The 2013 Toyota Avalon – What you need to know before you buy…

The 2013 Toyota Avalon is a visually attractive and comfortable answer to the family transportation experience. With improvements to style, performance and interior comforts, as well as a price cut for this model, its appeal has increased roughly $2,000-fold.

2013 Toyota Avalon Exterior

The Avalon is available in four trim packages; the XLE, the XLE Premium, the XLE Touring and the Limited. The Limited has an additional tech package option that adds passive high beams, active cruise control and a Pre-Collision System. The array of colors available for the 2013 models are Blizzard Pearl, Champagne Mica, Moulin Rouge Mica, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Attitude Black Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Cypress Pearl and Nautical Blue Metallic.

In addition to its color appeal, the exterior features of the Avalon draw attention from all angles. The XLE and XLE Premium are fitted with 17-in. silver-painted alloy wheels, while the XLE Touring and the Limited packages have 18-in. silver painted alloy wheels. All four packages come standard with LED taillights, color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, an acoustic noise-reducing windshield and a dual chrome-tipped integrated exhaust. The Limited has High Density Discharge Quadrabeam headlights with an auto on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights. The XLE package is equipped with Quadrabeam halogen headlights that also are equipped with the auto on/off feature. The XLE Touring and Limited add wide-angle fog lights to help with lower visibility situations.

The interior of the Avalon is comparable to a comfortable evening at home. The dash is covered with hand-stitched material that is soft to the touch. The aesthetic appeal of the dash set up is also notable, as the layered and sculpted surface of the dash creates a sense of seclusion for the driver while opening up the area the passenger overlooks. All packages of the Avalon have a leather trim, wood-grain style interior with smoked chrome accents and door handles.

2013 Toyota Avalon Interior

Comparable to a favorite armchair, the driver’s seat in the XLE package is eight-way power adjustable with power lumbar support. The driver’s seat in the Limited is 10-way adjustable with multi-staged heat and ventilation, as well as having power lumbar support and a power cushion extension. The front passenger seat in the XLE package has four power adjustment options, while the Limited’s front passenger seat is eight-way power adjustable. Seat comfort is not withheld from rear passengers either, as the rear seat has a center armrest with cupholders and folds down with a trunk passthrough for excursions with bigger cargo and fewer passengers.

The XLE and XLE Premium offer dual zone automatic climate controls, display audio with a 6.1-in. touch screen, have an AM/FM CD player with MP3 and WMA playback capability and features eight speakers to reach all passengers equally. A USB port and auxiliary audio jack allow for music input from other sources, as does the music streaming option using Bluetooth wireless technology. The inclusion of multi-information displays, Bluetooth hands-free controls, Optitron instrumentation, navigation with turn-by-turn directions and an ECO Drive Level Indicator make the car current in technological advances, keeping the consumer on the leading edge of vehicle technologies.

2013 Toyota Avalon Optitron

The XLE Touring adds Sirius XM satellite radio capability, an HD Radio and iTunes tagging for additional entertainment opportunities. The Limited package adds Entune and JBL to the mix, as well as a 7-in. high resolution touch-screen with split screen capability. The Limited also comes standard with 11 speakers in 9 locations, including a subwoofer and amplifier. Passengers will enjoy the ride in style amidst audio perfection. Entune access is complimentary with each vehicle for three years from purchase.

The 2013 models of the Avalon also have a covered center console with two front cupholders and eBin – a sliding electronic device holder with wire management and illuminated interior storage. There are three 12V auxiliary power outlets, two located in the eBin and one in the center console of the vehicle.

As is expected with a Toyota product, the Avalon is equipped with a wide variety of safety features. These include the Star Safety System, Whiplash-Injury Lessening seats, three-point seatbelts, 10 airbags and both the LATCH system and child protector door locks. In terms of support and exterior protection, the steering column is made to be energy absorbing and collapsible. The front and rear each has energy absorbing crumple zones. There is an anti-theft system with an alarm and engine immobilizer to deter today’s criminal element from targeting your vehicle.

The Avalon gets 25 miles per gallon combined in projected fuel economy. This translates to 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 31 mpg when hitting the highway. With a 17-gallon tank, this means less fuel stops on those family vacations, although pit stops will remain necessary for all the other typical reasons.

In terms of safety and handling, the Avalon boasts an impressive 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft of torque in a front-wheel drive car with a six-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. Electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering, ventilated disc front brakes, solid disc rear brakes and standard ABS enhance the control and confidence for the individual behind the wheel. Blind Spot Monitors and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert eliminate the dangers of a second’s distraction in a family neighborhood, something no one would ever want to experience.

The Blind Spot Monitor uses radar to warn of vehicles in adjacent lanes that might be out of view, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert is enabled when the vehicle is in reverse and detects moving objects that enter the warning radius. All packages above the XLE also come equipped with a backup camera standard that shows a view of the area not easily monitored from the driver’s seat.

The price tag for the 2013 begins at $31,785, a $2,205 cut from the price for the 2012 model. This price is also cheaper than rivals in the midsize sedan category, such as the Buick LaCrosse or Nissan Maxima. It is, however, slightly undercut by the Ford Taurus, which is available with a base price tag of just over $27,000.

A Review of the 2013 Toyota Venza

The 2013 Toyota Venza is an aerodynamic attempt to cross SUV space, towing and performance with aesthetic appeal and a stylish exterior. The 2013 model improves on the standard conveniences and adds value and style to an already established norm, bringing more to the table than last year’s model.

2013 Toyota Venza Exterior

Three trim packages are available for the Venza, and those are the LE, XLE and Limited. Those packages all are available in the eye-popping and tongue-tripping colors of, Blizzard Pearl, Golden Umber Mica, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Sunset Bronze Mica, Cypress Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Attitude Black and Cosmic Gray Mica.

This year’s model has radial tires on aluminum alloy rims, privacy glass on rear side, quarter and liftgate windows, and color-keyed exterior door handles and mirrors. With other features including chrome tipped exhaust (dual on the six-cylinder models), UV reduction glass, an acoustic designed front windshield and a blind spot mirror to minimize the chance of accidents during lane changes, this vehicle almost breathes class. Its windshield wiper comes standard with a de-icer feature — only adding to the feeling of luxury that comes standard in this SUV.

