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Honda Gets Coveted Spots on Consumer Reports List

Hondas captured two spots on Consumer Reports top cars of 2014 list.

The Honda Accord was chosen as the best mid-sized sedan and the Honda Odyssey was chosen as the best minivan.

“The 2014 Honda Accord is truly one of America’s most favorite cars,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “It’s not a favorite because industry leaders said so, it’s a favorite because consumers say so. And the Honda Odyssey is clearly the best minivan for many reasons, so it’s nice to see consumers agreed with what we already knew.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to take the 2014 Honda Accord or Honda Odyssey for a test drive!

Honda Pilot is Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle

Ever since the Honda Pilot came on the market, it’s had a reputation as a perfect for families who like adventure (ie camping, hiking, road trips, etc). The 2014 Honda Pilot is certainly no different.

“Here in Washington, we have so many opportunities for adventure that are right in our back yard,” said Tony Carter, general manager at Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “We have Puget Sound for kayaking, boating, and fishing. The Cascades are literally right there for camping and hiking. And Mt. Baker is so close for all those winter sports. Families with active lifestyles will fall in love with the 2014 Honda Pilot because it makes so many things possible.”

According to this article, “Together with Honda’s trademark quality, safety and low cost of ownership, the 2014 Pilot is an ideal transportation solution for families with varied and active lifestyles.

“The 2014 Pilot is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L (leather) and Touring. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System and a Rear Entertainment System are available on the EX-L model and standard on the Touring model. The Pilot is powered by a refined 250-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine, and is available in both 2- and 4-wheel-drive configurations.”

Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda in Burlington, or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee to find out why the 2014 Honda Pilot is perfect family adventure vehicle.

Honda Accord Beats Out Toyota Camry In Pretty Much Every Category in 2013

Not only has the Honda Accord bested the Toyota Camry is sales for the 12th year in a row, it has done it by focusing on retail sales and not fleet sales. Ninety-eight percent of the Toyota Camry’s volume came from sales to individuals; 84 percent of sales of the Toyota Camry was made to individuals, which relies heavily on fleet sales.

And according to this article, the Honda Accord beats out the Toyota Camry in some key areas…in fact, the Toyota Camry isn’t even in the top three.

“The Accord had the highest residual value among mid-size cars in 2013, according to ALG, the Santa Barbara, California-based company that calculates such figures. The Honda model also led Kelley Blue Book’s resale value awards for mid-size cars. Camry isn’t in the top three of either ranking.”

This dedication to individual buyers is paying off big for Honda and for consumers.

“People who come to Sims Honda to check out the 2014 Honda Accord are blown away at what a high-quality vehicle it is,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “They can tell that Honda put the focus on the driver and passengers of the vehicle, not putting something together that would just meet the basic criteria and make some money.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley, or Northwest Honda today to find out why the 2014 Honda Accord is better than the Toyota Camry.

Honda Accord is #1 in Retails Sales; Four Models Take Best-in-Class Awards

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Honda Accord was the best-selling car with individual American car buyers in 2013 and was joined by three other Honda models – the Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey – as retail sales leaders in their respective segments in 2013, according to new-vehicle registration data compiled by Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS. The Accord, built in Marysville, Ohio1, also had the No. 1 produced car in America in 2013.

U.S. Car Shoppers Propel Honda Accord to #1 in Retail Sales in 2013; Four Honda Models Take Best-in-Class Leadership based on Polk New-Vehicle Registrations

Cumulatively, the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey posted retail sales of more than 1.11 million units in 2013, each earning the business of more than 300,000 individual American car buyers. Excluding full-size pickups, only one other model across the entire industry posted retail sales of more than 300,000 units in 2013.

“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We want to thank car buyers for making four Honda vehicles America’s top choices, purchased one car at a time.”

