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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
The 2013 Honda CR-V is one of the best-selling crossover SUVs in the industry. Here is a link a couple different video reviews from the Car Connection, including side-by-side comparison of 2013 Honda CR-V and the new Ford Escape. Watch the videos for all the details, but here are the highlights
- The 2013 Honda CR-V has lots of space and gives best-in-class gas mileage
- The 2013 Honda CR-V gets 28 city mpg/31 hwy mpg
- It has more cargo space than the Ford Escape
- The third row of seats can fold down with a pull of a single lever
- The dash is attractive and easy to use
- The 2013 Honda CR-V starts at $22,000
While the new Ford Escape might be a little zippier, you sacrifice gas mileage, which is important with gas prices so high in Northwest. It should also be noted that the Ford Escape lacks leg room up front, including for the driver, which is unfortunate because the driver is the one always in the car.
According to the Car Connection, the 2013 Honda CR-V is “best for cost-conscious families” who want “value and space.” Check the video and then come to Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership to take the 2013 Honda CR-V for a test drive!
Check out the videos here.