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New for 2011: Honda

New for 2011: Honda

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2011 Honda ModelsHistory
Honda Motor Company, a Japanese automaker, was founded in 1948. The company originally constructed small engine parts for Toyota-a manufacturer that would eventually become one of its biggest rivals. The Toyota deal ended shortly thereafter and Honda focused on launching a line of small fuel-efficient engines that were used to power bicycles. The natural progression of that business led the growing company to build motorcycles, and eventually automobiles. While Honda is well-known for fuel efficiency and smaller vehicles, the manufacturer began a racing program in the mid-1960s that still continues today. In 1986, the company launched its own line of premium vehicles under its Acura brand. Toyota and Nissan followed its lead and launched their Lexus and Infiniti premium brands several years later.

Today, Honda manufactures a range of passenger automobiles. The current lineup contains coupes, sedans, a minivan and sport utility vehicles with up-to-8-passenger seating capacities. An engine company from the beginning, Honda vehicles are offered with gasoline, hybrid and, in some cases, natural gas powerplants. Models include both front- and all-wheel drive. Honda vehicles are manufactured and sold around the globe.

2011 Honda Models at a Glance:
  • Accord-Refresh and several changes for 2011
  • Accord Crosstour-New for 2010, it is a carryover for 2011
  • Civic-Carryover for 2011
  • CR-V-New LX-based SE model
  • CR-Z-All-new model for 2011
  • Element-Carryover for 2011
  • FCX Clarity-Carryover for 2011
  • Fit-Minor content and safety equipment changes
  • Insight-Chassis enhancements to improve ride, cabin improvements
  • Odyssey-All-new redesign for 2011
  • Pilot-Carryover for 2011
  • Ridgeline-Carryover for 2011

For More Information:2011 Honda Accord2011 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is one of the automaker's longest-selling nameplates, and one of its best-selling models. On sale since 1976, today's Accord lineup includes midsize sedans and midsize coupes-all are front-wheel drive. The first-generation Accord was a small car, no larger than today's Civic models, that was offered with a small 4-cylinder engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission (or a 5-speed manual). Each subsequent generation grew in size, engine displacement and power.

Today, the Accord is in its eighth generation, completely redesigned for the 2008 model year. Much more advanced than its predecessors, today's Accord is Honda's flagship sedan that is available with the latest safety equipment, luxury items and technology. Honda has treated the Accord to a minor refresh for 2011. In addition to the freshened front bumper, grille and tail lights, many of the trim levels feature new equipment.

Highlights:
  • Refresh and equipment changes for 2011
  • Fifteen Accord models: Sedan LX, Sedan LX Premium, Sedan SE, Sedan EX, Sedan EX V-6, Sedan EX-L, Sedan EX-L, Sedan EX-L Nav, Sedan EX-L V-6 Nav, Coupe LX-S, Coupe EX, Coupe EX-L, Coupe EX-L Nav, Coupe EX-L V-6, and Coupe EX-L V-6 Nav
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 190 horsepower (EX models)
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 271 horsepower (All V-6 models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission (standard on Sedan V-6 models)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Improved fuel economy (4-cylinder AT models)
  • NEW Updated front grille
  • NEW Updated front bumper
  • NEW Updated tail lights
  • NEW Aluminum wheels
  • NEW USB Audio Interface (EX trim and above plus LX-S Coupe)
  • NEW Updated trunk lid (Sedan models)
  • NEW Rearview camera (Sedan Nav models)
  • NEW Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters (Coupe V-6 EX-L model)
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour2011 Honda Accord Crosstour
The Accord Crosstour is Honda's midsize crossover sport utility vehicle that was introduced in 2010. The 5-door Crosstour (four swinging doors and a rear hatchback) is based on the Accord platform and shares many of that model's mechanicals-including its standard 3.5-liter, 271-horsepower 6-cylinder engine. However, while the Accord sedan and Accord coupe are only offered with front-wheel drive, the Accord Crosstour is offered with front-wheel drive on the standard models and all-wheel drive on its highest trim level. As one of Honda's premium models-upmarket from the standard Accord sedan-the Accord Crosstour is configured with a much higher level of standard equipment than the rest of the lineup. This includes standard dual-zone climate control, illuminated steering wheel controls, 360-watt audio system, and 10-way power driver seating.