The outer lighting features of the Venza are nothing short of impressive. The vehicle has Daytime Running Lights that can be switched on and off, built-in fog lamps, puddle lamps, projector-beam headlamps, outer mirror turn signals (on heated outside mirrors, it should be noted) and a rear spoiler with an LED center high mount stop lamp.

The Venza is available in both a four-cylinder and six-cylinder in the LE and XLE models, while the Limited is available only with a V6 engine. All three are available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). For those requiring significant towing power, a tow package is available for the V6 that allows a maximum towing weight of 3,500 lbs. The four-cylinder, which does not have the additional tow package available, can tow up to 1,000 lbs. This is more than sufficient for the average camper or traveler’s needs.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine offers 268 horsepower and 246 lb.-ft of torque, while the four-cylinder boasts 181 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft of torque. The V6 with FWD is expected to get 19/26 mpg for city and highway travel respectively, while the AWD option has a projected 18/25 mpg ratio for city and highway travel, respectively. The expected fuel economy for the four-cylinder FWD model is 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg for highway travel. The four-cylinder AWD loses only slightly in comparison, with 20 mpg expected in city traffic and 25 mpg for longer highway excursions.

These engines may or may not be a little too smart for their drivers, however, as a technology known as ECT-i, or electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, it not only chooses the right gear for uphill and downhill portions of the drive, it also provides moderate engine braking for the downhill segment. The AWD system also includes Active Torque Control that distributes the torque optimally between the front and rear wheels, with the intended result of better corner handling. Smoother transitions during acceleration are also projected thanks to the Active Torque Control feature.

The Venza also provides a substantial level of comfort for up to five adults. The vehicle comes standard with power windows that feature an automatic up/down and jam protection design, power locks with a shift-based automatic lock/unlock feature, an above the head console with lights for map reading and sunglass storage. It has a center console with a dual storage compartment, two front lighted cup holders, an iPod and an MP3 player holder and wire management features. There are also rear reading lights, a cargo light and three 12V auxiliary power outlets, two in the front and one in the cargo area.

2013 Toyota Venza Interior

The Venza also comes standard with Bluetooth technology that permits drivers to use their cell phones hands-free phone with voice-command controls in the steering wheel, an outside temperature reading, a clock and fuel economy information, average speed and trip distance displays. The interior for the LE is fabric-trimmed and includes an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat and four-way adjustable front passenger seat. Both the XLE and Limited offer leather trim, and the eight-way adjustable driver’s seat also offers memory function, heat and power lumbar support. All three offer one-touch fold-flat rear seats.

Each model of the Venza comes with an entertainment system that puts the E in enjoyment. A 6.1-inch touch screen is standard, with an AM/FM CD player that is capable of MP3 and WMA playback, six speakers and a USB port to connect smartphones or other music devices. The XLE and Limited models also have Entune, which provides access to features like Bing, OpenTable, MovieTickets and Pandora. This allows the trip to reach an unplanned destination without an interruption to search for phone numbers and make last-minute reservations or ticket purchases.

2013 Toyota Venza Interior Touchscreen

Seven airbags, including driver and front passenger seat-installed side air bags, the Advanced Airbag System, a knee airbag for the driver and front and rear side curtain airbags, are the initial reassurance that Toyota takes safety seriously. Its comprehensive seating positions offer 3-point seatbelts and there are front and back force-absorbing crumple areas with side-impact door beams. Add that to the already commendable STAR Safety System Toyota installs in all its vehicles, and this SUV provides great style, handling and reassurance of safety when taking to the roads. Toyota also includes an Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Smart Stop Technology.

In addition, Brake Assist, Traction Control and enhanced Vehicle Stability Control provide assurances to drivers and passengers alike that road conditions will be less of a determining factor in the handling of their vehicle. All Venza models also have Hill-Start Assist Control, so that starting on a hill can be done with no chance of rollback and potential contact with other vehicles. In addition, for the safety-conscious parent, the LATCH system is installed on outboard rear seats, and there are child-protector rear door locks.

Pricing for the Venza begins at $27,700 and can go to roughly $38,800 with the higher class luxury add-ons. A higher price for the V6 may be a concession interested buyers seriously consider, as the power of the V6 is not to be taken lightly.

A Look At The 2013 Toyota Sequoia

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is primed to offer not only comfort and new entertainment features for long road trips, but is also prepared to take a family or group of up to eight adults off-road to the best camping spots or nature walk locations.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

The full-size SUV comes standard with a 5.7-liter V-8 in the 2013 model, providing 381 horsepower at 5,600 RPM. With the ability to tow 4,700 lbs and a tow/haul mode to help optimize transmission shift points, the Sequoia is prepared to get cargo from Point A to Point B. One feature that can be considered both a benefit and a potential frustration is the fact that the Sequoia’s tow hitch is part of the frame, a single unit rather than complementary pieces.

The new model presents an eye-catching exterior, with eight snappy color choices: Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Black, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Sandy Beach Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Super White (not available on Platinum) and Blizzard Pearl – a color choice only available on the highest trim package for the newest Sequoia. There are three trim packages available in the 2013 Toyota Sequoia: the SR5, the Limited and the Platinum. The lowest trim package for the Sequoia is only available in three colors, while the other options are available on the Limited and as noted on the Platinum. All three packages offer interior color choices of graphite and sand beige. Red Rock is an option only for the Platinum grade.

Snow and mud tested radial tires, front and rear mudguards, an in-glass antenna and privacy glass on the rear side are standard.  Quarter and lift gate windows provide the sleek, yet rugged look some consumers have in mind when thinking SUV, while providing the necessary comfort and performance for the off-roading enthusiasts.

Some of the exterior features available in the SR5 package include heated outside mirrors, integrated fog lamps, a roof rack, power tilt moonroof and running boards. A peek into the interior shows three-zone front and rear climate control, cruise control, map lamps, a leather-trimmed steering wheel that both tilts and is telescopic. Other features include Bluetooth hands-free telephone controls and 16 cup and bottle holders.

The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable for the pickiest driver, while the front passenger seat is 4-way adjustable. The second row seat slides, reclines and lays flat. It also provides one-touch access to the third-row seating. The rear doors open at such a wide angle that not only can passengers enter and exit with ease, but the installation of a child safety seat is made simple. This is something every parent and grandparent can truly appreciate.

