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2014 Honda CR-Z Provides Unheard of Hybrid Performance

We like to find fresh articles and information for you, but sometimes someone else writes it so well, it’s hard to say otherwise. As such, below is a press release from Matt Castrucci Honda in Ohio on the incredible performance of the 2014 Honda CR-Z. Check it out:

“It’s official; hybrid vehicles are here to stay. With nearly every major automaker producing a hybrid vehicle in one way or another, driving down a highway and not seeing one would be a shock. What wouldn’t be a shock, however, is driving down a highway and not being able to recognize the Honda CR-Z as a hybrid vehicle.

“Hybrid vehicles are great for the environment and the wallet when it comes time to fill up, but if there was one pitfall to these gas-sipping vehicles, it would be that they lack the athleticism and style many vehicle shoppers are after. Generally easy to spot, most hybrid vehicle options feature lackluster designs where the majority of innovation gets placed into powertrain configurations. Going against the hybrid grain, the 2014 Honda CR-Z at Matt Castrucci Honda takes a completely different approach on what a hybrid should look and drive like.

“Packaged tightly into a sleek hatchback design, the 2014 Honda CR-Z features a surprisingly aggressive look for a vehicle that competes in the hybrid segment. Thanks to a sport-inspired front end design, aggressively molded side panels and a distinct rear end, the CR-Z looks more like a performance vehicle pieced together with aftermarket parts than one concealing a hybrid engine.

“Honda doesn’t just stop with changing the appearance of its CR-Z to become more athletic. An extra emphasis on its driving characteristics are also taken into consideration. Producing a more thrilling ride for its drivers, the CR-Z uses the combination of a gas-powered and electric motor to give it unheard of hybrid performance.

“The CR-Z produces a lively 130 horsepower and 140 pound feet of torque (with a six-speed manual transmission) that is controlled with Honda’s perfected science of the responsive drive-by-throttle steering system.  In addition to the responsive steering of the CR-Z, a firmer suspension has also been placed into the CR-Z to give it a driving feel unlike any other vehicle in its class.”

Honda Earth Dreams Technology™ Two-Motor Hybrid System Named to Green Car Journal’s Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014

Official Press Release from Honda:
  • Two-motor hybrid system that debuted in Honda Accord lineup delivers both class-leading fuel efficiency and excellent performance
  • Powertrain featured on Honda’s most fuel efficient gasoline-powered models, the 115 MPGe Accord Plug-In and 50 mpg Accord Hybrid

Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology™ two-motor hybrid system that helped the 2014 Accord Hybrid earn an EPA-rated fuel economy of 50 mpg city has been named to Green Car Journal’s Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014. Part of an expanding lineup of Honda Earth Dreams Technology powertrains, the innovative two-motor hybrid system generates class-leading fuel efficiency without compromising performance.

“Honda’s hybrid technology has progressed substantially since the introduction of the Insight in 1999,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of Product Planning and Logistics at American Honda. “Today, the Honda two-motor hybrid system that powers the Accord Plug-In and Accord Hybrid is the direct result of our commitment to create advanced vehicle technologies that offer top-of-class fuel economy ratings with a fun-to-drive character.”

The Two-Motor Hybrid System, available on the EPA-rated 50 mpg Accord Hybrid1 and the EPA-rated 115 MPGe Accord Plug-in Hybrid1, seamlessly blends electric-only, hybrid and engine drive modes along with powerful regenerative braking to provide responsive and efficient performance in a wide range of driving situations. As the powertrain shifts seamlessly among the three driving modes, the system utilizes power from the i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine and the electric motor to suit the driving conditions moment to moment.

The Green Car Technology™ awards honor important enabling technology helping to create a new generation of fuel-efficient, alternative-fuel, or low-emission vehicles. Technologies considered for the award range from advanced powerplants and drivetrain components to on-board systems that work toward increasing efficiencies, reducing petroleum use or improving environmental impact. Qualifying technologies must be in use by vehicle models currently on the market today.

“Honda’s two-motor plug-in hybrid technology proves that high efficiency can go hand-in-hand with driving enjoyment,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Building on the strengths and outstanding efficiency of the two-motor Accord Hybrid, Honda’s Accord Plug-In adds the important flexibility of driving on hybrid, gasoline, or plug-in battery power as conditions and needs warrant.”

Honda Environmental Leadership
In addition to the Earth Dreams Technology powertrain suite, Honda is committed to further advancements in fuel efficiency, with a focus on the broad application of technologies such as Eco Assist™, VTEC™ and Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). Honda has also led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America’s greenest vehicles from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for 15 consecutive years.

150 city/45 highway/47 combined mpg rating for Accord Hybrid. 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating for Accord PHEV. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.

U.S. Investigates Toyota, No Official Recall

There has been no official recall, but U.S. safety regulators are investigating the Toyota Camry hybrid for issues with the brakes.

According to this article, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 59 complaints about intermittent loss of power-brake assist. The agency says the problem happens without warning. It causes increased stopping distances and requires more pedal pressure to stop the car.”

Two crashes but no injuries have been reported.

The investigation cover Toyota Camry Hybrids from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Edmunds.com Chooses 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid over 2013 Passat

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.

2014 Honda Insight is Most Affordable Hybrid

Honda announced the price for the 2014 Honda Insight and even with a slight bump in the price, it is still the most affordable hybrid on the market.

The 2014 Honda Insight Hybrid will have a start base price of $18,725.

“People assume that hybrid cars are much more expensive than gasoline powered cars, but they’re not, especially the Honda Insight,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Not only is it affordable to purchase, but also much more affordable to maintain and repair than people think. If you want incredible gas mileage and an eco-friendly car that is also affordable.”

According to this article, “Fuel economy remains the same at city/highway/combined mpg ratings of 41/44/42, and what’s under the hood consists of an economy focused hybrid drivetrain melding a 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline 4-cylinder engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda to find out what a fantastic deal the 2014 Honda Insight is!

 

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Earns its First Best Car of the Year Award

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.”

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Worthy of Name

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!

Toyota’s Creepy Halloween Recall

Toyota announced it is recalling more than 800,000 vehicles because…are you ready for it?…of spiders.

Not it’s not a bad horror movie. It’s the latest recall of the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The recall involves airbags that could deploy unnecessarily.

According to this article, “The actual risk of airbag deployment comes from blockage of the air conditioner condenser drainage tubes. By building webs in those mini-waterspouts, spiders prevent condensation from being channeled away from delicate components. When that water hits delicate electronics like the airbag sensor, it can cause a short, which in turn can trigger the airbag warning light — or cause the driver’s side airbag to deploy.”

There have been three injuries and 35 warning lights have been reported.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Review, Video

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.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Available Halloween at Un-Scary Price

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!

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