Highlights:
  • New for 2010, there are no changes for 2011
  • Three Accord Crosstour models: 2WD EX, 2WD EX-L and 4WD EX-L
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 271 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • All-wheel drive (4WD model)
  • 5-passenger seating
2011 Honda Civic2011 Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is a compact coupe and sedan. At its introduction in 1973, the Civic was the automaker's entry-level subcompact, under the Honda Accord. Today, there are other smaller models, such as the Honda Fit, and the Civic has grown in size to a compact EPA classification. Today, there are nearly 20 different Civic variants, including models with gasoline, hybrid and natural gas engines (one of the few publicly-available models of this type) designed for economy, family use and enthusiasts. All models are front-wheel drive with 4-cylinder engines and manual or automatic transmission options. Currently in its eighth generation, there are no changes for the Honda Civic in 2011.

Highlights:
  • Carryover for 2011
  • Eighteen Civic models: Coupe DX, Coupe LX, Coupe EX, Coupe EX-L, Sedan GX, Sedan Hybrid, Sedan DX, Sedan DX-VP, Sedan LX, Sedan LX-S, Sedan EX, Sedan EX-L, Sedan EX Nav, Sedan EX-L Nav, Si Coupe, Si Coupe Nav, Si Sedan, and Si Sedan Nav
  • Standard 1.8 liter 4-cylinder natural gas engine rated at 113 horsepower (GX model)
  • Standard 1.3-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a 20-horsepower electric motor for a total system power of 110 horsepower (Hybrid model)
  • Standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower (DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX-L models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (Si models)
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
2011 Honda CR-V2011 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover that was launched in 1997. The first-generation CR-V, a marked improvement of the tall Civic wagon, joined a modified Honda Civic platform to a modified Acura Integra engine and the automaker's "Real Time 4WD" all-wheel-drive system (front-wheel drive was standard). Consumers liked the utilitarian model, and appreciated its fuel efficiency. The second-generation CR-V arrived in 2001. Again based on the Civic, it featured a more powerful engine and even more interior space.

The current, third-generation model debuted for the 2008 model year. Again larger and more powerful than its predecessors, the CR-V continued to deliver fuel efficiency and interior space in a compact package. With the exception of the new Special Edition (SE) model, the 2011 Honda CR-V is a carryover.

Highlights:
  • Mostly a carryover for 2011
  • Eight CR-V models: 2WD LX, 2WD SE, 4WD LX, 4WD SE, 2WD EX, 4WD EX, 2WD EX-L, and 4WD EX-L
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (2WD models)
  • Standard all-wheel drive (4WD models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW LX-based Special Edition (SE) model
2011 Honda CR-Z2011 Honda CR-Z
The Honda CR-Z ("Compact Renaissance Zero") is a compact, 2-seat hybrid sports coupe. All-new for 2011, Honda says its CR-Z is "the first hybrid designed to maximize style and fun in addition to efficiency and economy." Renewing memories of the long-discontinued CRX, the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system-a modified variant of the system found in the Honda Insight-in which the driver is able to choose a setting on the new 3-mode drive system (Sport, Economy and Normal) to adapt the vehicle's powertrain performance. While the CR-Z isn't considered especially fast (0-60 mph in about 10 seconds, according to the manufacturer), it delivers fuel economy that is uncommon for such a sporty vehicle. Also unique is the 6-speed manual transmission-adding to its sporty driving qualities-which is a hybrid first.

Highlights:
  • All-new model for 2011
  • Two models: CR-Z and CR-Z EX
  • Standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an integrated electric motor for a total system power of 122 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 2-passenger seating
2011 Honda Element2011 Honda Element
Introduced in 2003, the Honda Element is a compact crossover. Designed for 4 passengers, the uniquely styled 4-door is built upon a modified Honda CR-V platform. As such, the two share many mechanicals, including the engine (however, the 4-cylinder under the hood of the CR-V has been tuned for a bit more power) and drivetrain. Targeted at young and active buyers, the Element features an interior that is stain-resistant, seats that are highly configurable, wide-opening doors, and a clamshell tailgate. Unlike most Honda vehicles, which are redesigned every several years, the Element is entering its ninth year of production (an all-new model is expected for 2012). Nevertheless, Honda has made many changes to the model over the years. These include painting the original gray plastic body panels to match the rest of the bodywork, upgraded safety equipment, increased horsepower, and special-edition models, like the SC. Honda has made insignificant changes to its Element for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:
  • Unchanged for 2011
  • Four Element models: 2WD LX, 4WD LX, 2WD EX, and 4WD EX
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 166 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (2WD models)
  • Standard all-wheel drive (4WD models)
  • 4-passenger seating
2011 Honda FCX Clarity2011 Honda FCX Clarity
The Honda FCX Clarity is a low-volume, zero-emission vehicle designed for 4 passengers. Introduced more than a decade ago, the first models were called the FCX-V1 (hydrogen) and FCX-V2 (methanol), based on their unique fuel requirements. Styled much like standard economy cars, these early vehicles weren't nearly as radically styled as the Concept FCX that debuted at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. That vehicle went into limited production for the 2008 model year. Early models were only available in select markets such as Southern California (all models are leased-none may be purchased at this point-for 36-month terms). However, Honda has expanded this as hydrogen refueling stations have become more readily available in other parts of the country. The 2011 Honda FCX Clarity is a carryover from 2011.

