July 8, 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.
April 6, 2011
Frank Ancona Honda launched a campaign to promote online shopping for new and pre-owned Honda cars. Frank Ancona Honda’s website http://www.frankanconahonda.com/
makes it easy to browse, select a model, compare, value your trade, check specials and latest financing, get a price quote and even get pre-approved. Research Honda cars before you buy at http://www.frankanconahonda.com/
March 31, 2011
Kansas City Honda Dealer Frank Ancona Honda’s Really Big Thing is back: $0 due at signing, $0 first month payment, $0 down payment, $0 security deposit when you lease a 2011 Accord Sedan, 2011 Civic Sedan or a 2011 CR-V.
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March 24, 2011
Here is an article from Auto Evolution, written by Daniel Patrascu, announcing that the Honda Odyssey has recently been named the safest minivan for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Honda Odyssey, Safest Minivan for 2011
As a testimony to the way in which Honda’s new Odyssey minivan has been designed, two of America’s most renowned safety organizations, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have both given the model their highest scores in the crash test conducted this year. The achievement, in the case of other models not surprising, comes to establish the Odyssey as the first and single minivan to have achieved top scores from both organizations this year.
Both of the organizations crash tested the Odyssey in the beginning of the year, but only now the Japanese car maker can safely say that their vehicle is the best in its class as far as the safety of the occupants go.
The new Odyssey, launched last year, is Honda’s take on a segment that, because of the competition, is growing harder and harder to control. Several important players fight for a piece of the market that stands for a whole lot more in the US than in Europe.
Honda’s Odyssey, seen by the manufacturer who produces it as one of the most successful minivans it has ever made, is trying to build on the all-American appeal by being designed and engineered in the US and assembled at the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) plant, using mostly domestic parts.
For the new model year, Honda has tweaked the model a bit, adding little extras like a more powerful 3.5l i-VTEC V6 engine (248 hp), a new 3-mode second-row seat design or a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultrawide split-screen display.
March 18, 2011
Frank Ancona Honda Sales Consultant Greg Kessler was recently honored by American Honda Motor Co. Inc., for achieving the Gold Master membership level in the 2010 Council of Sales Leadership recognition program. This distinguished honor is awarded to an elite group of Honda Sales Consultants who consistently exhibit sales leadership and professionalism.
The Honda Council of Sales Leadership is an annual recognition program designed to encourage professional development and sales excellence throughout Honda dealerships nationwide. By measuring sales volume, customer satisfaction, and professional knowledge, the program identifies Sales Consultants who excel at enhancing the customer buying experience. The Gold Master winners being recognized this year have delivered exemplary performance in all three categories for at least three out of the past five years at their dealerships. These esteemed Sales Consultants played a significant role in maintaining Honda’s industry-leading owner loyalty.
Kessler has been named a member of the Council of Sales Leadership for the [ordinal number of years] time and has earned Gold Master status for the 12th time. He was among the 470, out of more than 13,000, Honda Sales Consultants recognized as a Gold Master member in 2010. Kessler has been proudly serving Honda customers at Frank Ancona Honda in Olathe for 17 years.
March 7, 2011
Frank Ancona Honda in Olathe recently announced deals for March Madness 2011. The dealership is offering specials on a variety of new cars, including the 2011 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX and 2010 Ridgeline, at frankanconahonda.com including $0 down payment, $0 security deposit, $0 first month’s payment and $0 due at lease signing.
Some of the current deals include the following:
$0 down payment, $0 security deposit, $0 first month’s payment, $0 due at lease signing
2011 Pilot 5 Speed Automatic 2WD LX Featured Special Lease – Zero Due at Lease Signing
Offer valid from 3/1/2011 through 5/2/2011
The 2011 Pilot features second row 60/40 split reclining, sliding, flat-folding bench seat, 8-passenger seating, ambient console lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror with rearview camera display, four tie-down anchors, bag hooks, conversation mirror with sunglasses holder, courtesy door lights, cruise control and dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
1.9% APR for 24-36 months or 2.9% APR for 37-60 months.
2010 Ridgeline Special APR
Offer valid from 3/1/2011 through 5/2/2011
The 2010 Ridgeline has a 5-speed automatic transmission built for heavy duty truck use. It’s features include 60/40 lift-up rear seat with underseat storage, integrated rearview camera, auto day/night mirror with compass, ambient console lighting, sunglasses holder, seatback pockets, courtesy door lights, cruise control and dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors.