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By on January 31, 2016




The dynamic, new-from-the-ground-up 2016 Honda Civic Sedan, 2016's North American Car of the Year, has received the highest available rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention when equipped with the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, available on all 2016 Civic Sedan models.



 
 
By on January 31, 2016
While the most obvious expense component in purchasing a car is the price of the car. It may not be the most important. That's why the dominant message in most car ads is "PRICE". Of course there are other costs that one should consider prior to purchasing a car. Not so intuitively obvious. These costs are often found in the small print. You'll find Taxes, Registration costs, and miscellaneous fees, dealer installed equipment, items that also contribute to that bottom line purchase cost.

Many Items to manage


In the long term there's that concept of total cost of ownership. Cost items like maintenance, insurance, depreciation, fuel cost, also contribute to that figure, not just the price of the car. Indeed even if you pay your car off early you will continue to be paying depreciation, maintenance, etc.

Here is a list of Cost of Ownership elements:

MSRP
5-year Retained Value
5-year Depreciation
5-year Maintenance
5-year Repair Cost
5-year Fuel Cost
State Fees
5-year Insurance

The most elusive element of any car deal and the likely the most overlooked element is the cost of money.
 
 
By on January 21, 2016
If  your new Honda is equipped with 'Homelink' there's a backstory to that feature found in a single company that owns and stands behind that technology.

What Is HomeLink?



HomeLink® is the world’s most widely trusted and used vehicle-based wireless control system. It conveniently and safely enables you to open and close your garage door or front gate, activate and deactivate your home’s security system, or turn on or off your interior and exterior lighting, appliances and electronics. All from three buttons, smartly integrated into your automobile’s interior.

Sometimes so "smartly integrated" as to go unnoticed.

You'll find reference to  HomeLink in the specifications for your vehicle, similar to this:

HomeLink® Remote System18

And the footnote will reference the following:

[18] HomeLink® is a registered trademark of Gentex Corporation.

Here's a link to the Gentex Corporation HomeLink website:

http://www.homelink.com/program/video

You'll find help for most Year/Make/Model cars and trucks and for all the HomeLink functions as shown in the illustration below:

 
 
By on January 21, 2016
The all-new 2016 Honda Civic has earned the prestigious 2016 North American Car of the Year Award. This win for the Civic is the second for the model in the award's history, following a win for the 2006 Civic a decade ago when it shared the stage with the 2006 Ridgeline, winner of that year's Truck of the Year award. In total, eleven Honda models have been named "finalists" for NACOTY awards since their inception in 1994, the most of any brand outside of the Detroit Big 3 automakers.



Ask me why!  Or better yet come in today and drive one.  There's no better way to experience the all-newness of the all-new 2016 Honda Civic.

 
 
By on December 31, 2015
And here's a link to that announcement from Kelley Blue Book:

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All-new Civic again sets the pace for the small car segment.
"Game-changing" isn't a term we use lightly, but it's apt for the 2016 Honda Civic. All-new and now in its 10th generation, Honda's venerable compact car has thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of the segment. Thanks to a top-to-bottom revamp, Honda's latest Civic is the most sophisticated yet -- and will leave competitors scrambling to catch up.
This marks the Civic's second year in a row winning the title of Kelley Blue Book Best Buy among small cars. That outgoing model was and is a winner; the all-new Civic shines even brighter. In addition to taking the top spot for this year's Best Buy among small cars, this all-new Civic was also named this year's Overall Winner among all 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buys.

 
 
By on December 27, 2015
For a record 30th time in the 32-year history of the award, Car and Driver magazine has named the Honda Accord to its prestigious annual list of the 10Best Cars in America. "Do something special once, you might be called lucky. Do something special twice, you start to build some credibility. Do something special 30 times, like the 10Best Honda Accord, and you've accomplished something truly extraordinary," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc
 
 
By on December 17, 2015
The Honda Road Readers Program is Designed to Encourage Children to Use Their Imaginations During Drives.



Did you know that the average family spends about four hours per week in the car?  Honda wants families to put that time to good use. Today the brand is launching Honda Road Readers, a new app (available on Apple® and Android™) providing Honda drivers free access to children's audiobooks to expose children to great literature and foster their imaginations. An introductory video to the program will be promoted on Honda's social channels, using the hashtag #HondaRoadReaders.

Check it out!



