-Z. Visually speaking, that inch has made quite the difference.

While there are rumors that Honda might one day offer a full gasoline model of the CR-Z in order to make it sportier and faster, Chief engineer Terukazu Torikai has dismissed those rumors, saying that Honda is committed to the CR-Z as it is, a hybrid version. Keeping the vehicle a hybrid is the key to Honda’s success.

Sales in the US have dropped by 34% last year, mostly because of the emergence of more efficient low end models such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf.