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The 2017 Acura RLX is the most lavishly equipped and technologically advanced Acura sedan, and it will go on sale tomorrow at Acura dealerships nationwide with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $54,450.
According to Honda, the Acura sedan offers refined and spirited driving experience, and boasts of standard premium features such as a direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine that contributes to the flagship sedan’s EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/30/232 mpg (city/highway/combined). It can produce 310 horsepower.
The Sport Hybrid RLX model, on the other hand, shares technologies with the Acura NSX like the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. It will go on sale later this fall. The two-wheel drive RLX will use Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer system, which can create a rear-wheel steering affect to sharpen low- and high-speed maneuverability and stability.
All RLX models will come standard with Acura’s Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, 19-inch bright-finished wheels and next generation AcuraLink® connected car system. It also features AcuraWatch™, a comprehensive package of safety and driver assistive technologies that include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Information (BSI), Cross Traffic Monitor, and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).
The AcuraWatch™ is standard to all trims, though the 2017 Acura RLX has two grades—the RLX with Technology Package and RLX with Advanced Package, both of which can deliver advanced performance, comfort and convenience.
To improve the overall ride and handling quality of the sedan, the chassis in the Acura has been redesigned, restructured and has undergone multiple tuning. It will also reportedly reduce vibration, noise and harshness. As for safety rating, it received five stars from NCAP Overall Vehicle because of its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering and seven airbags (including driver’s knee airbag).
The RLX with Technology Package will be sold for $54,450 while the RLX with Advance Package is priced at $60,450.
The sporty and functional Honda HR-V crossover vehicle is entering 2017 as the 2016 Green SUV of the Year, and with new color, better fuel economy, a seamless transmission system, and a host of new safety and infotainment technology.
Stylish and versatile, the Honda HR-V will start to go on sale tomorrow with a starting price of $19,365 for the LX 2WD with a 6-speed transmission according to reports. So far, Honda announced eight trims for the HR-V: the LX with 2WD w/ 6MT ($19,365), the LX with 2WD w/ CVT ($20,165), the LX with AWD w/ CVT ($21,465), the EX with 2WD w/ 6MT ($21,415), the EX with 2WD w/ CVT ($22,215), the EX with AWD w/ CVT ($23,515), the EX-L Navi with 2WD w/ CVT ($24,840), and EX-L Navi with AWD w/ CVT ($26,140).
The 2017 Honda HR-V is being powered by a refined and efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine with an output of 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. This same engine is paired with one of Honda’s two efficient and responsive transmissions: the continuously variable transmission (CVT), available on all models, or an engaging 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.
For its price, the HR-V is a standout in the crossover market. Along with a list of standard features and technologies— 7-inch alloy wheels, push-button electric parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold, rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora® radio and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®–it will also come in a new color, the Lunar Silver metallic. This will replace the Alabaster Silver.
It also has a host of safety tech that includes the four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist™ electronic stability control system, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). A Honda LaneWatch® display is added in the EX and EX-L Navi trims.
Reports said that the Honda Civic Type R concept will make a bow at the 2016 Paris Auto Show in September. But the production version wouldn’t be available in the market at least until the second half of next year.
Honda has been working on the next generation of its Civic Type R, which would be sold in most of the Japanese automaker’s markets, including the United States. Prototypes have been sighted in testing in the past months, but we have to wait until 2017 to see the production unit.
But those who want an early look on the new Civic Type R concept can do so this September as it is slated to be unveiled along with Honda’s Civic Hatchback, which will go on sale later this year as a 2017 model. This new hatchback is the basis of the Type R’s form. It will also be sold in the United States.
We’re hoping that what we will be seeing as a concept in September is also the same production version that would join the market in 2017. This was how Honda first introduced the Civic Type R—first as a concept then that same concept was made into a production version.
Accordingly, this new Civic Type R will follow its predecessor’s formula: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that can deliver 300 horsepower to the front wheels, and paired with a 6-speed manual and sophisticated suspension.
Rivals of the new Civic Type R are the Ford Focus RS, the Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf R.
All Civic Hatchbacks, as well as the new Civic Type R, will be sourced from Honda’s plant in the United Kingdom. Details have been very minor about the specs, prices and overall look of the Type R, but we’re expecting more information will come out as the Paris Auto Show in September looms near.
Honda is altogether stopping the production of the compact CR-Z hybrid, a slow-selling, sporty car that was not able to live up to expectations.
