Honda vehicles are the most durable and longest lasting of any mainstream automotive brand, according to Polk vehicle registration statistics from 1988-2012. No other mainstream brand had a greater percentage of vehicles on the road than the Honda brand. In the mainstream segment, an industry best 75% of all Honda vehicles sold in the last 25 years were still on the road.
“One of the most important considerations for a new vehicle purchase is how long that vehicle will last and this study demonstrates that Honda quality and reliability is not just part of our hard-earned reputation but represents our industry-leading performance on the road,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. ”If consumers want the most durable, longest lasting mainstream brand, Honda vehicles are the clear choice.”
The quality and reliability of Honda vehicles is a major factor in their long-standing leadership in earning key industry value awards. For instance, for the second year in a row, Honda won ALG’s top honor of Best Mainstream Brand in its annual Residual Value Awards for vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year period. Honda has won the top honor more than any other automaker—a record 8 out of 11 years they’ve awarded a mainstream brand. In 2013, Honda also earned multiple awards for individual models for Best Resale Value from KBB.com and Best Retained Value from Edmunds.com.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid has trounced basically every other car in its class in basically every category, but especially gas mileage. In an attempt to be fair Edmunds.com did a side by side comparison of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and the 2013 Volkswagen Passat.
Long story short: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid wins.
According to the article, “Finally, we have a sedan that fully embraces hybrid technology without boastfully displaying it in every detail. In fact, the nuances differentiating it from the standard Accord are subtle enough that only those in the know will notice. And that’s a good thing.
“More importantly, from behind the wheel, the Accord is a hybrid that doesn’t require a full restructuring of your expectations about how a car should drive. Sure, you’ll notice its nuances if you’re paying attention. But you don’t have to. It’s a hybrid you can drive like a normal car, should you choose. And if you’re so inclined, the Accord provides sufficient indulgence to satisfy even the most fuel-pump-averse hypermiler.”
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid wins in every category (except when it narrowly lost in cargo space) and, so, it is worth the small increase in price over the Passat.
- Gas Mileage: The Accord “trounced” the Passat: 46.3 mpg to the Passat’s 39.8 mpg. “…the Accord Hybrid to run in three modes: full EV mode up to 74 mph, series-hybrid mode where the engine is powering the batteries for the electric motor that is driving the wheels and gasoline-only mode for those long, steep climbs.”
- Doesn’t act like a hybrid. “You’ll not want to rush either of these sedans onto the freeway in front of a charging tractor-trailer. However, should you find yourself in such a circumstance you’ll be better served in the Accord, which hits 60 mph a full 1.6 seconds before the Passat (7.4 seconds, or 7.1 seconds with 1 foot of rollout as on a drag strip vs. 9.0 seconds [8.7 with rollout]). “
- “In the Accord, however, there’s an immediate response to throttle input that’s both welcome and usable. The combination of instantly available electric torque and the lack of a need to downshift gets the credit here.”
- The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is nicer inside compared to the Passat’s dated and cheaper interior
- The Accord offers much more in terms of technology (standard back up cameras, etc.)
“There really is no comparison to the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid,” said Tony Carter, general manager at Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid beats out every other sedan in gas mileage, style, technology, handling and everything else.”
Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to find out why the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid beats out every other car.
The US News and World Report website did a thorough study of the best compact SUVs on the market and the 2014 Honda CR-V is definitely at the top of its class.
- #2 in Affordable Compact SUV
- #1 in Affordable Compact SUVs with 2nd row
- #2 in Affordable Crossover SUV
“The 2014 truly is one of the compact SUVs money can buy,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “It’s roomy, versatile, and gets good gas mileage. It’s also one of the, if not the, safest compact SUVs on the market.”
That’s what we’re saying, but here’s what everyone else is saying:
- Roomy, fuel-efficient and loaded with family-friendly features, the 2014 Honda CR-V is our top choice among compact crossover SUVs.” –Edmunds
- “The 2014 Honda CR-V sails into the new year with little changed, not that one of the best-selling compact SUVs on the market needed changing.” – Kelley Blue Book
- “CR-V continues to excel for its “just-right” blend of comfort, refinement, passenger room, and cargo versatility. It’s competitively priced, too.” — Consumer Guide (2013)
- “Some of its competitors lean on styling and upmarket features to appeal to customers, but Honda is relying on the core strengths of its product. As a package, the CR-V remains pretty unbeatable. That certainly won’t come as a surprise to existing CR-V owners.” – Automobile Magazine (2012)
If you think that sounds pretty good (let’s be honest, that sounds really good), stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership today!
This is an encouraging article for anyone who may be in the market to be a new or used vehicle in 2013. While it starts out talking about how the industry will increase a good amount (4 percent), but not as good as 2012 (increased about 14 percent!), I think the real important stuff that applies to everyday folk is in the middle to end of the article.
Here’s what you want to know if you think you want to buy a car in 2013 (and you should):
- Interest rates will remain low. The economy is still recovering and so the government is doing what it can to keep interest rates low. This is excellent news for anyone taking out a loan to purchase a vehicle.
- Credit will be more widely available. Unlike a couple years ago when even people with perfect credit couldn’t get a loan, things are starting to loosen up a little and now, it appears, most people who are qualified should be able to get a loan.
- TONS of competition. The big brands are battling for buyers. The dealerships are battling for buyers. And the vehicles are just getting better. With the Big Three getting bailed out they have trimmed the fat and realized they need to step it up. Even brands like Honda have stepped it up and we are sincerely excited about some of the Honda vehicles coming out in the next year.
- Think about buying a used car. Edmunds.com estimates that nearly 500,000 leases will be up, which means a big influx of used cars…which means less expensive used cars.
- Edmunds.com also predicted more consumers needing trucks as the economy picks up and more builders and contractors need them to do their jobs.
“Interest rates will remain low if you’re buying car, and credit is much more widely available than years ago,” said Michelle Krebs of Edmunds.com. “There will also be a lot of competition and a ton of incentives, so consumers can do a little more bargaining in the showroom,” Krebs said.
Local dealerships are looking forward to what seems like the perfect storm for consumers.
“We are excited for people who have been wanting to buy a new or used car, but were concerned about not being able to a loan, inventory, or that it just wasn’t the best time,” said Bobby Maynard, new car manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “There are a lot of positive things working for consumers in 2013, so if you are thinking about buy a new or used car, you should really come down and check us out.”
For you opportunity to take advantage of low interest rates, available credit, awesome new and used cars, and awesome deals, head to Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealerships today!