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Subcompact Cars in San Marcos: 2016 Honda Fit vs. Kia Soul


If you're searching for subcompact cars in San Marcos, you've landed on the right page! Subcompact cars are the perfect choice for any stage of life whether you're heading back to college, starting a family or even traveling the country. Subcompact cars stand out because of their efficiency, affordability and intelligently designed safety features. Today, Honda of San Marcos is comparing two very different subcompact cars, the 2016 Honda Fit and the 2015 Kia Soul. Let's take a look!

 2016 Honda Fit

  • 5-star rating for both passenger and driver in the NHTSA front crash test
  • Unlimited mile warranty for the five year corrosion warranty
  • Resell value for a Honda Fit is 46-49% after five years according to a Kiplinger estimate
  • The Fit received Best Overall Value from Intellichoice
  • More passenger space than the Soul
  • Remote starting system so you can warm or cool your car without opening a door
  • Standard automatic headlights that routinely turn on at dusk and off after dawn
  • Utility Mode allows you to fold down the 2nd row "Magic Seat" to make room for even a bike
  • Beautifully designed 7-inch display audio touch screen
  • HondaLink available in the EX or EX-L Navi
  • All models include Bluetooth Streaming Audio and a USB outlet
  • Push start button
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • SMS text message function, so your texts can be read aloud
  • Eco Assist on your dashboard to let you know how efficiently you're driving
  • U.S. News and World Report rated the Fit as the #1 most affordable subcompact car last year


 2015 Kia Soul

  • 5-star rating for driver and 4-star rating for passenger in the NHTSA front crash test
  • 100,000 mile limit for the 5 year corrosion warranty
  • According to Kiplinger's estimate, the Soul's resell price is only 33-36% after five years
  • Automatic headlights available at an added cost
  • Bluetooth Wireless and USB/Auxiliary input jack
  • Optional LED interior lighting


With better crash test ratings, more innovative technology offerings and a spacious cabin, it’s clear that the 2016 Honda Fit is the better pick out of the two subcompact cars in San Marcos! If you agree, we'd love to see you in our show room at Honda of San Marcos and invite you to give the 2016 Honda Fit a whirl!

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New Cars in San Marcos: Honda Civic vs. Mitsubishi Lancer


You probably found yourself here because you're searching for new cars in the San Marcos area, and we're so glad you found us! In order to make sure you get the best new car possible, we're comparing two fantastic cars today, the 2015 Honda Civic and the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer. So sit back, relax, and let Honda of San Marcos do all of the research for you!


Honda Civic Strengths

  • Overall "Good" rating from the IIHS crash test
  • Unlimited mile corrosion warranty
  • Zero to 80 MPH in 22.5 seconds
  • Quickly stops at 128 feet when going from 60 to 0 MPH
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars to keep Civic flat and controlled
  • Speed sensitive variable-assist power steering to make parking easier
  • Spacious passenger room, even for a small car
  • 1000 lbs. of towing capacity
  • Telescopic steering wheel
  • Power locks that automatically lock when a certain speed is reached so in a collision, your door remains shut even if you forgot to lock it
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity to call and text safely
  • The Civic comes in multiple coupe and sedan styles (Lancer only available as a coupe


Mitsubishi Lancer Merits

  • Overall "Acceptable" rating from the IIHS crash test
  • 100,000 mile corrosion warranty
  • Zero to 80 MPH in 28.2 seconds
  • Brakes at 144 feet when going from 60 to 0 MPH
  • Standard power locks (non-automatic)
  • Bluetooth is available at an extra cost


Taking into account all of the amazing features that both new cars in San Marcos have to offer, it looks like the Civic has a lot of advantage over the Lancer! Come in and visit us at Honda of San Marcos to see the in Civic action for yourself, or shop around our site to check out more new cars in San Marcos!


