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Built for everyday practicality and utility All photos by Andrew Ling In everyday life, there are many examples of the benefits of working in harmony with nature. When first venturing out beyond home, parents teach their children to walk with traffic. By going with the grain, a carpenter can achieve a cleaner result on his piece of millwork. Even in competitive sports, one of the secrets of a successful team is one who takes maximum advantage of what the defence gives them. Wherever you look, there are countless other examples that express why it is better to work with the fl...
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Kudos to Honda. In a day and age where CUVs and SUVs are ruling the roads, it is nice to see that this engineering-lead company is still willing to put its engineering and marketing dollars into a two door car. According to the company’s research, customers who end up with coupes feel that the absence of the rear doors suggests that not only does the car possess a sporty persona, but that the driver does as well. No surprise there that these buyers are primarily seduced by styling and image, and less by practicality. So the big question is whether the new Civic coupe lives up t...
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Get ready to see a lot of these sleek, multi-angled new four-door models on Canadian roads soon. Some folks may need to do a double take in order to catch the chromed nameplate on this car's backside, however, and I'm guessing there'll be a lot of slack-jawed looks of puzzled amazement when people start to realize that this ultra-modern compact is actually a regular old Honda Civic. Of course there's nothing remotely regular or old about it, other than the household nameplate and company behind it. The Civic has grown to legend status since it debuted in Canada in the early '70s, having b...
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Have you ever had to suffer through some know-it-all blowhard spouting off about mid-size four-door sedans being nothing more than plebeian family shuttles for boring unimaginative working stiffs, or something along those lines? Yes, I find those with the loudest opinions are often the ones that know least, and when it comes to cars, something I have more experience with than most know-it-all blowhards, these schleps couldn't be farther from the truth, at least when the Honda Accord is at stake. I've been reviewing the Accord as long as I've been covering the automotive industry, the firs...
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The new HR-V enters the fastest growing segment in the auto industry, but don't worry Honda fans, as early sales results show that it's fully up to the task of competing in its subcompact SUV class. Despite three additional models joining this category for the 2016 model year alone, expanding the class to nine in total, the HR-V already ranks second in year-to-date Canadian sales as of September's close with 5,427 units down the road compared to 5,845 for the front-running Chevrolet Trax. I'm looking forward to seeing 2016 calendar year results, however, as the HR-V achieved this impressi...
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No one at Honda will argue that their outgoing Pilot, which while a good, reliable and utile mid-size crossover, wasn't dated. Its tall, boxy, traditional SUV styling might still work for a true off-roader like Land Rover's LR4, but more often than not the seven-year old second-generation Pilot was overlooked by today's CUV buyer seeking a sleeker, more stylish ride. As of May 2015, this stopped being an issue. That was the month the 2016 Honda Pilot went on sale, a vehicle that went from passé to preeminent in one very thorough redesign. The only thing that stays the same is the displac...
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Look out onto any street in any city the world over and you'll likely see a Honda Civic. Here in Canada, where the compact model achieved best-selling car status last year with 66,057 examples down the road despite sales that were significantly lower than 2008 when it found 72,463 buyers, you'll see multiples at any given moment. Ditto in the US where Honda came close to selling 326,000 Civics in 2014. To be clear, Civic sales statistics include the rakish two-door Coupe that I tested earlier this year and this handsome four-door I spent a week with recently, both surprisingly similar in ...
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Every time I get behind the wheel of a Honda Accord I'm immediately reminded of just how good it is, not to mention how far the auto industry has come in the last decade. I've long appreciated the Accord for its excellent driving dynamics, understated good looks and accommodating, feature-filled, high-quality cabin, but with each new generation this class leader gets better and better, this latest iteration coming as close to a premium-level four-door sedan as anything in its class. While I'm tempted to begin this review by detailing all the soft-touch synthetics surfacing the interi...
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 I've long since lost count of all the people I've recommended the Honda Fit too. From when I first laid eyes on it, poked and prodded it inside and played around with its innovative rear seating system at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, to when I first experienced that new 2007 version in the metal, and then tested much-improved updated versions in 2010 and 2011, to just last month when I got behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 model, the Honda Fit has always impressed me with class-leading functionality, good road manners and great fuel economy. Fo...
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 There are some vehicles I have a soft spot for even though they're getting on in age. Like my 50-plus year old body, they might not look as fresh, handle curves as well, sprint as quickly or utilize energy as efficiently as some of the newer kids on the block, but they have a dignified air about them that instantly commands respect, and in the case of the Honda Pilot, a level of quality that's difficult to argue against. While the Pilot has been around for 12 years, the first generation arriving in 2002 as a 2003 model and the second generation, no longer rolling off the Allist...
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