Highlights:
  • Unchanged for 2011
  • One model: FCX Clarity
  • Standard permanent-magnet electric motor rated at 134 horsepower
  • Standard 100kW lithium-ion fuel cell, utilizing hydrogen as a fuel source
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 4-passenger seating
2011 Honda Fit2011 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit is a subcompact 5-door hatchback. The model first debuted in the United States in 2007, but had been offered for sale in Asian, European, African, and South American markets since 2001 as the Honda "Jazz" (U.S. consumers have only recently become receptive to subcompact automobiles, thanks to the rising cost of fuel). The first-generation Fit was only sold for one year in the States. In 2008, the second-generation Fit arrived. Slightly longer than models sold elsewhere around the globe (to meet NHTSA crash test requirements), the Fit is equipped with a standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a choice of 5-speed transmissions. Honda offers the Fit with a navigation system and vehicle stability control-unique in the subcompact segment. There are only minor changes for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Three models: Fit, Fit Sport, and Fit Sport with Navigation
  • Standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 117 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) (previously available only on Navigation-equipped models)
  • NEW Floor mats (previously an accessory option on all trims)
2011 Honda Insight2011 Honda Insight
The Honda Insight is a hybrid-electric vehicle. The first-generation model arrived in 1999. The 2-door hatchback was radically styled with fairings over the rear wheels (for improved aerodynamics). That model was discontinued in 2006. In 2010, Honda introduced an all-new Insight. With styling seeming to mirror the Toyota Prius, its main competitor, the new Insight seats 5 passengers inside a much more accommodating cabin. Like the Prius, the Insight uses a small, gas-powered 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for boost. Under the front hood of the Insight is a 1.4-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system (a similar system is found on the new Honda CR-Z). While the Honda Insight was an all-new model in 2010, the automaker has made several changes to the model for 2011. These include revised suspension tuning and improved cabin appointments.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Two Insight models: LX and EX
  • Standard 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an integrated electric motor for a total system power of 111 horsepower
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery
  • Standard continuously variable transmission
  • Standard continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters (EX model)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 2-passenger seating
  • NEW Refined suspension
  • NEW Improved interior materials
  • NEW Available black leather upholstery (EX models)
  • NEW DVD-based satellite navigation system (EX models)
  • NEW Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity (EX models)
2011 Honda Odyssey2011 Honda Odyssey
The first-generation Honda Odyssey, a redesigned 4-cylinder Honda Accord with 4 swinging hinged doors, debuted in 1995. It was followed in 1999 by the second-generation model-a more "heavy duty" model built on the company's global light-truck platform. A "clean sheet" minivan, the second-generation Odyssey was fitted with a 6-cylinder engine. It also introduced the automaker's unique third-row "Magic Seat" that folds away into the floor. The third-generation Odyssey arrived in 2005. Growing in size and with added amenities, the minivan introduced Honda's "Variable Cylinder Management" engine technology (to improve fuel economy), 3-row side air bag curtains, stability control, and it was offered with a navigation system for the first time.

For the 2011 model year, Honda is introducing its all-new, fourth-generation Odyssey minivan. Larger and wider than its predecessors, the completely redesigned 8-passenger minivan features unique styling on the exterior (with a "lightning-bolt" beltline) and a more user-friendly interior. Conceptualized, designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States, the automaker is calling it the "American Odyssey."

