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.
So you might already know this, but we saw this brief article and got all excited about the arrival of the Honda Accord Hybrid in October to Honda dealerships like Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda.
“We are extremely excited about the Honda Accord Hybrid,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “We have seen a rise in demand for hybrid vehicles. People really want Honda to offer more in this area because they know Honda and they trust Honda. They especially trust the Accord, so for the Accord to offered as a hybrid, we expect it to do really well.”
According to this article, “In the Hybrid application, Honda rates the Accord at 4.8 l/100 km in the city and 5.2 on the highway. This time around, however, the electric motor will be mated to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, unlike the previous Accord Hybrid, which saw a V6 instead.”
We are so excited.
Most people think that have a luxury car and get the luxury experience you have to pay a luxury price.
Most people would be wrong.
Point and case is the 2013 Honda Accord Touring that has all kinds of snazzy bells and whistles and starts at just more than $34,000. What kinds of snazzy features? I’m glad you asked:
- Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display
- Smart Button and Push Start Button
- Forward Collision Warning System
- Lane Departure Warning System
- SmartVent side airbags
- LED Projector headlights
- “Exclusive to the Touring Sedan, adaptive cruise control lets the driver to set a desired speed and a distance interval behind the vehicle ahead.”
Many of these technologies are included on lower models. Also included on all 2013 Honda Accord models is Bluetooth, rearview camera display, and USB/iPod integration. All models also include an Econ button “which changes the car’s power settings and responses to improve fuel efficiency as much as possible.”
All of this technology in the 2013 Honda Accord Touring means it is one of the most technologically advanced and safest midsized sedans on the road.
Oh, it’s also one of the most powerful with a 300 hp engine. Dad wouldn’t mind driving that family sedan around, would he?
For your chance to take the affordable luxury of the 2013 Honda Accord Touring for a test drive, stop by Northwest Honda in Bellingham, Sims Honda in Burlington, or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee!
Much has been written about why the 2012 Honda Civic was redesigned so quickly. Like this blogger, some say it was because it was “so bad.” However, bloggers like him seem to miss the point that it was still the best selling compact car in the U.S. last year. And usually consumers know the difference between bad and good cars.
That being said, expectations were set high for the 2012 Honda Civic and some critics were disappointed. However, the folks at MotorWeek were not as evidenced by this video calling the 2012 Honda Civic energy smart and stating it is “excellence evolved.”
This critic notes that while the actual size of the car was smaller, the interior of the 2012 Honda Civic actually grew, among other positive features, including incredible gas mileage that the Honda Civic is renowned for. While the 2013 Honda Civic is an incredible redesign, the 2012 Honda Civic is still available at many Honda dealerships and, because of that quick redesign, available at an even better value.
Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to see if there are any great deals on the 2012 Honda Civic…new or used!
Honda is voluntarily recalling some Honda Fit vehicles and asking owners to park them outside until they can be inspected because there is potential for the power switches to catch fire.
No structural fires or injuries have been reported. Seven switches have melted and two caused fires in the doors.
The recall affects Honda Fit and Jazz vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years; it affects about 135,000 vehicles in the U.S. The glitch may affect the driver’s side door power windows. According to this article, water can get into the windows and cause the damage.
“If own one of these Honda Fits, please make an appointment to bring it in so we can determine if there is any damage,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda. “Take it to your nearest Honda dealership and our certified technicians will see if there is any damage and fix it free of charge if there is.”
If you have any questions about this recall, please do not hesitate to contact Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda.
There has been a lot written about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid set to land at dealerships like Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, and Northwest Honda in October of this year.
We LOVE this brief set up of the battle among the hybrids. Basically, the 2014 Honda Accord getting almost 50 miles per gallon will be enough to overtake the competition and become the hybrid supreme.
Well, according to this article it is.
“We are extremely excited to get the 2014 Honda Accord here at Sims Honda,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The market has been warming up to hybrid technology more and more as the technology gets better and people begin to get used to it. Combine better hybrid technology with the dependability and reliability of the Honda Accord brand and no doubt it will be a top seller everywhere. Who doesn’t want 50 miles to the gallon?!”
