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2013 Honda Accord Coupe Only Vehicle in its Class to Earn 5-Star Safety Rating

We have written a lot about the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and 2013 Honda Accord Coupe because there is a lot to write about. So this blog doesn’t become the “Honda Accord” blog, we try only to write when there’s really something worth writing about.

Well, the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe has done it again, and this is definitely newsworthy: it is the only vehicle in its class to earn a NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Association) 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety! The Accord Sedan also earned this rating, but the Accord Coupe was the only one its class to be award the 5-star rating.

“This is a big deal,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda. “To be the only one at anything is a big deal, but for the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe to be the only coupe that earned 5 stars for safety is a big accomplishment. Honda prides itself on designing and manufacturing safe vehicles. Hopefully, this will give people one more reason to take a look at the new Accord Coupe, besides its incredible performance.”

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe earned the Overall award by garnering a 5-star rating in “each seating position in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) front, side-barrier, and side-pole crash test categories, as well as a 5-star rollover rating.”

“The Honda comprehensive approach to vehicle safety is validated by these top-level safety ratings,” said Art St. Cyr , vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “The 2013 Honda Accord truly excels in all areas, delivering the best overall safety ratings, while also providing exhilarating performance, outstanding comfort and top-class fuel economy.”

According to the press release: “Beginning with the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda is applying the second generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering(ACEII) body structure to its models. This reinforced frontal structure further enhances frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes.”

This is in addition to other Honda safety innovations like the LaneWatch technology that allows drivers to better see their blind spot.

For your chance to check out the incredibly safe and high performing 2013 Honda Accord Coupe, stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships today!

Check out the complete press release HERE.

 

2013 Honda Accord Beats Out 2013 Nissan Altima

Culturemap.com did a great side-by-side comparison of the 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Nissan Altima. It’s one of the best comparisons I’ve seen because 1) it includes lots of pictures 2) it’s a slide show where the points for and against each are short and sweet.

We will skip the tit-for-tat and get you straight to the point: “The Altima and Accord are two familiar faces in a changing sedan world. Both are excellent all-rounders, but the Honda model wins this one—a combination of smoothness, functionality, and greater efficiency put the more business-like Accord ahead.”

That’s right, the 2013 Honda Accord beats out the 2013 Nissan Altima.

Ok, now for the details and highlights:

  • The Nissan Altima has a spacious trunk at 15.4 cubic feet…but the Honda Accord is even bigger with 15.8 cubic feet.
  • “The killer feature of the Accord is LaneWatch, a camera aimed at the passenger side of the car that shows the car’s blind spot on the screen in the center. It works brilliantly because it’s so intuitive—flick the right turn signal, and the screen illuminates with a wide-angle view of the space beyond your normal field of vision.”
  • “The Altima has a ludicrously terrible turning radius—hope that you never have to make a U-turn.” If you have to hope you never need to make a U-turn, that doesn’t sound like an “all-purpose” vehicle.
  • The Honda Accord has an EPA-rating of 21/34 mpg (the Altima has an EPA-rating of 22/30)
  • The Honda Accord’s 3.5 liter V6 engine is noticeably smoother.

Check out the complete slideshow HERE for all the details about why the 2013 Honda Accord is better than the 2013 Nissan Altima.

 

Honda Fit EV Available on East Coast

Until now the Honda Fit EV has frustratingly only been available at select dealerships in California and Oregon. Well, by the end of February, the Honda Fit EV will be hitting the East Coast (which is still frustrating for those us in the state of Washington, but “Yay!” for the East Coast).

The Honda Fit EV will be available to lease (still can’t purchase one) at select dealerships in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. While we are certainly happy for residents of the eastern seaboard, we are jealous its 118 mpg and EPA-rated 82 mile range is still not an option for us here in Washington.

The Honda Fit EV will be available to lease for $389 for 36 months as a part of Honda’s ‘real world feedback’ efforts before fully releasing it to the rest of us.

http://www.plugincars.com/honda-fit-ev-headed-east-coast-dealers-end-february-126448.html

Save-a-Thon President’s Day Weekend at Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, and Apple Valley Honda

Sims Honda, Northwest Honda and Apple Valley Honda dealerships are offering some big savings this President’s Day weekend through Feb. 18!

Stop by any of these three outstanding Honda dealerships this weekend to get:

  • 0.9% APR financing on select new Hondas
  • Lease the acclaimed 2013 Honda Accord Sedan CVT LX for just $219/mo
  • Lease the awesome 2013 Honda Accord Coupe CVT LX-S for $239/mo
  • Lease the impressive 2013 Honda Pilot 5 Spd Automatic for just $260/mo
  • Lease the reliable 2013 Honda Civic Sedan for only $189/mo

“These are some really excellent deals we have going on right now,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “This weekend is a great opportunity to get into some really popular vehicles. The 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are two of the best cars Honda has put out in a while, so stop by to take advantage of these deals!”

