Posts Tagged ‘odyssey’

2015 Toyota Sienna Unveiled w/ Quirky YouTube Videos

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

2015 Toyota Sienna front

Today Toyota pulled the curtains off of their new 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan. A little further down the page, we’ll go through all of the new updates and improvements drivers will enjoy in the next model year. But first, we owe it to you to start with these quirky “homemade” YouTube videos that Toyota’s using to promote their new Sienna. They’re actually pretty funny despite the cheesiness, so enjoy:

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you’ll notice about these two videos is that the majority of the filming takes place in the interior. Was it an accident or a deliberate marketing decision? That’s for you to decide. But there’s no denying that the majority of the updates to the 2015 Toyota Sienna are found inside the vehicle. All you’ll find outside are minor cosmetic tweaks, like a new mesh grille and slightly re-sculpted head- and taillights.

2015 Toyota Sienna white leather interior

To be fair, the not-so-competitive minivan segment has never been about outside looks, but inside convenience which the new Sienna has in spades. The entire interior has been overhauled for a more comfortable and upscale feel, a bunch of new technology options and better all-around handling. Furthermore, almost all of the new features are aimed directly at mom and dad.

Up front, you’ll find that the 2015 Sienna gets a new look with a modernized gauge cluster that better matches the revised white leather interior (although black leather with white stitching is now an option too, pictured below). Technology improvements include a new 4.2-inch multi-information display with built-in turn-by-turn navigation.

Other cool new features include an optional 7-inch touchscreen that lets the driver decide what’s important with swipe-friendly customization. You can set it to display multimedia controls, GPS navigation and Driver Easy Speak. Speaking of, Driver Easy Speak is a new feature which makes it easy for parents to talk to their kids in the back via a built-in microphone that’s wired to the van’s rear speakers. There’s even a pull-down conversation mirror so parents can look at their kids without turning around.

2015 Toyota Sienna black leather interior

Of course, Toyota also recognizes that safety is of utmost importance to every parent. That’s why every Sienna at each trim comes with eight airbags (the most in its class), panoramic backup camera, and four different LATCH locations for car seat convenience.

All in all, even Toyota can probably admit that this isn’t the most prolific refresh ever to grace their lineup. Still, we’re sure that parents everywhere will be grateful for the improvements, and they’ll pull more than a few drivers away from the Honda Odyssey. Want to learn more about the new 2015 Toyota Sienna? Visit http://www.toyota.com/swaggerwagon.


Honda Teases Next-Gen 2014 Odyssey Minivan for JDM

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Last week we predicted that we’d begin seeing previews trickle in for the two upcoming motor shows – the ones in LA and Tokyo which both take place in November – around the beginning of October. Right on cue, today we have our first official 2013 Tokyo Motor Show preview.  It might not be the most exciting Japanese car coming to the Tokyo Motor Show, but it will certainly be an important one.

So, which Japanese car are we previewing today? If you read the title, then you know – it’s the next-generation 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan for the Japanese Domestic Market.

Both the Odyssey and the Accord nameplates designate different models depending on where they’re being sold… This Odyssey is the version for all non-US markets. It may be labeled for the Japanese market, but it’ll actually be sold in Europe and all over the rest of the world too; basically everywhere except North America.

What’s New in the Next-Gen JDM Honda Odyssey?

As you can see, in 2014 we’ll see the return of the tall roofline for the JDM model, which Honda has been going back and forth on since the MPV’s inception in 1994. Personally, we prefer the roomier cabin that comes with a higher roofline over the sportiness that comes with a lower one.  Aside from the extra headspace, however, it looks like the 2014 Honda Odyssey will be more compact as a whole. Compared to the US-version of the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the biggest differences can be seen in the front clip, particularly the grill.

Unfortunately, this is a preview for a reason…  We really don’t know much else other than what we can glean from Honda’s preview images. IndianAutosBlog, who originally reported the story using images taken from the official Honda preview page, had a few speculations to add.

