If you've narrowed down your compact car options in San Marcos to the 2014 Toyota Corolla and 2014 Honda Civic, you've don't necessarily have an easy choice to make. Both vehicles offer a lot in terms of occupant protection and overall performance. Honda of San Marcos wants to help you make a more informed decision between the two. So, here's what we think you should know about how they compare to each other:
Occupant Protection: 2014 Corolla vs. 2014 Civic
The 4-door version of the 2014 Civic with optional front collision protection was rated a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). And the IIHS gave all other versions of the Civic its second highest rating of Top Safety Pick.
The Corolla, on the other hand, has not been acknowledged by the IIHS as a safety leader. And although the 2014 Corolla does come with important things like comprehensive airbag protection for front passengers, front-wheel drive, traction control, and electronic stability systems, it doesn't outdo the Civic in terms of safety with any impressive extras. The Civic, on the other hand, comes with an advanced compatibility engineering body structure for extra crash protection as well as perks like blind spot mirrors.
Mechanics and Efficiency: 2014 Corolla vs. 2014 Civic
Both the Corolla and the Civic offer phenomenal performance on the road. Since the starting price of the Corolla is a couple of thousand dollars less than the Civic, some consumers might consider it a better value, since it does provide comparable mechanics and efficiency for a slightly lower price. However, others will find that the Civic's subtle performance advantages are worth the extra cost.
Specifically, the Civic's available 4-cylinder engines produce between 3 and 11 more horsepower than the Corolla's available 4-cylinder engines. And, on average, the Civic offers slightly faster acceleration times than its Toyota rival. Plus, the Honda compact car offers better fuel economy, with a combined fuel economy rating of 33 mpg in contrast to the Corolla's combined fuel economy rating of 31 mpg.
Ready to take a test drive in a 2014 Honda Civic today? Get in touch with us at Honda of San Marcos!
CNNMoney recently described the 2015 Honda Fit as the "secret star of the Detroit Auto Show." For the most part, reporters in the auto industry have been abuzz about the new Fit, a subcompact car redesigned with acute attention to detail to fully meet consumer needs. At Honda of San Marcos, we're thrilled about the next generation Fit's imminent arrival at our dealership later this year, and we're excited to provide you with some important details regarding updates to the new Fit. Here are some exciting things you can expect from the 2015 Honda subcompact:
A wider, shorter body on a longer wheelbase
Extra head and leg room (overall passenger volume will increase around 5%)
Extra cargo room
A lighter body (around 60 lbs. lighter)
Updated front and rear bumpers to improve the Fit's crash test performance
Sportier, sleeker body design
A new Earth Dreams, 1.5-liter engine that produces 130 horsepower
A combined fuel economy rating of around 36 mpg
A rearview camera
Standard Bluetooth connectivity
Six-speed continuously variable transmission
Next generation HondaLink connectivity with access to texts, emails, and other smartphone content
A 7-inch audio display touchscreen
Available moonroof and heated front seats
As you can probably tell, the new Fit is going to be equipped with tons of incredible new features. We anticipate that the 2015 Fit will debut at our dealership this spring, and we'll keep you posted as we learn more about this new Honda! In the interim, we hope you'll shop our current new inventory online or visit us at Honda of San Marcos if you're in the market for a new car!
Want to know more about the 2014 Honda CR-V in San Marcos? Honda San Marcos would like to help you get to know the new CR-V a little better with these six fun facts:
1. The CR-V is a top award winner in its class. It's received recognition from all the big names in the car industry, including Kelley Blue Book, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Edmunds, and more.
2. It's equipped with the latest safety specs, including daytime running lights, a tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, and vehicle stability assist.
3. Advanced engine technology powers the CR-V. The CR-V's 2.4-liter, dual overhead camshaft, 4-cylinder engine is innovatively built to deliver 185 horsepower while allowing the vehicle to offer a highway fuel economy rating of 31 mpg.
4. The crossover is built to be extra responsive on the road. It's outfitted with a groundbreaking drive-by-wire throttle system that replaces the vehicle's traditional throttle cable to improve the car's overall drivability and how quickly it responds to a driver's direction.
