Like a broken record, the Accord, Civic and CR-V sales are both large and balanced. Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec. 3, 2013 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 - $40,570 to start including D&H while providing 13-miles on the plug and a 47/46/46 mpgUS city/hwy/combined rating when on gasoline. Picture taken in a rare San Diego rain. First off, the review. The all-new Accord is more modern, more efficient, safer (IIHS Small Overlap class leader) and far better equipped than its predecessor. And unlike the IMA based Hybrid from 2005, this all-new PHEV/HEV (Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle/hybrid electric vehicle) variants provide a significant improvement in fuel economy over the non-hybrid Accords. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Exterior A two tiered hood crease slopes down into lower chrome surround of the blue reflective single bar upper grille and large opening lower 2 bar grille with an unusually large Honda H front and center. The PHEV incorporates a vastly different grille than the rest of the Accords. Thin wrap around projector LED headlight lenses with accentuating LED DRL surrounds along the bottom and side providing a nice emphasis to the front end. I really liked the LED headlights reach, sharp cutoff and color at night. The profiles accentuated character line running from the central front fender flare upwards through the door handles and wrapping around the rear taillight lenses is new for Accord. A lower sill cutout feature line coming up through the rear quarter panel provides an attractive profile. Standard fare for the class. To the rear, the rear deck lid has an edgy crease into the chrome garnish adding an upscale appearance. Aerodynamic details include an all-new nearly flush windscreen, flush-mounted wipers, under-body “fixes” and aero tabbed rear corners that improve fuel economy. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Sedan Interior Comfortable and easy to control. The seats arrive with softer foam under gray cloth in the center and suede like bio material along the edges. The leather wrapped wheel feels good to the hands although could use a bit more padding beneath. Suede like seat edge bolsters and soft cloth center are comfortable. Where the interior falters is the headrests and driver side door armrest. Instead of supplying a multi-adjustable head restraint like that on the 13/14 Fusion for example, the Accord’s is set to far forward making lengthy drives somewhat uncomfortable. The geometry makes for an impressive crash test rating but not so much on the comfort front. The door armrest width was to thin to rest my arm on comfortably. Dual-zone auto climate, simplified controls and instrumentation, larger and higher resolution displays plus larger fonts make everything easier to understand at a glance. The 2014 Accord PHEV like its non-hybrid counterparts incorporate soft touch plastics in the upper dash and a “pewter like” bezel around the central vents and radio controls. The mid-height dash trim is a high quality looking shiny trim extending from the left of the steering column into the door trim up to the handles on the left and across the passenger side into the same door trim on the right. Rear View Camera Inside w/ grid lines and outside actual distance separation. Excellent! A full-color 8 in Multi-Information Display (i-MID) is the display control for the Accord PHEVs electronic functions including the standard rear view backup camera. The exclusive LaneWatch feature that instead of a little lighting up icon on a mirror shows the passenger side of the car in full on the 8 in display or half of the display in case of route guidance is being displayed whenever the right turn signal is activated. At first I liked it although after a few hundred activations, a simple LED light may have been less distracting. Cool but a solution looking for a problem that has been solved by less costly means from other manufacturers. Front and Rear Seating roominess One of the most comfortable rear seats I have sat in thanks to the longer lower seat bottoms, reclined rear seat backs and legroom aplenty including less angled knee articulation vs. any of its competitors! Snapped while inside a 2014 Accord Sport The new Accord’s interior 103.2 cu. ft. of passenger volume provides excellent room both front and rear. The PHEV sacrifice arises from the smallish 8.6 cu. ft. trunk, just over half that of the non-hybrid 15.8 cu. ft. trunk. Cargo Volume The 8.6 cu. ft. trunk holds more than a grocery cart worth of goods but not much more. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Infotainment The full-color 8 in display houses the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone interface, Pandora and aha internet radio interface plus an SMS text messaging feature. The lack of XMSirius on a car costing more than $40,000 confounds me. A new available Audio with touchscreen display and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and FM Traffic is also available. Pairing and uploading the phone book from a Motorola RAZR MAAX HD to the Accord PHEV took less than 2-minutes. My first SMS text message while driving was read aloud and I was supplied with 5 pre scripted short messages in which to reply by selecting 1 – 5. All in, the Accord’s high end Infotainment is the first vehicle in which all of the high tech interactions worked as advertised. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Drivertrain The 2014 Accord PHEV is powered by Honda’s two-motor hybrid system utilizing a 124-kilowatt (kW) electric traction motor that also acts like a continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) mated to an atkinsonized 141 hp and 122 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L i-VTEC I4. Electric-only operation is supported by a 6.7 kWh Li-Ion battery with regenerative braking provided by an all-new electric-servo braking system. The two-motor hybrid system allows the Accord PHEV-11 powertrain to transition almost seamlessly between all-electric EV drive, gasoline-electric Hybrid Drive; and direct Engine Drive. I say almost as you can feel the torque hole and reapplication of power during the transitions. Along with EV and HEV operation, the Accord PHEV allows you to save your onboard charge for later use when it may make more sense. For low to mid-speed highway travel, there was little reason to save it. For higher speed highway, save the stored charge for your slower speed city drives using the HV button behind the shift lever on the center lower console. The Accord PHEV defaults to EV mode after a charge and will remain in full-electric mode until the SoC necessitates the automatic switchover to gas/electric hybrid operation. At higher speeds and engine loads, the gas engine kicks in as needed to provide additional power. While the PHEV-13’s range is supposed to allow just 11 miles, on three full charges, the Accord PHEV-13 allowed an excellent 21.0, 19.9 miles, and 23.3 miles allowing almost double its EPA range with an average 21.3 miles on a single full charge when pushed. Even allowing Marian driving her normal work commute allowed 13.8 miles and she is an EPA combined driver. Her Prius PHEV-11 allows approximately 15 miles before ICE fire for a comparison. All-Electric Range 23.1 miles (23.3 miles actual) to single charge run out. The Accord PHEV took about 2 hours and 45-minutes to charge from flat off a 120V plug though the onboard 6.6 kW charger. From a Level 2 charger, I experienced a full charge from flat in just 50 minutes. I was unable to connect to the car through the free HondaLink EV smartphone app since it would not allow me to register it under my name. It was a press fleet vehicle after all. Another interesting attribute is that it is the first production car in the U.S. to meet the new, more stringent LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard, and will also qualify for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California. 2014 Honda Accord - New Chassis for improved Ride, Handling and Safety The 2014 Accord chassis consists of 55.8-percent high-tensile strength steels improving body rigidity, crash worthiness and reducing weight (improves ride and handling in most instances, interior quietness, performance and efficiency). They were designed with the company’s latest Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE-II) body structure designed specifically to improve frontal crash safety and to excel in the IIHS’ new small-overlap frontal barrier crash test. Other additions include a steel and aluminum front subframe, electric power steering (EPS). The EPS allows easy turn in/handle at parking lot speeds but is bit overboosted at Interstate speeds creating a vague steering feel. In addition, like most midsize offerings, 14 Mazda6 and 12/13/14 Passat not included, there is an inner rear wheel lift at higher turning speeds in mountainous terrain that does not inspire as much confidence as it could. On the noise front, the Accord PHEV while on the ICE and climbing steep grades is not all that quiet. Turn in was decent, throttle tip in was not overly aggressive or soft with or without ECO mode engaged and the brakes felt strong with an aggressive regen to softer mechanical braking transition feel. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV Safety The 2014 Accord PHEV arrives with the greatest range of active and passive safety features in Honda history. 2014 Accord PHEV aces the new IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test – This is the test to get right and the all-new Accord takes the prize. Passive-safety features include just six airbags, including dual-stage front, side and side curtain airbags. New SmartVent side airbags reduce the risk of excessive airbag deployment force and eliminate the need for the Accord's previous Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS). Active safety includes the latest four-wheel discs with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), a 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control (TC), and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), all standard. Hill start assist is also now standard on the Accord and a welcome addition for those of us that drive sticks. It holds the cars brakes for approximately 2-seconds or until you have developed some forward momentum while sitting stopped on an uphill. In practice it works great. The Accord PHEV includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) standard. All appear to be not only distance but also rate based. If a car was accelerating away while you were still too close in heavy stop and crawl, the FCW system would not brin up the brake indication and beep. Similarly the ACC acted similarly. From minimum to maximum distance, it provided what appeared to be 1.5 to 3 seconds distance between you and the vehicle ahead. Both worked excellent with the ACC adding a ton of regen as it slowed the Accord down quickly. The only time it got a little confused was when a vehicle would over take you through a turn. Your lane was clear ahead yet the ACC would spot the vehicle in the next lane over as you went through the turn and would softly slow the car below your preset speed. Like most LDW systems, the Accord’s is a PIA for those of us that ridge ride almost on a continuous basis. The on-off beeps became annoying so I turned it off. For most of the population that are not knowledgeable of this safety practice, it will work as intended. Recently the 2013/2014 Accord Sedan and Coupes of all variants earned 5-stars on the tough National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests. Regarding the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Accord walloped the mid-size class as it scored a perfect Good rating across the board including the extremely violent front small overlap crash test as shown in the video. The IIHS “Top Safety Pick +” means something again and the Accord is at the head of the class when it comes to occupant safety. You simply cannot find a safer car in the class. 2013 Honda Accord Sedan - NHTSA Crash Test Rating Can you think of anything that performs better? If so, consider it. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Fuel Economy Results If you are a light on the pedal driver, there is nothing currently available in all of North America that is as efficient. When we think of the most fuel efficient HEV/PHEVs available, the Prius HEV, PHEV and Prius c should be first on your mind. The new kid in town feels just as if not more fuel efficient up to about 55 mph. Beyond that speed, the Prius family shines albeit with their own quirks of ownership. I picked up the 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 with a full tank and 7.9 miles of EV range showing. I drove 16 miles before the EV range dropped to 0.0 and the ICE first lit off in charge sustaining mode. I drove another 2 to 3 miles to make sure. The initial fill up/top off saw the Accord consume just over 4 gallons, 2.7 after first click. The 2014 Accord PHEVs 12.2 gallon spec tank probably holds closer to 15 gallons from empty to top off. The PHEV-13 with no charge depletion mode capability is essentially an Accord HEV other than the PHEVs extra weight and slightly lower overall EPA of 47/46/46 mpgUS city/highway/combined vs. the HEVs 50/45/47 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. The PHEV has a 1 mpg higher highway rating although driving both back to back over a two week period, I did could not discern where that extra 1 mpg highway occurred. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 First Charge Sustaining Mode Drive Initial top off at a Shell on Manchester Blvd. and the I-405 in Inglewood, CA. 98.3 miles from Inglewood Shell to the Encinitas Shell. The I-405 was shut down near Long Beach and detoured down Studebaker to 2nd street and back to the I-405 adding a few miles of city. I saw the aFCD breach 85 mpg in that stretch before falling back to the low 80’s when finishing off the last 50 + miles on the I-405/I-5. First drive result Shell on Leucadia Ave. and the I-5 in Encinitas, CA. -- 98.3 miles/1.218 gallons = 80.7 mpgUS actual. Like most Honda’s, the Odometer is just under 1% short of actual and the averaging fuel consumption display (aFCD) reveals a total under report of 1.7%. When pushed to its limits in 60 to 64 degree temps and no wind, I do not believe the 14 Prius HEV or even my own 13 Prius PHEV-11 (48 and 49 mpg highway respectively) could achieve the same? It would be really really close and the Accord is a much larger, capable and better equipped car. Still not quite as capable as the 43 mpg highway rated 12, 13, and 14 VW Passat TDI with a stick or B-segment Prius c, the Accord PEHV-11 as an HEV would quite literally bury the 13 and 14 Fusion Hybrid and Energi PHEV, 12, 13 and 14 Camry HEV and 11, 12, 13 and 14 Sonata HEV. That is saying something although for $39,780 incl. D&H, it is a bit too expensive for actual consideration other than those willing to pay up for HOV lane access. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 – Maximum Effort Charge Sustaining Mode Drive 106.3 mpg over 16.5 miles displayed - 104.5 mpgUS over 16.6 miles actual. The 5.5 mile round trip city loop in the San Diego area consisted of an elevation delta from beginning to end of only 50’ which for this area is almost impossible to find. The above result was after 3 Round trips from no charge (Charge Sustaining mode) and 2 bars to 2 bars SoC. As it stands, only the 2013 VW Passat TDI can best this result while throwing the book at it. The Accord is far easier to drive in this realm. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Review – Why a PHEV? Because of this. First full charge begins just off Del Mar Heights Road and Carmel Country Road in Northern San Diego. 21.5 EV mile range displayed after the previous nights 80.7 mile charge sustaining mode only drive from LAX to Northern San Diego. Charge Depletion EV mode disappeared after 20.8 displayed miles/21.0 actual miles. The Accord PHEV-13 like the Prius PHEV-11 and Volt still had another .5 + miles of AER left before first engine start. 100.1 mpg after 90.4 miles displayed -- 98.4 mpg after 91.1 miles actual. Somewhere around the 90 mile out mark from Northern San Diego on the way to the Nissan of Downtown LA just down from the LA Convention Center and the LAAS, the Accord PHEV-11 dropped below 100 mpg. Arriving at Nissan of Downtown LA for a charge after 110.4 miles displayed/111.3 actual miles and 96.2 mpgUS displayed/94.6 mpgUS actual. The above explains what a simple PHEV-11 can do for a 100 mile commute. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Speed vs. FE The PHEV and HEV are like no other vehicle we have seen in the past with Honda P&G'ing its Li-Ion at low to mid loads. Topography and higher Loads see FE diminishing quickly as speed increases above 55 mph. Temps for the 50 to 65 mph Northbound and Southbound Speed vs. FE data was 66 – 67 degrees F with winds of 5 to 10 mph from the Northwest. The 70 mph bi-directional data points were completed in 56 degree temps with no discernible wind after traffic in Southern California had cleared. Linear analysis shows the Accord PHEVs EPA highway of 46 mpg (14 Accord PHEV) was crossed at 67.6 mph. Not bad and very representative. Above 70 mph, the Accord PHEV and HEV fall below 40 mpg rather quickly. They will still best their hybrid and non-hybrid midsize counterparts but will be owned by the turbo diesels. 