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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

 

Honda has not only redesigned the Accord for its ninth generation to improve the sedan’s styling, but for 2014, gains a new model: the Accord Hybrid. With this new addition to the lineup, Honda becomes one of the few automakers to offer a midsize family sedan in a plug-in hybrid configuration.

This hybrid will utilize a unique drivetrain combining both a gasoline and electric motor. Under the hood will be a 124 kilowatt electric motor and a brand-new 2.0L Atkinson four-cylinder powertrain. What this all means for drivers is that the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is expected to further improve on last year’s fuel efficiency ratings. You’ll be able to drive with all the luxury you’ve come to expect from the Accord while saving even more on gas.

The 2014 Hybrid will be very close to the 2013 redesigned sedan, which is available at a Tucson Honda dealer , but will have a few exclusive design details. The wheel design is different than the standard. On the inside, the Accord Hybrid keeps the luxury of the standard Accord while trying to offer as an intelligent and intuitive environment as possible. A lot of features are expected, such as the Honda Lane Watch blind spot system.

With a 50/45 mpg* rating, the vehicle will still have a combined fuel efficiency rating of 47 mpg*, which is impressive in its own right. The Accord Hybrid will easily beat the ratings of the other midsize hybrids and diesels on the market.

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is expected to go on sale fall of this year. For more information, visit Chapman Honda.

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, lithium-ion battery age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.

2013 Honda Accord

The all-new 2013 Honda Accord Coupe has earned a 5-star overall crash test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the NHTSA, the Accord scored a perfect five stars in the side and rollover crash tests. In the side impact test, a 3,000-pound barrier hits the driver’s side at 38 miles per hour. Five stars indicate the chance of injury is 5 percent or less. The rollover test determines rollover risk by combining real-world driving with a mathematical equation based on a car’s height and weight. There, five stars indicate the chance of injury at 10 percent or less.

Every 2013 Honda Accord comes with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems are available on upper trim levels.

Visit Honda in Tucson to test the Lane Watch blind-spot system, available in the EX trim and above. The system instantly switches the 8-inch screen’s display to a low and expansive view of the passenger side of the car when the right turn signal is engaged. A camera in the right-side mirror dedicated to this function provides a confidence-inspiring view, and getting used to the view in the center-dash display is quick and natural.

Aside from safety equipment that comes with the 2013 Accord, there a few things you can do avoid a rollover accident. Here are some tips:

  • Make sure heavy items inside your vehicle are secured tightly so they won’t become projectiles during a rollover.
  • Load your vehicle carefully, paying attention to distribute the load evenly to minimize handling changes in your vehicle.
  • Rollovers are more likely on rural roads and highways, so be especially alert when you travel on them.
  • Be particularly cautious on curved, rural roads and maintain a safe speed to avoid running off the road and striking a ditch or embankment and rolling over.
  • Be a calm driver. Don’t overcorrect in a panic if one of your wheels drops off the pavement.
  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drive while fatigued or inattentive or drive too fast for the conditions.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and replace tires when worn. Balding tires can lose traction in rain, for example, and result in a slide that can cause a rollover.

For more information on the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe, visit Chapman Honda.