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Top 10 Items in Honda Collection

This article/list was an interesting compilation of cars, trucks, bikes and robots that make up what the writer said are the top ten things at the Honda Collection Hall in Japan. Honestly, a lot of these vehicles were vehicles I had never heard of, but it was interesting to read where they had a place in cultural history, in racing history, and in Honda’s history.

  1. 1924 Curtiss Special
  2. 1965 Honda RA272
  3. 1963 Honda S500
  4. Asimo (robot)
  5. 1946 Honda Bicycle Auxiliary Engine
  6. 1982 Honda CB1100F
  7. 1963 Honda T360
  8. 1981 Honda Motocompo
  9. 1994 Honda NSX-R
  10. 1990 McLaren Honda MP4/5B

For brief descriptions and all kinds of photos of these history-making inventions at Honda, check out the complete article at Motortrend.com HERE.

Do you have any memories or experience with any of the Honda innovations on this top 10 list?

2013 Will Be a Good Year for Car, Truck Buyers

This is an encouraging article for anyone who may be in the market to be a new or used vehicle in 2013. While it starts out talking about how the industry will increase a good amount (4 percent), but not as good as 2012 (increased about 14 percent!), I think the real important stuff that applies to everyday folk is in the middle to end of the article.

Here’s what you want to know if you think you want to buy a car in 2013 (and you should):

  • Interest rates will remain low. The economy is still recovering and so the government is doing what it can to keep interest rates low. This is excellent news for anyone taking out a loan to purchase a vehicle.
  • Credit will be more widely available. Unlike a couple years ago when even people with perfect credit couldn’t get a loan, things are starting to loosen up a little and now, it appears, most people who are qualified should be able to get a loan.
  • TONS of competition. The big brands are battling for buyers. The dealerships are battling for buyers. And the vehicles are just getting better. With the Big Three getting bailed out they have trimmed the fat and realized they need to step it up. Even brands like Honda have stepped it up and we are sincerely excited about some of the Honda vehicles coming out in the next year.
  • Think about buying a used car. Edmunds.com estimates that nearly 500,000 leases will be up, which means a big influx of used cars…which means less expensive used cars.
  • Edmunds.com also predicted more consumers needing trucks as the economy picks up and more builders and contractors need them to do their jobs.

 

“Interest rates will remain low if you’re buying car, and credit is much more widely available than years ago,” said Michelle Krebs of Edmunds.com. “There will also be a lot of competition and a ton of incentives, so consumers can do a little more bargaining in the showroom,” Krebs said.

Local dealerships are looking forward to what seems like the perfect storm for consumers.

“We are excited for people who have been wanting to buy a new or used car, but were concerned about  not being able to a loan, inventory, or that it just wasn’t the best time,” said Bobby Maynard, new car manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “There are a lot of positive things working for consumers in 2013, so if you are thinking about buy a new or used car, you should really come down and check us out.”

For you opportunity to take advantage of low interest rates, available credit, awesome new and used cars, and awesome deals, head to Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealerships today!

Honda is Back and Better Then Ever

 

As this article points out, Honda has had a “bumpy” couple years. With the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 causing major disruptions in manufacturing and some mixed critical reviews of the Honda Civic (consumers seemed more than happy with it), Honda had a little bit more work to do than normal to catch up.

Well, catch up…and surpass the competition, it did.

In fact, Honda sales are up more than 24 percent over last year, including a 39 percent increase in November. The revamped Honda Civic is being widely hailed as a winner by consumers and critics alike; Consumer Reports said Honda “nailed” the Honda Civic redesign.

Even with an unfortunate number of voluntary safety recalls, Honda has benefited from a well-earned brand of dependability, safety, and innovation. Consumers still trust Honda and that brand loyalty is starting to rise again.

So if you’ve turned away from Honda in the last couple years, we invite you to take a look at the 2013 Honda Civic, the acclaimed 2013 Honda Accord or any used Honda to know that you are in good hands. Honda built its reputation on trust and dependability, so you can trust that Honda will take care of you.

Stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships to check out any of the incredible new Honda vehicles that boast the best gas mileage, quality and technology in the industry.

 

2013 Toyota Camry Fails New Crash Test

Many consumers and critics see the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry as head-to-head rivals…and for good reason. However, there is one recent safety test that proved the 2013 Honda Accord safer than the Toyota Camry as the Camry failed to receive a “Top Safety Pick-Plus” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety while the Accord earned such honors (the Camry earned a “Top Safety Pick” minus the “Plus”).

The sticking point for the Toyota Camry was that it earned a “Poor” rating for the “small overlap” or “narrow offset” safety test, which simulates a car striking a pole or post on the outer quarter of the hood (most reinforcement is in the middle of the hood).

The 2013 Honda Accord passed the small overlap test with flying colors; the only vehicle sold in the United States to do so.