Highlights:
  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Seven Odyssey models: LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L RES (rear entertainment), EX-L NAV (navigation), Touring, and Touring Elite
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 248 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (LX, EX, EX-L models)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (Touring models)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 7-passenger seating (LX model)
  • 8-passenger seating (EX, EX-L and Touring models)
2011 Honda Pilot2011 Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot is the automaker's full-size sport utility vehicle. Launched in 2003, the Pilot followed in the footsteps of the Honda Passport -itself a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. Unlike the Passport, the Pilot was designed in-house, based on a modified Acura MDX and Honda Accord platform. The unibody design provided this SUV with car-like handling and ride. Like the MDX, the Pilot utilized a 3.5-liter V-6 engine as its standard powerplant, mated to a front-wheel-drive powertrain (all-wheel drive, designed for traction in inclement weather over hardcore off-road use, was optional).

The current, second-generation Pilot debuted in 2009. Larger and more luxurious than its predecessor, the drivetrain was further refined for improved power and fuel economy, while the chassis and cabin were upgraded to increase comfort and safety. Honda made no changes to the Pilot for 2011.

Highlights:
  • Unchanged for 2011
  • Eight Pilot models: 2WD LX, 4WD LX, 2WD EX, 4WD EX, 2WD EX-L, 4WD EX-L, 2WD Touring, and 4WD Touring
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (2WD models)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (4WD models)
  • 7-passenger seating
2011 Honda Ridgeline2011 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline, the automaker's first sport utility truck, was introduced in 2006. Unlike more traditional pickup trucks, the Ridgeline is only offered in one 4-door body style with a short pickup bed. In addition, the Ridgeline does not have a traditional body-on-frame construction. Instead, it has a unibody construction, as it shares platforms with the Honda Pilot, Acura MDX and last-generation Honda Odyssey. Like those sibling models, the Ridgeline is offered with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with standard all-wheel drive that is designed for traction in inclement weather, rather than serious off-road use. Aside from its unique construction, standard V-6 power, and all-wheel-drive powertrain, the Ridgeline also offers a dual-action tailgate that may be opened downward, or swung wide like a door. There are no changes to the Ridgeline for 2011.

Highlights:
  • Unchanged for 2011
  • Four Ridgeline models: RT, RTS, RTL, and RTL with Navigation
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard 5,000-pound towing capacity
  • 5-passenger seating

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  2013 Honda Civic Preview
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  2013 Honda Accord Sedan Preview
The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord Sedan is offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring trim levels. A plug-in hybrid version of the new Accord Sedan arrives early in the 2013 calendar year as a 2014 model, followed by a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid in the summer of 2013.
     
  2013 Honda Accord Coupe Preview
The 2013 Accord Coupe is a 5-passenger, 2-door model available in LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6 trim levels. It is completely redesigned for the 2013 model year.
     
  2013 Honda CR-V Preview
The objective behind the original Honda CR-V was to create a Comfortable Runabout Vehicle (hence CRV). Today, the CR-V is sold in 160 countries around the world, and CR-Vs built for U.S. drivers are assembled in East Liberty, Ohio.
     
  2013 Honda Crosstour Concept Preview
The Honda Crosstour is an Accord-based, 5-door hatchback with a raised suspension, and this "concept" car is essentially what the updated 2013 Crosstour model will look like.
     
  2013 Honda Accord Concept Preview
The Honda Accord is scheduled for a redesign for the 2013 model year, and the Honda Accord Concept gives consumers a good idea of what the 2-door Accord Coupe will look like when it goes on sale.
     
  2013 Honda Fit EV Preview
The 2013 Honda Fit EV is an electric version of the automaker's subcompact Fit 5-door hatchback. It will be available to lease for $389 per month in California and Oregon in the summer of 2012, followed by selected East Coast markets in 2013. The lease payment includes scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance.
     
  Concept-Honda Insight Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new, dedicated hybrid vehicleFour-door hatchback body styleStyling cues shared with Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehiclePriced below other available hybridsExclusive vehicle architectureFront-wheel drive (FWD)On sale in spring of 2009For more information:See Honda Insight Hybrid Concept PicturesBrowse other Honda modelsRead more
     
  Honda Introduces New Diesel
Everyone's got a pretty good sense of what the German manufacturers have planned on the diesel front. After all, it's their strong suit and the core of their business in their home market and throughout Europe. But when it comes to Honda, particularly in the U.S., the picture is more complex. After all, this is the company that has the highest corporate average fuel economy, was the first to introduce a hybrid car in America, and prides itself on its environmental image. The backstory that has been passed along is this: Honda engineers were not eager to introduce a diesel in the European market, though they were told it was key to success there. So they designed what they like to call a "Honda" diesel and introduced it to the market with a psychedelic ad narrated by Garrison Keillor.
     
