If given leave to design a car for my own personal needs, I would incorporate several elements. First, I would take the all-wheel-drive from a Subaru WRX, for excellent traction. Then, I would take the useful, torquey, turbocharged direct-injection engine from a Subaru WRX. Then I would take a manual transmission, such as that you can get in a Sub
The Honda HR-V was introduced as a 2016 model, and being Honda’s smallest crossover, it finds its place between the clever Fit hatchback and bestselling CR-V compact crossover. Pricing starts at $21,150 for the front-drive LX with six-speed manual transmission, and works its way through a few trim levels to this top-dog all-wheel-drive EX-L Navi at
Nissan has just released pricing for their all-new Qashqai compact SUV . The newest Nissan fits in just under the 2017 Rogue in the lineup, so the price comes in just under that, with the Qashqai S starting at $19,998. The Qashqai (say cash-kai) is new to North America this year, but the three-quarter size Rogue has been available for a nearly d
The subcompact SUV segment has come a long way since Nissan and Mitsubishi launched the Juke and RVR. In that time that duo has been joined by a host of others, and with Honda’s launch of the HR-V and Mazda’s CX-3, the segment blew wide open. Toyota made its entrance in the fray this year with the C-HR and Ford will soon have its own entrant.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably Canadian. So, have you heard about the Nissan Qashqa i?
How the heck do you pronounce Qashqai, anyway?
Nissan Canada thinks you have, either from reading about it on websites like this one or seeing them pass by while on vacation in Europe. You may even have rented one at some point.
The brand-new Honda HR-V is one of the most attention-grabbing vehicles I've reviewed in a long time. It garners a lot of looks from a lot of different people, I had a lot of people walk over to ask what it is and to have a look inside and ended up fielding a ton of questions. I found this quite interesting as the outside shape, while perhaps a s
Everything's relative. A decade ago, the dimensions of the new 2016 Honda HR-V would have put it in the compact SUV segment; now it's designated a subcompact CUV. But don't let the “subcompact” label fool you; this vehicle is roomy and substantial. It's just that everything else has grown!
Don't let the “subcompact” label fool you; this ve
It's a rare day that I get a base model of any vehicle, but here it is, a Honda HR-V LX 2WD with a manual transmission. This is the least expensive Honda HR-V you can buy and probably something of a unicorn. It is equipped with the dying manual transmission, a six-speed in this application, essentially the very same as the one in the Honda
What spam is to meat, the crossover is to automobiles. A mishmash. A mashup. A compilation of parts and segments and pieces, less appealing individually, but more appetizing when blended together into a delicious, gelatinous concoction.
As an alternative to a bigger crossover, HR-V ticks all the right boxes for a confident driving experience,
Honda's refreshed HR-V compact crossover gets new styling, trim levels and standard safety gear for 2019, plus a big price hike that reflects the elimination of last year's manual transmission option.
That means the continuously variable automatic is the only transmission available, and along with the new safety gear, it drives up the MSRP for t
When you don’t have much of something, smart people learn to make the most of what they do have. Now I’ve never been to Japan, but have always admired how cleverly the Japanese use space. It’s like they invent it from nothing. Consider those capsule hotels in Japanese cities or, better still, the Tokyo subway, where oshiya , roughly translated as
Miami Beach – The 2016 Honda HR-V is set to enter the emerging and increasingly popular “subcompact crossover” segment (we'll need an acronym for that!) and it's bigger than you may expect for a subcompact (very close in size to the original Honda CR-V ). No driving impressions yet due to a Honda embargo. We’ll have an update once the embargo li
What a colossal missed opportunity to not be calling this latest Honda crossover the “Crossfit.” I mean, it's a Fit-based crossover. Cross-Fit. Crossfit! [Perhaps the taint of Crosstour is just too fresh in their minds… –Ed.] C'mon Honda – enough with the alphanumerics!
Not to mention that, not unlike the aforementioned fitness craze, this lit
Victoria, BC – The CR-V is a big deal to Honda. It’s is the second-biggest seller for them, after their perennial (I don’t know, does 18 years in a row as bestselling car in Canada count as perennial?) sales driver, the Civic. Anything that is a manufacturer’s second biggest sales pillar will get special attention, and the fact that the compact SUV
Back in 2005 when announced and released the first generation Ridgeline as a 2006 model the automotive world was a buzz. How dare Honda produce a vehicle that they call a truck, market as a truck and that looks like a truck – on a unibody chassis. It was a first in the market and it was a hard pill to swallow for many, especially truck owners and e