They sure are building ugly cars these days. The CR-V has always been an ugly vehicle.
But, now the Pilot is taking on these hideous looks. The pointed nose and long squinting lenses of the lights, make it more evident these vehicles are not SUVs but CUVs.
Honda also had their Ridgeline, which only had one generation. Now, there is a tease site for a coming second generation, to be announced in January at The Detroit Auto Show. We'll see if it looks like a truck, with tough, man-ish features, or if it looks like a forced CUV with a truck bed.
Here are a few versions drawn up, from people guessing or predicting what it will look like. Motor Trend and Car and Driver posted these photos.
So, the question is, how do you make a quality vehicle that also looks great? Do you have to sacrifice one for the other? I have long wanted to be a Honda fan, because of their history of low maintenance costs, long lasting dependability, and their economic and environmental reputation. But they are too often ugly, gutless wonders. I've tried twice; once, with a Civic in 1999, which was beat out by my VW Golf based on power, performance, and price, and the second time was the Accord in 2008, which was beat out by my Nissan Altima for the 3 P's too.
I do want a truck. Could the new Ridgeline grab my attention and be daily driver that performs as a truck with the efficiency of a car? We shall see.