by Chris Chase Mid-size family sedans and hybrid cars are among the fastest-fading segments in the auto industry. Sales of the former have fallen off in favour of crossovers and SUVs, while the latter represents yesterday’s technology as electric cars move into the mainstream. Honda and Toyota produced the industry’s first hybrids – the Insight... Read More.
by Chris Chase In a perfect world, every vehicle a car maker launched would be an overnight success and the name attached to it would become a cultural touchstone. That doesn’t happen often, but it does happen, and not just to rarefied performance or luxury models. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, for example, are... Read More.
by Lori Straus Although car safety has increased dramatically over the years, safety ratings still show some cars are overall safer to drive than others. In this blog post, we’ll share with you tips for evaluating a vehicle’s safety as well as a few recent listings of the safest cars on the market. What to... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you’ve got questions about battery-powered cars, you’re not alone. Every time I review an electric vehicle (EV), I can count on at least one stranger asking about some aspect of the ownership experience. The most common question after “How far will it go on a charge?” is “How long does it... Read More.
In the last decade, the auto industry has responded to consumer demands for more fuel-efficient vehicles with a variety of technological solutions. These have included innovations like direct fuel injection, turbocharging, and engines and transmissions with low-friction internal components. And then, of course, there are hybrid drive systems, which save fuel by relying partly on... Read More.
By Chris Chase Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) published its 2020 Canadian vehicle residual value awards in January, naming Toyota and Porsche its top brands for this model year. These annual awards recognize the vehicles that ALG’s industry watchers predict will hold their value best as they age; the company calculates residual value (also known as... Read More.
by Chris Chase Rating 4.2/5 Since the end of the 1990s, Honda has used the Insight name on three different cars. The first was a tiny, two-seat hatchback; the second Insight wore a four-door hatchback body; and the third, and current, Insight is a four-door sedan. The only thing these three cars have in common... Read More.
by Chris Chase 4.0/5 stars Introduced in 2018, the Clarity is Honda’s first standalone plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. It’s the third member of Honda’s current electrified-vehicle lineup, which also includes the Accord and Insight hybrids. The Clarity borrows its name from a low-volume Honda hydrogen fuel cell car never sold in Canada. Conceptually, it succeeds... Read More.
by Chris Chase The compact-car mainstream consists of mainly four-door sedans or hatchbacks. However, a few automakers have toyed with coupe models to appeal to drivers who feel that a two-door car looks sportier, regardless of what’s under the hood. Honda is the only carmaker that has produced a small coupe for any significant period... Read More.
by Chris Chase While the 2000s was not an especially memorable decade for the auto industry, it did introduce a handful of short-lived vehicle segments we wish had stuck around. Among them is this set of practical but weird-looking vehicles: The Scion xB, Nissan Cube, Kia Soul, and Honda Element. The Scion, Nissan, and Kia... Read More.