As automakers continue to add new small crossovers to their lineups, the market for compact hatchbacks is shrinking. But this group of practical and affordable small cars isn’t dead yet: Honda has an all-new Civic Hatchback coming out, and VW has redesigned its GTI sport compact. Kia, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota still have compact hatchbacks... Read More.
Honda introduced the Clarity in 2018 as its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and in the intervening three years, not much has changed—either with the Clarity itself or the state of the PHEV marketplace. These days, most of the action is happening in the market for pure EVs, which are becoming more affordable as... Read More.
by Lori Straus With so many options out there these days, finding the best pickup truck, whether for work or play, can seem like a daunting task. You may have your favorite brand, but many brands have multiple models, each with advantages and disadvantages, depending on your needs. In this blog post, we’ll summarize a... Read More.
by Chris Chase Honda redesigned its CR-V compact crossover in 2017, introducing the fifth generation of a vehicle that helped create the segment in the late 1990s. It was the first CR-V with a turbocharged engine, a move that sounds like it was geared toward improving performance, but was really more about reducing fuel consumption.... Read More.
These days, vehicles with 300 hp – or more – aren’t hard to come by. Many family sedans, minivans, and SUVs can be optioned with engines that approach or exceed that threshold in order to provide satisfying everyday performance. But the 300-hp marker means something much different in a sporty compact car. What feels mundane... Read More.
Viewed on the map, Canada is significantly larger than the United States. But our relatively small population means that carmakers’ decisions about which vehicles they sell here are largely driven by the desires of U.S. buyers. From an economics point of view, it is most cost-effective for a company to sell the same cars in... 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 Chris Chase Crossovers and sport utility vehicles are no overnight sensation. Families have been flocking to this practical body style for about a decade now, thanks to the disappearance of station wagons and large sedans. That shift is no accident: Crossovers and SUVs command higher prices, making them more profitable for auto manufacturers. Compact... 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 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.