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Honda Ridgeline is Easy Car to Buy, Own

There are lots of good reasons to buy the Honda Ridgeline, but we hadn’t heard this one before: it’s easy to buy.

Yes, according to this article, “The Ridgeline is also one of the easiest pickups to buy. It only comes in one style — a four-door with a five-foot bed, a 3.5-liter V6, a five-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive with a locking center differential. It’s a good, practical package that meets most needs, even if some other pickups can be configured for more power, better mileage, or wilderness trips.”

And you know, that’s a very legitimate reason. How many of us start sweating or getting anxious when we start thinking about buying a new vehicle because there are just so many darn options? You do some research, talk to your friends, do more research, narrow it down to a couple, intensely research those, but then you start thinking about all the different trim levels and options with each of those and it’s easy to see why many people simply flip a coin as to which car to buy towards the end (kidding).

The options that come with the basic Honda Ridgeline are the options that satisfy most people’s wants and needs for a truck. It’s the perfect urban hauler with enough room in the bed to move stuff around, but also enough room inside to keep passengers and the driver comfortable.

It also doesn’t feel like a gas-guzzling tank rumbling down the road while you’re driving it.

“The Honda Ridgeline is a great truck for most people,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “It can move, haul, and tow most stuff that people want to and it’s very driveable. People love driving the Honda Ridgeline because it feels like a car. It’s just more comfortable for most people.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Sims Honda in Burlington to take the Honda Ridgeline for a test drive today!

Honda Insight is Great Alternative to Toyota Prius C

In this very thorough (and long) article, the author does a very honest comparison of the Honda Insight Hybrid and Toyota Prius C hybrid. We’ll skip to the end for you: “If you’re looking for a new hybrid that’ll save you money as well as gas, the Insight’s definitely worth checking out.”

The Honda Insight is definitely one of the more affordable hybrid vehicles on the market and, depending on what you’re looking for in a hybrid, could be the best fit for you. For example, one of the features that sets the Honda Insight apart from other hybrids is that it actually gets better gas mileage with highway driving than city driving, which is opposite of most hybrids.

“For someone who does a lot of freeway driving, that’s a pretty important difference between the Honda Insight and other hybrid vehicles,” said Tony Cary, general manager at Northwest Honda in Bellingham. “If you’re a freeway commuter and you want the best gas mileage with the least environmental impact, the Honda Insight might be the better hybrid for you.”

Another difference between the Insight and Prius (and, as the author points out, all Hondas versus Toyotas), is the superior handling and drivability. “Handling – especially cornering – is pretty good, though. As hybrids go, anyhow.This is probably because the Insight is aHonda – and Hondas (all of them) have more athletic responses than Toyotas. The steering feels quicker and less vague and the suspension’s calibrations are firmer, which ties the car down better when you dive into a curve at a speed above the typically dumbed-down speed limit. There’s less heaving (that sensation of weight hurling itself toward the outside of the curve) and also less early-onset tire squeal (a Prius characteristic).”

And there’s no need to sacrifice good looks for the sake of efficiency with the Honda Insight. If you want to help save the environment while saving yourself some money on gas without screaming it at everyone you drive past, then the Honda Insight is a great option.

Stop by Northwest Honda, Sims Honda in Burlington, or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee to find out why the Honda Insight might just be the best hybrid for you!

Honda Civic is Top Choice for Californians in 2013

More individual Californians purchased a Honda Civic than any other vehicle in 2013, according to new-vehicle registration data now available from Polk, which was recently acquired by IHS. Individual California car buyers purchased 65,910 Civics in 2013, more than any other vehicle in the state when subtracting sales to government and corporate fleet buyers. California is the largest vehicle market in the United States.

“Retail sales leadership is the ultimate seal of approval, and Californians have made Civic the clear winner,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Our focus on individual buyers is unmatched in the industry, and reflects our commitment to Honda customers and the investment they make in our products.”

Nationally, the Honda Civic ranked as the top-selling compact car in America with total sales of 336,180 units – and was one of three Honda models in the U.S. with sales of more than 300,000 units in 2013, with the Accord, Civic and CR-V combining to sell more than one million units.

Honda has further improved the Civic for the 2014 model year with more performance, increased fuel economy, and additional new features including LaneWatch™ blind spot monitor, Smart Entry with Push Button Start, and Display Audio with 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. The 2014 Civic also marks the introduction of the HondaLink™ Next Generation connected-car technology.

“The value proposition of Civic just keeps getting better,” added Mendel.

Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail vehicle registration data for 2013 in the Honda small car segment.

The 2014 Civic is available as a 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe, and with gasoline, gas-electric hybrid and compressed natural gas powertrains. For customers interested in the ultimate performance Civic, there is the Civic Si Sedan and Si Coupe, both offering added performance, features and refinement for 2014.

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.

Ohio Plant Rolls Out 10 Millionth Honda Accord

Generally speaking, Honda sells vehicles where it makes them. Which means many of the Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. are made right here in the U.S.