Additional highlights from the Polk /IHS Automotive data included:

  • Honda’s 2013 retail sales rose 8.4 percent from year-ago totals to 1,332,576 Honda cars and light trucks
  • Individual sales to retail car buyers made up 98.1 percent of all American Honda sales in 2013, compared to an average of 81.7 percent for all other non-luxury vehicles
  • Accord retail sales in 2013 rose12.2 percent to 360,089
  • In addition to being retail sales leaders, both the Civic and CR-V ranked as the overall best-selling models in their respective segments for the third consecutive year, and both saw retail sales and registrations jump 8.2 percent in 2013
  • The Odyssey also captured an impressive 32.2 percent of the U.S. retail registrations for minivans in 2013, selling nearly 25,000 more vehicles than the nearest competitor in the segment

Honda has been named the Most Trusted Brand by Kelley Blue Book for two consecutive years (2012 and 2013) and the Best Value Brand by Automotive Lease Guide for six years in a row (2008 through 2013), in part due to the consistently high resale value of its products.

Honda Odyssey Touring Elite and HondaVAC™ Win a 2014 VIP (Very Innovative Products) Award from Good Housekeeping

Honda’s Odyssey Touring Elite minivan and its industry-first solution for built-in mobile clean up—HondaVAC™—received a coveted 2014 VIP (Very Innovative Products) Award from Good Housekeeping.

The influential and long-running publication selected just six 2014 VIP award winners from thousands of products based on their ingenuity and the results of laboratory testing conducted by the engineers and scientists at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI), as well as consumer evaluation. Honda Odyssey with HondaVAC™ was the only automotive product to receive a VIP award this year.

Good Housekeeping praised HondaVAC™ for its breakthrough solution to solving an everyday problem. Its ability to pick up crumbs, dirt, and a variety of detritus is a perfect solution for families on the go. The magazine noted “an easy-to-use 12-foot hose reaches every corner, then stows neatly in the cargo area. Our staff members could let their kids snack in transit for the very first time, stress-free.”

Standard on the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite®, HondaVAC™ was developed in conjunction with industry-leader Shop-Vac® and is composed of a powerful vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories neatly integrated into a dedicated space on the driver’s side of the rear cargo area. HondaVAC™ makes quick cleanups a snap no matter the location, offering powerful cleaning suction and an integrated hose and cleaning attachments that reach into every corner of the Odyssey’s cabin. The HondaVAC™ system’s powerful electric motor never needs an outlet or recharging, can operate continuously when the engine is running, and will continue to operate for up to eight minutes when the engine is turned off.

Kelley Blue Book Names 2014 Honda Accord One of Best Family Vehicles

It’s true, when SUVs and smaller SUVs, some predicted the end of the family sedan. That prediction has proven not true and the 2014 Honda Accord even goes so far as to say it’s just as good (and even better in some ways) as those SUVs.

And that’s according to Kelley Blue Book’s website, kbb.com.

This sums up the family-friendliness of the 2014 Honda Accord nicely:

“The Honda Accord has been a top seller for literally decades, but this Accord is the most family friendly yet. The Accord has plenty of rear seat room for child boosters, and the trunk holds a stroller plus lots of groceries. The Accord’s touch-screen interface is easy to use, and LaneWatch, Honda’s cool new side-view camera, virtually makes your passenger-side mirror obsolete.

“But beyond all the various features, the Accord is a midsize family car that you’ll just want to drive. It’s refined, competent on every road surface, the 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) combine for plentiful power and very good fuel economy, and it even looks good. If you don’t want an SUV, and just enjoy driving, the Accord proves the family sedan still has plenty of life left.”

Yes, some people just want a great family car, not an SUV and the 2014 Honda Accord is a great place to start.

“People want family sedans for different reasons,” said Tony Carter, general manager at Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “Generally speaking, though, people who want a family sedan want superior gas mileage, plenty of space, a good driving experience, and lots of storage space in the trunk. The 2014 Honda Accord easily fits the bill for all of those things.”

The 2014 Honda Accord comes standard with more technology than you will find in any other family vehicle. Features like LaneWatch and the back-up camera will have you feeling like you paid much more than you really did. It has a very refined, smooth drive that, again, will make you feel like you are driving a much more expensive luxury car. And in that way, it’s a very “un-family” car.

Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda, or Apple Valley Honda to find out why the 2014 Honda Accord is one of the best family vehicles available!