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2015 Nissan Versa vs. 2015 Honda Fit in San Marcos

Doing research about the similarities and differences of the Nissan Versa Note and the 2015 Honda Fit in San Marcos? Let Honda of San Marcos save you some time by comparing them for you! 
2015 Honda Fit Strengths
  • An IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) "Top Pick" for 2014
  • J.D. Power ranks Honda 6th in reliability, which is above industry average (Nissan ranks 19th)
  • The 2015 Honda Fit in San Marcos front rotors are 10.3 inches longer, making for better stopping power
  • Maintenance-free battery for long life without checking the battery's water level
  • Remote vehicle starting system so you can heat up or cool down your Fit without leaving your house
  • Telescoping steering wheel for optimal driver comfort
  • Fit was chosen as Car and Driver's "Top Ten" for 7 of the last 8 years, Versa has never been chosen as a "Top Ten" pick
  • 52.7 cubic feet of trunk space when seats are folded which is larger than the Nissan Versa's 38.3 cubic feet of trunk space
  • 6-speed manual is standard on a Fit and only a 5-speed manual is available for the Versa
 Nissan Versa Note Strengths
  • Aerodynamic tail lights for efficiency
  • Active Grille Shutter
  • Air conditioning
  • Standard Auxiliary audio input
Can't wait to get your hands on the steering wheel of the 2015 Honda Fit in San Marcos? Schedule a test drive right now at Honda of San Marcos and our helpful sales associates would be happy to show you its great features! 
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2016 HR-V vs. 2015 XV Crosstrek in San Marcos


Looking for a small crossover in the San Marcos area? Both the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek are options worthy of your consideration. If you're wondering which one is better for your individual needs, Honda of San Marcos wants to help you decide by giving you more information about how they stand out from each other. 

Let's start by discussing the XV Crosstrek's perks. First of all, it comes with standard all-wheel drive, which isn't a standard HR-V feature. This is a plus if you go off-roading a lot. The new XV Crosstrek also has a 15.9-gallon fuel tank, which is a bit larger than the HR-V's 15.3-gallon tank. Additionally, this new Subaru crossover boasts other features like heated exterior mirrors, fog lights, and a roof rack, which the HR-V doesn't offer as standard features. 

The 2015 XV Crosstrek's advantages are nothing to scoff at, but, overall, the new HR-V brings a lot more to the table. First of all, the HR-V is smaller (between 200 and 400 lbs. lighter and 6.1 inches shorter) than the XV Crosstrek, but it still manages to offer 2.6 extra cubic feet of passenger space and 6.9 extra cubic feet of cargo room. Smaller cars are easier to maneuver, and more spacious vehicles are typically the consumer's choice. So, it's a win-win situation in the HR-V from this standpoint.

Aside from the HR-V's small yet spacious construction, the new Honda also includes some other distinguishing extras that the XV Crosstrek doesn't. These include blind spot mirrors, a maintenance minder system, and standard six-speed manual transmission vs. the XV Crosstrek's standard five-speed manual transmission.

Think the new Honda HR-V is a better fit for you? Take a test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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2015 Fit vs. 2015 Mirage in San Marcos


Have you made the great decision to invest in a new subcompact car? First of all, Honda of San Marcos wants to congratulate you! You're about to make a purchase that will enhance your life for years to come. And, luckily, your subcompact car won't cost you an arm and a leg, will be easy to maneuver and park, and will offer you all the essentials you need as a modern driver. Sounds good, right? The only hurdle between you and your new car right now may be a lack of information. If you've landed on this blog post, you're probably looking for information about how two subcompacts: the 2015 Fit and the 2015 Mirage compare. Luckily, we've got the scoop!

First, let's start with the Mirage's benefits. In comparison to the Fit, the Mirage stands out with slightly better fuel economy ratings (according to EPA estimates). It also has some extras like standard automatic climate control, optional front fog lights, and a standard knee airbag that distinguish it from the Fit.

Despite the Mirage's perks, the Honda Fit offers a whole lot more than its Mitsubishi competitor, and the Mirage can hardly compare to the Fit. The Fit's safety features are amazing and include things the Mirage doesn't offer like active head restraints, daytime running lights, and blind spot mirrors. The Fit also did better in IIHS crash tests than the Mirage.

