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Honda Fit versus Hyundai Accent

Posted by Stephen On Monday, January 25th, 2016

This time, we’re pairing up the Honda Fit versus the Hyundai Accent. They’re both economy cars. They’re both competitors – which one ends up on top?

Each one of them comes in its own hatchback model, but the Fit does not come in a sedan model – something the Accent clearly does. Honda completely redesigned their Fit from the ground up, while the Accent hasn’t had a significant change since 2012.

That means we’ll be comparing the hatchback models. When you set them side-by-side, they’re both tall, five-door cars that look almost identical.

The Honda looks a little more fun while the Accent looks to be a bit more generic. Each vehicle may not be a luxury vehicle, but they do have enough features inside to make the experience pleasant.

As far as the seating arrangement goes, Honda is a clear winner. The seats are a little more comfortable, Honda does better on long trips and has what it calls a “Magic” seat arrangement. The rear seats do this flip and fold type motion, which really opens up the cargo area. On top of that, you take the front seats and fold them all the way back. For such a small car, the Honda Fit really provides a tremendous amount of cargo space. At this rate, the Hyundai Accent doesn’t even stand a chance. In fact, the Honda has more flexibility in the front seat than most cars.

Hyundai provides a 1.6 L, four-cylinder, 138 hp engine, which is the best in its class for a manual transmission, clearly beating out Honda. The Hyundai Accent makes 0 to 60 in 10 seconds flat. For an economy car, this is decent. For any other type of car, this is slow. Hyundai does offer a Sport Mode, but if you really want to take advantage of it, the engine has to be revved up to 3500 RPM. When you put just two people in the car, the engine feels taxed. The manual transmission model of the Accent provides 31 miles per gallon – the automatic version provides 30 miles per gallon.

The Honda is a bit weaker with a 1.5 L, four-cylinder 130 hp engine. Most people who own this car will be using the CVT transmission (continuously variable transmission), which will do far better gas mileage than Accent can ever hope for. The US EPA rating for the Honda Fit is 36 mpg. Despite its awkward shape, the Honda Fit does a fantastic job of making sure that the exterior noises didn’t find their way inside the vehicle at speeds well above typical speed limits.

The US Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) scored the Honda Fit very well, earning it a Top Safety Pick. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it five stars. Furthermore, the Fit achieves Good ratings in all the categories with the IIHS except one – the new small-overlap front crash test. In this test, it was rated as Acceptable.

The Accent, on the other hand, did not rate well with either the IIHS or the NHTSA. The federal government scored it at four stars, with some concerns about the Accent’s performance on side crashes. The IIHS rated the Accent as Poor on the new small-overlap front crash test.

In the end, you can clearly see why Honda – the famed Japanese automaker, wins out. On the outside, they look very similar. On the inside, they are very different. Fit wins on safety, convenience, and a premium on the top-of-the-line model that’s finally worth the money! You know – the automatic transmission on the Fit doesn’t hurt either.

All-New Honda Fit Shuttle Hybrid Coming to JDM

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 18th, 2015

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle Hybrid

Earlier, we learned about the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid set to go on sale in Japan in about a month. Today we have another new hybrid model making its debut in Japan, this time from Honda. It’s the all-new Honda Jazz Shuttle, which looks about exactly like it sounds.

Basically, this is a large station wagon version of the new Honda Fit, or the Honda Jazz depending on where you live. As with the last generation of the Shuttle, you can see that Honda has essentially just stretched out the rear-and of the Honda Jazz to create a substantially longer rear overhang.

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle rear

In fact, the Shuttle is built on the exact same architecture as the new Honda Jazz, and looks to replicate much of the Jazz’s aesthetic too. You can see the same deep body lines running along the sides of the car, and it adopts Honda’s “solid wing face” front grille. The range-topping version of the Jazz Shuttle pictured here showcases the 16-inch alloys, built-in navigation and the leather-wrapped seats and steering wheel that come with the higher-level trims.

