HONDA CIVIC IS BACK TO ITS BEST

The arrival of the 10th generation, Civic in mid-2016 sparked a significant revival, with sales more than doubling in 2017, albeit from a relatively low base. The new Civic hatchback, always the biggest seller in Australia, went on sale until March 2017. Our test here is of the topline sedan, we will follow up with a hatchback soon. Unlike the previous Civic model where hatches were built in Britain and sedans in Thailand, all Australian Gen-10 Honda Civics now come from a new Honda factory in Thailand. Honda Civic comes… Read more

2018 HONDA ODYSSEY REVIEW

Honda Odyssey has been on sale in Australia since 1995 when the people mover was the vehicle of choice for those needing to transport more than five. For most of that period it’s been a three-way tussle between Odyssey, Toyota Tarago and Kia Carnival although the SUV phenomenon has taken many sales away from the segment. Honda made a bit of a gamble in its third and fourth generation model by lowering Odyssey’s height to make it look and perform more like a station wagon but with the arrival of… Read more

HONDA CR-V +SPORT LIMITED EDTION

Honda Australia has introduced a limited edition CR-V +Sport to its SUV lineup. Based on the CR-V VTi two-wheel drive model the +Sport has $4100 worth of added features for a $1900 price premium VTi. The CR-V +Sport is priced at MLP $32,490, with a national driveaway price of $35,490. A total of 900 are being imported. Along with the standard VTi features of smart keyless entry, Android Auto/Apple Carplay connectivity and three-mode reversing camera, the CR-V +Sport has: rear privacy glass, a black sports grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, a… Read more

HONDA JAZZ +SPORT LIMITED EDITION

Honda Australia has introduced a limited edition Jazz +Sport to its lineup. Based on the Jazz VTi-S it adds $1600 worth of extra features for just $600 above the price of a VTi-S, giving it a MLP of $20,590. Only 240 are being imported. As well as the VTi-S standard features of built-in satellite navigation, remote keyless entry and LED projector headlights, the additional features for the Jazz +Sport are: 16-inch gloss black alloys, gloss black rear number plate garnish, +Sport badging, rear parking sensors to complement the reversing camera…. Read more

HONDA NSX

Best described as a mixture of high technology and proven sportscar design the Honda NSX (it signifies New Sports-Experimental) was powered by a transverse 3-litre 24-valve V6 engine derived from that of the Legend mounted behind the driver. It had many new engineering features including twin camshafts to each bank of cylinders. The engine drove the rear wheels through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. From its 250 bhp engine a top speed of 260-270 km/h seemed likely placing Honda in direct competition with the likes of Porsche… Read more

2018 HONDA ODYSSEY UPDATES

Honda Odyssey people mover has had an external facelift, an upgraded interior and improved driver assist technology for the 2018 season. The Odyssey VTi now has an ‘aero’ front fascia design previously used on the top-of-the-range VTi-L. Bright chrome surrounds for the new front foglights add to the image. Topline Odyssey VTi-L has received a ‘premium aero package’ bolder bumper shaping, LED foglights and a dark chrome finish on the grilles and door handles. It also has a revised rear fascia and a stylish tailgate applique. Inside the VTi-L, the… Read more

FIRST DRIVE: HONDA CR-V FIFTH GENERATION

Honda was one of the earliest players in the family SUV business and has an excellent reputation amongst existing owners. Many of them have remained loyal and moved to each new generation as they’ve been launched. This is likely to be the case with the just introduced fifth generation Honda CR-V. This CR-V moves up in size and is offered here for the first time with third row seats. One interesting feature is that ground clearance has been increased to 208 millimetres from the 170 mm of the just superseded… Read more

ON THE FACE OF IT, NOT A CIVIC AS WE KNOW IT

Whoa! What’s this? Anybody could be forgiven for that reaction on first sighting the new Honda Civic hatch, for what was once a compact, economical city runabout has morphed into a savage looking coupe-like car keen to devour the kilometres and anything in its way. First seeing the light of day in Australia in 1973, with its challenging face, swept-back profile and equally bold rear styling, the tenth generation hatchback is like nothing that has come before, or is in the highly competitive small-car segment now. The hatch slots in… Read more

NEW HONDA CIVIC IS ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL

Honda has unveiled its tenth generation Civic hatchback at the recent Paris Motor Show. It won’t arrive in Australia until next year but it does give us a good segue into our recent test of the gen-10 Civic four-door sedan that went on sale here a few months back. Civic has been a staple of the Honda range since it made its debut in 1973 Civic. Not only is it the Japanese carmaker’s all-time biggest seller, it also sits fifth on the list of the world’s all-time biggest selling passenger… Read more

NO END TO THIS LONG CIVIC SERVICE

Honda and Civic go together like fish and chips; have done since 1973. Ten generations later, the latest Civic landed in Australia this year with almost 200 pre-orders on the books. Already voted the 2016 North American Car of the Year, Honda’s best-selling car globally comes Down Under in five grades – VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX. Initial interest is centred on the RS at $31,790 and VTi-LX, $33,590, plus on-road costs. The line-up kicks off with the VTi at $22,390. Aimed to appeal to a wide range of… Read more