Honda has previewed it’s new small, urban SUV that it debuted in Japan earlier this year. The Honda Vezel (as named in Japan; it probably won’t retain that name for the U.S. and European markets), will hit the U.S. market in 2014.
The Honda Vezel is a relative of the Honda CR-V and will be released in gasoline and hybrid versions. According to Edmunds.com, “The Vezel is designed to have the lower body of an SUV, but the look of a coupe in the upper body.”
And how does the much-respected Edmunds think Americans will respond to the Honda Vezel? “An intriguing preview of a new Honda that may end up in your driveway before too long.”
We’re excited to see it in your driveway
According to the writer of this article, all the news of the “historic” blizzards in the Midwest make him want to be there in those storms, but only if he’s in the 2013 Honda Pilot.
While the concept of this article is rather comical (who really wants to be in a blizzard, even if they are in a 2013 Honda Pilot?), the information and reasoning is sound. With the Honda Pilot’s truck-like build, space, comfort features, and safety specs, the 2013 Honda Pilot could be on of the best vehicles to be in if you did happen to get caught in a winter storm.
Here’s why this writer thinks the 2013 Honda Pilot should be your vehicle of choice in a blizzard:
- The 9-inch DVD player that drops down between the first and second row to keep the kids entertained while you crawl (or don’t move at all) on the frozen highway.
- Room for 8 people..or 8 people’s-worth of luggage space. Could come in handy for those “He’s touching me!” moments.
- Room for all your books, laptops, drinks, etc. (because you prepared just in case you got stuck in the blizzard; need to have stuff for entertainment and Pilot has plenty of places to put them)
- Drives better than a truck, but you still get that same safety and security (invaluable in a blizzard)
“We can get lots of snow here in Wenatchee,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “The 2013 Honda Pilot is a big, safe vehicle that I think makes people feel safe driving it in winter weather and over the Cascade passes. It has the strength of a truck, but the comfort and space of a great SUV. It’s really the best of both worlds.”
Really, the 2013 Honda Pilot is great even if you do not get stuck in blizzards frequently, but if you live in place with harsh winters or travel frequently over mountain passes, then maybe you should take a look at the 2013 Honda Pilot. Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda to take a 2013 Honda Pilot for a test drive today!
Honda has teased us with peek-a-boo pictures of its Urban SUV Concept and, while we liked what we saw, we were really excited to see this short video by CNET showcasing the sleek looking compact SUV at the Detroit Auto Show recently.
See the video HERE.
As the video takes us through an abbreviated two minute tour of this silver bullet with LED lights, we were pleased to see the versatility of the inside of the vehicle. The Urban SUV will regularly be able to seat five, but the back seats fold down flat to provide a lot of storage space (perfect for transporting all those things that urbanites transport). In fact, the commentator drew a very fair comparison of the Urban SUV to the popular Honda Fit (“on steroids”) that has the same kind of versatility. However, the Urban SUV is quite bit taller than the Honda Fit, so you’ll be able to get even more urban stuff in there.
I was surprised to hear that Honda’s Urban SUV is nine inches shorter than the it’s older sibling in the compact SUV family, the Honda CR-V. I surely doesn’t look nine inches shorter and with the ability to seat five AND those fold-down seats, we’re betting it doesn’t feel nine inches shorter.
Expect to see Hondas Urban SUV in markets in 2014!
We love reading articles about how Honda vehicles rethink and reinvent a vehicle category. According to this article, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline has done just that. No longer does being a truck mean brute strength with bulky steering. No, according to this writer, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline fills in the “reality gap” if you don’t need your truck to climb Mount Everest or tow the Space Shuttle down the road.
The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is the perfect vehicle if you need to haul a decent amount, keep dirty stuff out of your vehicle, insist on decent gas mileage, hide your valuables (see “Utility” below), be comfortable, want a truck that handles like a car, and need a reasonable base price.
Here are some of the highlights of the 2013 Honda Ridgeline:
- Design. “Along with a full four-door Crew Cab design, Instead of a separate bed, it’s all a single piece, with a C-pillar that angles down and reminds a little of the Chevy Avalanche. We like the Ridgeline’s different take. It’s modern and handsome, and the seamless lines give it a very upscale vibe.”
- Drive. “A big part of that has to do with the chassis, which features an integrated closed-box frame with unit-body construction, rather than traditional body-on-frame trucks. This makes for a much quieter ride and allows for a more sophisticated independent rear suspension.If you’re worried about strength, the Ridgeline’s two integrated fully boxed and reinforced frame rails and seven fully boxed crossmember make for one solid platform, well capable of carrying and towing challenging loads.”
- Handling (because you don’t need to drive a mountain goat): “The 250 hp, 3.5-liter V6 is punchy, with ample low-end torque and the 5-speed automatic is swift and smooth. The standard all wheel drive system is up to most tasks and features a locking rear differential, but the lack of a low-range may deter you if you’re planning to do the kind of rigorous off-roading preferred by mountain goats. We’ll take the tradeoff, because with the independent rear suspension, the Ridgeline rides like a dream, and has precise, confident handling that makes most competitors’ trucks feel like they’re from the Stone Age.”
- Utility: “We especially liked the 60/40 split rear seats whose bottoms easily flip up to create a large storage area with a flat floor. The bed is equally impressive, with a dual-action tailgate that not only flips down like a traditional truck but can also swing to the side for easy loading and unloading. Brilliant. We’re also crazy for the in-bed trunk, a weatherproof 8.5 cubic foot lockable storage area under the bed. Made of the same tough composite as the bed, it’s a handy place to store valuables out of site, or a perfect place to throw a couple sets of golf clubs.”
“The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is an incredible machine that combines comfort with what most people really use their trucks for,” said Paul Binder, sales manager t Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Honda has really designed outside the box with the new Ridgeline. If you are in the market for a new truck, you owe it to yourself to check out the 2013 Honda Ridgeline.”
The 2013 Ridgeline is full of comfort and surprises.
“All in all, this is one smart way to build a pickup truck. For the real-world needs of a lot of buyers, the Ridgeline makes few compromises, while providing real advantages in performance and comfort. And no gravelly-voiced spokesperson required.
Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships to check out and test drive the 2013 Honda Ridgeline today!
We are very excited to see the all of what Honda teased in a picture of an “urban SUV concept” vehicle. The image shows off what Honda says is a “global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior.”
We can’t wait to see the concept car unveiled at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next month. If past concept vehicles are any indication, this concept SUV won’t be too much different then the one that will be mass manufactured by Honda. As this article states, “ the “concept” show car is a thinly veiled, dressed-up version of a car that already has a go-ahead for production.”
Based on this picture, what do you think? Are you excited about Honda’s new SUV concept?