2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle interior

Under the hood, the Honda Jazz Shuttle will be offered with two powertrain options. The first is an AWD hybrid system powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder Atkinson engine with a single electric motor and a dual-clutch transmission. The other option uses the same 1.5L engine but drops the electric motor and AWD for a standard CVT and FWD.

Unfortunately, just like the X-Trail Hybrid, there’s no word that Honda plans to sell a Jazz Shuttle in the US or any other market besides Japan. Our guess would be that they’d launch it in East Asia before the US or UK, but only time will tell.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2006 Honda Airwave

2006 Honda Airwave

Here we have a 2006 Honda Airwave. You can see on the auction sheet below that this airwave is one of the “L” models, which is the more luxurious of the two trimlines, “M” being the other option. As such, this Airwave features a large sunroof, high definition built-in navigation (and this was back in 2006, so that’s actually a big deal), and an exceedingly spacious interior.

2006 Honda Airwave rear

Looking at this auction find, you can see that not that much has changed in the past 10 years. There’s no doubt that this car looks a little bit dated, but it honestly doesn’t look that different in either form or function than the upcoming second-generation Jazz Shuttle.

2006 Honda Airwave interior

Either way, you can get more information via the auction sheet translation below:

2006 Honda Airwave auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered July 2006, L Skyroof model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, original Gathers HDD navigation system, original rear and side cameras, discharge headlights, power steering, power windows, original AWs, sunroof, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original TV, 7-speed paddle shift, keyless entry, spare key, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, front windscreen scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map, seats stained”

All-New Honda Grace Hybrid Goes on Sale Today in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Monday, December 1st, 2014

Christmas has come early for Honda dealerships in Japan. As of today, the reliable Japanese automaker has launched its brand-new Honda Grace hybrid sedan for the JDM. This new Fit-based hybrid car is designed to offer the maneuverability of a compact with the interior space of a full-size sedan. We’ll talk more about how they did that below; for now, feast your eyes on the 2015 Honda Grace:

all-new 2015 Honda Grace sedan

The Grace will also go on sale in Southeast Asia for the 2015 model year, although it will be called the Honda City in other markets.

Under the hood, you’ll find the Honda Fit’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) system that pairs a 1.5 L Atkinson DOHC i-VTEC engine to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with an integrated electric motor. The whole system is powered by an IPU, or “Intelligent Power Unit”, that uses a high-density lithium-ion battery. The whole system delivers about 138 hp, with 29 hp coming from the electric motor.

Combine that powertrain with a lightweight compact design, and you’ll find the Honda Grace delivers a class-leading 80.9 mpg. Even if you opt for the all-wheel-drive version, you’ll still enjoy a generous 69.1 mpg.

Now, back to Honda’s original goal… How did they create such an expansive interior cabin inside the body of a Fit-based compact sedan?

Honda tells us that the secret behind the cabin is an extra-long wheelbase and moving back the rear seats as far as they can go. This sacrifices trunk space in favor of Accord-level rear-passenger space, but you’ll still get a modest 430 liters of boot space even with those extended rear seats. They also enlarged the rear-passenger doors to make the car easier to enter and exit.

All in all, the Honda Grace looks like an excellent new hybrid offering. It’s stylish and modern design, comfortable interior cabin and class-leading fuel economy make it a deal that we’re sure most Japanese drivers will have a hard time passing up.

If you’d like to read more about the all-new Honda Grace, click here to read the official press release.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Honda Fit Hybrid

2013 Honda Fit Hybrid

Want the fuel economy of the Honda Grace, but the trunk space of the Fit hatchback? Good thing Honda already makes a Honda Fit Hybrid! Since their hatchbacks are such popular Japanese cars, you can find plenty of them up for auction in the Integrity Exports database.