  Concept-Honda Accord Tourer Preview
Critical Knowledge:Not intended for the North American marketLarger than the previous-generation AccordIntroduces the i-DTEC diesel engineEntirely Euro 5-compliant engine lineupIntroductionHonda has introduced its Accord Tourer Concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Not intended for the North American market, the Tourer is indicative of the design direction for the next-generation Accord. It is expected to go on sale in the UK in mid-2008. (The North American version of the 2008 Honda Accord-in sedan or coupe version only-is in showrooms now.
     
  2012 Honda Civic Concept Preview
Highlights:All-new redesignSedan and coupe body stylesGasoline, hybrid and natural gas powertrainsEco Assist offered on many powertrain combinationsNatural Gas model is now 50-state certifiedHybrid is fitted with more powerful lithium-ion batteriesStandard vehicle stability
     
  2011 Honda CR-Z Preview
Critical Knowledge:Hybrid, 2-passenger sport coupeBased on Honda Insight platform, with a shorter wheelbaseSpiritual successor to beloved Honda CRXBase and EX models availableFuel economy ranges from 31 mpg city to 38 mpg highway1.5-liter 4-cylinder engineFeatures Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid systemIMA has new 3-mode power delivery system with Normal, Sport and Economy modesCombined 122 horsepower and 123-128 lb.-ft.
     
  Concept-Honda CR-Z Preview
Critical knowledge:Next-generation lightweight sports carGas-electric hybrid powertrainShares design cues with Civic coupe as well as the past CRX sports carLightweight construction and high-torque powertrainProduction vehicle based on the CR-Z concept on sale August of 2010IntroductionHonda's CRX sports car, a 2-seat version of the Civic that was produced from 1984 to 1991, is the stuff of legends. Even today, more than a decade and a half after the last one was produced, the CRX is still highly sought after by Honda enthusiasts because of its small size and light weight-factors that translate directly into speed.
     
  2011 Honda Odyssey Preview
Highlights:All-new redesignPlatform architecture shared with Honda Pilot and RidgelineLarger, wider and lower than its predecessor7- or 8-passenger cabinStandard 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engineStandard 5-speed automatic transmissionAvailable 6-speed automatic transmissionFront-wheel drive15 separate cupholders on most modelsLATCH child-seat anchors in five seating positionsAvailable HID headlampsAvailable split-screen entertainment
     
  New for 2011: Honda
HistoryHonda Motor Company, a Japanese automaker, was founded in 1948. The company originally constructed small engine parts for Toyota-a manufacturer that would eventually become one of its biggest rivals. The Toyota deal ended shortly thereafter and Honda focused on launching a line of small fuel-efficient engines that were used to power bicycles. The natural progression of that business led the growing company to build motorcycles, and eventually automobiles. While Honda is well-known for fuel efficiency and smaller vehicles, the manufacturer began a racing program in the mid-1960s that still continues today. In 1986, the company launched its own line of premium vehicles under its Acura brand. Toyota and Nissan followed its lead and launched their Lexus and Infiniti premium brands several years later.
     
  2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Preview
Critical Knowledge:Standard V-6 engine4WD available on EX-L modelSix inches of ground clearanceFuel economy is 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with front-wheel driveFuel economy is 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with 4WD25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind rear seats51.3 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats foldedUnder-floor storage area in cargo bay with 1.
     
  2010 Honda Insight Preview
Critical Knowledge:Five-door, 5-passenger hatchback with split-folding rear seatMore compact, more cost-effective, next-generation Integrated Motor Assist systemNew Eco Assist technology helps driver "learn" how to maximize fuel economyHonda says the 2010 Insight will be priced "significantly below" other hybrid modelsBase and EX models available, the latter offered with an optional navigation systemFuel economy ratings are 40 mpg city and 43 mpg highwayDriving range is 400 city
     
  New for 2010-Honda
Critical Knowledge:2010 Honda Accord: In advance of an expected refresh for the 2011 model year, Honda makes Bluetooth available on all Accord EX-L models without requiring a navigation system.2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: This new 5-door hatchback adds available all-wheel drive, a raised suspension, and bold SUV-inspired design cues to a traditional car platform-in this case, the best-selling Accord sedan. Highlights include a standard V-6 engine, 6 inches of ground clearance, 51.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, and space for 5 passengers.
     
