Imagine driving a car with an in-dash system fully integrated with your iOS device. That way, you can make calls and send texts, listen to your personal playlists and get directions, all without ever looking away from the road. How’s that for convenience?
The new Honda Civic will be able to do that and more thanks to iOS in the Car, which will be available in the 2014 model. This system allows you to integrate your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your car, essentially transforming your touchscreen display system into a larger version of your smartphone. The 2014 Civic will be the first vehicle of any make to feature iOS in the Car.
Honda is also making Siri Eyes Free available in certain models beginning this month, including the 2014 Civic and 2013 Honda Accord. This voice-activated system allows you to “communicate” with Siri through your car’s touchscreen system so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.
For nearly two decades, Strategic Vision has hosted the Total Value Awards for the automotive industry, which measure how economically beneficial every new model is for both the short and long terms. And for the first time ever, Hyundai earned the industry’s No.1 overall ranking, thanks largely to four cars in its lineup that won or tied for first in their respective classes:
- Hyundai Sonata – midsize car segment (tied with the Ford Fusion)
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe – premium coupe segment
- Hyundai Elantra – small car segment (tied with the Ford Fiesta Sedan and Chevy Cruze)
- Hyundai Equus – luxury car segment
For its part, the new Equus received the highest score in the entire industry, at 804, with the next closest model only managing a score of 786.
Hyundai CPO Program Recognized
Understanding the immense value that comes with buying a high-quality used vehicle, Hyundai has shown a strong commitment to its certified pre-owned inventory. At IntelliChoice’s Certified Pre-Owned Car Awards, the car-value research firm recognized that commitment yet again, naming Hyundai the “Best Popular Brand” for the third straight year.
More than anything else, Hyundai won the award because of its unique Certified Pre-Owned Program, which includes:
- A 150-point inspection by a factory-trained Hyundai technician.
- A 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
- Reimbursement for rental cars while your vehicle is being repaired.
- A 90-day period of no charges for XM satellite radio.
Mazda cars are renowned for being fun to drive, but they don’t always get the credit they deserve for being terrific all-around vehicles. Until now.
Popular Mechanics, a service magazine that covers topics ranging from tools and electronics to the automotive industry, released its list of Top 10 Cars for 2014, and the new Mazda6 came out on top as the Car of the Year.
On the surface, this may come as somewhat of a surprise, but when you take a look under the hood and inside the 2014 Mazda6, you’ll quickly realize it shouldn’t be. While the Mazda6 drives like a sports car, with extremely precise handling and an engine that generates 184 horsepower, it still returns impressive fuel economy of up to 40 mpg on the highway. In addition, the 2014 Mazda6 features the latest safety technology tools, including the available lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning systems.
All in all, Popular Mechanics summed up the Mazda6′s victory succinctly: “It won because Mazda engineers set out to make a truly great car and succeeded.”
Also cracking the Top 10 was the 2014 Nissan Versa Note, which took home the honor of being named the best value. While small in size, the hatchback is plenty spacious on the inside and delivers up to 40 mpg on the highway … all for an MSRP of under $15,000. Earlier this year, KBB.com factored in those same benefits when it ranked the 2014 Versa Note the best back-to-school car.