The Civic has been the best-selling passenger car in Canada for as long as most can remember, although Honda Canada clarified the car’s record tenure on top at 19 consecutive years in a press release…

Honda Canada sells two-millionth Civic

The Civic has been the best-selling passenger car in Canada for as long as most can remember, although Honda Canada clarified the car's record tenure on top at 19 consecutive years in a press release yesterday. The reason for the press release almost equals that feat, the sale of its two-millionth Civic in Canada since the nameplate arrived on the flower power scene in 1973. That was the same year that Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced they would restrict the flow of crude oil to countries supporting Israel on October 17th, causing the price of oil to increase by 200-percent and the concurrent success of fuel-efficient economy cars like the Civic. Talk about having the right product for the times. Of course, the fact that a compact model remains number one in the Canadian passenger car industry shows the more things change the more they stay the same. On that note, 1973 was also known for massive inflation (back when our governments Read Full Story
The new 2017 Honda Civic Si goes on sale throughout Canada today, in both two-door Coupe and four-door Sedan body styles. To sport compact fans, the Honda Civic Si is the stuff of legend. In North America…

All-new Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan on sale today

The new 2017 Honda Civic Si goes on sale throughout Canada today, in both two-door Coupe and four-door Sedan body styles. To sport compact fans, the Honda Civic Si is the stuff of legend. In North America the "Si" name dates all the way back to 1985 when first introduced as a range-topping CRX, that model now a very collectable two-seat Civic-based coupe. The Si most enthusiasts grew to love came along in 1986 as a special sport-tuned variant of the third-generation Civic Hatchback. Both models incorporated a 91 horsepower, 12-valve, SOHC, 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox, which was a potent package for the era. The Civic Si has been available for most model years ever since, growing in power and handling prowess while developing a devoted cult-like following amongst sport-compact fans. The most recent ninth-generation 2012–2015 Civic Si was available in Coupe and Sedan forms and boasted 205 horsepower and 174 Read Full Story
When you go to Honda’s retail website and click on “Hybrids” you’re presented with the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. That’s it. For the first automaker to ever produce a modern-day hybrid for consumer…

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
The stylish 2017 Accord Hybrid is Honda’s best HEV yet, and one of the most enticing in its mid-size class. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
When you go to Honda’s retail website and click on “Hybrids” you’re presented with the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. That’s it. For the first automaker to ever produce a modern-day hybrid for consumer sale, not to mention a company that’s created two different versions of that dedicated Insight compact hatchback (1999–2006 and 2009–2014), a long-running Civic Hybrid compact sedan (2002–2015), another dedicated CR-Z hybrid sports model (2010–2016), it’s strange to see just one electrified model in the current lineup.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
Attractive from front to back, the Accord Hybrid isn’t only about saving fuel. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Click on the “Hybrid” pull-down menu at Toyota Canada’s site and you’ll find six completely different HEVs, including three that wear Prius badges (subcompact, compact and near full-size), two SUVs, and the Camry Hybrid that does battle with this Accord Hybrid, while Toyota’s U.S. division offers two more including the Prius Prime plug-in and the full-size Avalon Hybrid, not to mention a Camry/Accord-sized hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle dubbed Mirai.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
Touring trim adds full LED headlamps, LED fogs and stylish machine-finished alloys. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Then skip over to Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, and you’ll find six more, including the entry-level CT 200h dedicated hybrid, the ES 300h, the GS 450h, the NX 300h, the RX 450h, and new LC 500h (the LS 600h appears to be temporarily discontinued… who knew?).
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
There’s no shortage of premium-like features inside. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
In the U.S. the Accord Hybrid is joined by the old CR-Z (killed off here last year), the 100-percent electric Fit EV (never offered here), and the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Clarity mid-size sedan (what a 10-times larger market allows), whereas Acura is showing off its fabulous new NSX Sport Hybrid, the excellent albeit long-in-tooth RLX Sport Hybrid, and the brand new MDX Sport Hybrid on both sides of the 49th parallel. Yes, things are looking a lot better for electrification at Acura than Honda.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
Touring trim adds leather and much more. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
The 2017 model shown on this page is actually the second Accord Hybrid, the first introduced in 2005 and sold only through 2007, which sported (literally) a powerful 3.5-litre V6 combined with extra electrical boost that provided 255 net horsepower and 232 net lb-ft of torque for a 6.7-second sprint to 100km/h. It was a fun car to drive, but the market, which wanted fuel-efficiency first and foremost in this class, wasn’t interested and therefore it was killed after just two model years. Truly, if Honda had dropped this power unit into the Acura TL of the time it might’ve been a hit, or at least it might still be around a la Lexus GS 450h.
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
Hybrids in the mid-size sedan class offer plenty of rear seat room. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
After introducing a particularly good 2014 Accord Hybrid (I named it “one of the best hybrids yet”) and toying with an even more enticing Accord Plug-in Hybrid (not available in Canada), both reviewed by yours truly three years ago, Honda seems more tuned in to the market these days, especially because this new-generation Accord Hybrid has been focused more on saving at the pump than leaving its competitors behind at the stoplight (although, as you’ll soon find out, it still does that quite handily).
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring
The Accord Hybrid beats some competitors for trunk space and passenger/cargo versatility. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
At $31,300 the Accord Hybrid is priced $1,500 and change higher than the Camry Hybrid, which might affect the decision of some, but to my mind it’s a moot point because the Accord, on the whole, is a much more enticing prospect. I’ll soon share with you exactly why in a future road test review, but 12 additional horsepower certainly doesn’t hurt. The Accord Hybrid’s 500-cc smaller 2.0-litre four-cylinder makes just 143 horsepower, but the 181 horsepower electric motor connected to it increases total output to 212 net horsepower resulting in more oomph off the line, while its 4.9 L/100km city, 5.1 highway and 5.0 combined claimed fuel economy is much better than the Camry Hybrid’s 5.6 city, 6.2 highway and 5.9 combined rating as well. Check back soon for my complete review, as there’s a lot more to the Accord’s performance advantage to contemplate, while there’s also much more to consider regarding the car in general, such as styling, interior materials quality, fit and finish, features, roominess and overall liveability, and the list goes on…
Is that a Honda Civic with four doors and a hatch? You saw that right. Odd that Honda took so long to re-enter the compact hatchback market it helped create way back in the late ‘60s and made popular…

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX
The Civic Hatchback is back, and we’ll review it here soon. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Is that a Honda Civic with four doors and a hatch? You saw that right. Odd that Honda took so long to re-enter the compact hatchback market it helped create way back in the late ‘60s and made popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but the Honda Civic Hatchback is back and better than ever, if somewhat controversial looking. Yes, the new Civic Hatchback is a love-it-or-hate-it design that at the very least will turn heads. Its frontal styling pulls equal cues from the four-door Civic Sedan and two-door Civic Coupe, while its rear design melds some of both models’ key elements into one totally unique shape.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX
Not everyone likes the Civic Hatchback’s rear design. What do you think? (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Honda gave us a base LX model to play with for our weeklong test, but for some reason they chose not to include its entry-level six-speed manual gearbox and instead gave us its continuously variable transmission (CVT). Unlike the Civic Sedan, all trims can be had with both transmissions, except those with the Japanese brand’s impressive suite of Honda Sensing active safety features, but then again all trims can be had with or without these upgrades so you’ll have the choice of optimizing performance or accessing the latest in semi-autonomous driving capability.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX
No compact competitor comes close to delivering as much modern style and high-tech digital wizardry in a base package. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Also unlike the Civic Sedan, the Hatchback gets one single turbocharged and direct-injected 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine as standard. It makes 174 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque in the LX, although in the CVT model we tested the torque drops to 162 lb-ft, while second-rung Sport and top-line Touring trims get a 180 horsepower version of the engine that puts out 177 lb-ft of torque. Once again, CVT equipped models utilizing this loftier engine are detuned to achieve just 162 lb-ft of torque, but the engine is lively either way so no one should complain. An easy way to tell the zestier engine from the Hatchback’s exterior is a dual centre-mounted exhaust pipe at back, and its owners filling up with pricier premium fuel to extract all its potential.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX
Rear seat roominess is very good, but what about comfort? Come back to find out. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Even base LX models should impress compact buyers thanks to a colour multi-information display within the advanced primary gauge cluster, and a large 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen on the centre stack filled with high-grade graphics plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A multi-angle backup camera is included standard too, as is Wi-Fi tethering and other high-tech features, while additional conveniences include auto on/off headlights, single-zone automatic climate control, heatable front seats, and more.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX
Short of a wagon, nothing comes close to hatchback convenience in the compact class. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Those upgrading to Honda Sensing get dynamic cruise control with low-speed follow, emergency autonomous braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and more. I’ll fill you in on Sport and Sport Touring trims in my upcoming road test review too, and let you know my real world experience with interior roominess front and back, and how well the seats fold to maximize the car’s impressive 1,308-litre maximum cargo capacity. At $21,390 the Civic Hatchback offers a lot for the money, but a number of new hatchback challengers now join the full assortment of competitors already vying for your hard earned cash, so stay tuned to find out if this newcomer deserves your full attention…
Have you seen the new CR-V yet? Honda’s compact SUV is so popular it would be difficult to miss. Our top-tier Touring tester shows significant progress over its predecessor, but not just because of…

2017 Honda CR-V Touring

Have you seen the new CR-V yet? Honda’s compact SUV is so popular it would be difficult to miss. Our top-tier Touring tester shows significant progress over its predecessor, but not just because of its bold new styling.
2017 Honda CR-V Touring
The new 2017 Honda CR-V arrives with bold new styling. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
This fifth-generation CR-V rides on a totally new platform shared with the 10th-gen Civic, while its sole powertrain is also pulled from Honda’s bestselling model. The 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque in the CR-V, resulting in spirited yet fuel-efficient performance, a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) especially helpful in achieving the latter dynamic with an estimated five-cycle Transport Canada fuel economy rating of 8.4 L/100km city and 7.0 highway in FWD, or 8.7 and 7.2 respectively in as-tested AWD.
2017 Honda CR-V Touring
The new CR-V’s taillights are especially pronounced, giving it standout design from the rear. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
While engine performance, road-holding and ride quality have all improved, the biggest changes come in interior refinement and roominess. We won’t go into detail right now, but suffice to say Honda has enhanced the CR-V’s interior design and quality to similar levels as its superb new Civic, while the more comfortable SUV will fit larger occupants and more cargo. Even base LX trims make the CR-V stand out from the ever more crowded compact SUV category, with standard 17-inch alloys, projector headlights featuring auto high beams on AWD trims, LED taillights, pushbutton ignition, 7.0-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus much more.
2017 Honda CR-V Touring
Touring trim offers thoroughly impressive premium-like interior detailing. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
Mid-range EX trim adds standard AWD, 18-inch alloy rims, fog lamps, turn signals on the side mirror housings, six-speaker audio, USB charge points in back, a powered glass moonroof, Honda’s fabulous and exclusive LaneWatch passenger-side blindspot monitoring camera, and more, while EX-L trim includes a better eight-speaker audio system, a powered liftgate, etcetera. Our top-line Touring trimmed tester upped the ante with full LED headlights, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, additional chrome trim, and dual exhaust pipes, while proximity-sensing access including a hands-free tailgate gets you inside where you’ll find convenient rain-sensing wipers, a navigation system with turn-by-turn directions, better sounding nine-speaker audio (thanks to a subwoofer), a larger panoramic sunroof, and more.
2017 Honda CR-V Touring
Larger and more accommodating passenger and cargo compartments make the CR-V more utile than ever. (Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press)
The new CR-V helped Honda claw back first place in the compact SUV segment from the Toyota RAV4 over the first two months of 2017, the RAV4 having earned the position during calendar year 2016, although last month saw Nissan’s new Rogue top the segment’s sales chart for the first time. This race is hardly over, with the competition as fierce as it gets and the new CR-V easily up to task. We’ll tell you how the new Honda rates in an upcoming review (not to mention how the new 2017 Rogue SL AWD Platinum and 2017 RAV4 Platinum compare in separate reviews), and let you in on any new developments in the sales race. Stay tuned for a whole lot more…