2013 Honda Fit Hybrid rear

This particular model is a 2013 Honda Fit Hybrid L Package, which uses the same 1.5L i-DSD powertrain as the new Grace sedan. You can read more about this find below the auction sheet:

2013 Honda Fit Hybrid auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior condition A, first registered October 2013, DAA emissions code, L Package, FAT, AAC, maker original in-dash navigation system, rear view reversing camera, steering wheel switches, Anshin * pack, smart key, LED lighting, electrical retraction mechanism on mirrors, half-leather seats, original navigation system, original TV, airbags, power steering, power windows, minor scratches on interior trim, marks as per map”

* Anshin means peace of mind in Japanese.

Honda Shows Off Fit Performance Project at SEMA

Posted by Stephen On Friday, November 7th, 2014

The 2014 SEMA show is well underway and it’s been a great year so far. Honda in particular has had a great showing at the event, and their Fit hatchback won a SEMA Award in the “Hottest Sport Compact” category. As you continue reading, you’ll see why… They have an amazing portfolio of nine different customized Honda Fit hatchbacks, each with its own unique flair.

Tjin Edition 2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit Tjin Edition

We’ll start with the Tjin Edition Honda Fit (pictured above), which was voted fan favorite in Honda’s 2015 Fit Performance Project. This model was developed by Kylie Tjin’s design team, and features a wide variety of upgrades including the custom Axalta paintjob and a custom-fabricated wide-body kit.

The aftermarket Tjin Edition hatch rides on 18-inch iForged wheels with hot pink brake calipers, and the interior has been made over with custom green and black Katzkin seat covers to match the exterior, along with a Sony sound system.

The only performance upgrade in the Tjin Fit is a new Bismoto Pulse Chamber. Which brings us nicely too…

Bisimoto 2015 Honda Fit Turbo

Bisimoto 2015 Honda Fit Turbo

As the name of this aftermarket package implies, the highlight of Bisimoto’s contribution is a custom turbocharger, which takes the Fit up to an incredible 480hp.

Bisimoto didn’t stop there, though. Their kit also includes custom springs, new gaskets, Deatschwerks 1000cc injectors, a new Action 2MS clutch, bigger brakes and plenty of other mechanical upgrades. Inside, you’ll find a mostly gutted race-ready cockpit complete with a heavy-duty Rogue Racing harness.

MAD Industries 2015 Honda Fit

MAD Industries 2015 Honda Fit with Grom

This is a nice follow-up to the first two builds we showcased because it has more performance upgrades then the Tjin Edition, but still has a clear focus on enhanced sports appeal.

Even if you don’t care for the charcoal black and plasma yellow color scheme both inside and out, there’s no denying that MAD Industries has given us a head-turner. We wish you could see this one on the road, because that’s the only way you’d truly appreciate the PIAA Plasma Yellow fog lamps or the golden window tints – pictures just don’t do it justice.

Perhaps what’s coolest of all about this kit is that MAD Industries modified the Fit to carry a matching Honda Grom motorcycle in the trunk, including built-in MACs Straps to keep the bike in place.

Want To See All Nine Honda Fits?

As you read at the beginning of this post, Honda brought nine enhanced 2015 Honda Fit hatchbacks to the SEMA show. The three listed above are our personal favorites, and we decided we’d rather write a lot about our favorites than a tiny amount about each one. That being said, you can still see each Honda Fit build below:

Kontrabands AML 2015 Honda Fit

Kontrabands AML 2015 Honda Fit

Spoon Sports 2015 Honda Fit

Spoon Sports 2015 Honda Fit

Kenny Vince 2015 Honda Fit

Kenny Vince 2015 Honda Fit

HPD B-Spec 2015 Honda Fit Race Car

HPD B-Spec 2015 Honda Fit Race Car

Bisimoto + Norman Reeves Honda Fit

Bisimoto + Norman Reeves Honda Fit

Honda Genuine Accessories also showcased a Fit with every available dealership accessory, but all you have to do is imagine a normal yellow Honda Fit to get the full effect, so we didn’t include it here.

