Awards Archives - Frank Ancona Honda blog

January 6, 2017

Honda Ridgeline Named 2017 Truck of the Year

Since 1994 The North American Car and Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards have honored excellence in the fields of innovation, design safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and overall value. The judges for the award consist of over 50 professional automotive journalists from both the United States and Canada. Because the award is not associated with a specific publication the panel is able to create a diverse base of judges. This year the panelists not only selected the Honda Ridgeline as a finalist but as the overall top selection.

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Car enthusiasts at Car and Driver have fallen in love with the spacious and comfortable interior, claiming the vehicle “embarrasses the competition.” fell in love with the spacious and comfortable interior, claiming it “embarrasses the competition.” The pickup truck has also been recognized for its superior safety record. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, discussed tests performed on a series of trucks where the Ridgeline stood out. Overall, the IIHS has provided superior safety ratings for the truck that are well within Honda’s standards of excellence.

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Honda states that unlike most pickups and trucks, this vehicle is a great everyday mode of transportation that can provide consumers with a multitude of features that are not offered among competing brands, such as Ford and Chevrolet. These features include an in-bed storage compartment with a drain and dual-action tailgate that opens vertically and horizontally to allow for easy loading and finally weatherproof speakers in the bed making this vehicle ideal for tailgating.
For a chance to own a 2017 Honda Ridgeline, visit Frank Ancona Honda at 1000 N Rogers Rd, Olathe, KS 66062. You can also call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive of this incredible truck. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on news about the Honda Ridgeline and all other models!

March 15, 2016

Honda Adds Additional Awards to Their Growing List: Excels in Value and Safety

Our latest models have everyone talking. Honda stole the show this year with high ratings from Kelley Blue Book, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, just to name a few. Value and safety awards make up a large portion of Honda’s achievements this year.

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com named several 2016 Honda Models with Overall Best Buy, Best Buy, Best Value Brand and Best Resale Value Awards. We’re proud to announce that the 2016 Honda Civic is the Overall Best Buy according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, along with the 2016 Honda CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey, which were named Best Buy of the Year in their respective classes.

Additional awards include U.S. News naming the CR-V the Best Car for the Money among compact SUVs. The Honda Fit also was also recognized by U.S. News rankings and was awarded the Best Car for the Money title in the Subcompact and Hatchback categories. Both the CR-V and Fit were commended for their high EPA-estimated mpg ratings and low long-term ownership costs.

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Best Buy of the Year:

  • Civic (Overall Best Buy)
  • CR-V
  • Pilot
  • Odyssey

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Although getting the best value for your money is important, by no means should it cast a shadow on safety. Don’t worry, Honda has you covered in both areas! The coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was awarded to four Hondas in recognition of their superior crash safety performance. Several 2016 Honda models were also recognized by IIHS with the esteemed TOP SAFETY PICK rating due to their excellent safety performance and still more earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating:

  • Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™
  • 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™
  • 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™
  • 2016 CR-V Touring

TOP SAFETY PICK rating

  • Accord Sedan
  • Accord Coupe
  • CR-V
  • Pilot
  • Odyssey

5-Star Overall Vehicle Score:

  • CR-V
  • Accord
  • Fit
  • Odyssey
  • HR-V

View all 2016 Honda awards and accolades here.

February 19, 2016

Six Honda Vehicles Awarded “Best Family Cars of 2016” by Kelley Blue Book

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The awards keep stacking up for Honda. Frank Ancona Honda is proud to announce that six Honda models were ranked as Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars of 2016, claiming six of the 16 available spots. Honda is the only automaker to earn awards in each category segment, making it the most recognized brand in Kelley Blue Book’s assessment for 2016. The 2016 Honda Accord, Civic, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey were all highlighted in their respective categories.

Kelley Blue Book created the Best Family Cars list as a resource to make picking the right family vehicle a little less daunting. The KBB staff put all vehicle contenders through extensive tests evaluating overall family comfort, safety and value.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of sales of the Honda Division, said, “This recognition by the experts at Kelley Blue Book of six of our core models is affirmation that Honda has the best possible choices for families of any size.”

Honda has been dominating the award season this year. The 2016 Honda HR-V was named 2016 Green SUV of the Year. The 2016 Honda Civic was named Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buy for 2016, as well as the 2016 North American International Car of the Year. Plus, earlier this month, five Honda models were honored as the 2016 Best Cars for the Money by U.S. News & World Report.

Get your hands on the Best Family Cars of 2016. Our sales experts will help you find the perfect Honda for your family’s needs. See what we have in stock today! Call 855-859-6511 for details.

To see Kelley Blue Book’s full list for the Best Family Cars of 2016, click here.

