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Consumer Reports predicts the new 2017 Honda CR-V will be a bestseller

When it comes to being the top crossover, there are only two models that can confidently say they have been in the market for at least 20 years. This is the CR-V from Honda and the RAV4 from Toyota. It really does not come as a surprise to know why these two are also the most popular.

Many are likely familiar with the fact that utility vehicles had a start during the 1970s with the 4x4s. However as more customers demanded vehicles that offer better ride, displays improved fuel economy, and comes with the latest in infotainment and electronic systems, this has led to crossovers entering the market.

For the 2017 CR-V in particular, Consumer Reports reveals that while the prior generation had a rather bland interior, the new version has a cabin that is not only plush, but classy as well. According to Honda, when they developed the new CR-V, they wanted a crossover utility vehicle that would be fitting for the upmarket. It is no wonder then that the 2017 CR-V not only has a cabin that is quieter but it is also a model that delivers a better ride. This was a result of two things with the first being an excellent usage of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) engineering and the second the inclusion of an active noise cancelling system. Honda however was apparently not done with this as the brand managed to give the CR-V a more enjoyable drive by using qualities previously seen on the Civic.

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2014 Subaru Forester beats the Honda CR-V in Consumer Reports SUV review

In the latest Consumer Reports reviews, the Subaru Forester compact sport utility vehicle topped the Honda CR-V and other rivals. The 2014 Subaru Forester, which now ranks as Consumer Reports’ top pick in the compact sport utility vehicle segment, won praise from the non-profit magazine for “space-efficient design, large windows, and big square doors.”

According to Consumer Reports’ Jake Fisher a.k.a. the director of the well-known magazine, the 2014 Forester is perfect if you are looking for a small SUV that is very functional and fuel-efficient. Furthermore, the 2014 Forester can accelerate faster than its rivals and still leads the competitors in fuel economy.

For those who don’t know, earlier this month Fuji Heavy said that it will invest $400 million to boost U.S. capacity by the end of 2016 due to the rising demand for vehicles such as the Forester SUV. Subaru sales increased 17 percent in April 2013, the biggest increase among carmakers based in Asia.

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Consumer Reports: Honda’s new CR-V is better than the Mazda CX-5

The Honda CR-V celebrated a close win over the Mazda CX-5 in a contest that determines which SUV is the most family-friendly, according to Consumer Reports. What gave the CR-V the edge was its large back seat as well as its easy access and generous cargo space. When looking at the specs, the redesigned CR-V and new CX-5 seem to be very similar.

They’re evenly matched when it comes to their prices. They could both fit five passengers, have similar dimensions, and offered with front- or all-wheel drive. According to Consumer Reports’ overall road-test scores of these models, the CR-V scored 77 while the CX-5 got 75.

They ranked just below the segment-leading Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. In addition, the CR-V EX (priced at $26,455) is a more family-friendly SUV, with a large backseat, easy access, plenty of cargo space, and a comfy ride. It’s faster and more responsive than the CX-5.

Read the entire article Consumer Reports: Honda’s new CR-V is better than the Mazda CX-5

2018 Paris Motor Show: Honda unveils production-ready 181-hp CR-V Hybrid

Honda is moving forward with its electrification plans in Europe after unveiling the production-ready version of the new 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. It was part of a number of creations that the Japanese carmaker is displaying in Paris, including the refreshed Honda HR-V SUV, and a specially-commissioned Civic Type R ‘Art Car’.

In September 2017, Honda took the wraps off a near-production Euros-spec prototype of the CR-V Hybrid at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with plans to sell the production version exclusively in Europe. By then, it was believed that the Euro-spec CR-V Hybrid will be the replacement for the 160hp i-DTEC diesel version of the SUV, as part of the carmaker’s answer to the regulations affecting the market of diesel engines.

Back then, Honda was tight-lipped about the technical details of the prototype. The carmaker only revealed that its electrified powertrain will feature an electric motor and a 2.0-liter four cylinder i-Vtec gasoline engine.

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Honda revealed that its new CR-V is now set to make its official debut in Europe through the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This same model had already been presented in U.S. shores back in 2016. With this new model, Honda hopes to raise the standards for SUVs as it relates to refinement, the quality of the interior, and space. Indeed, this new CR-V model is expected to bring with it a new design, new powertrains, and new technologies.

This new CR-V will come equipped with the brand's hybrid technology. This will be the first time a Honda SUV offered for the European market will have such a system. It will utilize Honda's Intelligent Multi Mode Drive hybrid system, or i-MMD.