Performance-wise, the Fit shines too. Its standard 4-cylinder engine produces 130 horsepower and 74 lbs.-ft. of torque, while the Mirage's standard 4-cylinder engine only produces 74 horsepower and 74 lbs.-ft. of torque. Additionally, the Fit has 1.4 extra gallons of fuel capacity in comparison to the Mirage. And it has larger tires, a longer wheelbase, and a standard front stabilizer bar, to allow for better handling.

The Fit also offers more comfort and entertainment with more passenger space and cargo room, a telescoping steering wheel, standard Bluetooth, and standard smartphone integration. Very few subcompact cars offer Bluetooth and smartphone integration without charging extra. This is just another example of the Fit going above and beyond.

Ready to meet the 2015 Honda Fit? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos

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2016 HR-V vs. 2015 Outlander Sport in San Marcos


Checking out your SUV options that are on the smaller side? Honda of San Marcos would like to recommend the all-new, 2016 Honda HR-V. The new Honda HR-V does a bit more than many of the small crossovers consumers consider, including the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Are you wondering exactly how the HR-V and the Outlander Sport compare? Keep reading to find out!

The new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport does come with a few perks. For starters, it has a larger fuel tank than the HR-V does, which means fewer trips to the pump. It also has some other appealing advantages like steering wheel transmission control and a power-adjustable seat for drivers.

Despite these noteworthy perks, the new HR-V still does a lot more than the new Outlander Sport. The HR-V is equipped with safety flourishes like blind spot mirrors that increase your protection. Plus, it has better fuel economy, according to EPA estimates. Additionally, it has standard six-speed manual transmission, which is more desirable than the Outlander Sport's standard five-speed manual transmission.

We should also mention that part of what makes the HR-V really stand out from competitors is its extra room. In comparison to the Outlander Sport, it has 2.6 extra cubic feet of space for occupants and 9.3 extra cubic feet for cargo storage. The HR-V also has an edge with standard smartphone integration, which the Outlander Sport doesn't offer as an option.

So, which of these small crossovers sounds like a better fit for you? If it's the 2016 Honda HR-V, please schedule at test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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7 Ways the 2015 Accord Beats the 2015 Fusion in San Marcos


Wondering what advantages the 2015 Honda Accord has over the 2015 Ford Fusion? Honda of San Marcos has some pertinent information for you. Here are seven ways the new Accord beats its Ford competitor:

1. In small overlap frontal offset crash tests, front crash tests, and side impact crash tests given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2015 Accord outperformed its rival, the 2015 Ford Fusion.

2. The Accord has active head restraints, which help prevent the occurrence of whiplash injury while driving. The new Fusion isn't equipped with this protective feature.

3. The new Accord's standard engine produces 185 horsepower, which makes it more powerful than the Fusion's standard 4-cylinder engine that only produces 175 horsepower. You can feel this extra power on the road.

4. While the Ford Fusion only offers automatic transmission, the Accord offers more choices: continuously variable transmission and manual transmission.

5. The 2015 Accord's high-tech active noise cancellation reduces vibration and noise in the vehicle. The Fusion doesn't have this advanced feature.

6. The new Accord model with the optional V6 engine has an engine control system to allow it to conserve fuel when cruising. The new Fusion doesn't have a system that controls its engine's power consumption.

7. Intellichoice estimates indicate that the new Accord costs less to own over a five-year period than the Fusion does. 

Think the 2015 Honda Accord might be right up your alley? Check out our available models at Honda of San Marcos, and schedule a test drive with us! 