Production of the Japanese-made car will stop by the end of this year, Honda’s spokeswoman Nao Uzawa said. Sales, in fact, have ended in the American market since Honda already started to focus its green technology on the re-engineered Accord Hybrid with its upgraded drivetrain.
The CR-Z was first introduced in 2010, receiving rave reviews at first because of its inspired styling and the innovation of applying an environmentally friendly gasoline-electric system in a sporty vehicle.
The CR-Z hit the market in 2010 to rave reviews for its inspired styling and the novelty of applying an environmentally friendly gasoline-electric system in a sporty ride. The package promised to be a modern spiritual incarnation of the tuner-classic CR-X, blending the best of Honda’s latest eco-friendly technology with its heritage for spirited driving.
Last year, sales of the CR-Z in the US went down by 14 percent to only 3,073 vehicles. Until June this year, the number fell by another 6.7 percent to only 1,025 vehicles.
But even though the CR-Z was made for fuel economy, it never really scored high in fuel efficiency or even in sporty performance. Since then, Honda began working on sportier hybrids such as the three motor systems in the Acura RLX and the NSX sports car.
In Japan, Honda is commemorating the CR-Z with a special edition called the “Final Label.” The Japanese automaker has bigger plans for the re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid, which was released to the market this year.
For that vehicle, the annual US deliveries are expected to exceed 30,000 units.
The current version of the Accord Hybrid will be produced at Honda’s Sayama plant, north of Tokyo. It has been making the Accord Hybrid also in the US, but Honda stopped the output last summer to boost factory utilization rates in Japan.
The Honda CRV was, and remains to be, one of Honda’s most popular vehicles ever. Now, it looks like we have seen a prototype of this SUV for the next model year.
This will be the fifth generation of the popular compact crossover SUV, and it’s looking to be the most radical of the lot. Based on the spy photos, the new CRV will be larger than its predecessor (remember that the first generation CRV was a very compact SUV in form), but this makes sense for Honda since they already have the HRV for the smaller SUV segment.
Because of its size, we’re expecting that the new CRV can handle third-row seats, which will turn it into a direct competitor of the three-row Volkswagen Tiguan.
In truth, the new CRV is looking like it’s going to be based on the platform introduced in the 10th-generation Civic, though this one’s a little stretched. This platform is lighter and stiffer than anything we have seen from Honda. It should benefit the CRV’s dynamic qualities, too.
Aside from the Civic platform, the CRV will also be sharing other elements such as the turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and CVT. When fitted on the Civic, this engine can deliver 174 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. A higher output can be expected from the CRV.
Some may also be happy to know that a naturally-aspirated engine will be an option for the 2017 Honda CRV. It will also have a front-wheel drive system as standard while the all-wheel drive will remain as an option.
The 2017 Honda CRV is being geared for a debut late this year or early next year. Prices will reportedly begin very close to the $24,645 price tag the current model has. Of course, options for next year’s model will soon be released, so we’ll know soon enough the base and top-of-the-line price range..
Check out the spy shots in the gallery below:
Honda has a special treat for all Accord lovers. The new Accord lineup will introduce the 2017 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition sedan, which sits somewhere between the Sport and EX levels of the 2017 Honda Accord’s multi-trim model line.
The Sport Special Edition is built on the existing content found in Accord Sport based on reports. It has the same 189-horsepower four-cylinder engine, but added features such as heated leather seats with red stitching inside and a Special Edition badge on the outside.
The base model will have a six-speed manual transmission, and will cost $26,250. The continuously variable automatic (CVT) costs an additional $800.
The new Accord Sport Special Edition costs exactly $1,000 more than the 2017 Accord Sport. That cost stands for heated leather seats and the badge to remind that you’re very “special” to Honda.
Compared to the standard Accord Sport, the rest of the range increased its price by $150. The least expensive Accord, which has a six-speed manual and produces 185 horsepower, now begins at $23,190.
The package includes a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Other available options are a CVT for $800 and Honda Sensing (but only with the CVT) for $1,000. Honda Sensing will come with safety features such as forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, among others.
These two options are also available on the sportier LX-S coupe that has a starting price of $24,860 and Sport sedan. They can also be included with the package for EX coupe ($26,985) and the EX sedan ($26,565).
The leather-lined four-cylinder EX-L coupe is priced at $29,830 while the sedan starts ar $29,655. Both will remain for CVT only.
Adding Honda Sensing adds $2,000 because it’s paired with a navigation system.
If you want more power, the Accord EX-L also offers Honda’s 278-horsepower V-6 engine.
