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Self-Driving Honda Headed to San Marcos


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Honda of San Marcos is here again with the latest news about the exciting world of Honda. We're super thrilled to announce that Honda unveiled a new prototype earlier this week, its first self-driving car prototype ever! Honda will be showing off their new driverless car this whole week at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit.

The new driverless concept car is an Acura RLX sedan, and it's fully loaded with software, cameras, laser beams, and other sensors to help the vehicle safely drive itself. Honda even tested out the car's chops on an 8-mile drive through Detroit. We're proud to say the prototype drove like a champ.

We don't know a whole lot about the specifics of the technology used in Honda's new driverless car, but we do know that it includes functionality that allows the driver to take over in the event of a glitch or unforeseen hazard. We also know that Honda pans to officially release self-driving cars like this one around 2020, based on the statements of Honda spokespeople.

Honda has also announced that they hope their driverless car technology helps maximize safety for drivers, pedestrians, and pets on the road. Things are definitely heating up when it comes to driverless cars, and it'll be super exciting to see what other innovative ideas Honda brings to the table before they officially release self-driving vehicles like their prototype.

Want a vehicle from an automaker that's dedicated to innovation and increasing safety on the road? Take a look at some of the new Hondas at Honda of San Marcos!


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Compact Cars in San Marcos: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra


Not sure whether the 2014 Honda Civic or the 2014 Hyundai Elantra is right for you? Honda of San Marcos is here to help you make a more informed decision! Here's what we believe you should know about how the new Civic and the new Elantra compare:

Performance Comparison: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra

The Elantra comes with a few performance perks, like gas-charged shocks, which improve handling, and a maintenance-free battery that doesn't require as much attention as the Civic's battery. The new Civic, however, is the performance winner of these two cars.

For starters, the 2014 Civic offers continuously variable transmission, which means it accelerates like a champ and offers a smoother ride than the Elantra, which only comes with six-speed transmission options. Plus, the new Civic stops shorter in Car and Driver and Motor Trend brake tests. Additionally, the new Honda's front and rear stabilizer bars as well as its fully independent front and rear suspensions allow it to handle better on the road than its Hyundai competitor, which lacks a fully independent rear suspension and a rear stabilizer bar. 

Safety Comparison: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra

Both the 2014 Civic and the 2014 Elantra cover all of the safety basics and are equipped with front airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Only the Civic, however, stands out as the safety frontrunner of these two cars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014 Civic 4-door a Top Safety Pick Plus, while they only named the Elantra 4-door a Top Pick. The Civic also offers safety extras like standard whiplash protection, an advanced compatibility engineering body structure, and a maintenance minder system, which alerts drivers to potential mechanical vulnerabilities. The new Elantra lacks these important safety extras. 

Ergonomics Comparison: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra

Ergonomic features like optional extendable sun visors and heated outside mirrors give the Elantra a slight edge in some ways, but the Civic still comes out on top in terms of ergonomics. The 2014 Civic comes with standard Bluetooth and smartphone app access, and only some trim levels of the 2014 Elantra come with these features. Additionally, the Civic also offers a remote vehicle starting system and one-touch power windows, two handy specs the Elantra doesn't offer.

Ready to test out the 2014 Honda Civic? Take a test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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Pre-Owned Cars in San Marcos: Back-to-School Favorites


Looking for the perfect car to start the school year off right for your family? Honda of San Marcos has some recommendations from our dealership! Here are some awesome cars we think you might be interested in this back-to-school season:

2010 Dodge Journey SXT

2010 Dodge Journey

If you're looking for an affordable, pre-owned SUV, you can't beat this 2010 Dodge Journey, which is priced at $9,995. It comes with a V6 engine, four-wheel drive, Sirius satellite radio, six speakers, alloy wheels, and much, much more!

2009 Honda CR-V EX-L

2009 Honda CR-V

For just $15,995, this CR-V is quite the catch! It offers things like alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, heated front seats, 7 speakers, standard brake assist, ABS brakes, and automatic temperature control. 

