Goodbye Element…. We loved you!

It is officially one sad sad day in the world of us Honda lovers. Don’t cry! There are still great Honda’s to come. Don’t you even fret your little head over it. I have to tell you…. The Honda Element is no more.

After a nine-year run, the Honda Element will officially be killed off after the 2011 model year. The Element has suffered from slow sales numbers over the past few years, and in the model’s death notice, Hondaspecifically cites that a large amount of customers prefer the better refinement and improved fuel economy of the automaker’s CR-V crossover.

Since its debut in December of 2002, more than 325,000 Elements have been sold in the United States. During its lifespan, we saw the introduction of the bolder-looking SC model in 2007, and just last year, Honda began offering the 2010 Element with a dog-friendly package. Modest facelifts over the years have helped keep the Element somewhat fresh, but newer competitors on the scene have helped expose weaknesses in refinement and power. That said, Honda’s boxy sport-ute has long been praised for its utility-oriented and easy-to-maintain interior – not to mention kicking off the modern styling trend of boxy vehicles. – AutoBlog

What do you guys think? Are you sad or happy that the Honda Element is no more?

The Redesigned 2011 Honda Odyssey Has Arrived! Check it out.

The All-New 2011 Honda Odyssey is finally here and we could not be more excited! It comes with an improved interior, more space and high-end features, better mileage and all around more style and grace. As they begin arriving at your local Cincinnati Honda dealership make sure that you get out there for a test drive!

Here’s what World Car Fans have to say about the new Odyssey. Make sure you check out the video as well to see for yourself what the Odyssey looks like! It may be a long video but I think you will find all the information you are seeking if you watch it.

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey seeks to redefine the concept of the minivan with its aggressive stance and sporty “lightning-bolt” beltline. The lightning bolt not only provides an exclusive appearance, but also adds increased visibility for third-row passengers. New interior features add more convenience for families, while available entertainment technology introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing. Currently the best-selling minivan in the U.S., the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey is set to go on sale this fall. Compared to the current Odyssey, the 2011 model’s lower roofline (-1.6 inches versus 2010 Odyssey EX) and wider track (+1.4 inches) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy and also translate into more interior width.

Let us know what you think about the All-New 2011 Honda Odyssey!

Never Open Your Door In An Automated Car Wash. Period!

This had me rolling out of my office chair in hysterics. People thought I was crying cause I was upset. Really though I was crying because I was laughing so hard.

Come on people…. Getting your car washed is not Quantum Physics. You pull into the bay, turn your car off, let the cycle begin and for goodness sake you ignore that stupid harmless flyer that was left on your windshield. You could seriously hurt yourself or worse!!! You could hurt your car!!


What is that you say? The New Hyundai Equus Comes Equipped with an iPad? Awesome!

That’s right! The all new 2011 Hyundai Equus will come equipped with an Apple iPad. Who do we thank for this one? Steve Jobs or the President of Hyundai Motor America? Either way nerds world wide rejoice! I know I am excited! Check out this article from Motor Authority on the new Hyundai Equus.

We’ve driven the 2011 Hyundai Equus a few times, and have come away impressed with the Korean automaker’s first take on traditional, full-size luxury.

Since we’re poverty-stricken Apple fanboys, too, we geeked out over the announcement earlier this year that the Equus would come standard with a 16GB, WiFi-enabled Apple iPad, which houses the Equus’ owners’ manual and connects owners to schedule service appointments via the Web.

A few mixed messages later, we’re bringing you the first photos of the iPad at work in the Equus, courtesy Hyundai CEO John Krafcik. Krafcik saw our (now updated) Equus Third Drive story, where we’d reported the iPad would not fit in the glovebox or in some secret area inside the Equus’ cubby-filled cabin. Here’s Krafcik’s proof that it does, even when tucked inside a nifty iPad case. (Etsy? Coach? I need this.)

The iPad also fits in the Equus’ seatback pockets, which means it doubles as an entertainment device for backseat passengers not wowed by the sedan’s eight-inch flip-up LCD entertainment system. And it slides into the side bins in the front doors, though it’ll be plainly visible there.

There’s still the question of how the iPad will stay charged, if it’s sitting unused for weeks on end in the car, and how that will affect owners who need the manual sporadically. And will owners be able to swap the WiFi model out for a 3G version, to stay connected in the nearly-ubiquitous cellphone data band?

Last question: does Steve Jobs get a free Equus, since it is pretty much the nicest iPad case on the planet?

You know we have been waiting patiently for this Hyundai Equus to arrive ever since it spent a week at our lots last year. When this new Equus finally arrives at your local Cincinnati Hyundai dealership you better know you will be the first ones we tell!

How Does An Automaker Get A IIHS Top Safety Pick? Learn How Here!

