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Hondas Beat Competition in all 3 Head-to-Head Shootouts on Cars.com

Hondas Beat Competition in All 3 Head-to-Head Shootouts on Cars.com

We love Hondas, so it’s no wonder that we write about how much better Hondas are than other cars. But, in an effort to show that it’s not just us who love Hondas, here’s an AWESOME article about how Honda vehicles beat out all other vehicles in three different face-offs: the $16,000 Subcompact shootout (2012 Honda Fit won), the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout (the 2012 Honda CR-V won), and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout (the 2013 Honda Accord won).

Not only did Honda win, but they won each shootout by an average of 26 points. We can’t make this stuff up.

The article provides a great breakdown for the pros and cons of each car tested in each shootout, including the comments of each judge and the real-life test-family. If you are considering by a vehicle in any of these three categories, I HIGHLY recommend you read the article relevant to you because they do a great job with specifics.

 

Here’s what you need to know from the $16,000 Subcompact shootout:

  • “The verdict: ”The Fit is a triumph of cargo volume, versatility and execution,” Wiesenfelder said, “and its powertrain is a winner. From the first moment, the Fit begged to be driven hard.” Enough said.”
  • All the judges and the test-family raved about the overall roominess of the vehicle that looks much smaller on the outside then it feels on the inside. In fact, the second row seats fold UP so you can still have a flat loading space.
  • It’s fun to drive. More than any of the other cars tested, the Honda Fit handled magnificently on corners, hills, bumps, etc. No need to worry about driving a puny, wimpy
    car. Drive one that is fun to drive!
  • It got the second best gas mileage with EPA tested 28/35 city/highway mpg. The judges got an actual gas mileage of 33.4 mpg.
  • See the verdict on each individual car HERE.
  • See the overview of this shootout HERE.

See our next blog to find out what the Cars.com head to head shootouts said about the 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Honda to make them the winners of their categories!

Honda CR-V, Honda Accord Win Head-to-Head Shootout on Cars.com

Honda CR-V, Honda Accord Win Head-to-Head Shootout on Cars.com

This is a continuation of our thoughts on how Hondas won all three head-to-head shootouts that Cars.com put together for vehicles in the $16,000 Subcompact category, the $25,000 Compact SUV Category, and the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category. In this blog, we will cover how the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV shootout and the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan category.

See our previous blog for a summary of how the 2012 Honda Fit won the $16,000 Subcompact shootout and for more information about how detailed and AWESOME this series is by Cars.com. Seriously, if you are looking to buy a vehicle in any of these categories, read our blog and then go to the original article for all the details on each shootout and the pros and cons of each vehicle.

Back to business.

How the 2012 Honda CR-V won the $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout:

  • The verdict: ”The Honda CR-V is one of the most well-rounded vehicles in this segment. It’s a comfortable cruiser with a solid powertrain, a compliant ride and plenty of features,” Geiger said. “The brand’s history of strong reliability helps tip the scale.”
  • “EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway; we observed 30.3 mpg combined (the second best mpg tested)”
  • Most of the features that are “extra” on the other models, come standard on the base model of the 2012 Honda CR-V. You can look forward to the back-up camera, sunroof, HD and satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB, and fold-flat back seats.
  • While the car professionals had some negative things to say about the way the 2012 Honda CR-V drives, the real-life test family LOVED it and said it “drives like a dream.” The only way you’ll know for sure is to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda to test drive it yourself!
  • Click HERE to go directly to the Verdict for each of the vehicles in the shootout.
  • See HERE for the overview of the Compact SUV shootout.

Moving on to how the 2013 Honda Accord won the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout and some of the highlights we picked out:

  • “The verdict: ”Like the Camry, the Accord does most things reasonably well, and its nimble handling and eager drivetrain add a little excitement the Toyota lacks.”
  • “Honda’s latest gander at a continuously variable automatic scores a hit,” Mays said. “The Accord’s transmission responds in a jiffy, serving up passing power in concert with your right foot.” Wiesenfelder “found it surprisingly athletic and light on its feet, closer to the Fusion than the others dynamically, but with quick, better-weighted steering.”
  • One of the criticisms was that the cupholders “imprison small drinks.” I’ll take that.
  • Comes standard with a back-up camera.
  • EPA-estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway, 31.87 mpg observed
  • SMS text message reading and responding (only car with feature)
  • Go HERE to see the verdicts on each of the vehicles in this shootout.
  • Go HERE for the overview of the $26,000 Midsize Sedan shootout.

So if you are thinking about buying a subcompact under $16,000, be sure to check out the 2012 Honda Fit. If you need a compact SUV, you must consider the 2012 Honda CR-V. And the real winner for critics and real people alike in the midsize sedan category is the 2013 Honda Accord. To test drive any of these vehicles, be sure to stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealerships!

Honda’s Lineup for Tokyo Auto Show

Honda’s Lineup for Tokyo Auto Show

Modulo Climax

Honda revealed its lineup for the Tokyo Auto Salon will include a lot of speed, a lot of presentation, and, dare we say, a lot of pizzazz (including a vehicle covered in rhinestones. Too bad this article doesn’t include pictures of that one).

Honda will display another vehicle in its N-One series, the Modulo Style, which looks boxy, but fun to drive in the cities where space and parking are tight. The racing models Honda has included seem to reference its sporty past and cutting edge future.

Check out this article

at Carbuzz.com for pictures of some of the Hondas we can look forward to hearing and seeing more about!

CR-V Redesign Possibility

The Honda CR-V has been one of the most, if not the most, popular small SUVs on the road. With each new version, it has only gotten better and, so, my interest was piqued when I saw this article with a ‘study’ of the new CR-V.

And I liked what I saw (photo is from Carscoop.com).

From Carscoop.com: “Honda’s official tuning arm created a new styling package for the latest generation CR-V comprising a front grille with a protruding chrome bar, a newly designed front bumper, chrome fender trims, side skirts, a new rear bumper with stacked exhaust outlets and a roof spoiler.”

I love the look of the new Honda CR-V that will officially debut in Japan in January. It looks…less soccer mom (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and more…”move over, I’ve got places to be.” I think that’s a subtle but bold distinction.

From this one photo, it does seem to have more of a minivan shape, but the front grill and shaping do not scream “I’ve got 3 kids in here spilling their milkshakes and throwing their fries! Would you please move over because I’m late to piano lessons!” I think it says, “I’m fierce and I’ll tailgate you until you move over to the right lane where you belong, you passive aggressive Prius!” Ok, maybe that got a little too personal (but really, are drivers of Priuses the most passive aggressive left-lane drivers ever or is it me?).

What does the new Honda CR-V look say to you?

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!

 

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