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January 20, 2017

Honda Unveils the 2018 Odyssey Minivan

As the fourth generation of the beloved Honda Odyssey was released, Honda also unveiled a future concept of the best selling minivan. So far, the Honda Odyssey has been the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for each of the past six years and led the pack once again in 2016. As mentioned before, 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.

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With the 2018 model, Honda is hoping to turn the Honda Odyssey into a technological hub that includes a variety of features. Some of these advanced connectivity and entertainment features include New Display Audio, streaming video with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and CabinWatch and CabinTalk. These new cabin features utilize a camera that lets the driver and front passenger keep an eye on the rear passengers both day and night via an eight-inch Display Audio screen. If you catch one of the kids doing something they shouldn’t be, CabinTalk allows the driver to talk to the second and third-row passengers through the speakers and rear entertainment system headphones.

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The new family-friendly vehicle features Honda’s modern styling similar to their other vehicles. The new models will also be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™).  At its peak, the engine output is expected to be 280 net horsepower, an additional 32 hp on previous models. The car will come with either a 9-speed automatic or an all-new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind in a minivan, providing more confident and refined performance. Honda believes that these powertrains, when combined with the Odyssey’s new sleek and aerodynamic design, are expected to result in continued class-leading performance and top-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings.
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December 27, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Welcomes the 2017 CRV to the Lineup

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.

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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.

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November 12, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Aids Customers Choose Between Civic Hatchback and Sedan

Honda has released several different models of their ever popular Civic model including the TypeR, Coupe, Sedan and the new Hatchback. When Honda first announced that a Hatchback model would be making its way to the U.S. market, the anticipation was immense. Honda is now predicting that the new model will make up nearly 15 percent of all Civic sales in the U.S. with an expected 50,000 units annually, according to Wards Auto.


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To help consumers choose between the Civic Sedan and the Hatchback, two models one of the most popular cars on the road, AutoGuide decided to detail key differences between the two. One of the key differences between the two models is in the use of interior space. The Sedan comes with more legroom in the back, making it a much cozier ride for rear seat passengers than its Hatchback counterpart. However, what the Hatchback lacks in passenger room, it compensates in storage space. The new model comes with an available 25.7 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats, almost twice as much as the Sedan.

Another key difference is that the Hatchback comes exclusively with a turbocharged engine that puts out over 170 horsepower and comes in two sport trims. The Sport and Sport Touring models boast a subtle body kit and an increase in power from the rest of the Civic family. While the turbocharged engine is also available for the Sedan, drivers can opt to go with the more modest 158 horsepower 4-cylinder engine as well. While the 4-cylinder engine is available in every trim of the Sedan, the turbocharged engine is exclusive in the EX-T trim and above.

 

If you still aren’t sure which model is right for you, we encourage you to stop by our dealership to test drive both models. We have a full selection of both models and would be happy to assist you in finding your next car. Call us at 913-782-3636 to schedule a test drive today!

 

October 24, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Restoration of Serial One

It’s been nearly 50 years since the first Honda N600, nicknamed the Serial One and sporting a modest 0.6-liter two-cylinder engine, made its way across the ocean to the United States.

 

As the first Honda automobile imported for sale in the North America, the N600 helped launch a major market shift that saw small Japanese cars successfully challenge the hegemony of gas guzzlers from the ‘Big Three’ American manufacturers.

 

Today, the effort to restore that very first N600 is nearly finished. The restoration process, documented in a 12-part video series entitled, ‘Serial One,’ has taken well over a year to complete. After collecting dust in a junk pile for nearly 50 years, it’s safe to say this hidden gem has seen better days.

 

According to an interview with Tim Mings, the owner of the Serial One, the serial number one vehicle was acquired through a stroke of good luck. Tim Mings originally bought the car along with another older model without realizing that the Serial One was now in his possession. It was not until he began restoring the car that he realized he’d inadvertently purchased the historic vehicle. Honda is currently supporting Mings’ ongoing project to properly restore the Serial One, the Honda N600, to pristine condition.

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Frank Ancona Honda President Michael Ancona shares Mings’ vision on preserving the history of Honda, saying:

 

“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.”

In the years since the Serial One’s arrival on American shores, Honda has established itself as an international brand that will stand the test of time. To that point, Frank Ancona Honda is lucky enough to own an extensive showroom of classic Honda products like their 1971 Honda Z600 Coupe.

 

Stop by Frank Ancona Honda today to see this and other pieces of Honda history.

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October 7, 2016

Frank Ancona Takes a Look at New Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan

Honda is celebrating  Second Annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Dayearly with an incredible announcement.  The 2017 Honda Fuel Cell Clarity will be released this winter. National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8 was initially created to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is currently available in today’s world. The date of the 8th is significant as 10/08 is the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).

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Honda believes that hydrogen can play a critical role in addressing global climate change and accelerating progress towards a more sustainable, ultra low-carbon mobility future. The new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell sedan is expected to have the ability to traverse over 300 miles per fueling with a refueling time of approximately three to five minutes.  Honda believes that the zero-emission Clarity will meet customer needs for performance, safety and advanced telematics all while addressing society’s environmental and energy concerns. The fuel cell stack within the car is said to be 33 percent more compact than previous models with a 60 percent increase in power compared to the Honda FCX Clarity. The compact fuel cell and integrated powertrain now fits entirely under the hood allowing for more spacious seating.

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The new model will feature a low and wide aerodynamic body with clean lines while the interior showcases a refined experience using rich materials and intuitive controls. Like many new model Honda’s, customers will be able to enjoy additional features including the Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be available in Crystal Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl and signature Bordeaux Red Metallic exterior paint schemes. To stay up to date on additional information about the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and all new Honda vehicles make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

August 19, 2016

Honda Announces the 2017 Civic Hatchback to be Released in North America Later This Year

 

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.”

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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.

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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

Frank Ancona Honda Announces New Contest: Providing Date Night to Lucky Couples

 

 

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!

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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.

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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

Frank Ancona Warns of the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Pokemon Go!

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.

image01If 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.

image00If 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

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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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.”

 

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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:

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

January 11, 2016

2016 Honda CR-V Receives Top Safety Pick and Highest Overall Score for Collision Safety

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The 2016 Honda CR-V joins the Honda Pilot, Accord and Accord Coupe in achieving a 5-star overall vehicle safety score, the top score available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, said, “Consumers have made the CR-V America’s best-selling SUV for good reason, and this top government safety rating just adds one more appealing and class-leading attribute. Honda is committed to offering vehicles that deliver advanced safety, fun-to-drive performance and connectivity, with top fuel economy ratings. The CR-V is that kind of vehicle.”

Earlier last year the 2016 Honda CR-V also earned a top safety pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), making it a collision safety leader and a standout choice in the SUV market. It was also named Kelley Blue Book’s best small SUV buy of 2016 and one of the 15 best family cars of 2015.

The CR-V was the first Honda vehicle to offer the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assisted technologies. Honda Sensing is now available for the Civic, Accord, CR-V and Pilot. The new suite of driver-assisted technologies can help you sense things you might miss while driving. The suite includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning: FCW uses a small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield to detect the presence of vehicles in front of you. If it determines that you are at risk for a collision with a detected vehicle, it activates audio and visual alerts to warn you. If you fail to act on the warnings, the Collision Mitigation Braking System kicks in.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: By utilizing a wave radar sensor, the CMBS can help bring your Honda to a stop when the system determines that a collision with a vehicle in front of you is unavoidable. A warning sounds and then, if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System: Helps you stay in your lane by automatically adjusting the steering wheel if you begin to leave the center of a detected lane.
  • Lane Departure Warning: Alerts you if you drift out of a detected lane without using your turn signal.

