June 2016 - Frank Ancona Honda blog

June 30, 2016

All-New 2016 Civic Coupe Takes on the World’s First Crowdsourced Dream Track

What could be more fun than bowling or hitting a pinata? How about hitting a giant pinata or knocking over giant bowling pins while driving the sporty all-new 2016 Honda Civic coupe? Utilizing social media, Honda crowdsourced ideas to build a new test track, the Civic Dream Track, to showcase the handling of the 2016 Honda Civic coupe. This first of its kind course incorporated many interesting and fun ideas.

The course was driven by professional stunt driver, Matt Powers. Outside of adding a stick to hit the pinata and various cameras, the Honda Civic used in the video was not modified, which allowed the car’s natural abilities to shine through. You can view the video of the car driving the course here.


According to Car and Driver, the newly redesigned Civic coupe boasts a sporty edge, from added sculpting to its body to the way its wheels and tires fully occupy the wheel wells. But it goes beyond its appearance. The engine in the new, agile coupe gives it a performance boost over previous generations. The base model comes with 158 horsepower while the higher end models come with 174 horsepower. This is a large boost from the previous generations, which only came with horsepower in the 140s.


Interested in owning or leasing your own 2016 Civic coupe to take on any pinatas or bowling pins you may come across on the road? You can view our current inventory of 2016s online by clicking here or come in today to test drive one of these sporty redesigned Civics. Interested in leasing? Get the new Civic coupe for $189 per month for 36 months with $2,399.09 due at signing. Also, this 4th of July weekend you can take an extra $500 off with our Military Appreciation Offer for all active duty military personnel, spouses, retirees and veterans. This offer is only valid when you  lease or finance through Honda Financial Services. Stop by our Olathe dealership today or call us at (913) 782-3636.


June 30, 2016

Minivan Showdown: The 2016 Honda Odyssey vs. 2016 Toyota Sienna

The minivan segment isn’t nearly as congested as it used to be thanks to the rise of crossover vehicles. In their wake, the minivans that remain tend to be more luxurious, utility-driven, and spacious for families. Safety is a major priority and automakers don’t skimp on features. When comparing the 2016 Honda Odyssey to the 2016 Toyota Sienna, the top two minivans on the market, the Odyssey comes out on top.


In terms of styling, the Honda Odyssey shines. Its rear roofline spoiler and aerodynamic design boast a look similar to a crossover that offers more interior space. On the inside, the Odyssey’s technology blows the Sienna out of the water. The Odyssey comes standard with an 8-inch display screen, while the Sienna’s standard display screen is only 6.1-inches. Honda’s minivan also offers an available built-in vacuum system, the HondaVac, making cleaning up kids’ messes easy. The Sienna can’t compete with that.

Seating is plentiful in both the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, but the Odyssey’s seating offers much more flexibility. Aside from the base model, the Odyssey can seat up to eight people, so Honda created a second row center seat that can easily be removed to create a pass-through to the back. While this center seat is in use, it can also easily be moved forward independently from the second row. To create more shoulder room for second row passengers while the center seat is installed, the outer seats can be moved 1.5 inches to the side. No one will be complaining about tight quarters while riding in the Odyssey!

Honda scores another win when it comes to fuel efficiency. The 2016 Honda Odyssey gets an EPA-estimated mileage of 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, while the Sienna gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.

Now you can see why the 2016 Honda Odyssey is the better minivan. For more information, stop by Frank Ancona Honda or call 913-782-3636. We’ll help you find the perfect vehicle for you and your family.


June 23, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Announces the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Sedan; America’s Most Powerful & Fuel Efficient Midsize Sedan

This year has been full of excitement for Honda with newly redesigned vehicles which feature flashy styling, great fuel economy, innovative tech, impressive safety ratings and so much more. Included in these is the release of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the newly redesigned Honda Civic, and the new and improved Honda Accord, which is now in its 40th year.

The Honda Accord, America’s best-selling midsize sedan, welcomes the re-styled and re-engineered 2017 Accord Hybrid to the family. According to Honda, the car is America’s most powerful and fuel-efficient midsize hybrid sedan. The car features an advanced, new, second-generation two motor hybrid powertrain that peaks out at 212 horsepower and best-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings of 49/47/48 mpg (city/highway/combined).

image00Like the rest of Accord family, the 2017 hybrid model has had extensive upgrades made to it that include a new sportier style and driving performance. According to Edmunds, the car will feature three unique trims, the Hybrid, Hybrid EX-L and the Hybrid Touring. All three trim levels will include the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, offered as standard equipment on all models, and for EX-L and Touring trims, Honda’s newest Display Audio touchscreen interface featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc says, “The Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord, offering exceptional dynamic qualities with the greatest technological sophistication and fuel efficiency in the Accord Family.”

image01The Honda Accord has been setting the standard for family sedans and comes recommended by Edmunds. If you want to upgrade your vehicle, then it’s time to come into Frank Ancona Honda. We have a great selection of new vehicles and great deals to help you drive off the lot in the perfect Honda for you. Stop by today or call us at (913) 782-3636.


