January 7, 2017
The release date for one of Honda’s most anticipated vehicles, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, is drawing closer as additional information has been announced. The news announcement came as a huge relief to many loyal fans and owners of the already popular vehicle.
Reports from Road and Track have confirmed that the Type R will remain untouched by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT, according to Autotrader is a lesser-known alternative to conventional automatic transmissions. Unlike those transmissions, a CVT doesn’t have any gears, but instead stays in a single “magical” gear.
Honda says the Type R will build upon the low and wide proportion of the new popular Civic Hatchback we’ve in previous posts. The Type R is expected to enhance the body of the hatchback with a more muscular styling and modifications to aid in its overall aerodynamic performance. The prototype of the vehicle was shown with a highly reflective and finely brushed aluminum-effect finish and the Red “H” badge. The car now features a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. The vehicle also features smoked lenses for the headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights that reflect the Type R’s more aggressive character.
Further reports say the Type R will feature front-wheel drive with a limited-slip differential for the front axle. The car is also said to have a lower center of gravity compared to the current version of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, upon which the Type R is largely based. Many anticipate the vehicle to feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers over 300 horsepower. This would make it almost twice as powerful as the other Civics in Honda’s lineup. With the new year upon us, the Type R is currently slated to make its production debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in March.
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January 3, 2017
The fourth generation of the Honda Odyssey, one of the best selling minivans in the country, has finally arrived. According to Honda, the Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for each of the past six years and is leading the pack once again for 2016. The minivan has also been the top choice of buyers under 35 every year since 2013. The 2016 model was also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Minivans for Families for a record-breaking sixth year as well as earning recognition as one of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2016.
The new 2017 Honda Odyssey will continue to offer class-leading fuel-economy ratings of 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined, respectively. With the ability to carry eight passengers comfortably, the whole family will be able to comfortably enjoy long road trips. The new model will also see the SE and EX-L trims fitted with the acoustic windshield found in previous models. This feature helps to reduce noise from entering the cabin, making every drive quieter and more enjoyable.
The Odyssey utilizes the next-generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and makes extensive use of high-strength steel. This results in a very strong front frame and door structure for increased protection in a frontal collision. The new model will be powered by a 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine that produces up to 248 horsepower. The engine is also paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that, together with the new engine, helps the Odyssey receive such an efficient EPA fuel-economy.
For those looking for the best of the best, consider an upgrade to the Odyssey SE and Touring Elite models featuring HondaVac. This in-vehicle vacuum cleaner system is designed to help families keep the Odyssey’s interior neat and clean. The device, designed for dry use, operates on the vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system and easily surpasses the performance of handheld rechargeable vacuums.
To learn more about the newest model of the Honda minivan we encourage you to call us at (913) 782-3636 or visit our dealership at 1000 N Rogers Rd, Olathe, KS 66062.
December 27, 2016
The wait is finally over for the new Honda CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the last 20 years. Previous models received recognitions that include: One of Kelley Blue Book’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016, a Five Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and being named 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money by US News. The fifth-generation Honda comes fully redesigned and reengineered with a bold new styling, premium interior, and the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine.
The more aggressive structure is created by a crisp front-end design mixed with stylized headlights and muscular fenders for a much more masculine looking SUV. The EX trim and higher comes standard with the new turbocharged engine along with a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5 liter direct-injected engine.
The interior of the vehicle showcases premium features such as a top-in-class interior space, remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, rear USB charging ports and more! Cars.com says the vehicle addresses certain issues that held the previous generation back, thus resulting in a more well-rounded model. Their review goes on to say that Honda took on the previous issues directly in their redesign and have done an incredible job in addressing them. If you don’t believe what they have to say about the amazing new CR-V, we encourage you to stop by our dealership and test drive one for yourself while supplies last! Call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule your visit with Frank Ancona Honda.
December 20, 2016
Many spend the entire holiday season looking for the perfect gift whereas some simply wait until the last minute. The Happy Honda Days Sales Event helps individuals drive off in a variety of vehicles for as low as $99 per month or 0.9 percent. Save on vehicles like the Fit LX CVT, CR-V AWD LX, 2016 Accord Two door LX-S CVT and the 2017 Accord LX CVT.
The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved mid-sized cars on the road and you can own one for as low as $199 per month or 0.9 percent for 60 months. The Accord, available in both a coupe and sedan model, has plenty to offer drivers. With a combined 31 MPG rating, this sporty car is sure to keep you on the road longer compared to other vehicles in its class. Regardless of the model chosen, the Accord comes standard with Pandora compatibility, SMS text message functionality, a USB port, steering wheel-mounted controls and a five star safety rating from the NHTSA.
Similarly, the CR-V has solidified its place as a favorite among car buyers over the past 20 years. For only $199 a month or 0.9 percent for 60 months, you can drive away in a CR-V of your very own! Car and Driver referred to the SUV as both versatile and reliable while being no stranger to luxury. The vehicle comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, USB Audio Interface, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines and a 185-hp, 2.4-Liter, 16-Valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-Cylinder Engine. The 2016 model alone has earned several notable accolades that include:
The 2016 Honda Fit is also part of this sales event. The Fit remains one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the road today and has continued to build upon an award winning platform that earned recognitions 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. 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 buyers can lease this model for $99 per month or 0.9 percent for a low 36 months.
To test drive any of these car models, we encourage you to stop by our dealership at 1000 N Rogers Rd, Olathe, KS 66062 or call us at (913) 782-3636.
December 4, 2016
Consumer Guide Automotive recognizes vehicles that stay current with the latest automotive trends and test drives more than 150 new vehicles each year. From that group, they select the top cars in each class as Best Buys for their highest ranking and honor. According to Consumer Guide, “A vehicle does not become a Best Buy based solely on objective ratings. It also has to distinguish itself as being a good dollar value compared to others in the class.” The three Honda cars that received awards this year were the Pilot, HR-V and Ridgeline truck.
The all-new redesigned Ridgeline was named as the best compact pickup truck because it offered the best comfort, convenience and driving dynamics of any small pickup. As we mentioned previously, the new truck comes with a plethora of new features. But Consumer Guide especially admired the blending of the pickup-truck utility with the civility of a car in a sensible package.
Not to be outdone, the upgraded 2017 Pilot took home the award for best midsize crossover/SUV. Consumer Guide felt that the Pilot boasted an impressive selection of available comfort and safety features combined with a nicely finished cabin and excellent fuel efficiency for its size. It’s also worth mentioning that the Pilot is one of the few vehicles in its class to offer the ability to seat eight passengers. All trim levels except for the Elite model offer this seating capacity. The Elite drops down to seven passengers due to the second row of captain’s chairs that offer additional comfort. The 2017 model builds upon the 2016 Pilot’s redesign by adding additional space and more advanced safety and technology features.
Finally, the new 2017 HR-V took Consumer Guide’s award for the new subcompact crossover/SUV category with its excellent use of space. Continuing Honda’s practice of taking something great and making it better, they found ways to improve the car that won 2016 Green SUV of the Year, along with other recognitions of U.S. News Best Cars for Families and KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016. With an estimated 34-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating and an estimated 28-mpg city fuel economy rating for the 2WD CVT, this vehicle is set to maintain it’s impeccable green record.
To learn more about these three Consumer Guide Best Buys, we encourage you to stop by and visit our showroom or call us at 913-782-3636 and one of our experts would be happy to assist you!