What’s new in the 2016 Honda CR-V?*

Other than improvements to the Honda Sensing suite technologies, the 2016 Honda CR-V has received other new technology features including:

  • Power Tailgate: With the press of a button, the new CR-V can automatically lower or raise the trunk tailgate for easier hands-free access.
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof: With one touch of the button, you’ll be stargazing in no time.
  • Push Button Start: Now starting your CR-V is literally as easy as pressing a button.
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Get a better view of what’s behind you with three different viewing angles: normal, top-down and wide.
  • Available Real Time All Wheel Drive: It can sense when traction is lost and automatically transfer power to the rear wheels to help you grip the road and stay on course.

The above features, combined with the improved Honda Sensing suite, make the 2016 Honda CR-V one of the safest SUVs out on the market. Stop in for a test drive today or call (855) 859-6511.

For a look at all the new features of the 2016 Honda CR-V, click here.

*Some features are available only on specific models. See dealer for complete details.

 

January 4, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Awaits the Debut of the New 2017 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda will unveil the all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016, replacing the award-winning first-generation Ridgeline that has been on the market since 2005.

According to Honda’s website, when the Ridgeline was introduced, it redefined pickups by blurring the lines between full size versatility and compact practicality. The new 2017 model will further improve on the space, comfort and utility that made the original model one of the most forward-thinking vehicles in its class.

Following the 2017 Ridgeline’s world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the all-new model will make its television debut during a 60-second TV spot during the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl 50.

In a Honda press release, Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Automobile Division, said, “The big game is the largest and most coveted stage to show the truck. Super Bowl 50 is the right time and the right venue to communicate Honda’s continued leadership in light trucks. The multi-platform approach will enable Ridgeline to come out of the gate strong in 2016.”

The new 2017 Ridgeline is set to launch at Honda dealerships nationwide within the first half of 2016, joining Honda’s expanded lineup of innovative light truck models, including the HR-V crossover, the CR-V, Pilot and the Odyssey minivan.

In an article posted on Autoweek, Conrad said, “We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better suited to the way many buyers use their truck. Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features. We’re honored to once again debut the Ridgeline in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.”

For updates on the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline, click here.

December 28, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Kansas City Star for Participation in U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

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Frank Ancona Honda was featured in the Saturday edition of Kansas City Star’s Drive section. Thank you to David Boyce for writing the excellent article. The article highlighted Frank Ancona Honda’s participation in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Over the past month, Frank Ancona Honda has been collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to local area children in need this holiday season. With the support of the Kansas City community, we were able to collect over 225 toys for our first year as an official sponsor for the Toys for Tots program.

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Frank Ancona Honda is committed to philanthropic charities that support kids and families. It has donated and helped fundraise for charities like City Union Mission, the Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Charities, the Phoenix Family, KidsTLC and more.

In the article, David Heitman, general sales manager for Frank Ancona Honda, said, “Because the Anconas have so many charities and organizations they give to, they felt like this one, especially at Christmas time, is something special for the kids. That’s what it is all about.”

This was Frank Ancona Honda’s first year sponsoring the Toys for Tots program and we can’t wait to see what the response will be for the years to come.

Heitman said, “It is that time of year where there is that special feeling in the air, and the children need to keep that special feeling alive. This is one way to give back and help that. Thank goodness for the United States Marines Corps Reserves who created the event for giving toys for the ones in need and the ones who deserve them the most.”

To read the full article in the Kansas City Star, click here.

December 14, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Shares Honda’s One Direction Civic Design Contest

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Enter the One Direction Civic Design Contest for your chance to score a brand new 2016 Honda Civic sedan. In collaboration with the Honda Civic Tour, One Direction is giving their fans the chance of a lifetime: create customized Honda Civics inspired by their new album Made in the A.M. Once the contest ends, One Direction will choose one lucky winner to receive a new 2016 Honda Civic hand painted with their One Direction design.

The contest began on December 2, 2015, and will run through February 14, 2016. All designs will be critiqued on creativity, originality, quality of design, overall impression, incorporation of One Direction materials and adherence to the Official Rules, which can be found here. To enter, visit the Honda Civic Tour website to download a Honda Civic template and input your design. You must be at least 18-years-old and a citizen of the United States to enter.

The One Direction Civic Design Contest is just one of many ways One Direction has been promoting the revamped 2016 Honda Civic. In November, when the 2016 model was released, One Direction put the 2016 Honda Civic through some extreme testing.

Can’t wait until February? One Direction is currently running a sweepstakes to win a custom One Direction 2015 Honda Civic (pictured below). This contest ends on December 31, 2015. To enter click here.

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Don’t miss out on your chance to win these custom One Direction Honda Civics. No purchase necessary. All you need to do is let your creativity and love for One Direction shine through.

Click here to see what designs have already been uploaded.

 

December 7, 2015

The 2016 Honda Pilot is the Safest SUV on the Market

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The 2016 Honda Pilot was released earlier this year and has already received numerous awards and reviews for its safe driving technology. The 2016 model features a few design changes and “Honda-Sensing,” which is a set of driver-aid technology advancements, making it the best SUV out on the market.

In a press release from Honda, Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager said, “With the addition of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies available through Honda Sensing, no other midsize mainstream SUV on the market today can match the Pilot’s top IIHS and NHTSA safety scores.”

This past August, the 2016 Pilot received a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the losses – deaths, injuries and property damage – from crashes on the nation’s roads. The Pilot aced IHHS’ collision test and earned a superior rating for its front crash prevention system.

Watch the 2016 Honda Pilot in its IIHS crash test video.

The 2016 Honda Pilot also recently received a maximum 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The NCAP created the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program to provide information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal law. The more stars in a rating means the safer the car. See the full rating here.

What’s new with the 2016 Honda Pilot?*

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Now you have a better view when backing out of tight spaces. The new camera has three different angles: normal, top-down and wide.
  • Forward Collision Warning: You will be immediately alerted if the Pilot senses you are at risk of a collision with a vehicle in front of you.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System: If you start drifting out of your lane without signaling, the steering automatically adjusts to keep you centered.
  • Honda LaneWatch: When you engage the right turn signal a small camera on the right-view mirror will display live video on the middle console display. You’ll be able to switch lanes more carefully.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: This feature will help you maintain a constant following interval so you don’t have to brake and change speeds manually.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System: It will help bring the Pilot to a stop when it senses an unavoidable collision with a vehicle in front of you.

 

All of the above features help make the 2016 Honda Pilot the safest SUV for your family. Stop in for a test drive today or call (855) 859-6511.

For a full list of all the new features click here.

*Some features are only available on certain models. See dealer for details.

 

November 30, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda is now an Official Sponsor of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

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Children are our nation’s biggest resource. Today’s children make up our future leaders, but according to the National Center for Children in Poverty, more than 16 million children in the United States live below the federal poverty level, accounting for 22 percent of all children. Poverty is one of the biggest threats to a child’s well-being, causing poor general and mental health. It also affects the child’s ability to learn and leads to low self-esteem.

The federal poverty level for a family of four in the United States is $23,550 a year; however, research has shown that families need an income of about twice as much to cover basic expenses. This means about 45 percent of all children live in low-income families. With close to half the population of children living close to poverty levels, the holiday season can bring sadness and stress. By having just enough income to cover basic expenses, families often have to go without toys during the holiday season.

This is why Frank Ancona Honda is happy to be a local sponsor of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. The Toys for Tots program aims to collect and distribute new, unwrapped toys to children in need during the holiday season. The program wants to deliver a message of hope to those less fortunate and encourage them to become responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.

Help spread the message of hope this holiday season by bringing in new toys to our store. Together we can help spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Bring in a toy today to our store located at 1000 N. Rogers Rd in Olathe, Kan. We will accept toy donations now through December 16, 2015. You can also give a monetary donation to the Toys for Tots program on its website.

About Toys for Tots: The Toys for Tots program became a foundation for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1995. The program aims help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas. Toys for Tots helps unite all members of the community to play an active role in the development of our children. Over its lifespan, the program has distributed over 416 million toys to over 195 million less fortunate children.

