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Honda Vezel

Honda has rolled out a subcompact crossover that is on sale now in Japan, and will go on sale mid-2014 in the U.S. The Honda Vezel, which will likely enter the U.S. under a different name, is introducing Honda into one of the auto industry’s fastest-growing segments: compact, sporty crossovers.

At 169.1 inches long and 69.7 wide, the Vezel is 9.2 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, 1.9 inches narrower and 1.9 inches lower than the Honda CR-V compact crossover. Honda says the turning radius is 17.4 feet. Inside, Honda describes the five-seat interior as spacious. The cargo volume behind the backseat is 14.3 cubic feet, including the storage bin underneath the cargo floor. The Vezel has a 60/40-split backseat that tips up and folds down as in the current and future Fits. Visit Chapman Honda for more information.

Honda hasn’t revealed engine plans for the U.S., apart from saying that it will debut here with a gas engine. A turbocharged engine and possible hybrid will follow, though not necessarily in the first model year. The Japanese Vezel comes either with a direct-injection 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a continuously variable automatic transmission or a hybrid system that combines the 1.5-liter with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Called Sport Hybrid i-DCD, which stands for intelligent dual-clutch drive, the system includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for manual shifting.

As for safety, like most of Honda’s models, the Vezel is designed for optimal performance in the most stringent of new crash tests, and to provide pedestrian protection in the event of a collision. Active safety features include the optional City-Brake forward collision warning and mitigation system, which employs autonomous braking.

Look for the new Honda compact, sporty crossover later this year, and visit Chapman Honda in Tucson for the latest information.

2014 Honda Accord makes Car and Driver’s 10Best for the 28th time

For the 28th time, the 2014 Honda Accord has found its way onto Car and Driver’s 10Best list. The 2014 Honda Accord is one of the perennial successes in the automotive world.

“In motion, an Accord was light, thrifty, fun, practical, and incredibly durable,” wrote the scribes at Car and Driver. Since it came to America in 1976, Honda has been refining it to be the best in its class without offending anyone.

The 2014 Honda Accord comes in both coupe and sedan styles, with either a four- or six-cylinder engine, mated to either a manual, automatic or continuously variable transmission. There is virtually a Honda Accord for virtually everyone. There is even a hybrid and electric version available.

The thrifty inline-4 engine with the automatic transmission is just a great car to drive. If you want something sportier, you can option for the coupe with the sporty 3.5-liter V-6 engine and manual transmission. Regardless of which combination you choose, the 2014 Honda Accord is built upon a proven track record of reliability and value.

The 2.4-liter inline-4 produces 185 or 189 horsepower and 181 or 182 lb-ft of torque, depending on its application. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The 2014 Honda Accord is one of the last cars in its segment that offers a V-6 engine—and it does so because it adds a level of performance its competitors cannot achieve. It is what helps put the 2014 Honda Accord on the 10Best list.

Even against new entrants into the segment, like the redesigned Ford Fusion, the 2014 Honda Accord continues to fend off even the fiercest of competitors.

“Once again, the Accord became the stand­ard by which the largest and most competitive class of passenger cars is judged,” said Car and Driver.

There is a reason the 2014 Honda Accord has made the list for the 28th time. A good car must be driven and experienced, like the Accord. It provides an enjoyable driving experience that no competitor can match. For more information on the 2014 Honda Accord, visit your Tucson Honda dealer today.