5. There's no shortage of cool tech specs in the CR-V. Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, steering wheel-mounted controls, a multi-information display, a USB audio interface, and an available DVD rear entertainment center are just a few of the new Honda's technologically awesome specifications.
6. It offers space and storage compartments aplenty. Specifically, it offers a total of 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down and a total of 104.1 cubic feet of space for passengers. Additionally, it comes with a number of cup holders, door-pocket storage bins, and a roomy glove compartment.
Ready to schedule a test drive in a new CR-V at Honda San Marcos? Click the button below!
Curious about how the 2014 Kia Sportage and 2014 Honda CR-V compare? Honda San Marcos, your San Marcos Honda dealer, is here with the information you're looking for! Here's the scoop on these two cars' safety and overall performance:
2014 Sportage vs. 2014 CR-V: Safety
In terms of safety, both the new Kia Sportage and the new Honda CR-V are considered top dogs in their class. Each was awarded an overall safety rating of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). However, the CR-V performed better in NHTSA front crash tests, earning 5-stars for occupant protection. The Sportage only received a 4-star rating for occupant protection in front crash tests. Additionally, 11,961 2014 Kia Sportages were recently recalled due to incorrect tire pressure information. The CR-V has not experienced any similar safety recalls.
2014 Sportage vs. 2014 CR-V: Overall Performance
The 2014 Kia Sportage and the 2014 CR-V are almost equally impressive when it comes to overall performance and reliability. In fact, J.D. Power and Associates ranked both among the top three crossovers in their Initial Quality Study. Nevertheless, the Honda CR-V still outranked the Sportage as the number one vehicle in the quality study. The Sportage was ranked second in its class in the study.
Both the Sportage and CR-V offer capable engines and exceptional fuel efficiency. The Kia crossover's 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine produces 182 horsepower, and the Honda's 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine produces a little bit more: 185 horsepower. The new CR-V's combined fuel economy of 26 mpg and the new Sportage's combined fuel economy of 23 mpg mean savings at the pump in either car, but the incredibly efficient CR-V will save you a little more.
Have we piqued your interest in the 2014 Honda CR-V? Contact Honda San Marcos to learn more about this new car, and shop our new inventory online!
Honda of San Marcos, your Central Texas and San Marcos Honda dealer, is proud to introduce you to the 2014 Honda Odyssey's in-vehicle vacuum. If you want to learn more about this outstanding addition to the new Odyssey, consider these four facts:
1. It's the first of its kind.
Never before in history has a minivan (or any other type of car, for that matter) offered an in-vehicle vacuum. The 2014 Honda Odyssey breaks new ground with its vacuum and further proves that Honda cares about the needs of consumers.
2. It's as powerful as top handheld vacuums.
Consumer Reports tested the Odyssey's vacuum to see how it compared to top handheld vacuums like the Eureka Easy Clean and Black & Decker Dustbuster. Test results indicate that the Odyssey's in-vehicle is just as powerful and efficient as these popular handheld vacs.
3. With the engine on, it can offer unlimited vacuuming time.
There's nothing worse than using a battery-powered handheld vacuum that doesn't have enough of a charge to handle thoroughly vacuuming your car. The Odyssey's vacuum will run for an unlimited amount of time with the car's engine on and will run for an impressive total of around eight minutes with the car off.
4. It's just the beginning of what distinguishes the EX-L Touring Elite.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey EX-L Touring Elite comes with features like an ultra-wide DVD rear entertainment system with HDMI technology, a blind spot information system, HD Radio, and a 650-Watt Premium Audio System with 12 surround sound-enabled speakers. These features, along with the EX-L's in-vehicle vacuum, help the minivan position itself as a leader in the realms of comfort, convenience, and entertainment.
Want to discover more of the 2014 Honda Odyssey's outstanding specs? Schedule a test drive with Honda of San Marcos!
Honda of San Marcos is excited to present some financing offers you won’t want to miss if you’re interested in either the 2013 Civic or the 2013 Fit. Here’s what you should know about each of these vehicles and the current financing offers at our dealership:
2013 Honda Civic Features
The 2013 Honda Civic made a splash in the compact car market when it was released a little over a year ago. It’s still currently one of the most popular compact car options. Edmunds gave the 2013 Civic an “A” rating, one of the organization’s highest possible ratings. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the compact vehicle its highest rating of Top Safety Pick +. Things like a 36-mpg highway fuel economy rating, Bluetooth connectivity, 5-speed manual transmission, and a 140 horsepower, 4-cylinder engine are just some of what there is to love about the 2013 Civic.
