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Forbes.com Declares 2013 Honda Accord Car of the Week

Forbes.com Declares 2013 Honda Accord Car of the Week

We love a good, honest review of the 2013 Honda Accord. It has received bounteous positive reviews from critics and consumers alike, so it was refreshing to hear a more laid back (from possibly someone who is has much a cynic as he is a critic), but still positive.

Honestly, my favorite part of this review is how described drivers of Los Angeles freaking out when it rains. Made me laugh because that exactly what happens in Washington, too, and it rains way more here. Does that make it worse? I’ve never seen so much brake tapping and gingerly changing lanes in all my life as I silently scream “It rains 300 days out of the year here! It’s not even raining, it’s mizzling!” (Bonus points if you know what that is)

I digress…

As is pointed out by this review, the lane-change warning system of the 2013 Honda Accord came in especially handy as drivers “wiggled and waggled in nearby lanes.” No doubt that is a feature that would come in handy with our own fair-weather drivers.

While he calls the interior of the 2013 Honda Accord “bare-bones utilitarian bland,” I can think of another word for it: simple. Honda kept the interior simple because that is what most people like in their crowded lives. Need proof? The cult of iApple. Even this guy came around to say the navigation grew on him and was much more efficient than the one in the Aston Martin he drove around in. I’m not exactly sure what to think of that other than that I would expect the Aston Martin to come with a personal map reader for a navigation system, so we’ll take as a very good thing.

“ The interior is roomy and my large suitcase easily slid into the trunk with room to spare, though the car is actually over 3 inches shorter than the previous model. Honda has revisited proportions and worked the angles. It’s a small sedan that makes room for big people, particularly in those big bucket backseats.”

He points out the 2013 Honda Accord will never win in a Fast in the Furious race. So what? Who buys a Honda Accord to race it in the desert? The people who buy the 2013 Honda Accord want a car that gets 30 mpg and need an “Old Faithful” that is more than competent.

“The ninth generation has raised the bar over Accords past by ironing out discrepancies to become a more comprehensive sedan. Despite Honda’s struggles in recent years, the Accord is still a very decent car for the driver that is seeking reliability and a reasonably pleasant driving experience. In the post-tsunami reality, it’s reclaimed its rep as the little Honda that could.”

See what all the buzz is about and stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealership to take it for a test drive today!

 

Honda Recalling Pilots, Odysseys

Honda is voluntarily recalling 748,000 Honda Pilot and Odysseys that may have airbags that my not deploy properly in an accident.

The recall applies to Honda Pilots from the 2009 to 2013 model years and the Honda Odyssey from the 2011 to 2013 model years.

According to this article, “Honda said the plastic cover for the driver-side bags may not have been attached with the correct number of rivets and if rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly in a crash.”

“If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, please do not hesitate to call us,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Your safety is this most important thing to us, to Honda, and we want to make sure your family is safe. We will inspect your vehicle free of charge and, if necessary, fix the problem at no cost to you.”

There have been no injuries reported.

If you are not sure if your vehicle is affected by this recall, “owners can check now to see if their vehicle will need the repairs by using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and going to www.recalls.honda.com or calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.”

Or, as always, call Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealerships for more local and personalized care.

 

 

V-6 Honda Accord Coupe Makes Drivers Adjectives-Happy

We have read some really positive reviews of the V-6 Honda Accord Coupe, but this one is by far our favorite. Why?

Because the writer of this article who test-drove the V-6 Honda Accord Coupe, described it this way:

  • “Seductive, taut, responsive, satisfying.”
  • “…blood-stirring, nerve-twitching experience.”
  • “…terrific, a gem…”
  • “…you really do look for tight corners and sweeping turns…”

As you can tell, he was a fan of the V-6 Honda Accord Coupe.

“The people who have come to Sims Honda and taken the Accord Coupe for a test drive have a similar experience to this writer, although they may not use as colorful language as he did,” said Dave Pitcher, sales manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “People love driving the Accord Coupe. This guy tried hard to put the feeling into words, but words only give you taste. People should really come down here and try it for themselves.”

The writer also tackles the issue of the relative unpopularity of the coupe (a two-door vehicle). However, the Honda Accord Coupe has always done comparatively well and Honda expects sales of this “gem” to make up about 14% of its Accord sales (about 50,000).

Here’s my favorite quote from this review: “It’s a daily driver, yet the car’s many lovely sensations haven’t been scrubbed out in a wrong-headed attempt to “civilize” the vehicle.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda or Northwest Honda for opportunity to test drive and fall head over heels (like this guy did) for the V-6 Honda Accord Coupe.

 

Honda Kicks it into GEAR: Surprise Unveil at Montreal Auto Show

I didn’t even know there was a Montreal Auto Show and, apparently, that’s because it’s the same week as the Detroit Auto Show (the Montreal Auto Show should get a new events planner). So it’s no surprise that those in Montreal don’t expect many surprises because most of the concepts get unwrapped south of the border.

Well, Honda gave the Montreal a big surprise.

Honda unveiled its new concept car named the GEAR, sub-compact car built for Gen Y lifestyles: “simple and utilitarian, but also customizable, connected and full of personality.”

Dave Marek, Design Director at Honda R&D Americas explained: “Subcompact cars are usually either utilitarian, but uninspiring or they’re fun, zippy cars that are impractical and too expensive for the Gen-Y buyer. GEAR Concept tears down those walls – it’s practical but fun, customizable, connected and affordable. Everything that young, discerning urban buyers would want in a car.”

While cars that actually go into production tend to look a bit different than the concept car, we are excited to see what the Honda GEAR will look like on the outside and inside and what the engine specs will be.

Check out all the pictures HERE.

 

Honda Unveils its Urban SUV Concept at Detroit Auto Show: Video


Honda has teased us with peek-a-boo pictures of its Urban SUV Concept and, while we liked what we saw, we were really excited to see this short video by CNET showcasing the sleek looking compact SUV at the Detroit Auto Show recently.

See the video HERE.

As the video takes us through an abbreviated two minute tour of this silver bullet with LED lights, we were pleased to see the versatility of the inside of the vehicle. The Urban SUV will regularly be able to seat five, but the back seats fold down flat to provide a lot of storage space (perfect for transporting all those things that urbanites transport). In fact, the commentator drew a very fair comparison of the Urban SUV to the popular Honda Fit (“on steroids”) that has the same kind of versatility. However, the Urban SUV is quite bit taller than the Honda Fit, so you’ll be able to get even more urban stuff in there.

I was surprised to hear that Honda’s Urban SUV is nine inches shorter than the it’s older sibling in the compact SUV family, the Honda CR-V. I surely doesn’t look nine inches shorter and with the ability to seat five AND those fold-down seats, we’re betting it doesn’t feel nine inches shorter.

Expect to see Hondas Urban SUV in markets in 2014!

2012 Honda Civic vs the 2013 Honda Civic

That title may be a little misleading. I mean, you can’t really ‘vs’ when you’re on the same team and one model is the new and improved version of the previous car, but this video is a very interesting and honest head-to-head comparison of the 2012 Honda Civic and 2013 Honda Civic.

If you’ve been following Honda news at all, you know that Honda came out with the 2012 Honda Civic that met some critics. However, as pointed out in the video, it was still the best-selling car in America. But CNN.com thinks that’s an “Awful lot of people who should’ve waited” for the 2013 Honda Civic.

And while the 2012 Honda Civic was still wildly successful with consumer, Honda believe there’s always room for improvement and, so, it took the Civic back to the drawing board and made some significant improvements. I highly recommend watching the video, but in case you don’t have 2-3 minutes, here are the highlights:

  • The 2013 Civic looks better on the outside with the new grill and lines
  • The 2013 Civic looks and feels better on the inside, even though it has the same design as the 2012;Honda upgraded the internal materials making it feel nicer
  • The steering and suspension feel better in the 2013 Civic
  • And, while the engines are the same (meaning the same, great gas mileage), the 2013 Civic is quieter and doesn’t seem as gruff.

These may not seem like big issues, but Honda took the criticism to heart and came out with a new and improved 2013 Honda Civic. This created an opportunity for buyers to purchase the improved 2013 Civic or get a great deal on the now “out-dated” 2012 Civic (again, the best-selling car of last year).

For your chance to see how improved the 2013 Honda Civic is or take advantage of deals on the ‘outdated’ 2012 Honda Civic (the best-selling car in America), stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships today!

Honda is the First to Meet California’s Strict Emissions Standards

Honda again shows that it’s leading the pack of environmentally-friendly vehicles and meeting stringent government rules regarding emissions. The Honda Accord Plug-In was the first vehicle to meet California’s emissions standards, the strictest in the nation.

“Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most stringent standard,” says Tom Cackette, ARB’s Deputy Executive Office and head of the mobile source program. “Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.”

According to this article, the Honda Accord Plug-In “reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an impressive 50% from current required levels, bringing it to levels not mandated until 2025. As a result of the advanced technology in its design, the full-size sedan achieves the equivalent of 124 miles per gallon (mpg) city / 105 mpg highway in hybrid mode, and 47 mpg city / 46 mpg highway in standard (gas only) mode.”

So according to the above information, Honda is 12 years ahead of its time. Talk about over-achieving.

Honda continually proves why it has been the “Greenest Automaker” for the past several years with these impressive emission and miles-per-gallon numbers.