 

Four Honda Vehicles Earn Recognition on ACEEE’s List of “Greenest” and “Greener” Vehicles of 2014

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire- — Four Honda vehicles have earned recognition from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for superior environmental performance, including three that ranked in the top ten among the ACEEE’s “greenest vehicles of 2013.” In the ACEEE’s annual “Green Book® Online” ranking of environmentally responsible vehicles, the Honda Civic Hybrid placed fifth overall and in the top three among gasoline-powered vehicles, while the Civic Natural Gas and the Insight placed ninth and tenth, respectively.

Moreover, the fuel-efficient Odyssey was the highest ranked minivan and was named as a “greener choices of 2014.” This is the 16th straight year that multiple Honda vehicles have been named to the top 12.

“Honda has embraced the challenge to bring to market more energy-efficient mobility solutions to reduce CO2 emissions,” said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “ACEEE’s recognition of Honda’s fuel-efficient models over the past 16 years, including a diverse lineup of alternative fuel vehicles, is recognition of the Honda engineers who continue to work towards our goal to leave ‘Blue Skies for our Children.’”

The ACEEE ranking system uses a singular measure that incorporates fuel economy and health-related pollution impacts plus global warming and upstream emissions. All vehicles are analyzed and given a “Green Score” which is used to rank each vehicle’s total environmental performance, including a list of the 12 “greenest” and 12 “meanest” vehicles along with a ranking of greenest vehicles by segment.

Honda’s Environmental Leadership
Honda has a long history of environmental innovation, including the retail introduction of America’s first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX) and the first gasoline-powered vehicles in the hands of consumers to meet stricter emissions standards, including the 1996 Honda Civic, the first gasoline Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV); the 1998 Honda Accord, the first gasoline Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV); the 2000 Honda Accord, the first gasoline Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) in the hands of consumers; the 2001 Civic Natural Gas, the first vehicle to qualify as an Advanced Technology Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV); and, most recently, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In, the first Super Ultra-Low Emissions 20 Vehicle (LEV 3/SULEV 20), now available for lease and sale in California and New York state.

Honda Fit Hybrid Recall

Honda announced that it is recalling Honda Fit Hybrids produced July 2013 through February 2014 due to a potential software glitch.

The problem with the software issue could affect “the 7-speed dual clutch transmission or DCT, that could cause a delay in the ability to begin driving or the inability to move.”

Honda is encouraging people to check each DCT gear every day. Anyone with concerns or that has issues should contact their local Honda dealership. Any vehicles requiring a fix will be done so free of charge.

Kelley Blue Book Names 2014 Honda Accord Highest (Affordable) Midsize Sedan

There has been no shortage of awards or accolades for the 2014 Honda Accord and some of our favorites have come from much the much respected Kelley Blue Book website, kbb.com

In this article, “The Accord is rated highest in brand loyalty,over-all quality of construction,best overall value in a car priced under $25,000 and the”greenest” midsize sedan in North America. The number of awards afforded the Accord is noteworthy and commendable.”

Here at Sims Honda, we love showing off the 2014 Honda Accord.

“There is so much to brag about when it comes to the 2014 Honda Accord,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “The technology that comes standard is impressive and really unparalleled in its segment. Of course the safety ratings are first rate and the gas mileage leads its class. If you really want to go for it, check out the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.”

From Torquenews.com, “The bottom line for us is that Accord offers the best of all worlds. World tested technology wrapped in an aesthetically pleasing automobile that by all accounts performs beyond expectation. Case in point: rather one options for the Accord Coupe, Sedan or Hybrid; offered in several variants, record shows the car to be an exceptional value for the dollar spent.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership to check out the 2014 Honda Accord and find out why it is the favorite midsize of critics and consumers.

2014 Honda Civic Coupe Makes Today a Good Day

We haven’t seen many commercials for the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe, which is really too bad because it is an awesome driving machine.

We did, however, find this one that seems to sum up the design and attitude of the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe with the song “Today is Pretty Great.” We think that any day you’re driving a 2014 Honda Civic Coupe is pretty great.

“The 2014 Honda Civic Coupe is really fun to drive,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda in Burlington. “I definitely drives more like a sports car than what you think you would get in a regular compact car. If you want a car that can really get up and go at an affordable price, then you should really come check out the 2014 Honda Civic.”

Watch the commercial here and tell us what you think…then stop by take one for a test drive!

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