The CD player has standard AM/FM capacity, the ability to play MP3 and WMA files, is set up to handle Sirius Satellite Radio subscriptions and has 14 speakers and a subwoofer to provide optimal sound quality. Music streaming via Bluetooth technology is also an option, guaranteeing music no matter where your Sequoia is taking you.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Navigation

Additional highlights to the Limited package include map pockets in the door, more leather trim and a heated driver’s seat that adjusts two additional ways, along with a Homelink universal receiver integrated into the rearview mirror and retractable sunshades for the second and third row seating.

For the Platinum package, consumers can expect second row heated captain’s chairs, dynamic laser cruise control and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, complete with two wireless headphones and a wireless remote for the nine-inch display.

For all three trim packages, Entune is available to provide an enhanced audio experience incorporating the ubiquitous smartphone, and navigation systems of various complexities can be relied on to keep those wheels turning and avoid confusion on any road trip. Bing, Pandora and real-time traffic and weather updates using the Entune connection with a smartphone makes conventional radio and its notorious unreliability a distant memory rather than a current frustration.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Interior

The six-speed automatic is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive and offers reasonable EPA estimates for fuel economy, with 13 miles per gallon city and 18 highway for a two-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive option only drops the expected mpg for highway travel by one, keeping city driving expectations to 13 mpg.

Standard safety features for the newest model of Toyota’s off-road family SUV includes a four-wheel ABS with both Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. The Sequoia also has ventilated disc brakes for both front and rear and a rack-and-pinion steering system that recognizes vehicle speed and has Variable Flow Control to respond in kind.

The Limited and Platinum packages for the Sequoia also offer front and rear parking sensors that recognize standing objects and their distance from the vehicle, relaying that information to the driver. These packages also have the option to include a back-up camera to further assist in parking safely.

With the safety ratings and quality standards consumers come to expect from Toyota, the Sequoia continues to be a solid investment in terms of SUV purchases. The Sequoia comes equipped with advanced airbags, knee airbags and seat-mounted side airbags for both the driver and front seat passenger. For the other occupants of the vehicle, all-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags are installed. The four-wheel drive models come with a cut-off switch for these airbags as well.

The seatbelt sensor for both the driver and front seat passenger makes forgetting that all-important safety measure difficult. Also, three-point harnesses for all seating positions mean no one is under-protected. The LATCH system for car seats provides anchors in all seating in the second row and also in the middle seat of the third row. In addition, the Sequoia is equipped with child protector rear hatch and door locks and a power window lockout feature.

The safety measures of the Toyota Star Safety System cannot be ignored. This includes the aforementioned ABS and ventilated disc brakes, in addition to Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Smart Stop Technology.

An anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, daytime running lights with an on/off feature and a tire pressure monitoring system all add to the assurance Sequoia owners can drive with confidence and know their vehicle won’t be stolen from the supermarket parking lot.

A Look At The 2013 Honda Ridgeline

The 2013 model year for the Honda Ridgeline does not add much to the 2012 design. While industry insiders had initial reservations about the Ridgeline being a one-year wonder, the Honda Ridgeline is back for the 2013 sales year. In fact, this year’s model has very few things, if anything, to note regarding improvements, additions, etc. In fact, most automotive industry commentators believe that if you can get your hands on the 2012 model you are doing yourself a favor because you’ll save yourself a decent chunk of change for virtually the same vehicle. The one notable change for the 2013 model is that all models feature a standard backup camera.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

When it comes to styling, there are some slight differences with the 2013 model year. The styling between the 2012 and 2013 year models have virtually identical body styles. Specifically, it has a grille without the weird looking orthodontia as well as the 2012’s plainer horizontal rib design. Sport models will similarly have the standard black honeycomb insert. However, it has the most noticeable and depending on your perspective, an awkwardly designed body. It still has a unibody design with no seam connecting the cab and bead. The bed walls are weirdly tall compared to its competitors. Some people believe Honda’s stylists have to go back to aesthetics school in order to correct this design faux pas. The five-passenger and four-door design is different from its competitors because its unibody design enables it to give occupants more cargo storage space and interior room along with the standard top-notch responsive handling.

There are many options for the 2013 Ridgeline trim levels. There are five trim level options available for the 2013 model year:  RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and the RTL with Navigation system. When it comes to the Sport trim, industry insiders believe four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will really appreciate it because it has black 18-inch wheels, available in black and aluminum construction. Additional features to mention for the Sport trim include black taillight and headlight housings along with top-notch fog lights for the lowest visibility conditions. 17-inch wheels are also available, along with a power moonroof and quad cargo area lights. The cargo bed is 5 feet long and has eight locations to professionally secure whatever you are transporting. The tailgate is very versatile when it comes to its ability to be opened; it is able to be opened from the top down and from left to right. However you open the tailgate, you will have access to 8-and-a-half cubic feet of the truck’s bed.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Bed

With the five trim levels from the 2012 model year, there are some similarities and differences within 2013’s different trims. For example, the RT trim for the current year’s model will most likely have dark body trim and 17-inch wheels constructed from steel. The Sport trim model will still feature the same 18-inch alloy wheels with black finish, smoky color taillamps and headlamps and the black honeycomb grille. Other trim models will feature the same type of monotone body color like 2012 models and the RTS with have 17-inch alloys and the RTL will have 18-inch polished alloys.

Looking inside, the interior is quite luxurious and will certainly make the driver and occupants feel right at home. Reviewers who have already test drove this vehicle remark that it is more like a full-size pickup even though it is a midsize pickup truck. The center console is very large and features hidden storage areas for work or personal valuables and has a tray for drinks. Whether you are using it for work or pleasure, Honda has made special holders for your cell phone, CDs, bottles, maps, and much more. Seats fold down in the back which enables you to have more storage space for cargo. Specific features include a specially designed seat for both comfort and ergonomics. The Sport trim model has its steering wheel enveloped in leather and has audio controls built right into it.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Interior

When it comes to the powertrain, nothing has changed. The 2013 Ridgeline still has its six-cylinder 3.5-liter engine producing 247 lb-ft of torque and 250 horsepower through its variable valve timing system. Drivers don’t have to worry about premium gas as it uses normal 87 octane gas. It has a five-speed automatic transmission and features a Variable Torque Management 4WD powertrain that minds both towing and traction extremely well. It also has a 1,500 lb payload capacity and can tow trailers up to 5,000 pounds.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Engine

When it comes to safety, nothing is lacking on the 2013 Ridgeline. No matter what trim model you get, every vehicle comes with head-cushioning side curtain airbags that protect occupants of the front and rear rows. These curtain side airbags are also engineered to deploy during a side collision or when the truck senses a rollover. Other safety items include antilock brakes, a passive electronic stability system that automatically senses the road conditions and passively adjusts. Front seat side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats are also standard on each and every Ridgeline.

