Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Vermont drivers have more to think about when it comes to driving conditions than those who live further south. Case in point: preparing for winter weather. What should you be doing to get yourself and your car ready?

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Engine Oil

You should always stay on top of maintaining your engine oil, regardless of the season, but your engine will be working extra hard during cold winters so it’s even more important. Top off your engine if needed with the correct oil for your vehicle, and if it has been a while since your last oil change or if your oil appears sludgy, make an appointment with the White River Service Department.

Tires

If you’re going to stick with your all-weather tires during the winter months, you must make sure they have plenty of tread on them to have any chance of driving well and stopping effectively during winter weather conditions. Ideally, you should talk to your White River Service technician about a set of dedicated winter tires. Regardless of the type of tire you have fitted, make sure the pressures are correct by checking at least once a week.

Radiator & Battery

Your coolant should be kept at the right level all year round, but in winter it’s vital to make sure there’s enough antifreeze to prevent your coolant freezing up. Frozen coolant when you come to start your vehicle is something you really want to avoid.

Your battery will be worked to its absolute limits in the winter, through a combination of the lights, heater, windshield wipers, etc. Check to see that it’s charging to the right voltage, and if you’ve had it for more than five years, talk to the White River service department about getting it changed.

Wipers & Fluid

Windshield wipers are often taken for granted, but we realize their importance when they’re not working the way they should, especially when travelling on the highway at high speeds. Check the rubber for cracks, nicks, and obvious signs of wear. New wipers are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, but if you’re not confident, your dealer will be happy to help. Also, make sure your washer fluid is full–and make sure you’re choosing a wiper fluid that will help you cut through the salt and debris of winter as well as keeping your fluid from freezing.

Keep It Clean

Even if you drive a rugged 4×4 with winter tires all round, keeping your vehicle clean in the winter is important (although admittedly a challenge). Lots of dirt, debris, and salt will be thrown up onto your vehicle during harsh winter conditions, and if you leave it, the salt can cause damage to paint and rust underneath. Even if you just hose off your vehicle regularly it will help, but a good quality wax will also work wonders for protecting your paintwork. Also, make sure you have the White River service technicians check the lubrication underneath your vehicle, so that you can prevent unnecessary wear and tear.

Conclusion

You might have had a scheduled service only a few months ago, but harsh winter driving conditions can place quite a strain on your vehicle and its many systems. Even if you are good at keeping up with the things mentioned above, it’s still a good idea to start the season off right by having White River service techs take a look at your vehicle.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

We wisely listen when we hear about getting our vehicles ready for the onset of winter weather, but how many of us take as much care when it comes to readjusting for the spring? Just because better weather is on the way and that’s going to be easier on your car, spring doesn’t mean you don’t have some important maintenance to take care of. So, here are a few things you need to think about when it comes to preparing your car for the welcome onset of spring and the better weather it brings.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Change your oil

Although you obviously can’t see it happening, your oil works extremely hard during winter as it confronts extreme weather. The temperature difference between oil when it’s settled and when it’s doing its job protecting your engine and its components is obviously greater in the cold weather, and that takes a toll on the condition of your oil. Your engine will also have been working harder during winter months, so getting the guys at White River to change it for fresh oil is a seriously smart move to prolong the life of your engine and to prevent breakdowns.

Is your car wearing the right tires?

While you’re at White River getting your oil changed, have them swap your snow tires for all-weather options. You did have them fit a set of proper winter tires on before the bad weather closed in, didn’t you? If you did, you will want to put all-season tires back on. Your winter tires can cope, but why wear them out unnecessarily? You’re going to need them again later in the year so it makes sense to keep them in the best possible condition until then.

Get a wash!

The sludge and snow on the road in winter can put all sorts of nasty filth, debris, and, worst of all, salt all over (and under) your car. Getting your vehicle properly washed and waxed will protect the paint and keep your car looking its best, and it will also work to prevent rust getting hold, especially if you pay plenty of attention to the underneath as well as the bodywork. You might even consider passing up the quick wash and investing in a good, solid detailing job with someone who knows how to restore your vehicle to its pre-winter shine.