A big part of that “made-in-America” effort is Honda’s manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio, which recently completed its 10 millionth Honda Accord. That same vehicle was also the 20 millionth vehicle overall that Honda has made in the U.S.

According to this article, “The Marysville facility alone employs about 1,500 in Clark and Champaign counties and about 1,200 across the rest of the Miami Valley. The plant can produce as many as 1,800 vehicles a day, and as many as 440,000 a year.”

While the productivity of this U.S. plant is impressive and its impact to Honda is clear, what is more important than that is the number of Americans it affects. With hundreds of suppliers feeding into this assembly plant, the economic impact of the plant is incredible.

Honda is dedicated to building vehicles for Americans on U.S. soil and providing high-quality jobs. What more can you ask for from a global company like Honda?

Not a whole lot.

Honda Fit is an Award-Winning Vehicle

In our previous post we mentioned how the Honda Fit is an integral part of the Honda plan to sell 6 million units in just a few years. In essence, the Honda Fit may take over the world with it’s new options (ie the Fit EV)…or at least the Honda Civic (globally; jury is still out on if that would happen in the U.S.).

So here is a great, short article with a brief history of the Honda Fit, including some of the awards it’s won:

  • Japan Car of the Year, 2001-2002 and 2007-2008
  • RJC Car of the Year Award 2002
  • Car and Driver’s Best small Car from 2007-2013
  • Top Gear Survey 2006, Best Small Car
  • Top Gear Survey 2005, Second Best out of All Cars in Survey
  • MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards 2007, Best Small Car
  • MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards 2007, Best of the Year
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Economy Car for 2008
  • Cars.com, Top 10 Urban Vehicles for 2008
  • Consumer Reports, 2010- 2012 Best Overall Value

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda to check out the award-winning Honda Fit!

Honda Fit, Vezel Will Contribute to Big Sales for Honda

This coming year will be a big year for Honda. Future years will be big for Honda, too, according to this article from Forbes.

How big? Honda is expecting to sell 6 million vehicles in 2017; it sold 4 million in 2012. While many of us would expect the Honda Accord and other vehicles to be key contributors, Honda is counting on the Fit taking over sales of the Civic worldwide (it is currently the top-selling car in Japan) and the new compact SUV, the Vezel, to make a big splash.

“Americans can’t seem to get enough of the compact SUVs,” said Keith Hofkamp of Sims Honda in Burlington. “And if the CR-V is any indication, Honda certainly knows what people want in their compact SUV and all the previews look fantastic, so I see no reason for the Vezel not to be a big hit. The Fit is one of the most functional and fuel efficient vehicles on the road. Many people come into the dealership thinking they’re going to get an Accord or Civic, but find that they really like the Fit.”

We are really excited about the Honda Fit and Vezel because we think it will meet a lot of people’s needs a wants in a new vehicle: functionality, space, fuel efficiency, world-class technology, and sleek design.

Look for the new Honda Fit and Vezel to arrive at Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, and Apple Valley Honda later this year.

 

2014 Honda Pilot Earns Four-Star Safety Rating from NHTSA

The 2014 Honda Pilot is a great family car and if you’re transporting your family around town or on long trips, you want to know that your family will be protected in the event of a collision, right?

Well, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just announced that the 2014 Honda Pilot earned four stars in it’s safety testing, including a “good” rating on the hard-to-pass small overlap test.

“There are a lot of really good mid-sized SUVs,” said Keith Hofkamp, general manager at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. “But safety is something that sets ALL Hondas apart from other vehicles and the Honda Pilot is one of the best vehicles you can put your most valuable possessions in: your family.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Northwest Honda, or Apple Valley Honda dealership today to take the 2014 Honda Pilot for a test drive and find out how it one of the safest, most affordable midsize SUVs on the market!

Honda and Acura Rearview Camera Systems First to be Recognized as Advanced Technology Features by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Honda’s efforts in the areas of enhanced driver visibility have been recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its 5-Star Safety Ratings program (also known as the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)), with nearly all Honda and Acura models with rearview camera systems becoming the first vehicles in the industry to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for having met its Advanced Technology Feature performance criteria.

Honda vehicles earning this first recognition from NHTSA for the application of recommended rearview camera systems (what NHTSA calls rearview video systems) include the Honda Accord Coupe, Sedan, Hybrid and Plug-In, Civic Coupe, Sedan, Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Fit EV, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline1; as well as the Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid, MDX, TL, TSX, RDX, RLX and RLX Hybrid (see table below). Additional Honda and Acura models that have been equipped with standard rearview camera systems are expected to have their rearview camera systems recognized as Advanced Technology Features in the near future, including the all-new 2015 Fit subcompact car and 2015 Acura TLX midsize luxury sedan, both launching in spring 2014.

“Rearview cameras are an integral part of Honda’s approach to enhance driver visibility,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “By the 2015 model year all Honda and Acura models will have rearview cameras standard on all models, yet another example of how our company is committed to enhancing the visibility and safety of our customers and everyone on the road.”