There are both standard and luxury features for all trim levels and specific trim levels. Standard features include a trip computer, a fuel economy gauge, cruise control, keyless entry, rear seats that split 60/40, power windows with locks, air conditioning and much more. Trim levels such as the RTL feature heated front seats, a power moonroof, a navigation system, Bluetooth and a backup camera. The RT trim level will receive features previously exclusive to the RTS models. These upgrades to the RT include independent zone climate control in the front, tinted windows, year-round floor mats, a 6-disc CD change, USB jacks and much, much more!

The 2013 Honda Ridgeline’s prices vary quite extensively. Depending on the trim, options and your location, prices vary from $30,500 to $38,500. Based on the following trims, RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and the RTL with Navigation have respective prices as follows:  $30,500, $31,300, $33,200, $36,100, and $38,500. As you can see, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline does have some modest improvements, but by and large there are not noticeable changes that are earth shattering.

A Sneak Peak of the 2013 Honda FCX Clarity

Some believe that Honda is finally realizing the “green reality” of the evolution of alternative energy powered vehicles. As part of its three year experiment with alternative energy sources, Honda has been testing hydrogen powered cars and the 2013 Honda FCX Clarity is its brainchild. This model is one of many of Honda’s zero emission alternative energy vehicles that use hydrogen power. It is powered by a Vertical Flow (V Flow) cell configuration. Its hydrogen power source is complemented by a lithium-ion battery pack that is charged at home and through passive kinetic energy from braking and decelerations. This design noticed by industry insiders for its innovation and forward thinking, shows Honda’s great commitment to the alternative energy sector in car design.

2013 Honda FCX Clarity Exterior

The exterior of this car is built to look appealing, provide privacy and provide ample storage for the driver and passengers. The front end with a very forward look has a six-sided grille. The only color this car is available in is Star Garnet Metallic. Many auto reviewers had their eyes caught by its looks and your car will certainly do the same. If you are looking for great storage, it has ample under-trunk storage space for a trip to the mall or across country. There are also many places to hide whatever you want from criminals or occupants of the car. In order to help the driver see better when backing up, Honda has installed refractive rear privacy glass. In order to help the car reach optimal fuel efficiency, the fenders, trunk, doors and hood are all made from aluminum.

The 2013 Honda FCX Clarity model spares no interior luxuries in Honda’s latest sport sedan model. In this year’s design, Honda’s engineers have focused on giving consumers the most space possible and an extremely modern look. Its door linings are very inviting, giving the driver and occupants the feeling of four discreet and comfortable spaces during the ride. All of the instrumentation, tastefully and artfully designed on the dashboard, gives the driver a constant pulse on the car’s functioning, even giving the car a next-generation feel. The interior has nature-inspired neutral tones to give drivers a natural feeling. Honda has moved the front pillars forward from where they normally would be on a car. This move maintains ample headroom for virtually everyone and it also gives an illusion of a bigger interior space.

Since this car uses hydrogen as a fuel source and an electric engine to power the car, the components under the hood are different from a conventional internal combustion engine. The powertrain for this car is a V Flow stack motor. There is a hydrogen fuel cell under the hood which feeds the motor and works hand-in-hand with the electric motor. The electric motor, with a corresponding battery pack, is able to harness the energy from the braking and deceleration processes the car goes through during regular driving. There is ample power with both the electric motor and the V Flow fuel cell stack with ratings of 134 horsepower, 189 lb-ft of torque at 3,056 RPM and 100 kW for the electric motor and 100 kW of power for the V Flow fuel cell.

There is nothing lacking for the Honda FCX Clarity when it comes to ensuring the driver’s and occupants’ safety. Whether it is the proprietary Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) installed by Honda in every vehicle, the reinforced unit-body structure or the 6 airbags that are also standard in this car, everyone in this car will have a much lower chance of sustaining injuries in an accident. You can also rely for your personal and family safety because this car because has been certified extremely safe by both the U. S. federal government and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Through their respective rigorous crash tests, they have proven if your car is involved in a crash, the car will take the majority of the force. For your own safety and that of others, Honda has added its own Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) to the FCX Clarity for the 2013 model year. This system enables the driver to potential crashes by visually, aurally and increasing the pressure of a seat belt against the driver. If a crash cannot be avoided, the system automatically and gradually tightens up seat belts against occupants. This slows down the car and reduces the impact of the subsequent vehicle accident.

2013 Honda FCX Clarity Exterior

While many people are unsure of its combination hydrogen and battery pack powered electric engine, it surprisingly delivers performance, sometimes better, than is offered by a gasoline powered engine. Since this type of car and its transmission is gearless, the torque and power delivered by its engine are as seamless as ever. In fact, acceleration is much more enjoyable than a traditional internal combustion engine because there is less work for the engine to perform more efficiently. There is zero vibration that is a by-product of reciprocating pistons. Comparing it to a combustion engine, it has the same ignition and acceleration as that of a 2.4-liter gasoline engine of a similar size. The hydrogen engine’s design is much more efficient on a gallon per gallon fuel comparison because it has a 60% energy efficiency rating. Couple the engine’s design with the vehicle’s lowered weight and better aerodynamic design, increases fuel efficiency by as much as 20%. Its hydrogen tank has also been enlarged by almost one-third over past year’s models.

The Honda FCX Clarity is an affordable and relatively cheap car to maintain. Prices start of in the low $20,000s for the base model and the sky is the limit for the different trim levels and how many options are added to the final configured vehicle. If you choose to lease it, the maintenance, insurance and lease cost about $600 per month. Both of these figures are calculated based on a wide variety of samples and the cost you end up paying for your individual costs will certainly vary.