Check your alignment

Winter weather conditions aren’t just hard on your car; they can also be tough on the road. Ice wreaks havoc with road surfaces as it expands in cavities to create potholes. These in turn can cause huge problems with your car’s suspension and wheel alignment after constantly driving over them. Unaligned wheels will cause extra and uneven wear on your tires that will lead to you having to replace them earlier than necessary and at considerable cost. So, while you’re at White River getting your oil and tires changed, get your alignment and suspension checked too.

Make sure you can see

Your wiper blades will also have had their work cut out during winter, so this is a quick and easy check that you’ll be glad you did when the spring rains come. Ice and debris during winter could have cause nicks or tears in the rubber, leaving large areas that can’t be cleared. If you check them now, you’ll avoid the annoyance of impaired vision during spring downpours and, even worse, the mud that may splash up from the road and can’t quickly be removed. It’s a relatively small investment with a huge return.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

If you’re waiting to fall in love with the right sedan, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata is about to woo you–big time. With a sporty exterior and a wildly comfortable interior, the Sonata will convince you that the sedan is your dream come true.

One downfall of a sedan is that it doesn’t have the interior space that the larger cars have. So, if you’re going to get a sedan, you might as well go for the one that has class-leading interior volume. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata delivers, with best in class head room and best in class leg room. You and your passengers will have the space to stretch out that you just won’t find in other sedans. The comfort doesn’t stop there, though. Heated and ventilated seats, as well as customizable microclimates in the air conditioner, allow both the driver and the passenger to set their side to their comfort.

In addition to the luxurious comfort, the Sonata holds its own with its built-in convenience. It has everything that you would need to keep connected in a techno world. The wireless charging station, for your Qi standard devices, means you don’t need to plug in; you can just drop and go. If multiple people need to charge up, though, USB ports are in both the front and back rows. Apple Car Play and Android Auto let you run your phone apps from your car, and BlueLink lets you run your car from a phone app. With these two things in combination, there’s very few things you can’t do with your car.

The Sonata has an overall 5 star safety rating and was one of the IIHS Top Safety Picks+. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are just the beginning of the Sonata’s active safety features. Lane Keep Assist will make adjustments to keep you in your lane when you are drifting or slightly distracted. Another features that kicks in automatically is the Automatic Emergency Braking. It senses when an accident is coming soon and brakes for you if you don’t. It also detects pedestrians that might get out in front of you without warning to minimize risk. In other words, it’s great for a new teenage driver–or any driver who wants an advantage on the road.

If the safety rating is worth mentioning, the warranty is too. Other makes and models have a 5-star rating, but only Hyundai has America’s Best Warranty. No one beats a factory warranty like this one. Hyundai provides 5 years or 60,000 miles of new car coverage. That’s great when you compare it to the normal 3 year or 36,000 mile warranty that most manufacturers give you. The powertrain warranty gives you 10 full years or 100,000 miles. With this kind of warranty, you know that quality comes standard with your new Hyundai Sonata.

Sonata Sport

The Sonata Sport takes things in what can only be described as a snazzy direction. On the outside, the sport grill, new front fascia, and rear diffuser give it a racier look. On the inside, the D-shaped steering wheel gives you the control and feel of the race car you’ve always wanted. Plus, the power tilt-and-slide sun roof provide the feel of the convertible while maintaining the Sonata’s sleek lines.

  • Aggressive Grille

    Stand back–the Sonata’s assertive new grille has a luxury look and a sporty swagger that will set it apart.

  • Wireless Charging

    Stash your smartphone and keep it charged as you drive with this convenient wireless charging platform.

  • Touchscreen

    Access your navigation and smartphone features, as well as Hyundai’s BlueLink features.

  • Steering Wheel Controls

    Keep your hands safely on the wheel and never miss a phone call or a great song with easy-access steering wheel controls.

Conclusion

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata delivers exactly what you’re looking for in a sedan–comfort, convenient features, and safety. Truly one-of-a-kind, the Sonata is the right choice for buyers who want it all.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

When you buy a car, you want it to have it all. It’s natural–you want space, great gas mileage, fantastic tech integration. Just like the musical harmony it’s named for, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid weaves different parts together to create a beautiful, cohesive, stylish whole.