Don’t wait. These smokin’ deals are only available through Feb. 18, so stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda today!

Honda Slow Jams its 2013 President’s Day Commercial

Usually President’s Day sales commercials are filled with all kinds of red, white and blue patriotism. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, we were thrilled to see Honda’s commercial for its 2013 President’s Day sale.

No Americana clichés. No cartoons.

This commercial is all about the slow jam. Not just any slow jam; a slow jam with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and a piper. Ok, it might sound a little awkward, but it’s really funny and a very refreshing President’s Day commercial.

Check out the commercial on YouTube HERE.

 

Green Car Journal Names Honda’s ECO Asist as Top 10 Green Technology

Honda’s “Ecological Drive Assist System,” ECO Assist for short, was named to Green Car Journal’s  list of top 10 green technology’s of 2013.

According to this article, “Honda said its ECO Assist technology can help drivers develop driving habits that enhance fuel efficiency by observing the speedometer background’s response to driving practices. Fuel-saving behaviors like smooth acceleration and braking make the meter glow green. Less fuel-efficient driving habits will cause the meter glow blue-green, while aggressive starts and stops that consume extra fuel cause the meter to glow blue.”

Honda hopes that using the ECO Assist technology will help drivers develop more fuel efficient driving habits over the long term.

“Honda is really thinking ahead with the ECO Assist technology,” said John Clough, sales manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “Not only does the vehicle itself have technology that reduces emissions and use less fuel, but it’s also helping people become more fuel efficient in the way they drive. It’s really revolutionary.”

Honda is hoping the visual nature of the technology will be easy to use and really make a difference.

“Honda developed the driver guidance and driver feedback functions of ECO Assist to help drivers improve their fuel economy, and in turn, to also benefit our environment,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “The visual nature of the technology is intended to help drivers improve their efficient driving skills by making it a more fun and rewarding experience.”

Honda is honored to be given this award by the Green Car Journal for its ground breaking technology.

“Honda’s ECO Assist system was selected as a Green Car Technology Award finalist for its innate ability to help drivers enhance their fuel efficiency,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and www.CarsOfChange.com. “In an era of increased demands on environmental performance from consumers and government alike, we wanted to highlight the innovative technologies like ECO Assist that make their incredible achievements possible.”

Honda’s ECO Assist technology is available on the 2013 Honda Civic, 2013 Honda CR-V, and the 2013 Honda Accord.

For your opportunity to check out Honda’s innovative ECO Assist technology or any other of Honda’s amazing technology, stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda or Apple Valley Honda today.

 

 

Honda Innovators Social Media Campaign

Honda recently launched a social media campaign called “#HondaInnovator” giving you the opportunity to live chat with Honda engineers and innovators of other impressive and popular products.

According to the news release, “The #HondaInnovator Series uses Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube to drive curiosity and conversation. At http://www.hondainnovator.com, users are able to tweet questions to several inventors featured in the Civic TV spot, participate in scheduled one-hour innovator tweet chats and see #HondaInnovator feeds from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”

Through this series, anyone will be able to chat with people like the pro wingsuiter, James “Mecca” Macdonald, to the 2013 Honda Civic Sr. Product Planner, Jay Guzowski. For a complete list of “innovators” that you can connect with and when, click HERE.

“The ‘Innovator Series’ is designed to applaud all visionaries—the dreamers who are always contemplating what could be—and provide an opportunity to engage with them,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The 2013 Civic speaks to our passion for innovative thinking and continuous improvement, and through social media we’re inviting all creative thinkers to come together to talk about how to make things better.”

For your opportunity to pick the brains of some of the greatest innovators in the country, be sure to check out #HondaInnovator on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

 

 

Honda Accord Coupe is like “Scrappy, Jaw-Snapping Tasmanian Devil,” Ferrari

While I have yet to personally drive a Honda Accord Coupe, the reviews (like the one HERE) have made it the only car I have ever dreamed about. Yes, reviews like this one have literally made the Honda Accord Coupe the car of my dreams…and I can’t even drive stick (although, I guess I can in my dreams).

From the sounds of this review the Honda Accord Coupe is also the car of this guy’s dreams.

“The i-VTEC V-6 doesn’t produce crazy torque (252 pound- feet), and its horsepower, at 278, is modest. Yet there’s an inherent rubber-band elasticity that keeps stretching into the higher rpms until you’re not sure what will snap first, it or you. There’s that moment when I’ve got the coupe at redline and I feel like the entire vehicle is just going to take off and launch into the sky.”