The 2013 Honda Pilot Overview

Back at it again for the 2013 model year, the 2012 Honda Pilot has undergone some noticeable and well deserved improvements. Some notable ones include a more refined appearance, better fuel economy, and more comfort and convenience goodies inside. The 2013 model is already available to the general public and prices start at the mid $29,000s and go higher based on the trim level and added options. Notable standard, and previously optional features, include Bluetooth® options galore – both for its audio and HandsFreeLink® systems. Other features that are not standard include USB capability for charging and data transfer, a crisp 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), independent and passive climate controls and a rearview camera that ensures you can back up your vehicle safely and securely. It also has a new exterior color option – Obsidian Blue Pearl – which is taking the place of the retired Bali Blue Pearl.

2013 Honda Pilot Exterior

There is nothing lacking on the powertrain of the 2013 Honda Pilot. This vehicle has a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine which features Honda’s proprietary Variable Cylinder Management transmission technology. This special type of transmission enables it to perform with the power of a six-cylinder model, but it features the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine. Available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive powertrains, it has respectable fuel efficiency ratings as follows:  18/25/21 and 17/24/20 city/highway/combined miles per gallon. In their respective powertrain two-wheel and four-wheel classes, the 2013 Pilot is the most fuel efficient available on the market.

This year’s model, like last year’s model, is still available in four different trim levels LX, EX, EX-L and the Touring model. All four trims are available in either a 2-wheel drive or a four-wheel-drive setup. The following are all standard features for this year’s Pilot: a streamlined center stack, 2 GB of storage for music and other media, a USB connection, passive climate controls, a rearview camera, along with an 8-inch “smart” screen which gives the driver full command and overview of the car, three distinct zones for independent climate control and Bluetooth® Audio and HandsFreeLink® technology.

Looking at the body of the 2013 Pilot, its front mounted fascia and grille have a unique 3-bar side-to-side design. The halogen headlights are reflective from many angles and the integrated turn signals make give this car a great package. This car is more aerodynamic and therefore has greater fuel efficiency with this model compared to last year’s models due to its optimized strakes along with Honda’s top-notch air dams. The EX trim model has an 18-inch wheels with 5-spokes. The Touring trim model has alloy wheels that have a 6-spoke construction featuring a striking sheened surface. The LX models feature 17-inch wheels.

2013 Honda Pilot Exterior

There is some notable information about the chassis for the 2013 model year. The suspension on this year’s Pilot is a completely independent one that has a front MacPherson strut and a rear multi-link with trailing arm designs. This design for the Pilot is credited with its highly responsive attributes for a sport utility vehicle. Its wheelbase measuring just over 109 inches gives it a smooth ride. The 37.9 feet turning diameter gives this vehicle a great ability to park in virtually any parking space, no matter how large or small. This highly advanced chassis design gives it better fuel efficiency through its variable-displacement power steering pump and low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes.

Looking inside, the 2013 Honda Pilot is full of comforts, conveniences and great looks. Driver and passenger alike have their choice of 16 different seating options, the middle and rear rows split 60/40 for storage or any other purpose. The EX and LX trim models now have a streamlined center stack that was only available on the EX-L and Touring trim models in previous models. This new feature for the LX and the EX trim models translates into all Pilot models having a crisp, high-resolution 8-inch smart Multi-Information Display (i-MID). More stand interior equipment includes a rearview camera, with the EX-L and Touring models having a multi-angle option. There is also both Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Audio. Additional features include a USB option, automatic climate controls. The proprietary navigation system comes with 60 Gigabytes of memory and partitions 15 GB of storage for music, files, etc. and works with three different languages.

2013 Honda Pilot Interior

The comfort is second to none in the 2013 Honda Pilot. While riding this car, industry insiders have noted there is very little noise or unnatural vibration. This is credited to Honda’s foresight because there is extra sealing that covers every single connection point of the body. The expertly designed and tuned suspension mounts also contribute to the near silence in the passenger areas. Measuring the headroom gives occupants and driver of the LX trim model 40 inches of room. The EX-L & Touring models with a moonroof only have 39.3 inches of headroom space. The middle and back rows have headroom measurements of 39.8 and 38.2 inches respectively.  The legroom measures 41.4 inches in the front of the car, with 38.5 and 32.1 inches for the middle and the back row respectively. The LX and the EX trim passenger area’s volume is 153.7 cubic feet. The passenger area volume is 152.7 cubic feet for the Touring & EX-L trim models. The cargo volume for all trim models is 87 cubic feet, with 47.7 cubic feet and 18 cubic feet behind the second and last rows respectively.

The Pilot has safety as its number one priority through its comprehensive listing of safety features. This vehicle comes standard with triple airbags that have a sensor which detects rollovers. There are also side airbags to protect the driver and front passenger, ABS brakes with brake assist and brake distribution technologies. Honda also has its proprietary Vehicle Stability Assist or stability control system in place on every single Pilot produced. Honda has engineered the Pilot’s body to absorb the energy from a collision to enable the driver and occupants to have a better chance of walking away from the crash with minimal or no injuries.

A Look At The 2013 Honda Crosstour

This year’s model of the Honda Crosstour has many notable changes to it from bumper to bumper. Industry experts have seen the 2013 model at the New York International Auto Show where it has gone from concept to the first year that it is available to the general public. Originally, this car was the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour before Honda gave it a simpler and more attractive name. Styling is the first big change with the debuting model year having a brand new grille and front bumper. On the rear bumper, the tailgate has been re-engineered to let the Crosstour have a more rustic and wider appearance. The concept’s 19-inch five-spoke wheels have been modified to have a slightly smaller and better looking 18-inch design. In fact, the entire car has undergone different levels of change from the concept car; some speculate that because the concept car’s looks, design and pictures were almost given away by Honda as the car evolved from a proto-type to a vehicle available to the public. Overall, this five-door hatchback model has a more powerful six-cylinder engine, better styling, a better interior trim, and a raised suspension that gives this new model from Honda the best chances of succeeding with consumers.

2013 Honda Crosstour Exterior

2013 Honda Crosstour Exterior

Looking at the exterior, the 2013 Honda has many noticeable changes from its predecessor concept models. Along with the new styling, Honda has added a gray polymer lower body, re-engineered wheels, more color options and “skid plate” elements to the back and front bumpers. The side view mirror on the operator’s side is going to be increased; this will enable the driver to see pedestrians on the road and other vehicles when passing. The 19-inch wheels are no longer going to be available for this car.