First, let’s talk about the hybrid system. The battery on the Sonata Hybrid has the largest battery system capacity among mid-sized plug-in hybrid sedans. That means that it can go farther in All-Electric mode than any others in its class. The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has an All-Electric Range of 27 miles, more than enough for the average commute. When you get into hybrid mode though, the Sonata has a range of up to 590 miles! That’s more than twice the distance of the average summer road trip. The best part about the hybrid system, other than saving on gas, is that the Sonata’s Plug-in Hybrid battery is compact enough that it doesn’t use up all your storage space.

The compact battery system not only gives you best in class capacity and All-Electric Range, it also gives you best in class passenger and cargo volume. The back seats fold in a 60/40 split to give you full access to all available storage. When you need the back seat for kids or friends, the Sonata has an available back window sunshade to help everyone more comfortable. The panoramic power sunroof makes the class leading space feel even bigger as it extends over both front and rear rows.

In a hybrid vehicle, why have all your technology under the hood? On the 8″ touch screen, you will have access your phone and its apps on the go so that you can play your downloaded audio books, podcasts, playlists, and more. With Apple Car Play and Android Auto equipped, you can use either your Maps app or the built in navigation system. You can accept and make calls, send and receive texts, and ask Siri who let the dogs out, all through the voice command system. The MyHyundai app with BlueLink connects your Sonata and your personal technology even more, allowing you to turn your car on and off, remotely unlock your car, and receive monthly maintenance reports to let you know how you car is functioning and what needs repair, if anything.

Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Technology

The technology just keeps on coming in the safety department. The Sonata has a Forward Collision Warning system to alert you when a crash might be coming so you can take action. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist will check your surroundings for you and let you know whether or not it is safe to change lanes. If you’re drifting out of your lane and don’t mean to, the Lane Departure Warning will make you aware so you can make that adjustment. When you couple all this with the Sonata Hybrid’s 5-star safety rating, and America’s Best Warranty, you can drive in confidence.

  • Streamlined Console

    A touchscreen interface and easy to use buttons anchor the easy-to-use streamlined console in the Sonata Hybrid.

  • Power Driver’s Seat

    Customize your driving experience and comfort level with the power driver’s seat.

  • Infinity Premium Audio System

    This option takes your audio experience up a notice, with the expertise of Infinity behind it.

  • LED Taillights

    Embrace a unique and distinctive style with the Sonata’s new LED taillights.

Conclusion

The Sonata has the whole package. A hybrid with best in class passenger and cargo volume, best in class electric range, and technology that permeates the entirety of the vehicle. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is the comfortable, stylish, tech-savvy car of the future–and it’s ready for you to take it home.

2017 Hyundai Sonata

With its well-rounded supply of tech features and best-in-class cabin volume, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata knows what you want and delivers the goods at an affordable price. If you tend to travel with a cabin full of passengers, this is the mid-size sedan for you.

When you think of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata, the first thing that probably comes to mind is its best-in-class cabin volume. But, more than that, the Sonata’s layout treats you to generous legroom and supportive seating. In back, passengers have enough elbowroom to text with both hands without any annoying arm clashes. The trunk is also a bigger than most others in this segment, with 16.3 cubic feet for your gym bag, weekend luggage, and golf clubs. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats offer a quick and easy way to expand cargo space, which comes in handy when you’ve got to load longer items, like IKEA boxes.

Your Sonata does an excellent job of keeping you connected. The 7-inch touchscreen is the perfect size, making it easy to select the feature you need without distracting you from the road ahead. However, tech junkies will want to upgrade to the 8-inch version for crisp graphics and increased app functionality. This system also includes a navigation system that displays neatly labeled maps and clean-cut turn-by-turn directions, getting you wherever you need to go in a jiffy. Add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the mix, and you’ve got the complete package. This smartphone technology puts your favorite apps on the Sonata’s touchscreen, so you can interact with them with minimal distractions.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata may offer a low MSRP, but it never shirks on safety. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named this model a Top Safety Pick for 2017. In government crash tests, the Sonata earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. This mid-size sedan offers a lot more than shining crash test scores. Its Blue Link emergency telematics system is your mobile safety net, offering roadside assistance and automatic crash response, so help is never far away. The Sonata’s suite of driver aids – think blind-spot monitoring – do an excellent job of monitoring your surroundings for safety. The forward collision system comes with an emergency braking feature, mitigating – or even circumventing – damages in the face of a crash.

