December 4, 2016
Consumer Guide Automotive recognizes vehicles that stay current with the latest automotive trends and test drives more than 150 new vehicles each year. From that group, they select the top cars in each class as Best Buys for their highest ranking and honor. According to Consumer Guide, “A vehicle does not become a Best Buy based solely on objective ratings. It also has to distinguish itself as being a good dollar value compared to others in the class.” The three Honda cars that received awards this year were the Pilot, HR-V and Ridgeline truck.
The all-new redesigned Ridgeline was named as the best compact pickup truck because it offered the best comfort, convenience and driving dynamics of any small pickup. As we mentioned previously, the new truck comes with a plethora of new features. But Consumer Guide especially admired the blending of the pickup-truck utility with the civility of a car in a sensible package.
Not to be outdone, the upgraded 2017 Pilot took home the award for best midsize crossover/SUV. Consumer Guide felt that the Pilot boasted an impressive selection of available comfort and safety features combined with a nicely finished cabin and excellent fuel efficiency for its size. It’s also worth mentioning that the Pilot is one of the few vehicles in its class to offer the ability to seat eight passengers. All trim levels except for the Elite model offer this seating capacity. The Elite drops down to seven passengers due to the second row of captain’s chairs that offer additional comfort. The 2017 model builds upon the 2016 Pilot’s redesign by adding additional space and more advanced safety and technology features.
Finally, the new 2017 HR-V took Consumer Guide’s award for the new subcompact crossover/SUV category with its excellent use of space. Continuing Honda’s practice of taking something great and making it better, they found ways to improve the car that won 2016 Green SUV of the Year, along with other recognitions of U.S. News Best Cars for Families and KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016. With an estimated 34-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating and an estimated 28-mpg city fuel economy rating for the 2WD CVT, this vehicle is set to maintain it’s impeccable green record.
To learn more about these three Consumer Guide Best Buys, we encourage you to stop by and visit our showroom or call us at 913-782-3636 and one of our experts would be happy to assist you!
September 23, 2016
Honda has released information on the new model year of their popular HR-V crossover SUV. The HR-V will feature a bold and sporty coupe-like styling combined with the versatility of an SUV and will come standard with an estimated 34-mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating and an estimated 28-mpg city fuel economy rating for the 2WD CVT. This impressive fuel economy is sure to help the new model continue its impressive record as the 2016 Green SUV of the Year, along with its other recognitions of U.S. News Best Cars for Families and KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016.
The HR-V will be available in three trims, the LX, EX and EX-L. The 2017 model will be powered by a refined and efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder 16 valve DOHC i-VTEC® engine producing a peak 141 horsepower. Paired with the engine is one of two efficient and responsive Honda transmissions: A seamless and sporty continuously variable transmission (CVT), available on all models, or an engaging 6-speed manual transmission, available on LX and EX models with 2WD.
The crossover will come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a push button electric parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold, a rearview camera with guidelines, Pandora® radio and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, the 2017 HR-V also adds a sophisticated new color – Lunar Silver metallic – to its palette, replacing Alabaster Silver.
Frank Ancona Honda has already ordered the incredible crossover SUV. Look for it to arrive to our dealership later this fall. For added luxury, customers will want to ask for the EX and EX-L models that will come standard with a push starter and the incredible Honda LaneWatch™ system. Just signal right and a small camera displays live video on your Display Audio screen to reveal nearly four times more than the passenger-side mirror alone.
September 16, 2016
The Honda HR-V made a comeback in a big way in 2016. After a halt in 2006, the second generation HR-V started production again in 2014 and Honda’s latest model is earning rave reviews. It’s hard to find a knock against the new HR-V. This versatile crossover is easy to drive, handles nicely and has a size that fits seemingly anywhere.
The HR-V certainly has the specs to back-up its accolades. With three different options to choose from, the LX, EX and EX-L Navi, there’s a model that’s a perfect fit for everyone. The vehicle comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio interface, 5-inch color LCD screen (7-inch with EX & EX-L), multi-angle rearview camera, 2nd row magic seat, remote entry and a 141-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-Valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine.
When it comes to competitors, the HR-V “thoroughly trounces” them, according to Edmunds. The estimated 31 MPG is quite impressive for a SUV. Combine the MPG with spacious seating and well-mannered handling and it’s no surprise the HR-V is “trouncing” the competition!
To see this incredible crossover for yourself, come in today and check out the 2016 Honda HR-V at Frank Ancona Honda!
May 26, 2015
It is finally here! After months of anticipation, the all-new Honda HR-V is at home in the dealership at Frank Ancona Honda. The new crossover is being called the Honda CR-V’s younger brother, smaller than the CR-V but with more space and offerings than a car.
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When Honda released the Fit, the goal was to offer a compact car that was not so compact. Everyone marveled at the space and comfort the Fit provided, along with the performance. Honda took the same ideas as the Fit and applied it to the growing crossover market, targeting people who were interested in a crossover but who were having trouble making the move from their car to a larger vehicle.
The Honda HR-V pieces together the best parts of other vehicles in the Honda line-up. Like we already said, it utilizes space incredibly well for a smaller crossover, taking its cues from the Fit. It has AWD which the CR-V made famous and the engine from the popular Civic. In addition, the Honda HR-V is the first car in the lineup to start out offering the continuously variable transmission (CVT), a feature that is becoming standard on all Honda vehicles. This transmission means you do not feel the vehicle shift gears, creating a smooth and seamless driving experience.
Let’s get into the nitty gritty specs of the HR-V. The Honda HR-V boasts 35 mpg highway driving and 28 mpg city for a combined 31 mpg with the option of turning on the Eco Assist system for an even better gas mileage rating. The HR-V is powered by a 141 horsepower, 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine with 127 lb-ft of torque.
To make the smaller crossover feel especially large, the HR-V seems to use magic to provide 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space. There are three storage modes to allow you to utilize the space however you need. Utility Mode showcases the famous Honda magic seats that fold all the way down. Long Mode allows the passenger front and rear seats to fold down to fit longer items into the HR-V. Tall Mode allows you to get an extra four feet of vertical space by folding the rear seats up.
There are three trim levels available for the Honda HR-V – the LX, EX and EX-L. The basic LX comes standard with multi-angle rearview camera, second row magic seats, a five inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming, USB audio, remote entry, 17 inch alloy wheels and LED brake lights. Upgrades in the other trim levels include HondaLink Next Generation, Honda LaneWatch, Pandora radio, push button start, smart entry, powered moonroof, heated front seats, leather interior, Honda Satellite navigation with voice recognition, SiriusXM radio, HD radio and roof rails.
The Honda HR-V is completely customizable. You can explore more about the Honda HR-V on the Honda website or you can stop into Frank Ancona Honda for a test drive to see the features for yourself.
February 9, 2015
Since the 2016 Honda HR-V was announced, snippets of details about the new crossover have been slowly released. The latest news was released last week, answering a long-questioned stat on the crossover: How many miles per gallon does the Honda HR-V get?
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According to AutoGuide, the mileage for the Honda HR-V stands at:
- 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with a CVT and front-wheel drive
- 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with all-wheel drive
- 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with six-speed manual transmission
Car enthusiasts have been waiting for these numbers to see how the Honda HR-V would rank against its two biggest competitors, the Nissan Juke and the Chevy Trax. The Trax has a very low mpg with 26 city and 34 highway front-wheel drive. The Juke is close – 28 city and 32 highway front-wheel drive – but the HR-V’s mileage cannot be beat.
Modeled after the Fit, the HR-V promises to make practical use of it’s space with what is being called by Car and Driver “magic seats” and “interior origami.” With the seats up, there is 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space. When the magical seats are down, the HR-V boasts 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Under the hood, the Honda HR-V has a 1.8-liter unit with 138 horsepower and 127-lb of torque. There are three trims available – LX, EX and EX-L. Standard are power windows, mirrors and door locks; a rearview camera, Pandora radio, Bluetooth, an electronic parking brake and aluminum wheels. The higher up you go, you will see a touch screen, keyless entry, paddle shifters, push button start, heated seats, satellite radio and a navigation system with Honda Digital Traffic notifications.
Soon we will hear about the safety ratings, but it is easy to assume it will be an IIHS Top Safety Pick with a full range of airbags and Brake Assist technology.