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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.

 

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.

 

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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June 18, 2014

National Tire Safety Awareness Month Tips

June is National Tire Safety Awareness Month and, along with Honda, we want to help protect your precious cargo. Now of course there are your basic rules of keeping your tires inflated because they benefit stability, prolong the life of your tires and maximize your fuel economy, but there is plenty more you can do to keep you safe in your beautiful Honda.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, better known as the NHTSA, there is a very detailed safety tip checklist you should follow that states:

  • Check tire pressure regularly (at least once a month), including the spare.

  • Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.

  • Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.

  • Check tire pressure before going on a long trip.

  • Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information placard or owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.

  • If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

So stay safe not just this month, but also all summer on the road by following these tips and this simple checklist and using common sense. Also dont forget to bring your vehicle into Frank Ancona Honda to get serviced! We are always running specials, so check out our website and get scheduled for some great service on your vehicle!

February 7, 2014

Bruce Willis and Honda Team Up To Promote Honda Safety in Hugfest Campaign

Honda and Bruce Willis recently paired up in a “Hugfest” campaign to promote Honda’s outstanding safety ratings.


Photo: Honda

The campaign, which first launched in the form of a big-budget Super Bowl ad, has Willis asking viewers to hug family and friends as they’re watching the NFL championship game while he talks about Honda’s crash safety.

Check it out here.

Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations at American Honda Motor Company, Inc., said, “While we are in fact a leader in safety, the public doesn’t always recognize that.”

Accavitti added that Honda’s goal with the ad was to “zig, when everyone else was zagging. Super Bowl spots are now going over the top — we’ve gone that way in the past and I’m not saying it’s good or bad. Instead of going big, we’re going small.”

In the commercial, Willis asks viewers to hug their loved ones. He tells the audience, “Those people you just hugged, they’re real. They’re not crash test dummies, they’re not engineering data. And their safety matters as much to Honda as it does to you.”

Even though the Super Bowl is over, Honda is continuing the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and its website. The company is encouraging social media users to use the hashtag #hugfest while promoting safety themes.

Learn more about Honda safety.

January 4, 2014

Honda Leads Industry With 6 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles

Honda recently announced in a press release that American Honda is once again leading the industry with six vehicles which have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ for 2014. In addition, two vehicle models received the second highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK.

2014 Accord Sedan (Photo: Honda)

In a press release issued by Honda, Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda, said, “As the industry leader in TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings for 2013 and now 2014, it’s clear that our commitment to offer advanced safety technologies on mainstream products continues to pay dividends to Honda and Acura customers. Honda and Acura vehicles should be at the top of the shopping list for those who value safety ratings and the engineering prowess required to achieve them.”

Four of the selected vehicles were Honda models, including the 2014 Accord Sedan, the 2014 Accord Coupe, the 2014 Civic Sedan and the 2014 Odyssey, which according to Honda is the only minivan yet to earn this designation.

According to Honda, the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting occupants involved in crashes. The TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating recognizes vehicles that both performed well in crash tests and are equipped with collision-preventing technologies.

Read the full article to learn more.

August 30, 2013

The 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe Models Remain the Only Small Cars to Achieve Top IIHS Small Overlap Frontal Crash Ratings

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

Honda has always had a reputation for taking safety seriously, but now Honda drivers can feel safer than ever as Honda recently reported that the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and 2013 Honda Civic Coupe models remain the only small cars to achieve the top Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash rating of GOOD. The Civic Sedan and Coupe are also the only small cars to earn the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS and the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program.

Honda continues to lead the industry in crash test performance, and after watching the videos, I think every compact car shopper should view the results of the new IIHS small overlap front crash tests before deciding on their next car,” Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said in the press release. “For customers looking to buy a compact car that achieves an overall GOOD rating in the IIHS small overlap frontal test, Civic is currently the only choice.”

Visit our website to see our selection of 2013 Honda Civics.

July 27, 2013

How 1/100th of a Second Could Save Your Life

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

According to Honda in America, the rise of counterfeit airbags is becoming a bigger concern each day, and as the automotive leader in safety, Honda wants to make sure every driver knows the risks.

This video shows how deployment speeds differ between a certified Honda airbag and a counterfeit one. The message: 1/100th of a second could save your life.

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As a company with more vehicles equipped with an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating on the market than any car manufacturer (5), Honda encourages buyers to find a reputable Honda dealer and make sure all parts came from a quality body shop.

The airbag is one of the most important yet overlooked auto features, so make it a priority when you’re buying.

Click here for more information on Honda’s airbag technology and buying tips.