Honda recently announced that its 2014 Accord Hybrid will be released nationwide on Oct. 31. Although the car will debut on Halloween, buyers will never have to be scared at the pump again, considering it gets an EPA-rated 50 miles to the gallon in the city, representing top-rated fuel efficiency for any four-door sedan.
"With advanced technologies standard on every Accord Hybrid we've given customers an incredible combination of fuel efficiency, technology and value," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda. "The addition of the Accord Hybrid to the lineup will further advance Accord's position as America's most popular passenger car with individual buyers."
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Honda Accord Hybrid will range from $29,155 and $34,905, with a destination charge of $790. The car will include not only better gas mileage, but a number of new features. For example the 2014 Accord Hybrid will feature the LaneWatch blind spot display system, a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights, a larger view driver's mirror, Pandora compatibility, an SMS text messaging function, alloy wheels and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system.
As vehicle sales have been robust throughout 2013 and are expected to continue with that trend through September, the Accord is sure to be a hit among new car buyers.
Car sales expected to be up in September
A report from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive showed that new-vehicle sales will likely reach 933,400 units by the end of September, up 2 percent when compared to last year. The report noted that the sales would translate to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 12.4 million units. While the sales will still be up from last month, experts indicated that considering there were fewer selling days this year, the pace of sales was still in line with the strong pace seen throughout this year.
"Although the year-over-year sales gain in September is smaller than has been observed in recent months, it's important to recognize that September reported sales are being heavily influenced by a quirk on the industry sales calendar," said John Humphrey, senior vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power.
The report also showed that total light vehicles sales increases will be even stronger than overall sales. According to the data, light vehicle sales are projected to rise 4 percent in August compared to a year before.
Because vehicle sales have been high this year and are expected to continue to be, as the colder months approach, new car owners should ensure their cars are properly maintained. Owners should go through their car's manual so they know when the manufacturer suggests to have service done on a vehicle.
Tune-ups needed heading into fall
The Car Care Council recently issued a report urging owners to get tune-ups. While this will help prepare a car for the fall and keep drivers safer, it will also help improve the fuel economy.
"Regular tune-ups are an investment that really pays off," said Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council. "A well-maintained vehicle is not only more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly, but performs better and is safer and more reliable."
So how does a tune-up help improve fuel efficiency? As the oil in a vehicle directly impacts engine performance, not changing it regularly can significantly reduce a car's fuel economy. The filter is another part of a vehicle that directly effects fuel efficiency, so that should be changed whenever it's dirty.