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2013 Honda Accord is Only Moderately Priced Midsized Vehicle to Earn “Good” Rating on New IIHS Crash Test

According to a new “narrow offset” front-end crash test instituted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 Honda Accord is the only moderately priced midsized vehicle sold in the United States to earn a “good” rating.

The Suzuki Kizashi also received a “good” rating, but Suzuki recently decided the Kisashi would no longer be sold in the U.S.

The new IIHS crash test involves a front-end crash where the car strikes a thing object (like a pole or tree) in the outside 20% of the hood; this is important because as it stands, now, most of the reinforcement is in the middle 60% of the car.

“About 10,000 deaths a year are in frontal crashes and about one-fourth of those are ‘narrow offset,’ ” says IIHS spokesman Russ Rader.  ”We think it is important to look at how people are actually dying in real-world crashes.”

The fact that the 2013 Honda Accord did so well on the IIHS test surprises few people.

“The 2013 Honda Accord is an incredible vehicle,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “It has been getting rave reviews for style, safety, technology, gas mileage, and now this. Honda did its research and new this test was coming and showed an anxious concern for the safety of Honda drivers and passengers.”

It is interesting to point out that the moderately priced vehicles performed better than the luxury vehicles subjected to the narrow offset test. Of the 18 moderately priced vehicles tested, 13 of them received an “acceptable” or “good” rating. Of the 11 luxury midsize sedans tested, only three passed the test. The Acura TL (Honda’s luxury brand) was one of the luxury vehicles that earned a “good.”

At the end of the article it addresses how Toyota’s vehicles did so poorly. Toyota responded that the IIHS tests well above the federal requirements but it will now respond to the challenge. I think that contrasts very interestingly with Honda who had been following the IIHS test development very closely “for some time” and took the initiative to improve its vehicles before the test. What do you think? Does this say anything about the values of the different automotive companies?

Before You Buy a Car for a Holiday Gift…

We all see the beautiful commercials of new cars topped with giant bows parked in the snowy driveways. Buying someone (or yourself) seems like the perfect gift, but before you take the plunge, there are probably a few things you want to consider.

1)      If you are buying this car for your significant other, be sure it’s a car that they want…and not one that you want. Just like when you were younger and you wanted to buy your sibling a toy for your birthday that you really wanted so you could play with it. I suspect that buying someone a car just so you can drive it will go over about as well. Or not.

2)      Even if you are buying a car for yourself, be sure it fits your family situation. I recently talked to a sales person at a local dealership who said the used sports car we just passed only had 20,000 miles on it because his wife made him bring it back because it didn’t have seats in the back for their kids. If you have children (or pets), it may be important to have enough room for them.

3)      There are many great deals out there right now to buy a new car, but make sure you are realistic with what you can afford. While it might sound dreamy to give your significant other a car for zero down, don’t forget there will be hundreds of dollar payments from months/years after that. I’m not trying to suck out your holiday cheer, I’m just trying to preserve your relationship.

4)      While a surprise might sound romantic, unless you are the “Gift Whisperer” and/or have really done your homework, it’s probably best to include the person you are buying the car for…lest you get the wrong color or trim or entirely wrong car. L

5)      We have a saying in our house: go big or go home. How can you incorporate this into your auto-gift buying experience without buying more than you can really afford? Buy one trim above what they would probably expect. You can never go wrong with heated seats or that navigation system.

If you have any questions that you don’t want to ask the person you are buying the car for (because you’re afraid of ruining the surprise, etc.), feel free to talk your friendly and knowledgeable sales person at Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealerships!

Honda Releases Teaser Picture of Urban SUV Concept

We are very excited to see the all of what Honda teased in a picture of an “urban SUV concept” vehicle. The image shows off what Honda says is a “global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior.”

We can’t wait to see the concept car unveiled at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next month. If past concept vehicles are any indication, this concept SUV won’t be too much different then the one that will be mass manufactured by Honda. As this article states, “ the “concept” show car is a thinly veiled, dressed-up version of a car that already has a go-ahead for production.”

Based on this picture, what do you think? Are you excited about Honda’s new SUV concept?

My Awesome Experience Buying a Used Car from Sims Honda

As some of you regular readers may or may not know, we have been a one-car family (a 2009 Honda Accord that we bought from Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham) for several years. Often, my husband would ride his Honda Ruckus scooter (who we lovingly call “Scoot”) to and from work. His commute is only about five miles, but he finally decided he was too old to be riding Scoot in the rain and cold of winter months.

So, we started looking online for quality used cars and found what looked like a good fit at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. At the first meeting with our future car, I brought my father along because my husband couldn’t make it and my father is a ‘car guy.’ Having had our fair share of bad experiences with crappy used vehicles (did I mention my husband and I went through four cars in our first year of marriage. Yeah, we did), I wanted to bring him along to check it out.

Looked good.

A few days later I brought the whole family up to check out the potential newest member of our family. There was no way around it, I had to bring the three year old and the one year old to Sims Honda while my husband and I reviewed this car before ultimately buying it. Those of you who have had young children know what I’m talking about. The boredom, the getting into everything, etc.

Well, we had a fabulous experience, kids and all.

Before children, I never really appreciated how important a “family friendly buying experience” would be, but I’m here to tell you that we did not get one scowl or sideways glance as my three year old pretended to drive the Honda Pilot on the showroom floor. The guy in the nearby office simply laughed to the person he was on the phone with when my son purposefully walked into his office and waved.

The service manager recognized me from all the times I had brought in our Accord for oil changes and scheduled maintenances and didn’t seem bothered at all as my kids filled up their water cups, took candy from the billing counter candy jar or sprawled on the waiting room floor.

The salesman helping us, Don Corpolongo, was so friendly and didn’t ever seem annoyed when either my husband or myself ran off chasing one of our darlings. The staff showed our kids the musical presents under the tree and simply told them to be careful not to slam their fingers in the doors as they climbed in and out of the cars.

It really seemed like “family owned” meant something at Sims Honda.

The sales process was pretty quick and painless as Don explained all of our options. We feel really confident that we got a great used car knowing that Sims Honda takes pride in its reputation as one of the best Honda dealerships in Western Washington.

If I’m not making this clear enough, here’s the bottom line: we had a great, family friendly experience buying a great used car for a very reasonable price at Sims Honda. We would recommend buying a new or used car at Sims Honda to anyone, so give them a try the next time you are in the market for a new or used car!

Honda Voluntarily Recalls Older Odysseys, Pilots

Honda announced it is voluntarily recalling Honda Odyssey minivans and Honda Pilot SUVs from the 2003 and 2004 model years for problems with the ignition. Also, Acura MDX SUVs from the 2003 through 2006 models years may be affected. The problem with the ignition could cause the vehicle to roll away even after it is put in park and the key removed.

Approximately 800,000 vehicles may be affected.

“If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please call us or stop by,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda. “Whether you bought your Odyssey, Pilot or Acura MDX here or another Honda dealership, we will take care of you. Any problems related to this recall will be taken care of free of charge.”

If Sims Honda or Northwest Honda dealerships are closer to you, please do not hesitate to call or stop by and one of our certified Honda staff will take care of you.

 

Honda Fit Transforms into Musical Instrument, DJ Table

When we find and read articles about automobile breakthroughs and technology, it usually has to do with safety or gas mileage or something along those lines. Rarely, do we find something as cool as an automobile being used as a musical instrument as is the case with the Honda Fit Twist (only available in Brazil) in this video. You won’t believe it until you watch it.

All the elements used in the song are triggered by different features of the car (my favorite is the one that occurs when the glove compartment opens.

The Honda Fit Twist-turned-DJ-Table campaign is also a contest for different blogs to create the own remixes of the original song (called Overdrive). People can vote for their favorite remix at the blogs.

To see the really creative and entertaining creation of the original song by Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon and read specifics about the campaign and contest, click on the link above.

Small Number of Honda Civics Recalled

Honda is voluntarily recalling a small number of Honda Civics because of potential problems with the steering column. The recall only affects 157 Civics built between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30 of this year. They were fitted with the wrong steering wheel column.

Owners will receive notice by mail starting Dec. 4 and the steering wheel column will be replaced free of charge.

Honda Civic Sales Top Toyota Corolla

The people have spoken and despite reported criticisms of the 2012 Honda Civic, it sold more than 30,000 units in November…beating out all other compact cars, including the Toyota Corolla that only sold 22,000 units.

Some called the Honda Civic bland and boring, but maybe that’s what the people want.

Well, Honda also listened to the critics and has a revamped version of the Honda Civic coming in just a couple months. It will be interesting to see how the sales between the two Civics will compare. My prediction is the 2013 Civic will take over the previous version, but it will still stay in the top five compact cars.

“The Honda Civic will always be a strong seller because it has been around for so long and has shown how dependable it is,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda dealership in Wenatchee. “The 2012 Honda Civic lives up to the Civic name and gives drivers and passengers everything they expect in a Civic, including excellent gas mileage. The 2013 Civic is a little sportier and has improved performance. I love both Civics.”

For your opportunity to see why the Honda Civic beat out all other compact cars, come to Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda or Sims Honda for a test drive.

 

http://rumors.automobilemag.com/honda-civic-takes-top-spot-in-november-compact-car-sales-toyota-corolla-second-189343.html#axzz2EF68ml6Z

2012 Honda Odyssey Comes With Multi-Angle Rearview Cameras

As a Honda blogger, it’s usually pretty easy for me to stay on top of Honda news, especially about popular vehicles like the Honda Odyssey. However, this article gave me something I did not know: the 2012 Honda Odyssey comes with a multi-angle rearview camera standard on the Touring and EX-L models.

A one-angle rearview camera comes standard on all 2012 Honda Odyssey models.

“The standard angle, wide angle, and straight down angle are life-savers in a vehicle as big as the 2012 Honda Odyssey,” said John Clough, sales manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “The Honda Odyssey has some really great features that make it the best in its class. The multi-angle rearview camera is just one more thing that takes it over the top.”

While the multi-angle rearview camera is available, you won’t get as affordable as you will on the 2012 Honda Odyssey.

According the article, “The multi-angle rearview camera comes standard in the Odyssey Touring Elite model I tested, which had a sticker price of $44,485. It’s also standard on the Touring model that starts at $41,430 and on the EX-L model with the Satellite-Linked Navigation System that starts at $37,125. By comparison, the Around View Monitor is standard on the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum edition, which starts at $39,170.”

Check out the article below to see a quick video of how the multi-view rearview camera works on a touch screen! Or even better, stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to take the 2012 Honda Odyssey for a test drive and try the rearview camera yourself!

Honda’s LaneWatch System is 2012 Automobile Technology Finalist

The 2013 Honda Accord has made a splash with industry know-what’s and  consumers. A big part of that is because of all the bells and whistles that come standard on the newest Accord, including the LaneWatch system. Now the LaneWatch system has been named a finalist for the 2012 Technology of the Year Award by AOL Autos.

“It would be really great for the LaneWatch system to win 2012 Technology of the Year Award,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The 2013 Honda Accord is loaded with some really awesome technology, most of which comes standard on all models not just the more expensive models. The LaneWatch system is so representative of Honda: it is convenient, it is innovative and it makes the 2013 Honda Accord a much safer car.”

Here’s what the article had to say about the LaneWatch system: “LaneWatch uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the standard 8-inch color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed. The feature can also be deactivated in the vehicle settings at the driver’s discretion…The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle’s blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers are encouraged to visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.

Why is this important? The article also points out that the typical view of a passenger-side mirror is 18-22 degrees. With the LaneWatch technology, drivers will be able to see up to 80 degrees.

Really, does anything else need to be said to convince you of the value of the LaneWatch system?

The AOL Autos Technology of the Year Award will be given in January. Check out the other finalists at AOLAutos.com.

“I hope LaneWatch wins,” said Hofkamp. “But if it doesn’t win, I think just being a finalist brings a lot of justified attention to this incredible safety technology and the 2013 Honda Accord. We’ll take that.”

But don’t wait until January when the award will be announced to try the technology itself. Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda today to test drive the 2013 Honda Accord and see how much safer you can be with LaneWatch looking over your shoulder.

 

http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/11/27/4443268/honda-lanewatch-named-2012-technology.html

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