Looking inside, there are many features that spell comfort and convenience. Interior upholstery and materials are going to be made more durable after the concept’s original materials proved too fragile. There is also an eight-inch screen that enables drivers to use the navigation and entertainment systems. This screen also gives on-demand information regarding the car’s instrumentation. There is also an exterior, rear camera to aid in backing up, paddle shifters for the six-cylinder models, Bluetooth hands-free capability, USB capability, voice-operated texting, Pandora Internet radio, keyless entry and a push-button ignition system. Beyond the standard features for the 2013 Crosstour, there are countless other upgrade options for this vehicle. Upholstery can be upgraded to leather, a premium stereo system is better, there are independent driver and front passenger climate control.

2013 Honda Crosstour Interior

Looking at the space inside for both driver and occupants, reviewers have given it mixed reviews. As one believes the vehicles taller body will give everyone more room, real-world experience says otherwise. While getting in and out of the car is markedly better than Honda’s concept models, the curved roofline has proven to give marginal improvements when it comes to increasing headroom for the rear passenger seating areas. While the seats do fold down to lengthy objects, the car’s cargo area is compromised through its angled glass, raised cargo floor and rear suspension strut towers that really make the cargo space narrow than is conducive for carrying ample goods.

There are many different trim, color and powertrain options for the 2013 Honda Crosstour. Looking at its base model, the EX, it only comes in a two-wheel drive option. This trim model comes in either a grey or black exterior cover and only has a black interior color. The EX-L trim level is available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options. The two wheel drive option is available in both the grey and black exterior options and the standard black interior. However, the four-wheel drive option gives consumers the choice of an Ivory interior with a dark brown exterior color or a black interior color with the following exterior color options: white, grey, black or red. The top tier trim level, the EX-L Navi is available in only a four-wheel drive option and has the same color options at the four-wheel drive EX-L model.

Taking a peak under the hood gives consumers a powerful engine that does no compromise fuel efficiency for the 2013 Honda Crosstour. Every new 2013 model features a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with it only available in front-wheel-drive. Producing more than 271 horsepower, it does not sacrifice its fuel efficiency because it now features Variable Cylinder Management as part of its current engine improvements. Combine this with Honda’s automatic four-wheel-drive optional traction system and paddle shifters for its automatic transmission, virtually nothing is sacrificed and everything is gained.

Even though there is a six-cylinder engine under this car’s hood, it does not impinge upon fuel efficiency in the slightest. The most recent fuel efficiency ratings for this car have it at 21/29/24 city/highway/combined. Therefore, even though there is a powerful engine under the hood providing enough power for safety and responsiveness, it still gives owners a great deal when it comes to filling up on gas.

When it comes to safety, nothing is lacking so its passengers, drivers and others will be 100% safe. This car comes standard with four-wheel disc brakes that feature Honda’s proprietary electronic brake-force distribution and its brake assist technology. Its other proprietary technology is its Advanced Compatibility Engineering technology; this helps the car’s frame, not its driver and occupants sustain the energy which minimizes injuries. Other safety features include passive stability and traction control, six expertly placed air bags, a camera to help operators backup safely and wider than industry standard driver’s side view mirrors to ensure there are no blind-spot issues. Other safety features include collision and lane-departure warning systems.

2013 Honda Crosstour Exterior

Looking at this car from its concept models to its first year as a vehicle available to the public, it has advanced leaps and bounds. However, there is much improvement needed, especially in the cargo and interior spaces for driver and passengers alike. Time will tell and further improvements will be evaluated as Honda receives feedback from its initial customers of one of its newest cars.

A Review of the 2013 Honda CR-Z

One of Honda’s newest models, which was recently introduced in the United States auto market in August of 2010, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is quickly becoming a very popular car in the sub-compact and hybrid markets. The 2013 model year has definitely received some upgrades and improvements because of consumer feedback and Honda’s own internal reflections. Some highlights include it getting a more powerful engine, both the hybrid and gasoline engines. Other improvements include exterior and interior upgrades to this year’s model. Specifically, its grille, headlamps and front bumper have all been redesigned to be more visually appealing to consumers. Other changes include giving consumers a choice of having 17-inch alloy wheels and two more exterior colors which are Aurora Violet and Energetic Yellow. Interior improvements include different and new color palettes and door storage compartments.

2013 Honda CR-Z Exterior

When it comes to the overall appearance of this car, car enthusiasts are welcoming the minor changes for the already sleek looking 2013 model year. Honda has maintained this car’s sporty and youthful stance and wedge-like shape of the car, however, the Euro-styled bumper has been re-engineered to feature bigger intakes and fog light housing. It also has a slightly refined grille that switches out slats in place of a new honeycomb design. Aesthetically, the re-designed grille tones down the “in your face” grille by “floating” the front-mounted license plate right in the grille; this is done in contrast to letting it hang loose from the opening’s top edge. On the back end, Honda subtly and discreetly gave the rear bumper’s lower diffuser a few new edges, angles and unique reflector elements.

2013 Honda CR-Z Exterior

There are also improvements when it comes to the engine and powertrain that are certainly noticeable. The new engine is still a 1.5-liter engine, however, Honda has increased the level of horsepower from 112 horsepower to 119 horsepower. Its complementary electric engine (since it is a hybrid engine) gives it 16 more horsepower. Therefore, the total available horsepower for this year’s model comes to 135 horsepower. For the 2013 model year, Honda has created its own proprietary Plus Sport (S+) technology. This technology, which gives the operator 10 seconds of an electric boost to the engine’s power, enables the vehicle’s operator to turn it on by pressing the S+ button. As long as the car’s battery is more than half charged, this can be activated and is indicated by a flashing gauge on the car’s dashboard. This is available with the ECON, Sport or Normal driving modes.

