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2020 Honda Civic Type-R gets revised suspension, new brakes, fresh styling

The Honda Civic Type-R has gotten some enhancements for the 2020 model year.

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Honda's most race-ready version of the Civic is getting a makeover for the 2020 model year designed to help improve its driving dynamics and keep up with the market's technology trends.

Changes start at the front where the model has gotten a larger grille opening and improved engine cooling. The 2020 Type-R will be available in an exclusive Boost Blue paint color.

2020 Honda Civic Type-RThe Boost Blue paint job on this Civic Type-R is new for the 2020 model year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The car has new two-piece brake rotors and brake pads designed to allow for more efficient braking. The dampers have been updated for better ride comfort and stiffer rear bearings allow for better grip. The front suspension has been modified to reduce friction resulting in better steering feel.

In the cabin is a new Alcatara-wrapped steering wheel. The Type-R's shifter and knob have been restyled resulting in shorter throws.

Honda has added the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance technology to the Type-R, as it has with all Civic models and trim levels.

2020 Honda Civic Type-RThe 2020 Honda Civic Type-R goes on sale later this year.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Additional information about the U.S.-spec 2020 Honda Civic Type R will be available closer to its on-sale date later this year.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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New minivan

Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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