February 15, 2016

Five Honda Models Win Best Cars For The Money From U.S. News & World Report

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The New York Daily News said it best, “When it comes to value, 2016 is all about the Honda Motor Company.” Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce that five different Honda vehicles have been honored with six Best Cars for the Money awards by U.S. News & World Report. According to the U.S. News website, the 2016 Best Cars for the Money awards highlight the cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans that have the best combination of value and positive reviews from professional car reviewers in 23 different automotive classes. The Hondas that were honored are as follows:

  • 2016 Honda Civic named “Best Compact Car for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda HR-V named “Best Subcompact SUV for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda Odyssey named “Best Minivan for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda Pilot named “Best 3-Row SUV for the Money”
  • 2016 Honda Fit named “Best Hatchback for the Money” and “Best Subcompact Car for the Money” for the second year in a row.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, said, “Honda is committed to building vehicles that bring joy to our customers and ultimately deliver long-term value. Quality and value for money are key attributes customers expect when buying a Honda, and these awards recognize the brand’s ongoing fulfillment of that promise.”

The Best Car for the Money awards were created with the consumer in mind. According to the U.S News & World Report, the Best Car for the Money award winners have the best combination of long-term value and quality. Quality is measured by the overall score the vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards were published. According to the Honda press release, the rankings are updated monthly and compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions.

Get your hands on some of this year’s “Best Cars for the Money” award winners. We have the perfect leasing specials to meet your budget needs on the 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Honda Fit. See what we have in stock today! Call 855-859-6511 for details.

January 20, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Wins North American Car of the Year Award

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The all-new 2016 Honda Civic made its debut in November 2015 with a completely revamped look, jam-packed with new Honda technologies. Since its release, the vehicle has been winning tons of awards, including being one of Kelley Blue Book’s Overall Best Buys in its Best Buy Awards. Now, the new 2016 model has just earned the most prestigious award in the automotive industry: the 2016 North American Car of the Year Award.

The all-new 2016 Honda Civic received the award at the opening ceremony of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2016.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager, said, “The all-new Civic was developed and is built in North America, making this North American Car of the Year win even sweeter. Civic is a cornerstone of the Honda lineup, and we’re delighted and the automotive press has recognized the new levels of styling, performance, advanced technology, safety and value that characterize the new Civic.”

The North American Car of the Year Award is given by a group of 53 international automotive journalists and recognizes the most outstanding car of the year based on factors such as innovation, design, safety, performance, technology and more. This award is unique because it is given from automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

The 2016 Honda Civic can also add a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety to its list of achievements. The new model has received the highest available safety rating as well as a top rating of GOOD in five IIHS crash test modes.

Conrad said, “As these new safety ratings demonstrate, the 2016 Civic Sedan not only brings new value to the compact segment with its hefty upgrades to fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and technology, it also delivers advanced collision safety performance. With its available Honda Sensing technologies, including our first application of Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, the new Civic Sedan offers customers a suite of technologies unlike anything else in the class.”

Come check out the safest and most stylish Civic model yet. We have the 2016 Honda Civic in stock today! Stop in for a test drive or call: (855) 859-6511.

To learn more about the 2016 Honda Civic’s achievements and features, click here.

November 23, 2015

The 2016 Honda Civic: 10 Years in the Making

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The highly anticipated 2016 Honda Civic was recently released on November 12, 2015. The 10th generation Civic debuted with a revamped look jam-packed with new Honda features. We aren’t the only one’s taking notice. Kelley Blue Book recently announced the 2016 Honda Civic as the Overall Best Buy in its Best Buy Awards. The new Civic raises the bar for all compact cars with its sleek and modern design. With a larger model than years past, the civic almost feels like a midsize sedan.

What’s New with the 2016 Honda Civic?*

The redesigned Civic was created with usability in mind, making it easy to drive and use. It gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. From a capless fuel system, to a remote engine start and automatic brake holding, the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan has a full list of new features:

    • Turbocharged Engine: A new 1.5 liter engine offers high cruise efficiency and robust performance.
    • LED Lighting: The 2016 Honda Civic features new LED headlights that help you see more of the road and helps the environment by saving energy.
    • Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers: Rain moving into the area? No problem! The Civic’s new rain-sensing wipers automatically activate when it senses rain.
    • Capless Fuel System: Say goodbye to that pesky fuel cap. Now refueling is easier and cleaner with the capless fuel system. The fuel filler neck opens on contact when the door is opened, to make refueling faster, easier and cleaner.
    • Heated seats: Now everyone in the car can experience heated seats! The 2016 Civic features 3 heat level settings for the passenger seats and back seat heat capability.
    • Driver Information Interface: Everything you need to know pops up on your driver dashboard.
    • Remote Engine Start: Tired of getting into a freezing or super hot car? Now you can start your car from wherever you’re more comfortable.