That’s been a theme from automotive critics: while the torque and horsepower numbers aren’t overly impressive on paper, when combined with the Honda Accord Coupe’s light weight and design, it creates an unquantifiable “feeling which isn’t mild mannered at all. It’s exuberant and free-wheeling.”

“The Honda Accord Coupe is so fun to drive,” said Bobby Maynard, new car manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The writer of this review is right, the Honda Civic tends to be more for college kids or younger adults and the Accord is more for families. But the Coupe is the perfect blend of the two. We could probably say the sum is better than its parts in this case, if performance and fun is what you care most about.”

It’s not very often a mainstream brand like Honda gets compared to luxury brands like Ferrari and consumers get the benefit because it starts at only $33,000.

A car that performs like a Ferrari, gets 28 mpg, and only costs $33,000? Yes, please.

Not only does the Honda Accord Coupe look cooler than most cars, it is also a “unicorn” because it can come as a manual transmission.

“I’ve always loved a stick in a Honda, but these days they are an utter rarity, with 99 percent of Accord sedans sold as automatics. Only nine percent of the coupes are equipped with three pedals. Which is a shame, because a Honda i-VTEC engine under full assault (and pushed into the redline by a manual) is as unique and special as the rumble of a 5.0-liter V-8 mated to a Ford Mustang or the wailing keen from a mid-engine Ferrari. A quality and timbre all of its own.”

For your opportunity to test drive the Honda Accord Coupe (and why wouldn’t you?) and hopefully drive it home (and why wouldn’t you at only $33,000), stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership today.

 

 

Honda Sales Up 13%, Accord Sales Up 75%

Honda posted impressive sales numbers in January of 2013. In fact, Honda sales were up 12.7% in large part to the fact that Honda Accord sales were up 75.2% over January of 2012.

“Those are impressive numbers by anyone’s standards,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “The 2013 Honda Accord is an amazing machine that has critics and regular consumers raving. While I was surprised sales were up by 75% because that’s such a huge number, I’m not surprised that sales were up big. We sell a lot of them…and for good reason.”

Not to be outdone, sales for the more family oriented Honda Pilot were up 16.3% and Honda Crosstour were up 38.2%.

“That’s a great sign that families feel more confident in spending their hard-earned money on the Pilot and Crosstour,” McLaughlin said.

All of this is great news for Honda who has started 2013 heading in the right direction: “Accord has the Honda brand right where we left off in 2012 – powering significant sales gains in the new year,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales. “With our strongest vehicle lineup ever and continued sales momentum, we’re optimistic 2013 will be a great year for the Honda brand.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership to test drive the Honda Accord, Pilot or Crosstour today!

2013 Honda Accord Impresses Consumer Reports

The 2013 Honda Accord has received the much sought after blessing of Consumer Reports, the very respected consumer watchdog organization. ConsumerReports.org stated that Honda has met the expectations (and pressure) of redesigning the ever in-demand Accord with the 2013 Honda Accord. While the praise of the 2013 Honda Accord in this article by Consumer Reports (based on their “brief stint” when the car first came out in September) is somewhat reserved, it is nonetheless positive.

According to Consumer Reports’ initial review, “The Accord should certainly hold its own in both the marketplace, and barring unforeseen surprises, in our Ratings.”

Even better, in this article written a couple months later, Consumer Reports said Honda “nailed” the redesign of the Accord (and also blasts some other new sedans like the 2013 Subaru Legacy).

“The new Accord is roomy, nice to drive, well equipped, and very fuel efficient.”

Here are a few of the highlights that Consumer Reports say are improved in the newest edition of the Accord:

  • Steering is better and more responsive
  • Road noise is decreased
  • The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is well integrated
  • All trims come standard with USB connection, Bluetooth and “most impressively,” a backup camera
  • Upper trims come with forward-collision technology , lane departure warning system, and a camera/screen to help you see your passenger side blind spot (LaneWatch blind-spot camera system)
  • Competitive pricing: the four cylinder LX model starts at just $23,270.

The good news from Consumer Reports doesn’t stop there. “Inside, you are treated to one of the best driving positions available, comfortable seats, and terrific visibility.”

So, don’t just take it from us. Take it from the consumer advocates and Consumer Reports: the 2013 Honda Accord is the best new family sedan with room for everyone, handling to be jealous of, technology out the tailpipe, and gas mileage that leads its class.

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships for you chance to take a 2013 Honda Accord for a test drive!

 

 

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