This is a local story out of Pender County in North Carolina, but the trend is true all across the country: if you own an older Honda Accord or Honda Civic, it’s more likely to me stolen than a if it was a new Honda Accord or Honda Civic. The most stolen are the are 1994 Honda Accord and 1995 Honda Civic.
Of course, the main reason for this is because the security in the newer Hondas is much better than the old ones.
“Number one, the older cars are easier to steal than new ones. There’s hardly any security on those cars and there are so many of them still in existence,” said Frank Scafidi of the NICB. “The older vehicles that are stolen mostly today, those things end up just getting run into the ground or pieced out.”
And of course because people are getting smarter about their cars.
“”(Nationwide) theft numbers are down dramatically from 15 to 20 years ago, and that will only improve as technology improves and people pay attention to what they’re doing,” Scafidi said.
The mid-size sedan market is one of the toughest markets in the automotive industry. But only one has made Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars list 27 years in a row: the Honda Accord.
And the 2014 Honda Accord continues that tradition by being named as the best mid sized sedan by many critics and consumers. In this press release, they even did a comparison of the 2014 Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. Here’s what they came up with:
“The larger size of the Accord comes with a justifiable weight increase, but the higher-output engine is able to compensate for it. The Honda Accord is capable of 185 horsepower where the Ford Fusion only has an output of 160 horsepower. Consumers are sure to enjoy that the larger size doesn’t cause the fuel economy to suffer. Though only a difference of 1 MPG in each cycle, the Accord still beats out the Fusion with a 36 MPG highway/27 MPG city rating.”
The 2014 Honda Accord is also better for families and those with a lot of “stuff” because it is a “substantial” 12 cubic feet bigger, with more head and leg room for everyone.
Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership today to take the 2014 Honda Accord for a test drive so you can see what makes it the best mid sized sedan on the market!
Honda is voluntarily recalling about 318,000 Odyssey minivans and 56,000 Acura MDX sport utility vehicles due to possible defect with the airbags that may cause them to deploy without being in a collision.
The recall affects Honda Odysseys from 2003-4 model years and Acura MDX SUVs from the 2003 model year.
According to this article, “The recall comes after an investigation started in June by N.H.T.S.A. Honda told the safety agency that a chip within the air bag control unit may have “low noise toughness against electrical noise surges.” Because of that, the air bags may be triggered without a crash. Honda says dealers will install an electrical noise filter next to the component that controls air bag deployment.”
No injuries or collisions have been reported.
If you have any questions or concerns about your Odyssey or Acura MDX, please do not hesitate to call Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership. Any repairs that would be required would be free of charge to owners.
Honda announced it is voluntarily recalling Honda Fit hatchbacks from the 2007-2008 model years to replace master power switches for the windows.
The recall affects about 143,000 Honda Fits in the United States.
According to this article, “ Honda said under severe conditions, rain water or other spilled liquids may enter through an open driver’s window and enter the master power window switch on the driver’s door. “Over time, exposure to water and other fluids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, which ultimately can cause the switch to overheat and melt, damaging the switch and potentially damaging an associated wire harness. Additionally, if a switch melts, it could produce smoke and, potentially cause a fire,” Honda said.
No injuries or damage has been reported because of this.
If you are concerned that may be damage to your Honda Fit, please bring it in to Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership and we will take care of you.
New York Motor Insurance recently released a list of the top cars to drive in New York City and the Honda Insight is the top car in the Big Apple.
When creating this list, New York Motor Insurance considered the concerns of the average city driver. As a result, the list aims to help New Yorkers find a safe, affordable, and comfortable car that can handle lengthy, packed, and damaged city streets.
According to this article, “Size is often a concern when it comes to picking out a car that one will be able to park in the city,” stated the article. “Many city dwellers also want to be able to get great gas mileage to compensate for the higher cost of living in cities. There is plenty of traffic and potholes to be found in New York City, so most drivers just want a car that will not compound the problems that they are already dealing with on the roads.”
We love the Honda Insight (what’s not to love) and if the Honda Insight is the best car for New York City, don’t think you it would be the best car for Seattle? For Wenatchee? For Bellingham? For Mount Vernon?