“We want vehicles to be as safe as possible for everyone,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “Certainly, there’s no joy for us that the Camry failed the narrow offset safety test, but it is definitely something people will want to consider as they weigh whether to buy a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord.”

As you make your pros and cons lists of whether to buy a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, no doubt that safety will be near the top of those lists. So be sure to take note that only one of these vehicles earned the “Top Safety Pick-Plus” from the IIHS.

Read the complete article here.

For your opportunity to check out the critically acclaimed and consumer approved 2013 Honda Accord, head to Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealerships!

2013 Honda Ridgeline is a Different Kind of Truck

We love reading articles about how Honda vehicles rethink and reinvent a vehicle category. According to this article, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline has done just that. No longer does being a truck mean brute strength with bulky steering. No, according to this writer, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline fills in the “reality gap” if you don’t need your truck to climb Mount Everest or tow the Space Shuttle down the road.

The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is the perfect vehicle if you need to haul a decent amount, keep dirty stuff out of your vehicle, insist on decent gas mileage, hide your valuables (see “Utility” below), be comfortable, want a truck that handles like a car, and need a reasonable base price.

Here are some of the highlights of the 2013 Honda Ridgeline:

  • Design.  “Along with a full four-door Crew Cab design, Instead of a separate bed, it’s all a single piece, with a C-pillar that angles down and reminds a little of the Chevy Avalanche. We like the Ridgeline’s different take. It’s modern and handsome, and the seamless lines give it a very upscale vibe.”
  • Drive.  “A big part of that has to do with the chassis, which features an integrated closed-box frame with unit-body construction, rather than traditional body-on-frame trucks. This makes for a much quieter ride and allows for a more sophisticated independent rear suspension.If you’re worried about strength, the Ridgeline’s two integrated fully boxed and reinforced frame rails and seven fully boxed crossmember make for one solid platform, well capable of carrying and towing challenging loads.”
  • Handling (because you don’t need to drive a mountain goat): “The 250 hp, 3.5-liter V6 is punchy, with ample low-end torque and the 5-speed automatic is swift and smooth. The standard all wheel drive system is up to most tasks and features a locking rear differential, but the lack of a low-range may deter you if you’re planning to do the kind of rigorous off-roading preferred by mountain goats. We’ll take the tradeoff, because with the independent rear suspension, the Ridgeline rides like a dream, and has precise, confident handling that makes most competitors’ trucks feel like they’re from the Stone Age.”
  • Utility:  “We especially liked the 60/40 split rear seats whose bottoms easily flip up to create a large storage area with a flat floor. The bed is equally impressive, with a dual-action tailgate that not only flips down like a traditional truck but can also swing to the side for easy loading and unloading. Brilliant. We’re also crazy for the in-bed trunk, a weatherproof 8.5 cubic foot lockable storage area under the bed. Made of the same tough composite as the bed, it’s a handy place to store valuables out of site, or a perfect place to throw a couple sets of golf clubs.”

“The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is an incredible machine that combines comfort with what most people really use their trucks for,” said Paul Binder, sales manager t Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Honda has really designed outside the box with the new Ridgeline. If you are in the market for a new truck, you owe it to yourself to check out the 2013 Honda Ridgeline.”

The  2013 Ridgeline is full of comfort and surprises.

“All in all, this is one smart way to build a pickup truck. For the real-world needs of a lot of buyers, the Ridgeline makes few compromises, while providing real advantages in performance and comfort. And no gravelly-voiced spokesperson required.

Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships to check out and test drive the 2013 Honda Ridgeline today!

2013 Honda Accord V6 Coupe is “the Car”

Occasionally, we find articles that have a great bottom-line point…but they are so tedious and boring to read because of the way they are written. Point and case is this article that repetitiously calls the 2013 Honda Accord V6 Coupe “the car…” and almost all the sentences are very short and choppy, which slowly lulls your brain to sleep until you can’t remember the paragraph you just read.

Well, we are here to the rescue, because we think the information in this article is great, but we want to save you from actually having to read it.

  • The 2013 Honda Accord V6 Coupe will feature an engine with 3.5 liter capacity and has been used in other
    powerful cars, so we look forward to seeing it here.
  • “The engine can produce about 278 horsepower and about 252 pound feet of torque…when coupled with the light weight of the body, it can produce the desire effects.”
  • “The car” uses a six-speed manual transmission, great suspension and dependable breaking that “add to the security of the car.”
  • The Accord Coupe V6 can go zero to 60 mph in about 5.6 seconds. Weeeee!
  • It is spacious and roomy. Good head and leg room, in addition to storage space.
  • The interior  is comfortable and borderline luxurious (my word, not the article’s because, well, it’s too colorful for that article)
  • Great gas mileage at 18/28 city/highway or 22 mpg average.
  • Will cost around $33,000

 

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe is expected out next year so look for it at Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda and Northwest Honda dealerships!

 

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!

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