If you want to read more about each individual hatchback in the Fit Performance Project, we recommend you head over to Honda’s #ProjectFit Tumblr page for a full rundown, start to finish, of each modification.

JDM Honda Vezel to Enter US as the Honda HR-V

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

We first saw the Honda Vezel in the form of the Honda Urban SUV Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show near the beginning of last year. Then, in December 2013 – just a few short months ago – the Fit-based Honda Vezel went on sale in the automaker’s home market of Japan. At the time, Honda confirmed that the crossover would eventually make it into the US during 2014 and Europe during 2015, but gave no more specific plans than that.

Honda Vezel

Today, Honda’s plans for the US debut of the Vezel crossover have finally been confirmed. Except the Vezel won’t be the Vezel at all… It will be the Honda HR-V.

Sound familiar?

If you were a Honda fan back in the late 90’s, you’ll remember that the original Honda HR-V (below) was a “lightweight cross-country” SUV (back before the term crossover came into popularity) that was marketed to a young, hipster demographic. Just as today’s Vezel is based on the Honda Fit, the old HR-V was based on the Honda Logo supermini. Its mission was simple – offer all the benefits of an SUV in a more maneuverable, highly economic package. However, as popular as it was initially, the HR-V was ahead of its time in a bigger-is-better culture, and by 2006 Honda officially discontinued all versions of the model.

Honda HR-V

Today, the automotive market is finally catching up to the HR-V of old, so even though the Vezel is a substantially different vehicle from the old HR-V, it only seems appropriate that Honda would use the moniker.

The news comes from a Honda fansite called Apparently, Honda has recently introduced the HR-V to its North American dealerships at a promotional meeting. In addition, Honda has recently renewed its filing with the US Patent & Trademark office for the HR-V name. All of it points to the resurgence of the HR-V as the Honda Vezel, although it’s officially still hearsay at this point. When AutoNews contacted Honda for comment, their spokeswoman would only say, “Stay tuned.” Rather cryptic.

As for what we can expect from the resurrected HR-V, all you have to do is look to the JDM Honda Vezel. The subcompact crossover currently comes equipped with two powertrain options – a 1.5L four-cylinder i-VTEC with direct-injection, and another hybrid option using the same engine plus a high-output electric motor. Both options come with a CVT, and both options offer incredible fuel economy; 58 mpg and 76 mpg respectively, thanks in part to the new Reactive Force Pedal technology. The Vezel is also the first of Honda’s hybrids to get Real Time AWD.

All in all, we expect the Honda HR-V to be a smashing hit when it arrives in US dealerships near the end of this year. Our guess would be that we’ll see the crossover make its debut at the LA Motor Show before it goes on sale at the beginning of December. And then maybe we’ll see its European debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next Spring.

New 2014 Honda Fit (Jazz) Hybrid Officially Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Honda has just released the first official images and info for the new 2014 Honda Fit. Given that the Fit is one of the Japanese brand’s best-selling global models, this is quite significant. It’s even bigger news when you consider that the new hybrid technology in the Fit will be used across multiple model ranges for the next several years. In fact, according to Automotive News, Honda hopes that their new hybrid drivetrain will finally allow them to legitimately compete with Toyota.

New Honda Fit

2014 Fit Showcases Future Design Language

Even though the technology inside the 2014 Honda Fit is by far the most important part of the new vehicle (which is why we’ll talk about it in-depth below), the most obvious changes are the ones seen on the subcompact’s exterior. As we all know, Honda is a brand known for bland, but reliable vehicles. The 2014 Fit is the first car to showcase how Honda plans to change their flavorless reputation.

I’ll leave it up to you to dissect all the intricacies of the new styling, but the main themes include aggressive body lines and a hard-cut front end, with a slightly reworked rear end, too. While we still don’t have excellent inside images of the new Fit, we’ve seen enough to confirm that these edgier, more contemporary styling cues carry over to the interior of the car.