2011 Honda Odyssey

2011 Honda Odyssey

This is the perfect family car to start the school year off right! Dual zone a/c, heated front seats, a power moonroof, power steering, XM satellite radio, alloy wheels, 7 speakers, and 3,500 lbs. of towing capacity are just a few of this Odyssey's standout features. This minivan is priced to sell fast at $19,375. 

2012 Honda Accord EX-L

2012 Honda Accord

This stylish, sophisticated Honda Accord boasts low mileage and all the luxury and reliability you expect from Honda's flagship midsize car. With XM radio, alloy wheels, dual zone A/C, heated door mirrors, a rear seat center armrest, power steering, and a reasonable price tag of $21,495, this Accord may be right up your alley!

These cars won't stick around our dealership for long. So, we hope you'll reach out to us at Honda of San Marcos if you're interested in any of them or interested in scheduling a test drive in one of our pre-owned vehicles! 


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Honda CR-Z Supercharger


2014 CR-Z Supercharger

Honda of San Marcos would like to announce that the Honda CR-Z, a car that expertly combines racecar technology with hybrid car technology, just got even cooler and more impressive. Honda just released a supercharger for the CR-Z that's going to allow the car to produce 197 horsepower while maintaining its phenomenal fuel efficiency.  

Without the supercharger, the CR-Z's 1.5-liter engine produces 130 horsepower, which is still quite decent for a car the CR-Z's size. With the supercharger, however, the CR-Z takes its performance to a whole new level, without compromising a thing. The supercharger package includes an air-to-air intercooler, an ECU that complies with AT-PZEV standards, high-flow fuel injectors, and a new and improved air filtration system.  

If you're a current CR-Z owner, you can upgrade your car with the supercharger at our dealership! The supercharger package costs $5,495. If your warranty is still valid, the supercharger kit will be covered under it for the rest of your active warranty period.  

Honda is also currently offering other upgrades and add-ons for CR-Z owners, including 18-inch alloy wheels with Super Sport tires, larger brake rotors, sport shocks, spoilers, a sports exhaust system, and an array of awesome decals. If you're interested in any of these upgrades and add-ons or the supercharger package, get in touch with us!  

And, if you're looking for a new car, consider a CR-Z or any of the vehicles in the Honda lineup! We've got something for everyone at Honda of San Marcos! So, shop our new inventory online, and start a conversation with us!


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San Marcos SUVs: 10 Ways the 2015 Pilot Outshines the 2014 Journey


Comparing the 2015 Honda Pilot and 2014 Dodge Journey? Let Honda of San Marcos help. Here are 10 things we believe you should know about how the Pilot outshines its Dodge competitor:  

1. The Pilot's standard V6 engine produces 77 more horsepower and 87 more lbs.-ft. of torque than the Journey's standard 4-cylinder engine. This means more power and better performance on the road.  

2. To make maneuvering in parking lots and at slow speeds easier, the new Pilot comes with speed-sensitive, variable-assist power steering. The Journey doesn't offer this key feature.  

3. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Pilot. Unfortunately, it costs extra on the Journey, which means some Journey owners have to go without easy access to smartphone and media content.  

4. The 2015 Pilot performed better than the 2014 Journey in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) front and side crash tests. Plus, the Pilot is equipped with optional parking sensors, which improve the overall protection it provides.  

5. A 550-amp battery keeps the Pilot more than sufficiently powered up. The Journey's 525-amp battery doesn't offer the same power boost.   

6. The Pilot's tires, which are larger than the Journey's, allow for improved traction and better performance overall.  

7. Consumer Reports considers the 2015 Pilot to be around 67% more reliable than the 2014 Journey.  

8. The width between the Pilot's wheels is 5.9 inches wider than the width between the Journey's wheels, which significantly improves handling.  