Although some may think this hybrid car lacks performance, there is nothing lacking in that department. Whether one chooses the available six-speed manual transmission or the Continuously Variable Transmission, drivers have no reduction of its smooth and responsive driving performance. With its low center of gravity and its torsion-beam rear suspension, it produces a synergistic blend of stability, agility and the smoothest ride Honda has produced to date! Gas mileage is great on this year’s model too. If you get the manual transmission for your new 2013 CR-Z, you will get 31 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg on average for fuel efficiency. If you get the CVT for your new CR-Z you will get 35 mpg around town, 39 mpg on the freeway and 37 on average for fuel efficiency.

Regarding safety, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is loaded with many safety features that protect occupants and the driver extremely well. To make sure your car has perfect traction, this vehicle has Honda’s proprietary Vehicle Stability Assist system standard. This system ensures your car is not over steering or under steering by passively monitoring and adjusting brake pressure on each individual wheel and adjusting engine power to stabilize driver control. Every Honda CR-Z has four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes on it that feature Electronic Brake Distribution technology – this helps maintain adequate control during a hard brake. Since perfectly inflated tires remain essential to maintaining traction, there is a monitoring system for the car’s tire pressure added to each car – this system instantly informs the vehicle’s operator when a tire’s pressure level is either too high or too low.

Other safety features include structural, airbag and restraint safety measures. If you and your occupants are ever involved in an accident, Honda has engineered this vehicle with its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. This means that if you are involved in a crash, you and your passengers will be at a lower risk of suffering injuries because the car’s frame is designed to sustain and distribute more of the force throughout the frame and the vehicle’s front end. Other injury mitigating features include side curtain, front and front side airbags and active driver and passenger head restraints that minimize the chances of whiplash injuries during a rear collision.

The Honda CR-Z has a great audio system for both of its trim models. If you get the CR-Z trim model, you will be able to enjoy your music through its 160-watt six speaker system. It comes standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, an auxiliary jack and a USB audio interface. The CR-Z EX trim level has 360 watts with its 7 speaker sound system (including an eight-inch subwoofer). Like the Base model, it also comes standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, an auxiliary jack and a USB audio interface. An upgrade option for the EX trim model includes a navigation system with a navigation system. Both trim models also have the ability to have XM Satellite Radio installed in it.

2013 Honda CR-Z Interior

When it comes to pricing, both models are pretty affordable. The Base model, the CR-Z, starts in the mid $19,000s. The CR-Z EX model starts in the low $21,000s. These prices come directly from the manufacturer and vary based on your individual location, do not include upgrades, promotions and your individual negotiations. If there are promotions, trade-ins, and other variables which are individual to your situation, the final price you pay will ultimately vary.

The 2013 Honda Odyssey

Minivans have had a detailed past. Some people have fallen in love with them, while others simply choose to never give them a chance. Some people thought they were a passing fad in the 1990s and early 2000s. However, the past few years have seen a resurgence in minivans and the 2013 Honda Odyssey is leading the minivan renaissance for the 2010s. Unlike the minivans of the past, today’s minivans are much more hip and “connected” for current and future electronics and this is certainly true about the Odyssey.

2013 Honda Odyssey Exterior

There are many notable improvements and additions for the 2013 Honda Odyssey compared to earlier models. The most important improvements include adding industry-leading child seat tethering locations (six to be exact) and five latch locations. Safety features include a standard rearview camera that gives you a panoramic view of the back of the car which is perfect for backing up. Additional safety features include a built-in blind-spot system and self-leveling headlamps.

There are other notable features for the Odyssey that touch on safety, fuel efficiency and price. This year’s model, on average, is rated at 28 miles per gallon for the Odyssey – in fact, it leads the industry in fuel efficiency when compared to any other competing eight-passenger minivan. Regardless of the trim you pick, the 2013 Odyssey qualified for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” award. The Odyssey has also earned the best comprehensive safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because it has been awarded 5 stars in the Overall Vehicle Score category. Every single other minivan on the market cannot make this claim.

The 2013 Honda Odyssey is not lacking any power, reliability or fuel efficiency with the engine under its hood. Every single Odyssey minivan has a 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine with built-in Variable Cylinder Management. The Variable Cylinder Management technology gives every single Odyssey the perfect blend of great fuel efficiency, ultra-low emissions and a great level of performance. This engine is able to produce 248 horsepower along with plenty of power with 250 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Moreover, most reviewers have noted this combination of horsepower and torque gives it the perfect balance of responsiveness and acceleration while still enabling the car to maintain its six-cylinder fuel efficiency. The 2013 Odyssey Touring model is rated at 19/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined while the LX, EX and EX-L trim models get a respectable 18/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined. The different trim levels, with the exception of the Touring model, have a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. The Touring models have a 6-speed automatic transmission – this gives it a smoother and even more responsive driving experience.

2013 Honda Odyssey Engine

Even though it’s a minivan, the 2013 Honda Odyssey still has an appealing and aerodynamic body to it. With its unique body style, the Odyssey is decorated with its signature “lightning bolt” side character line that gives this vehicle a fluid look. This artwork on the minivan, along with giving it an aesthetically pleasing look, enables occupants in the rear row to have a great view of the outside. Along with aesthetics, the Odyssey’s specially designed body is made from a 59-percent extremely durable steel; this ensures that exterior noise while traveling is minimized for a more pleasant ride. This proprietary frame also helps the car weigh less and therefore have better fuel efficiency than many of its competitors.

The Honda Odyssey’s chassis is another great engineering marvel by Honda. The Odyssey’s 118.1-inch wheelbase is complemented with an independent suspension and a stability assisting system that gives drivers a responsive, assured and comfy ride. Occupants will feel comfortable and confident with the Honda Odyssey because it has traction control, a multi-link rear suspension and MacPherson strut front suspension.

There is nothing lacking in the interior of this minivan. It can handle child seats, adult occupants and loads of cargo. Taking a survey of the LX and EX trim models, total passenger volume increases to a generous 172.5 cubic feet with the cargo capacity reaching 38.4 cubic feet. Cargo capacity is increased up to 148.5 cubic feet after configuring the vehicle’s seats properly. This minivan has triple rows for seating and provides ample legroom for the most discerning occupant.