What do you think? Will getting 49 mpg (far more than other hybrid competitors) be enough to make the 2014 Honda Accord the top hybrid?
When you think hybrid vehicle, do you think top speed of 112 mph? What about 0-60 mph in 10.6 seconds?
Thanks to the Honda Insight, you can.
Generally, we don’t come across too many articles about the less publicized Honda Insight, Honda’s pioneering hybrid vehicle. So we were really impressed by this one that stated it was a hybrid with “a little NSX” in it.
Here’s what you may want to know: “…the Insight was, and remains, an engineering marvel. The issue with hybrids is always the weight of the batteries, right? Honda made the Insight’s body from aluminium so its kerb weight was just 850kg. Less weight means less power is required and greater efficiency results.”
And: “Powertrain specs mean we best talk performance. With a fully-charged battery, Car&Driver in the US timed an Insight from 0-60mph in 10.6 seconds, a second faster than Autocar’s time for the second-gen Insight tested in 2009. Taking times with a 50 per cent depleted battery and no IMA assist at all, the Insight’s average 0-60mph time was 12 seconds. No fireball, but that’s still quicker than today’s crop of city cars. Top speed, no doubt thanks to its 0.25Cd, is 112mph.”
Power? On a hybrid? Mind blown.
Of course, here at Honda we’ve always known what a fantastic hybrid the Honda Insight was and has become. If you want a hybrid with some personality and power, be sure to stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda today to take one for a test drive!
Honda will debut the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid this fall and it will get 49 miles per gallon beating out the Toyota Camry Hyrbid, which reportedly gets 43 mpg. The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be available on dealership lots in October, including Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda!
According to this article, “Powered by Honda’s new hybrid powertrain, the two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive gives the driver three options: EV, Hybrid, and Engine. In EV mode, which only functions at low speeds and medium to high cruising speeds, the Accord utilizes its lithium-ion battery to run the car solely on electricity. Hybrid mode combines the 124-kilowatt electric motor with the 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate quick acceleration while maintaining great fuel economy. Unlike the other modes, pure Engine mode sends the power straight to the front wheels. The Accord Hybrid is reported to achieve 49/45/47 MPG, setting a new, high standard for fuel economy in the midsize sedan class.”
With the Honda Accord reputation of dependability, reliability, and safety, consumers will have confidence in the Honda hybrid technology will take them further…for less money!
2007 Honda S2000
Honda is voluntarily recalling 18,000 Acura RSX compact cars from 2006 and Honda S2000 cars from the 2006 and 2007 model years due to possible issue with the brakes.
According to this article, “Honda says some power brake booster parts weren’t made to specifications. That could cause a decrease in braking power over time and could increase the risk of a crash. But the company says it doesn’t know of any accidents or injuries from the problem.”
Owners will be notified via mail by mid-July. Of course, Honda dealers will repair or replace an problem parts at no charge to customers. Please feel free to contact Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership if you have any questions or concerns.
The much-anticipated 2013 Honda Accord Hybrid will go on sale in June in Japan and gets much better gas mileage than the Toyota Camry Hybrid. We have read reports that say the Honda Accord Hybrid will arrive in the U.S. late this year.
According to this article, the 2013 Honda Accord Hybrid “has a fuel-efficiency rating of 30 kilometers a liter under the country’s JC08 testing standards, Tokyo-based Honda said in a statement today. The Camry hybrid travels 23.4 kilometers a liter, according to Toyota, while Nissan Motor Co. says its Teana, which runs on gasoline, goes 11.4 kilometers. ”
Ok, so we don’t measure our gasoline in liters, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that 30 miles/liter is a significant improvement on 23.4 miles/liter.
The latest model’s fuel efficiency is “extraordinary,” Koichi Sugimoto, a Tokyo-based auto analyst at BNP Paribas SA with a buy rating on Honda, said by phone. “The new hybrid technology will definitely be a big strength for Honda.”
The 2013 Honda Accord is one of the best-selling and most popular sedans in the United States and we cannot wait to see the Accord Hybrid in action. We are very interested to find out how it performs and drives. And you can bet that you’ll be able to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda and Apple Valley Honda to take one for a test drive!