July 2016 - Frank Ancona Honda blog

July 28, 2016

Honda Gives the Grom an Edgy Makeover for 2017

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.


July 26, 2016

Finding the Perfect Family Vehicle: Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander


There are quite a few SUVs on the market but the fight for the very top is clearly the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander. Both models are fuel efficient, have a good amount of room, and offer the same warranty coverage. If they’re so similar, which one comes out on top? Here’s a quick comparison from us here at Frank Ancona Honda.

The 2016 Honda Pilot hits the road with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Earning an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 hwy mpg* when mated to a six-speed automatic, the optional nine-speed automatic provides a slight bump to an EPA-estimated 27 hwy mpg.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander stocks a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Even though that engine is small, it only returns an EPA-estimated 20 city/25 hwy mpg*. While there are two other engine options, the Pilot outshines them all with the perfect balance of power and efficiency.

As for price, the 2016 Honda Pilot starts at just $30,145 while the Toyota Highlander comes in at $30,490. While both models are nearly identical in price once you reach higher trims, the lower Honda Pilot trims are more value-oriented than the Toyota Highlander.

The 2016 Honda Pilot delivers more power, better fuel economy, and even a slightly better price all in one package. We have a winner!

* EPA estimates. Used for comparison purposes only.

July 21, 2016

Frank Ancona Follows Along as Serial One Restoration Revitalizes Historic N600

Tim Mings, the mechanic famous for his knowledge of classic Honda vehicles, continues to work hard on restoring the classic Serial One. Honda has announced that Mings has nearly completed restoring the engine of the vehicle. According to Digital Trends, the car being restored is the first Honda vehicle sold in the United States and is one of 50 N600s imported to the U.S. during the car’s first year on the market. The most recent video shows Mings attempting to remove the flywheel of the car. Interestingly enough, he doesn’t have the right type of tool on hand due to the fact that the flywheel used in the first 50 models were different then the later production models.


On the Honda Serial One website, Honda provides additional information and explains the history of the car. According to Honda, most cars had high emissions in 1969 and were not even close to being fuel-efficient. The N600 fought to change this perception as it was nearly 3 feet shorter than most cars on the road in America and weighed nearly half of what the best-selling car at the time did. As Mings states in a video located on The News Wheel, “It’s interesting to see when Honda changed things. They always changed it for a reason. They always made it better, that’s just what they do.”



Frank Ancona shares Tim’s sentiments about Honda, “We love the history of the cars which is why we have an extensive collection of Historic Honda projects. We enjoy reminiscing on  our history as we look forward to the future with new vehicles.” If you would like to see our collection or test drive one of our new vehicles, please stop by our dealership and we would be happy to help you.



July 15, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Summer with Clearance Event

Now is the time to buy or lease a new car at Frank Ancona Honda with great deals available during our Summer Clearance Event. If you’re interested in the latest, all-new Honda models, then come check out the 2017 Ridgeline and Accord. But it doesn’t stop there, the entire lineup of new Honda vehicles available at our Olathe dealership provides enough options to meet everyone’s desires. With one of the largest selections in the area, we have priced our vehicles to sell.

Are you interested in experiencing the hype surrounding the 2016 Honda Civic LX Sedan CVT firsthand? Then you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Lease now for only $164 per month for 36 months with $2,320 due at signing! The Honda Civic is one of the most awarded cars this year, winning the following awards:

image01Also, on sale now, is the new 2016 Honda CR-V LX AWD crossover. Just like the Civic, the CR-V boasts awards including:

A 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

image00We would happily walk you through all of the features that these cars can offer you, including the well rated Honda Sensing Suite. Come in or call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive, we know you will fall in love with one of the many cars we offer at our Olathe Honda dealership.


July 7, 2016

Honda Civic Named 2016 North American Car of the Year

Every year, the vehicle industry competes for a unique award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These awards are some of the most sought after, because as the Detroit Free Press notes, unlike awards given by a single publication, they are chosen by an independent jury of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. This year, the Honda Civic won the title of North American Car of the Year.

image01In order to win, vehicles must be new or substantially changed from previous models. According to the North American International Auto Show website, jurors examine innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar when they tally up scores for each car entered into the competition. At the time of the award, Honda car sales overall rose by 13.3 percent while the Civic itself gained 29.4 percent.

If all of this doesn’t sell you on the Honda Civic, take a look at all the other accolades the 2016 model has won:

According to the team at AutoGuide, the new Civic impressed the editors with its upscale style and its new engine. They also said that the 2016 model “breathes life back into the storied nameplate” of the Honda Civic.

image00If you want to own a car with many prestigious awards under its belt, then the new 2016 Civic is a perfect and affordable car for you. Come in to Frank Ancona Honda in Olathe to purchase one of these outstanding vehicles for yourself. Call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive today.