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.

 

2013 Honda Fit Overview

Honda is continuing its Fit model for the 2013 automotive year. Building on its already reliable and subcompact line, this year’s model has some notable features and improvements exclusive to 2013. Along with maintaining its roomy, economical and no frills approach to operating and maintaining a car, it has an even greater layer of insulation which keeps unnecessary sounds out when driving. Available in only two options for 2013, Base and Sport, Honda has chosen to keep things simple and focus on delivering a great subcompact car at a great price for customers.

Looking at the exterior one might be delightfully surprised after taking a full survey of it from bumper to bumper. First looks show that the 2013 Honda Fit has a tiny nose, if at all. The top of the car has a noticeable but extremely gradual arc extending all the way to the tiny spoiler on top of the back window of the car. The lines of this arc give onlookers a subliminal message of beauty. More flattering attributes include its brand new black-bezeled headlights that work seamlessly with an expansive, coarser-textured grille to create a uniform visual unit. The peripheral side pods running across the lower air opening give the appearance of the caring having an additional grille with a reduced fog-light.

The 2013 Honda Fit is not lacking any sort of safety features. The chassis is specially designed to withstand the crushing forces of a motor vehicle accident. With its frame rails built in a polygonal designed, engineers have found out that this design most effectively dissipates energy from an accident throughout the car; this design enables the car to sustain damages and not the driver and passengers inside. Through the bowed crossmember, located beneath the dashboard, the bumper and sheetmetal in the foreground of the windshield are all specifically designed to bend and soak up the energy in place of occupants sustaining injuries.

Other safety features, standard on all models for 2013, include side, front and side curtain airbags. Seat belt pretensioners, anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability control system and specially engineered seat belt pretensioners are all included to keep passengers safe and injuries to a minimum.

2013 Honda Fit Exterior

Whatever model you end up choosing, either the Base or the Sport, a 1.5-litre engine is the only engine available for this car. It still packs plenty of power with its 117 horsepower able to reach up to 6600 rpm, while it can produce 4800 rpm at 106 lb-ft of torque. Reviewers have said, time and time again, that this small but mighty engine packs plenty of power, even for climbs up steep hills and passing on the highway. The Base model, with a five-speed manual transmission, gets up to 28 mpg around town and 35 miles driving on the freeway. The Base model is also available in a five-speed automatic transmission. The Sport model, with your choice of a five-speed manual, automatic or automatic transmission with navigation, gets on average 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 per gallon on the highway.

There are countless amenities and features worth noting on the 2013 Honda Fit. Through its elongate dashboard, to the windshield, the Honda Fit comes off as a larger car. There is also bigger than average legroom in this car, which is due to the rake windshield. Sneak-peak drivers have also discovered the large greenhouse design and massive mirrors. These two options provide drivers of any stature the ability to see in virtually any direction, which is attributed to the lengthwise and minimally obstructed rear glass. Parking is a breeze, even in the smallest of parking spaces.

There are even more features that give you the versatility of a small car with the storage of a large car. The rear seats are able to be folded forward and flattened to increase and maximize cargo space. This car is so versatile that the forward passenger seat reclines back and forth almost completely so you can transport a canoe in this car – talk about storage! The seats come upholstered in factory black fabric that is very smooth to touch and it is affixed to the seats with top-notch bolstering. Some reviewers have even said that these seats are sports car worthy. There is plenty of storage for cargo inside the car for luggage and goodies on the go with its plethora of cupholders and storage areas above, below and to the side of seating areas. Compared to Toyota’s Yaris, Ford’s Fiesta and the Mazda2, the 2013 Honda Fit is number one for back legroom.

2013 Honda Fit Interior

Looking at the 2013 Honda Fit, there are a wide variety of options and models. There are two different models with three total trims. There is the Base model and the Sport model which is available with and without the Navigation label. Main differences between the two models and the three total options are based on standard and optional equipment, including technology add-ons. The Sport trim model also offers wheels that are an inch bigger than the Base model’s.

Standard features on both the Base and Sport models are quite extensive. Gauges and instrumentation include an odometer, a trip specific odometer, an option to measure the average miles per gallon on-demand, and how much life is left to the engine’s oil. Other factory components feature 15-inch wheels, a universal receptacle for portable music players, a USB port and a 160-watt speaker/stereo system with quad speakers. There is also cruise control and keyless entry for every 2013 model.

Summing up the 2013 Honda Fit is quite easy. Honda has built the 2013 Fit to be the perfect mix of comfort, fuel efficiency, good looks, luxury and safety. Honda has not skimped one iota on its engineering know-how, turning this car into a great overall value. Looking at the long list of safety features, to its enormous storage capacity to its great looks and fuel efficiency, the Fit is the “perfect fit” for a wide cross section of consumers. Even though is price starts in the low $15,00s and reaches almost $20,000 for the Base, Sport and Sport Navigation models respectively, is it well worth what is under the hood, inside and added to keep its occupants safe.