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2015 CR-V vs. 2015 Cherokee in San Marcos


Have you stumbled upon this post because you're researching how the 2015 Honda CR-V and the 2015 Jeep Cherokee compare? It's your lucky day! Honda of San Marcos has the information you seek regarding the strengths of both these SUVs. Here's what we think you should know: 

2015 Honda CR-V Strengths

  • The prestigious titles of IIHS "Top Pick Plus" for 2015 and 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year

  • Consumer Reports reliability ratings that are between 132% and 212% higher than the Jeep Cherokee's

  • A standard continuously variable transmission, which isn't offered by the Cherokee

  • More impressive performance in Motor Trend and Consumer Reports brake tests

  • Speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for better control while parking

  • A body that weighs between 300 and 500 lbs. less than the Cherokee's, which makes the CR-V easier to maneuver

  • A 70.9 cubic foot cargo area vs. the Cherokee's 54.9 cubic foot cargo area

  • Automatic folding rear seats

  • Lower insurance costs, according to estimates

  • Lower five-year ownership costs, according to Intellichoice

2015 Jeep Cherokee Strengths

  • Standard Active Head Restraints

  • A standard 600-amp battery vs. the Cherokee's standard 410-amp battery

  • Front brake rotors that are larger than those on the CR-V

Even more interested in the 2015 Honda CR-V after reading about its strengths? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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10 Ways the 2015 Accord Outshines the 2015 Optima in San Marcos


Trying to get a better idea of how the 2015 Honda Accord and 2015 Kia Optima compare? Honda of San Marcos is here with some very important information for you about how the new Honda Accord outshines its Kia competitor. Here are 10 reasons the Accord is a champ:

1. The new Accord's phenomenal safety extras, including an available collision notification system and an available lane departure notification system help the Honda stand out from the Optima, which doesn't offer these smart safety features as options.

2. Both the IIHS and NHTSA found that the new Accord performed better than the new Optima in their annual series of crash tests.

3. In Consumer Reports speed tests, the Honda Accord accelerated faster than its Kia competitor.

4. The Accord's high-tech engine control system can shut down half of its available V6 engine's cylinders to conserve fuel. Unfortunately, the Optima doesn't have an engine control system.

5. The Accord's transmission options are arguably more appealing than the Optima's. It offers both continuously variable transmission and manual transmission. The Optima only offers automatic.

6. The Accord's brakes allow for shorter stopping than the Optima's, according to Road & Track and Motor Trend.

7. To improve handling, the Accord has larger tires than the Optima and has gas-charged shocks, which the Optima doesn't have.

8. Active noise cancellation is a definite plus in the Accord because it keeps its interior quiet. The Optima doesn't offer this.

9. A remote vehicle starting system adds some definite convenience to the experience of owning an Accord. Without this feature, the Optima offers a little less convenience.

10. According to Intellichoice estimates, the Accord has better value retention and lower five-year ownership costs than the Optima. 

If you're interested, come on down and take a test drive in a new Honda Accord at Honda of San Marcos

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2015 Accord vs. 2015 Camry in San Marcos: How the Accord Shines


Honda of San Marcos is back again with a brand new car comparison to help you choose the right brand new car. This time around, we'd like to help you compare the 2015 Honda Accord and 2015 Toyota Camry by focusing on some of the Accord's incredible advantages. Here's how the new Accord shines:

  • The new Accord comes with a "Top Pick Plus" rating from the IIHS. The new Camry doesn't.

  • Accord models with 4-cylinder engines accelerate faster than Camry models with 4-cylinder engines. And Accord models with V6 engines offer more power on the road. With either engine option, you can't go wrong.

  • V6 Accord models also offer an engine control system to help conserve gasoline.

  • Optional continuously variable transmission is also an Accord perk, for drivers who want some extra efficiency.

  • The Accord stops much shorter than its Camry foe, according to Motor Trend and Car and Driver.

  • Computer-generated active noise cancellation makes a big difference in Accord models. Camry models don't have this feature.

  • The Accord's remote vehicle starting system and dual zone air conditioning distinguish the vehicle ergonomically. The Camry doesn't have these things as standard features.

  • In addition to being offered as a sedan, the new Accord is also offered as a coupe. The Camry is only offered as a 4-door sedan.

If you like what you've learned about the new Honda Accord, consider scheduling a test drive with us at Honda of San Marcos!


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