Honda announced that after 2014, the Honda Fit EV will no longer be manufactured and the Honda Insight will only be available at dealerships through the end of the year.
While we’re sad to hear that the Honda Fit EV and Insight won’t be very available much longer, we’re excited to hear that it’s because Honda is concentrating on other electric and hybrid technologies!
According to this article, “”Our path forward includes a new generation of electromotive technologies, including expanded application of our two-motor hybrid system,” said Sage Marie, American Honda spokesman, regarding the news.
The two-motor hybrid system is in the Honda Accord Plug-in and Honda Accord Hybrid. Based on consumer and critic reviews of these models, we think is very forward-thinking and wise of Honda to concentrate on expanding on this technology. Almost everyone raves about the gas mileage and performance of the Honda Accord Plug-In and Honda Accord Hybrid, so we think with Honda putting most of it’s attention on that will only make it better!
What do you think? Are you excited for Honda to focus on this technology?
Honda is known for building reliable, dependable, and high-value vehicles. The word fun generally isn’t one that comes to the forefront when describing Honda vehicles.
The 2014 Honda Civic Si is on a mission to change all that.
“The 2014 Honda Civic Si is just plain fun to drive,” said Tony Carter, general manager at Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham. “It’s quick, it’s nimble, and it’s the only model in it’s class available with a manual transmission. And that can mean some real fun for people who know what they’re doing. The 2014 model has more horsepower and more torque; it goes zero to 60 in just over six seconds.”
The 2014 Honda Civic Si comes in either coupe or sedan style. Like the writers of this article, we really like the sedan because it means more people (like small families) can enjoy the Civic Si, but certainly the coupe is just right for many people.
And the sedan style doesn’t sacrifice performance, at all. “Outfitted with one of the slickest shifting six-speed manuals in the business—the only transmission available on the Si—the new sedan proved a delight…”
Not only is it fun to drive, but unlike other “fun” vehicles, the 2014 Honda Civic Si get excellent gas mileage; 47 on the highway and 44 in the city. Saving money on gasoline is fun, right? In fact, the Civic Si is so fun, that the writers of the article picked it as their favorite Civic model. The bottom line for them: “While the Civic offers something for a wide range of buyers, our vote goes to the delightful Si that offers the combination of a fun-to-drive sports sedan and the practicality of a family hauler.”
Stop by Northwest Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today to take the 2014 Honda Civic Si for a fun test ride!
The 2014 Honda Accord comes in several models, including the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in which wows owners because of its advanced technology that means you’re stopping for gas far less than any of your neighbors.
In fact, one estimate based on common driving habits has owners only stopping for gas nine times per year!
“If you are a heavy commuter or even someone who just needs a car to get around town, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in will save you big time in gasoline costs and the time spent at the pump,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “Everyone wants to save money and time. The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in lets you do both like no other vehicle on the market.”
Depending on your range and/or performance needs, there are three ways to drive the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in: electric only, hybrid and fuel-only modes.
According to this article, “For example, even with some long trips added, the test car averaged 54.1 miles per gallon with a mix of all-electric driving plus city/highway on the gasoline engine. In fact, the federal government’s www.fueleconomy.gov website estimated the tester would only need to stop at the gas station about nine times in a year if driven at its current pattern.”
“If your highest priority is the amount of gasoline your vehicle consumes, then you need to come check out the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in,” said Hofkamp.
Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda or Apple Valley Honda dealership today to take the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in for a test drive!
The new Honda Odyssey comes with a TON of really great features. Of course, we love them all and think the Honda Odyssey is worth every penny. But you might call us biased, so that’s why we’re linking you to this article at Boston.com where someone asked this same question: is it worth it?
Bottom line? Yes. Absolutely yes.
In the brief affirmative response, the writer pointed out these aspects that make the Honda Odyssey of highest value of all minivans:
- Gas mileage
- Flexible seating arrangements
- The built-in vacuum
- Honda vehicle’s reputation for keeping their value
We would also add items like safety, reliability, and the available technological features that come with the Honda Odyssey that simply make it the best value minivan on the market!
“If you are looking for a great minivan, look no further than the Honda Odyssey” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “This new model has everything you could want: versatility, safety, space, function, technology, and even a built in vacuum. Everyone who has driven one and owns one loves it.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership to take the new Honda Odyssey for a test drive!
When you think of the Honda Civic, you don’t necessarily think of a sportier car with great performance. The 2014 Honda Civic Si is here to change some minds, and priced at just over $25,000 it’s a “huge bargain” according to this article at USA Today.
What makes the 2014 Honda Civic Si such a great performance vehicle?
- A high level engine (“2.4-liter four-cylinder rated 205 horsepower at 7,000, 174 pounds-feet of torque at 4,400.”)
- A high level chassis
- Manual gearbox
- “Soft engagement”
- “The engine revs freely to deliver rich power, but has sufficient oomph to avoid embarrassing you in slug-along traffic. Its real-world fuel consumption under our heavy foot is modest: 20.2 mpg in the suburbs, 35.1 mpg on the highway.”
“The Honda Civic Si is just a fun car to drive,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “If you’re looking for a smaller, sportier car that will really give you some bang for your buck, you can’t pass up a test drive in the 2014 Si.”
According to USA Today, the 2014 “A joyous reminder of how good a stick-shift can be, and how satisfying a budget go-buggy can be.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership to take the 2014 Honda Civic Si for a test drive!
Like all Americans, here at Sims Honda we LOVE the Fourth of July. What’s not to love? Celebrating the United States of America, family and friends, and the kick of to summer (at least here in the Northwest since summer doesn’t really start until July).