To learn more about the program 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.

November 19, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda to Accept Winter Coat Donations to Help Children in Need

Winter in Kansas City can be pretty unpredictable, but one thing is for sure, it gets cold. Did you know that cold weather is accountable for over 63 percent of weather-related deaths in the United States? According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, cold winter weather kills more than twice as many Americans as the unbearable summer heat.

No one deserves to freeze out in the cold this winter because they don’t have the proper winter coat to help keep them warm, especially children. According to kidshealth.org, children are at a greater risk for frostnip and frostbite than adults. The best way to prevent this is to make sure they are dressed warmly and don’t spend too much time in cold weather.

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Winter coats can be expensive, often causing children to have to face the winter months without proper warmth. Here at Frank Ancona Honda, we always try to give back to the community, which is why we are happy to announce that we are a drop-off location for new or gently used winter coats to help local children in need this winter.

Want to help? Drop off new or gently used winter coats to help children in need to our store located at 1000 North Rogers Road in Olathe, Kan. The cut-off date for this year’s drive is December 4, 2015, but we will continue accepting donations throughout 2016 to prepare for next winter. After the cut-off we will take all the donated coats to a local dry cleaner to be professionally cleaned before being distributed to local charities and kids across the Kansas City Metro.

Winter weather will be here before we know it, so please bring your new coat donations to our store today to help local children stay warm this winter.

 

November 9, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Kansas City Star for Support to Great Plains SPCA

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Frank Ancona Honda was the front page story in the Saturday edition of Kansas City Star’s Drive section. Thank you to David Boyce for writing an excellent article. The article put Frank Ancona Honda’s recent participation in the Great Plains SPCA’s donation campaign for much-needed funds in the spotlight. At Frank Ancona Honda, we believe in giving back to great causes and donate regularly to charities across the Kansas City metro.

This past September and October, Frank Ancona Honda supported Great Plains SPCA in its donation campaign to raise $500,000 as a way to honor Sheila Ancona, late wife of Founder Frank Ancona. Sheila was an avid supporter of animal welfare and donated frequently to various animal shelters throughout Kansas City. She passed away in August 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

As a way to continue Sheila’s legacy, Frank Ancona Honda joined RAZ Mobile and other local Kansas City area businesses in an effort to help Great Plains SPCA raise its crucial funding. The campaign was a huge success and exceeded the fundraising goal. All money raised during the donation campaign will provide more resources to place animals in homes.

Great Plains SPCA is a no-kill animal shelter located in the Kansas City Metro area serving 35,000 pets annually. It collaborates with other animal welfare agencies in the area to promote adoption, outreach, vet care and an overall better life for pets in Kansas City.

For the full article check out the Kansas City Star.

October 30, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Salutes Veteran Employees for Service

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Did you know there are over 19.6 million veterans in the United States? We take pride in hiring veterans and as Veteran’s Day approaches, we wanted to take the time to express our gratitude to the members of our team who have served in the United States Military. Members of our team and the branches they have served in, include:

United States Army Reserve:

  • James Trotter, Sales Department
  • Lynn Lowe, Sales Department
  • Denny Kimbriel, Sales Department
  • Jeff Swatek, Service Department

United States Air Force:

  • Max Harrell, Sales Department
  • Terry Mcginnes, Service Department
  • Paul Borden, Service Department

United States Navy:

  • Greg Easley, Sales Department
  • Larry Grant, Service Department
  • Ernie Minich, Parts Department

United States Marines:

  • Virginia Walker, Service Department
  • Brian Baker, Parts Department

United States Coast Guard:

  • Bernie Jackson, Service Department
  • Steve Kennedy, Service Department

We thank you for your service to our country and our company. This Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015, be sure to thank all veterans for their service, but remember it’s important to go beyond the holiday. CNN shares five ways to connect with veterans all year round:

  1. Don’t make assumptions. Every veteran has their own unique story which has shaped them into who they are today.
  2. Hire veterans. 77 percent of veterans have struggled with unemployment.
  3. Give support to veterans’ families and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. Show them you care.
  4. Volunteer with veteran programs.
  5. Pressure the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer easier ways for veterans to receive treatment and care.

We are proud to honor our employees as well as active and retired veterans not employed by our company with our new Military Appreciation Offer. From now until January 4, 2016, veterans will receive $500 in cash when they finance a vehicle with American Honda. For all details and restrictions, check out our offer.

 

October 23, 2015

Olathe Honda Dealer Announces Winterization Tips and Service Offer

Is your Honda ready for winter? The winter months can take a toll on your car if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Being proactive can help save you from preventable, expensive repairs down the road. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention every fall you should complete the following on your vehicle:

  1. Have your radiator serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester and then add antifreeze as needed.
  2. Replace your windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
  3. Replace any worn tires making sure each tire has good air pressure and tread.

Other tips for the winter months to ensure your car always starts and that you are never left stranded, include keeping your fuel tank at least half full at all times. This prevents condensation from forming in your gas lines, which could cause your engine to run poorly and also puts your vehicle at risk for freezing of its fuel lines. Colder temperatures can also affect your tire pressure, so be sure to check your tires every time you drive.

If for some reason your vehicle would end up stalling in the cold months, be prepared. The DMV recommends that if you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, consider putting together a few necessities. Here is a list of items to include in your winter emergency kit:

  • Shovel
  • Blankets
  • Ice Scraper
  • Jumper Cables
  • Water
  • Extra mittens and coats
  • Road salt or sand
  • Flashlight with extra batteries

To help you get ready for the coming winter months, we are happy to offer a winterization service special. The Frank Ancona Honda Winterization Package includes an oil change, battery test, multi-point inspection, tire rotation and windshield wiper replacements all for just $79.95 or $89.95 depending on oil type. Frank Ancona Honda is also offering a manager special of 10 percent off any service. You can drive away with your Honda ready to take on the tough winter months. Don’t wait for disaster to strike; bring your Honda to our factory-trained technicians today. Call (913) 782-3636 to schedule an appointment.

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October 12, 2015

Olathe Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Featured in Yelp Video

A new video released on Yelp profiles Frank Ancona Honda, a Kansas City Honda dealer. The video, hosted by David Heitman, general sales manager, highlights the remarkable transformation of the dealership since its multi-million dollar remodel, making it the largest Honda dealer (measured in acres) in the metro.

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Watch the Video Now!

 

As narrated by Heitman, “Frank Ancona Honda is proud to be your premiere Honda dealer in Olathe, Kansas. We offer new and preowned sales, financing, service, parts and more at this customer-focused dealership. We are a single-point dealer, which allows us to be more customer-focused and probably our biggest focus is sales and service.”

 

“You know, we have been in Olathe for over 29 years at this location. We started in 1961 when we opened on Truman Road in Kansas City. I think what we are best known for is that we go with the customer’s pace when buying an automobile. What we like to do is give prompt attention with courteous consultants and a car buying experience that can actually be fun.”

 

“We really do care about our customers. We are the largest generation three facility in Kansas City. We never say no when anyone needs service for any make or vehicle, so make an appointment today.”

 

If you have enjoyed your recent experience at Frank Ancona Honda, feel free to leave a review on the Yelp page! You can also find more information about the dealership, such as hours, photos and history.

 

October 5, 2015

Frank Ancona Honda Launches Digital Fundraising Campaign to Support Animal Welfare with Great Plains SPCA

Frank Ancona Honda recently announced a digital marketing campaign in honor of Michael Ancona’s mother, who was an avid supporter of animal welfare and donated to many shelters in KC. Great Plains SPCA has found themselves in a crucial funding crisis and Frank Ancona Honda wanted to help. The nonprofit is the largest no-kill animal welfare organization in the Kansas City area.

