Kamis, 14 Desember 2017

2018 Honda Accord Goes Turbo

The Honda Accord is one of the best selling sedans in the United States and the company recently pulled the wraps off an all-new model. Eager to find out how it stacks up, we traveled to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire for a test drive.

Whoa, That's An Accord?

The Accord has always been pretty conservative but there's been a trend in the segment towards bolder and more upscale designs. The 2018 Accord follows this philosophy and adopts a stylish new exterior which manages to look both sporty and elegant. The design might not win everyone over but the model looks better in person and the black trim on the front fascia isn't as jarring as I expected.

As part of the redesign, Honda installed shorter overhangs, a lower hood, and a shorter roof. The model also features a wheelbase that has been stretched by 2.16 inches (54.86mm) and this help to give rear seat passengers an additional 1.9 inches (48.2mm) of legroom.

During the press briefing several executives spoke about their desire to aim for a "class above." This is clearly evident in the cabin as the Accord has an interior that is worthy of something costing thousands of dollars more. Virtually every surface of the Accord Touring is trimmed in high quality leather or soft-touch plastics. Even where they aren't present, drivers will find metallic accents and stylish trim.

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Thanks to the recent redesign, the Accord has more interior room than its predecessor and drivers shouldn't have any problem getting comfortable behind the wheel. It's a similar story for passengers as two adults can easily fit in the rear seats and still have plenty of leg and headroom. Even with the front seat adjusted to fit my 6' 1" (185.42 cm) frame, I had no trouble getting comfortable in the seat behind it.

Speaking of spaciousness, the trunk holds 16.7 cubic feet (472.9 liters) of luggage which is an increase of 0.9 cubic feet (25.4 liters). I didn't have much use for the trunk on the test drive but that number compares favorably to rivals such as the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.

Kamis, 07 Desember 2017

Stinger Lease Deals Start From $382* A Month

The 2018 Kia Stinger has been the talk of the industry over the last few months and interested buyers in the U.S. can now pick up the keys to one for as little as $299 a month with a down payment or around $382 without.

Cars Review 2018 has discovered that Kia is offering a $299/month leasing option for the entry-level Stinger with the 255 hp 2.0-liter turbo engine. The lease, running over 36 months, also includes a $2,999 fee at signing, effectively bringing it up to $382/month (*). Included in this deal are $4,800 in factory lease discounts, while it excludes taxes.

The South Korean automaker has only advertised leasing options for the base Stinger but Cars Direct reports that Kia is offering the range-topping, all-wheel drive Stinger GT2 with $6,800 in lease cash.

Following the release of the Stinger, most of the talk has been about the powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 version with 365 hp. For those looking to pay upfront for a Stinger equipped with this engine, at least $39,895 is needed. By comparison, the base 2.0-liter model starts at $32,795.

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