Honda continues a policy of running commercials on their web site. They just don't get it. Folks who visit my web site. and the car makers' sites are smart, thrifty, value oriented, and analytical. If we wanted to see pretty faces in pretty surroundings, we'd be watching TV or a movie. We're not. We're trying to figure out the best automotive value for our hard earned money, which in some situations, represents more than 9 months worth of our income. Just give us the data, and some images. we don't need to be played for fools with puppy dogs and freckle-faced kids
Honda AWD Choices
||The Honda CR-V is little changed for 2011 she's getting a little long in the tooth, too. There are now 4 trim levels; the new base LX, the SE, the EX and the EX-L. . Every CR-V features a 5-speed automatic transmission with
Grade Logic Control, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control and an anti-lock braking system. Also included are 60/40 split rear sliding fold & tumble seats, an MP3/auxiliary input jack, cruise control and Daytime Running Lights (DRL). Interestingly, the CRV EX-L (which is a luxury moniker, not a long wheelbase option) suffers 2 " of LOST headroom when compared to other CRV's. So the seating positions are very different. Do yourself a favor and try several to see if one fits you best. All are powered by the same 180-hp, 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine. There is no manual transmission option. .
The 2011 LX model with AWD remains at
||The new Honda Crosstour is an Accord variant, rather than a completely new vehicle. It is only available with the all wheel drive option on the top end EX-L model, so the price is a bit steeper than I'd like to see.
Crosstour's rear seatback can be folded flat using levers in the cargo area. The rear seatback's 60/40 split lets the Crosstour carry both cargo, and either one or two rear-seat passengers.
Power comes from a very healthy 3.5 liter V6 with
271 hp. The 2010 AWD Accord Crosstour EX-L comes in at $34,020.
||2011 will be the swan song for the Honda Element. With an end to production after this model year, there was little reason to invest in upgrades. The Element is available with all wheel drive options on both the EX and LX models. Both use the 2.3 liter 166hp motor. The EX comes equipped with better audio, more minor amenities, and nicer wheels.
You no longer have the option of a manual transmission with the AWD EX version , which comes in at $24,185, while the automatic transmissioned AWD LX model goes to
||The Honda Pilot is Honda's not so "mini" SUV. Since 2wd is standard on Pilot, you do have to specify the 4wd option. Powered by the same engine as Acura's MDX, the 244-hp, 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC VTEC V-6 engine, performance is very nice, thank you.
The Value Edition comes with automatic transmission standard. Overall it measures a couple of inches larger than a RAV4 in every dimension. In addition to the entry level LX, there are EX, EX-L and Touring variations for 2009. Sorry, no manual transmission options at all. The best dressed Pilot; the 4WD Touring version, steps out at $38,395, while the 4WD LX starts at only a couple hundred more than 2008's price at