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Currently, a sponsor has offered to match any donations the Great Plains SPCA receives from now until October 15, 2015. Frank Ancona Honda wants to help GPSPCA raise as much as possible before October 15, 2015. If you visit the dealership’s donation page, you can choose an amount to donate. The best part is each donation amount explains exactly where that money is going so you know how your money is helping local animals find safety and shelter. You can make a one-time donation or choose to have a recurring donation.

  • For $10, you will be a Hometown Hero by providing shelter to a homeless pet in Kansas City.
  • For $20, you will help spay or neuter a stray kitten.
  • For $50, you will save a puppy from deadly parvovirus.
  • For $100, you will be a Cool Cat by feeding a homeless mother cat and her kittens.
  • For $250, you will be a Top Dawg by saving a dog from living life on a chain.

Great Plains SPCA is a no-kill shelter in the Kansas City metro, serving 35,000 pets annually. It is known as the most unique and comprehensive no kill animal welfare agency. The GPSPCA collaborates with other animal welfare agencies in the area with their innovative program to promote adoption, outreach, vet care and a better life for pets in Kansas City.

June 1, 2015

Michael Ancona Attends Memorial Day Indy 500 Race

The Indianapolis 500 race day on May 24 was an intense fight for Honda drivers in the 500 mile race. Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, attended the Indy 500 in the Honda Suite box. At the end of the day, Graham Rahal was the highest Honda finisher coming into 5th place. The winner of the race was Juan Pablo Montoya who came back from a 30th start to first place, passing up another teammate of his three laps away from the finish to win. Will Power, last year’s Indy 500 winner, finished in a bitter second place.

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View from the Honda Suite Box at the Indy 500

Rahal was only 2.3 seconds away from coming into first place. Rahal has never won the Indy 500, although his father did in 1986. Rahal has come into the top five placements twice and the top 10 three times. In interviews, Rahal stated that he feels like he won since he finished first for Honda, according to ABC News.

The Honda race kits for their Indy 500 cars were the talk of the race circuit, especially when Honda changed their race kits with the move to the oval race track. Honda was the sole engine supplier for the IndyCar from 2006 to 2011 and their aero kits made the other competitor manufacturers work extra hard to get their cars ready for the Indy 500.

The Indy 500 started with drama on the first lap as driver Takuma Sato made what other racers called a “boneheaded move” trying to go three wide and pass others. This move resulted in a multi-car wreck in the first lap, forcing Sage Karam to retire from the race. Another incident in lap one caused Montoya’s car to be hit, requiring him to pull over for a pit stop for fender repairs. This is the set back that put him in 30th place.

At last year’s Indy 500, there were no incidents for 149 laps, a record that was not broken this year. In the last 15 laps of the race, there were five intense lead changes leading to Montoya’s victory. The drama increased when there was another multi-car wreck in Turn 4. Surprisingly, no cars went airborne in the Indy 500. A few minor injuries occurred where drivers were taken away in an ambulance.

January 19, 2015

Throwback – The Vintage Frank Ancona Honda

This blog feature is courtesy of Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda. Thank you for sharing a little Ancona history with us!

Fun Fact: Frank Ancona has been a cars-only dealership only since 1985. They started out back in 1961 as Northeast Sport Motors, selling motorcycle various motorcycle brands including Ducati, Norton, Triumph, and of course Honda. Before Frank Ancona Honda was a car dealership, the company sold motorcycles. The dealership actually sold more vehicles than Honda and won the Top Award from Soichiro Honda in 1966. Frank Ancona traveled to Japan to receive the honor and met Mr. Honda himself.

 

Text Reads: “Top Award 1966 Honda Holiday in Japan Contest. Presented to Northeast Sport Motors Kansas City, Missouri in recognition of Outstanding Achievement – Soichiro Honda, President” Courtesy of Michael Ancona

In 1971 the dealership expanded into selling cars and used to have their motorcycles and cars in the same showroom off of Truman Road in Kansas City. Since 1961, the Ancona family has amassed many cool collectibles, some of which have great sentiment with the Ancona family.

1971 Honda 600 Coupe

 

The antique Honda 600 Coupe was bought and restored many years ago by Frank Ancona. A farmer’s wife was cleaning out the barn after her husband’s death and sold Mr. Ancona the car. When Honda first began making cars, they actually made them with motorcycle engines. You can tell the Ancona’s Honda has one because the transmission is in the dash, not the floor. There are more fun facts about the car from Michael Ancona. “They only made them in ugly colors back then,” he says, listing bright shades of orange, yellow, teal and green. This olive green Coupe only has 58,000 miles on it and is mostly original. You can see it for yourself on the dealership floor.

1975 Honda MR50 Elsinore

The Honda MR50 is a special edition mini dirt bike, only made in 1974 and 1975. Ancona’s is a 1975 model two-stroke with a 3-speed manual clutch transmission. The MR50 was modeled after its older brothers – the CR125 and CR250 Elsinores. Everything about the mini bike was the same as the larger models except for one thing. Parents could manually control how fast their little tykes went on the bike using an allen screw in one of the four throttle stops.

1986 Honda Spree

 

The Spree was the entry level 50cc scooter for Honda with the Aero50 as their premium offering. Sold in the US and Canada between the years of 1984 to 1987, the Honda Spree was 2-stroke engine using a belt drive instead of a multi-ratio variator. Eventually the Honda Spree was replaced with the Honda Elite E/ES. The 1986 model in the dealership is in mint condition with only eight miles on it.

1983 Honda Express

The 1983 Honda Express is a special little bike for the Ancona family. Many of the Ancona kids rode it around the KU campus back in the day, so much so that it has a whopping 440 miles on it. You can still see a KU parking pass on the rear wheel fender! The scooter was made by Honda from 1977 to 1983 and is powered by an air-cooled 49cc two stroke with an automatic transmission.

Honda Kick-N-Go 2

Precursor to the Razor scooters, the Honda Kick-N-Go 2 is now a nostalgia item for many adults who yearned for their own or put a lot of miles on theirs growing up. The first Kick-N-Go was released in 1974 aimed for children while the Kick-N-Go 2, released in 1976, was aimed for teenagers. Unlike other scooters where you kicked at the ground, the Kick-N-Go moves by kicking the pedal down and has a handbrake to slow down.

1963 Honda Generators

These Honda generators may not power a hair dryer today, Michael Ancona says, but back in 1963 it was an Award of Merit for his father Frank Ancona. Mr. Ancona won the award based on outstanding achievement and sales effort in that year. These generators were created by Honda to expand on their previous product line success by making them portable. In the 60s, this generator was ideal. It has a 300-watt output and runs on gas with a pull start. It was considered quiet and extremely compact for travel.

Frank Ancona Honda plans on putting these collectibles on display on the main floor of the dealership. Do you have any memories of these Honda classics? Let us know in the comments.

October 17, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Partners with Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City To Furnish 3rd Home for Hope Grows Here

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Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce a partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charity of Kansas City. The Olathe dealership made a $2500 donation earlier this month, launched a mobile giving campaign on RAZ Mobile for customers to donate and is promoting the Hope Grows Here campaign to furnish a third home in the city. The new house is scheduled to open January 2015. Donate now and help furnish the home for families.

The Ronald McDonald Houses are a “Home Away From Home” for thousands of families every year who must travel to the Kansas City area to receive medical treatment for a sick or injured child. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses that currently provide temporary lodging to as many as 60 families each night while their children undergo vital medical care.

Jason Heard, general manager of Frank Ancona Honda, said, “Helping the Ronald McDonald House raise money for a third house in Kansas City is extremely rewarding for our employees and the dealership. Giving back to a charity that provides a home away from home is the least we can do.”

Their donation will help to purchase the items needed to furnish the house. This week they hope to raise money for bedroom items.

These items cost around:

Bedspreads: $50
Lamps: $15
Towels: $10/towel
Dressers: $150

We will keep you posted each week as we furnish this new home! Thank you.

