Honda Accord SE — A solid choice

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The challenge for manufacturers of popular mid-sized segment sedans is how to keep them fresh in the last year or two of a typical five-year cycle against all-new products especially from competitors who are on a different schedule. Just such a challenge faces Honda and its popular Accord, a perennial best seller in the U.S.

Honda CR-Z — Only takes two to tango

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Let’s just put aside the fact that the sporty little two-seat 2011 Honda CR-Z hatchback is a hybrid. Let’s think of it as a stylish, diminutive, agile machine with scads of cargo space (25 cubic feet) for its size.  Let’s think of it as a fun, go-anywhere car that just happens to derive exceptional gas mileage of 31/37 or 35/39 depending on transmission choice.

Honda Civic Si — High-revving entertainment

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Most vehicles reaching the fifth year of their life cycle are in need of replacement. Even with continual upgrades they are outpaced by newer and more up-to-date competing models and appear a bit long in the tooth. That’s why most vehicles these days are mostly on a five-year cycle, replaced by an all-new model in the sixth year.

Honda Pilot proves a superb family vehicle

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If Honda builds it, you can expect a quality product. The Japanese company has earned this enviable reputation over the past two decades with a string of exemplary vehicles.

So it’s no surprise that Honda’s 2004 mid-sized sport utility vehicle, the Pilot, is a solid and proven entry from head to foot.

Honda Civic – close to perfect

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Let’s list the things most people would desire when shopping for an affordable new car…

For most people the ultimate vehicle would be easy to drive, easy to maintain, comfortable in all driving situations, reliable, durable, safe and fuel efficient. And it would possess a good resale history.

But most people would think some compromises would have to be made. Finding the perfect car is probably like finding the perfect mate.

Accord Hybrid gives Honda a double edge winner

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Now with gas prices reaching (unadjusted for inflation) record highs in 2005, the large numbers on a new vehicle’s window sticker will probably take on added importance to buyers.

Honda Civic – outstanding at every turn

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Those of us who write about the auto industry often get asked what we consider the best sports car, or truck, or sport utility or whatever. People want us to come up with just one make. But there seldom is one suitable answer. There are just too many things to consider.

Today, however, we are prepared to answer a similar question with only one qualification. The question is: what one car line is most capable of serving all the transportation needs of a typical family?

Honda Accord V-6 adds 6-speed manual

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Last year Honda officials became alarmed with declining sales of the Accord. It was particularly upsetting because the Accord has for years been one of the top-selling cars in the U.S.

And for years the Accord sedan and coupe have been acknowledged by J.D.
Power and Associates and by Consumer Reports magazine as one of the best mid-sized brands sold in America.

Honda Pilot – a 21st century people mover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Interstate 95 is among the busiest north-south arteries in the country.

Spend a day on I-95 and you will discover many things about your vehicle such as how it performs in emergency handling situations, how fast it brakes from 75 miles per hour and how quickly it accelerates out of the danger of onrushing traffic.

Honda CR-V displays new style and consistent excellence

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We applaud Honda for restraint in redesigning its small CR-V sport utility vehicle for the 2007 model year.

Restraint is in short supply in automotive circles. Sport utilities get more horsepower, more size, more seats, usually more weight and marginally less gas mileage with each new iteration. Staying the course is not business as usual for the industry.