This system is composed of two electric motors and the i-VTEC 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine. Further, the system does not use a conventional transmission but rather has a more compact unit having a single fixed-gear ratio. As such, this combination allows for effortless driveability and real-world efficiency.

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Following its debut at the Auto Shanghai early this year, the 2018 CR-V’s next stop will be next week’s Internationale Automobil-Austellung (IAA) in Germany. Honda’s first electric SUV will soon be posing as a near-production prototype which is to be sold exclusively in Europe. The 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid will appear together with Honda Jazz’s new Sport trim and Urban EV concept during the two-week event.

The Euro-spec hybrid will be replacing the 160hp i-DTEC diesel as an answer to the current regulations affecting the market of diesel engines. For its design, the Hybrid SUV in prototype form will be very similar to the US-spec CR-V as well as the model previewed earlier in China. The lower LED light bar, in place of the round shaped fog lights, is just among the subtle variations on the exterior to draw the line between the 1.5-liter conventional engine and the hybrid set-up.

Honda is very tight-lipped about the technical details and only revealed that the electrified powertrain will consist of an electric motor and a 2.0-liter i-Vtec gasoline engine with four cylinder that runs on the Atkinson cycle. All the same, the complete specs will surely come out before or after Honda launches the CR-V hybrid in Europe sometime in 2018. Early speculations suggest that Honda’s next SUV will borrow Honda Accord’s hybrid set-up but it is better to trust the company’s official announcement. Currently, the Accord hybrid boasts a total of 212hp output with two-motor hybrid technology that no longer sees the need for conventional transmission. Rather, it only makes use of a single fixed gear ratio to push power down the wheels.

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The company has named this software AutoPark, which basically works the way it sounds. This system automatically gets activated when the driver leaves the car and is left in gear. What happens is AutoPark will stop the car while leaving it on accessory mode - this will keep the radio and other feature stay active for 30 minutes before it shuts off. This feature will also be activated when the driver opens his door with the seat belts unbuckled. This software update was introduced back in April. However, cars that have this software were only released in the summer.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was not only put on the spot over the new shifter designs. They were in hot water last year when actor Anton Yelchin met a tragic accident. The problem with the new shifter is not because it is complicated to use, but because it does not tell the driver whether the car is already parked. This is a problem because drivers have gotten used to this for decades now, as it is a standard in all vehicles.

The reason for the outrage was because the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 266 crashed, 68 injuries, and 686 complaints were related to the electronic shifters that were the same as that on Anton Yelchin’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. After the incident, the company had to recall a total of 1.1 million vehicles in April 2016, so that they could upgrade the software on the shifter designs.

Read the entire article 2017 Chrysler 300 gets software updates, now recommended again by Consumer Reports

Honda will be displaying the electrically assisted CUV in their showrooms later this year. This has been confirmed in China at least. Fresh from its debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the latest hybrid CR-V will soon go on sale in Asia’s fastest growing market for hybrid vehicles.

While the engineering for the China-bound CR-V Hybrid has already been finalized, it only makes sense that Honda would be considering the US as its next important step. In the US, the Honda Accord is in fact using the same powertrain found on the newly electrified crossover.

Honda however hasn't disclosed the exact details for the CR-V hybrid’s powertrain while on its premiere. If the CRV’s hybrid specs are indeed the same as those on the Accord, we can therefore expect the electrified crossover to be running on a 143hp (107kW), 129 lb-ft (175Nm) of torque, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This will come equipped with a 1.3kWh lithium ion battery pack with a total power of 212hp (158kW) to match.

Read the entire article Honda unveils the CR-V Hybrid in China, may also come to the United States

And the best car brand for this year goes again to Audi! If there’s anything we can count on to tell us which among the automotive brands makes the best cars, it’s Consumer Reports. For two years in a row, Audi claimed the highest spot in the annual ranking of car brands. Audi is trailed closely by Porsche, BMW and Lexus. Audi has the highest overall score of 81 against Porsche with 78 and both BMW and Lexus getting 77.

The fifth spot went to Subaru with the score of 74 while the remaining six out of ten spots went to Kia Mazda, Tesla and Buick. Luckily for Porsche and BMW, the two were able to show significant improvement in their ratings as compared to last year. The overall scores are basically a combination of several factors such as safety, predicted reliability, road tests and owner satisfaction rating. So while Audi got the highest total score in the overall ranking, Porsche got a higher score in the road test with 88 points while both Audi and BMW got 86 in the same category.