October 10, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Is First KC Business To Launch Mobile Fundraising Campaign for City Union Mission: Feed KC Now!

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Frank Ancona Honda is excited to announce a cause marketing campaign with City Union Mission for its fundraiser, Feed KC Now, the largest food drive in the city.  The Olathe Honda dealer is also the first company in Kansas City to fundraise for the Mission, using new technology via RAZ Mobile which is a mobile optimized fundraising site. Donate Now!

City Union Mission is a Christian ministry in Kansas City devoted to helping the poor and homeless. Frank Ancona Honda believes in helping those in need and that’s why they have partnered with City Union Mission.

Jason Heard, general manager of Frank Ancona Honda, said, “We are thrilled to be working with City Union Mission to help feed the families of Kansas City.  Giving back to our community is very important at Frank Ancona Honda and City Union Mission is a great organization to give back to.”

To kick off the campaign, Frank Ancona donated $2,500 towards Feed KC Now and is starting to promote the campaign to its customers and employees through email marketing, in store signage and social media.

According to Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, ”In the past, Frank Ancona Honda has participated in fundraising initiatives from several local charities including by Coats For Kids and Catholic Charities, so we’re very excited to be involved in this inspiring campaign for City Union Mission. We know our customers will be excited to participate as well.”

September 27, 2014

Frank Ancona Employee Spotlight: Jaye Powers

We are featuring various employees around our dealership! This week’s employee spotlight features Jaye Powers. Jaye is a member of Frank Ancona’s sales team.

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Where did you grow up?
I was raised in Kernersville, NC.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
When I’m not working, I like playing music, videogames and reading.

What is your favorite place to vacation?
I’d have to say the ranch that my in-laws own.

Who is your favorite band/singer?
Alice in Chains is definitely my favorite rock band.

What is your favorite part of working at FAH?
I love being able to say, “Congratulations on becoming a new Honda owner.”

How long have you worked for FAH?
I have been with Ancona Honda for four months now.

What Honda vehicle is your favorite?
The Fit and CR-V are my favorites right now.

What is a little know fact about yourself?
I was an M1 Abrams tank commander in the Army.

September 15, 2014

What Does It Mean To Lease A Honda?

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If you like to trade cars every few years — leasing may be for you.
If you like knowing your car is under warranty — leasing may be for you.
If you don’t like to do an abundance of maintenance — leasing may be for you.

A car lease allows you to drive a new vehicle without having to pay a large sum of cash or take out a loan. Usually in order to lease a car, you make a small down payment — less than the typical 20 percent of a car’s value you’d pay to buy– followed by monthly payments for the term of the lease. Typically a lease runs for three years and 12,000 or 15,000 miles per
year.

It is important to remember that once the lease expires you do not own the car. Essentially you are renting, not buying, the car. Once the lease has ended you can buy the car, or return it a lease another one. Keep in mind that by leasing you do not have equity in the car to use toward the purchase of another vehicle.

Steps on how to lease can be found here.

August 29, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Employee Spotlight: Parker West Christian

Every month on the blog we will be featuring one of our employees here at Frank Ancona Honda. We want to show you the people behind the company that you speak to regularly.

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This month’s employee spotlight features Parker West Christian.

What is your position at Frank Ancona Honda?
Sales Consultant

How long have you worked for Frank Ancona?
For 11+ months

What is your favorite part of job?
When I can change a customer’s opinion of Car Salesmen

What is your favorite Honda vehicle?
The new Civic Si!

What is a fun fact you can share with us?
I once went on a date and the girl complained that I only talked about cars.

August 16, 2014

How To Get The Best Trade In Value for Your Used Honda

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Jason Heard, general manager at Frank Ancona Honda in Olathe, recently weighed in on a popular debate among consumers about whether selling your car privately or to a dealership allows you to get the best trade in value. Here is what he had to say.

1. The cost: Will you need to spend money advertising it? Will you be spending money getting it ready to sell? i.e. detailing or servicing. Trading-in may also offer a tax advantage if you are buying a vehicle at the same time.

2. The time investment: When will people call or want to look at the car? Will your
workday be interrupted with calls from potential buyers? Will your evenings
be taken up with folks wanting to look at the car? How many dealer opinions will you want?

3. Safety: Do you want people knowing your number or your address? Coming to
your home?

According to MSN Auto, trading in is all about convenience. With a dealership there are no advertisements to place, no test drives to arrange, and no legal battles to fight if your recently-sold car breaks down. Your local car dealership will also take your car and then work to get it in like new condition and retail it for a profit.

Heard added, “If you have a nice car, you may be surprised at how much you will be given. If you sell on your own, buyers may not be willing to put the extra work in, which may result in a lower offer.”

Either route you choose make sure that you check the market, do your research and have a realistic view of your car and its value to help you make the best decision. US News suggests researching with a third-party website like KelleyBlueBook.com to get a rough estimate of how much your car is worth. Plug in as many details as possible, such as a built-in navigation system, CD player, leather upholstery and other features, since they could increase the value of your vehicle.

August 1, 2014

Frank Ancona Honda Announces Back-to-School Sale

We are announcing a back to school sales event on the Civic, Pilot, Odyssey and more. We know your time is limited and back to school is a busy part of the year for families.  Come check out our inventory and state of the art dealership.  We are now the biggest Honda dealer in Kansas City (acres on the lot) and have a large selection of inventory.  Our dealership has won numerous awards including 2014 Kansas Honda Dealership Award and the 2013 President’s Award and we are here to help you and your family.  

 

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2014 Civic Sedan CVT LX Featured Special Lease

Offer valid from 7/8/2014 through 9/2/2014

$159.00 per month for 36 months. $2,499.00 total due at signing.

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2014 Pilot Special APR

Offer valid from 7/8/2014 through 9/2/2014

0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months.

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2014 Odyssey 6 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease

Offer valid from 7/8/2014 through 9/2/2014

$269.00 per month for 36 months. $2,499.00 total due at signing.

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2015 Fit CVT LX Featured Special Lease

Offer valid from 7/8/2014 through 9/2/2014

$149.00 per month for 36 months. $1,999.00 total due at signing.

 

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July 24, 2014

Tire Pressure: Why Does It Matter?

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Jason Heard, GM at Frank Ancona Honda, offers some key insights about tire pressure.

 

From a safety standpoint tire pressure, if incorrect can compromise braking, cornering and stability.  It can also affect comfort, gas mileage and how long your tires will last.  If the pressure is too high less of the tire touches the road, which can cause a decrease in ride comfort and may cause some bounce that can lead to traction issues. If it is too low then consequently too much of the tire touches the road, this causes uneven wearing and overheating.

Tire pressure is affected by temperature changes so it should be checked during each season, even if it does not appear to be leaking.

Make sure to check all four tires, just because one is fine does not mean they all are. You should also use a gauge when checking, as relying on your eyes or kicking the tires are not accurate.

You can find the tire pressure recommendations in your owner’s manual or on the driver’s door pillar

More information on  tire pressure can be found at http://www.cartalk.com/content/service-your-car-13

July 18, 2014

Extended Warranties: Do You Need One?

By Jason Heard, GM at Frank Ancona Honda

Extended warranties are also often known as service contracts. They can help with everything from resale value (you are more likely to get things repaired if they are not costing you), to keeping surprises at bay (unexpected repairs) and items like roadside assistance and trip interruption are available on some extended warranties. They also help cover repair costs after the manufacturer warranty has expired. Some have deductibles, while other may not. It’s just like insurance for your car. But who really needs them and how do you know if it’s a good deal?

 

 

Here are some questions to ask yourself before purchasing an extended warranty:

How long do I plan to own the car?

How many miles per year do I plan to drive?

If a repair is needed, what type of deductible is manageable?

What does your repair history look like?

Will you have peace of mind if you don’t buy it?

