Award-winning Accord combines style with reliability

by Myron Love  . Feb 02 2018
SuppliedFrontier Subaru is moving from its Pembina Highway site to the Waverley Automall.

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Frontier Subaru is moving from its Pembina Highway site to the Waverley Automall.

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord began arriving in local dealer showrooms in early January.

The 2018 North American Car of the Year has a new, slick design, says Birchwood Honda on Regent product advisor Russell Dela Cruz. “Despite the new look, the Accord is still the same reliable vehicle it has always been.”

The mid-sized sedan is powered by a choice of two direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engines — the standard 1.5-litre, which produces192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque or the optional two-litre, which puts out 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque.

Inside, there is more rear-seat legroom and enhanced storage capacity.

The new Accord is available in a choice of five trims — the base LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. Standard features across all trims include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a backup camera, LED headlights and taillights and the Honda Home Sensing package — which includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist.

The base price for the 2018 Accord is $29,445 (plus freight and PDI).

Dela Cruz also noted that the 2018 CR-V has been recognized by Motor Trend as SUV of the year. “It’s the best SUV around,” he says. “It has a long history of reliability.”

As with the Accord, the CR-V is available as a base model LX, EX EX-L or Touring version. All models come standardwith a 1.5-L turbocharged I-4 that delivers 190 hp and 179 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2018 CR-V comes standard with 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, a five-inch LCD centre display screen with Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, multi-information driver’s display, and a six-way manual adjustable driver’s seat. The EX model adds a power moonroof, fog lights, push-button start, heated front seats, and a seven-inch centre display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The EX-L adds a 12-way power driver’s seat, four-way power passenger’s seat, leather upholstery and automatic dimming rearview mirror. The top Touring model gets 18-inch alloy wheels, hands-free power liftgate, LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Dela Cruz pointed out the CR-V has a five-star safety rating. The Home Sensing package is also standard.

The base price for the CR-V is $28,885 (plus freight and pdi).

Dela Cruz reports the LX is the most popular trim.

“It has all the features that consumers are looking for,” he says.

Frontier Subaru on the move

The Waverley Automall is getting a new dealership. Frontier Subaru’s new location will be on the west side of Waverley Street next to Crown Toyota and across from Gerry Gordon’s Mazda.

“We are just beginning to prepare the lot,” says Kirk Cancilla, Frontier Subaru’s general manager. “We are expecting to start building as soon as the frost is gone in April.”

Frontier Subaru has been at its current location on Pembina Highway (just west of Bison Drive) since 2004. Cancilla reports over the past few years, sales have been growing exponentially.

“In 2016, we sold 426 units,” he says. “Last year, we sold 601 units. Once we move into our new building (in 2019), we are projecting a 25 per cent increase in sales. We also expect to double our used car business.

“The brand as a whole is doing very well.”

Cancilla notes the new building — at just under 50,000 square feet (as compared to about 9,000 sq. ft. at the current location) will be one of the largest Subaru dealerships in Canada.

The new building will have a 10-car showroom, 13 service bays and nine bays in a new body shop. Frontier Subaru at present doesn’t have a body shop.

“Everything will be brand new and state-of-the-art,” he says.

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Dealer of the week

Sales Rep: Henry Clyke

Dealership: Vickar Ford

No. of Years: 20

Favourite Model: Ford Escape

Why: "The Escape is the most versatile vehicle in its class," Clyke says. "The price points are fabulous. There is a trim to fit everybody's budget."

Myron Love / Winnipeg Free Press

Myron Love / Winnipeg Free Press

SuppliedThe new-look 2018 Honda Accord offers more rear legroom and more storage space.

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The new-look 2018 Honda Accord offers more rear legroom and more storage space.