August 26, 2016
A lot can happen in 10 years; life can change and so can cars. This year Honda released the 2017 Honda Fit which puts the versatile, fun and affordable Fit line into its tenth year on the market of the United States. The 2017 Fit remains one of the most fuel efficient cars on the road today and continues to be built on its phenomenal award winning platform which earned it recognition for Best Hatchback for the Money by U.S. News & World Report,One of America’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars by KBB.com and a Five Star Rating from NHTSA in 2016.
Boasting an amazing 36/29 Hwy/City MPG rating, the traditional, five-door hatchback is available in three different trim levels: LX, EX and the EX-L. The Fit comes standard with automatic headlights, Bluetooth and a center console with storage. Different trims levels will offer features such as a power moonroof, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display audio system and heated leather seats. Also new for 2017 is the addition of Alabaster Silver Metallic to the exterior color options.
What really sets the Fit apart from other compact hatchbacks is the amount of interior space it boasts. According to Honda, the vehicle offers class-leading passenger space and versatility courtesy of its center-mounted fuel tank and their “Magic Seat.” In fact, Honda states that the Fit offers nearly four more inches of legroom to passengers in the rear of the car. Instead of being limited in storage space, the Fit has the storage capacity of a larger SUV due to the folding ability of the seats. Car and Driver even called the original model a “diminutive road warrior with Great-Pumpkin interior volume.” How often can that be said about a compact hatchback? Not very often and the Fit owns that extra space!
To test drive one of these incredible and sporty vehicles, we encourage you to stop by our Olathe dealership. Don’t wait too long, now is the perfect time to buy with our Summer Clearance Event in full swing.
August 19, 2016
The top selling Honda Civic Sedan got a fantastic facelift this year, especially with the coupe. Later this year, the new Honda Civic Hatchback will be released in North America. According to Honda, the 2017 Hatchback combines striking Euro-inspired styling and five-door versatility with the Civic’s world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology. The new model is scheduled to serve as a foundation for the new radical Civic Type-R launching in the U.S. in 2017.
According to Jeff Conrad, senior VP and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., “The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.”
The vehicle is built on the same platform as the current generation of the sedan and coupe. The turbocharged engine will be offered with either a sporty CVT (all trims) or a performance-inspired six-speed manual transmission (LX, Sport and EX trims). The interior of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback carries through on the modern, sophisticated and premium quality of the tenth generation Civic lineup, with high-grade materials and finishes applied liberally throughout. In terms of packaging, the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback delivers class-leading volume and cargo capacity including a roomy interior (122.9 cu. ft.), best rear seat legroom (36.0 inches) and largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set.
According to CNET, the new trim being introduced with the car, the Sport Touring, will make a number of optional technologies standard. These technologies will include Honda Sensing, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED headlights and heated rear seats. The Sport Touring will also add a center-mounted exhaust. Honda Sensing is available on most trims, and includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
August 12, 2016
In order to help showcase the incredible 2017 Honda Ridgeline, Frank Ancona Honda is providing another contest for our followers. Starting Monday, August 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016, contestants will be able to enter our contest by simply heading over to our Facebook page and liking and commenting on the contest post with who you would go on a date with for an evening. Winners receive dinner and transportation on us for their date night!
Once per month a single winner will be selected. Each winner will be provided a 24-hour test drive of one of our incredible 2017 Honda Ridgeline trucks to use as transportation as they go to the restaurant Rosso, located at the top of the Sorella Hotel at the Country Club Plaza. Frank Ancona Honda will pay for dinner for two with an allowance of up to $200.
The Honda Ridgeline was chosen as the date night vehicle due to its styling as a truck that is perfect for everyone, even those that do not work construction or use the hauling feature often. Car and Driver had a lot of positive notes about the vehicle including the vehicle’s new form. The truck’s structure is the same as the Honda Pilot crossover. From the front the truck looks identical to the Pilot that just had the last row of seats opened up and removed. According to a report to Car and Driver, the front structure is actually 17 percent stronger than that of the Pilot, while the rear is 31 percent sturdier. While the truck actually has a lower hauling capacity when compared to other trucks this vehicle is targeted to customers to be an everyday kind of truck that is less clumsy.
August 5, 2016
Recently, there has been a growing trend with the use of the mobile application Pokemon Go, created by Niantic, Inc. People of all ages have been consumed by the game with its cute creatures as they hunt to “catch them all.” While the game itself seems harmless enough, we are beginning to see the growing dangers of playing it. Reports have come in of users being so occupied with their phones that they are not paying attention to their surroundings and are getting into troublesome situations. To take it even further, users are starting to play the game while they drive. CNN has even mentioned several accidents that have occurred due to drivers being distracted by playing the app while driving. As August is back to school safety month, Frank Ancona wants to remind people to never text while driving, or in this case, play Pokemon Go while driving. Distracted driving is an epidemic that we can fight. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security has even started a new hashtag and campaign to promote safety first, #PikachuCanWait.
If you want to utilize a car to play Pokemon Go, there are many people that are embracing the game. Many people and Uber drivers have begun offering their services to Pokemon Go players for an hourly fee. For this fee, drivers will take the players around to different pokestops and gyms. Uber actually warned their drivers and partners of the game, including the possibility of distracted drivers and individuals on or near the road, as well as the possibility of making money. They encouraged drivers to learn the hotspots and wait near them for fares.
If you are in the market for a new or preowned vehicle then we encourage you to come into the dealership. You can even check out our pokestop and use it while you browse our selection. All we ask is that you not play while you test drive one of our great vehicles!
July 28, 2016
The division of Honda that focuses primarily on two-wheeled vehicles has started to reveal their 2017 models. They began the releases with an updated version of the popular Grom. The new model has received a comprehensive redesign that includes a sharper and more aggressive appearance, according to Honda.
According to Lee Edmunds, manager of motorcycle marketing communications at American Honda, the motorcycle has been a huge success since its introduction in 2016. He goes on to state, “This fun-loving motorcycle has been a big hit in a little package, single handedly establishing a thriving market for small-wheeled, small-displacement, big-personality road bikes that lend themselves to personalization.”
Sportrider notes that the Grom itself is seen as part minibike, but all motorcycle and manageable for full-sized adults. The new version is essentially just a cosmetic upgrade with an edgier appearance. This new appearance is due partly to an integrated fuel tank and side panels, modern stocked LED headlight layout, a sportier handlebar and many other features that help transition the bike as a great bike to zip around the city.