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August 5, 2016

Frank Ancona Warns of the Dangers of Distracted Driving and Pokemon Go!

Recently, there has been a growing trend with the use of the mobile application Pokemon Go, created by Niantic, Inc. People of all ages have been consumed by the game with its cute creatures as they hunt to “catch them all.” While the game itself seems harmless enough, we are beginning to see the growing dangers of playing it. Reports have come in of users being so occupied with their phones that they are not paying attention to their surroundings and are getting into troublesome situations. To take it even further, users are starting to play the game while they drive. CNN has even mentioned several accidents that have occurred due to drivers being distracted by playing the app while driving. As August is back to school safety month, Frank Ancona wants to remind people to never text while driving, or in this case, play Pokemon Go while driving. Distracted driving is an epidemic that we can fight. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security has even started a new hashtag and campaign to promote safety first, #PikachuCanWait.

image01If you want to utilize a car to play Pokemon Go, there are many people that are embracing the game. Many people and Uber drivers have begun offering their services to Pokemon Go players for an hourly fee. For this fee, drivers will take the players around to different pokestops and gyms. Uber actually warned their drivers and partners of the game, including the possibility of distracted drivers and individuals on or near the road, as well as the possibility of making money. They encouraged drivers to learn the hotspots and wait near them for fares.

image00If you are in the market for a new or preowned vehicle then we encourage you to come into the dealership. You can even check out our pokestop and use it while you browse our selection. All we ask is that you not play while you test drive one of our great vehicles!

May 6, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Receives Top Marks for Safety Across the Board

When it comes to transportation, safety is a big concern. We want to know that if the worst were to happen, we and our love ones will walk away. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released their assessment of the 2016 Honda Civic and the car shines bright among competitors.
The IIHS has given the 2016 model top grades in all categories tested. While testing a model of the 2016 Civic Touring sedan, Edmunds found that the car stopped a few feet shorter than most when braking at 60 miles per hour. All models of the Civic come standard with the usual bells and whistles of stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera (a feature that is often an upgrade with other vehicles). As you change to the more luxurious trims, the Civic gains additional features such as a right-side blind spot camera known as LaneWatch and more advanced sensing technology.

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Beyond the car’s superior structural engineering, the vehicle also has the trademarked Honda Sensing technology  to keep operators safe on the road. Some of the features of Honda Sensing technology include:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

This technology relies on sophisticated sensors that detect not only other vehicles and obstacles, but also the lanes you are driving in. If the car senses something that could lead to an accident, it will emit a warning tone. If the driver does not react quickly enough, the car can automatically begin to correct itself or even apply the brakes if necessary. While we will always promote safe driving, we want you to know that we are here to back you up for those instances that are beyond your control.

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If you want to experience the comfort and safety of the 2016 Honda Civic for yourself,  call us to schedule a test drive or just come into our dealership. We will help you find the perfect car, whether you want to lease or buy.

April 25, 2016

Frank Ancona Honda Offers Customers Service Specials Just in Time for Road Trip Season

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, it is important to stay on top of vehicle maintenance, especially the various fluid levels. Regular vehicle care and maintenance helps to extend the life of your vehicle and reduces the risk of expensive repairs that dent your savings. Kelley Blue Book provides many tips for maintaining your vehicle, helping your Honda reach the 100,000 Mile Club. These tips include:

  1. Checking your vehicle’s fluids such as oil, coolant and transmission fluid
  2. Greasing applicable parts
  3. Waxing your vehicle
  4. Keeping your vehicle clean
  5. Maintaining your interior

If you’re tight on time or vehicle maintenance just isn’t your thing, Frank Ancona Honda can help you accomplish a lot of these maintenance suggestions now with our incredible service specials. Until the end of April, you can come in for a lube, oil change and filter change for two great low prices: $24.95 for standard oil and $34.95 for 0W-20 oil. Replacing that old, dirty oil can increase fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.

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Frank Ancona Honda continues to bring the heat with an additional, incredible service special to ensure you get the miles you deserve out of your tires. For $39.95, receive a tire rotation and balance with an alignment check to keep those tires wearing evenly and providing you with a smooth ride (Offer expires 4/30/2016).

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Taking the proper precautions with your vehicle not only helps extend its life, but also assists in keeping passengers safe. Regardless of the service your Honda vehicle needs, Frank Ancona Honda wants to assist you in making the decision that works for you. Stop by our dealership or call to make a service appointment at 913-782-3636.

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.

 

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.

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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

 

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.

 

July 24, 2014

Tire Pressure: Why Does It Matter?

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Jason Heard, GM at Frank Ancona Honda, offers some key insights about tire pressure.

 

From a safety standpoint tire pressure, if incorrect can compromise braking, cornering and stability.  It can also affect comfort, gas mileage and how long your tires will last.  If the pressure is too high less of the tire touches the road, which can cause a decrease in ride comfort and may cause some bounce that can lead to traction issues. If it is too low then consequently too much of the tire touches the road, this causes uneven wearing and overheating.

Tire pressure is affected by temperature changes so it should be checked during each season, even if it does not appear to be leaking.

Make sure to check all four tires, just because one is fine does not mean they all are. You should also use a gauge when checking, as relying on your eyes or kicking the tires are not accurate.

