What Do You Do When a (Former) Friend Says, “I Want a Honda HR-V”?

2017 Honda HR-V blue - Image: HondaIt’s time for a new car, I told Mae last night.

She was explaining to a group of friends how she tore the passenger side mirror off and drove across the MacKay Bridge, on a specifically windy evening, with the mirror swinging about like an unchoreographed modern dancer.

The dangling power mirror, which an additional friend disconnected at Mae’s request, was only the newest concern. 1st, it’s a Saturn Ion Quad Coupe. Concern quantity two: the air-conditioning died lengthy ago, and Mae’s reluctant to invest a single penny redeeming this car. It is bitterly cold in eastern Canada now, but A/C is needful for one particular-third of the year and useful for the other nine months. Lastly, it’s a Saturn Ion Quad Coupe with a manual transmission.

“Ooh, aah, save the manuals,” you say. And I’m with you. Mae’s with you, as well. But I’ve spent adequate time — way too considerably time — in manual shift Ions to know that in an incredibly hilly city, the Ion’s shifter/clutch combo is worthy of dread. Not all manuals are worthy of saving.

Now the mirror’s off, and the conversations Mae and I have had more than a period of many months culminated in her succinct statement last evening: “I want a Honda HR-V.”

Insert awkward pause.

2004 Saturn Ion Quad coupe - Image: GM ArchivesThese are the moments an auto journalist fears. Mae’s a good friend. (Or at least she was, till I discovered she was pro-HR-V.) Last winter, brutally ill myself, I was filling in at a craft show for my sick and pregnant wife. Mae drove 40 minutes outdoors the city in a Saturn Ion Quad Coupe to fill in for me.

So I couldn’t lie. I couldn’t hide the truth that I when wrote a broadly-read piece for TTAC entitled, “The 2016 Honda HR-V Is Honda’s Worst Present Solution.”

I told GCBC readers the HR-V’s cabin is, “far from a soothing atmosphere.”

“The loud drone of the engine and dreadful tire noise would make me stay away from long highway journeys,” I wrote earlier this year.

I asked, as we do in all GCBC evaluations, regardless of whether you need to get something else as an alternative. The answer? “Yes, you should.”

The HR-V is uncomfortable, loud, slow, and overpriced. The LATCH system’s reduced anchors are among the worst-placed I’ve encountered.

So no, I couldn’t lie. But possessing lastly succeeded in receiving Mae to this juncture, after months of attempting to convince her that air-conditioning and heated seats are genuinely nice attributes, how could I push back against her vehicular tastes, particularly with three other close friends measuring the length of the awkward pause?

Fortunately, the case against the HR-V is especially effortless to make these days. With the fifth-generation Honda CR-V set to seem at dealers in the subsequent couple of days, remaining fourth-gen 2016 CR-Vs are handsomely discounted. Apart from the fact that the CR-V, North America’s top-selling utility car, is the superior vehicle to live with, the CR-V is also the far better long-term proposition simply because of better resale worth and since Honda dealers have better CR-V margins with which to operate in order to make a deal.2016 Honda CR-V - Image: HondaAccording to Honda.ca, Mae could lease an HR-V LX with all-wheel drive for $ 185 bi-weekly over four years, with 24,000 kilometers per year (15,000 miles) and no income down. Or she could get into an all-wheel-drive CR-V SE with the very same terms for $ 191 bi-weekly.

A $ six payment difference.

Add in the CR-V’s fuel economy penalty and the distinction maybe expands to $ 10.

For Mae, if she decides she’s ready to accept a payment as an alternative of driving the Ion till it requirements to be abandoned on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway in Shubenacadie, the answer is clear.

Quiet, far more spacious, with superior ride top quality, the CR-V is a no-brainer in this case. The CR-V SE is far better-equipped than the HR-V LX, too, adding fog lights, variable intermittent wipers, two extra speakers, and proximity access to the HR-V LX’s equipment list.

But this story is not a story unique to Canada, nor is it unique to Mae. In the U.S., a 2017 $ 27,440 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD can be bought for $ 216 bi-weekly, MazdaUSA.com says, but a $ 31,070 2016.5 Mazda CX-five Grand AWD is only $ 23 far more bi-weekly. Fuel economy penalty: $ six bi-weekly, according to the EPA. Positive aspects: superior power-to-weight ratio, far more than triple the cargo volume behind the rear seats, practically 20 percent much more passenger volume. The final results: Americans buy and lease six instances a lot more CX-5s than CX-3s. Of course you would.

America’s leading-selling subcompact crossover, the Jeep Renegade, is a $ 26,120 vehicle in Latitude 4×4 trim with the two.4-liter/9-speed combo. More than 60 months with no money down, Jeep presently says the bi-weekly payment is $ 201. Only $ 11 far more bi-weekly would get you a Cherokee 4×4 in Latitude trim.

Mae shouldn’t replace her Ion Quad Coupe with a Honda HR-V. This I know.

