HONDA HR-V AND JAZZ UPGRADES

Honda Australia has announced equipment updates for its HR-V small SUV and Jazz hatchbacks for the 2021 models that are on sale now Both have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto using a new Display Audio infotainment system with a 7.0-inch capacitive touchscreen similar to those fitted to Hondas Civic and CR-V. The system has voice recognition to activate Siri Eyes Free mode and Google Voice Search. They can also be accessed via a steering wheel-mounted control or the microphone button on the head unit. The new infotainment system also offers… Read more

HONDA JAZZ 2008 – 2018

2008 Honda Jazz

Jazz is the smallest Honda car sold in Australia. It was launched here in October 2002, received excellent reviews and sold well from the start. However these early cars are probably past their used-by date so we will start this review at the gen-two Jazz introduced in August 2008 and follow up with the third generation of July 2014. Though it’s a smallish car Jazz has a high roofline to maximise interior space. It can seat four adults without any of them being cramped. In Australia it’s more likely to… Read more

HONDA CIVIC IMPROVED FOR 2020

Honda Australia has updated its Civic hatch by adding Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies on the VTi-L and RS grades. There are also a number of exterior styling and interior design upgrades across all variants. The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned, with body coloured accents in the new lower panel sections, along with a new front grille design. Civic RS grade also gains a new rear diffuser design. Rear privacy glass is used on the VTi-S. All-new “Ignite Red” metallic paint colour is available across all grades…. Read more

HONDA HR-V RS STEPS UP TO THE ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE PLATE

From the ubiquitous ‘postie bike’ to the Civic hot hatch and NSX hybrid supercar, not to mention motorcycles, lawnmowers and generators, Honda has spent half a century keeping up with Australia’s automotive needs. Included in this august line-up is the compact HR-V, the world’s most popular sports utility vehicle, which has undergone an extensive upgrade following its introduction Down Under in 2015. Included is a new variant, the RS, designed for the sporty driver who wants a more edgy experience behind the wheel. Now in four model grades – VTi,… Read more

HONDA JAZZ, CITY 2008 – 2017

2017 Honda Jazz

  Jazz is the smallest Honda model that’s sold in Australia. It was initially launched here in October 2002, but we will only cover from the second generation of September 2008 in this review. Not only is the 2002 getting on years but the 2008 is significantly larger to make it more suited to adults in the rear seats. It has better in-cabin refinement and overall equipment levels. Handling was given a slightly more sporty feeling though, as it’s intended as a city car, the emphasis still leans to the… Read more

HONDA ODYSSEY 2009 – 2017

2016 Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey is a practical vehicle that makes a lot more sense than the large seven-seat SUVs. While the Odyssey doesn’t give its owner the feeling they can conquer the Simpson Desert, it does offer a smooth, quiet ride and excellent interior space. In the fourth generation, where we pick up the long history of the Honda Odyssey, is actually lower than some station wagons. Inside it’s positively futuristic, with a sweeping-wave dash and instruments that sit in no fewer than four layers. Access to the rearmost seats is easier… Read more

HONDA CR-V 2007 – 2017

2013 Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V was an early entrant into the SUV market when it arrived Downunder 21 years ago. Since then it has pretty well followed the typical path of vehicles in this class. That is, it began as a reasonably serious small 4WD that had an external spare wheel and gradually morphed into a large station wagon with limited off-road ability. We are looking here at the CR-V Series 4 models from October 2007. These took a major step to being family wagons, with added interior space and slightly softer suspension… Read more

2018 HONDA HR-V RS

Following our recent two-week outback holiday in Queensland driving a Honda CR-V we moved across into the HR-V’s smaller brother, the Honda HR-V. In particular a newly introduced model, the RS which is a semi sporty variant. The introduction of the RS brings the 2018 HR-V range to four model grades: VTi, VTi-S, RS and VTi-LX. STYLING The HR-V RS has 18-inch alloy wheels, black chromed main grille, honeycomb lower grille and foglight garnish. Keeping up the dark theme it has black door mirrors; dark chromed door handles; and a… Read more

HONDA CR-V: OUTBACK ADVENTURE

Julie and I were both overdue for a long relaxing holiday and the offer of a press test of the new fifth generation Honda CR-V arrived at just the right time. It would be hard to pick a better vehicle for reasons that will become evident later in our review. We took the Honda from our Gold Coast home to far western Queensland by way of the Warrego and Landsborough Highways through Roma, Charleville and Barcaldine to Longreach. We spent several days on Longreach, touring the Qantas Founders Museum, the… Read more

HONDA HR-V: NEW RS MODEL

Honda Australia has added a new semi-sporty model to its popular HR-V range. The HR-V RS is aimed at those who take a keen attitude to their driving. The RS featuring 18-inch alloy wheels, black chrome grille, a honeycomb lower grille and foglight garnish; black door mirror caps; dark chromed door handles; and a Piano Black body kit. Inside, the new HR-V RS has heated, leather-appointed seats; a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and gear knob; and alloy sports pedals. Driving dynamics are improved by sportier damper and spring rates for… Read more