December 27, 2016
SUV Archives - Frank Ancona Honda blog
December 27, 2016
The wait is finally over for the new Honda CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the last 20 years. Previous models received recognitions that include: One of Kelley Blue Book’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016, a Five Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and being named 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money by US News. The fifth-generation Honda comes fully redesigned and reengineered with a bold new styling, premium interior, and the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine.
The more aggressive structure is created by a crisp front-end design mixed with stylized headlights and muscular fenders for a much more masculine looking SUV. The EX trim and higher comes standard with the new turbocharged engine along with a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5 liter direct-injected engine.
The interior of the vehicle showcases premium features such as a top-in-class interior space, remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, rear USB charging ports and more! Cars.com says the vehicle addresses certain issues that held the previous generation back, thus resulting in a more well-rounded model. Their review goes on to say that Honda took on the previous issues directly in their redesign and have done an incredible job in addressing them. If you don’t believe what they have to say about the amazing new CR-V, we encourage you to stop by our dealership and test drive one for yourself while supplies last! Call us at (913) 782-3636 to schedule your visit with Frank Ancona Honda.
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!
October 14, 2016
Honda has unveiled the new fifth-generation Honda CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the last two decades. The redesigned and reengineered CR-V will go on sale this winter and features bold new styling, a premium interior, and the model’s first-ever turbocharged engine. According to Honda, American car buyers have purchased nearly four million CR-Vs since its launch in the states in 1997. Since then, the CR-V has built a reputation with awards including:
- One of Kelley Blue Book’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016
- Five Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- A 2016 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
- Named 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money by US News
The CR-V’s design has a much more aggressive attitude. The crisp and sharp front-end design is mixed with stylized headlights and muscular fenders for a more masculine looking SUV. According to Autoblog, the new body and chassis design provides more agile and confident handling, greater refinement, additional ground clearance and superior overall versatility.
The 2017 CR-V in EX and higher trims will feature CR-V’s first ever turbocharged engine along with a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder enginerated at 190 horsepower, delivering incredibly refined and responsive performance.. Combined with the CR-V’s more aerodynamic body, the new turbocharged engine aims to claim the highest EPA fuel economy ratings in the compact SUV class. CR-V LX trims will be powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC, direct-injected i-VTECÔ engine, and both will be mated to a smooth shifting and sporty continuously variable transmission.
This new generation raises the bar for interior refinement and premium features. The cabin continues to offer top-in-class interior space and the best rear seat legroom in its class. Some of the new comfort and convenience features available on this model include remote engine start, dual-zone climate controls, heated side mirrors, an Electric Parking Brake (EPB), rear USB charging ports, front passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment and driver’s seat with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support and heated front and rear outboard seats.
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.
November 6, 2014
Motor Trend magazine recently named the Honda CR-V as the 2015 sport utility vehicle of the year for 2015. The CR-V was selected for the honor because of its fuel economy, driving dynamics, overall refinement and updated safety features. It was also selected because of its placement as the best selling SUV in America over the past ten years.
The 2015 CR-V has upped its fuel economy from previous models and also now features Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology™ which helps increase the fuel economy as well as horsepower and torque. The new model also features Touring trim, Honda Sensing™ safety and driver assistive technologies.
About the CR-V, Ed Loh, Motor Trend manager-in-chief, said, “The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda’s responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 Honda CR-V does virtually everything well.”
The CR-V won the award from Motor Trend after an extensive three-phase testing period from a panel of judges. SUVs were judged in categories such as design advancement, value and engineering excellence. The recognition from Motor Trend further supports the sales success of the Honda CR-V in the past decade.
You can read more about judging criteria Motor Trend used here.
If you’d like to test drive the 2015 CR-V, feel free to stop by Frank Ancona Honda or give us a call, and we can get you behind the wheel.
February 21, 2014
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.”
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.”
June 5, 2013
Posted By Jason Heard, sales manager
The 2013 Honda Accord and Civic sedans, along with the CR-V compact SUV, were named to the list of 10 Best Family Cars compiled by the experts at Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com. The list consists of the most family-friendly vehicles that stood out in several key areas: safety, fuel efficiency, technology and connectivity.
The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for features like LaneWatch™ blind spot display, plus industry-leading safety scores which earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Civic boasted significant upgrades en route to being honored on the list for the second year. The TOP SAFETY PICK+ features a rearview camera, HandsFreeLink™ Bluetooth®, Pandora® Internet radio interface, SMS text message feature and steering wheel audio controls. The Civic also earned a 5-star Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.
The CR-V also earned recognition for the second year. The crossover is another TOP SAFETY PICK+ and is distinguished by the NHTSA with a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score.
May 4, 2013
By Jason Heard, sales manager
Don’t let the weather keep you from attending our Huge Pre-Owned Sale! The Kansas City metro’s most trusted Honda dealer, Frank Ancona Honda, and Great Southern Bank have collaborated in the form of a huge pre-owned vehicle event to expedite financing so you can drive off with a great deal.
May 2-4, 2013 we will be out there rain or shine to help you select your next car, truck or SUV. Look forward to seeing you at Frank Ancona Honda.
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