You can find the tire pressure recommendations in your owner’s manual or on the driver’s door pillar

More information on  tire pressure can be found at http://www.cartalk.com/content/service-your-car-13

June 26, 2014

Honda Honored As Highway Safety Hero

 

Earlier this week, Honda was honored as a Highway Safety Hero by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety for Advancing Pedestrian Safety. Honda was the only automaker that received the award along with 26 current and former members of congress, eights state officials and 14 citizen activists for efforts to save lives, prevent injuries and make roads safer, according to a press release published by Honda.

As part of its commitment to keeping drivers safe, Honda has led the U.S. in safety and driver technologies including features that aim to reduce injuries in a collision, such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield wiper pivots.

 

Additionally, Honda has become the leader in adding rearview cameras. More than 94 percent of Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras. No other brand has as many models equipped with standard rearview cameras for the 2014 model year and by the 2015 model year.

If you would like more information about Honda’s history of leadership in the development, take a look at our Safety Issue Brief.

May 23, 2014

2015 Honda Fit To Arrive At Local Dealerships In June 2014

Every Honda Fit is the perfect fit for you, and the 2015 Honda Fit is no different. The all-new, completely re-imagined Fit will be arriving at local Honda dealerships in June when you can experience its fantastic new features.

The 2015 Fit has something for everyone. (Photo: Honda)

According to Honda, here are the features you can expect to find in the new model-

Aggressive new styling

  • Aerodynamic body constructed from high-tensile steel

  • Striking new grille and headlights

  • Available 16-inch, alloy wheels

Interior evolution

  • 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat

  • Increased passenger volume and rear legroom

  • Available leather-trimmed seats

Performance machine

  • i-VTEC engine with Earth Dreams Technology generates 130-horsepower (SAE net) at 6600 rpm and 114 lb.-ft of torque at 4600 rpm

  • 6-speed manual or available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

  • Revised, sport-tuned suspension

Packed with technology

  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror

  • Available Smart Entry with push button start, Honda LaneWatch and 7-inch Display Audio touch-screen

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) II Body Structure

 

Learn more about the 2015 Fit.

March 31, 2014

Visit Frank Ancona Honda At The Honey Dews Baby Expo!

You’ll be able to check out some family-friendly Honda vehicles from Frank Ancona Honda on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Second Annual Honey Dews Baby Expo! This expo is the perfect place for mothers- and fathers-to-be to find local resources for all things baby!

 

We’ll have two family-friendly Hondas for parents to look at. You’ll be able to see first-hand how much cargo space and how many safety features Honda has available to make your life a breeze. Plus, the Overland Park Police Department will be at the expo to do car seat and safety checks for your vehicle.

Tickets are $25 per person and include all-access to the events keynote speaker series, an hor d’oeuvres buffet, specialty “mocktails” (non-alcoholic “mommy” cocktails) and shopping and education from over 30 local businesses. The first 100 people at the door will receive a special swag bag full of product samples and offers from the event’s sponsors.

 

When: Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Deer Creek Golf Club, in the Seasons Room and Sunset Room, 7000 W. 133rd St., Overland Park, Kan. 66209
How Much: Tickets cost $25 per person and are available at the door.

February 21, 2014

Four Honda Models Named 2014 Best Family Car

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) named four Honda models, the 2014 Honda Accord, CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot, as a “Best Family Car” of 2014. The annual list, which rates vehicles on family-approved attributes like safety, comfort, child-friendliness and usability, honored 12 vehicles after testing by KBB.com’s editors and families.

Inspecting the 2014 Honda Accord. (Photo: KBB.com)

Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda, said in a press release, “Honda vehicles have long been a top choice for American families, known for providing the kind of safety, features and value that they have a right to expect. This recognition of four of Honda’s top-selling models validates our ongoing efforts to simply build the best vehicles in every segment in which we compete.”

Kelly Blue Book started with 21 top-ranked Expert Ratings vehicles, culled from over 300 vehicles total, and recruited several families to thoroughly test these vehicles on everything from drivability to amount of storage space to cup holders. After tallying the results, the editors from KBB.com announced the 12 best of the best.

See the results here.

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 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.


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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.

Click here to find out 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.

April 4, 2013

Honda Civic Receives 2013 TOP SAFETY PICK+ By Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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

The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently awarded the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe the highest available safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+. This is the first and only IIHS small car in the industry to earn this award.

2013 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe First Small Cars to Achieve TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating in IIHS Safety Testing

According to Honda’s news release, “The new Civic Sedan, equipped with the second generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Body Structure™ (ACE™II), is not only the first Small car to earn TOP SAFETY PICK+ in the industry, but also the first and only to earn the highest possible rating of GOOD on the IIHS’ new small overlap frontal crash test (sometimes called a ‘narrow offset’ test). This aggressive test is designed to simulate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole at high speed.”

“If you want a compact car with a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, the 2013 Honda Civic is the only choice,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “We believe this is a distinct competitive advantage, especially as more and more consumers place a premium on crash rating performance.”

Honda leads all other brands in achieving TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings with four models – Civic Sedan and Coupe, and Accord Sedan and Coupe.

Read the full press release