August 2022
A Letter from Herb
Find a Remedy
A great automotive icon once said, “Don’t find a fault, find a remedy”. Do you think Henry Ford would relish in the fact that the latest hybrid vehicles for 2022 are offering solutions or a “remedy” to the current fuel shortage and environmental concerns? Most likely yes.

Although drivers are finally getting a little relief at the gas pump, that might not last too long. The national average price of regular unleaded is down to $4.75 per gallon, versus its all-time peak of $5.02, set earlier this summer. The prediction is that prices at the pump may decline a bit more but will stay painfully high this summer. In fact, we could see a new all-time peak if unforeseen problems continue to affect fuel production or delivery.

The climbing cost of gas is one of the most significant reasons for considering a hybrid vehicle today. The move from gasoline-powered cars of the 20th century to the pure electric cars of the 21st century, has a middle ground. It’s the Hybrid vehicle!

Some people consider buying hybrids because they are concerned about the environment and want to do their part in reducing emissions. Others buy hybrids because they appreciate the advanced technology that hybrid vehicles offer. Easing the transition away from gas-powered cars, hybrids offer dual technologies of gas and electric power.

Hybrids currently have an advantage over fully electric vehicles for driving longer distances. This feature helps alleviate today’s consumer “range anxiety”, a fear of driving an electric vehicle and running out of power, without being able to find a charging station on time. For many, a hybrid is a great option that provides the benefits of both – battery power and the reassurance of a gasoline powered car that can be fill up at a gas station as necessary.

At Herb Chambers we realize that a hybrid car is a big purchase and a deviation from the comfort zone of buying a traditional gasoline vehicle. The sales team, at the Herb Chambers dealership of your choice will guide you in selecting one of the latest quality hybrid products, providing you with the style, comfort, and peace-of-mind you need.

Some of today’s most popular hybrids include the Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid. This mid-size SUV boasts all the features people have come to love in the RAV 4 but with all the benefits a hybrid has to offer. This stylish option can be found at Herb Chambers Toyota in Boston or Auburn. In addition to the RAV 4, another great choice is the spacious Toyota Sienna Hybrid. This is the perfect vehicle for New England summer fun with the whole family!

If are looking for a family friendly option, but a minivan isn’t what you’re after, you should consider the Honda Accord Hybrid. According to US News, the winner of the 2022 Best Hybrid and Electric Car for Families is the Honda Accord Hybrid. Noted for its passenger space, safety, and reliability. Any one of our Honda dealerships in Boston, Burlington, Seekonk, or Westborough can provide you with more details about it’s added features.

It’s important to remember that a hybrid vehicle may cost a bit more than a gas-powered vehicle initially, but overtime, it is less expensive to operate, and hybrids tend to be worth more when it comes time to trade them in.
Curious and want to learn more about which hybrid is right for you? Visit and check out our selections. Don’t let “range anxiety” hold you back, a car is supposed to be fun. That includes buying one!
2022 Honda Accord Hybrid
The 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid midsize sedan performs well on the road and in the financial department. Not just because it’s so sparing with gasoline, but it also retains a lot of its value when the time comes to sell.

It’s affordable up front as well. The base hybrid model starts at only $1,200 more than its all-combustion counterpart. Admittedly, it would take a lot of miles to recoup that in fuel savings, but most buyers seeking a strong, reliable hybrid are happy in the knowledge that their emissions are lower from day one of ownership.

Throughout the whole drive, though, the ride quality remains fluid and forgiving — almost at luxury levels. The Touring model gets even closer to an Acura or Lexus with its adaptive suspension.

We named the regular, non-hybrid Accord a best buy among midsize sedans and we include the Accord Hybrid in this accolade. It’s the prime example of its kind.

How to Plan for a Road Trip in an Electric Car
Nearly 35 million American drivers will be on the road this summer and while EV infrastructure is still growing, the burgeoning part of the population of first-time EV owners may have to take additional steps to ensure a successful road trip.

"It cannot be understated that to successfully travel in an EV, you must plan out your trip," said Kevin Quinn, vice president of auto claims at Mercury Insurance. "Mapping out stops around EV charging stations and taking the time to make sure your car is prepared by carefully checking your vehicle's components may help you avoid potential headaches."

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Drivers looking for the excellence of the Mercedes-Benz brand packaged as a practical compact crossover will be delighted by the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. In a crowded segment of compact luxury SUVs, the GLC-Class has done a good job representing its brand’s identity with an elegant interior, handsome styling, and an engaging driving experience. A couple of competitors that bring something similar to the table include the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

The GLC-Class continues as a carryover model for the 2022 model year. However, for 2022, the new AMG GLC 63 S is introduced, making a whopping 503 horsepower. That makes it compete more effectively with the Porsche Macan GTS, the BMW X3 M with the Competition Package, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. There are also some newly standard safety and tech features across the model range for 2022.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is a pleasant SUV that’s easy to drive. It’s small enough to be maneuverable on city streets and easy to park, but comfortable enough for long-distance highway driving. The base turbocharged inline-4 engine delivers a satisfying balance of eager performance and good fuel economy.

Home Charging for Electric Vehicles: What You Need to Know
Electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing in popularity as drivers consider the operating cost of owning an automobile as well as the environmental impact of their commutes. The number of electric vehicle models available has nearly doubled in the last few years and the market is getting charged up. The rising demand for electric vehicles has led to a larger inventory of new and used plug-ins in the auto market.

With more than 2 million electric cars on the road in the U.S., EV owners know that home charging is one of the most important aspects of owning an electric vehicle. Other than driving, cold weather zaps batteries of energy quickly. Using the air conditioning or heater, as well as uphill drives, also reduce range. Knowing that there might be more frequent charges under these demands makes home charging more appealing.