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2020 Civic Si gets “more aggressive looks” & increased acceleration come early September

by Amee Reehal at TractionLife.com

Overview of the 2020 Civic Si including changes vs 2019, pricing, and release date set for September 6. Si gets styling updates & increased acceleration.

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2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Touring Review

by Graham Heeps at TractionLife.com

Pros Familiar styling, inside and out Seamless powertrain integration Fuel economy Cons Engine is noisy under load Price premium in Canada Irritating walk-away auto lock The Honda Insight is back for a third generation, but the auto maker’s original hybrid nameplate now adorns a familiar-looking, Civic-based sedan rather than an aerodynamics-obsessed machine that screams ‘eco-warrior’. […]

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2019 Honda Passport Review

by Graham Heeps at TractionLife.com

The 2019 Passport is basically a 5-seat Pilot, sharing similar underpinnings & wheelbase. Is Honda’s “adventure-ready” mid-size SUV worth it?

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Honda’s New 2WD “Rugged” 2019 Passport Starts at $31,990

by Amee Reehal at TractionLife.com

Honda is pinning their new 2019 Passport SUV ‘adventure-ready’ when it arrives Feb 4 in US & March 15 in Canada; Pricing starts at US$31,990 & C$43,680.

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2018 Honda Accord 2.0L Review

by Chris Chase at TractionLife.com

The 2018 Accord’s 2.0L turbo engine is Honda’s follow-up to the V6 that was the performance upgrade in past generations of this sedan.

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2018 Honda Fit Sport Review

by Chris Chase at TractionLife.com

With no performance bump, the 2018 Honda Fit Sport adds black wheels, a chrome tailpipe, a subtle body kit & a black/orange interior, all slapped with a ‘sport’ badge.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R | A Closer Look

2018 honda civic type r black front

by TractionLife.com

We spend some time with the 2018 Honda Civic Type R and breakdown the Japanese sports car’s engine, driving impressions, specs, and price.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R | A Closer Look

2018 honda civic type r black front

by TractionLife.com

We spend some time with the 2018 Honda Civic Type R and breakdown the Japanese sports car’s engine, driving impressions, specs, and price.

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2018 Honda Accord Review Touring Review

2018 Honda Accord Touring front rolling

by TractionLife.com

Pros

  • Distinctive styling
  • Classy interior
  • Good to drive

Cons

  • 2-liter turbo motor is notably thirstier than alternatives
  • 19-inch wheels not the best choice around town
  • noisy seat ventilation fans

Editor’s Note: All photos here of the 2018 Honda Accord Touring 1.5T

A family favourite for generations, the new Honda Accord reaches the market having already collected prizes for North American Car of the Year and Canadian Car of the Year. The car on test here is the range-topping 2018 Accord Touring-spec model with a 2.0-liter turbo I4 gasoline engine. This 252-horsepower, 273 lb-ft motor replaces the naturally aspirated V6 in the Accord line-up.

Honda Accord Price: 2018 Touring Model

At US$35,800 or C$38,890, the 2.0T Touring is a full 50% more expensive than the entry-level, 1.5-liter turbo LX, but substantially better equipped. Unique to the model are the 10-speed automatic transmission and adaptive damping, but Tourings of either engine get a Blind Spot Information System with rear Cross Traffic Monitor, upgraded dashboard display, navigation and voice recognition systems and wi-fi hotspot.

2018 Accord Redesign: Exterior Styling

No doubt about it, Honda has gone bold with the new Accord’s styling. The bluff, imposing front end stands out, but the overall shape combines sleek and angular elements to good effect. It’s a much more distinctive look than the outgoing, ninth-generation model’s and, while acknowledging that some buyers may prefer a subtler look, the subjective view of this author is that it’s a terrific design.

2018 Honda Accord Touring rear white
It’s a much more distinctive look than the outgoing, ninth-generation model’s and, while acknowledging that some buyers may prefer a subtler look, the subjective view of this author is that it’s a terrific design. Despite the best efforts of the electronic shocks, low-speed bumps have every chance of reaching the cabin thanks to the limited sidewall height of the standard 235/40 tires. Pic: Honda

“Wheels too big” is an all-to-common complaint in an age when the demands of the marketing department seem to overrule vehicle performance considerations, but the Touring’s spectacular 19-inch alloys are one element of the design that compromises everyday use. Despite the best efforts of the electronic shocks, low-speed bumps have every chance of reaching the cabin thanks to the limited sidewall height of the standard 235/40 tires. Unfortunately, the only other Accord wheel size is 17-inch, which aesthetically may be a little small for some.

New Accord Sedan Interior

That exterior style is replicated inside the Accord Touring. The dashboard and door trims are beautifully designed, with high-quality materials (including some great-looking fake wood trims), an unobtrusive head-up display and some chunky, premium-feeling switches and dials to complement the large central touchscreen. On the screen itself, Honda’s app-based infotainment controls are among the most intuitive out there.