2014 Honda Accord PHEV-13 Conclusions First off is the price. For an additional $4,875 over the 14 Accord Hybrid Touring, you gain an onboard 6.6 kW charger, another 5 + kWh pack capacity, and a charging cord. You lose almost 4 cu. ft. of trunk space, leather seating, XMSirius SAT Radio, and a power sunroof. That is a lot of extra $’s for 11-miles of AER. On the looks front, it is not sitting at the front of the pack as the Mazda6 and Fusion take that accolade. Accords have not looked class leading in at least 3 generations but that is just me. It does however provide the highest resale and one of if not the highest reliability. Great seating front and rear and excellent ergonomics except for that headrest geometry and arm rest. The limited rear trunk volume is another consideration in your quest for the best midsize. The Accord PHEV is also a bit on the noisy side under harder acceleration or high load although if you rarely drive in that realm, it will not be an annoyance. On the Fuel Economy front, the Honda engineers nailed it. Except for the higher speed fall off, nothing is going to touch it and only the Passat TDI can best it once pushing into the higher speed realms. If you are considering either the Accord PHEV or the HEV, take a few test drives. If you are a 1 to 3 bar on the power meter driver, you will be extremely satisfied. If you are a 2 to 4 bar on the power meter driver, you will probably exceed the EPA but not by much. If you are a 3 to 6 bar on the power meter driver, you will be disappointed and I would recommend you look elsewhere for a more cost effective fuel saver. When considering safety, no other affordable midsize provides the accident avoidance technology and crash test safety that the 2014 Accord lineup does. Crash test safety should always be high on everyone’s list for a family automobile. This may in fact be worth far more than the premium Honda is charging for the Accord PHEV-13 over any other manufacturer in the segment? $40k for a midsize no matter how fuel efficient and with this short all-electric range (AER) rating is going to severely limits its uptake as its year to date sales figures have shown so far. The midsize segment is defined within the $21 to $28k range and $40k is just too far out of reach for most shopping the segment to consider. Expecting to receive much of the $4,900 premium over the HEV at resale time in 5 + years is also a stretch. The Accord PHEV-is one of the best midsizes ever offered with the caveats above. If like the rest of the PHEV offerings $5K is taken off the sticker and adding in the incentives still available for PHEVs, it might make for a nice addition to your own stable. Remind me to shorten these reviews up a bit on the next go around. Honda’s November 2013 Sales Overview Earlier today Honda reported November 2013 U.S. total sales of 116,507 units, a decrease of 0.1 percent compared with record November 2012 sales. Year-to-date sales reached 1,390,057, an increase of 7.8 percent. Honda by itself saw November sales reach 101,948, a decrease of 2.3 percent when compared to November of 2012. Acura posted sales of 14,559, an increase of 18.9 percent compared to November 2012. Honda’s November 2013 Sales Highlights The CR-V set its second consecutive monthly record for November, with sales of 23,509, up 5.3 percent over November 2012. The Accord was Honda's best-selling model in November with sales of 27,093, up 3.2 percent for the month and up 10.6 percent for the year versus 2012. Honda Division year-to-date sales have now topped 1.2 million, up 7.9 percent for the year. Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7ModelNov-13Nov-12Nov-DSR % changeNov-13 YTDNov-12 YTDYTD-DSR % changeFit4,1403,315+20.1%48,89645,666+6.7%Civic26,29130,075-15.9%307,180284,791+7.5%Accord27,09326,248-0.8%334,357302,444+10.2%CR-V23,50922,333+1.2%275,145255,919+7.1%Civic Hybrid1,031530+87.0%7,0076,644+5.1%Insight402238+62.4%4,3845,536-21.1%CR-Z295244+16.3%4,1663,949+5.1%Accord Hybrid530NANA553NANAAccord PHEV-1368NANA488NANAHonda Totals116,507116,580-3.9%1,390,0571,290,011+7.4% The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days in November of 2013 and 25 in November of 2012. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 282 days through November of 2013 and 281 days through November of 2012. Top 10 – November 2013 US Automobile Sales Leaders Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6RankMakeModelNov-13Nov-12Nov-DSR % change1FordF-Series65,50156,299+11.9%2ChevroletSilverado34,38630,674+7.8%3ToyotaCamry30,38628,765+1.6%4RamRAM Pickup29,63524,337+17.1%5HondaAccord27,09326,248-0.8%6HondaCivic26,29130,075-15.9%7NissanAltima24,60420,305+16.5%8HondaCR-V23,50922,333+1.2%9FordFusion22,83915,125+45.2%10ToyotaCorolla22,43422,616-4.6% The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 days in November of 2013 and 25 in November of 2012. Top 10 October 2013 Sales items of note: The Camry moved ahead of RAM for third and fourth place respectively. The Accord and Civic swapped for 5th and 6th positions respectively. The Altima moved from 10th to 7th while the Corolla fell from 7th to 10th position. CR-V maintained its 8th position while the Fusion reappeared into the top 10 moving into the 9th position. The Escape dropped out of the top 10. November 2013 B-Segment Sales Rank [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/2/November_2013_US_Manufacturer_Marketshare_small.jpg[/fimg] Nissan Versa - 8,327 Chevrolet Sonic - 4,712 Ford Fiesta - 4,642 Hyundai Accent - 4,641 Honda Fit - 4,140 Fiat 500 - 3,075 Kia Rio - 2,474 Mazda2 - 724 Toyota Yaris – 712 November 2013 C-Segment Sales Rank Honda Civic - 26,291 Toyota Corolla - 22,434 Chevrolet Cruze - 18,200 Hyundai Elantra - 16,751 Ford Focus - 15,239 Nissan Sentra - 11,664 VW Jetta - 8,876 Mazda3 - 7,756 Dodge Dart - 6,486 Kia Forte - 4,423 November 2013 D-Segment Sales Rank Toyota Camry - 30,386 Honda Accord - 27,093 Nissan Altima - 24,604 Ford Fusion - 22,839 Hyundai Sonata - 16,595 Chevrolet Malibu - 14,405 Kia Optima - 10,871 Chrysler 200 - 5,621 VW Passat - 8,876 Mazda6 - 3,641 November 2013 Pickup Sales Rank [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/2/November_2012_US_Manufacturer_Marketshare_small.jpg[/fimg] Ford F-Series* - 65,501 Chevrolet Silverado* - 34,386 RAM* - 29,635 GMC Sierra* - 14,362 Toyota Tacoma - 12,601 Toyota Tundra - 10,010 Honda Ridgeline - 1,353 Nissan Titan -1,180 * Includes HD pickups November 2013 Hybrid Sales Rank Prius Liftback - 9,801 Prius c - 3,001 Camry Hybrid - 2,994 Fusion Hybrid - 2,769 C-MAX - 2,398 Prius v - 2,227 Avalon Hybrid - 1,532 ES 300h - 1,393 RX 450h - 1,105 Civic - 1,031 CT 200h - 1,002 MKZh - 852 Accord HEV - 530 Insight - 402 CR-Z - 295 November 2013 Electric Sales Rank LEAF - 2,003 Volt - 1,920 Prius PHEV - 1,100 C-MAX Energi - 941 Fusion Energi - 870 Focus Electric - 130 Spark EV - 87 Accord PHEV - 68 RAV4 EV - 62 Fit EV - 23 November 2013 Segment Ranking items of note: In the B-Segment, the Accent moved ahead of both the Fit and 500 to 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively. The slow selling Mazda2 moved ahead of the fading Yaris. In the C-Segment, Elantra passed the Focus for 4th and 5th spot respectively. Sentra moved ahead of the Jetta to 6th and 7th position respectively. In the D-Segment, the Passat moved up one spot passing the Chrysler 200 for 8th and 9th position respectively. In the Pickup segment, there were no position changes from October. In the Hybrid segment the C-MAX moved ahead of the Prius v for 5th and 6th positions respectively. The just released Accord HEV moved up from 15th to 13th ahead of the slow selling Insight-II and CR-Z. In the Electric segment, the Leaf jumped two spots to lead the pack with the Volt now sitting in 2nd position. The Prius PHEV fell from the segment lead to 3rd. The Spark EV moved from 9th to 7th, the Accord PHEV moving up one to 8th, and the RAV4EV falling two places back to 9th. Nothing in this segment is selling particularly well. US Sales November 2013 vs. November 2012 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 14 Automobile Manufacturers GM November 2013 US Sales up 13.7% with 212,060 vehicles sold Ford November 2013 US Sales up 7.2% with 190,449 vehicles sold Toyota November 2013 Sales up 10.1% with 178,044 vehicles sold Chrysler November 2013 US Sales 16.1% with 142,275 vehicles sold Honda November 2013 US Sales down 0.1% with 116,507 vehicles sold Nissan November 2013 US Sales up 10.1% with 106,528 vehicles sold Hyundai November 2013 US Sales up 4.7% with 56,005 vehicles sold Kia November 2013 US Sales up 10.6% with 45,411 vehicles sold Mercedes-Benz November 2013 US Sales up 14.4% with 37,345 vehicles sold Subaru November 2013 US Sales up 29.8% with 36,621 vehicles sold BMW November 2013 US Sales down 0.4% with 36,327 vehicles sold VW November 2013 US Sales down 16.3% with 30,727 vehicles sold Mazda November 2013 US Sales down 4.3% with 20,754 vehicles sold Audi November 2013 US Sales up 13.0% with 13,636 vehicles sold November 2013 US Automobile Sales Rank item of note: MB climbed two spots to 9th displacing both Subaru and BMW to 10th and 11th place respectively. Through November, the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) was approximately 15.6 million vehicles. November SAAR is approximately 16.4 million vehicles, the best pace of the year and best Monthly SAAR since February of 2007.