We think so.
Honda has scored some of the highest scores among global companies in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013.
According to this article, “As a result of receiving a high evaluation for both the progress made through its initiatives and the content of its disclosure, the report named Honda one of the world’s top 12 most advanced companies.”
We can’t summarize any better than the original article what the accomplishments of Honda has been in this regard: “For the third consecutive year, Honda was listed as one of only 60 companies in the CDP’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, which features the world’s most advanced companies in the area of global climate change disclosures.
“Honda was also named as one of only 56 companies in the Carbon Performance Leadership Index, which the company’s actual performance in initiatives to address climate change.”
We are proud to be a part of a company that takes its environmental initiatives seriously and that makes a difference in the quality of the world in which we all live.
Hybrid vehicles are not exactly known for their performance.
Well, most hybrid vehicles.
This car journalist could have selected any car his heart desires to race in the MTN Kalahari Desert SpeedWeek, but he chose the Honda CR-Z Hybrid vehicle.
“While you will continue seeing many a Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, I can assure you that nobody else will be bringing a CR-Z to the pan. Not this year. And probably not next year either. So to say that I’m the only person to drive one of these fairly rare coupés down the 5km desert drag strip is quite cool. Well in my book anyway.”
When he wrote this article, he’d gotten it into the 100 mph club, which is very respectable for the soft racing surface and even beats out more expected with V-8 engines like the Porsche 356 Outlaw.
If you own a Honda CR-Z, he also gives you some pointers on how to get to 100mph despite the eco-friendly hybrid technology.
In this article, there are reports that Honda is considering creating a better alternative to the Scion FR-S. One that will be an even lighter, more affordable real-wheel drive sports car.
How affordable? Rumors are it would start around $20,000, which is $5,000 cheaper than the Scion FR-S.
According to the article, “GTChannel sources said the engine of the proposed car would be capable of producing 132 horsepower, which would be dramatic in a sports car as light as the new S2000. The suggested price tag of $20,000 would cement Honda’s reputation as the Best Value Brand, a distinction it earned from Kelley Blue Book earlier this year. It would also have a convertible on the market that Toyota never did for the FR-S, all rumors aside.”
What do you think? If Honda were to create a small, affordable sports car, what would you want it to have?
A couple weeks ago we wrote about Honda’s effort to save the drive-in theaters around the country. One of the ways Honda is doing that is letting people vote on which theaters Honda will donate a new digital projector to.
One of those receiving a new digital projector…and new life…is the Saco Drive-In in Sacrament, Calif.
“It’s important to help preserve this American icon, and we’re excited to see the benefits of digital projection at Saco Drive-In and their local community,” said Alicia Jones, Manager of Honda Social Media at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re continuing to spread the word about this movement and are proud to support these small businesses where families can share the cinema experience together under the stars.”
According to this press release: “With the end of 35-mm film distribution this year, and the costly switch to digital projection nearing, Honda created Project Drive-In as a national effort to save as many of America’s remaining drive-ins as possible. Through Project Drive-In awareness is being raised across the country, offering communities simple ways to get involved and helping this historic part of American cinema and car culture live on.”
Find out more about Honda’s Project Drive-In
and vote for the next four theaters to received their new digital projectors!
We are very excited to announce that the much anticipated 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is headed to production to the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio! This means it should be on local dealership lots like Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda later this year.
“We are extremely excited to get the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “We think this vehicle will appeal to a lot of people for a couple reasons. One, because it’s an Accord and will have the performance and reliability of an Accord. Two, because the Accord hybrid gets 50 miles per gallon the freeway and 45 city driving.”
According to this article, “The 2014 Accord Hybrid combines the sophisticated exterior styling and spacious interior packaging of the Accord Sedan with a highly efficient two-motor hybrid system from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology advanced powertrain series.”
“Even before it hits showrooms this fall, the Accord Hybrid is already surpassing the competition and claiming segment leadership,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda. “For customers looking for a 50 mpg rated 4-door sedan, there is no other choice than the 2014 Accord Hybrid.”
Look for the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership later this fall!