“Honda has always been a leader in creating environmentally-friendly vehicles,” said Tony Carter, general manager of Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “I am proud to be a part of a company that creates vehicles that are the first to meet environmental standards. Honda takes initiative and doesn’t wait until it is forced to make more responsible cars. Even though the Accord Plug-In isn’t available in the Northwest yet, Honda has a long history of paving the way with cars that have low emissions and great gas mileage so drivers are buying and using less gas.”

The article points out:

  • The 1996 Honda Civic was the first vehicle to be certified as a Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV)
  • The 1998 Honda Accord was the first vehicle certified as the first Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV)
  • The 2000 Honda Accord was the first vehicle certified as the first Super-Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV)
  • The 2001 Civic GX natural gas vehicle was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV)
  • The 2003 Civic Hybrid was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission hybrid Vehicle (AT PZEV).

Check out all of the details about how Honda is the leading green automaker in the entire article.

What do you think? Does the fact that Honda is an industry-leader in creating environmentally-friendly vehicles persuade you to buy Honda?

Compare Leases, Cars: 2013 Honda Accord Touring, 2013 Infiniti G37 Journey

We love side-by-side comparisons of vehicles that keep it real. This one by CarandDriver.com also stuck out because it compared leasing the 2013 Honda Accord Touring and 2013 Infiniti G37 Journey.

It’s not every day we see a comparison including the Touring model, an Infiniti or lease, so our interest was piqued. Check out the side-by-side throwdown HERE.

The highlights including comparisons in price (comparable), performance (they both perform well) and image. Using prompts like “I want to my co-workers to think of me as…” and “Go ahead and ask me about my…”, the throwdown provides a fun comparison that provides some insight into how you want to feel and how you want to look. However, we have some disagreements with their verdicts.

But the best way to determine how the 2013 Honda Accord Touring will make you feel is to go to Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealership to take one for a test drive today. So stop by and draw your own conclusions.

Honda to Build Accord Hybrid in U.S., Create Jobs

In another example of how ‘American’ Honda is, Honda recently announced it will build the hybrid version of the extremely popular 2013 Honda Accord at its Marysville, Ohio plant. This means Honda will be investing $23 million and create 50 new jobs.

While 50 jobs added onto the already 4,400 jobs at that plant, may not seem like much, 50 good paying jobs and an investment of $23 million to extend the production line (to add the hybrid technology to the Accord), will make a big difference to that community and the trickle down effect is very real.

According to this article, “[The 2013 Honda Accord hybrid] will be the first hybrid model produced by Honda in Ohio and only the third made in North America for the Honda and luxury Acura lines.”

The 2013 Honda Accord gas-and-electric hybrid is expected to get 47 miles per gallon. That seems really good until you compare to the gas mileage of the Accord plug-in hybrid that gets 115 miles per gallon (only being sold in New York and California currently).

While the mileage of these Honda vehicles is impressive, we think what is most impressive about this news is how it illustrates Honda’s dedication to building vehicles for Americans in America.

Hondas Beat Competition in all 3 Head-to-Head Shootouts on Cars.com

Hondas Beat Competition in All 3 Head-to-Head Shootouts on Cars.com

We love Hondas, so it’s no wonder that we write about how much better Hondas are than other cars. But, in an effort to show that it’s not just us who love Hondas, here’s an AWESOME article about how Honda vehicles beat out all other vehicles in three different face-offs: the $16,000 Subcompact shootout (2012 Honda Fit won), the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout (the 2012 Honda CR-V won), and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout (the 2013 Honda Accord won).

Not only did Honda win, but they won each shootout by an average of 26 points. We can’t make this stuff up.

The article provides a great breakdown for the pros and cons of each car tested in each shootout, including the comments of each judge and the real-life test-family. If you are considering by a vehicle in any of these three categories, I HIGHLY recommend you read the article relevant to you because they do a great job with specifics.

 

Here’s what you need to know from the $16,000 Subcompact shootout:

  • “The verdict: ”The Fit is a triumph of cargo volume, versatility and execution,” Wiesenfelder said, “and its powertrain is a winner. From the first moment, the Fit begged to be driven hard.” Enough said.”
  • All the judges and the test-family raved about the overall roominess of the vehicle that looks much smaller on the outside then it feels on the inside. In fact, the second row seats fold UP so you can still have a flat loading space.
  • It’s fun to drive. More than any of the other cars tested, the Honda Fit handled magnificently on corners, hills, bumps, etc. No need to worry about driving a puny, wimpy
    car. Drive one that is fun to drive!
  • It got the second best gas mileage with EPA tested 28/35 city/highway mpg. The judges got an actual gas mileage of 33.4 mpg.
  • See the verdict on each individual car HERE.
  • See the overview of this shootout HERE.

See our next blog to find out what the Cars.com head to head shootouts said about the 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Honda to make them the winners of their categories!

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