Category Archives: Honda

2006 Honda CR-V LX Review

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As you may know, I drive a 2004 Honda Pilot, which I love dearly. One of my good friends was supposed to get her mom’s 2004 Pilot when she got her license, but instead she got a 2006 Honda CR-V. This move has jumpstarted a debate between which is better; the Pilot or the CR-V. (Obviously the Pilot is better). Just to annoy her, I resisted reviewing her car because I still maintain that she should have gotten her mom’s car (which by the way is still running strong at over 200k miles), and we could have been car twins. But nope, she got the CR-V. But since I am addicted to finding cars to review, I gave in and asked her if I could review the CR-V much to her delight. Believe it or not, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 were one of the first compact SUVs to create a new category of car-based SUVs. The CR-V, based off the Civic, debuted in 1997. Although it was slow, the combination of its go anywhere ability, fuel efficiency, versatility, and affordability made it a success. The CR-V was redesigned in 2002 and retained the first generation’s virtue with more space and power. It received a facelift in 2005 with new visual modifications and the addition of a top of the line SE version.

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2004 Honda Pilot EX-L Review (My Car)

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Most people ask me that if I have all this knowledge about cars, I must be driving something interesting and a car that only car enthusiasts would drive. Well, the truth of the matter is that I drive a Honda Pilot. That’s right, a 2004 Honda Pilot EX-L in Sage Bush Metallic. Yep, it’s an automatic SUV, which makes me out to be a hypocrite, especially since I preach manual transmissions, and since I say that SUVs are my least favorite type of cars. Let me tell you about the story behind this car, who by the way I named Neela (after the girl in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift who drives a Mazda RX-8). At the time, we had a 1995 Honda Odyssey LX and a 2002 Toyota Camry. While it was a great car, the Odyssey was getting old, and a family member really needed a car, so we gave the car to her. It had 140,000 miles, and my family and I never really considered it a minivan due to the lack of sliding doors which helped my mom avoid the “soccer-mom” mentality. Anyways, this was in 2004, when SUVs were becoming the norm for family cars, and as you guessed, my parents jumped on the bandwagon. My family loves Hondas, but we wanted to go upmarket, so we looked at the Acura MDX (Acura is Honda’s luxury division). My mom loved the MDX, but my father, the cost conscious buyer, was keen on the MDX’s sibling, the Honda Pilot. It had launched a year ago, and we had many friends with Pilots, and everybody loved theirs. We went to the Honda dealership, and we looked at the Pilot.  Naturally, being a young kid, I was bored by all the technical talk, so my sister and I played around in the showroom cars. We test drove a red Pilot with a tan interior, and we were all amazed at how roomy and comfortable it was. We went to the Honda dealership a lot more after that. Then one night, my family went to the dealer without telling me and left me at home with the babysitter. The next day, we went to the dealership, and my sister (who loved to brag and tease me) told me, “Ha-Ha, Mom and Dad took me to the dealer, and not you, and I got to pick out the color! They like me better than you.” I pretended not to believe her, so I asked her, “Oh yeah? Where is our car? Huh? Huh?” And she pointed outside, and there was our Pilot. It was a Friday morning on May 28, 2004. It was a sunny afternoon, and our Pilot was so shiny it sparkled. That weekend, we embarked on a family trip in our brand new car to Ohio. We stopped at a farm, where we got to ride horses. My horse’s name was Diablo, and I remember this because at the time, my favorite Lamborghini was the Diablo. Before we knew it, we were driving this car everywhere. This car has been all over the country. We drove the Pilot many times to Canada, and Mexico two times, and it has been to both coasts of the country. Before I knew it, high school came. When I got my permit, I was supposed to drive our 2002 Toyota Camry, but as being a typical car guy, I said, “heck no!” I wanted a Ford Mustang so badly for my first car, and I was dismayed to find out my first car would be handed down to me. At first, I felt sad, because out of my friends, I had the boring car (my friends had a 2011 Ford Mustang, 2012 Dodge Challenger, Chargers, you name it). But after three years of driving this car, I cannot wish for a better first car. Since this blog just turned a year old, I thought it would be cool to do a review of my own car. I have been thinking about doing this for a long time, and I have been pressured to do so. Ever since I started this blog, I have had impromptu photo shoots of Neela. If I’m driving, and I see a location that I like, I’ll pull over for some pictures. I have accumulated quite a lot of pictures over time, and it is interesting to see how the car has changed in the past year. I actually posted a photo shoot of Neela and another Honda Pilot way back in Decemeber. I just never had the opportunity to do an actual review because I was always writing a review of another car. Now, the perfect opportunity presented itself. Just know that this review will be really long, because this isn’t a review of a random car. I’ve known this car for 10 years, which is a lot to summarize in a typical review, so brace yourself. Hope you guys enjoy it!

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2008 Honda S2000 CR Review

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Disclaimer: This car is not stock. This car has numerous mechanical and cosmetic upgrades. Driving experience may differ.

