In this thoughtful and insightful article on Torquenews.com, the author details why exactly the Honda Accord and Civic have continued (and builds upon) its domination of the U.S. market even though those segments of the market have gotten increasingly competitive.
The details of the articles are informative, but here are the highlights:
- Technology that makes it easy for drivers to communicate and an easy-to-use interface
- Eco-friendly vehicles
- Hondas are just as American as vehicles coming out of Detroit
- Vehicles that are highly tunable and customizable, making them statements of personal style
- Brand loyalty “bred and enforced by consistent product quality, dealership service, and affordable long term ownership.”
“Today’s young informed car buyer is tech savvy. The Accord and Civic is a rolling “ Bluetooth” “IPad”, smartphone docking station that you can drive. How cool is that? In my opinion, Honda is on the cutting edge of things to come. And with its growing fan base, will enjoy a very bright future in sustainable Eco-friendly personal transportation; Honda style.”
As the owner of a 2009 Honda Accord with 130,000 I cannot attest to this more. One thing that I think was left off the list was fuel-effiency. While it mentions eco-friendly and that often goes hand-in-hand with fuel efficiency, many people prioritize good gas mileage over eco-friendliness…and that’s one of the reasons people flock to the Honda Accord and Civic. Today’s buyers have gone through a lot of economic turmoil and they need to get more car for their money and a car that will also save them money.
Be sure to read the full article to find out exactly why Honda Accord and Civic continue to take over the U.S. market…and there’s no sign of slowing.
The 2014 Honda Accord series continues to collect awards and accolades, this time at the L.A. Auto Show with the “Green Car of the Year” Award for 2014.
The Green Car Journal bestowed this honor on the Honda Accord.
According to this article, “This year, the prize’s jurors _ among them environmentalists and comedian/car enthusiast Jay Leno opted to honor an already-popular model that has a gas-electric hybrid version, but also an internal combustion engine that runs on gas.’
Not only is the technology right, but so is the price.
“The 2014 Honda Accord is such a high quality car with the technology and materials that come standard,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda in Burlington. “People read all about all the features and assume it’s out of their price range. You might be surprised to find out that it starts just over $20,000. The hybrid version is one of the most affordable hybrids on the market!”
If you are an environmentally conscious car buyer, then be sure to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to take the “Green Car of the Year” out for a test drive!
Honda announced that it is expanding the availability of SiriusXM radio on Many several Honda models.
According to this article, “For the first time, SiriusXM will be offered on the Fit, CR-Z, and Insight models. Additionally, Honda will expand availability of the radio service on the Accord, Civic, CR-V, and Pilot. Acura ILX buyers will get SiriusXM as standard equipment.”
“We think this is just another example of Honda giving drivers what they want,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Offering SiriusXM radio in more vehicles simply gives people more options and a higher tech ride; that’s what most people want.”
Back the to the article, “American Honda first introduced the satellite radio service in 2003. The recent expansion is part of an agreement between Honda and Sirius XM Radio to extend their partnership through January 2020. Right now, customers who purchase a Honda or Acura vehicle with satellite radio receive a 3-month subscription to the radio company’s All Access Package, giving them access to everything from NFL games to NASCAR events to Oprah Radio.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today to take any of these models for a test drive and find out how having SiriusXM radio can improve your drive.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid continues to earn accolades from critics and consumers alike. It’s also earned it’s first “best of” award from Green Car Reports.
According to this article, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid beat out 5 other vehicles, including “the 2014 BMW i3 electric, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, 2014 Chevrolet Spark electric, 2014 Mazda3 with conventional gas power and 2014 Honda Accord hybrid.”
“This is very exciting,” said Tony Carter, general manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “I’m sure it’s just the first of many awards the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will earn, but it’s really incredible to have it start getting this kind of recognition and beating out big names like BMW already.”
By getting more mpgs (up to 52 mpgs!), the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will become the most popular hybrid sedan on the road.
“Honda has managed to pull off a neat trick,” Voelcker writes. “Against competitors that have been in the market several years, its first-ever full hybrid [unlike the 2005] matches the best of the breed for styling and interior quality, while alos delivering among the highest real-world gas mileage as well.”
The Honda Accord is a much beloved family-sedan. However, back in 2009 Honda responded to those who love the Accord but also wanted more storage and more power.
The result was the Honda Accord Crosstour, now just known as the Honda Crosstour.
“The 2014 Honda Crosstour is essentially a hatchback Accord with way more power and storage, which makes it even more perfect for families who are looking for an economical car with lots of storage who also don’t want an SUV,” said Keith Hofkamp, sales manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington, Wash.
