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May 11, 2015

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

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

Photo Credit: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 10, 2014

New TFLCar Review Showcases Why 2015 Honda CR-V Is The People’s Crossover

Emme Hall of TheFastLaneCar recently dished about the all-new 2015 Honda CR-V Touring with AWD. Her fave features? The CR-V’s reliability, fuel efficiency, safety, utility and precise, on-point turns, all of which played a part in the vehicle earning TFLCar’s glowing “Buy It” rating.

See Frank Ancona Honda’s 2015 CR-V models.

 

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The CR-V’s biggest draw may be its fuel efficiency. According to Hall, you can expect to get 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. “Even at higher speeds, the CVT keeps those rpms low,” she wrote in the review. “At 55mph the engine runs at 1500 rpm, and at 65 mph it runs at 1800 rpm. Sport mode bumps things up a little bit. 55 mph holds the engine at 2900 rpm, 65 mph at 3100 rpm.”

 

For those looking for a comfortable ride, the CR-V does not disappoint. The Touring model features heated front seats (a must-have for winter), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-trimmed seats. You’ll also stay connected with Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and other high-tech features like a push button start, power sunroof and a 7-inch touchscreen.

And of course, in true Honda fashion, owners of the CR-V can feel free to stretch out in the vehicle’s roomy interior. A power liftgate produces 23.2 cubic feet of space, and two levers that fold the rear seats down can increase that space to 70.9 cubic feet.

 

The CR-V has a ton of other great features that are outlined in the TFLCar review. Check out more details here. And of course, if you’d like to come in for a test drive, feel free to drop by Frank Ancona Honda to get behind the wheel.

 

February 21, 2014

2014 Honda CR-V Named A Best Car for the Money

The 2014 Honda CR-V was recently given a “Best Car for the Money” award by US News & World Report. The organization, which selects vehicles from a variety of categories, named the 2014 CR-V as “Best Compact SUV for the Money.”

See our specials for this fantastic vehicle!


Photo: Honda

According to US News & World Report, “With a roomy, comfortable interior, solid performance and plenty of standard tech features, the 2014 Honda CR-V stands out in this highly competitive class. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Honda CR-V the Best Compact SUV for the Money.”

Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations at American Honda, said, “The CR-V offers more quality, utility, comfort, fuel-efficiency and fun-to-drive character than many more-expensive competitors. Value for the money is one of the key things that customers expect when buying a Honda, and this award recognizes the CR-V’s fulfillment of that promise.”

January 17, 2014

2015 Honda Fit Debuts at 2014 NAIAS

The 2015 Honda Fit was introduced to the world earlier this week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Honda revealed key features of the much-anticipated car, which is set to launch this spring.


(Photo: Honda)

At the auto show, John Mendel, executive vice president of auto sales at American Honda, said, “The Fit is a small car with big aspirations for a new generation of buyers. Faster, more fuel-efficient and more fun, it is a subcompact with super capabilities. A magically-packaged, do-everything, ready-to-rip, space wonder of a car. It’s simply the best Fit ever and a new benchmark in the segment.”

According to Honda, the vehicle’s features include

  • More power, refinement and fuel efficiency

  • All-new U.S. model showcases dynamic styling and upgraded interior packed with class-leading features and technology

  • Earth Dreams™ Technology engine and transmissions deliver heightened fun-to-drive performance and class-leading fuel efficiency

In addition, the 2015 Fit boasts a sporty, modern, sleek exterior and above-class interior refinement. All 2015 Fit models will come equipped with standard features including Bluetooth® connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. Improved performance, safety and efficiency round out the package.

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April 26, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Features Eco-Friendly Lineup of Cars for Earth Week

Posted By Jason Heard, Sales Manager

Frank Ancona Honda is proud to feature a line of vehicles that allow you and your family to reduce your carbon footprint with the help of an eco-friendly, and wallet-friendly, means of transportation. In true Earth Week fashion, the Kansas City area’s most trusted dealership boasts a lineup which earned Honda the title of the Greenest Automaker in the U.S. by the Union of Concerned Scientists.


Honda recently announced a partnership with SolarCity, America’s largest solar power provider, according to the motor company’s website. The collaboration is an important step toward reducing CO2 emissions, which contribute to global climate change.

The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy reminded the nation of Honda’s irrefutable contribution to a greener world when the council announced that the Fit EV and Civic Hybrid were named to the list of the Greenest Vehicles of 2013 last week.

*Based on 2013 EPA estimates. Actual gas mileage may vary.

October 5, 2012

Kansas City Honda Dealer Reviews All-New 2013 Honda Accord

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

The highly anticipated, all-new 2013 Honda Accord hit show rooms a few weeks ago and the team at Frank Ancona Honda is excited to introduce you to its newest and best features.  In a series of videos that we will post in the coming weeks, we will review the Accord’s new level of sophistication, its advanced technology, expert efficiency and overall look.


 

Visit us at www.frankanconahonda.com for more information or call (913) 782-3636 to schedule a test drive today!

Watch this video from Honda and meet Maya Cameron as she gives you an exclusive tour of the 2013 Honda Accord and see what we mean when we say nothing was left unchanged or unexamined!

 

Not only does the new Honda Accord look good but the exterior styling helps deliver a smoother ride for you and your passengers.  Watch this video to see what is different about this new ride!

 

April 13, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Reviews CR-Z Hybrid Sport For Earth Day!

Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, reviewed the 2011 Honda CR-Z in time for Earth Day.   Check out their new specials at frankanconahonda.com.

According to Heard, the CR-Z makes eco-friendly fun and sporty with its manual transmission, integrated motor assist gas electric motor, storage space and fuel efficiency.

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