9. The new Pilot offers seating space for up to 8 passengers, while the Journey only offers room for up to 7 people.  

10. The Pilot's maximum towing capacity is 2000 lbs. The Journey's is only 1000 lbs.  

The list of ways the Pilot outdoes the Journey could go on and on, but we thought we'd keep it short and sweet. If you're convinced the Pilot might be right up your alley, schedule a test drive with us at Honda of San Marcos!


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New Braunfels Honda Dealer Presents the 2015 HR-V


2015 Honda HR-V

As we mentioned in our previous article about the 2015 Honda lineup, Honda is currently putting the finishing touches on the 2015 Honda HR-V, the newest addition to their North American lineup. The HR-V will be available to consumers at Honda of San Marcos and other North American Honda dealerships this winter! In case you haven't heard about the new HR-V yet, here are a few things we think you should know:

  • It's going to be a mini SUV (a.k.a. a subcompact SUV). It'll be in the same class as the Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, and Mini Countryman.

  • Stylistically, it looks a lot like a fusion between the 2015 Honda Fit and the 2014 Honda CR-V. Its front exterior, in particular, looks a bit like the CR-V. Along the sides, it looks a little like an enlarged Fit. It offers a number of unique stylistic elements, including hidden rear door handles, which distinguish it from its older siblings, though.

  • The HR-V is the second vehicle in the Honda lineup to offer a Magic Seat. The new Honda joins the Fit in benefiting from this amazing feature, which significantly maximizes cargo space.

  • With a distinct center-tank layout, passenger space in the new HR-V is amplified.

  • More details about the HR-V are forthcoming from Honda, but we do know it'll come with some off-roading capabilities and a powertrain that offers exceptional versatility and reliability.

Let us know at Honda of San Marcos if you want us to notify you when we know the HR-V's release date! We'll keep you posted about the HR-V's features as we learn more. If you're in the market for a new car this summer, be sure to schedule a test drive with us!


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7 Ways the New Fit in San Marcos Beats the 2014 Versa Note


The 2015 Fit is officially an all-star in the subcompact class. Despite the new Fit's overwhelming success in San Marcos and beyond, however, competitors like the 2014 Versa Note remain popular choices among consumers. If you're trying to decide between the new Fit and the new Versa Note, Honda of San Marcos thinks you should know about seven of the Fit's most compelling advantages:  

1. The 2015 Fit's safety extras like active head restraints, daytime running lights, blind spot mirrors, and a next generation advanced compatibility engineering body structure make the 2014 Versa Note look like it's in the Dark Ages in terms of safety features.  

2. With a 130-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine, the Fit offers more power than the Versa Note, which only comes with a 109-horsepower engine.  

3. The Fit gets up to 41 mpg on the highway. The Versa Note only offers up to 37 mpg on the highway. (Based on EPA estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Mileage may vary).  

4. Six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2015 Fit. Five-speed manual is standard on the Versa Note, which means it doesn't offer as smooth of a ride.  

5. The 2015 Fit's Magic Seat allows for up to 52.7 cubic feet of available cargo space. The Versa Note is only equipped with 38.3 cubic feet of cargo space.  

6. Ergonomic touches like a remote vehicle starting system, standard power windows, standard side window demisters, and rear heating vents take comfort and convenience to a whole new level in the 2015 Fit. The Versa Note doesn't offer these extras as standard features.  

7. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the new Fit. Only select trim levels of the new Versa Note come with this essential entertainment feature.  

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Honda's Robotic Technology: ASIMO Takes Steps Forward


Honda Robotic Technology

Honda of San Marcos is here to bring you the latest news about innovation in the world of Honda. We recently got word that Honda has made some advancements in its robotics technology. Specifically, Honda has expanded the abilities of its robot, ASIMO.  

