2016 Honda Civic Features Dressed to Impress at New York Auto Show

2016 Honda Civic Features

“This, ladies and gentlemen, is the return of the sporty Civic,” Executive Vice President said Guy Melville-Brown, the chief designer of the Civic’s exterior at its introduction at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Redesigned top-to-bottom by U.S. engineers and designers, the 2016 Honda Civic features a bold new ‘Flying H’ grille, sharp creases, an elongated hood, lower air intakes, and a large rear spoiler illuminated by a single-line of LED tail-lights and is carried by 20-inch wheels on a lengthened wheelbase. While Honda did not reveal extensive details regarding powertrain specs, executives did confirm that higher-trim models would be the recipients of a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine mated to either Continue Reading →

Revolutionizing Mobility: Honda Robotics Technology

Honda Robotics Technology

Paving the way for the future of innovative mobility, Honda recently released some of the latest in Honda Robotics Technology. These inventions are designed to enhance human mobility, giving people a chance to go places they’ve never gone before. The two latest technologies which will showcase at this year’s SAE Convention include the ASIMO humanoid robot, as well as the UNI-CUB personal mobility device. According to Honda, the ASIMO robot, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, can walk, run, climb stairs, dance, move objects, and even surf the web. “The Honda objective, ‘to be a company society wants to exist,’ offers a framework to understand why we are Continue Reading →

Honda Civic Hatchback to Come to America After All

Honda Civic - Honda Civic Hatchback

At Stokes Honda North, we’ve been all about the new Honda Civic hatchback ever since it was revealed in Europe, but disappointed that we had no counterpart to enjoy on this side of the pond. Well, good news, because that’s about to change! According to Nikkei Asian Review, Honda wants to start selling the Civic hatchback in America, which would allow it to compete with other hatches like the Volkswagen Golf. But the really interesting question is this: will Honda also bring the Civic Type R to the United States? The automaker originally stated it had no plans to do so, because the Type R is based on the European Continue Reading →

Honda CR-V and Odyssey Named Best Cars for Families by U.S. News & World Report

2015 Honda CR-V - Best Cars for Families

The Honda CR-V and Odyssey have been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2015 Best Cars for Families. The Honda CR-V was named the Best Compact SUV, and the Odyssey was named the Best Minivan for families. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Honda Odyssey has been recognized on the list of Best Cars for Families, while the addition of the CR-V to the list is thanks in part to its restyling for the 2015 model year. The updates include the new direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology™ i-VTEC® engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) which improve both fuel efficiency and performance, an entire suite of available Continue Reading →

Honda February Sales: Fit & Pilot Lead the Way

Honda February Sales - 2015 Honda Pilot

Honda February sales got a great kick from both the Fit and Pilot. The brand sold a total of 92,474 vehicles, accounting for a 4.1% increase compared to February of 2014. Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager, said, “Strong February sales of both the sub-compact Fit and our 8-passenger Pilot SUV demonstrate the power of the Honda brand with individual buyers. Honda is delivering incredible value throughout our product lineup that is resonating with our customers.” Something is definitely resonating with customers because both Pilot and Fit sales were up over 80% in February! In total, there were 5,652 units of the Fit sold, which was Continue Reading →

Tell Honda to Bring Us the Civic Type R Hatchback

Civic Type R Hatchback - Honda

Cars that thrive in overseas markets yet never make it to America (and vice versa) are commonplace, so they usually don’t bother us. Different continents and cultures want different things. But this time, we’re a little irked. We really want the 2015 Honda Civic Type R hatchback. That car is a game changer. It gets an all-new 306 bhp turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine, special “Dual Axis Strut” front suspension, an extensive aerodynamic package, high-performance Brembo brakes, and many more enhancements to make it as track-ready as possible. It hasn’t forgotten to look the part, either. The styling is directly influenced by the need to cut through the air as efficiently Continue Reading →

Updated Honda CR-V is Most Popular Vehicle in its Segment for 2014

Updated Honda CR-V

The Honda Motor Company might have its roots in Japan, but it’s got a pretty good base here in the United States as well. In fact, four different Honda vehicles were the most popular in their segments in 2014, according to IHS Automotive sales data. Of those four vehicles—the Accord, Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey—it’s the updated Honda CR-V that especially caught our eye. The CR-V has been a fan favorite of the American people, especially young adventurous people and people with small families, for years now. It’s cornered such a big part of the market, in fact, that Honda will soon release an HR-V model to build on that crossover Continue Reading →

Honda Unveils Honda Ridgeline Teaser Sketch at Chicago Auto Show

Honda Ridgeline Teaser Sketch

Auto shows aren’t just terrific venues to debut brand-new concept cars and production models—they are also a great way to build hype for a future vehicle. This is exactly what Honda did during the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month after it released a Honda Ridgeline teaser sketch, showcasing the future of the brand’s pickup truck. The teaser image was released on February 12th and showcased new styling that highlights Honda’s design philosophy, while also showing off the pickup’s capability. While there is little information to go on for the all-new Honda Ridgeline, it looks like the future pickup truck will be sleeker and less muscular, while still projecting an Continue Reading →

2015 Honda Fit Received a 5-Star Safety Rating

Honda Fit Received a 5-star safety rating

Compact cars no longer suffer from a lack of safety features. They can be just as safe as some of their larger counterparts and sometimes even have more or better safety features. One of these great small cars is the 2015 Honda Fit. Recently, the Fit received a 5-Star Safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This rating goes hand-in-hand with the Top Safety Pick rating it has already received from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “The Fit shows that owning a smaller car doesn’t mean you need to skimp on space, comfort or crashworthiness,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda Continue Reading →

2016 Honda Pilot Debut Scheduled for Chicago Auto Show

2016 Honda Pilot Debut

Late last month, Honda announced in a press release that the new 2016 Honda Pilot SUV would get its world debut at the upcoming 2015 Chicago Auto Show. This eight-passenger SUV, which has been totally redesigned, “will raise the stakes,” according to the automaker. Honda has released a teaser picture with just a simple outline of the new Pilot, while some spy shots of the vehicle spotted while testing have also surfaced online. These images all back up Honda’s claim that the new Pilot seriously shifts in design from the previous model. Additionally, the Pilot is set to remain one of the best family-friendly cars, a segment that Honda dominates Continue Reading →