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 |  Aug 10 2013, 8:05 PM

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Honda has unveiled its 2014 Civic Tourer, ahead of its 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show debut.

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 |  Jul 28 2013, 12:01 PM

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Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel so why should this week be any different? Once again this week, fans are loving AutoGuide‘s video of the Honda Civic Si vs. the Acura Integra Type-R.

Find out what happened between the two front-wheel drive coupes and check out the other two most-watched videos below.

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 |  Jul 24 2013, 11:02 AM

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The Honda Civic Tourer, which is set to be launched in Europe early 2014, will feature a world-first rear Adaptive Damper System, the Japanese automaker has announced.

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 |  Jul 23 2013, 10:47 AM

The New Face of Zoom-Zoom


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Zoom-Zoom, it’s what sets Mazda apart from other car companies. The small Japanese manufacturer focuses on driving dynamics far more than other mass-market automakers. The result of that relentless toil is a lineup of cars and crossovers that are more entertaining than their competition. Paraphrasing one of the company’s TV commercials, if it’s not worth driving it’s not worth building.

One of Mazda’s most important products is the compact Mazda3. Available as either a hatchback or sedan it’s the cornerstone of the brand’s global sales. It’s never an easy task updating a successful product; drastic changes can attract new buyers but they also risk alienating existing customers. Fortunately for everyone the company has made common-sense updates to the 2014 model that should actually please everyone. Here are 10 things you absolutely must know about the new Mazda3.

 |  Jul 19 2013, 1:50 PM

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Another week, another opportunity to assist a struggling motorist; that’s what Ask AutoGuide is all about. Just like populist presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan we’re here for the people. Specifically, folks like Zach, who e-mailed us asking for help picking out a compact car.

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 |  Jul 09 2013, 8:32 AM

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Two of America’s best-selling cars could be at risk of reduced production as inventories for the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic are on the rise.

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 |  Jun 26 2013, 10:56 AM

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Like a Broadway premiere the 2014 Mazda3 will take a bow in New York City today. Mazda’s best-selling compact car has received a bumper-to-bumper redesign along with some significant improvements. The company’s latest C-Segment offering brings a healthy dose of style, performance and technology to an extremely competitive slice of the market.

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 |  Jun 06 2013, 3:02 PM

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A North Caolina-based group is trying to prove that lead-carbon batteries are viable for hybrid vehicles.

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 |  May 11 2013, 9:01 AM

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The 2013 Honda Civic sedan has been awarded a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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 |  May 10 2013, 1:31 PM

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The week is drawing to a close and while that can mean several things, most importantly (of course), it’s time for another installment of Ask AutoGuide, the information superhighway’s most exciting semi-regular feature. Beating the competition to market with mildly informative and generally accurate content is the name of the game. Our skilled geniuses are ready to spread their expertise like frosting on a sheet cake; just scoop it out of the tub and smear it all around.

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 |  May 02 2013, 8:31 AM

10. Hyundai Elantra - 24,445 Units


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The sales numbers are in for April 2013, and we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 best-selling cars for last month.

Kicking off the list is the Hyundai Elantra with a starting MSRP of $16,965. The compact model from the Korean automaker saw 45.2 percent more sales this year than last in the month of April, and has sold 78,991 units so far this year. It’s worth noting that 25 percent of Elantra sales come from the Coupe and Elantra GT hatchback models, which weren’t available last year.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Review

 |  Apr 25 2013, 3:01 PM

Junk in the Trunk


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Compact cars are affordable, they’re usually a lot of fun to drive and can deliver impressive fuel economy numbers. As government regulators push for ever-greater efficiency, small sedans and hatchbacks are becoming increasingly important.

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 |  Apr 21 2013, 5:02 PM

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Each week, we’ll recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This week, two stylish compact crossovers received the most attention, as AutoGuide compares the Mazda CX-5 to the Toyota RAV4.

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 |  Mar 08 2013, 2:36 PM

Hybrid vehicles are considered a risky long-term purchase by some, with unknown reliability of hybrid batteries and worries of possible replacement costs. While those fears may be exaggerated, Consumer Reports has found some damning evidence on one particular model: the Honda Civic Hybrid.

