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#339 of 346 CR-Z is Hondas safest car in Europe according to NCAP
Aug 25, 2010 (7:33 am)
"Honda CR-Z Achieves Top Euro NCAP Overall Safety Rating"
The CR-Z is the most recent in a string of Honda cars to receive top marks. Since the introduction of the new rating scheme Euro NCAP have tested 4 other Honda models; Civic, Accord, Jazz and most recently, Insight. All 5 models achieved 5 stars, with the Honda Insight also being named “safest hybrid vehicle” as well as the 2nd safest vehicle tested in 2009.
#340 of 346 Re: CR-Z is Hondas safest car in Europe according to NCAP [anythngbutgm]
Aug 25, 2010 (12:11 pm)
Too bad there isn't one journalist or professional reviewer ANYWHERE that likes the CRZ, or thinks it might be worth buying.
Just watched the AutoWeek "video log" of it with Natalie Neff I believe? Anyway, there were two of them there and they both disliked it. At the end the guy echoed the EXACT thought I have had countless times since Honda first confirmed it would be hybrid-only: "Honda, put a K-series 2.0-liter motor in this thing, and you HAVE my money!".
I applaud Honda for making a valiant attempt at this, but they should have realized early on that its fuel economy was going to be so unremarkable that they ought to just go with gas engines and make it a really fun-to-drive coupe. Instead, we get a $20K coupe with a 31/37 rating?? The Mazda2 and five other subcompacts will get you 29/36ish, some will have handling to rival the CRZ, and all will cost at least $5000 less to buy. Or you could look the other way in the spectrum: the Mini Cooper which matches the fuel economy for the same money and is MUCH faster to 60 and through the slalom. Or the Civic SI whose fuel economy is significantly worse but which has four seats and is also MUCH faster, for the same money. Who is going to buy this CRZ?
With Honda's new "direction", I'm afraid the next Civic SI will be a hybrid, if they don't cancel it completely.
#341 of 346 Wow, One Million Miles!
Oct 24, 2011 (4:44 pm)
From today's Verizon news...
"SACO, Maine (AP) — A Maine man and his car are celebrating a million-mile milestone.
Joe LoCicero (luh-SISS'-er-oh) was given a 2012 Honda Accord at a parade in the city of Saco on Sunday after surpassing the million-mile mark on the odometer of his 1990 Accord. He reached the milestone last Thursday.
A Honda spokeswoman tells The Portland Press Herald (bit.ly/otOqd1) it's the first time the manufacturer has documented an Accord reaching one million miles.
LoCicero says he bought the car in 1996 with 74,000 miles. The former mechanic did much of his own work. The secret he says is following maintenance schedules, using quality parts and driving safely.
He swears the transmission and engine are original.
Now that he has a new Accord, he's not sure what he'll do with the old one."
I would have thought that Honda would have wanted Joe's old Accord, as a museum/marketing item, in exchange for the new one they gave him.
#342 of 346 Re: Wow, One Million Miles! [hpmctorque]
Oct 24, 2011 (8:06 pm)
Those 90-93 Accords were good cars.
#343 of 346 Re: Wow, One Million Miles! [fintail]
Oct 25, 2011 (5:48 am)
It's too early to know, but I wonder if the '12 Accord is equally durable and reliable. I'd guess yes, in terms of drivetrain durability, but maybe not in overall reliability, due to all the added content. What's your perception?
#344 of 346 Re: Wow, One Million Miles! [hpmctorque]
Oct 25, 2011 (6:13 am)
How the hell did he drive 61,733 miles per year?? I find that a bit incredulous for someone who I assume is retired.
And, hell, even if he did... how could he STAND driving that much in an Accord?? Hell would be a welcomed relief.
#345 of 346 Re: Wow, One Million Miles! [qbrozen]
Oct 25, 2011 (7:03 am)
Wow, I'd never live long enough to rack up that many miles on a car. I don't believe I've even driven 1,000,000 miles in the last 30 years since I got my license. I imagine long-haul truckers could easily rack up 61K miles in a year, but a retired individual? I hope Honda had good documentation of this particular Accord's one-million mile record before giving this gentleman a new 2012 model.
#346 of 346 Re: Wow, One Million Miles! [hpmctorque]
Oct 25, 2011 (8:13 am)
I suspect the new one will have more little annoying issues, just as it is more complex - more opportunity for electrical issues. But it will be less likely to rust.