When it comes to the interior, there are many different options contingent upon the trim model. Since there are many different trim models from the LX to the EX, EX-L and the Touring and Touring Elite, there are different standard and premium options available. Both the LX and EX trim models have a streamlined center stack configuration. This new configuration has an eight-inch display that is the vehicle’s “command center” that manages its USB input, CD library and    Bluetooth® Audio functioning. All trim levels have air conditioning, power windows, telescopic steering, a built-in system for regular and acute maintenance and power driver’s seat. The EX and Touring trim models have power sliding back doors and middle console storage. The EX-L trim models have leather accented surfaces, in the front and middle rows, a cooling box and the ability to have XM Radio® service. The Touring model has Honda’s proprietary satellite guided navigation system, a complete entertainment system featuring a 9-inch display, a driver’s seat that can be set to remember the seating preferences of two different individuals. Additional amenities for the Touring model include a 115-volt power outlet,  parking sensors, and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Honda Odyssey is loaded with countless safety features to let you enjoy the ride. Similar to other vehicles from Honda, the Odyssey is built with a bumper to bumper frame design that is made to take the force of the impact from frontal. This structural design minimizes the chances of suffering life-threatening or fatal injuries. Other safety features include a proprietary stability assist system and anti-lock brakes. There is a comprehensive system of airbags which include triple-row side curtain airbags that have rollover sensors, front-row side airbags and two-tier, multi-threshold front airbags.

As one can see, the 2013 Honda Odyssey, no matter what trim model you choose, is a minivan for the 21st Century and will take you for a great ride for many years to come.

2013 Honda Insight Review

The 2013 Honda Insight is back at it again after going through a bumper to bumper change in 2010. Similar to the 2012 model, it still has a very spacious interior, a multi-tasking hatchback design, an easy to drive design and a industry-recognized acceptable maintenance and ownership cost. Falling back on further 2012 attributes this model from Honda is still the best hybrid deal on the market in America. The 2013 Honda Insight is also priced the same as the 2012 model, at $18,500, giving you, the consumer, an even better deal for Honda’s hybrid model.

Looking at the 2013 Insight, there are three different trim models, the Base, LX and EX. While the base model is geared towards budget conscious consumers, it is not lacking in any features. The Base model has hands-free climate control, power windows and a generous and rich-sounding 160 watt speaker system. The mid-level, the LX trim model has everything the Base does and adds a console with armrests, a security system, audio controls that are fully adjustable from the steering-wheel, heavy-duty floor mats, cruise control, and a USB port that works to charge electronics or accept data for your audio and GPS systems. The top-of-the-line model, the EX trim, builds on the LX’s features and has a rich six-speaker audio system, mirrors with built-in heaters and lighted turn signals, alloy wheels, Bluetooth ®  for cellphones, navigation systems and even Internet services. The LX also has daytime running headlights, leather-encased steering wheel, a rearview camera, and an optional voice-recognition navigation system that provides operators with on-demand satellite-based directions.

When it comes to the 2013 Honda Insight’s powertrain, power and responsiveness are taken care of perfectly. Since the Insight is a hybrid, its engine features a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, capable of producing 98 horsepower and 123 lb-ft or torque. It is complemented by a 10-kilowatt electric engine that is chargeable at home or on the road through passive kinetic energy. Every model features Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), a technologically advanced transmission systems that utilizes a next generation transmissions system with variable pulleys instead of gears found in earlier Honda transmissions. This car is specifically engineered with Honda’s Drive-by-Wire™ proprietary system that works hand in hand with the CVT to give the operator the most efficient drive ratio possible. Customers who choose the EX trim, receive a steering wheel with paddle shifters. This system permits the operator to personally shift through a series of 7 fixed ratios for a comfortable and responsive drive. Customers can also rest easy about the environment and their wallets with the built-in Eco Assist™ that Honda engineers into every 2013 Insight engine.

When it comes to Honda’s 2013 Honda Insight, its body and chassis are not lacking in any respect. Building on improvements from past years, its grill is further refined, featuring a blue accented bar that embodies the Insight’s hybrid soul. It has become more and more aerodynamic because its front wheels have been extended more; this enables air to have less drag on the Insight, giving it better fuel efficiency around the front tires. The engine’s bay design underbody cover was also refined and air diffuser are installed beneath the back bumper to round out airflow at the rear of the car. These adjustments, together, add up to a 2-percent bump in aerodynamic performance. When it comes to the chassis, the Insight is built on a MacPherson strut front suspension and is combined with a torsion-beam rear suspension. This coupling gives occupants of the Insights the most space possible. The Insight also features 15-inch steel wheels that have covers on the Base and LX models, while the EX model has 15-inch alloy wheels. All models have a 36.1-foot turn diameter which gives it responsive maneuverability in the city or the country. All models of the Insight also have electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion power steering (EPS); this offers a reliable and steady steering mechanism. This power steering also enables the Insight to provide its drivers greater fuel efficiency.

Looking inside, you will see the 2013 Honda Insight has not given up one interior comfort or feature. Along with its ability to have the driver and as many as five occupants in the car in comfort, there is still ample cargo room with its 31.5 cubic feet of space. This massive cargo space is due to its back seatbacks that split 60/40. While driving, the operator and front passenger alike will have information on the vehicle’s status with its futuristic and informative instrument panel layout. The Multi-Information Display (MID) permits instant access to all gauges on the dash and through its easy to access steering-wheel mounted controls. The LX trim has top-notch seat fabric, the EX trim features a hybrid faux leather and premium fabric for the upholstery. All trim models have automatically controlled climate control. Optional upgrades on the EX include Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ that works on voice commands, has a rearview backup camera and has on-demand navigation system that works with over seven-million destinations all over the United States.

2013 Honda Insight Interior

No matter what Insight trim level you purchase, safety has not been sacrificed. Some notable safety features include two-stage, multi-threshold driver and passenger airbags. It also has front-side airbags with a standard passive passenger-side position detection system. Other standard features include anti-lock brakes, front head restraints, a specially designed front body structure to help minimize pedestrian injuries. There is also a proprietary body design (Honda only) that enables increased passenger and driver protection against different types of car crashes. Further safety features include anti-lock brakes with Honda’s electronic brake distribution (EBD), a side-curtain airbag system, and active head restraints for both the operator and front passenger. The 2013 Honda Insight was also rated a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earned this rating because it passed the IIHS’ side and front impact tests, its rollover tests and the Insights’s ability to protect against neck injuries in rear impacts. This car earned the “Top Safety Pick” because it rated “good,” which is the best possible rating by this rating agency’s crash tests.