Qualified buyers and recent grads can now finance a 2013 Civic Sedan for just $159 per month for 36 months and 0.9% APR for 24-60 months from Honda San Marcos!
2013 Honda Fit Features
Looking for a subcompact car that’s fuel efficient and capable on the road? Consider the 2013 Honda Fit! Named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and one of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 by Kelley Blue Book, the 2013 Fit is quite the catch. And with features like a 33-mpg highway fuel economy rating, a 117 horsepower, 4-cylinder engine, and 57 cubic feet of cargo space, you just can’t go wrong with this subcompact Honda.
Qualified financers and recent graduates can now get a 2013 Fit for $149 per month for 36 months and 0.9% APR for 24-60 months.
Interested in the 2013 Honda Civic or the 2013 Honda Fit? We hope you’ll visit us at Honda San Marcos. And don’t forget to check out all of our current financing offers!
Trying to figure out how the 2014 Honda Accord and 2014 Nissan Altima stack up against each other? Look no further! Honda of San Marcos is here to help! Here are some key things to know about these two cars in comparison to each other:
2014 Honda Accord Performance
2014 Accord models are equipped with a 2.4-liter, Earth Dreams 4-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. Both engine options offer optimal combinations of fuel efficiency and power. The Accord’s 4-cylinder engine produces 185 horsepower, and its V-6 engine produces 278 horsepower. Both options allow the Accord to get an amazing highway fuel economy rating of 34 miles per gallon.
Other performance specs like rear gas-charged shocks, computer-generated active noise cancellation, and a maintenance-free battery set the 2014 Accord apart. As a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, the Accord also stands out as an eco-friendly leader in its class.
2014 Nissan Altima Performance
Although the 2014 Nissan Altima does offer things like automatic transmission and impressively large tires, it doesn’t offer quite as much as the Honda Accord in the performance department. The Altima does not come with rear gas-charged shocks, computer-generated active noise cancellation, or a maintenance-free battery, for instance. Additionally, the Altima’s available V-6 engine only produces 270 horsepower and only allows for a highway fuel economy rating of 31 miles per gallon.
2014 Honda Accord Ergonomic Specs
Driving or riding in a 2014 Accord is comfortable and easy thanks to its ergonomic specs. Things like available memory seats, dual zone A/C, and available rear A/C vents maximize your comfort in the new Accord. Plus, features like light-sensitive automatic headlights and available speed-adaptive cruise control, which changes speed settings based on driving situations without a driver’s intervention, simplify the experience of driving the Accord.
2014 Nissan Altima Ergonomic Specs
The 2014 Altima offers around an inch more headroom and 2.5 inches more legroom than the 2014 Accord. However, the Altima doesn’t come with dual zone A/C or rear A/C vents (although it does have rear heating vents). Furthermore, the new Nissan lacks speed adaptive cruise control and light-sensitive headlights, which means more effort for drivers.
Want to learn more about the available new Accord models at Honda of San Marcos? Interested in other Hondas? Shop our new inventory online!
Honda San Marcos, your San Marcos and South Austin Honda dealer, is excited to announce that Honda is leading the pack in terms of fuel economy in 2014. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a report indicating that Honda is the second most fuel-efficient carmaker in the U.S. market.
The average fuel economy of the 2014 Honda fleet is currently 27 miles per gallon. When you consider all of the shapes and sizes of Hondas, this is quite an incredible achievement. 2014 Honda Insight, Accord Hybrid, and Fit EV models are this year’s fuel-efficient leaders, but all new Hondas are built with attention to fuel consumption. Features like continuously variable transmission and Eco Assist, which allows drivers to monitor fuel use, allow new Hondas to save more gas than ever before.
Mazda is currently the most fuel-efficient car brand in the U.S. market, with an average combined fuel economy of 27.5 miles per gallon. That means Honda is just .5 miles per gallon away from the top spot. As the carmaker steps up its game even more over the next few years, it won’t be surprising if Hondas soon offer the best fuel economy ratings of all cars in the U.S.
