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September 8, 2015

2016 Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey Earn Top Safety Picks

The 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Honda Odyssey have earned top safety pick awards. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2016 Honda Pilot an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2016 Honda Odyssey a five star overall safety rating.

honda pilot odyssey top safety picks

After completely redesigning the Honda Pilot for the 2016 model year, many of the safety features were upgraded causing the bump in the safety rating from the IIHS. In order to win a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, the vehicle needs a good or acceptable small overlap rating and good ratings in the four other tests, including moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, along with a front crash prevention system to qualify for the advanced + rating.

During the IIHS testing, the 2016 Pilot performed well with these results from Automotive World:

  • Maximum intrusion of 4 inches at the parking brake pedal.
  • Well-controlled dummy movement.
  • Front and side curtain airbags kept dummy in place and protected the head from contact with the car and outside objects.
  • Low risk of any significant injuries in a severe crash.

The NHTSA awarded the 2016 Honda Odyssey with a five star overall safety rating, the highest safety rating available from the federal government. When testing was performed by the NHTSA, the Odyssey received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The 2016 Odyssey has many standard safety features that helped achieve this rating, including:

  • Vehicle stability assist with traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Antilock brakes
  • Rearview camera

In the upgraded trim levels, including the EX-L, Touring and Elite models, the Odyssey has additional standard safety features:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning


April 4, 2014

Honda Builds Its 20 Millionth Vehicle In The U.S.

Honda is celebrating two big milestones this month! According to a recent press release, Honda plants in the U.S. have produced 20 million automobiles to date. In addition, motor company’s 10 millionth U.S.-built Accord recently rolled off of the assembly line at Honda’s first American plant in Marysville, Ohio.

2014 Honda Accord Sedan (Photo: Honda)

Hidenobu Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of America Mfg. and head of Honda’s North American manufacturing, said, “We are deeply aware that our ability to reach this milestone results from the trust that 20 million customers have placed in our products, and we appreciate their support over the past three decades. We also value the commitment made by tens of thousands of associates at Honda and our hundreds of suppliers in the U.S. who build products of the highest quality for our customers.”

According to the press release, American Honda plants produce 11 different models including four passenger cars and seven light trucks. Since 2011, Honda has invested around $1.6 billion in its American auto plants to expand production and implement new technologies.  In 2013, nearly 95 percent of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.

Check out the press release here.

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.

October 4, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Customers Starting Something Special

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

At Frank Ancona Honda, we love to see our customers happy with their new vehicles, so for the past few months, we’ve been posting customer photos on Facebook and Twitter. Here are just a few of our favorites.

What better gift than a Honda? Karen and Terrence bought a 2013 Honda Civic for their son, Jason.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn couldn’t stop smiling in their new Honda CRVs!

A true Honda family! Darren and their kids couldn’t wait to drive away in their 2013 Honda Civic.

Noel and Maribel Herrera expressed some love for their new 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite! Take a look at that in-vehicle vacuum!

A new Honda is something to cheer about! Check out Kara and her daughter, Kate!

Like us on Facebook and click here to see all of the photos.

September 20, 2013

Frank Ancona Honda Kicks Off Football Season With Best APR and Lease Specials

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

Do you need another reason to celebrate the recent victories of the Kansas City Chiefs than with our special offers from Frank Ancona Honda? We are excited to kick off the season with the best APR and lease specials on three of our most popular vehicles – Honda Civic, Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey.

We’re dedicated to making sure you have the best deals and service, so make sure to check the blog frequently, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @AnconaHonda and stay updated by visiting our website.

2013 Honda Civic Sedan Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-60 months

Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013.

2013 Honda Civic Coupe Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-60 months

 Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013.

2013 Civic Si Coupe Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-60 months

 Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013.

2013 Pilot Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-60 months or 1.9% APR for 61-72 months.

Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013.

2013 Odyssey Special APR
0.9% APR for 24-36 months or 1.9% APR for 37-60 months.

Offer valid from 9/4/2013 through 11/4/2013.

August 22, 2013

Honda Honors Fantastic Fathers in “Dads Doing Good” Campaign

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

Honda is teaming up with the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) and Life of Dad to create a series of videos showcasing the amazing work that fathers do in the “Dads Doing Good” campaign.

For five weeks, videos of dads using the 2014 Honda Odyssey to make a positive impact on their families and communities will be featured on the NFI and Life of Dad websites.

“We are proud to support the “Dads Doing Good” program this summer,” Alicia Jones, manager of Honda and Acura social marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said in a news release. “The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the perfect vehicle to help enable these dads to help in the community.”

Each video shows just how dynamic the 2014 Honda Odyssey can be. For Week 1, the dads turned the Odyssey into a library-on-wheels, and for Week 2, the fathers raised awareness for congenital heart defects by turning the vehicle into a lemonade stand.

Check out the NFI website for more weekly videos.

November 29, 2012

Honda Wins ALG’s 2013 Residual Value Award for Best Mainstream Brand Topping all Other Competitors in Long Term Value

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

The team at Frank Ancona Honda is pleased to tell its Kansas City customers about the prominent awards American Honda Motor Co., Inc. recently received and to carry on the tradition of excellence!

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. received multiple 2013 Residual Value Awards from ALG, including the top honor of Best Mainstream Brand. Additionally, the 2013 Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey and Honda Fit each received individual Residual Value Awards as the highest ranked vehicles in their respective segments. As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG’s annual Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period.

