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Honda Leads Industry with Six Top Safety Pick+ Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire — A total of six Honda and Acura models, the most of any auto maker, received the highest possible safety rating ofTOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under its more challenging technology requirements in guidelines implemented for the 2014 model year.

“As the industry leader in TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for 2013 and now 2014, it’s clear that our commitment to offer advanced safety technologies on mainstream products continues to pay dividends to Honda and Acura customers,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “Honda and Acura vehicles should be at the top of the shopping list for those who value safety ratings and the engineering prowess required to achieve them.”

Four 2014 Honda models were named a TOP SAFETY PICK+including the Accord Sedan and Coupe; Civic Sedan; and Odyssey, which is the only minivan yet to earn this designation. The Civic Coupe was named a TOP SAFETY PICK. Additionally, two 2014 Acura models, the new MDX and the RLX each achieved TOP SAFETY PICK+ status with the TL earning a TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes, plus rollover and small overlap front crashes based on performance in the Institute’s tests. Under this year’s more challenging requirements, the IIHS is using theTOP SAFETY PICK+ designation to recognize vehicles that not only performed well in its crash tests but also are equipped with technologies that help prevent or mitigate front-to-rear collisions. Front collision prevention, which includes both warning systems and automatic braking, is intended to help inattentive drivers avoid rear-ending a stopped or slower-moving vehicle in front of them.

American Honda’s 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicles offer a broad range of active and passive safety features along with available leading-edge safety and driver assistive technologies like the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system. FCW uses a camera or radar mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect a vehicle ahead. Audible and visuals warnings alert the driver when the system determines that a collision with a detected vehicle or object is likely. Intended as a warning system only, FCW will not automatically activate the brakes, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Other available safety and driver-assistive technologies available on Honda and Acura vehicles include: Collision Mitigation Braking System; anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®); Lane Departure Warning (LDW), LaneWatch™ blind spot display; side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front-side airbags.

Honda Safety Leadership

Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs 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. This commitment to safety is rooted in Honda’s goal to be a company that society wants to exist, and it complements the company’s leadership in reducing vehicle emissions, improving fuel efficiency and advancing alternatives to gasoline.

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles:

Honda                

Honda Accord Coupe

Honda Accord Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Honda Odyssey

   Acura

   Acura RLX

   Acura MDX

 

2014 American Honda TOP SAFETY PICK Vehicles:

 

Honda                

Honda Civic Coupe

   Acura

   Acura TL

2014 Honda Civic HF Edges Out Toyota Corolla LE Eco

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are big-time sellers in the United States. Buyers go after the Civics and Corollas when they need a compact car with great gas mileage.

With several different models of the Civic and Corolla, this article does a side by side comparison of the 2014 Honda Civic HF and the Toyota Corolla LE Eco because they are the most fuel efficient gasoline engines (best gas mileage excepting the respective hybrid models).

It was an interesting side by side comparison, but here’s the gist: with basically the same gas mileage, horsepower, and size, there were really only two objective and definite differences safety and transmission.

“he Toyota Corolla achieved a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, but the Civic beats it with a Top Safety Pick +. The new “+” rating from the IIHS addresses how a car reacts to a “small overlap” front crash, for example, when an oncoming car veers out of its lane and hits another car head-on, but with only a 25 percent overlap. It’s difficult to manage all that energy with such a small crash area, but the Civic managed a “Good” rating, while the Corolla only achieved a “Marginal” score.”

The 2014 Honda Civic has a standard five-speed transmission versus the Toyota Corolla’s two-speed CVT, “and that would be a deciding factor in choosing between the two.” The two-speed CVT makes the driving “experience even more foreign by maintaining engine speed, giving you the sensation that no matter how aggressively you step on the throttle, the engine isn’t spooling up the way you think it should.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership to take the 2014 Honda Civic HF (or any other Civic) out for a test drive!

Safe Holiday Shopping Tips

Here at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda dealership we want you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of this time of year by breaking into vehicles to get gifts that you just bought or other valuables to make extra money. We found this great little article out of New York with some fabulous tips about how to keep your belongings, your gifts, and your car safe and sound:

• “Try to park close to the store and in well-lit areas. When walking through a parking lot, keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings.

• Don’t buy more than you can carry. Ask a store employee to help you carry packages to your car.

• Shop with a friend. He or she can help carry packages and be a second pair of eyes walking to and from stores.

• Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.”

There were more great tips that have to do with shopping in general and not protecting your vehicle or things inside your vehicle (which means your beloved car usually must be damaged in order to get to them). Check out the entire article here and have a safe and happy holiday season from all of us at Honda!

 

Toyota Recalls 694,000 Sienna Minivans

Toyota announced that is recalling 694,000 Toyota Sienna minivans because a problem with shift lock could cause the minivan to shift out of “Park” and possibly roll away.

The Toyota Sienna model years that are affected by the recall include 2007 to 2009 and 2004 to 2005.

According to this article, “Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said Toyota has received reports of 21 “minor” accidents in the United States and three minor accidents in Canada. Two of the incidents involved what Toyota called minor injuries, such as bruises.”

2014 Honda Odyssey is First Minivan to Pass IIHS Advanced Safety Test

Honda volunteered the 2014 Honda Odyssey for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest safety test and became the first minivan to pass it. The 2014 Honda Odyssey earned the Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS, the first minivan to do so.

Other automakers have opted not to have their minivans tested because the IIHS small overlap test is not required yet.

“Our goal at Honda is to continuously advance the safety performance of every Honda vehicle to fulfill the trust our customers place in Honda,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

“We didn’t have to do this,” he said. “Some of our competitors have made the choice not to target this top safety rating even when introducing new models,” he said. “We are targeting and achieving this high standard even as part of mid-cycle refreshes on key, high-volume products. We are very confident that our model count will grow and grow even further in the coming months with testing of the all-new Acura RLX and the MDX.”

Here at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda dealerships we are proud to sell some of the safest vehicles on the road, including the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the first minivan to earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. We know that you want your family to be safe, so we are proud to be a part of company that doesn’t wait until it’s required to meet safety standards; it initiates change and becomes the first in the industry.

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today to take the safety minivan in the industry for a test drive: the 2014 Honda Odyssey!

Honda Civic Safest Small Car in Insurance Safety Test

The Honda Civic was one of the few small cars that received a “good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

According to this article, “The Civic is the top-selling model in the U.S. so far this year in its segment of “upper small” cars, according to Autodata Corp., a Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based industry researcher.Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s Corolla ranks second. The Civic is Honda’s second-best-selling vehicle in the U.S. after the larger Accord.

“The two- and four-door Civics, made by Honda, based in Tokyo, both scored “good,” the top rating, in the insurance institute’s simulation. Honda has designed its vehicles to withstand the types of crashes in this test and to have a survivable space for the driver after impact.”

Tod McLaughlin, general manager at Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee said this underscores a good point: you don’t have sacrifice safety to own a small car.

“There are so many big vehicles on the road, that people want to make sure they will be safe in a collision if they choose to buy a small car,” said McLaughlin. “This study shows that if you want the safest small car on the market, you need to buy a Honda Civic.”

Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda in Bellingham, or Sims Honda dealership to take the Honda Civic for a test drive and experience first hand the safest small car on the road.

Review: Honda CR-V is Fun, Functional

We love the Honda CR-V. Turns out, we aren’t the only ones.

Check out the first paragraph of this review, “The all-new, fourth-generation Honda CR-V debuted late last year with upscale styling, excellent fuel efficiency, and a host of standard convenience features, making it one of the most fun and functional compact SUVs in America. The CR-V returns for 2013 as an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and is distinguished by a NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score. Along the way, it has also earned awards from Edmunds.com, Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com and J.D. Power and Associates.”

Yeah. That pretty much sums it up.

But there’s more.

Here are the highlights:

  • Body: “aggressive and aerodynamic”, lightweight suspension
  • Interior: “The interior of the 2013 Honda CR-V combines a sedan-like driving position with abundant comfort and convenience features, and standout utility and versatility. The CR-V’s “small on the outside, big on the inside” packaging is the key to its appeal. The roomy 5-passenger seating layout provides plenty of space to stretch out, front and rear, and there’s abundant storage, including a large center console.” Also the 60/40 easy fold-down seats for bigger loads.
  • Safety: “The CR-V has been named a TOP SAFETY PICK (the highest rating possible) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting vehicle occupants involved in front, side and rear crashes.”
  • Power: “All CR-V models are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower and 163 lb-ft. of torque.”

Stop by Sims Honda, Apple Valley Honda, or Northwest Honda today so you can take the new Honda CR-V out for a test drive!