The cabin is notably spacious – if anything, there was a little too much space around the driver’s seat, but you’d be glad of it in the event of a side-impact. Leg- and headroom is very good, front and back, and the 473-liter trunk is as big as you’ll ever need in normal use. The soft leather seats are comfortable but some drivers will need to bump up the low-set power seat to see out properly. The seat heating and cooling are welcome of course, but the cooling fans are notably noisy in an otherwise quiet interior.

2018 Honda Accord Touring front cabin
The soft leather seats are comfortable but some drivers will need to bump up the low-set power seat to see out properly. The seat heating and cooling are welcome of course, but the cooling fans are notably noisy in an otherwise quiet interior. Pic: Honda

New Honda Accord on the Road: Driving Impressions

Keen drivers will enjoy the Accord Touring’s accurate, well-weighted steering and minimal roll. The adaptive dampers allow a surprising amount of vertical motion from the body when not in Sport Mode but the plushness is spoiled at low speeds by those huge wheels thudding over bumps and breaks in the road surface.

The 2.0T motor has power and torque to burn: sub-six-second 0-60mph (100km/h) acceleration is fast enough for a mainstream family sedan and should appease fans of the old V6. Mid-range acceleration is also strong and smooth, although there’s sometimes a momentary hesitation after kickdown as the 10-speed ’box finds the right gear. Mostly though, there’s no unsettling hunting for gears in everyday driving.

The only real concern with the powertrain is the fuel economy or rather, relative lack thereof. Our experience suggests you can expect slightly better mileage than the official combined figure of 9.1L/100km (26mpg) but if you’re using the car around town then an alternative powertrain is more than worthy of consideration.

Elsewhere, we’ve become accustomed to the excellence of the Honda Sensing driver assistance systems and the Accord takes full advantage. The Cross Traffic Monitor, for example, did a good job of alerting us to passing traffic when reversing off the driveway.

2018 Honda Accord Touring

Takeaway

The latest Accord is an accomplished all-rounder and in 2.0T Touring trim, a luxurious (if premium-priced) one, too. The biggest question to ask if you’re considering the car is whether you really need the extra power of the 2-liter turbo motor. With 192-horsepower on tap, the entry-level 1.5T (paired with a CVT or 6-speed manual) is no slouch and offers considerably better fuel economy: officially 7.6L/100km (31mpg) combined for the Touring trim level.

An Accord Hybrid (our review here) has also just joined the range and this too is available in the Touring grade. Its non-turbocharged 2-liter engine and 2-motor hybrid system (212 total horsepower) is good for an eye-catching 5.1L/100km (46mpg) combined. With a list price of US$34,710 or C$41,611, it’s certainly worth a look.

Learn more here

Honda Accord USA | Honda Accord Canada

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2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Review

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid review

by TractionLife.com

Pros

  • Seamlessly integrated, extremely economical hybrid drivetrain
  • Excellent driver-assistance systems
  • Purchase incentives can offset price premium

Cons

  • Statement styling won’t be to everyone’s taste
  • Economy focus has its downsides for visibility, practicality
  • Expensive if you don’t qualify for a purchase incentive

Calgary, AlbertaHonda has been in the hybrid game as long as anyone, but has never quite matched the success of Toyota’s successive Prius generations. The Clarity name was first used on a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) in 2008 but the name has now been given to three ecologically focused siblings: a new FCV, an electric car and the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. The latter is the only one available in all 50 US states and Canada.

2018 Honda Clarity Price

The 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid went on sale in December 2017 at a price of US$33,400 or C$$39,900, billed as a no-compromise electric vehicle. This Accord-sized newcomer offers a nominal 76km of electric-only range from a 181-horsepower electric motor and 17kWh lithium-ion battery, matched with a 1.5-litre gas engine to provide up to 212 total horsepower and 547km of total range. We subjected an example of the higher Touring grade (an extra US$3,200 or C$4,000) to family life in the Calgary suburbs.

Honda Clarity Review – Touring Model

New Honda hybrid’s exterior styling

Other plug-in hybrid cars (Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Mini Countryman Cooper S E ALL4) look near-identical to conventionally powered models but with the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Honda has plumped for something less run-of-the-mill. The partially enclosed rear wheels evoke Honda’s original eco-car, the 2000 Insight, or old Citroëns. There are some cues from other cars in the current Honda range, too, but the Clarity still looks like little else on the road today. In the eyes of this observer the range-improving, low-drag shape is sleek but hard to love. Some will admire its futuristic sweep but it may be too extreme to win universal acclaim.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid touring rear
The rake of the rear screen (which has no wiper) compromises visibility that not especially enhanced by the small, vertical glass cutout at the screen’s base. Pic: Graham Heeps

That focus on aerodynamics has consequences for usability, too. The hood drops away to a small, tapered frontal area that’s invisible from the comfortable but low-slung driver’s seat, making it hard to judge distances when parking. The rake of the rear screen (which has no wiper) compromises visibility that not especially enhanced by the small, vertical glass cutout at the screen’s base. This area is also prone to soiling in wet conditions, compounding the problem. Finally, the distinctive, stylish and aerodynamically efficient 18in alloy wheels sit flush with the tire sidewalls, leaving them susceptible to curb damage – as I found to my cost.