“Long-term value and reliability are both hallmarks of the Honda brand and we are honored to be recognized by ALG as the industry leader in these key qualities,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations at American Honda. “The Honda engineering philosophy not only delivers immediate value to our customers but will pay off in the long run as well.”

The Honda brand was named the Best Mainstream Brand for 2013, which recognizes the entire Honda lineup for exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability, and long-term reliability. The all-new 2013 Accord ranked the highest in the ultra competitive Midsize Car category. The Honda Odyssey prevailed in the Best Minivan (MPV) category, retaining the top spot for the second consecutive year. The Honda Fit received a Residual Value Award for the fifth consecutive year in the Sub-Compact Car category. Since 2000, the Honda brand has earned 28 model awards and seven overall brand awards from ALG.

“The Honda brand is a constant in ALG’s Residual Value Award history,” said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. “With its smart, value-focused financial strategy, excellent perceived quality, and the all-new Accord, Honda has proven that it provides a compelling, high residual value package for consumers.”

ALG determines the award winners through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, as well as pricing strategies are among the key factors that affect ALG’s residual value forecasts.

December 14, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Kicks Off Happy Honda Days With New Video

By: Jason Heard, Sales Manager at Frank Ancona Honda

Kansas City Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, is celebrating Happy Honda Days with 0.9% financing on all new Accords, CR-Vs, Odysseys, Pilots, Crosstours, Ridgelines and on the all new 2012 Civic! In addition, with the purchase of any new vehicle through December, Frank Ancona Honda is giving away free Remote Start accessories for all models.


Hurry in to Frank Ancona Honda, located at 1000 North Rogers Road in Olathe, KS, to take advantage of the Happy Honda Days clearance sale ending January 3, 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.

June 24, 2011

2011 Honda Odyssey Wins’s Ultimate Minivan Shootout!

Posted by Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda

The 2011 Honda Odyssey was just named the Ultimate Minivan by the editors at, USA Today and “MotorWeek.”

Check out the 2011 Honda Odyssey: Special 4th of July Offer

All of the redesigned minivans faced off this spring in a head-to-head shootout to determine which was best and the Odyssey beat out all of its competitors. It’s a big accomplishment! View the article here and pick up a copy of today’s USA Today at your newsstand.

Winning an award from sends a strong message to your customers about the quality of the Odyssey. Sharing this news in your dealership, on your social networks and in planned marketing materials is a great way to spread the news to potential customers.

May 31, 2011

Frank Ancona Honda Celebrates Its 50 Year Anniversary With Happy Honda Owners Across The U.S.

In a recent interview that we posted on a community forum, several Honda owners responded to our post: “If you are a happy Honda owner, please help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by submitting  your best Honda story in 200 words or less. The best stories will be featured on our blog and other social networking sites.”

Here are some of the responses-

Happy Honda Family of 7!
I drive a Honda Odyssey and my husband drives a Honda Pilot. We have 5 children and will only drive a Honda! Honda’s are known for safety, sleek looks and will hold our big happy family! My last car was an Odyssey too and before children I drove a Honda Civic. We are a Happy Honda Family! Before I had children I said I would never drive a minivan but now that I drive an Odyssey I want no other vehicle to transport my growing family! I’m glad my Odyssey seats 8 people too so we have room in case we ever have another addition to our growing family! Honda’s are comfortable too and Honda has thought of everything! I love the sunroof in my minivan! How cool is that, that I get to drive a minivan that has a sunroof!

Successfully Yours,

-Stacy Pursell

When “best” isn’t always happy

I’ll readily admit I’m obsessed with my 2009 purple Honda Fit. She has an identity – clearly, a gender, too – and a name: Aubergine, which means “eggplant” in French. So I’m sure you can imagine how distraught I was to receive a 4:30 a.m. call from the local police last year, telling me I had to leave the security and stress-free shelter of my apartment. Aubergine had been “de-tired” – her alloy wheels and tires removed – and dropped onto two milk crates, one under each side between the front and back doors. The month that followed was replete with insurance headaches, repair shop ineptitudes and all the while, my husband and I were searching for our first home. No one had cautioned me about the importance of wheel locks, so I readily share this story – as well as the photos from that fateful morning, still saved on my BlackBerry – to Fit owners and others who adore their small cars. Aubergine celebrated the one-year anniversary of her de-tiring safe in her half of our two-car garage – and hopefully she’ll never been vandalized again!

-Margot MacKay


May 23, 2011

Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda Announces $0 Due at Lease Signing on 2011 Pilot, Odyssey, CR-V and Accord

Frank Ancona Honda announces $0 due at lease signing on the 2011 Honda Pilot, Odyssey, CR-V and Accord.

2011 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease
Offer valid from 5/3/2011 through 5/31/2011
$0 first months payment, $350.00 per month for 35 months
$0 down payment, $0 security deposit. For well-qualified lessees.
2011 Odyssey 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease
Offer valid from 5/3/2011 through 5/31/2011
$360.00 per month for 36 months. $0.00 total due at signing.
2011 CR-V 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease
Offer valid from 5/3/2011 through 5/31/2011
$0 first months payment, $280.00 per month for 35 months
$0 down payment, $0 security deposit. For well-qualified lessees.
2011 Accord Sedan 5 Speed Automatic LX Featured Special Lease
Offer valid from 5/3/2011 through 5/31/2011
$0 first months payment, $260.00 per month for 35 months
$0 down payment, $0 security deposit. For well-qualified lessees.