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November 26, 2013

Drop Off Donations at Frank Ancona Honda for Coats for Kids

For the third year in a row, we’re happy to announce that we are participating in Coats for Kids, a campaign which provides school children with coats and warm wear for school during the cold winter months. Anyone who wants to participate can drop off their coats at Frank Ancona Honda located at 1000 North Rogers Road in Olathe, Kan. The cutoff date for this year is Dec. 7, 2013, but the campaign will run throughout all of 2014 in order to prepare for next winter.

(Photo: Coats for Kids)

This is especially important for kids, as it is easier to attend, focus and participate in the educational process when nobody has to worry about something as simple as staying warm. Even better, Coats for Kids is designed to assist the health and educational needs of economically disadvantaged families who need the help the most.

This is a low impact means to make a difference; most families with children likely have coats that they have outgrown, and can probably find one that would be suitable for donation.

To learn more about Coats for Kids and the inspirational work they do, please visit http://www.coats-for-kids.org/.

September 26, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Now the Largest Honda Dealer in the KC Metro Based on Square Footage & Acres!

Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda

We’re excited to announce that the $6 million renovations on our building in Olathe, Kan. are now complete, making Frank Ancona Honda the largest Honda dealership in the Kansas City metro based on square footage and acres! If you haven’t already, stop by and see our new service bays, two-story showroom and customer lounge just for YOU!

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We’ve expanded the building from 33,000 square feet to 53,000 square feet, and we’ll now be able to hold 600 cars on 11 acres. In addition, eight service bays were added, bringing the grand total to 36!

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(new reception area)

To see more photos, click here or head on over to the dealership today!

August 2, 2013

YouTube Video Update: Frank Ancona Honda Will be Largest Honda Dealer in Kansas City Area This Fall

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda will be the largest dealership in Kansas City based on square footage and meters this fall when construction is completed on its $6 million remodel.  The dealership will expand from 33,000 square feet to 53,000 square feet and will be able to hold 600 cars on 11 acres. Eight service bays were also added, bringing the total to 36.

In addition, Frank Ancona Honda will get a new service drive, reception area, customer waiting lounge and showroom.

“Customers that want to purchase their car from us will be wowed with our two-story showroom floor,” said Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda.

Click here to watch the latest YouTube video about the project.

For more information and construction updates, visit www.frankanconahonda.com.

March 15, 2013

March Madness Means Special APR and Lease Deals at Frank Ancona Honda

Posted By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

A different type of March Madness: Special APR and Lease Deals from Frank Ancona Honda! Check out this special lease offer on the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and these special APR deals on the Honda Civic Coupe, Civic Si Sedan and the Accord Coupe.

Call us today at 913-782-3636 or visit us online to schedule a test drive.

2013 Honda Accord Sedan Special Lease

2013 Accord Sedan CVT LX Featured Special Lease
The 2013 Accord is packed with technology, and the i-MID screen is command central for much of it.

$219 per month for 36 months
Offer valid from 3/5/2013 through 4/30/2013

2013 Honda Civic Coupe Special APR

The Civic Coupe’s i-MID, or intelligent Multi-Information Display, puts personalization right at your fingertips.

0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 3/5/2013 through 4/30/2013

2013 Honda Civic Si Sedan Special APR

The Civic Si Sedan has a distinct new look for 2013. From its sleek front grille to its restyled taillights, its performance-driven design makes all the difference.

0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 1/1/2013 through 3/31/2013

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Special APR

The all-new Accord Coupe has a sleek and sophisticated new style.

0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 3/5/2013 through 4/30/2013

February 22, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda in Kansas City: New Dealership Remodel Update

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

The team at Frank Ancona Honda is pleased to announce that its dealership remodel is right on schedule and the walls are almost up! The service bays are completed, new lighting has been installed and additional parking for more inventory has been completed.

Check out the progress!

These photos were taken during the Viral Bolt Media video shoot for the Frank Ancona Honda construction updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sander Cha, videographer at VBM is filming Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda in front of the new showroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Jason Heard in front of the new showroom.

Stay updated on the remodel via Twitter at @anconahonda using the hashtag #HondaRemodel.

The team is pleased to hear customer’s feedback on the look and feel of the new dealership.

During the remodel process, Frank Ancona Honda will be open during its normal business hours and urges its customers and the Olathe community to swing by to see the work as it progresses.  For more information please visit http://blog.frankanconahonda.com/ or call (913) 782-3636.

February 9, 2013

Kansas City Honda Dealer Celebrates Valentine’s Day With A Sweetheart Facebook Offer and APR Specials On The Civic Si Coupe, Ridgeline and Fit

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Frank Ancona Honda by falling in love with the best Honda APR specials. Right now Frank Ancona Honda is also offering a special Facebook deal: first car payment of $500.

Call us today at 913-782-3636 or visit us online to schedule a test drive.

 

2012 Civic Si Coupe APR

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.9% APR for 24-60 months
Offer valid from 1/3/2013 – 3/4/2013

 

2012 Ridgeline Special APR

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.9% APR for 24-60 months or 1.9 APR for 37-60 months
Offer valid from 1/3/2013 – 3/4/2013

 

2013 Fit Special APR

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.9% APR for 24-60 months
Offer valid from 1/25/2013 – 3/4/2013

January 5, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Thanks Customers For Successful 2011 & Offers Best APR Specials To Celebrate 2012!

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Last year was a great year to be part of the Frank Ancona Honda family. We participated in Coats for Kids, sponsored The Pitch Music Awards and the Great “Inside” Out Race, ran several new Facebook contests and launched our QR code and SMS campaign.  Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of our customers. Thank you to all of the Frank Ancona Honda extended family for making 2011 such a success!

In order to make 2012 as great a year as the last, we are dedicated to continuing to offer you the best deals and service.  Make sure you check back to the blog, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the current happenings at Frank Ancona Honda.

To celebrate the new year, Frank Ancona Honda is offering its best APR specials on the Accord Coupe, Civic Si Coupe, Fit and Odyssey.

2012 Accord Coupe Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months

Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

2012 Civic Si Coupe Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months


Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

2012 Fit Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months


Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

2011 Odyssey Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months


Offer valid from 1/4/2012 through 2/29/2012

December 20, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Offers Free Remote Start Accessory With The Purchase of Any Honda In December

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda, a Kansas City Honda dealer, recently announced that when customers purchase a new Honda in the month of December they will receive a free Remote Start accessory with free installation.

Scan the code with a smartphone app such as RedLaser.

The Remote Start offer is available for all new Honda models and is in conjunction with the Happy Honda Days clearance event that is occurring at Frank Ancona Honda now. The promotion began in November and will be available to customers until the end of December. The remote start offer is valid for automatic transmissions only and consumers must take delivery by December 31st, 2011. This is a limited time offer.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like” us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

December 6, 2011

Rate Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Customer Service By Scanning New QR Code

Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda recently created a new QR code to give customers an easier way to rate customer service and satisfaction. Simply scan the code below with a mobile application such as RedLaser to be taken to www.cars.com where you can leave a review for Frank Ancona Honda. We appreciate all feedback and want to thank you for taking the time to rate us!

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

December 1, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, to Participate in Children’s Charity,Coats for Kids

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November 22, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Announces Holiday Facebook Contest: Enter for a Chance to Win a 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing for Two at Trezo Vino & 1 Night at the Aloft Hotel

Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda, a Kansas City Honda Dealer, recently announced their holiday Facebook contest. The grand prize winner will receive a four-course dinner and wine pairing for two at Trezo Vino Wine Bistro and one night at the Aloft hotel at Park Place in Leawood, Kan.

Enter Now

The contest began on November 2, 2011 and will conclude on December 12, 2011 at 11:59 a.m. To enter, simply fill out an entry form and submit online at the Frank Ancona Honda Facebook page. Entrants must be 21 or older to win. The grand prize winner will be announced on or around December 12, 2011.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

November 16, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, Launches New Facebook Contest: Enter for a Chance to Win Dinner for Two at Trezo Vino and a Night at The Aloft Hotel

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda recently launched a Facebook contest for a chance to win a four-course dinner for two and a four-course wine pairing at Trezo Vino Wino Bistro and a night at the Aloft Hotel at Park Place in Leawood.

