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2014 Honda Accord

Although the Honda Accord Coupe was redesigned last year, for 2014 Honda added some sophistication to the new Accord, which was released on November 6 at Chapman Honda.

At first glance, the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe has a design that follows tradition, but finds its place among modern automobiles. Available in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and EX-L V6 models, there’s a wide range of equipment available.  All V6 models include daytime LED running lamps, and interior appointments are a bit warmer and richer in upper trims.  LED brake lights are included in EX-L models, along with an upgraded 360-watt audio system with Aha internet radio streaming capability with your smartphone’s data connection. New for 2014, a more premium cloth seat fabric on the LX version, along with a softer headrest material for those models that have leather seating surfaces. The 2014 Accord Coupe has also gained a smarter auto-dimming rear-view mirror that doesn’t require an on/off switch.

2014 Honda Accord Coupe

Safety has always been strength with Honda, and is no different with the 2014 Accord Coupe. Not only is it a whiz when it comes to crash tests, it offers some breakthrough safety items that you might not expect to see in a typical, affordable coupe. Included is a Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control system; along with LaneWatch Blind Spot Display which provides a wide view of the passenger side of the vehicle on the Multi-Information Display screen the moment you hit the turn signal.

Under the hood, the 2014 Accord coupe can be configured with a four-cylinder, 2.4-liter direct-injected gasoline engine mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. The 2014 model year revision brings refined finishes for the cam-over emblems. New for 2014, the dual-exhaust tips on the Accord V-6 models have a more upscale finish.

Under the hood, the 2014 Accord coupe can be configured with a four-cylinder, 2.4-liter direct-injected gasoline engine mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. The 2014 model year revision brings refined finishes for the cam-over emblems. New for 2014, the dual-exhaust tips on the Accord V-6 models have a more upscale finish.

The 2014 Accord coupe is on sale now. Visit a Tucson Honda dealer for more information.

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Hybrids are certainly the cars of today. Their fuel efficiency makes them an attractive vehicle to drive. However, there are a few tips consumers should be aware of to keep their favorite hybrid car in top shape. To look at new hybrids visit Chapman Honda.

1. Oil changes are very important. According to autos.com, hybrids need their oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles for the best results. Also, consumers should use synthetic oil for their hybrid. Coolant and transmission fluids should also be regularly checked and changed.

2. Before your warranty runs out, get your hybrid serviced. It’s important for any car to get service before the warranty expires, but this is especially true for hybrids because parts can be more expensive. The battery in a hybrid is typically the most expensive and can run around $3,000, according to autos.com. It is also best for you to have your hybrid serviced at the same location you bought it from.

3. Hybrids operate better in warmer weather. So if it’s winter or you live in a cooler climate, give your hybrid time to heat up before you start driving.

4. As with other cars, other tips include: braking slowly (avoid slamming on the pedal), don’t accelerate too fast, etc. These things can have a huge impact on a hybrid’s battery (which, remember, is expensive to replace).

For other tips ask your dealership how to best take care of your hybrid to ensure a maximum life. To look at new hybrids visit Tucson Honda.

Winter Driving

Even in Southern Arizona, driving in the winter can present a number of challenges to both you and your car. Cold weather tests the limits of your car’s mechanical abilities while treacherous driving conditions can test your abilities as a driver. The consequences can be very dismal. You could end up sliding towards a guard rail wondering if your affairs are in order. It pays to be prepared.

Here are some tips to get ready for icy roads and freezing temperatures.

1. Know your route and keep abreast of weather conditions. The internet can be a great source of current weather information. It helps to make a list of Department of Transportation road-condition hotlines and consult them every few hours while you’re on the road.

2. Pack a winter travel safety kit. Include a cell phone, an ice scraper and brush, a tow rope, cat litter (for use as a traction aid), blankets, a good flashlight, a candle, matches, a good book, a portable weather radio and a can of lock de-icer.

3. Slow down. A good rule of thumb is to reduce speed by 50 percent in snowy conditions. Blasting through snowdrifts is way too hard on your vehicle to be worth it. Equally as important is not to go too slow. Your car needs momentum to keep moving through snow on grades.

4. Keep a light touch on the controls. Smooth operation is the key to keeping control in slippery situations. Nervousness can lead to a hard clench of the steering wheel, which can result in loss of control.

5. Know how to recover from skids. When braking on a slippery road, it’s all too easy to “lock up” your wheels by stepping on the brakes a little too hard. If you start to skid, steer the vehicle gently in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go and don’t touch your brakes.

6. Keep your tires in good condition and properly inflated. Cold weather reduces tire pressure, so check and adjust frequently. Carry traction-control devices like snow chains whenever you know you’ll be in a snowy area. Visit Chapman Honda in Tucson for more information.

7. Make frequent rest stops. Winter travel is much more fatiguing than summer cruising, so stop every hour or so. It takes only five minutes to significantly improve your level of alertness.

8. If you get stuck, stay in your vehicle. Stay warm and wait for assistance. Make sure that your exhaust pipe is clear of any obstructions, including snow and ice; if you don’t, carbon monoxide gas can build up inside the vehicle.

For more information or to be sure your car is ready for winter, visit Chapman Honda in Tucson.