The top five car brands from last year are actually the same group this year. Only the rankings changed. Subaru has lost two spots this year. Porsche and BMW went up by two slots while Lexus has moved down by one. Meanwhile, Tesla takes the lead when it comes to the highest US automotive brand this year after having earned the 8th position with a road test score of 88 points and overall score of 73 points.

Read the entire article Audi is named best overall car brand for 2017, Tesla is ranked highest among US brands

With Consumer Reports confidently saying that the significantly evolved new generation of the Honda CR-V would still be a bestseller for the 2017 model year, many have been waiting for the Japanese carmaker to release the pricing details of this all-new SUV. Honda’s online configurator already includes setups for the new generation of the CR-V.

For those who really want a piece of CR-V action, you may own this next-generation SUV from Honda available at a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $24,045. This MSRP, however, does not include taxes, license and registration as well as the $900 destination charge. Of course, the final price is set by Honda’s dealerships.

At $24,045, a customer gets the Honda CR-V LX variant, a two-wheel drive (front wheel) model with power provided for by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine. This 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine sends power – pegged at 184 hp of output at 6,400 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque available at 3,900 rpm –to the front wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission that is known for its fuel efficiency and smooth performance. The base Honda CR-V LX version rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and features a black cloth interior.

Read the entire article Fifth-gen 2017 Honda CR-V is priced from $24,045 in the US

There are many reasons why customers purchase a brand-new car. It could be the likelihood of no-hassle ownership or the fewer instances of service problems over time. But while there’s no guarantee of perfection, we all still want to get the most value for our money.

Consumer Reports recently released its 2016 Annual Auto Survey, which lists the 10 least reliable vehicles. These car owners face the highest risk of visiting their dealerships sooner and more frequently than others.

The same survey considers the different factors that can go wrong, specifically in 17 trouble areas. These include simple nuisances like an interior trim that is broken or noisy brakes, all the way to major problem areas like issues with the 4-wheel drive systems or transmission repairs no longer covered with warranty.

Read the entire article 2016 Consumer Reports Survey of the 10 Least Reliable Cars

Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the compact SUV segment especially with its new exterior and interior design, new powertrain and chassis technology as well as new features.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, remarked that the new Honda CR-V ups the standards in the segment in terms of performance, roominess and premium content as well as fuel economy and value.

2017 version of the CR-V (EX and higher trims) now comes standard with Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. These variants of the 2017 CR-V are expected to generate 75 percent of the SUV’s sales. Honda Sensing includes: Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and pedestrian sensing capability; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).

Read the entire article Honda unveils 5th-gen 2017 CR-V with new turbocharged engine

Tesla is one of the leaders of manufacturing electric vehicles. It has since been doing various developments in perfecting its autopilot system and has even started to venture out into autonomous or self-driving cars. The American automaker’s futuristic mindset is both exciting and terrifying at the same time.

Now Tesla is under fire after a fatal accident occurred early this year that involved their autopilot system. On May 7, 40-year old ex-Navy SEAL Joshua Brown met his unfortunate end after his Tesla Model S on autopilot mode nearly collided with a truck before tumbling a few yards away.

Since then, Tesla has been under NHTSA’s scrutiny because its self-driving system has been pinpointed as one of the main reasons for the accident; the brake and forward-collision warning functions on Brown’s Model S seemed to have not worked as it should, thus resulting to the man’s death. The Securities and Exchange Commission has also been keeping its eye on Tesla after the American automaker failed to report the accident which most people believe would potentially decrease their stock prices and lose investors. Now, non-profit product evaluating American magazine Consumer Reports has been calling for Tesla to make changes on the way that the automaker has advertised its self-driving cars to the public.

Read the entire article Consumer Reports Calls on Tesla to Deactivate Autopilot System

The Consumer Reports has released its 2015 Car Brand Report Cards which ranks the different automobile manufacturers worldwide in terms of various factors. The first is the raid test performance which gets the average of the results from the test conducted by Consumer Reports on the different brands.

Another major factor considered is reliability which shows how each car, on average, is able to hold up. These two main factors, plus a host of other ones, are then combined to come out with an overall score which forms the basis for the ranking.

The results showed that Lexus has retained the top position it got last year too. Rounding out the top 5 list, in order, are Mazda, Toyota, Audi, and Subaru. The bottom 5 included Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Mini, and Jeep. However, some brands were not included in the ranking as according to Consumer Reports there was insufficient data in order for them to be part of the review.

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Lexus once again finished on top of the Consumer Reports Annual Car Brands Report Cards, its third in as four editions. Suprising many is Buick, which jumped into the top 10 in this year’s edition of the report card – from 12th to 7th. Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing, told Automotive News in an interview that Buick has a reputation for “large, cushy cars,” and it managed to invent itself pretty quickly.