  2009 Honda FCX Clarity Preview
Critical knowledge:Hydrogen-fuel-cell powered sedan with electric driveStyled to take advantage of fuel cell powertrain packaging270-mile rangeStarts in temperatures as low as 22 degrees FahrenheitFuel economy equivalent to 68 mpgAvailable for lease to retail customers in Southern California starting summer 2008IntroductionHonda is not new to the fuel cell game. They've been developing hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles since the beginning of the decade, and their original FCX-a short, stubby 2-door based on the EV Plus electric car-went into fleet service in 2002. In late 2006 Honda introduced anew FCX concept on which the first retail version would be based. At the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda introduced the production version, called the FCX Clarity, and announced that it would be available for lease to customers in select areas of Southern California starting in the summer of 2008.
     
  2009 Honda Fit Preview
Critical Knowledge:Second-generation modelLonger and wider than previous modelMidsize interior with versatile seating, cargo configurationsMore powerful new engineStandard front side and side curtain air bagsU.S. launch in fall 2008IntroductionJust as gasoline prices were nudging up toward $3 a gallon, Honda, Toyota and Nissan introduced new sub-compact cars to the U.S. automotive market for the 2007 model year. Honda's was the Fit. The idea was to create what Honda terms "the ideal small car for a new age.
     
  2009 Honda Element Preview
Critical Knowledge:Element gets a faceliftFront fenders are metal instead of composite materialInterior features brighter color schemes, new trim, and revised switchgear and gaugesLX model adds a restyled center console with a removable cooler/storage boxEX and SC models with navigation system gain a USB port and a rearview cameraEX and SC add new overhead console with modular binsIntroductionHonda launched the Element as a 2003 model. The idea was to create a vehicle for 20-something males, with rear access doors, removable rear seats, and a water-resistant urethane-coated "utility floor," but a much wider demographic discovered that the boxy exterior shape meant a roomy and versatile interior. The Element received a makeover in 2007 that included updated exterior and interior styling, more power for its engine, and enhanced safety features, as well as a new Element SC model with special design cues and a sport-tuned suspension.
     
  2009 Honda Civic Preview
Critical Knowledge:Revised front bumper, grille, and head- and taillight colorsElectronic stability control now offered on EX-L and Hybrid modelsNew LX-S and DX-VP sedans added to lineupAvailable Bluetooth hands-free cell phone linkUSB audio interface now offeredHybrid model adds available leather upholstery with heated seats, heated mirrors and leather-wrapped steering wheelCivic Si Mugen model no longer offeredIntroductionThe Honda Civic has been part of the American motoring scene since the early 1970s. The Civic received its last complete redesign in 2006, when it adapted a smooth, aerodynamic shape with a futuristic (and roomy) interior. The Civic gets a facelift for 2009, with a slightly revised grille, a highly modified front bumper cover with larger air intakes, and clear turn signals with amber bulbs for the headlights and taillights. The Civic comes in 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe body styles and offers several distinct powertrain combinations, including gasoline, gasoline-electric hybrid, and natural gas-powered versions. Last year's limited-edition Mugen Si sedan is no longer offered.
     
  2009 Honda Pilot Prototype Preview
Critical Knowledge:Complete redesignNew interior and exterior stylingSeating for 8 with more space in every seating positionFront- or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD) availableV-6 engine with improved Variable Cylinder Management systemSales to start in spring 2008IntroductionHonda entered the midsize SUV market in 2002 with the 2003 Pilot. With seating for 8 and a car-based platform that provided a smooth ride and decent handling, the Pilot became an immediate success and sales topped out at more than 150,000 units in the United States in 2006. At the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda showed the close-to-production-ready 2009 Honda Pilot Prototype, a vehicle that maintains the Pilot's proven formula but adds more room, a revised cylinder deactivation system, new safety features, and fresh styling inside and out.
     
  New for 2009-Honda
Critical Knowledge:Fit redesigned with larger dimensions and more powerPilot redesigned with more interior room and new Variable Cylinder Management systemFCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle available for lease in Southern CaliforniaCivic gets facelift and two new modelsElement, arriving in late fall, to get exterior and interior updatesRidgeline gets new styling, more standard equipment and a bit more powerAccord V-6 receives higher horsepower and torque
     
  2008 Honda Accord Preview
Critical Knowledge:2008 Honda Accord is bigger inside, more powerful, and more fuel efficientSedan is classified as a Large Car by the EPAStandard stability control and side curtain air bags3.5-liter V-6 engine gets Variable Cylinder ManagementPartial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV) rating, even for V-6 engineHybrid model is discontinued; diesel option may appear in '09 or '10 Over 95% of Accord's parts are recyclableOptional voice-activated navigation system with Zagat Survey
     
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