The addition of rearview video systems to NHTSA’s list of recommended Advanced Technology Features was intended to encourage manufacturers to improve the rearview visibility of their motor vehicle fleet; the NCAP Advanced Technology Features also include Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems which also are offered on many Honda and Acura vehicles. More information about crash avoidance technologies that are part of the Government 5-Star Safety Ratings program can be found at safercar.gov.

Starting with the 2013 Honda Crosstour, American Honda has taken a comprehensive approach to enhancing driver visibility and confidence on the road, beginning with the widespread application of rearview cameras. More than 94 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras.

Rearview cameras are just one aspect of American Honda’s 360-degree approach to enhanced driver visibility and situational awareness, demonstrated by the broad application of technologies such as FCW and LDW systems on Honda models. These systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield or a front mount radar system to warn drivers of a potential collision with a vehicle detected in front of them, or to alert drivers if the car is unexpectedly moving out of a detected lane. Other available features aimed at improving driver visibility are the Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Honda LaneWatch display and Acura’s Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.

In addition to applying the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to most of its models, American Honda has applied the following safety features on all its models as standard equipment: Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (most vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags. Other available safety and driver-assistive technologies available on Acura vehicles include the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS). For more detailed information about Honda’s history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and vehicle designs that are meant to enhance the safety of all road users, please view our Safety Issue Brief.

Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs meant to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. American Honda leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings with more models rated TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.

Honda Odyssey Recall

Honda announced that it is voluntarily recalling more than 886,000 Honda Odyssey minivans because of a potential problem with deterioration of the fuel pump cover, which could cause a fuel leak.

No incidents or injuries have been reported at this time.

According to this article, “Odysseys from 2005 through 2010 model years are involved. The recalled minivans were made between June 23, 2004, and September 4, 2010.”

Here are Apple Valley Honda, we want everyone to know that we are here to make sure you and your family are as safe as possible in your Honda Odyssey. “If you have questions, please feel free to Honda or us,” said  Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “All owners will be getting written notice and, of course, all repairs will be made by Honda dealerships, including Apple Valley Honda, free of charge to Odyssey owners.”

If you have questions or concerns about your Honda Odyssey, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Honda R&D Installs Advanced Fast-Fill Hydrogen Refueling Station

Preparing for the 2015 introduction of the next Honda fuel cell-electric vehicle (FCEV), Honda R&D Americas has installed a state-of-the-art hydrogen refueling station on its Torrance, California campus. This advanced station will serve as a platform for demonstrating and validating the enhanced hydrogen fueling protocol developed by Honda, named the MC Fill. With the aim of standardizing this new protocol, Honda will make the new research station available to other automakers to further validate the MC Fill protocol’s performance and functionality.

The MC Fill fast-fill protocol is designed for fuel systems that store hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar (70MPa or 10,000 psi). This new fueling protocol reduces 700-bar fueling times by up to 45 percent versus comparable fueling protocols, and can complete most fills in less than three minutes under normal temperature conditions. The MC Fill more precisely monitors the dispenser outlet temperature and uses this information to calculate the shortest fueling time possible. This dynamic, fast-fill control not only provides FCEV customers with shorter fueling times, but it also allows the dispenser to continuously adjust to current temperature and other conditions which normally affect the refueling time.

Derived from two key values in a heat transfer equation—”M” for mass and “C” for specific heat—the MC Fill name refers to the heat capacity of the hydrogen storage system and represents the capability of the system to absorb the heat that is generated during fueling. The MC Fill protocol utilizes this value, as well as the dispenser outlet gas temperature and pressure, in its fill control logic.

“In order to meet customer expectations, hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles need driving ranges and fueling times comparable to conventional gasoline vehicles,” said Steve Mathison, Senior Engineer at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “This new fueling protocol will allow FCEV customers everywhere to realize short fueling times over a wide range of temperatures.”

Honda has led the industry for nearly two decades in the development and deployment of fuel cell technology through extensive real world testing, including the first government fleet deployment and retail customer lease programs in the United States. Honda has also made significant technological advancements in fuel cell operation in both hot and sub-freezing temperatures and safety regulations, since the introduction of its first generation fuel cell vehicle, the FCX, in 2002. Honda launched its current fuel cell-electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity, in July 2008 as a real technological breakthrough in the areas of design, sedan packaging, assembly line manufacturing, and fuel cell stack size and efficiency, winning “World Green Car of the Year.”

In November 2013, the new Honda FCEV Concept debuted at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, pointing the way to an all-new Honda fuel cell car launching in the U.S. and Japan in 2015 and later in Europe. Honda’s next-generation fuel cell-electric vehicle will feature a fuel cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential application of FC technology to multiple vehicle types in the future. The next-generation Honda FCEV is anticipated to have a driving range of more than 300 miles.

Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is committed to further advancements in environmental technologies and the effort to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions from its products, including the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and Plug-In, the Fit EV, Civic Natural Gas and the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle. Honda also has led the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America’s greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years.

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