Honda Fit, fit for a B-segment king

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — We stopped on one of those lovely tree-lined residential streets here to take some pictures of the new subcompact Honda Fit. A fitting backdrop considering the environmentalist nature of Santa Monica and its residents.

After a few minutes of trying to line the car up for the best picture, a home owner came trudging down his driveway. Instead of complaining about a camera pointed at his house, he was curious about the rather curiously styled little car.

Honda Accord Coupe — Shifting into fun

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Fun can be spelled in many ways. We just rediscovered one spelling — Honda Accord coupe with a manual transmission.

It’s a mouthful, but this tossable Accord is loaded with entertainment, otherwise known as fun on four wheels. While many people wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car without an automatic, this vast majority is missing out on a delightful experience.

Honda Accord grows to exceed expectations

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Back in the summer of 1976 we were stopped at a rest area along Interstate 95 in southern Virginia when a new Honda Accord pulled into a parking spot.
It was a revelation because we had heard and read about the Accord and seen pictures of it in auto magazines, but it was our first sighting. We edged over for a closer look.

Honda Pilot – a solid advancement for a large practical SUV

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When the cover was pulled off the next-generation Honda Pilot at the Detroit
Auto Show last January, you could almost hear a big “ho-hum” from the assembled journalists as they stifled a collective yawn.

Revealed was a revised version of the Pilot with its typically SUV-like boxy stance.

Journalists obviously, at least to us, were looking for a variant of the new swoopy aerodynamic crossover design popularized by Mazda and other manufacturers in recent years.

Honda Fit – another home run

By Ted Biederman and Jim Meachen

After spending about 60 miles and a couple hours behind the wheel of a 2009 Honda Fit on the Saw Mill River Parkway and other vistas north of New York City, we were itching for a head-to-head comparison with a few competitive cars.

Honda was ready to oblige.

Honda not only supplied several vehicles made by Toyota, Nissan and others at a driving event, but had a couple of 2008 Fits on hand for comparison with the all-new 2009 edition.

Honda Ridgeline — Created for weekend tasks and adventures

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It seems incredible that Honda’s first foray into the pickup truck world — the un-truck-like Ridgeline with a unibody chassis — is into its fifth model year and has been in showrooms for the better part of six years.

Honda Insight — Not much downside to this hybrid

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Price is going to sell the all-new 2010 Honda Insight hybrid sedan.

If the Insight is as appealing to tire kickers as the segment leader and king of all things green, the Toyota Prius, the cash savings — which could amount to thousands — will put shoppers behind the wheel in droves.

Honda Accord Crosstour — expanding the fastback crossover segment

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It’s hard to top the feeling that a Honda vehicle imparts on the driver, whether it’s a simple commute to work or a coast-to-coast family vacation.

Honda models such as the Accord, Odyssey and Pilot are solid and comfortable. They provide entertaining driving dynamics. They are indeed the right stuff for the frugal family or for anyone who desires an outstanding ride at an affordable price. And the Honda Civic is perhaps the best compact currently in production.