The last thing you want to do is spend an exorbitant amount at the pump. With the Sonata, that’ll never be an issue. It balances power with fuel economy, so you’ll get up to speed in a timely fashion and earn up to 28 city/36 highway mpg.

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Sonata Hybrid

The Sonata Hybrid does much more than reduce your spending at the pump – although it does that in earnest, earning 38 city/43 highway. This spacious mid-size sedan also treats your family to world-class legroom and crash-test scores, and it does so at an incredibly affordable rate. This year, the Sonata Hybrid introduces a wealth of tech features designed to keep you connected, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, so you can interact with your smartphone without looking away from traffic.

  • Apple CarPlay

    Access your favorite apps without ever picking up your iPhone.

  • Ergonomics, Family-Style

    Nothing suits your daily drive like class-leading interior space.

  • 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick

    The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is designed with your safety in mind.

  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation

    Plot the best route to your destination.

Conclusion

Thanks to its roomy cabin and superlative crash-test scores, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata can’t help but attract notice. Hop into your Sonata for a smooth daily commute, with comfort and connectivity that can’t be beat. Combine this with the safety features and the Sonata is not only a great option for commuters, but for families as well.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Social consciousness comes in many forms, and one of those is being aware of greenhouse gases and vehicle emissions. Doing your part doesn’t have to mean shelling out a ton more money than a standard vehicle–you can reduce emissions, save money, and drive a stylish vehicle with the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.

One of the most attractive parts of the hybrid market is the nearly astonishing fuel economy that you can get. The Ioniq Hybrid fits right in, with a mind-boggling 58 mpg average. The Hyundai achieves this by reusing the energy from the engine and regenerative braking system. Brace yourself–estimates suggest that this kind of fuel economy can save you an average of $3,750 over 5 years when compared to the average vehicle. In fact, when you exclude electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid claims the title as the most fuel efficient car in America.

The Ioniq is tech savvy throughout, not just in its fuel systems. The interior technology make it incredibly convenient to drive and stay connected while you do. The 2017 Ioniq makes it easy to connect to your smart phone with either Apple Car Play or Android Auto, which allows you to access and use your phone’s apps through the touchscreen in the dash without fumbling for a plug you’ll never use again. That wireless mantra continues to charging your smartphone, which you can do on the wireless charging station. For the devices you do need to plug in, the Ioniq has a USB port and two 12V car outlets. Add in the built-in programmable garage door opener and you have yourself a tech winner.

Tech and fuel economy is great, but safety is king–and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has you covered there too. This vehicle offers available automatic braking with pedestrian detection. So, when you are driving through the neighborhood, your Ioniq will be able to sense the kid running out to chase his ball into the street without looking and help you stop in time. Blind Spot Detection with lane change assist gives you all the tools you need to change lanes with confidence. Finally, the standard rear view camera and cross traffic alert will help you avoid those common parking lot accidents.

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Ioniq Hybrid Warranty

The icing on this metaphorical hybrid cake is the fact that your 2017 Hyundai Ioniq comes standard with America’s Best Warranty. Other manufacturers have the same guarantees but not for as long, demonstrating the confidence Hyundai has in all of its vehicles and their longevity. Hyundai gives you a 5 year/60,000 mile limited warranty and a 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty. The power train warranty includes your Hybrid System Components and your Hybrid battery comes with a lifetime guarantee. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Blind Spot Detection

    Don’t worry about merging–the Ioniq’s Blind Spot Detection system will alert you when you have something to worry about.

  • Available LED Taillights

    Unique exterior style becomes clear in the available LED taillights, which give you a look you’ll love.

  • Tablet Holder

    Integrated storage for your smart device gives you a safe, secure place to put your tablet on your way to work or play.

  • 8-Inch Touchscreen

    Opt for the available 8-inch touchscreen in order to make your smartphone and navigational integration easier to manage.