The EPA has urged carmakers to reach a goal of 54.5 miles per gallon average fuel economy by 2025. We think this won’t be much of a challenge for Honda and look forward to Honda vehicles making use of even more eco-friendly advances in car technology.
Looking for a new car that doesn’t needlessly burn fuel? Schedule a test drive in one of the fuel-efficient models at Honda San Marcos!
Last week, Honda finally rolled out their latest Civic. The 2014 Honda Civic has been a very wonderful addition to the Honda of San Marcos family, and we're definitely excited about all of the new technology it features. In case you're wondering, here are just some of the amazing new additions to the Civic:
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
CVT is the wave of the future when it comes to transmission, and Honda knows this. They've equipped the brand new Civic with CVT and phased out traditional automatic transmission. This change improves the Civic's performance and saves you on gas. CVT makes for a smoother, more efficient ride, especially on hilly roads. Plus, this addition helps boost the Civic's fuel economy a couple of miles per gallon. The new Civic is expected to get 31 miles per gallon in the city and up to 41 miles per gallon on the highway (depending on the model).
New Display Audio System
A 7-inch touchscreen display is definitely one of the 2014 Civic's most outstanding new features. This innovative display, modeled after smartphone technology, allows users to pinch and swipe their way through content from their smartphone, audio options, radio stations, Honda-exclusive apps, HondaLink features, and more. Honda is truly ahead of the curve with this technology, and the Civic debuts the new display audio system expertly.
EX and EX-L Civic models come with updated HondaLink features, including the Aha app, which lets you search for restaurants, flip through internet radio stations, connect to social media, access ebooks, and more. The opportunities for entertainment are practically endless with the new Aha app. As Honda adds additional apps to its Aha collection, riding in the Civic could become the ultimate entertainment experience.
If you want to see all the new additions to the Civic in person, be sure to schedule a test drive with Honda of San Marcos!
If you're looking around San Marcos for a new minivan, Honda of San Marcos wants to help. You may be considering both the 2014 Honda Odyssey and the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. Here are some of the things you should know about each before you make a final car buying decision:
2014 Honda Odyssey Safety Specs
The 2014 Odyssey was built to maximize safety for occupants. It was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest honor and comes with a number of important safety features. In particular, the new Odyssey has a standard collision warning system, lane departure warning system, and parking sensors to help keep drivers aware of their surroundings. The new Honda minivan also comes with features like dimmed daytime headlights and height-adjustable seatbelts to enhance its safety performance.
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Safety Specs
The 2014 Grand Caravan comes with all of the safety features you'd anticipate a 2014 minivan to have: front and side airbags, front-wheel-drive, traction control, and electronic stability systems to reduce and prevent skidding. While these features do make the new Grand Caravan a safe minivan option, the vehicle doesn't quite measure up in comparison to the Odyssey, which also comes with all of the aforementioned features. Unlike the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan does not have a standard collision or lane departure warning system, parking sensors, or dimmed daytime headlights.
2014 Honda Odyssey Ergonomics
Rear air conditioning and heating vents keep passengers in the new Odyssey comfortable. The new Honda minivan's Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones and other compatible gadgets allows occupants to stream music and make calls with ease. Additionally, to enhance the experience in the Odyssey, HondaLink for EX, EX-L, and Touring models connects with smartphones to read text messages aloud, plays internet radio stations, and let drivers and passengers access apps safely and easily.
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan Ergonomics
Although the new Dodge Grand Caravan can claim a few ergonomic advantages, including dual-screen Blu-ray players, it lags behind the new Honda Odyssey in many ways. For instance, it is not equipped with rear a/c and heat vents or a system that connects to smartphones in the same high-tech way as HondaLink. Additionally, car buyers have to pay extra for Bluetooth compatibility in the Dodge minivan.
The 2014 Odyssey's safety specs and ergonomics are just some of the reasons it outdoes the competition and has won numerous awards from Consumer Reports, Kiplinger's, J.D. Power and Associates, and other organizations and publications. Take a look at our inventory of Honda Odyssey models at Honda of San Marcos to help you figure out whether the new Honda minivan is a good fit, and contact us with any questions you may have!