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2011 Honda Fit

The new Honda Fit is as reliable, fuel efficient and innovative as its ancestor, but with an improved interior. The Fit has been built with the idea of maximizing interior space while keeping the package size small. The Fit only comes in two trim-level, Honda Fit and Honda Fit Sport. The Honda Fit tops in its class With great fuel economy, zippy performance, comfortable front and back seats and one of the most utilitarian cargo holds. The Honda Fit has a quicker steering ratio and the steering is well weighted, and overall feel is arguably best in class.

The Honda Fit comes with a 4-cylinder Honda’s i-VTEC (which better optimizes valve lift throughout the rev range) petrol engine and front-wheel drive. This one makes 117 horsepower from 1.5 liters and produces 106 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Power is delivered through a five speed manual transmission and a five speed automatic is option on both trim-level. With the manual it gives around 27 mpg in the city and 33mpg on the highway. The automatic version the fuel efficiency increases up to 28mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway. The Fit Sport adds paddle shifters to the automatic transmission and it can also be had with vehicle stability control.

The Honda Fit comes loaded with features that are typically found on more expensive cars, such as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a passenger vanity mirror. The instrument cluster is stacked with futuristic blue gauges and Honda’s top-line navigation system is now available with sport automatic. A USB audio interface is also available with the Fit Sport.

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Every 2011 Honda Fit comes standard with ECU Immobilizer, High Mount Stop Lamp, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

In the cabin it is more functional and practical than luxurious, easy instrument cluster, lots of space. Both rows are comfortable with good amount of leg space and head space. The boot is quite large with 20.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, and a wide hatch opening adds to it’s practicality. The rear, bench seats flip completely flat at the pull of one lever adding extra loading capacity. The seat bottoms also can be turned upward for carrying tall things.
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2011 Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is available in two trims, LX and EX.

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2011 honda insight

Standard features on the LX include cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers, a multi-information display and P175/65R15 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers.

Notable additions to the EX trim include heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, steering-wheel shift paddles, cruise control, a USB audio interface, two additional speakers and alloy wheels.


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Another version of the EX comes with a Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link, a navigation system, an iPod interface and additional steering-wheel controls.

Standard safety features in all Insight trims are Dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, active front head restraints, a tire-pressure monitor and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Traction control and electronic stability control are standard on EX trims.

The Honda Insight features the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. IMA starts with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 88 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque, and it adds an electric motor that generates another 13 hp and 58 lb-ft. Combined output with the electric motor is 98 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque.

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The front seat has good headroom, but tall drivers may want more rearward seat travel. The rear seat has decent legroom, but headroom will be tight for anyone over average height, and hip and shoulder room are limited. While Honda says the Insight seats five, three adults won’t fit in the rear seat, at least not comfortably. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, and they lie flat despite the fact that the hybrid batteries are located beneath them. With the seats up the Insight has 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

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2011 Honda Civic

Honda Civic was named Motor Trend Car of the Year by the well-known magazine and North American Car of the Year award by an independent group of North American auto media.

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2011 honda civic

And the new Civic was the “top pick” in the under-$20,000 sedan category by Consumer Reports magazine. Honda’s Civic has fresh, attractive, exterior styling, improved power and fuel economy, more standard safety features, spacious-feeling interior.

There are four models of Civic—sedan, coupe, hybrid and Si. All ride on the same front-wheel-drive platform and share many components. The sedan is the best-selling Civic version, because it appeals to the largest number of buyers—singles, couples and families.


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Civic coupes come in three trim levels as the sedan—DX, LX and EX—and are powered by the same healthy-feeling 140-horsepower 1.8-liter single overhead cam four-cylinder engine with 128 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm. This is a new, larger engine than what has been in Civics in the past.

Fuel economy is a highlight in the compact-sized Civic sedans and coupes. Gasoline Civics are rated at 30 miles a gallon in city driving and between 38 and 40 mpg on the highway, depending on the specific model.

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For real performance, there’s the Civic Si. This sporty coupe, which makes up some 14 percent of Civic coupe sales, has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with double overhead cams and i-VTEC that can generate 197 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque at 6100 rpm. This is the highest horsepower ever in a factory Si. The Si comes only with a 6-speed manual.

The Civic sedans are quieter inside compared with the Civic Si, and they’re noticeably quieter compared with their predecessors. Road noise, in particular, is muted in the four-door models compared with the Si with its sport-oriented tires. The new, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is more responsive in all Civics and can take a bit of getting used to. The Civic steering wheel is compact, and combined with the new, quick steering gear ratios. The new Civics are just a bit wider than their predecessors for a more comfortable interior, so seats are wider and more comfortable.

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Interior plastics on the Civic have a quality appearance with a minimum of silver-colored accents. All Civic interiors now feature a more high-tech dashboard where the gauges in front of the driver are split between a curved arrangement up near the windshield and a lower group right behind the steering wheel.

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Other standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes and Electronic Brake Distribution, which helps even out the braking force between front and rear wheels for more stable stopping in emergency situations. The new Civic also is the first with active head restraints, which are designed to help minimize whiplash injuries during a rear-end collision. These standard head restraints are in the two front seats.

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2011 Honda Accord Crosstour

The new Crosstour is Honda’s latest crossover. It is essentially a wagon based on the company’s popular Accord. Sadly, the

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design doesn’t work for me, and not just because the vehicle looks like it has a swollen rear end. The rear end’s steep slant limits cargo space; I had difficulty fitting tall items into the hatch and closing the liftgate.


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And the rear window is so steeply raked that visibility is limited. However, the Crosstour has some clever features. The storage space beneath the cargo floor, complete with removable bin, is an excellent idea, as is the release in the rear that folds the second row to expand the cargo space. And the Crosstour handles like a car and drives quite nicely — the V6 engine offers plenty of power with reasonable fuel efficiency. –

Perry Stern

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2011 honda accord crosstour

Honda’s all-new Crosstour is an example of form following function as Honda adds functionality and cargo capacity to the midsize Accord. Unfortunately, the resulting form is a 5-door hatchback that is so ungainly and awkward-looking that the additional utility pales in comparison. There just isn’t

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a good angle from which to view this vehicle, and the inner beauty is limited by the steeply sloped roofline, which limits the rear cargo area. On a positive note, the Crosstour is powered by Honda’s superb 3.5-liter V6 engine, which churns out 271 horsepower. But the overall driving experience is uninspiring. The Crosstour is all about utility, and that’s exactly how it drives. It does everything you need a vehicle to do, but just isn’t appealing. –

Mike Meredith

The new Crosstour looks like the offspring of tryst between a CR-V and an Accord. Unfortunately for Honda, the combination just doesn’t work visually: It’s an ugly baby. Nevertheless, the Crosstour is a solid utility vehicle. The overall exterior dimensions are short enough for agility in city commuting and parking, though long enough to provide a decent amount of cargo space. The trunk has good storage space, and with the seats down, the combined space is generous enough for most moderate hauling jobs. Like other Hondas, the Crosstour drives well and delivers decent gas mileage.

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2011 honda accord crosstour

I achieved 24 mpg in mixed driving. The V6 engine produces 271 horsepower yet seems underpowered when merging and stepping on the gas. Passengers in the back seat should expect tight headroom, and the driver will struggle to see out of the narrow rear window. –

Joe Chulick

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