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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

'14 Accord lead

What do a Porsche 911 and the hybrid Honda Accord have in common? Image. Oh, sure – there’s more to it than just that. But you know and I know that there are people who buy 911s not because a 911 can do a 12 second quarter mile and run up to 180 MPH on…

2014 Honda Insight

'14 Insight lead pic

There are two hybrid models on the market that address what’s arguably the most persuasive argument against buying a new hybrid: They cost too much. Or, to put a finer point on it: Their cost to buy is too high relative to what you’ll save on fuel.  A new Toyota Prius, for instance, has a…

Retro review: 1983 Honda Nighthawk CB550

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What makes a bike memorable? That it’s fast? Maybe – but not necessarily. A buddy of mine owned a first-year Honda Interceptor VFR1000. The whir of gear driven cams – and 125 hp (in ’84). Very memorable. I’ll never forget that one. Modern stuff? Not so much. Not so far, anyhow. For me. Maybe because…

2013 Honda Accord coupe

The two-door layout might just do it. Buyers who in past years would probably have never considered a Kia or Hyundai – much less a Ford or Chevy – over a car as blue chip as the Honda Accord now frequently do consider it. Toyota’s got the same problem as far as the Camry. People…

2012 Honda CR-V

Relativity – it’s not just a concept in physics. It applies to horsepower (and performance) too. On the one hand, the just-updated 2012 Honda CR-V is still a bit underpowered and a bit slow relative to competitors because it still has nothing mightier than a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine under its hood (same as last…

2012 Honda Ridgeline

Honda’s take on the old Chevy El Camino (and Ford Ranchero) probably came along a few years too soon. In 2006, when the first Ridgeline appeared, real trucks (body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive with real 4WD, not AWD) were like the pre-Chicxulub crater T-Rexes of the late Cretaceous era: Abundant and dominant. Then came the asteroid – in…

The One Year Wonder (And Why)

'83 Wing lead

When it was new, the ’83 Honda GL650 Silverwing Interstate seemed like a sure-bet winner. The basically identical GL500 had been successful for several years prior and before the GL, there had been the CX – the first of the series to use the transverse “twisted” 80 degree pushrod V-twin, which was (being a Honda)…

The best $1,500 I ever spent

If gas prices hold at their current $3 or so per gallon, most of us will be paying an extra $240 or so per year for fuel vs. what we were paying last year. Here’s how it breaks down: Regular unleaded is about 30 cents per gallon more today than it was around Thanksgiving. If…

2011 Honda Odyssey

Minivans started out as inexpensive family trucksters. A 1984 Plymouth Voyager – the grand-daddy of them all – had a sticker price of about $8,200. Even adjusted for inflation, that’s still just over $17,000 in 2011 Fed funny money. Today’s minivans have gone high-end. I just tested a 2011 Honda Odyssey – a van that…