Conclusion

It’s hard to match a vehicle that not only saves you hundreds of dollars a year in fuel, contributes to less emissions, and offers one of the smartest and safest vehicles out there. Add to it a warranty that lasts for longer than you’ll probably own your vehicle and you’ll be confident that the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is the perfect choice for you.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

After a complete redesign, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra returns to deliver both a sporty, compact ride and rich interior luxury. In fact, there’s no compact car quite like it. With a fresh new look – inside and out – the Elantra is nothing short of classy. The cabin’s soft-touch and leather surfaces will make you think of a luxury nameplate and its new engine lineup straddles the line between sporty and economical. You’ll find everything you need in the Elantra.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra offers a little something for every kind of driver. Are you looking for a fuel-efficient ride to make a daily commute across town? How about a family hauler for school pickups and soccer practice drop-offs? Do you want an urban-friendly compact model that fits nicely into parallel spaces? Or all of the above, plus rich interior style and comfort? That’s the new Elantra in a nutshell. It does the work you need it to do–and does it in style.

The Elantra’s cabin is one of its major selling points. One test drive and you’ll understand why – it’s attractive and seriously spacious. The Elantra’s high-quality cabin materials will impress your friends and make you feel like a superstar all the way down the highway. You also get what everyone looks for in a compact sedan: plush, supportive seats and plenty of legroom to go around. The new Elantra supplies the cargo space you need for major shopping hauls, with 14.4 cubic feet in the trunk. In this segment, it doesn’t get much better than that.

In addition to mobile style, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra treats you to three new engine options, so you can create the ride that suits your lifestyle. Urbanites and commuters will like the Elantra Eco, which earns 32 city/40 highway mpg. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2017&year2=2017&make=Hyundai&baseModel=Elantra&srchtyp=ymm) But the Elantra isn’t just good for the environment – it’s great for your bank account. If you could use a little extra horsepower, test-drive the Elantra Sport. In addition to the line’s most powerful engine, this model also packs an athletic punch with sport-tuned suspension and steering. You’ve never had so much fun swinging around turns or maneuvering down curving lanes.

If you’re new to modern infotainment gear, the cutting-edge lineup in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is certain to impress. Upgrade to the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system for high-res graphics and sophisticated voice commands. Even with the base system, however, you’ll find that the Elantra’s infotainment system is easy to use. That’s true for beginners, too – you’ll catch on in no time, thanks to the intuitive menu system. And, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you get full smartphone integration. Use this technology to send hands-free texts or stream music apps like Pandora. The Elantra’s tech lineup also includes advanced safety gear. Items like forward collision and lane departure warning can intervene to keep you safe, automatically applying the brakes or guiding you back into the proper lane.

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Elantra Limited

Leather seats, a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic Drive mode select, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome front grille that means business–that’s the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited in a nutshell. Built to feel like an even more upscale version of the already impressive Elantra, the Limited also offers a host of other features, like active safety options (blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist among others) and an 8-inch navigation system with touchscreen, that make it clear that you’ve arrived in the sedan promised land with this trim level.

  • 8-inch Touchscreen

    Intuitive to use and easy to navigate, this available feature makes it easier to access smartphone apps while on the go.

  • Lane Departure Assistance

    Don’t let a late night drive get the best of you; this available safety feature will tell you when you’ve wandered outside the lines.

  • Daytime Running Lights

    Stay safe no matter the time with daytime running lights, which helps other drivers spot you and gives you a leg up on whatever weather comes your way.

  • Leather Interior

    An available option on some trims, the Elantra’s leather interior elevates an already swanky sedan to the next level of luxury.

Conclusion

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is an all-around modern compact, with high-tech safety, infotainment gear, and a spacious, comfy ride. It’s the perfect size for any trip you need to take, with proportions that make it perfect for long trips or frequent downtown commutes. No matter your need, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra can help you meet them.

2017 Hyundai Accent

Subcompacts are the best of several worlds–a smart, reliable, comfortable car that will get you where you want to go but will also make your budget happy as well. Among the subcompacts, the 2017 Hyundai Accent is one of the best. Stylish, comfortable, and economical, the Accent is the total package.

Subcompact cars are the most likely vehicles to give you the best gas mileage without opting for a hybrid or an electric. The Accent boasts 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. That’s more highway miles per gallon than either the Toyota Yaris or the Honda Fit. So when you’re commuting to work, you can know that your car is taking a smaller chunk of your paycheck than some of the other vehicles you may be looking at.

