2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Expected this Fall

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The 2013 Honda Accord.

The Honda Accord already has an impressive lineup, including the four-cylinder and V6 powered Accord sedan, the Accord coupe, and the advanced Accord Plug-in. Honda will soon be adding the Accord Hybrid to the sophisticated yet sporty lineup.

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is anticipated to achieve a class-leading 49 mpg in the city and 45 on the highway for a combined fuel economy of 47 mpg.

This Accord will be the first Hybrid assembled in Marysville, Ohio, and will go on sale nationwide in October 2013.

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Ford Dominates ‘Best Cars for the Money’ Awards

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The 2013 Ford Fusion is one of 6 Ford’s named ‘Best Car for the Money’.

Yet again Ford has taken over the U.S News & World Report 2013 ‘Best Cars for the Money’ rankings.

Topping their categories this year were the 2013 Ford Focus, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Taurus, Escape, and Edge.

This is the fourth year in a row the Taurus has came out on top in the large car category. This makes two years straight for the Edge in the best midsize SUV category, Fusion in the midsize category,

and Fusion Hybrid in the best hybrid vehicle category.

U.S News & World Report base their decisions on the vehicle’s safety and reliability, as well as their editorial staff’s expert opinion.

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2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid Earn Top Safety

Ford Fusion

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2013 Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid a five-star overall score in its New Car Assessment Program.

This is in addition to the “Top Safety Pick+” from the International Institute for Highway Safety.

Steve Kenner, Global Director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office, says:

“The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid exemplify the new face of Ford vehicles and demonstrate Ford’s commitment to safety in all its vehicles across the globe.”

The new Fusion features the Personal Safety System with new belt technologies and frontal impact airbags.

The Restraint Control Module (RCM) translates information collected by the front crash sensors, front outboard safety belt buckle switches, driver-seat track position and passenger seat weight sensor. Using this information, the RCM activates the safety belt pretensioners and determines how the dual-stage front airbags will deploy. This tailored airbag deployment is based upon system inputs received about the size, seat track position and safety belt usage of the front seat occupants.

Ford does everything they can to keep you safe by having new technology and safety features in their cars.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid to be built in Ohio

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be made in Ohio

Honda will further spread its Ohio roots, as the Automaker announced Thursday it will invest $23 million in the Buckeye State to support production of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan.

We’ve often detailed the deep roots between Honda and Ohio, and this is just another positive story of job creation. The 2014 Accord Hybrid will be built at the Marysville Auto Plant, and brings along the creation of 50 new jobs to the Buckeye State.

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Review: 2013 Ford C-Max The New King of the Hybrids

It’s been too long since a legit competitor has emerged in the hybrid market. That’s not the case anymore thanks to the new 2013 Ford C-MAX

The 2013 Ford C-Max is brand new Hybrid model from Ford. Finally we have a competitor that tops the Toyota Prius. The C-Max is the most stylish Hybrid on the market, and as special features go, you’ll get them all when you choose the C-Max.

The best feature? Up to 47 mpgs.

As we said, the Ford C-Max is a brand new five passenger vehicle from Ford.  The Hybrid C-Max comes in two available trims, SE and SEL. The SEL has all the special features of the top of line luxury vehicle.

QUIET RIDE

In our test drive of the 2013 Ford C-Max, we were hooked. When you turn the key, the C-Max even sounds like an electric vehicle. There is no sound when get it started, but a message pops up saying “Ready to Drive.”

Put it in drive and it still doesn’t make a sound. The Ford C-Max is a smooth riding vehicle. The C-Max has  a 2.0L I-4 Atkinson engine with an electric motor to generate a projected 188 total system horsepower, delivering the responsive power you want when you need it. The motor is  teamed with an advanced high-voltage lithium-ion battery

A new electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) built and engineered by Ford helps the C-Max get up  to 47 MPG!

The regenerative braking system helps the MPG and once you get to use to it, you’ll love the C-Max.

