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In 2014 Honda will become one of the few automakers to offer a midsize family sedan in a plug-in hybrid configuration with the Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Visit a Tucson Honda dealer to preview the sophisticated styling and forthright intelligence that come together in the 2014 Accord Hybrid. Similar in look and feel to the all-new 2013 Accord Sedan, Honda takes the Accord a step further to incorporate their first two-motor hybrid system.

The most exciting measure of the new Accord Plug-In is what’s under the hood. According to Honda, this innovative approach marries an inline Earth Dreams four-cylinder 2.0 liter gasoline engine with a 6.7 kilowatt lithium-ion battery and a 124 kW electric motor. The double engine system sends power to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. The result is a gas-sipping Accord Hybrid with anticipated class-leading fuel economy. The Accord Plug-In gets an EPA estimate of 124 MPG city/105 MPG highway/115 MPG combined* in all-electric mode. Not to mention the ability to drive up to 13 miles on electric power alone. The total range for the Accord Plug-in Hybrid is expected to be around 570 miles on one tank. The battery can be fully charged on regular 120-volt household current in approximately three hours, and one hour using a 240-volt outlet.

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan offers the ability to drive in all-electric mode, gasoline-electric Hybrid mode or gasoline only mode offering the most flexibility while doing away with range anxiety.

The Accord Plug-in Hybrid features unique 17-inch forged alloy wheels, aluminum hood for weight savings, unique front bumper and aerodynamic aids. Standard equipment also includes a rear view camera, LED head and tail lights, blind spot warning, along with heated front and rear seats.

For more information on the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, visit Chapman Honda today!

 

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Since time immemorial (or since the mid-20th Century, at least), young children have eagerly awaited the day that they can settle into the driver’s seat of a new car and choose their own destination.  Although recent trends indicate that some teens are waiting a little longer before taking to the road, it remains true that nearly everyone will need to learn to drive (and all of the excitements and responsibilities that come with owning and operating a vehicle).

Parents and teens may have different ideas about the form and function of a new driver’s first car – here are some tips for parents of teen drivers, courtesy of Chapman Honda.

Choose a safe vehicle.  Choosing the right vehicle for your new driver can be an onerous task in light of fuel prices, insurance, monthly payments, safety, and reliability.  Choosing incorrectly could subject you and your family to undue financial burden or may place your teen at risk should a mechanical failure leave them stranded or unable to prevent a collision.

Many Honda vehicles, such as the Honda Fit, offer numerous advanced safety features, including proprietary Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Advanced Compatibility Engineeering (ACE) Body Structure, which make them some of the safest cars on the road.

Choose a vehicle which suits your teen’s (expected) lifestyle.  Before heading down to the Honda dealer in Tucson, ensure that the car you choose for your new driver is large enough to suit their needs: asking your oldest child to help with errands like grocery shopping or driving younger siblings to after-school activities in their tiny sports coupe may not work out as planned.

Furthermore, your teen will one day grow up, get a job, perhaps go to college, and will become more and more independent as time goes on.  Try to select a vehicle which will still meet their needs in a few years.

Choose a reliable vehicle.  Speaking of your teen’s needs in a few years, they will undoubtedly include driving a vehicle which is easy and affordable to maintain.  Look no further than Honda for reliability, as evidenced by its receiving Kelley Blue Book’s Most Trusted Brand designation in 2012.  The cheapest repair is the repair never made, so selecting a reliable automobile from the start helps to ensure that there are no unnecessary headaches later on.

Choose the right dealer!  Whether you are already convinced that you have chosen the right make and model or not, stop by your Arizona Honda dealer for a second opinion.  A knowledgeable associate can help you to compare your choices against market competitors and point out little-known design details which could make your purchase easier.

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Honda has recently announced their plans for a new crossover vehicle based on the Honda fit. It’s the Honda Urban SUV Concept and will take its place below the CR-V in terms of size and price. This rugged yet practical five-door vehicle concept measures 169.3 inches in length, which is about nine inches shorter than the CR-V and about eight inches longer than the Fit hatchback. The Urban SUV Concept is intended to blend fun-to-drive and fuel-efficiency while wrapped up in a small SUV with inspirational design. Flexible packaging and next-generation connectivity will attract a target of active lifestyle customers.

Based on Honda’s center-tank layout, the Urban SUV Concept has a vibrant design that uses the latest design genetics of the brand, while introducing new original elements. Check out Tucson Honda to see how the front end incorporates many of the elements that compose the typical face of the current Honda models, with the center grille tapering towards the bottom and the angular LED headlights integrated in the front. The profile is strongly branded by the crease line that rises from the front side door up to the C-pillar, where it intersects the curved, descending upper edge of the side windows, giving form to a strong and unique graphic signature.

According to Honda, the Urban SUV will use one of Honda’s new Earth Dreams engines, which will be a 1.5 liter I4 coupled with a continuously variable transmission. This means more power with less consumption and up to a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy. The all-new compact SUV will also be available with three types of power trains – gasoline, hybrid and diesel.

The Honda Urban SUV Concept will similarly be included in Honda’s Global Compact Series, utilizing the Honda-original center-tank layout.  The model will include Honda’s configurable Magic Seat setup that can provide a host of passenger and cargo options, including a fold-flat mode for maximum cargo capacity. The all-new model will also feature next-generation technology and a modern interior.

Honda expects that the Urban SUV Concept will be refined and named in time for a 2014 American release date. Visit Chapman Honda for the latest updates on the Honda Urban SUV concept.