Veteran readers of Motor Trend will notice we’ve improved our annual New-Car Buyers Guide this season. We’ve made it friendlier to read, easier to compare, and more packed with facts and stats than ever before. The categories are divided into what matters most to every new-car buyer: price. The first pages cover the entry-level models costing $16,000 and under. Then we gradually move up the price scale ($16,000 to $20,000, $20,000 to $30,000, and so on) until we top out at true dream-car levels of the $111,000 Porsche 911 Turbo, $223,967 Ferrari 456M, and $367,000 Bentley Azure. For easy comparison shopping, we’ve dedicated a separate area in the spec chart for each model of new car. Within that area is a one-line description of what’s new, plus pricing (a spread from base model/no options to top-of-the-line), EPA fuel economy, optional engines, availability of anti-lock brakes, and (important to everyone) warranty information. The cars shown in photos are new … [Read more...] about 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier – New Car Buyers Guide
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For decades, hydrogen cars have been treated as science experiments in the same whimsical and far-off league as cars powered by algae, compost, or french fry oil. But Honda is on its way to proving that fuel cells can look and feel like typical automobiles. Honda introduced the FCX, the world’s first production fuel cell vehicle, in 2002 and began leasing the model to a few individual retail customers in 2005. The FCX Clarity was next in line, available beginning in 2008. When it was discontinued in 2014, Hyundai was bringing out its Tucson Fuel Cell, and Toyota was gearing up to launch its own dedicated hydrogen car, the Mirai. Now we’ve come full circle. The Clarity is set to launch again for its second generation. The first new models were delivered to customers in December, and it’s good timing for Honda. A few dozen hydrogen stations now span across California, all the way from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. You couldn’t say that a few months ago. … [Read more...] about 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Quick Drive Review: Full Circle
With only around 600 on the roads and another 350 SORNed in lock-ups keeping dry, if any muchpraised 1990s sports saloon has the whiff of future classic status around it, it’s the Honda Accord Type R of 1999 to 2003. Note: ‘future’. Although excited owners claim to have spotted prices stirring, you can still pick up a wellmaintained 2002 example with around 130,000 miles for between £2500 and £3000. Even a same-age, sub-100,000-mile car with a good history is unlikely to be much more than £4500. But those are cars for sale, and there aren’t many of them. The best ones are in the care of people in no hurry to sell, and with an eye on future returns. See Honda Accord for sale on PistonHeads They’re confident because the Accord Type R is so good. Its 2.2-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine thrives on revs, producing 209bhp at 7200rpm – ample compensation for its modest 159lb ft at 6700rpm. It cracks 0-62mph in about 7.0sec. Not hugely … [Read more...] about Honda Accord Type R | Used Car Buying Guide
When most sports car engines are shutting up shop, the Honda S2000’s is opening for business. At around 6000rpm, the VTEC variable valve timing system swaps cam lobes to allow the F20C engine to fill its lungs. At 7500rpm, it’s developing a modest 153lb ft torque; at 8300rpm, peak power of 237bhp, good for 0-62mph in 6.2sec. Finally, at 9000rpm, the shutters come down. Impressive figures but, given the engine’s otherwise relative inactivity at lower revs, also the reason Honda’s roadster dwells in the shadows of more accessible rivals. But if you hanker after the kind of engineering on which Honda’s reputation was built, the S2000 is worth a peek. See Honda S2000 for sale on PistonHeads Prices start at around £5000 for models with partial service histories, but around £7000 should secure a cherished example with a properly undersealed chassis and, so you can tweak the fully adjustable suspension without having to cut out and replace seized … [Read more...] about Honda S2000 | Used Car Buying Guide
Honda City Review Car Tested: 2014 Honda City VX (Fourth Generation) Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 8.78 – 13.49 lakhs Honda has made the already fantastic City even better, widening its appeal. There is absolutely no car in India which has a fan following like the Honda City. This is because the Japanese automaker was among the first few to launch a full sized sedan in India, way back in 1998 with the first generation Honda City. Fast forward 15-years and the fourth generation model is here, ready to claw back market share after losing steam to its rivals which had the diesel advantage. Honda has always given the City priority over other models and that is the reason the company always brings a new model when others least expected to (has happened with all the generation of the City). We all know the history of the Honda City, the second gen model came out in 2002 and was based on the Jazz (it was also introduced in China), third gen model came in 2008 and 5 years later the fourth … [Read more...] about 2014 Honda City Test Drive Review