The Hyundai Accent comes in either a sedan or hatchback option, which gives you style options that you may not get with other models. Not only does the Accent give you better highway mpg, it also sports best in class 5-door cargo space in the hatchback. The back row can be folded down in a 60/40 split to give you adjustable options for multiple combinations of seating and storage. The Accent hatchback comes with a spacious 21.2 cubic feet of cargo space, more than any other subcompact. If you carry people and their stuff, and don’t want to feel like you’re in a clown car, the Accent has what you need.

The 2017 Hyundai Accent has great integrated technology for a car in this price range. Steering wheel controls give you the ability to change radio stations, set your cruise control, and activate your voice command feature without taking your hands off the wheel, which is important if you’re driving. Bluetooth capability lets you make calls and answer calls hands free. One impressive perk is the Accent’s three free months of Sirius XM satellite radio–that’s a feature that normally comes on much larger, much more expensive vehicles. USB and AUX ports also make it easy to play your own digital music from your phone, Mp3 player or flash drive. Though the Accent is a budget-friendly car, the tech doesn’t feel dumbed down.

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Accent Warranty

One of the best things about the Hyundai Accent is the Hyundai Warranty, otherwise known as America’s Best Warranty. This warranty goes as twice as far as the normal new car warranty by giving you a 5 years/60,000 mile limited warranty. But you get more than that, with a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Want more? Your new Hyundai also comes with 5 years and unlimited miles of roadside assistance. The amount of confidence that Hyundai has in their new cars and their willingness to stand behind them definitely provides a peace of mind when you buy one.

  • 60/40 Split Seats

    Small cars don’t have to be cargophobic. With the 60/40 split seats, you can create adaptable cargo storage at a moment’s notice.

  • Shiftronic Transmission

    Add a smidge of sporty fun with the Shifttronic transmission.

  • Active EcoSystem

    Up your fuel economy numbers even more by restricting your engine’s performance when you want the benefit of MPGs.

  • Projector Headlights

    Cut through the darkness, the gloom, or amp up your safety with these impressively designed headlights with LED accents.

Conclusion

The 2017 Hyundai Accent is an impressive vehicle that just happens to come in a small package. Impressive gas mileage, cargo space, and tech features combine with reliability to give you a fantastic subcompact option that fits your daily life.

2017 Honda Fit

For a fuel-efficient commute or a city-friendly subcompact ride, the 2017 Honda Fit simply can’t be beat. Its best-in-class cabin and cargo space set it apart from competitors, with head and leg room for days. Believe it or not, Fit rear-seat passengers enjoy more legroom than you’ll find in the Accord. The Fit also puts an affordable price tag on all the latest tech gear, including a road-trip-friendly navigation system. Comfort, performance, plus excellent fuel economy puts this lively hatchback on the top of everyone’s wish list.

2017 Honda Fit

With so many great things to say about the 2017 Honda Fit, it’s almost tough to know where to start. It certainly bests competitors in terms of passenger and cargo space. With more legroom than the Honda Accord, this subcompact hatchback is a great pick for urban socialites and families who want to save more than they spend on a new car. When you flip down the rear seats, you’ll create as much max cargo space as in some small crossover SUVs: 52.7 cubic feet. Although you wouldn’t normally think to bring your subcompact hatchback on an IKEA run, now you certainly can. The clever 60/40-split Magic rear seat further sets the Fit apart from other cars in this segment. Its flip-up cushion gives you floor-to-roof cargo space when you need to stow tall items, including garage sale furniture finds like end tables and lamps.

More than roominess, the Fit is known for its excellent fuel economy. The continuously variable transmission is specially designed to help you save on gas, and it’s EPA-rated to earn 33 city/40 highway mpg. That means you can spend more money on brunch dates, late-night outings, and more fun in general. This subcompact hatchback might be thrifty with gas, but it still maintains a snappy around-town presence. When you kick things into gear on winding roads, the Fit supplies sporty handling and athleticism that you might not expect from a subcompact. Driving enthusiasts will love the manual transmission, which helps you get up to speed in one quick jaunt.

If you’re also in the market for tech gear, the Fit offers a surprisingly long list at an excellent rate. The HondaLink infotainment system is your central hub for everything from smartphone integration to turn-by-turn navigation, and it does a great job of supplying you with the apps you want in a timely fashion, with a responsive touchscreen and intuitive menus. For iPhone users, voice-activated Siri Eyes Free technology supplies endless convenience, letting you alter music settings or send voice-to-text messages without looking away from traffic.

