2008 10Best Cars - CAR and DRIVER
A vintage year for sports sedans of all shapes and sizes.
2008 10Best Cars
2008 5Best Trucks
2009 Honda Insight EX Road Test - CAR and DRIVER
A Peacock Hybrid: Honda makes a grab for the Prius's halo with a hybrid for
2009 Honda Insight EX - Road Test
2009 Honda Insight - Official Photos
2009 Toyota Corolla - First Drive Review - CAR and DRIVER
Larry Webster reviews the 2009 Toyota Corolla.
2009 Toyota Corolla XRS - Short Take Road Test
Compact-Car Comparison Test -
Honda Fit Sport Review
The Smoking Tire heads out to Adams Motorsports Park with the gold standard
of small cars: The Honda Fit. We analyze the name literally: How much will
it fit? and How Sporty is it?
2009 Honda Fit / First Impressions
Cars.com Senior Editor Joe Wiesenfelder walks us through the re-designed
2009 Honda Fit. The Fit competes with the Toyota Matrix, The Nissan Versa,
and the Suzuki SX4.
First Drive: 2009 Honda Fit
More info in the 2009 Honda Fit -
The 2009 Honda Fit doesn't look much different from the 2008 Honda Fit, but
actually, its been totally redesigned. The compact car retains the overall
shape and dimensions, but put them side by side, and there is not single
piece of sheet metal that carries over. Fuel economy for the base Honda Fit
is 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 on the highway, and for the Fit
Sport, 27 and 33 respectively.
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DSTV Live: Ep 1. - 2009 Honda Fit, Honda Tuning (highlights)
Catch DSTV Live every Wednesday night at 10pm (pst). Highlights from the
first live presentation of Driving Sports TV. Features the 2009 Honda Fit
Sport. Special guests Alex and Nels from CarbConn talk about performance
modifications and Hondata tuning.
2009 Honda Fit Sport Review
MPGomatic.com puts a 2009 Honda Fit Sport to a grueling week-long
test-drive. The Fit delivers remarkable real-world gas mileage and is a
blast to drive. Is this the future of small cars?
Comparison Test: 2007 Honda Fit Sport vs. 2008 Scion xD
Kids today, eh? The 2007 Honda Fit Sport and 2008 Scion xD are meant to
grab the attention of a generation that knows how to play it loud. These
cars are supposed to be all about watts, speaker count and iPod inputs.
Yet they are both so sensible that you'd swear the coveted Gen-Y market was
filled with aging no-bones consumers more interested in price and
practicality than loud music. And in fact, older drivers are proving to be
just as enthusiastic about sensible, stripped-down cars as younger drivers.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Review and Road Test
As of October, the most fuel efficient mid-sized sedan in America is the
Honda Accord. Or so Honda says. After all, Ford has been trumpeting a
matching 47 MPG combined from their Fusion. Who is right? And more
importantly, can the Accord get Honda back into the hybrid game after
having lost the first initial hybrid battles with their maligned Integrated
Motor Assist system? Honda invited us to sample the 2014 Accord Hybrid as
well as a smorgasbord of competitive products to find out.
I have always been a fan of "elegant and restrained" styling which explains
my love for the first generation Lexus LS. That describes the 2014 Accord
to a tee. Like the regular Accord, the hybrid is devoid of sharp creases,
dramatic swooshes, edgy grilles or anything controversial. This is a
slightly different take than the Accord Plug-in which swaps the standard
Accord bumper for a bumper with a slightly awkward gaping maw. In fact, the
only thing to indicate that something green this way someday are some
grille inserts and LED headlamps on the top-level Touring model.
Being the drivetrain geek that I am, what's under the hood of the Accord
hybrid is more exciting than the Corvette Stingray. Seriously. Why? Because
this car doesn't have a transmission in the traditional sense. Say what?
Let's start at the beginning.
Things start out with the same 2.0L four-cylinder engine used in the Accord
plug-in. The small engine is 10% more efficient than Honda's "normal" 2.0L
engine thanks to a modified Atkinson cycle, an electric water pump, cooled
Exhaust gas return system, and
electric valve timing with a variable cam profile. The engine produces 141
horsepower on its
own at 6,200 RPM and, thanks to the fancy valvetrain, 122 lb-ft from
The engine is connected directly to a motor/generator that is capable of
generating approximately 141 horsepower. (Honda won't
release specific details on certain drivetrain internals so that's an
educated guess.) Next we have a 166 horsepower, 226 lb-ft motor
that is connected to the front wheels via a fixed gear ratio. Under 44
miles per hour, this is all you need to know about the system. The 166 horsepower motor
powers the car alone, drawing power from either a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion
battery pack, or the first motor/generator. Over 44 miles per hour, the
system chooses one of two mods depending on what is most efficient at the
time. The system can engage a clutch pack to directly connect the two
motor/generator units together allowing engine power to flow directly to
the wheels via that fixed gear ratio.
Pay careful attention to that. I said fixed gear ratio. When the Accord
Hybrid engages the clutch to allow the engine to power the wheels directly
(mechanically), power is flowing via a single fixed ratio gear set. The
fixed gear improves efficiency at highway speeds, reduces weight vs a
multi-speed unit and is the reason the system must operate in serial hybrid
mode below 44 mph. There is another side effect at play here as well: below
44 MPH, the system's maximum power output is 166 horsepower. The 196 combined
ponies don't start prancing until that clutch engages.
So why does Honda call it an eCVT? Because that fits on a sales sheet
bullet point and the full explanation doesn't. Also, a serial hybrid can be
thought of as a CVT because there is an infinite and non-linear
relationship between the engine input and the motor output in the
Honda Fit - Kelley Blue Book's Review
Honda has increased the proportions and appointments of its Civic over the
years, raising it from an entry-level to mid-level car. To fill the Civic's
shoes in the important low-priced segment, Honda has introduced the sporty
and economical Fit. Successfully sold in over 70 countries as the "Jazz,"
the Fit brings power and fun-to-drive handling to the popular sub-compact
The Fit is taller and shorter than the Civic, with a pug nose and an abrupt
rear hatch. The five-door hatchback is designed for convenience and economy
without sacrificing get-up-and-go. The Fit's flexible floorplan can
accommodate up to five people and offers three different seating
arrangements to fit a wide variety of cargo.
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