In a Nutshell....
  • Custom-Created App Gives Honda Owners Access to More Than 100 Free Audiobooks, Offers Parents Opportunities for Quality Family Time
  • Honda Road Readers Program Seeks to Better Utilize the Roughly 208 Hours the Typical American Family Spends Driving Per Year
 
 
By on December 07, 2015
Sporty and Sophisticated Visual Presence Portends What's Under the Skin of the Dramatically Redesigned 2016 Civic Sedan

Additional design and engineering highlights of the all-new 2016 Civic Sedan include:
  • Dynamic new styling – with a bolder, more aggressive face; sharp and sophisticated body lines; a sporty fastback profile and premium features, including the expanded use of LED exterior lighting
  • All-new Civic platform architecture – with a 1.2-inch-longer wheelbase, a nearly 2-inch wider body and wider track that gives Civic a more athletic and aggressive stance while contributing to its more refined ride quality and larger cabin, including 1.2 inches of added rear-seat legroom
  • A more rigid, lightweight and tightly sealed body – featuring a new Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, supporting Civic's fun-to-drive performance, class-leading cabin quietness and targeted top-class crash safety ratings: NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+
  • A more spacious and premium-quality cabin – with premium, soft-touch surfaces and refined detailing that exceeds the mainstream compact-car class, along with an expanded list of standard and available features, including heated front and rear seats, automatic climate control, remote engine start and eight-way power driver's seat
  • Honda Sensing – available suite includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist and Road Departure Warning, and adds, for the first time, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, setting a new bar for advanced safety and driver-assistive technology in the mainstream compact class
  • Advanced connected-car capabilities – enabled by a new and more intuitive 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with Android operating system, also featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility for seamless integration of smartphone features and functions      

 
 
By on November 25, 2015
  
On Nov 11, 2015,  Honda was named “2016 Best SUV Brand” by U.S. News & World Report, tied to the excellent scores earned by the Honda HR-V crossover and CR-V and Pilot SUVs in the U.S. News & World Report Best Cars Rankings.


“Honda wins the Best SUV Brand award on the strength of its entire SUV lineup,” said Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor, U.S. News Best Cars. “The HR-V, CR-V and Pilot are all consistently ranked at the top of their respective classes, as automotive journalists are impressed with the utility, comfort and family-friendly features that all three offer. No matter what class SUV shoppers are searching in, Honda has a model worth considering.”



This accolade comes as Honda continues to strengthen and expand its light-truck lineup, which began with the launch of the refreshed 2015 CR-V in the fall of 2014, followed by the spring arrival of the all-new HR-V crossover and summer introduction of a redesigned, third-generation Pilot. On the strength of these products, Honda is on track for record results in 2016, with light truck sales reaching a new high of 550,210 units through October, a 13.6 percent gain over year-ago results; with CR-V on track to earn the title of America’s best-selling SUV for the 4th consecutive year.
 “This recognition of Honda as the Best SUV Brand validates our effort to produce world-class SUVs to meet the needs and desires of families of any size,” said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Honda Division. “Honda is committed to providing fuel efficient, safe and fun products with the quality and reliability to meet the needs of our discerning customers.”
The awards recognize the brands whose vehicles perform the best on an overall basis within four major categories of the U.S. News vehicle rankings: Cars, SUVs, Trucks and Luxury. The Best Vehicle Brands methodology uses the combined overall scores from the U.S. News Best Cars rankings across all models in each of the award classes. The overall rankings score is based on an analysis of published, credible reviews of a given model from the automotive press, as well as safety and reliability data.
 
 
By on November 24, 2015
Honda Accord Wins a Record 30th 10Best Cars Award from Car and Driver Magazine

Nov 18, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif.
        
For a record 30th time in the 32-year history of the award, Car and Driver magazine has named the Honda Accord to its prestigious annual list of the 10Best Cars in America.



"Do something special once, you might be called lucky. Do something special twice, you start to build some credibility. Do something special 30 times, like the 10Best Honda Accord, and you've accomplished something truly extraordinary," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co, Inc.

"Earning a record thirty 10Best awards from Car and Driver demonstrates Accord's enduring values of advanced fuel efficiency, safety and fun-to- drive performance all built on a foundation of incredible quality and reliability."

Now in its ninth generation, the Accord went on sale in the U.S. in 1976 and has been produced in America at Honda's Marysville, Ohio auto plant since 19821. Total U.S. sales of Accord now top 12.5 million units, with more than 10.5 million Accords made in America, including models built for export.

"The Accord is the sole- high-volume product to earn this award year after year," noted Car and Driver magazine.

Accord was the most popular car in America in 2013, 2014 and again thus far in 2015, based on IHS Automotive new retail vehicle registration data2.

1 Honda products are built using domestic and globally sourced parts.
2 Based on IHS Automotive new retail vehicle registration data for 2013, 2014, and 2015 CYTD September.
 
 
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