First, it looks like there will be an “ECON” driving mode, likely enabling drivers to conserve fuel under certain circumstances. It also appears that there will be Blind Spot Assistance technology integrated into the side and rear mirrors, and an automatic braking system to help prevent front-end collisions.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether or not the JDM Odyssey will get the US-version’s super-cool HondaVac technology. It’s sad, we know.

It appears that there will be at least seven different exterior colors-schemes to choose from in the 2014 JDM Honda Odyssey, with either black or ivory color-schemes available for the interior.  It will likely be manufactured with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, powered by Honda’s trusty 2.4L four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT.

That about wraps up everything we know about the JDM version of the 2014 Honda Odyssey.  We should learn more as it gets closer to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, so stay tuned for further updates.  Until then, thanks for reading, and come back tomorrow for more Japanese car goodness!


Wrapping Up the 2013 New York Motor Show with Honda and Nissan

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The 2013 New York Motor Show is so last week. Even though it was a massive automotive event and dozens of new cars were unveiled, time is passing and us auto-junkies are moving right along. But, here at Integrity Exports, we still have a few more Japanese cars we’d like to talk about. So, today we’re going to cover two cars each from Honda and Nissan.

2014 Honda Odyssey

First up, the new 2014 Honda Odyssey. I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting very much. After all, what could be cool about a new minivan?

How about this: the first ever in-car vacuum?

That’s right, apparently the top-tier trim package – the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite – will feature an in-car vacuum that reaches every nook and cranny of the minivan’s interior. The vacuum, which is officially dubbed HondaVAC, can run for 8 minutes while the engine is off and indefinitely while it’s on. There are also several included attachments to handle different types of debris.

Pretty cool!

Unfortunately, we were so engrossed in the vacuum that we didn’t pay any attention to the rest of the car. And neither should you; let’s just all stay excited about the vacuum.

2014 Acura MDX

Maybe this says something about my stance towards Honda, but once again I wasn’t expecting much from the all-new MDX. But, I was actually impressed with what we saw in New York. Acura’s new seven-seater was totally re-built from the ground up with a completely new architecture that offers all-around improved driving dynamics. That means better aerodynamics, better fuel efficiency, better handling, and of course a very clean and spacious interior in traditional Honda style (they’re taking cues from the Fit’s success here).

As far as mechanics, the 2014 Acura MDX features a new i-VTEC 3.5L V6 engine with direct injection and Variable Cylinder Management. All told, the meaty new engine delivers 290hp, and you’ll get it paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that can be configured for either Super Handling AWD or the more common 2-wheel drive.

Did we mention that Acura tested the MDX on Nürburgring? Got to give you props there, Acura.

All in all, a great new Japanese SUV from Honda’s luxury arm.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Unlike with the Acura MDX, we weren’t expecting a full re-design for the Nissan Pathfinder. Instead, we were looking forward to a hybrid version of the redesigned-for-2013 Pathfinder. And, that’s exactly what we got. No more, no less.

The new Pathfinder Hybrid is apparently configured with a lithium-ion battery powering a 15-kW motor. The electric motor is then paired with a supercharged 4-cylinder 2.5L engine capable of 250hp. The hybrid configuration is unofficially priced at $3,000 above the normal Pathfinder.

Infiniti QX60

Once again, the Infiniti crossover formerly known as JX35 was already revamped for 2013, so we weren’t expecting anything earth-shattering. But even still, we were bored with the QX60, which debuted at New York with the exact same hybrid powertrain found in the new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid.

As we initially expected, people weren’t overly impressed by the QX60. Most auto-news sources spent more time dissing Infiniti’s confusing naming conventions than actually discussing the new QX60. It was just too similar to the Pathfinder. Other than a nicer interior and some extra safety features, the QX60 failed to stand out from its mechanical twin. In fact, if you asked me I’d say the QX60 actually has a worse exterior design than the Pathfinder, even if it gets the nod from the interior.

Infiniti’s boring QX60 aside, the New York Motor Show was definitely a success, and I’ve enjoyed covering it for you. We’ll be moving on to other things later this week, so stay tuned for more auto-news here at Integrity Exports!


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, Worldcarfans.com