June 16, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Preparing for the Debut of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline

image02The battle between trucks has been focused too long on Ford and Chevrolet. Frank Ancona Honda is here to tell you there’s a stylish newcomer to the fight that has a lot to offer. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is driving out of the shadows to show off its many impressive features.

The Ridgeline boasts an enormous and comfortable interior that, according to Car and Driver, “embarrasses the competition.” There is also a great deal of hidden storage underneath the back passenger seats with enough room to store a set of golf clubs.

image00The exterior of the truck also comes standard with quality features. The bed of the truck is made with a composite material, as opposed to the steel and aluminum beds that you see in competitors. Recently, Chevrolet and Ford have been posting videos to show off the durability, or lack thereof, of the beds in their trucks. Honda jumped in the fray by posting a video of their own that shows the Ridgeline can handle just as much while showing hardly any damage at all.

The Ridgeline isn’t just a vehicle for the stereotypical truck owner; it’s also a great everyday mode of transportation. The bed of the truck includes a storage compartment with a drain that would be perfect as a cooler for the sports fan who loves to tailgate. The dual-action tailgate opens vertically and horizontally to allow for easy loading. With all the strength of a classic truck and many unique additional features, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is staking its claim in the battle for most impressive truck.



June 9, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Announces Honda Civic Tour Ticket Giveaway

Summer is officially in the air and with it comes plenty of summer concerts. Few concerts are as impressive as the Honda Civic Tour, and Frank Ancona Honda is giving you a chance to win two free tickets to this show-stopping performance on its Facebook page.

The tour is traversing the United States with headliners Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, who we expect to put on one heck of a show! Mike Posner has also joined the tour and will be joining Nick and Demi on the Honda Civic Stage. Frank Ancona Honda has acquired four tickets to the event, which we will hand off to grand prize winners with two tickets each to see the show in Kansas City August 6, 2016. All contestants need to do is head on over to our Facebook page, like the post about the tour giveaway and leave a comment about who they would take to the show. The winners will be selected on or around August 1, 2016!

image00The Honda Civic Tour started out as an annual summer concert tour in 2001 with pop-punk band blink-182 as the headliner. Since its creation, the tour has grown in size and overall scope, featuring a few of the world’s most popular artists, such as Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy and One Direction. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tour and promises to be one of the best years yet.

The full rules and regulations for the competition can be found on our Facebook here. Frank Ancona encourages everyone to enter for a chance to experience an incredible concert.


June 3, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda President Celebrates Big Win for Honda Racing Team at Indianapolis 500

Memorial Day weekend was filled with excitement and adventure, especially for Frank Ancona Honda President Michael Ancona, who attended the Indy 500 in the Honda Suite box. Ancona was able to witness not only an incredible race, but also a big win for the Honda Racing Team.

Alexander Rossi, a rookie, stretched his tank of gas 36 laps compared to the average 32 laps per tank that most drivers are able to make. According to Sports Illustrated, Rossi has spent the majority of his career racing on road and street courses that require the drivers to make left and right turns. The skillset for an oval track, such as the one in Indianapolis, requires a different set of skills. In only the second oval of his career, Rossi won at what is considered the most challenging and dangerous race track in the world. He is the first rookie to win at the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Rossi was followed by his teammate Carlos Munoz, who finished second almost four and a half seconds behind Rossi.



Marco Andretti, the grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti, finished behind his teammates at Andretti Autosport in 13th. In a tweet, Andretti attributed his placement in the race to his tires saying, “Fun day until the front tires were put on the wrong side. Really bummed, the car was good. Unfortunate mistake but my guys are the best.” Andretti was later quoted at the celebration saying, “It was an honor to … even qualify for the 100th Running.”



Before the race, Ancona enjoyed a full tour of the pit, as well as the opportunity to meet current and former drivers such as Sarah Fisher. Fisher is a former IndyCar racer and the youngest woman ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at 19 years old. Experiences like this make us proud to represent Honda.