Enter for a chance to win at www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177?sk=app_121121694568521

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda and visit www.frankanconahonda.com for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

November 9, 2011

Frank Ancona Honda, Kansas City Honda Dealership, Releases Photos From Sponsoring The Great “Inside” Out Race

Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Thank you to all of those who came out and participated in the first Great “Inside” Out Race put on by the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. (IHN). The event, which was held at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, went off without incident, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. A small but mighty crowd had fun running a flat and fast course. Despite the head winds, this is what most runners asked for.
The IHN Great Race Committee and Board thanked those who sponsored and participated in the event by saying, “As we reflect upon yesterday’s IHN Great “Inside” Out Race and look ahead to Thanksgiving in just 17 days, the following seven words come quickly to mind: “We couldn’t have done it without you.”

To learn more about the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network and the Great “Inside” Out Race please visit www.jocoihn.org.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

November 4, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealership to Sponsor the Great “Inside” Out Race Benefiting Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network

Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, recently announced that it’s sponsoring of the Great “Inside” Out Race, an annual 5K run/walk event that benefits the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network on Sunday, November 6, 2011 (www.frankanconahonda.com).

Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, is excited to have the Olathe-based dealership sponsoring the race. “We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful cause and look forward to supporting the runners on Sunday. I think our sponsorship support is part of a long-standing history, which Frank Ancona Honda has with the local community in supporting extremely worthy causes. We invite everyone to stop by and say hi while we are there. We will have several cars on display and new promotions available via text message and QR codes for the event,” said Heard.

The 5K will be held at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, with all benefits going towards the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, an organization focused on empowering homeless families. Participants can choose if they wish to run or walk their 5K and even choose if they wish to exercise inside or outside. All proceeds benefit the homeless in Kansas City. For more information on the Great “Inside” Out event, visit www.JoCoIHN.org/greatrace. To become a participant in the race, check out www.greatinsideoutrace.org and sign up online.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

October 21, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Offers Best Halloween Featured Lease Specials

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda Dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, is celebrating Halloween with the best featured lease specials on the Honda Pilot, Odyssey and Pilot.

2012 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2011 Odyssey 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.

Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
$0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

October 10, 2011

A Huge Thanks to Mobile Commerce Daily for Featuring Frank Ancona Honda: Car dealership boosts social media engagement with mobile bar codes, SMS

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Thank you to Chantal Tode at Mobile Commerce Daily for interviewing myself and Valerie Jennings, of Jennings Social Media Marketing, about the launch of Frank Ancona Honda’s QR code and SMS campaign.

Car dealership boosts social media engagement with mobile bar codes, SMS

Car dealership Frank Ancona Honda is adding SMS and QR codes to its social media efforts to enhance customer engagement.

Frank Ancona Honda currently has a mobile site and is active in social media. It will expand these efforts going forward with QR codes and SMS as the traffic to its sites via mobile continues to grow.

“We need to expand into mobile to support our growing customer demand on smartphones,” said Jason Heard, sales manager of Frank Ancona Honda, Olathe, KS.

“We are utilizing mobile sites right now and this is the next step to not only expanding our mobile presence, but also adding more engaging to our social media practices,” he said.

Marketing Insight
Jennings Social Media Marketing is managing the dealership’s mobile marketing rollout.

Jennings Social Media Marketing has been working with Frank Ancona Honda for almost a year managing its social media.

The dealership is also working with KickANotch for mobile tracking.

QR codes and SMS will help Frank Ancona Honda engage with its customers via social media channels and mobile as part of its ongoing marketing activities around local events.

Mobile will also help the dealership track the effectiveness of its marketing.

“We are currently sponsoring several events in the local market and the QR codes will help us understand the impact of having our cars on display at these events,” Mr. Heard said.

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October 5, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Halloween with Best Certified Specials on Accords

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By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda is offering new Halloween certified specials on the Accord Coupe, Accord Crosstour, Accord Hybrid and Accord Sedan.

Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Coupe
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Crosstour
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Hybrid
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011


Certified Accord Special APR Financing: Accord Sedan
1.9% APR for 24-36 months
Offer valid from 10/1/2011 through 10/31/2011

September 30, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda to Sponsor the Great “Inside” Out Race Organized by the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. to Benefit Johnson County’s Homeless

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Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Frank Ancona Honda is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor this year at the Great “Inside” Out Race on November 6, put on by the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. The race will benefit Johnson County’s homeless children and their families.

According to Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network’s website, Johnson County’s poverty level has risen significantly since 2000:

    • •More than 23,000 Johnson County residents were living at or below the federal poverty line in 2003, which is a 50% increase over the number living in poverty in 2000

      •Nearly 8,000 of these residents living in poverty were children, which is double the number of children living in poverty in 2000

      •Use of Food Stamps by Johnson County residents increased 18% from 2003 to 2004

      •The number of children who qualify for free or reduced cost school lunches has grown by double digits in each of Johnson County’s six school districts in recent years, with an 84% increase in Blue Valley and an 86% increase in Olathe

  • To find out how you can help, visit the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network’s website at www.jocoihn.org or register to run or walk at www.greatinsideoutrace.org

    September 23, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release Posted on Major News Sites Including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & msnbc.com

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    Posted by: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s press release was recently posted on news sites including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com and msnbc.com. Frank Ancona Honda announced it would be kicking-off football season with a few new fall specials including the CR-V, Crosstour, Civic and Accord.

    2011 CR-V 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing $0 first months payment, $0 security deposit
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011-10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing $0 first months payment, $0 security deposit
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011-10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    2012 Civic HF Special APR– 1.9% APR for 24-36 months or 2.9% APR for 37-60 months.
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    2011 Accord Coupe Special APR– 0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months.
    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011
    See offer at http://bit.ly/eFFrpG or call 913-782-3636 for more information.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    September 16, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Kicks Off Football With New Featured Lease Specials!

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Frank Ancona Honda is kicking off the football season with new featured lease specials including the 2012 Pilot, 2012 Crosstour and the 2011 Odyssey.

    2012 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
    $0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

    2012 Crosstour 5 Speed Automatic 2WD EX V-6 Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
    $0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.


    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

    2011 Odyssey 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
    $0 first months payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deoposit. For well-qualified lessees.

    Offer valid from 9/7/2011 through 10/31/2011

    September 9, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary with End of Summer Clearance Sale!

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary with its end of summer clearance sale. Take advantage of this deal with 0.9% financing on all 2011 Honda models, 0.9% financing on 2012 Accords and discounted sale pricing on new 2011 models and demos.

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    Visit http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx to view the dealership’s Anniversary specials, including the next generation 2012 Honda Civic and pre-owned and new inventory. Like us on Facebook at Frank Ancona Honda and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the newest specials.

    August 26, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces Best Labor Day APR Specials!

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda announces 0.9% APR for the 2011 Accord Coupe, 2011 CR-Z and the 2011 CR-V.

    2011 Accord Coupe Labor Day Special APR
    Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    2011 CR-Z Labor Day Special APR
    Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    2011 CR-V Labor Day Special APR
    Offer valid from 8/24/2011 through 9/6/2011
    0.9% APR for 24-60 months

    August 17, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Customer Appreciation Month!

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    By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Frank Ancona Honda is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a customer appreciation video. Listen to customers talk about their Honda stories and experiences with Frank Ancona Honda.

    Roger Nordean, a valued customer of Frank Ancona Honda’s for over 20 year said, “I think the Honda brand normally is very dependable. Over the years I’ve been bringing them here, and I really was impressed that even though my first car I didn’t buy here, they did a really good job with service. We’ve been really impressed with the service.”