A Hybrid Powertrain Fit to Challenge Toyota

With the design out of the way, let’s talk about what’s really important in the 2014 Honda Fit hybrid – the technology. Mechanically inclined readers may recall that current hybrid verions of the Fit use a system called Integrated Motor Assist, which was integral in Honda’s development of regenerative braking. However, IMA has fallen out of favor over the past several years because of the more powerful and efficient options from Toyota and GM.

The 2014 Fit introduces the next chapter in Honda’s hybrid technology – Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive, or Sport Hybrid i-DCD for short. Apparently, this new system allows Honda’s hatchback to achieve a 35% increase in fuel economy, which equates to an estimated 85 miles per gallon. This is the highest fuel economy of any hybrid car sold in Japan.

One of the key new features enabled by the i-DCD technology is the ability to disengage the engine and the electric motor, which allows the Fit to shift between three different modes of driving. Depending on “driving situations”, the 2014 Fit Hybrid will automatically adjust between EV Drive Mode, Hybrid Drive Mode and Engine Drive Mode. Additionally, the Fit includes a new servo-brake system coupled with an electric compressor that simultaneously reduces engine load and improves regenerative braking.

Unfortunately for our US readers, the Honda Fit hybrid is unlikely to ever make it onto North American shores because of lack of interest. Automotive News reports that Honda’s total hybrid sales through 2013 come to just over 9,000 units in the US, which is ~10% decrease from the same time period in 2012. The petrol-powered Fit will make it into dealerships around Q3 next year, meanwhile the hybrid Fit is expected to launch in Japan by the end of 2013. Expect to see in-the-metal unveilings at one or both of the LA or Tokyo Auto Shows later this year.

Honda Fit EV Gets More Competitive With Cheaper Lease Agreement

Posted by Stephen On Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

As electric vehicles begin to gain more momentum among consumers (sort of), their market space also becomes more competitive. Honda certainly doesn’t mind this trend, as it has an excellent EV in the all-electric Honda Fit. However, even though the Fit is undoubtedly a top-tier EV, it doesn’t match up very well to the leasing options available from other manufacturers. For example, Fiat, Chevrolet AND Nissan all offer lease contracts for $199 per month, while Ford offers $284 per month. $200 per month seems to be a very reasonable price for many city drivers.

How much would it cost to lease a Honda Fit?

As of right now, $389 per month, almost double the price of its competitors. Obviously, this is a problem. Fortunately, it’s an easy one to fix. All Honda has to do is lower the price. So, as of June 1, you’ll be able to lease a Honda Fit for just $259 per month, a full 30% reduction in price.

Why $259 is Cheaper than $199

Our more mathematically skilled readers will notice a small problem here – $259 per month is more expensive than $199 per month. You may be asking, why reduce the price at all if you’re still going to charge 30% more than the competition?

The answer is twofold.

First, while the Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500 and Chevy Spark all come in at under $200 per month, they each require a signing fee of either $999 or $1,999. The Ford Focus e isn’t much better with a fee of $929. The Honda Fit EV, however, only requires $259 paid upfront. Already, you can see that this would make up for several months of slightly higher payments.

But there’s more…

In addition to a cheaper signing fee, Honda will also offer several benefits to tenants that you won’t find when leasing any other electric vehicle. First, there is no mileage limit. No other EV lease agreement allows unlimited mileage; the maximum is 12,000 per year. Second, the Fit EV comes with collision coverage. This releases you of some potential financial responsibility. Lastly, the all-electric Fit comes with a free 240V charger unit (although installation is the buyer’s responsibility) and complementary routine maintenance by the local Honda dealership.

So, even though the monthly fee for the Honda Fit EV is about $60 more than the most competitive options on the market, it actually works out cheaper when the other factors are taken into consideration. If you want to see all of this data presented side-by-side, I highly recommend you check out this handy chart the folks over at Autoblog Green put together:

If you currently lease a Honda Fit EV, you’re in luck. This new rate will automatically be applied to any current lease agreements, starting June 1.

