In this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder. They kick things off by talking about the cars they've been driving: the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 and Autoblog's long-term Kia Stinger. Then they discuss hooning the Subaru BRZ, WRX and WRX STI on ice at the Subaru Winter Experience. Then they talk news, specifically Amazon investing $700 million in EV startup Rivian, and Maserati finally launching the Alfieri. Finally they help spend a listener's money on a new, green car.
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DALLAS — A Texas jury has awarded more than $37 million to a woman who sued Honda after being paralyzed in a 2015 car crash.
Sarah Milburn sued the automaker over its seat belt design after her Uber driver ran a red light and the Honda was struck by a pickup truck in Dallas.
Honda and Acura have issued two separate fuel pump-related recalls for Ridgeline pickups, as well as Accord and TLX sedans, and MDX SUVs. Affected Ridgelines could have an increased risk of fire, while the Accord, TLX, and MDX could potentially stall out while driving.
According to NHTSA campaign No. 19V053000, Honda is recalling 106,683 2017-2019 Ridgelines because the fuel pump feed port could crack when exposed to certain acids, including car wash soaps. If it cracks, it could leak pressurized fuel, which could catch fire. Vehicles with this defect are subject to a free fuel pump replacement, as well as an extra fuel pump cover.
Listen: If you're shopping for a crossover, and by all accounts most Americans are, there is no better option on the market than the 2019 Mazda CX-5. When we test drove the all-new 2017 CX-5, we were astounded by its marked improvements over the already-great previous generation. We noted then its biggest drawback was its average 187 horsepower. The CX-5 didn't feel slow, and it certainly made up for it in other ways, like by delivering superior road-hugging abilities. But, it was probably enough to turn off buyers who do their shopping by analyzing spec sheets.
For 2019, Mazda addressed that exact issue with a vengeance. With an all-new 2.5-liter SkyActiv Turbo good for 250 horsepower, the CX-5 not only leapfrogs bestselling rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but lands squarely in the realm of luxury stalwarts such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Mazda currently has three SUVs (the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9) and three cars (the Mazda3, Mazda6, and MX-5) on sale in the United States. Its range will, however, be expanded with a couple of new crossovers.
Honda is hopeful that the new CR-V Hybrid will not only successfully fill the void of the diesel-powered version in Europe, but will account for half of the projected 60,000 annual sales as well.
Meet Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Honda-powered challenger for the 2019 Formula 1 season, dubbed the RB15. This is the car Red Bull hopes will be able to keep up with Mercedes and Ferrari, after ditching Renault power in favor of Japanese muscle.