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    Visit http://frankanconahonda.com/New-Vehicle-Offers.aspx to view the dealership’s Anniversary specials, including the next generation 2012 Honda Civic and pre-owned and new inventory. Like us on Facebook at Frank Ancona Honda and follow us on Twitter at @anconahonda to stay updated on the newest specials.

    August 9, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces August’s Back to School Service Special

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    By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    To celebrate Frank Ancona Honda’s 50-year Anniversary during the month of August we are offering a great back to school service special. For $49.95 receive a lube oil filter, top and check fluid levels, tire rotation, multi point inspection, battery test and a car wash! Call the service department at 877-331-6507 or email us at service@frankanconahonda.com to schedule an appointment.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    August 4, 2011

    Honda Tops Industry in 2011 Initial Quality Study: Winners Include the Civic, Accord & Element

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    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    We are pleased to announce that Honda recently attained its best ever results in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) with seven different vehicles winning their categories and four vehicles coming in second. In addition, Honda was also rated the second highest in the entire survey, beating luxury brands such as Lexus.

    Honda Tops Industry in 2011 Initial Quality Study

    Coming off a long string of challenging sales months, and still dealing with the aftereffects of this spring’s disasters in Japan, Honda finally was the recipient of some good news recently, when the automaker achieved its best results ever in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS). Not only was Honda the second-highest-rated brand in the entire survey, topping even all luxury brands except Lexus, but it also had seven different vehicles win their segments—more than any other automaker—and its own premium division, Acura, finished in third place overall.

    Topping their categories for Honda were:

    •Honda Fit—Sub-Compact Car
    •Honda Civic and Honda Insight (tie)—Compact Car
    •Honda Accord—Midsize Car
    •Honda Element—Compact Crossover/SUV
    •Honda Accord Crosstour—Midsize Crossover/SUV
    •Honda Ridgeline—Midsize Pickup

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    July 27, 2011

    Frank Ancona Honda Launches Facebook Contest: Enter for a Chance to Win Tickets to the 2011 Pitch Music Showcase, the Pitch Music Awards, 1 Night at The Q Hotel & Spa & Dinner at the Thai Place Restaurant

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    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Frank Ancona Honda recently launched a Facebook contest for a chance to win tickets to the Pitch Music Showcase August 4, 2011; tickets to the Pitch Music Awards on August 14, 2011; a night stay at The Q Hotel & Spa; and dinner at Thai Palace Restaurant.

    Enter for a chance to win: www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda

    The Pitch Music Showcase & Pub Crawl features more than 30 of the best local bands & DJs playing on more than six stages in Westport. Each of the bands or DJs playing at the Showcase is a nominee for The 15th Annual Pitch Music Awards on August 14th. This ceremony recognizes the best in every genre of local music: Blues, Country, Bluegrass, DJ, Dance, Electronic, Dance, Folk, Americana, Rap, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie, Rock, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Solo Artist, Latin, Metal, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock, singer and songwriter, frontman or woman, live act and new act. Tickets are $8 July 22nd -Aug 3rd and $10 if purchased the day of the event. Visit www.pitch.com/musicshowcase for more information.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: FrankAnconaHonda and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    July 21, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Press Release Posted On Major News Sites Including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & Businessweek.com

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    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Kansas City Honda dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s press release was recently posted on news sites including Yahoo!Finance.com, Reuters.com & Businessweek.com. Frank Ancona Honda is sponsoring the only local music awards in Kansas City:The 2011 Pitch Music Showcase on August 4th in Westport and Pitch Music Awards on August 14, 2011 at the Uptown Theater.

    The Music Showcase & Pub Crawl features more than 30 of the best local bands & DJs playing on more than six stages in Westport. Each of the bands or DJs playing at the Showcase are nominees for The 15th Annual Pitch Music Awards on August 14th. This ceremony recognizes the best in every genre of local music: Blues, Country, Bluegrass, DJ, Dance, Electronic, Dance, Folk, Americana, Rap, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie, Rock, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Solo Artist, Latin, Metal, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock, singer and songwriter, Frontman or woman, live act and new act.

    The Music Showcase & Awards supplement contains the final Pitch Music Awards ballot, write-ups on all musicians and bands nominated for Pitch Music Awards and advertising directed to a music appreciative reader.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    July 15, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Sponsors The 2011 Pitch Music Showcase and Pitch Music Awards

    Posted by Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    Frank Ancona Honda is sponsoring the only local music awards in Kansas City: The 2011 Pitch Music Showcase on August 4th in Westport and Pitch Music Awards on August 14, 2011 at the Uptown Theater.

    The Music Showcase & Pub Crawl features more than 30 of the best local bands & DJs playing on more than six stages in Westport. Each of the bands or DJs playing at the Showcase are nominees for The 15th Annual Pitch Music Awards on August 14th. This ceremony recognizes the best in every genre of local music: Blues, Country, Bluegrass, DJ, Dance, Electronic, Dance, Folk, Americana, Rap, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie, Rock, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Solo Artist, Latin, Metal, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Rock, singer and songwriter, Frontman or woman, live act and new act.

    The Music Showcase & Awards supplement contains the final Pitch Music Awards ballot, write-ups on all musicians and bands nominated for Pitch Music Awards and advertising directed to a music appreciative reader.

    Frank Ancona Honda is located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062. The dealership is celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a family-owned business that has been in Olathe since 1961. “Like Us” on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 and Follow us on Twitter: @anconahonda for great specials on new and pre-owned vehicles, service and parts.

    July 8, 2011

    Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Reviews: Consumer Reports Naming Honda Fit As The Small Car With The Best Overall Value In 2011

    Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

    We are excited to announce consumer reports’ review of the Honda Fit as the small car with the best overall value in 2011. The Fit also emerged as the best overall value among some 200 different vehicles analyzed, ranging from small cars to luxury sedans.

    According to Consumer Reports
    Although the Jeep Wrangler is well known for its off-road capability, it was named as the overall worst value.
    Consumer Reports mined performance, reliability, and ownership cost data to calculate value scores for some 200 different vehicles, ranging from small cars like the Honda Fit to luxury sedans such as the BMW 750Li.

    Scores are calculated based on the five-year owner cost for each vehicle along with Consumer Reports’ road-test score and the publication’s own predicted reliability. Five-year owner cost estimates factor in depreciation, fuel costs, insurance premiums, interest on financing, maintenance and repairs, and sales tax. Depreciation is by far the largest owner-cost factor.

    In all, eight different categories of vehicles were evaluated including small cars, family cars, upscale sedans, luxury sedans, sporty cars, wagons and minivans, small SUVs and midsized SUVs. Within categories, models were ranked by value score, above or below the average.

    Where to find the best values
    Small, affordable cars are often considered value choices. But some small cars are far better choices than others. At $16,000, the Honda Fit is the top value of more than 200 vehicles in Consumer Reports’ analysis; the similarly priced Chevrolet Aveo is the worst value in its class, with higher owner costs, a low test score, and below-average reliability.

    Several family cars and small SUVs also stand out as good values, including the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Sonata, Subaru Forester, and several Toyotas, notably the Camry, Prius, and RAV4.

    Small and family cars tend to provide the most value for the money, while luxury cars as a class are more expensive to own. But there are always exceptions. For instance, Consumer Reports’ best-value luxury car, the V-8-powered Hyundai Genesis 4.6, has a value score that is the same as the average for all cars.

    Even some SUVs can be relatively good values, but midsize models tend to be more expensive over time due to worse fuel economy and higher purchase prices. Still, several models scored better than average, including the Hyundai Santa Fe, the four-cylinder Kia Sorento, and the V-6 and hybrid versions of the Toyota Highlander.

    When including its Lexus and Scion brands, Toyota led in best values with 11 models. Seven best-value models come from Hyundai and its Kia brands. Five best-value models are from Honda and Acura.