Believe it or not there are a lot of factors that go into getting a top safety pick from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.) I was actually surprised to see how much goes into it and I found this video to be interesting and informative. So, of course I had to share it with you. I think you would be surprised to find that the IIHS has been around for more than 50 years and it’s true that automakers are making cars much much better than they used to. Automakers and working harder and harder every year on keeping you and your family safe while you are driving. Check out this article from them and watch the video. I think you’ll find it just as interesting as I did!

27 winners of 2010 TOP SAFETY PICK award; new requirement to win is good rating for protection in rollovers

ARLINGTON, VA — Nineteen cars and 8 SUVs earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s TOP SAFETY PICK award for 2010. For the first time, good performance in a roof strength test to measure protection in a rollover is required to win. TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control, which research shows significantly reduces crash risk. This is the second time the Institute has tightened criteria since announcing the first recipients in 2005.

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Here are the cars that you can find at your local Superior Automotive Group Dealership that earned a 2010 Top Safety Pick from IIHS.

Small cars
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Kia Soul

Small SUVs
Honda Element

Well, what did you think? I thought it was great!

How Much Stuff Can You Fit Into Your Honda Fit?

A new promotional campaign has launched in Australia for the Honda Jazz (Fit) that’s pretty funny. I thought you might like to see some of these cute videos. Here’s what AutoBlog had to say about them. Also if you would like to test drive the new Fit be sure to stop by your local Cincinnati Honda dealer and give it a try!

It’s no secret that the Honda Fit is one of our favorite small cars. It blends nimble handling, good fuel efficiency and an amazing interior package. Few cars with such a small footprint can accommodate four adult passengers and their stuff in such comfort. Now the folks at Honda Australia have launched a new promotional campaign and contest they’ve dubbed Jazz-packing (remember, the Fit is marketed as the Jazz in numerous other global markets).

Just as college students back in the 1960s and 1970s used to stuff phone booths (you do remember what those are, right?) and Volkswagen Beetles, a particularly nerdy looking “scientist” named Rodney oversees the packing of a Honda Jazz with everything from hipsters to ninjas, rappers, and even strongmen and women – you can see all of the clever videos after the jump.

If you’ve got an idea of what to pack in a Jazz and you live in Australia, just upload a photo to the site where visitors can vote and the entries that get the most votes will get produced into a video like the ones you see after the jump. Whoever suggests the most popular entry will win the car used in the making of the ad.

[Source: Honda Australia]

Well, what do you think?

The 2011 Honda Odyssey! Check it out!

Going on sale this fall the 2011 Honda Odyssey is one minivan force to be reckoned with! Since the Honda Odyssey has been a long time favorite of Car and Driver it’s only fitting that you read their story on the all new 2011 Honda Odyssey cause they are almost as excited as we are about it! When you are ready to see this new Honda with your own eyes make sure you visit your local Cincinnati Honda dealer.

We first saw the 2011 Odyssey in concept form at this year’s Chicago auto show; as is the case with most Honda concepts, the production version differs little. A grille that’s nothing less than garish on the Accord Crosstour actually looks decent here, and the “lightning-bolt” window line breaks up what would otherwise be a lot of bland sheetmetal.

But styling takes a back seat to utility for minivan buyers. Honda added 1.4 inches of track versus the outgoing model, which it touts as increasing stability and space. Up front, the new Odyssey boasts a “media tray” that slides out from the lower dash to hold cell phones and other electronics. Below the tray sits a “cool box” that can store up to six beverage cans or four 20-ounce bottles. The removable center console, which Honda says is commodious enough to swallow purses, has cup holders designed to secure anything from a Red Bull can to an extra-large fountain drink. There are also newly padded door panels and armrests.

Moving to the second row, the two captain’s chairs have a so-called “wide mode” whereby they each move two inches toward the doors, creating four additional inches of shoulder room for the foldable seat between. Wide mode also allows three full-size infant seats to be anchored across the second row, while that middle position can slide forward for easier access to a child from the front seats. A new entertainment system is available with a 16.2-inch widescreen display with split-screen, two-source capability, similar to the Toyota Sienna’s.

The back of the bus is roomier, too, and Honda says three adults will fit comfortably. We’ll believe it when we sit in it; while the van is wider and third-row legroom has increased by an inch, it’s hard to imagine three adults remaining content for longer than it takes to make a Slurpee run. While they’re back there, though, they’ll have access to HDMI and RCA inputs, and a 110-volt outlet. The third row remains stowable, of course, and the overall cup-holder count sits at 15.

The Honda Odyssey has long been our favorite minivan, going beyond utility and practicality to inject a semblance of driving enjoyment into the segment. We’re eager to see if the love affair continues, but bigger brakes and the increase in stability we expect from a shorter (by 1.6 inches) and wider vehicle can’t hurt. The engine will again be a 3.5-liter V-6 with three-mode cylinder deactivation, and Honda says it expects the EPA to return 19-mpg city and 28-mpg highway ratings. Further details—including other trims; Honda only revealed the top-spec Touring Elite model—will follow soon.

Well… Are you drooling yet? I can not wait to see this new Honda Odyssey!