According to this article, “The V-6 engine that was found in the first edition Crosstour is still present in the new 2014 Honda Crosstour, but it has been significantly upgraded. The 3.5-liter engine delivers 278 horsepower and 252 pound-foot of torque. The Crosstour also offers a four-cylinder engine option which has an output of 192 horsepower, yet is still capable of achieving 31 mpg on the highway.
“On top of the fuel economy rating, consumers are sure to enjoy the storage versatility of the Crosstour. The sloped back seems to cut into the storage capacity, however, the space is compensated for in the hidden, removable utility box in the floor of the cargo area. Storage is also extended to 51.3 cubic feet when the fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback is collapsed.”
Versatility, storage, power, high safety ratings, and great gas mileage. What more could you want from a vehicle?! Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee to see why the Honda Crosstour could be the perfect car for your family.
Consumer Reports recently got their first drive of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and called it worthy of the ‘Accord’ name. Now that’s saying something.
Here’s what else Consumer Reports had to say: “Overall, marrying its slick hybrid technology to the already capable Accord and at a reasonable price is good news. It would be great if Honda were to use this system for its other so-called hybrid vehicles.”
Consumer Reports was equally impressed by the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid’s power and gas mileage. Not very often do you find good power and great gas mileage going together. In fact, it gets 196 hp and a combined 47 mpg.
“No matter how you slice it, the Hybrid’s powertrain is slick. The car sets off decisively, gliding on abundant electric-motor torque. Transitions between electric-only and gas-assisted power are barely perceptible. And unlike other hybrids, the brake pedal feels natural and linear despite its regenerative-braking duties. No learning curve needed.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda to take the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid for a spin and see what all the buzz is about!
If you’re like us, you’ve been anxiously awaiting the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. Well, it’s here. And so are the rave reviews.
Not only do people love the ‘achievable’ (read honest) gas mileage claims of 50 city/45 highway, the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid has a ‘refined’ ride that seems very un-hybrid.
Check out this article and video review from Hybridcars.com HERE.
Trick or treat?!
Treat, always treat. And if you are in the market for a new car, then you deserve a grown up treat: the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.
You might think that’s a pretty expensive treat and, compared to a candy bar it is, BUT compared to other hybrids it’s a steal. Starting at just over $29,000 and with the quality that comes with the “Accord” brand and Honda hybrid technology.
According to this article, not only is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid covered by fantastic warranties, but it also has fantastic standard features:
- Honda’s LaneWatch™ blind spot display system,
- a rearview camera,
- LED daytime running lights (DRL),
- an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror,
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®,
- USB/iPod® integration,
- Pandora® compatibility,
- SMS text message function.
If you want to get your special 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid treat, stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership on Oct. 31!
This is a local story out of Pender County in North Carolina, but the trend is true all across the country: if you own an older Honda Accord or Honda Civic, it’s more likely to me stolen than a if it was a new Honda Accord or Honda Civic. The most stolen are the are 1994 Honda Accord and 1995 Honda Civic.
Of course, the main reason for this is because the security in the newer Hondas is much better than the old ones.
“Number one, the older cars are easier to steal than new ones. There’s hardly any security on those cars and there are so many of them still in existence,” said Frank Scafidi of the NICB. “The older vehicles that are stolen mostly today, those things end up just getting run into the ground or pieced out.”
And of course because people are getting smarter about their cars.
“”(Nationwide) theft numbers are down dramatically from 15 to 20 years ago, and that will only improve as technology improves and people pay attention to what they’re doing,” Scafidi said.
The mid-size sedan market is one of the toughest markets in the automotive industry. But only one has made Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars list 27 years in a row: the Honda Accord.
And the 2014 Honda Accord continues that tradition by being named as the best mid sized sedan by many critics and consumers. In this press release, they even did a comparison of the 2014 Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. Here’s what they came up with:
“The larger size of the Accord comes with a justifiable weight increase, but the higher-output engine is able to compensate for it. The Honda Accord is capable of 185 horsepower where the Ford Fusion only has an output of 160 horsepower. Consumers are sure to enjoy that the larger size doesn’t cause the fuel economy to suffer. Though only a difference of 1 MPG in each cycle, the Accord still beats out the Fusion with a 36 MPG highway/27 MPG city rating.”
The 2014 Honda Accord is also better for families and those with a lot of “stuff” because it is a “substantial” 12 cubic feet bigger, with more head and leg room for everyone.
Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership today to take the 2014 Honda Accord for a test drive so you can see what makes it the best mid sized sedan on the market!