Honda has been working with robotic technology since the 80s. In the early 2000s, the company introduced ASIMO, its robot prototype, to the world. ASIMO, whose name stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was able to walk, climb up stairs, pick up objects, and replicate many simple human movements. Now the automaker is stepping up ASIMO's game, and the robot can run, climb steps more easily, and twist the top off a water bottle, according to The Next Web.  

Honda has plans to continue to refine ASIMO's abilities and ultimately bring ASIMO to consumers. If you'd like to get an idea of all the cool things Honda's robot can currently do, try out the ASIMO Interactive Control Panel.  

ASIMO is just one of the many projects Honda is working to create new, groundbreaking technology. And ASIMO is an illustration of the company's commitment to innovation.  

Have you checked out all the innovative technology in new Hondas? Honda is leading the pack with advanced safety, entertainment, and performance features in its vehicles. The 2014 and 2015 Honda inventory at Honda of San Marcos is bursting at the seams with awesome technology.  We invite you to get acquainted with this car technology online and at our dealership! 


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5 Things to Know About the 2015 Honda Lineup in San Marcos


2015 Honda Fit

Ahead of the curve, Honda is one of the few automakers to release some its 2015 models. If you're curious about what's going on with the 2015 Honda lineup, keep reading. Honda of San Marcos has all the information you need! Here are 5 things to know about Honda's new lineup:

1. The 2015 Honda Fit is revolutionary in its class. With a standard rearview camera, standard Bluetooth, standard steering wheel-mounted controls, an available navigation system, and available Honda LaneWatch, the Fit distinguishes itself in the subcompact class as a high-tech frontrunner.

2. The new Fit is unbelievably safe. You won't have to worry about your safety in this subcompact! It has a next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, dual-stage multiple-threshold front airbags, and more. We definitely won't be surprised if the Fit earns top safety ratings this year.

3. For the most part, the 2015 Pilot sticks with what worked about the 2014 Pilot: powerful engine options, tech specs like a USB audio interface and an available HomeLink Remote System, 4-wheel independent suspension, variable torque management 4-wheel drive, and 4,500 lbs. of towing capacity.

4. Honda surprised us with a new Special Edition Pilot trim level, which offers extras like gray aluminum alloy wheels, a power sunroof with tilt feature, Sirius radio, and a DVD rear entertainment system. 

5. The 2015 Honda HR-V will become Honda's first mini SUV in the North American market. The HR-V features an efficient center-tank layout, Honda's famous Magic Seat, and stylish hidden rear door handles. We're still learning about what the HR-V and the rest of the 2015 lineup will offer, but we're excited!

Honda of San Marcos will keep you posted about Honda's 2015 lineup as we learn more. While you wait for the scoop, why not schedule a test drive in one of our 2014 Hondas?


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Honda News from your Wimberley Honda Dealer


Honda Stage Honda San Marcos

Honda's definitely been busy over the past few weeks! Honda of San Marcos, your Wimberley Honda dealer, is here with the latest Honda news to help you keep track of the waves the automaker has been making. Here are some important updates from the world of Honda: 

  • The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently honored Honda as a Highway Safety Hero for the automaker's work to advance pedestrian safety. Technology like standard rearview cameras, which the majority of new Hondas come with, helps make Honda stand out as a leader in pedestrian safety.

  • Honda just announced the 2014 Honda Civic tour dates and headliners. The tour's special guests include Portugal. The Man, Grouplove, and more! Tickets for the tour are now on sale for select concerts in select cities.  

  • Honda also just launched Honda Stage, a groundbreaking new YouTube channel, which will give people access to exclusive live footage of top musicians performing at concerts, recording studio sessions, music festivals, and more.

  • The 2015 Honda Fit as well as the 2015 Honda Pilot, which includes an all-new Special Edition trim level, have arrived and are attracting a crowd at our dealership!

  • Honda's developing an electric car that uses driverless car technology to park itself!

That's all the Honda news we have at Honda of San Marcos for now! We'll be back soon with more updates about Honda. While you wait for the scoop, we hope you'll consider taking a new look at our inventory online!

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