And the list goes on and on. For a look at all of the new features click here. So what are you waiting for? We have the 2016 Honda Civic in stock today! Stop in for a test drive or call: (855) 859-6511

*Some models don’t include all features. See dealer for complete details.

May 11, 2015

The Honda Accord Hybrid Lands on KBB’s 10 Best Green Cars List

The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid has landed on Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Green Cars List for the second year in a row. The Accord made it onto the list for the incredible fuel economy the vehicle boasts, beating out the Chevy Volt and Tesla, along with how well the Honda Accord holds its value.

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The Honda Accord has always been designed with fuel efficiency in mind, but the 2015 models beat out all previous fuel economy standings the vehicle had. Currently the Accord Hybrid sees EPA fuel economy ratings of 50 mpg highway, 45 mpg city and 47 mpg combined.

The Accord Hybrid features two motor hybrid system, blending electric-only, hybrid and engine drive models. The official name for this system is Two-Motor Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD). This technology that is part of the Honda EarthDreams powertrain lineup. This is the most thermally efficient engine in production currently for any car brand.

The Accord Hybrid also features highly responsive and powerful regenerative braking the improves the fuel performance. Along with regenerative braking to help improve fuel economy, the Accord Hybrid incorporates start/stop technology and the air conditioner, power steering and water pump are electrically operated.

The Accord Hybrid starts off as all electric when you first turn it on. If you stay in a city-driving speed limit, it will run on electric-only for about thirteen miles. This distance is so short because the battery doesn’t have the same energy storage as a plug-in model. After all-electric is used up, a generator kicks on to provide on-board electric propulsion.

Keeping the engine below 43 mph keeps the Accord in this hybrid mode, meaning there is no mechanical connection between the drive wheels and the engine. However, going faster than 43 turns the engine on. Going 60 mph or faster shifts the engine to gas-only.

Even without the first class fuel economy that the Accord Hybrid has been recognized for, the vehicle provides an incredible driving experience that some car reviews have called futuristic. Driving a Honda Accord Hybrid is absolutely seamless – drivers do not feel gears shift or hear that gasoline exhaust noise. This is because the i-MMD doesn’t have any belts, pulleys, drive clutch or torque converter to create such a seamless experience. Even without these nuances we are all used to, the Accord generates an impressive 141 horsepower for a hybrid.

June 26, 2014

Honda Honored As Highway Safety Hero

 

Earlier this week, Honda was honored as a Highway Safety Hero by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for Advancing Pedestrian Safety. Honda was the only automaker that received the award along with 26 current and former members of congress, eights state officials and 14 citizen activists for efforts to save lives, prevent injuries and make roads safer, according to a press release published by Honda.

As part of its commitment to keeping drivers safe, Honda has led the U.S. in safety and driver technologies including features that aim to reduce injuries in a collision, such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield wiper pivots.

 

Additionally, Honda has become the leader in adding rearview cameras. More than 94 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras. No other brand has as many models equipped with standard rearview cameras for the 2014 model year and by the 2015 model year.

If you would like more information about Honda’s history of leadership in the development, take a look at our Safety Issue Brief.

March 7, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Wins 2013 President’s Award

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. recently recognized Frank Ancona Honda as a top-ranking Honda dealership with its most prestigious honor, the President’s Award.

According to Honda, achieving the President’s Award requires exceptional performance and a yearlong commitment to attaining excellence in the areas of customer satisfaction, sales, training and facility image.

John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for Honda, said, “At Honda, we have a passion for excellence that serves as the driving force behind everything we do for our valued customers. The President’s Award was introduced in 1995 as a way to challenge our dealerships to achieve the exacting standards Honda established for the brand. Throughout the years, the criteria have been altered to ensure we remain industry leaders in customer service and satisfaction. It is a privilege to honor Frank Ancona Honda with the distinguished President’s Award,” he said.

In 2013, more than 1,000 Honda dealerships participated in the President’s Award program, with 173 earning dealership honors.

January 31, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Selected As 2014 Kansas Dealer Of The Year

DealerRater, North America’s most trusted source of automobile dealership and service center reviews, selected Frank Ancona Honda as 2014 Kansas Dealer of the Year.

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According to DealerRater, “DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year Award Program recognizes a select number of car dealerships throughout the United States and Canada for outstanding customer satisfaction as expressed through customers’ online reviews posted on DealerRater.”

In order to qualify for the 2014 program, dealerships had to meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 25 reviews on DealerRater for the 2013 calendar year

  • Average minimum rating greater than 4.0 (calculated monthly); with 5.0 as the highest possible rating

  • Must not have been blacklisted within the 2013 calendar year

Frank Ancona Honda blew the competition away with a 24-month total of 61 reviews averaging an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars!

We’re excited to be bringing customers the best value and car shopping experience possible, and look forward to an outstanding 2014.