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 |  Feb 12 2013, 11:15 AM

Back Seat Space


A couple weeks ago our Top 10 target was the large-sedan segment. We looked at a diverse lineup of full-figured four doors, comparing them based on their theoretical maximum range. We multiplied the number of gallons in their respective fuel tanks by each of their highway economy ratings.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Large Sedans With the Longest Range

Against all expectations the Volkswagen Passat TDI drove away with top honors, and it did so by a wide margin. It wasn’t just the comparison’s valedictorian; it skipped two grades took all AP classes and still wound up with a GPA of 4.2. This diesel-powered “People’s Car” can devour nearly 800 miles on a single tank!

On the other hand, today’s big idea is small. We’re examining cars at the opposite end of the spectrum, specifically C-Segment sedans. We’re comparing a crowd of popular compacts based on, wait for it… rear-seat legroom! Which popularly priced car offers the most-spacious back bench? Which one will give an agoraphobic night terrors? Click ahead for all the details you can stomach.

 |  Feb 08 2013, 8:31 AM

Honda is putting the spotlight on innovation, launching a #HondaInnovator social media campaign by putting the spotlight on six different innovators throughout the month.

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 |  Feb 06 2013, 8:39 AM

Honda will show off a new Civic Wagon Concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, along with a diesel-powered CR-V and an updated NSX concept. 

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 |  Jan 08 2013, 9:01 AM

Following in the tire treads of automakers like Volkswagen and Ford, Honda is planning to share vehicle platforms with an expanding number of models as it seeks to reduce costs while growing sales dramatically over the next few years.

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 |  Jan 03 2013, 7:02 PM

10. Ford Escape - 261,008 Units Sold


2012 was the best-selling year for automakers since 2007, marking the third year in a row that sales have increased. So now is a great time to look back at the best-selling vehicles from last year.

Coming in 10th place with 261,008 units sold is the Ford Escape which was updated for the 2013 model year. Earlier last year, AutoGuide.com had the opportunity to review the 2013 Ford Escape and we came away surprised by its sleek new look, engine selection, and its great handling. It wasn’t without its cons, but overall the crossover delivered a vastly improved driving experience.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video

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 |  Dec 31 2012, 2:18 PM

Top 10 Automotive Stories of 2012


With a heavy heart the staff of AutoGuide.com say goodbye to 2012, along with its triumphs and tragedies. We await the New Year with open arms, and welcome its promise of a better world.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 was a year of the dragon, and it proved to be the stuff of legend, but thankfully it wasn’t a fire-breather. The Mayans were flat-out wrong; their doomsday prophecy was about as accurate as Bernie Madoff’s promise of a sound investment opportunity.

Still, the year brought other significant stories. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland discovered a subatomic particle consistent with the legendary Higgs boson. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, passed away, and in a brutal political battle Barack Obama won a second term as president of the United States.

Of course the automotive industry made its share of headlines throughout the year. Here’s a rundown of the Top 10 stories from the past 12 months.

 |  Dec 27 2012, 4:24 PM

Honda made an unprecedented move this year, refreshing its popular Civic model a year after giving it a redesign. 

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 |  Dec 27 2012, 1:43 PM

10. 2013 Ford Escape Review


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As 2012 comes to an end, AutoGuide has decided to take a look back at the most watched videos from our collection.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video

Kicking off the top 10 list is the 2013 Ford Escape video review, where Editor-in-Chief Colum Wood puts the new crossover to the test, admiring its sleek new looks and its handling.

 |  Dec 26 2012, 8:31 AM

As 2012 comes to an end, it’s always interesting to see what vehicles were most popular on everyone’s research list for the year.

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 |  Dec 07 2012, 11:01 AM

After the 2012 Civic launched to less than glowing reviews, Honda has subtly changed how it develops vehicles to prevent this embarrassing situation from happening again. The 2013 Civic, as well as the updated Accord midsize sedan prove the company hasn’t completely lost its way.

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