While the market for electric vehicles still has a long ways to go, this is a very encouraging sign for the industry. The fact that EVs are important enough to manufacturers to engage in a bidding war for best price can only be good for the consumer. And if you haven’t bought an EV yet (I’m guessing that’s most of us), maybe if you wait another year they’ll be even cheaper. Only way to find out is to wait and see!

Toyota Prius is Most Popular Hybrid Online – Nobody’s Surprised

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 30th, 2013

As new technologies develop, the auto industry is able to access data that it’s never had before. For the most part, this data is used to better familiarize automakers with their target customers. Sometimes, though, it’s used just to see who’s better.

20 years ago, automakers relied on surveys and focus groups to learn more about customers. But, those proved unreliable because respondents have a tendency to exaggerate if they think it’ll earn approval.

Then, the Internet happened and authentic customer reviews began to dominate the consumer experience. This resulted in some major innovations… For example, this is when automakers figured out that the interior matters just as much as the exterior design or technical specs, at least to most drivers.

Today, the newest pool of data is social media. With this new resource come new companies ready to analyze it, and that’s where GenSent Insights comes into the picture. According to Automotive News, this New York-based analytics firm performed an extensive study using social data from the months of January through April of this year. Their aim in this study? To assign a dollar amount to the social network exposure of the top 5 most frequently mentioned hybrid cars on the Internet.

So, all of that introduction to say this – the Toyota Prius is the most talked about hybrid online.

GenSent Insights says that Toyota’s “total media value” for the first four months of 2013 comes to $14.5 million. The second most popular hybrid came to $4.5 million. However, since this is so completely to be expected, we’re going to move on and discuss the other hybrids in the top five, two of which are Japanese … and one of which isn’t even a hybrid.

Here’s the list, complete with total media values, for the top five most frequently mentioned hybrids online. (For some reason they seem to think the Tesla is a “hybrid”):

1. Toyota Prius – $14.5 million
2. Honda Fit – $4.5 million
3. Chevrolet Volt – $3.1 million
4. Tesla Model S EV – $3 million
5. Honda Insight – $2.9 million

So, three out of the top five hybrids are Japanese-made, which is pretty neat. More impressively, if you look at it from a total media valuation standpoint, Japanese hybrids accounted for 78% of the total worth shared by the top 5 vehicles. Interestingly enough, GenSent says that the Nissan Leaf was the most well-liked low emissions car, but it didn’t have the widespread frequency to back it up.

For those of you skeptical about how you could assign real dollar value to a completely digital currency – if you can call social mentions currency – I assure you, there is a very complex formula. And I’m also sure that I don’t understand it at all. But I do know that it involves tracking the sentiment, frequency and source of social media mentions.

Obviously, this isn’t an exact science. There’s no way of knowing whether Toyota got $14.5 million worth of real exposure thanks to social media mentions alone. It would probably be safer to call it a points system than a valuation system, but nonetheless, the end result is the same – no one can dispute that the Toyota Prius is the most popular hybrid in existence.

Source: Autonews, Autoblog Green

Japanese Cars in the 2013 New York Motor Show Previewed

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

We’re less than 48 hours away from the 2013 New York Motor Show, so it’s time to take stock of our previews. Below you will get an overview of all the Japanese cars you can expect to see unveiled over the next few days in New York. I’m sure you’ll find a few on this list to keep an eye on.

New York International Auto Show 2013

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in:

Acura MDX

We’ve already talked about the Acura MDX, so I’m not going to say too much about it here. Basically, the MDX will get a facelift and some minor updates, including a V6 engine and some slight interior tweaks.

Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

The 2013 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid has already been on sale in a select few states, including New York. The 2014 version we’ll see at the motor show will have an improved fuel economy that’s been rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe. Impressive.

Honda Fit EV

The Honda Fit, or Jazz depending on your market, will get a new electric motor allowing for an 82 mile drive range. This will be Honda’s answer to the Nissan Leaf.