After decades of building economy cars, Honda sought to add excitement to its lineup. In the late 1980s-1990s, Honda started launching affordable sporty cars like the Del Sol, Prelude, Integra, and the not so affordable NSX . Even though the Prelude and Integra were popular, Honda still felt the need to add a rear wheel drive sports car that would be smaller and cheaper than the NSX. In 1995, Honda unveiled the SSM (Sport Study Model) concept at the Tokyo Auto Show. After this, Honda pushed forward with putting the SSM into production, and the S2000 was launched in April 1999 to commemorate Honda’s 50 year anniversary. Honda denoted the 2 in the S2000 name to denote a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine (In 2004, the S2000 received a 2.2 liter four cylinder), a tradition that heralds back to S500, S600, and S800 1960s roadsters which inspired the creation of the S2000. As a no frills sports car with a price just over 30 grand, the S2000 garnered praise from several publications worldwide due to its blend of high performance and typical Honda reliability. For 2004, the S2000 received a refresh and became the AP2 (the 1999-2003 was called the Ap1). It received a track ready Club Racer version in 2008 with more focus on less weight and better handling without a bump in horsepower. Sound deadening was removed to save weight, and the radio and air conditioning system became options. An aluminum hardtop was fitted, and the softop on non CR versions was removed to save weight as well as make room for a large additional chassis brace. The CR version was intended as a farewell gift to Honda engineer Shigeru Uehara as well as turning the S2000 into a track ready car that could be tracked on the weekend and driven to work on Monday.  Only 699 CRs were produced worldwide in the two years it was offered. Even when I was young, I have always coveted the S2000. I remember reading all the car magazines rave about this car, and having grown up with Hondas all my life, I knew that someday I needed to drive one. Continue reading

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2014 Honda Civic LX Review

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Even though Honda is one of the most valuable automotive manufacturers in the world today, that was not the case in the early 1970s. At this time, Honda was actually considering pulling out of automotive production.  Honda was a company known only for its motorcycles more than automobiles, and it did not fare well on the automobile front. This changed when it introduced the 1972 Civic which pulled Honda to stardom due to its combination of affordability, reliability, and fuel economy in wake of rising fuel costs. Nine successful generations would follow, including the fourth generation Civic that my dad had. My dad’s second car that he bought (First was a Ford Cortina) was a 1988 Honda Civic DX with a five speed manual. After the Civic, my father’s natural inclination was to buy more Hondas. The Civic was redesigned in 2012, and it received criticisms for its subpar driving dynamics, cheap interior materials, and middling styling, which were all unbefitting of a Honda. The 2012 Civic was so bad that Consumer Reports stopped recommending it which shows how serious this situation was. After just one year, Honda refreshed the Civic (As a rule, you refresh a car at three years) in 2013. Continue reading

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2008 Honda Accord EXL V6 Coupe

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In two door form, the Honda Accord Coupe is a lone wolf in what is essentially a dying segment. Once upon a time, the midsize coupe market was crowded with the Nissan Altima Coupe, Dodge Avenger/Chrysler Sebring twins, Toyota Camry Solara, and many more. Now, the aforementioned twins are gone, and the Toyota Camry Solara and Nissan Altima Coupe were put to pasture in the last few years. The Honda Accord Coupe is the only one remaining. The key to its success is that it builds on the the Accord sedan’s traits in a much sportier package. The alternative body style to the first Honda Accord generation was a three door hatchback. With the third generation (1986-1989), a two door coupe was added. It was not until 1998 that the sixth generation Honda Accord Coupe would employ a different design and performance approach. From then on, the Accord Coupe was designed with sleeker styling and sharper handling. Following the redesign in 2008, the Accord Coupe aimed to provide a much more drastically different driving experience than the sedan. Continue reading

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2008 Honda Accord EX Review

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I grew up in what you might call a Honda family. We had a 1988 Honda Civic DX, 1995 Honda Odyssey LX, and a 2004 Honda Pilot EXL. We kept each of the Hondas for as least 6 years. The 2004 Honda Pilot is still in our family, and it is running strong at 158k miles. In 2002, my father was originally going to get the Honda Accord, but due to its age, he got the Toyota Camry which was brand new at the time instead. As the fourth best selling car in America, the Accord came to fruition in 1976 as a hatchback. It instantly became a successful as it responded well to America’s need for a fuel efficient family car. The success continued as the Accord continued with its generations. The Accord was redesigned in 2008.  Compared to the previous Accords, the Accord has grown in size and was now classified as a large sedan by the EPA, and it placed more emphasis on comfort and refinement. Continue reading

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2014 Honda CR-V LX Review

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The CRV (Compact Recreational Vehicle) was introduced in the U.S in 1997 during the SUV boom. The SUV boom was when SUVs completely dominated the passenger car market, and replaced minivans and station wagons as the choice of transport for families. The Toyota Rav4 and the Honda CRV jumpstarted the compact SUV market. Based of the Civic, it combined carlike characteristics, frugality, and affordability that domestic truck based SUVs could not match. Now in its fourth generation, the CRV is America’s best selling SUV. Continue reading

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