Honda Pilot — Family friendly crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Honda elected to retain its current mid-sized Pilot crossover for another model year, its seventh, which is somewhat perplexing in an industry that generally operates in five-year cycles — or less — in order to keep abreast with the ever-changing competition. It's even more baffling when you factor in Honda's decision years ago to endow the current-generation Pilot with boxy Jeep-like styling at a time when the crossover trend was skewing toward more rounded, sculpted lines.

Honda Fit — A good fit for the masses

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If we were forced to recommend one — just one — small, family four-door hatchback as the transportation choice of frugal, budget-conscience Americans it would have to be the Honda Fit. It would be a tough choice, indeed, because there are many vehicles in today's market that effectively meet the needs of the masses.

Honda Civic Si — Elevating the fun factor

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The slightly reworked 2014 Honda Civic Si sedan is not about horsepower and straight ahead performance. The Si version of the popular compact Civic has always been about a total performance package. And that objective remains the same for 2014 as Honda ups the ante by hardening the Si's performance personality.

2015 Honda Fit

SAN DIEGO — Honda hired a professional packer to demonstrate the interior size of its third-generation 2015 Fit at an event introducing the all-new subcompact hatchback. The packing theatrics provided auto writers with a few minutes of entertainment as she worked to shove and push and cajole five full-sized bean bag chairs into the cargo hold behind the rear seats.

Honda Accord Hybrid — The new segment leader

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Honda has risen to the top of the mid-sized hybrid sedan ranks with its 2014 Accord Hybrid that promises an unprecedented 50 miles to the gallon in city driving, 45mpg highway and 47 combined while offering a non-hybrid-like driving experience.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

DETROIT — The Ford Fusion Hybrid’s reign as the top mid-size hybrid sedan didn’t last long. (Yes, I know, Toyota claims the Prius is a midsize sedan, but most buyers don’t equate the car’s two-box, fastback design and compact exterior with your average midsize sedan.) Along comes Honda with its Accord Hybrid, and — wait a minute — ties the Fusion with a 47 mpg combined rating?

Honda Odyssey — Cleaning up

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The automotive hit of the week was a vacuum cleaner. It was used to sweep up debris left from a plant-buying trip and picking up granola scattered about by a five-year old. All this cleaning was courtesy of the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan and its newest feature, an in-vehicle vacuum cleaner.

Honda Accord Coupe V6 — A driving delight

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

People shopping for a performance-infused sports coupe, but who aren't awed by the current crop of retro "pony cars" need look no further than the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe with the V-6 engine. The completely restyled coupe in six-cylinder guise delivers sparkling performance and handling on a par with the six-cylinder offerings from Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, but in a more sophisticated package.

Honda Civic — A good car made better

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Honda wasted no time in refreshing its best-selling Civic compact sedan and coupe, significantly upgrading the car for the 2013 model year just 18 months after it introduced a complete redesign for 2012.

Honda Accord — Big step forward

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Honda has done a creditable job with the all-new Accord, a sedan that should keep it at or near the top of the sales charts in the mid-sized segment. The 2013 Accord features a fuel-efficient drivetrain that offers solid performance, better handling traits than its predecessor, stretch-out room — front and back — for full-sized adults, and an overall pleasing driving demeanor.