Did we mention how quiet it was? We had the C-Max in park to take some pictures, and it was honestly so quiet that we forgot the engine was on.

STYLE

The C-Max finally proves that  a Hybrid model can be stylish. Ford took cues from its most popular models – Focus, Fusion and Escape, to style the C-Max with thin, swooping headlights and a trapezoid styled grille. You also get 17-inched machined alloy wheels, the same as some sports car.

The inside is also very stylish with available leather seats, and the touch screen dash similar to Ford’s other models.

FEATURES

The C-Max has available features that rival even the best luxury model. We tested the top of the line SEL trim, and you get all when you choose the C-Max.

Our C-Max had heated power leather seats, a sunroof that stretched from front to back, backup camera, satellite radio, leather steering wheel, and push button ignition. Push button ignition makes the key a thing of the past, just push the button and the C-Max quietly starts.

All come with the Ford MyTouch system.

All C-Max models feature Next-Generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide. The dual-LCD next-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide is an innovative cluster that provides real-time information to help you get the most efficiency from your C-MAX Hybrid or C-MAX Energi. Efficiency Coach screens such as Brake Coach help you maximize your vehicle’s efficiency. Screens include Inform, Enlighten, Engage or Empower, and explain your options within each. Five-way steering wheel-mounted controls make it all easy. The gauge can indicate instant fuel economy, fuel economy history, odometer, engine coolant temperature, plus trip data including fuel economy, time-elapsed fuel economy and miles to empty. Watch the display grow leaves when you drive efficiently. Or watch them fade when you don’t. This green motivator works in any of the four display modes. You may also access your MyFord Touch® screens using the next-generation SmartGauge.

Another great new feature is an innovated storage system in the back seat under the second row. You can now store and locks smaller features in that compartment and save room in the glove box.

The C-Max comes in 8 exterior colors

 

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

Edmunds

“The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is an interesting alternative to compact crossovers, wagons, minivans and hybrids. Its fuel economy and refined driving manners make it especially appealing.”

Their pros include: Superb gas mileage; stylish and well-made interior; refined ride; responsive handling; quick acceleration; abundant features list; elevated driving position.

Car and Driver

“Our first dry run reinforced the notion that, much like its platform-mate, the C-Max can be fun to drive. It proved powerful enough to do 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, which only seems slow until you commit the same crime in one of  the Toyotas.”

Autoblog:

“The new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is very good – better than the Prius V in many ways – and buyers will recognize that if they’re truly shopping. Its cabin is comfortable and roomy, and the five-passenger configuration offers plenty of utility. The 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain is seamless in operation and delivers very impressive fuel economy in all driving cycles. Most important, the system develops sufficient power to make driving mildly engaging and enjoyable – that’s a sentiment we don’t often feel while behind the wheel of a Prius.”

We feel the same as the reviewers – the Ford C-Max beats the Toyota Prius. We love this vehicle and really think the other Hybrids have been dethroned. When you are ready to test one for yourself, call 330-478-0281.

Ford Fusion, C-Max Green Car of the Year Finalists

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Ford is making some of most fuel efficient and eco-friendly cars on the road today, so it’s no surprise they are dominating the nominations for Green Car of the Year.

The 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Ford C-Max are among five vehicles that are finalists for the Green Car of the Year Award, sponsored by the Green Car Journal.

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MSN Ranks America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Cars

MSN Autos researched and studied what are the most fuel efficient vehicles in America, and on Thursday they submitted the top 37 models.

It should come as no surprise that many of our top models are the most fuel efficient in the nation. And it should come as no surprise the Hyundai, America’s most fuel efficient model, placed four vehicles in the list. Ford had 3 cars on the list. Honda also had 3 cars make the list. Kia and Nissan’s most fuel efficient models were also selected to the list.

If you want the best fuel economy, MSN suggests checking out the top plug in models.

The notables on the list as followed:

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