Motorcycles

New 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 designed to relax and excite while cruising

The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 is a new addition to the Honda powersports lineup.

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The Honda Rebel 1100 is a new addition to the company's Cruiser family, joining the Rebel 300 and Rebel 500. It's more powerful and pricier than its Rebel stablemates. The bike was designed with a "relax and excite" theme, which is meant to appeal to a variety of rider types.

It has a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. The motorcycle is powered by a 1,084cc twin-cyclone engine. That's the same power plant that is in Honda's African Twin. Honda offers the engine with an available dual-clutch transmission (DCT) that allows for automatic or manual shifting. Operators can change gears via handlebar-mounted buttons. They can also choose between Standard, Sport, and Rain drive modes.

2021 Honda Rebel 1100

2021 Honda Rebel 1100

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Antilock brakes are standard. Cruise control is available.

"With the evolution of cruiser culture, today's rider demands a motorcycle that expands on the capabilities that have traditionally been possible in the segment," said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing for American Honda. "The all-new Rebel 1100 fits the bill, providing cruiser customers with technologies—including DCT—and riding experiences that were previously unavailable in the category. It's truly a motorcycle for the modern cruiser rider."

Riders sit at seat height of 27.5 inches with the engine allowing a 35-degree bank angle. The bike's suspension includes a 43 millimeter conventional fork with a cartridge-type damper, and twin Showa shocks with piggyback reservoirs, while the front brake has a monobloc, four-piston, radial-mount caliper with a floating rotor.

Models equipped with the DCT weigh just over 500 pounds.

2021 Honda Rebel 1100 

2021 Honda Rebel 1100

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Buyers can customize their bike thanks to the company's roster of accessories that range from minimalist to touring-focused equipment.

The 2021 Honda Rebel 1100 is scheduled to arrive at dealerships in January. Purchasers can choose from a Metallic Black or Bordeaux Red Metallic paint job. The Rebel 1100 with a manual transmission sells for $9,299 while the DCT version has a starting price of $9,999.

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Subcompact SUV

Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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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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