All sedans are paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission ($31,730) while the coupe can be paired with either a six-speed manual ($32,005) or the automatic.
Finally, the Touring models ($35,210 coupe; $35,655 sedan) will have both the navigation and Honda Sensing as standard equipment.
They will also come packed with LED headlights, automatic high-beams, and rain-sensing wipers.
The new 2016 Honda Accord V-6 Sedan is not offering anything luxurious in terms of styling, interior materials or even drivetrain options. But it does offer a superior and pretty spectacular chassis that does all the work, and more.
Honda used a top-of-the-line chassis that enables the car to handle more than it should. Although not made for rough road, that chassis will allow the Accord to handle it better than it was able to in the past.
The suspension is incredible, and you’ll feel nary a juggle when the car passed by a broken pavement or turned a sharp corner. The steering wheel may not be as quick as a sports car, but who wants that for a family car?
The steering wheel is competitive enough, and has the ability to make the driver feel what’s happening on the front-wheel-drive system. The chassis is on a completely different level—Honda has won on this matter.
The brakes, according to reviews, feel strong and can handle terrains very well. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces makes 278 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque is just enough to make it easy for the driver to maneuver through daily traffic.
When your car has a light load, there is pthe option for the cylinder deactivation, which then allows for better fuel efficiency. The current ratings stand at 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
If you want better fuel efficiency, you may want to choose the four-cylinder option. It has a rating of 30 mpg, tests revealed.
Transmission-wise, you’ll get a six-speed gearbox that has a Sport mode for better engine handling in certain situations.
Inside, nothing much has changed, and the lack of upgrades on the infotainment system may even cause some clients to turn their backs on the 2016 Accord V6.
Is it possible that Honda will be celebration with a new S2000 roadster just in time for its 70th anniversary in 2018? Rumors of the new roadster cannot die, even as we already confirmed the tiny S660 roadster will not be coming to US shores and the mid-engine sports car that sits below the Acura NSX is probably not happening anytime soon.
Honda first launched the S2000 in 1998 to celebrate its 50th anniversary, so it’s only fitting that they can also release a new roadster for their 70th year. It is even possible we will be seeing a new car and a commemorative two-wheeler to mark the occasion.
A source claimed the car can be compared to the Mazda MX-5 Miata in size, although Honda’s will be more powerful, performance-wise. The bike, on the other hand, will be a “detuned, roadgoing version of the RC213V-S.
However, skeptics note that Honda does not have a platform for a compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car. But, just look at what they did with the S660 mini-coupe and the all-new NSX supercar. Honda may not have a platform for such models, but they come out pretty unique, didn’t they?
An Acura executive revealed during the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that Honda is planning to fit in a smaller sports car under the NSX. He, however, pointed out that such a car won’t be appearing before 2017. So, is 2018 is just about right?
What we can assume is that the new S2000 roadster will have a slightly detuned version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, which is made in the US. The car will be, too, apparently. And to keep costs down, Honda will build it along the NSX at its specialized Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.
Sources said a large team from the R&D staff in Japan are now in Ohio to work on the roadster.
Honda has finally confirmed some specifications for the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, which was previewed as a prototype during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
According to the source, the new Civic Hatchback will be on sale later this year as a 2017 model. It will also be initially offered with one engine option, though a different option has now been unveiled by Honda.
Jeff Conrad, Honda’s senior vice president and general manager, promised that the Civic Hatchback will be the sportiest and most sophisticated in Honda’s current lineup. He also announced that this would be the first US-model Civic the company will offer with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.
That engine can be found in the latest versions of the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe. It currently delivers 174 horsepower. But for the Civic Hatchback, Honda decided to pair this up with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. For other models, Honda will offer this as an option.
Conrad said the new powertrain will ensure fun-to-drive performance and fuel economy with an EPA highway rating of 42 mpg and a 0-to-60 time that would only match the previous Civic Si.
Inside, the Civic Hatchback would be made of high quality materials, and would also have added legroom and new technologies including a Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The New York Auto Show will feature the Civic Hatchback in prototype as Honda is not yet ready to reveal this in production guise. Auto experts have pegged that the Hatchback, like the Civic Type R, will have aggressive front bumper, center-mounted exhaust tips and oversized wheels.
The Civic Type R has already been spotted out and about. This model comes with turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that matches the 305 hp that the outgoing Civic Type R produces. The Type R and Civic Si will be available on the market next year, Honda has confirmed.