On this episode of Roadside Assistance we tackle of the subject of car idling, Honda's noise cancelling, and making a right turn on red.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 017 SHOW NOTES
Hey, do you remember that funky orange Honda CR-Z Mugen concept we showed you about a month ago? You know, the one with a supercharger that boosts power to 198 horsepower while keeping the IMA hybrid system intact? No? Well, take a minute and check the specs, then check out the freshly minted video below that showcases what's likely the coolest concept in Honda's current stable.
We could do without the massive wing spoiler, but for a nigh 200-pony sport compact offering Civic Type-R levels of performance, we think we'd be able to deal with it (or … Read more
There's no getting around it, the Honda Accord Crosstour looks like a reflection in a funhouse mirror. It has the Accord sedan's styling in front, but the grille sits up too high. Contour lines on the sides curve up towards the rear fenders, which stick out like big hips. The roofline takes a long time to curve down towards the rear of the car.
But if you can get beyond the looks, the Crosstour offers some good functionality. First of all, it's a hatchback, meaning a big, accessible cargo area. Second, it comes with all-wheel-drive, giving it … Read more
Think you're safer in that Chevy Suburban than in a Honda Civic? Think again. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its latest round of Top Safety Picks, and in the small car category, six newly tested cars achieved top marks in all the tests.
The six new winners in the small car category are the 2012 Honda Civic and Ford Focus and the 2011 models of the Hyundai Elantra, Lexus CT 200h, Nissan Juke, and Toyota Prius. They join a group of 14 previously tested Top Safety Pick winners in the small car category, including the Nissan Leaf … Read more
Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, May 19.
Twitter beefs up your control over third-party apps Social network will provide more details on what specific account information a third-party app is requesting, while apps that want to access your direct messages will again need permission. More
The 2011 Honda CR-Z found itself on the receiving end of much criticism from the automotive press and enthusiasts, ourselves included, when it launched last year. Greenies didn't like the hybrid's merely average fuel economy, and enthusiasts chided its less-than-hard-core performance. A few of these enthusiasts figured they could do better. This is where Mugen, Honda's sometimes-official tuning division comes into the picture with its CR-Z Mugen concept, set to debut in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
Realizing that you can't please everyone, Mugen instead focuses on the needs and wants of … Read more
The Honda Civic is new for 2012, but don't expect massive changes. Body styling has evolved and so has the screen-based tech inside the car, much to our overdue delight. Brian Cooley takes you for a walk around the new 2012 Civic to check the tech.
At the tail end of the international auto show season, automakers still have a few tricks up their sleeves, new models and concepts to unveil at the 2011 New York auto show. Many small cars got significant updates during the first day of the show, and more efficient engines entered the mix.
Check out our first day's coverage of the 2011 New York auto show.
In LoJack's annual report of the vehicles most stolen, then recovered, the Honda Accord topped the list for 2010. The Honda Civic got silver, and the Toyota Camry came in with a bronze. The Cadillac Escalade, the most stolen car in the U.S., hits the list in fifth place.
LoJack breaks down its stats further, showing that the 2000 Honda Civic is the most stolen and recovered car, and 1994 through 1997 Accords hold the next four positions. For model years less than 5 years old, the 2007 Camry tops the list, followed by the 2009 Camry, then … Read more
WASHINGTON--A federal plan to require automakers to standardize keyless ignition systems in the wake of Toyota's unintended acceleration problems is likely to mirror industry guidelines issued in January, an automaker group said.
Large automakers except Toyota said they already comply with the guidelines crafted by SAE International or plan to do so.
These "recommended practices'' seek to counter the variation, driver confusion, and safety problems that have ensued since automakers started installing push-button ignition in luxury models.
The number of models offering keyless ignition has more than quadrupled to 189 in the 2011 model year--including the Hyundai Elantra … Read more