2014 Honda Accord
With modern design, powerful engine, and high-tech features, the 2014 Honda Accord brings a tough competition in the family sedan segment. The brand finally took a great leap as it added some design modification and sophistication on the model, following the likes of Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Mazda 6. However, it still managed to retain the elegance, comfort, and practicality in the looks of past Accords. Though we can’t consider it the type of a “head-turner” most enthusiasts are looking for, the 2014 Honda accord manages to look fresh and convenient. With interior design that pushes out to the corners, it allows more air to circulate inside. For the Coupe version, you might be giving up practicality for the sake of aesthetic and performance. The 2014 Honda Accord Canada price starts at $26,455.
Inside the hood of the base model is a four-cylinder engine, matched with a six-speed manual transmission or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The four-cylinder engine produces 185 horsepower in most models. The Accord Sport model, however, manages to produce 189 horsepower. If you are looking for more oomph, the V-6 engine is available. This engine produces 278 horsepower, matched with a six-speed transmission, except for the Coupe, which uses a six-speed manual gearbox. Fuel economy for the four-cylinder engine and CVT is rated at 8.71 L/100km for city and 6.53 L/100km for the highway. Meanwhile, for the V-6 model, it has fuel economy ratings of 81.71 L/100km for the city and 6.53 L/100km for the highway.
Following the last year’s redesign, the 2014 Honda Accord now has managed to make it more comfortable, smoothen out edges, and create more space inside. The seats give a lot of space for legroom, while the window space allows you to enjoy the view when you’re on the road. The only downside is the dashboard with dual-screen infotainment system, which comes out as a little bit confusing.
The 2014 Honda Accord sedan comes in different trim levels namely LX, EX, EX-L, Sport, and Touring. On the other hand, the Coupe comes in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and EX-L V6 models.
2014 Toyota Avalon
The 2014 Toyota Avalon hits the road with lots of ambition with its imaginative redesign and trimmed down size. The package looks promising and sparks interest among car enthusiasts. Would Avalon keep up with the expectation? Well, let’s inspect what it has to offer for this year’s model.
The Toyota Avalon used to be no-hoper among its competitors, but now it comes back fully resurrected with interesting looks and lively vibe, with lots of high-tech entertainment and safety features. The exterior got tons of appeal that is going to lure you as Avalon proved that a car could be practical, comfortable, and modern, without going too far with the design. The body of the new Avalon is graceful and tastefully done, but not too extravagant—just enough to excite your senses. And as you look closer, get ready for sexy cabin materials and smooth surfaces.
In terms of performance, let’s see if the Toyota Avalon got what it takes to make you ditch your old car. The V-6 models are powered by 3.4-liter engine that produces 268 horsepower. This variant is expected to make up most of the sales, although the Avalon Hybrid models are very compelling. With a lean 4-cylinder engine combined with nickel-metal-hydride batteries, the Avalon Hybrid surprisingly has responsive performance that can get to 60 mph in just 8.2 seconds! It has fuel economy ratings of 5.88 L/100km for city and 6.03 L/100km in the highway.
Whether with Hybrid or regular model, you will surprisingly have the same driving experience. The Avalon is also more responsive and quicker now. And with the roomy and comfy seats, you are likely to enjoy your long drives even more. The 2014 Toyota Avalon comes in XLE, XLE Touring, XLE Premium, and XLE Limited trims. All of the models also come in Hybrid form except the XLE. The 2014 Toyota Avalon Canadian price starts at $37,355.