2013 Honda Accord Named Best New Sedan Under $25,000 by Kelly Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book and editors at KBB.com announced that the 2013 Honda Accord is the best all-around sedan. At same time, KBB.com also announced the 2013 Honda Civic is the best new compact car. We can’t really add much to what the news release said, so here it is in it’s entirety.

I guess we could add, Woo hoo!

“The 2013 Honda Accord and Civic were named to KBB.com’s list of the 10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000. The Honda Accord was the top ranked vehicle on the list of new vehicles introduced in 2013 compiled by the auto experts at KBB.com. The Civic was the highest rated compact car on the list.

“Nothing beats the value Accord and Civic offer customers” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda. “Both models deliver on all fronts – value, performance, fuel efficiency, top safety ratings and a wide array of standard features – all at a competitive price point.”

“As the top ranked model on the list, the Accord was recognized by the editors of KBB.com for its sophisticated styling, excellent driving performance and innovative features, like the available LaneWatch™ blind spot display. Additionally, Accord earns industry-leading safety scores, having been rated a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and distinguished by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score1.

“While other mid-size cars have threatened its dominance, now we can definitively say that the Accord is back on top, with the completely overhauled 2013 model hitting No. 1 on our list of the ’10 Best Sedans Under $25,000′,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “The latest Honda Accord is as refined as any previous edition, but with a newfound sense of sporty style and cool new technologies that are as user-friendly as the car itself.”

“The 2013 Honda Civic was the top rated compact car on the list. KBB.com applauded the Civic for its revised interior and exterior styling along with an impressive list of standard features, which includes rearview camera,Bluetooth™ connectivity and Pandora® internet radio capability. The Civic also earns industry-leading safety scores; having been the only compact car rated a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and distinguished by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-star Overall Vehicle Score1.

“For more information about KBB.com’s list of the 10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000 for 2013, please visit:http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-sedans-under-25000-2013/.

2013 Toyota RAV4 Fails Safety Test

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 put off the test as long as it could, but, in the end, that wasn’t enough because it still failed the “small overlap” frontal crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

According to this article on Forbes.com, “The IIHS says during the crash test the driver’s side of the RAV4’s cabin “was seriously compromised by intruding structure, and the dummy’s left foot was trapped by crushed and buckled sheet metal in the footwell.” What’s more, the crash dummy’s head only glanced the front airbag before sliding off to the left and hitting the dashboard while the steering column moved over seven inches to the right, leaving little protection to the virtual driver’s chest. Ouch.”

Ouch indeed.

An editor at Kelley Blue Book says this is actually encouraging because it means that safety groups and automakers are working harder than ever to protect drivers and their passengers.

“It’s encouraging to see both the IIHS and automakers working even harder to protect drivers and passengers,” says Karl Brauer, senior director of insights for Kelley Blue Book. “As more accident data comes in, it uncovers which types of vehicle crashes are the more dangerous, allowing IIHS to create more effective tests that simulate real-world crashes. This inevitably requires automakers to up their game in vehicle design and safety technology…”

What do you think? Does the fact that the redesigned (improved?) 2013 Toyota RAV4 failed this safety test actually make you feel safer?

Honda CR-V Rated One of Europe’s Safest Vehicles

While we try to keep things local (or at least national) on the BlogHonda blog, we also like to brag about the accolades given to Honda vehicles overseas. It reminds us that Honda is a globally recognized brand for its excellence, safety, and reliability.

Like this article that tells about how the Honda CR-V has been rated one of the safest vehicles in Europe by Europe’s vehicle safety organization, NCAP. It was just given a 5-star rating! (Five stars is good in anyone’s book, right?!)

The rating was based on the following items:

  • occupant protection
  • child protection
  • pedestrian protection
  • availability of driving aids

One thing that stuck out to me in reviewing these was “pedestrian protection.” Here in the United States, I don’t think we worry too much about way of protecting pedestrians that may get struck by a vehicle. I’d be interested to learn about that and how we can better protect pedestrians in the U.S.

“The new CR-V’s top safety rating reflects Honda’s commitment to overall vehicle safety. Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone; safety for drivers, but also safety for passengers, pedestrians and occupants of all vehicles. Honda’s car-to-car crash test facility at the Tochigi R&D plant analyses impacts between models of different sizes and weights and develops solutions to mitigate injuries for both passengers and pedestrians.”

Read more about the safety features of the Honda CR-V HERE.

 

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