Besides playful style, best-in-class cabin space, and frugal fuel economy, the 2017 Honda Fit also supplies excellent standards in safety. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Honda Fit its top score of “Good” in every crash test.

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Fit EX-L with Navi

The 2017 Honda Fit EX-L comes with just about everything you could possibly want, in a sporty-yet fuel-efficient package. It adds to the Fit EX-L’s suave leather upholstery and cozy heated front seats with an exclusive navigation system. Use the system’s handy voice recognition feature when you want to get directions without taking your hands off the wheel. HD and satellite radio are also exclusive to the Fit EX-L with Navi, supplying you with plenty of audio options on your next cross-country excursion.

2017 Honda Fit 7-Inch Display

7-Inch Display

A pinchable, swipeable touchscreen is your hub for wide-ranging infotainment.

2017 Honda Fit Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

Tuck into parallel parking spaces with maximum visibility.

2017 Honda Fit ECON Button

ECON Button

Hit this button and your CVT-equipped Fit optimizes power for increased fuel savings.

2017 Honda Fit Youthful Style

Youthful Style

The Fit’s streamlined, colorful exterior speaks to your peppy sense of style.

Conclusion

When everything is said and done, the 2017 Honda Fit is the absolute best-in-class choice for drivers who crave substantial passenger space in subcompact form. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive, urban-friendly family hauler or a budget-friendly commuter workhorse, the Fit has you covered. Not only that, but this peppy compact has style with a range of fresh, eye-catching colors to brighten your everyday ride.

*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs Honda Accord

The 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord are excellent mid-size sedans that deliver family-friendly space and world-class fuel economy. They’re both incredibly popular among drivers who crave optimal safety and the latest tech features. If you’re wondering which model is right for you, check out our side-by-side comparison.

2016 Subaru Legacy vs Honda Accord

Safety

Here we like the 2016 Subaru Legacy. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. It also earns your trust with high-tech features like the forward collision mitigation system, which can actively apply the brakes if necessary. Subaru’s EyeSight bundle adds a layer of security with features, including lane departure intervention.

The Honda Accord might be the runner-up, but it still manages to impress. In addition to earning top crash test scores, it also provides a wealth of vigilance-boosting driver aids. The LaneWatch blind-spot system camera displays the Accord’s passenger side as you switch lanes. The rearview camera makes backing up a simple task.

Power and Performance

Like its fellow Subarus, the 2016 Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive and an athletic, horizontally opposed boxer engine, making it our pick for power. Its four-cylinder engine produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, but it’s also impressively fuel-efficient, earning 26 city/29 highway mpg.

The Honda Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, but it does provide ample fuel economy. Its base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated for 185 horses and 181 pound-feet of torque. Use it to earn up to 27/37 mpg.

Interior Luxury

Here the Honda Accord takes a narrow lead. The cabin feels upscale, thanks in part to its high-quality materials and roomy seating. From behind the wheel, you’ll enjoy excellent visibility and plenty of support. At highway speeds, the Accord remains as hushed as a luxury car.

The 2016 Subaru Legacy was tough to beat, thanks to its clean, classic design and passenger comfort features. Head- and legroom is in abundance, making the Legacy a great pick for tall drivers. The trunk offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space – more than enough for your sports gear and weekend bags.

Passenger Convenience

Once again, the 2016 Subaru Legacy is our top pick. Its Starlink infotainment system is intuitive and provides smartphone integration features like hands-free calling. Keyless entry and ignition help you make a quick exit from any parking lot. The 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system treats you to premium sound.

This year, the Honda Accord introduces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for increased smartphone integration features. Heated and ventilated front seats come in handy when the weather is less than ideal. Use the in-car USB port to charge your favorite devices.

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2016 Subaru Legacy vs Honda Accord

Both the 2016 Subaru Legacy and the Honda Accord sedans are big on family-friendly features, but we like the Subaru Legacy’s all-around style. Inside, the cavernous cabin gives you plenty of room to spread out. Seating is plush and supportive. High-tech gadgets give you the infotainment features you crave and maximize passenger protection. On the road, the Legacy is smooth and powerful. Standard all-wheel drive enhances overall performance. Take the Legacy out for a test drive today!