Honda Clarity Interior

The Clarity’s interior is spacious enough to carry five in comfort. The Touring trim’s leather lends a quality feel and all the gadgets that you’d expect from a vehicle with an eye on the future are here: 8in central touchscreen, SiriusXM, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Siri among them. I particularly liked the SMS text message function, which not only plays you an incoming message, but offers a choice of half-a-dozen standard replies – Yes, No, I’m on my way, Talk to you later, I’m driving, etc – at the touch of a steering-wheel button.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid touring interior
The Clarity’s interior is spacious enough to carry five in comfort. The Touring trim’s leather lends a quality feel and all the gadgets that you’d expect from a vehicle with an eye on the future are here: 8in central touchscreen, SiriusXM, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Siri among them. Pic: Graham Heeps

Unfortunately there were a couple of practicality hitches when using the car to haul kids and luggage. The sculpted rear seats sit you lower to helpfully improve headroom for taller occupants, but the sculpted area is too small to easily accommodate a typical child’s booster seat. It made it hard for them to position the seat and clip in the safety belt.

Also read: Are Hybrid Cars Worth It? The Pros & Cons of Sustainable Vehicle Ownership

The Clarity also struggles to accommodate large loads thanks to a relatively narrow trunk opening, the small, curved cut-out between trunk and cabin with the seats folded, and a split-level trunk floor created by the hump of the battery pack beneath.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid touring interior
The Clarity also struggles to accommodate large loads thanks to a relatively narrow trunk opening, the small, curved cut-out between trunk and cabin with the seats folded, and a split-level trunk floor created by the hump of the battery pack beneath. Pic: Graham Heeps

2018 Honda Clarity PHEV Driving impressions

Key to the success of any hybrid is the integration of the gasoline-electric powertrain. The Clarity scores highly here – the switching between the two, or their use in combination if you have a very heavy right foot, is seamless.

In truth, you’ll rarely need to call upon the gas engine unless you’re covering substantial distances. In mild weather, we got about 70km (around 43 miles) from the battery around town, more than enough for most daily commutes or runs to school and soccer with the kids. The Clarity accelerates briskly to highway cruising speeds on electric power alone and the standard level of regenerative braking is well judged, although you can add more via steering-wheel paddles. Back home, the battery will recharge overnight via a regular 120V socket, or in as little as two-and-a-half hours with a 240V setup. Plug-in reminders and details of local charging stations are available via the HondaLink app.

Refinement is a key criterion for a car that doesn’t have the noise and vibration of a combustion engine to mask shortcomings elsewhere. Here too, the Plug-In Hybrid does a solid job. Wind noise is well suppressed save for a little rushing around the door mirrors at speed; road noise is likewise low and the ride is generally comfortable, especially at urban speeds. You likely won’t buy a Clarity for handling prowess but the steering is well weighted and a low, wide stance with plenty of weight low down helps keep body roll under control.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid touring rear
You likely won’t buy a Clarity for handling prowess but the steering is well weighted and a low, wide stance with plenty of weight low down helps keep body roll under control. Pic: Graham Heeps

We liked the Honda Sensing driver-assistance technologies on the Odyssey and here too, they work superbly. In clear conditions the Clarity will keep itself in the center of a highway lane for 30 seconds with no trouble at all, before prompting you to replace your hands on the wheel. The Blind Spot Information System provides a helpful side-camera view when you activate the turn signal, helping to spot cyclists on your inside, for example.

Takeaway from our 2018 Clarity Touring Review

It’s hard to argue with the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s economy. I covered 291km in a week’s driving but used only 3.64L of fuel, which equates to consumption of 1.25L/100km (188mpg), well ahead of the official figure because I did most of my driving in electric mode with overnight recharging.

I suspect many customers will use the car in a similar way, helping to recoup the Hybrid’s price premium – in Touring trim with the 1.5-litre turbo engine, an Accord costs upward of C$35,890, a full C$8,000 less than the Clarity Touring. Local incentive programs such as those offered by the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec are another factor in the Hybrid’s favour however, with a rebate of up to C$13,000 available in Ontario.

Also check out our Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Buyer’s Guide

If environmental credentials or low running costs are a priority – the gas engine is supposedly good for 160,000km/100,000 miles without major maintenance – then the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is worthy of consideration. There are compromises to be made, however, most notably in the car’s practicality and styling, which won’t suit everyone. Perhaps Honda recognizes this too, having given the upcoming 2019 Insight a much more conventional look.

Learn more here:

Honda Clarity USA | Honda Clarity Canada

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid touring front grill
It’s hard to argue with the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s economy. I covered 291km in a week’s driving but used only 3.64L of fuel, which equates to consumption of 1.25L/100km (188mpg), well ahead of the official figure because I did most of my driving in electric mode with overnight recharging. Pic: Graham Heeps

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