However it’s really most likely that a subcompact crossover, regardless of brand, is in no way the better deal than its compact equivalent.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the totally free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Adhere to on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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Former ‘Clean Diesel’ Maker Wins Notorious Harvard Prize


It has been a year given that we discovered that Volkswagen’s tranquil and oh-so-green “clean diesel” utopia was truly a carefully constructed facade hiding a scorched wasteland of pollution and lies. Apparently, that does not imply the jokes require to quit.

The brainiacs at Harvard University have awarded the financially hurting automaker with a notorious prize that most recipients generally develop a exciting evening around. It’s extremely, no, definitely likely that Volkswagen didn’t appreciate the humor.

On September 22, Harvard held their Ig Nobel Prize, celebrating unusual, offbeat and usually pointless scientific achievements. Actual Nobel Prize winners generally hand out the awards. This year’s recipients integrated the late Ahmed Shafik, who won the Reproduction Prize for studying “the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males.”

Final year’s Chemistry Prize went to a group of Australians who created a chemical method to partially unboil an egg. Nonetheless, this year’s prime spot in chemistry went to a group of Germans (recognized to most as “Volkswagen”).

Harvard awarded the automaker for “solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically creating fewer emissions anytime the cars are getting tested.” According to the university, nobody showed up to collect the prize. Had the automaker sent a delegation, their grim faces would most likely have sucked the life out of the room.

It’s attainable that the increase in environmental scrutiny and new testing approaches created in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal warranted Volkswagen a Peace Prize, but that award went to a group of Canadians for their study, “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.”

h/t to Rudy Lukez

[Supply: Well-liked Mechanics]

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Tesla, Former Supplier Continue their Vicious Public Row

Elon Musk + Tesla Model S Circa 2011

Tesla Motors is not backing down in its public falling out with Mobileye N.V., and neither is its former supplier.

This week has observed a continual back-and-forth among the two organizations right after Mobileye claimed it broke ties with Tesla following becoming concerned about the safety of its Autopilot technique.

Clearly, it was a messy divorce.

Sparks flew on Wednesday soon after Mobileye chief technologies officer Amnon Shashua told Reuters that his organization, which supplied the camera employed in Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving function, backed out of the deal simply because Tesla was “pushing the envelope in terms of security.”

The camera-guided technique wasn’t “designed to cover all achievable crash scenarios in a secure manner,” and couldn’t be counted on for hands-off driving, he claimed. The Israeli supplier’s exit came following Autopilot contributed to the death of Joshua Brown on a Florida highway in Could.

Tesla, which plans to release a vastly updated Autopilot technique next week, wasted no time firing back.

Yesterday, the automaker claimed Mobileye tried to force the company over a barrel just before walking away. A Tesla spokesperson told Reuters that Mobileye, soon after studying that Tesla planned to upgrade Autopilot with new technologies, “attempted to force Tesla to discontinue this improvement, pay them far more and use their merchandise in future hardware.”

The looming Autopilot upgrade uses radar as well as the car’s camera, as it did just before, to guide the automobile. The method aims to stay away from the blind spots of a camera-only system, hopefully major to fewer incidents.

According to Marketwatch, Mobileye didn’t take Tesla’s rebuttal lightly. It is now accusing the automaker of lying. Mobileye claims it approached Tesla CEO Elon Musk in early 2015, ahead of Autopilot’s rollout, declaring that the program was a driving help and wasn’t secure for hands-off operation. Musk reportedly agreed, then introduced the technique with a hands-off mode.

Following the fatal Might crash (exactly where a Model S driver collided with a transport truck soon after the Autopilot failed to recognize it), Musk allegedly blamed Mobileye. The supplier then packed its bags and split.

“Mobileye has created substantial efforts since then to take a lot more handle on how this project can be steered to a suitable functional safety program,” the firm said in a statement. “As for Tesla’s claim that Mobileye was threatened by Tesla’s internal pc vision efforts, the company has small understanding of these efforts other than an awareness that Tesla had put together a little group.”

If Musk’s previous battles have taught us something, we haven’t heard the final of this very conscious uncoupling.

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Former Volkswagen Employee Claims Unlawful Firing More than Information Deletions

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A former employee, who was fired after news of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal broke, is claiming in a lawsuit that he was let go from the automaker after noticing data connected to the scandal was getting deleted, several German language outlets are reporting (via Automotive News).

The lawsuit, filed by a former employee of Volkswagen Group of America, is the initial possible evidence produced public so far of a good, old fashioned cover up on this side of the Atlantic.

The employee, who worked at VWGoA’s information center in Michigan, started flagging information deletions created by a co-worker that started on September 18, 2015, the identical day the scandal broke, the suit claims. According to reports, the deletions happened right after a U.S. Department of Justice order to stop all “routine” information deletions at VWGoA.

The plaintiff is searching for damages in the suit. He’s protected from retaliation beneath Michigan’s whistleblower laws.

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