It has come in late but as they say some things are better late than never. In this case, the sigh of relief will be heard from Honda as well as the thousands of consumers who have been waiting forever for Honda to introduce a diesel engine in the Indian market. The car carrying this diesel engine is the new Amaze, Honda's first entry-level mid-size car for India. It's all the more promising that, for a country obsessed with diesel, Honda has developed a car that is targeted at the masses. But does it promise to be the best in class? We drove the pre-production Amaze in Japan last year and were impressed. A few rough edges existed but they have been filed off before the car made its way to India. This time, we sampled all the variants of the production car right here in India. So has Honda gone for the kill? Will the Amaze be as path breaking as every other car Honda has introduced in India to date?Design and StylingThe Amaze is based on the Brio, the hatchback that has off late given … [Read more...] about 2013 Honda Amaze i-DTEC in India road test
I am not in the ‘keeper’ business. Cars to me have always been an investment asset, like stocks, bonds, and a good accountant are for most other folks. My daily drivers are supposed to make me money. But then I have to balance this against one other unavoidable fact: I’m married.With two kids, a wife, a home, and a long list of future obligations, I have to make my daily drivers ‘work’ for me. So it came to be that two older hybrids entered the family garage. A 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid and a 2001 Honda Insight. As all of you know, I’m a tight bastard when it comes to money. My mindset is always in penny pincher mode. So like any other frugal zealot, I sat down and did the numbers while driving them a combined 50,000 miles. The findings?Hybrids are ‘financially’ the absolute best buy if you fit three criteria. First off you have to be a ‘keeper’ who drives a lot. I’m talking at least 10 to 12 years of service for your … [Read more...] about Hammer Time: 50,000 Honda Hybrid Miles
Sam writes:Dear Sajeev,I am an aspiring shade-tree mechanic and I’m itchy to do some work on cars. Unfortunately, I own a 2006 Acura TSX, that needs basically nothing. Changing my oil twice a year isn’t enough for me so I need something else to work on. My dad owns a 2002 Honda Accord V6 with 175k miles. Out of boredom, I recently changed his spark plugs. He was still on the original plugs. I also changed his transmission fluid (it was dark). I also had to change the transmission fluid line that goes to the radiator because it had rusted and started a slow leak, which was fun. I’m thinking the next project will be to do a valve adjustment (also never done). The engine doesn’t seem to idle with noise, so I’m not sure how necessary a valve adjustment is. I’m wondering if you think I should do this or if have any ideas for optional work (mods) for my TSX. Also, I’ve been toying with the idea of buying an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Something … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: The Project Car Beckons?
Three weeks after our long-term 2002 Camry SE V-6 landed at our Ann Arbor docks in March 2002, copy chief Patti Maki pulled the logbook and noticed something peculiar. No one had written down a single comment or driving impression. None. Nada. Zero. She was confronted with blank lined paper, which seemed to stare back at her and beg, "C'mon, please, something- anything!" So she jotted down her initial impressions and concluded, grumpily: "Too bad the Camry has been here three weeks and this is the first comment." Indeed, 21 days is a long time for our ballpoints to remain still, especially when we're evaluating an all-new version of the bestselling car in America. But the Camry is a car that escapes notice. It blends, even when brand-new. It's as if its parents had passed along a dominant languor gene. "It's almost invisible and certainly not memorable," wrote art director Jeff Dworin. Introduced in early 2002, the fifth-generation Camry received an all-new platform (the … [Read more...] about 2002 Toyota Camry SE V-6
Despite a collapse in oil prices of 50 percent since summer’s end, Saudi Arabia, whose vast production capacity has enabled that country to modulate world oil prices by adjusting its output, “effectively resigned from that role,” Daniel Yergin wrote in this past Sunday’s New York Times Week in Review. “…OPEC handed over all responsibility for oil prices to the market, which the Saudi oil minister, Ali Al-Naimi, predicted would ‘stabilize itself eventually.’”For those unfamiliar with Yergin, since at least the late 1970s, he has been a leading expert and author on oil and its intersection with international economics and politics. He writes that the Saudis’ motivation for relinquishing control—a decision which was far from unanimous among OPEC nations—included fear of losing market share if they turned off the spigots, particularly to Iraq, which they view as a satellite of Iran, and to Iran itself, should sanctions … [Read more...] about US Once Again the Swing Oil Producer: Whither Gas Prices?