Honda Odyssey

Again, this isn’t a major update, but more like a refresh. You’ll see a few new safety features and possibly a new, more powerful powertrain with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Moving along…

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Set to replace the FX50, the QX60 3-row SUV will feature a brand new 2.5L 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain. We don’t know much more than that.

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Okay, I know that I’m breaking from alphabetic order here, but since the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and the Infiniti QX60 will share the same new powertrain, I thought it appropriate. It will be interesting to see how Nissan/Infiniti differentiates between these two very similar vehicles. I’m guessing they’re going to get a lot of flack from critics for showing these two SUVs together.

Mitsubishi Mirage

This new hyper efficient, light-weight supermini will emit less than 100g/km of CO2. That’s right around the Toyota Prius, by point of comparison. Affordably priced, the Mirage will replace the Colt in Mitsubishi’s line up.

Subaru XV Hybrid

This is the car we know the least about… Subaru hasn’t told us anything at all about their first hybrid vehicle. All we have is one photo. If I had to pick one, this is probably the car that I’m most excited to learn more about, if only because it’s the biggest mystery.

Toyota Highlander

Not much to say here as, again, we’ve already talked about the new Highlander. From what we’ve seen in spy shots, the new Highlander should be reminiscent of the RAV4 we saw earlier this year. Toyota might tweak the powertrain for improved efficiency, but don’t count on it.

As you can see, there are quite a few Japanese cars to keep an eye on at the 2013 New York Motor Show. That being said, I can’t say that I’m incredibly excited about any of them… Hopefully I’ll be surprised though. Either way, stay tuned later this week for coverage!

Sources: The Truth About Cars, Autocar

Honda / Acura Bringing 4 New(ish) Cars to the 2013 New York Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 22nd, 2013

As we talked about yesterday, the 2013 New York International Auto Show is right around the corner with doors opening next Thursday, March 28. With it, you can expect to see a whole host of new Japanese cars from just about all of your favorite brands. Today, we’re going to talk about Honda and the plethora of new or updated vehicles they will be showcasing in New York.

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s jump right in:

2014 Honda Odyssey

While we won’t see a new generation of the Honda Odyssey at New York, we will see several “innovative new features” for the 2014 model year. In an effort to maintain the popular minivan’s competitive place in the segment, Honda will integrate several new safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning. Additionally, they may offer a new powertrain with a 3.5L V6 engine capable of 278bhp.

Not too shabby.

Honda Accord Plug-in

Most of us have forgotten that Honda originally teased a PHEV-version of their Accord a full two years ago. Now that the 2013 Honda Accord Plug-in has been on sale for a couple months in select locations, Honda is excited to show us what the 2014MY holds in store. With an electric-only fuel economy of up to 138 MPGe (UK), the new Accord PHEV will apparently be the first car ever to meet the EPA’s newly revised standards.

Honda Fit EV

We probably don’t need to say too much about this one. The Honda Fit (or the Honda Jazz, as it is also known) is already a great car. In an effort to compete with new EVs coming from Nissan, Ford, Chevy and Toyota (among others), the Fit EV will boast a driving range of 82 miles.

Next Generation Acura MDX

Last, but certainly not least, Honda will be showing off their next-gen Acura MDX luxury SUV. We’ve already seen the concept and it looked fantastic, so we’re excited to see what the production-ready version will look like.

As far as stats, Honda’s luxury marquee has already told us a surprising amount. Basically, we’ve been promised a more spacious interior, more safety features and a new powertrain with a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine capable of both all-wheel and front-wheel drive. Not to mention the facelift, of course.

As you can see, Honda alone has several cars to get us excited about for the 2013 New York International Auto Show. We still have about a week left for previews, though, so I’m sure there are more exciting vehicles yet to come. Either way, stay tuned here for the latest news and updates!

Sources: Autocar, Autocar,