He said that Buick is making reliable vehicles, those that score very well. He noted that in many ways, Buick is like the new Lexus, but is also sporty to drive. What is more suprising is the Buick Regal’s feat in earning Top Pick honors among sports sedans, which according to Fisher, is a “very un-Buick category.”

At second in the report card is Mazda, which climbed with an overall index score of 75, just three behind Lexus. Consumer Reports called Mazda’s lineup as “reliable” and “fun-to-drive” while delivering “impressive fuel economy. At third is Toyota, and the top 5 spots are completed by Audi and Subaru. The lower half of the top 10 are Porsche, Buick, Honda, Kia and BMW.

Read the entire article Buick arrives in the top 10 on Consumer Reports report card

Drivers of Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan were the most satisfied among auto owners, according to the latest owner-satisfaction survey conducted by Consumer Reports. The Model S scored 98 of 100 to top the survey a second straight year.

Behind the Model S as the satisfying vehicle in the survey are: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, with a 95 percent satisfaction rating, and the Porsche Cayman and Boxster, both scoring a 91 percent satisfaction rating. With two models scoring high ratings, Porsche managed to cling to the No. 2 spot, getting an average score of 87 out of 100 across its model lines.

Consumers Reports remarked that the Tesla Model is roomy, comfortable, and fun to drive, adding that it has low operating costs. The latest top ranking should further boost Tesla’s image as the leader in the producting high-end electric cars.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S tops owner-satisfaction survey at Consumer Reports

When Ram ranked third in the latest Consumer Report’s reliability survey, its brand chief already knew who to blame. Ram, a brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, ranked third from bottom partly because of its cockpit technology, according to brand chief Bob Hegbloom.

He noted that the average age of a pickup truck is 11 years old, adding that Ram integrated technologies into its cockpit system with “an individual that may not have had a new vehicle in 10- plus years.” Four of FCA’s brands -- Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram -- all lurked in the bottom four of the rankings.

When Consumer Reports surveyed owners of 2014 model vehicles, it found out that balky touch-screens as well as other cockpit-related technology gremlins drew the most complaints among the 17 categories. Other brands earning the most complaints were Cadillac, Ford and Honda.

Read the entire article Ram chief partly blames cockpit tech for slide in rankings

After showing how the Porsche Macan fails the moose test, the Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld is back, this time with a problem observed on the all-wheel drive Honda CR-V. No, the Japanese crossover didn’t fail to pass the moose test, but it failed to show it all-wheel drive system works.

This is not the first time the Swedish magazine faces the same problem with the CR-V as they also did this test with the previous CR-V model and after a software update from Honda, the vehicle performed well.

Now, the new model shows the same problems and it is not able to climb uphill when the front wheels have no friction. According to an official response from Honda, its AWD system uses a compact, fuel-efficient rear differential and its design requires certain torque limitation for the device to work effectively in real conditions.

Read the entire article 2015 Honda CR-V shows problems with its AWD system, again! [w/video]

Yesterday, Honda unveiled the 2015 CR-V Facelift in the United States, but today the Japanese car manufacturer also revealed the Euro-Spec CR-V Facelift. Just in time to make its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 Honda CR-V Facelift Euro-Spec gets a new look thanks to the redesigned headlamps that incorporate LED daytime running lights, a restyled front grille, a refreshed tailgate designed as well as new front and rear bumpers.

Under the hood of the four-wheel drive model, we find a new 1.6-liter i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series that replaces the 2.2-liter i-DTEC powerplant.

Bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, the new engine develops 160 hp and 350 Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions of 130 g/km, which represents an 11 percent improvement compared with the unit it replaces.

Read the entire article 2014 Paris Motor Show: Euro-Spec 2015 Honda CR-V Facelift unveiled

Last week, Honda officially revealed the first photo with the 2015 CR-V Facelift, but today the official details and specs as well as plenty of photos were released. Exterior changes are obvious and include restyled front and rear bumpers, a new front grille, new headlights which now include LED daytime running lights, new exterior mirrors and wheels.

The interior comes with upgraded materials but also new standard features such as a center console armrest, sliding sunvisors and rear ventilation ducts. Available features include a power tailgate, 10-way power and heated driver’s seat and Display Audio.

Under the hood, there is a new Earth Dreams Technology 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC inline four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. The engine is bolted to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-design Shift that contributes to an increased EPA fuel economy rating of 27/34/29 mpg.

Read the entire article Official: 2015 Honda CR-V Facelift shows its new design, starts at $24,150