And, now, Sims is giving vehicle shoppers another reason to celebrate: awesome deals! Here’s some of what you’ll find at Sims Honda:
- $4 per DAY ($116/mo) lease for a 2014 Honda Civic LX
- $6 per DAY ($169/mo) lease for a 2014 Honda Civic LX Coupe
- $6 per DAY ($159/mo) lease for a 2014 Honda Accord
- $5 per Day ($149/mo) lease for a 2014 Honda CR-V
See all the deals HERE.
“These are honestly some of the best vehicles Honda has ever put out,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager of Sims Honda dealership. “The new Fit and Accord continue to get rave reviews by even the most critically critics. The CR-V is new and improved and you can never go wrong with the Civic.”
Stop by Sims Honda to take one of these cars for a test drive, find out which is the best for you and then take advantage of these sizzling deals!
We all know that Honda is one of the top automotive brands in the world. A new Harris Poll EquiTrend Study, however, declared Honda “Full Line Automotive Brand of the Year.”
The writer of this article has a problem with polls, but doesn’t have any problem with Honda being the brand of the year because “the all new Honda Accord and Civic are the # 1 selling cars in their respective segment ; there’s a reason for that: Consistent quality, price, performance and both hold the highest (resale) residual value in the industry.”
Of course, you also have to include the top-selling minivan, the 2014 Honda Odyssey as a contributor to that, as well.
“Honda consistently puts out vehicles that people want to drive, that have the best resale value, and are incredibly long-lasting and dependable,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington.
The saw it the same way at Torquenews.com. “To us this is no -brainer. Looking to the streets of any-town North America, we find decades old Honda Accords and Civic coupes and sedans selling in the mid 5 figures. No other brand can touch Honda for brand loyalty, longevity and long-term resale value.”
Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership today to find out why Hondas have been and always will be some of the most popular vehicles available.
Sometimes, just sometimes, we can’t decide what we want. And sometimes, just sometimes, there is the perfect vehicle for people like that.
The 2014 Honda Crosstour may be that vehicle for many who can’t decide if they want a full-sized sedan or crossover. Good thing the geniuses at Honda are thinking of people like you. Us. You.
According to this article, “The 2014 Honda Crosstour offers a unique combination of crossover practicality, sedan-like drivability and premium features.”
“The 2014 Honda Crosstour is just so great for people who like the idea of the function of a crossover but want to drive a sedan,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “With more than 50 cubic feet of cargo area, comfortable seating for 5, a versatile interior, and a vehicle that’s fun to drive, the 2014 Cross tour is definitely worth checking out.”
The 2014 Honda Crosstour has an interior that is pleasant and functional. It also has the technology consumers come to expect from a Honda like, “keyless Smart Entry with Push Button start, driver visibility enhancing technologies such as LaneWatch blind-spot display, and a more powerful, fuel-efficient Earth Dreams V-6 engine.”
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today to take the 2014 Honda Crosstour for a test drive!
- Accord recognized as one of the top family sedans for the second straight year by parenting and car experts
- Odyssey featured in Best Minivan category on annual list
The 2014 Honda Accord (www.automobiles.honda.com/Accord) and 2014 Odyssey minivan (www.automobiles.honda.com/Odyssey) have both been named to the 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. The two family-friendly Honda vehicles – each earning the highest possible rating ofTOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – were selected out of hundreds of models for excelling in the key areas of safety, convenience features, performance and value.
“The Accord and Odyssey lead their segments in the areas that matter most to the family buyer – safety ratings, fuel efficiency, value and innovative features,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. “As the top vehicles in their segments in sales to individual buyers, we know families appreciate the hard work we’ve put into making these vehicles value and performance leaders.”
The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for families by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com for the second straight year. The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch™ display and a standard multi-view rearview camera. With safety a top shopping consideration for families, the Accord shined by earning the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and nabbing the best possible rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing with a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score.
The Odyssey was also recognized as one of the best minivans for families on the 10 Best Family Cars annual list. As the top-selling minivan to individual retail car buyers in the U.S., the Odyssey continues to lead its class in the areas that families look for when selecting a vehicle like fuel efficiency, safety, interior spaciousness and driving experience. The Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest possible rating of IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+, and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score. Additionally, the Odyssey is rated at a remarkable 28 mpg highway, the highest EPA fuel economy rating of any eight-passenger minivan.
For more information about Parents magazine and Edmunds.com’s list of the 10 Best Family Cars for 2014, please visitwww.parents.com and www.edmunds.com. The full list will be featured in the July 2014 issue of Parents magazine.
- Design sketch reveals styling direction for Next-Gen Honda truck
- Current Ridgeline production will end mid-2014
- Sales of Ridgeline up 29 percent in 2013
An all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck will come to market in less than two years and, today, Honda shared a sketch expressing the new truck’s styling direction. Honda also confirmed that production of the current Ridgeline (http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline/), built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama, will conclude in mid-2014.
The Honda Ridgeline broke new ground in the American pickup market with its unique design featuring a spacious five-passenger cabin, smooth ride and handling, and half-ton truck capability. The first truck of its kind to be built on a closed-box unibody platform, the Ridgeline introduced innovative new features to the pickup segment, such as its large In-Bed Trunk® and dual-action tailgate.Like the innovative first-generation model that earned 2006 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors after its fall 2005 debut, the next-gen Ridgeline is being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers.
“The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks.”
Sales of Ridgeline have enjoyed strong momentum in 2013, strengthened recently by the introduction of a new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units through the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 29 percent.