Wondering what you should do over the next few weeks to prepare your vehicle for the cold weather to come? Honda of San Marcos has some advice to help you get your vehicle ready for whatever winter will throw its way. Here are some of our tips:
Start with a multi-point inspection.
We'll throw in one for free if you get an oil change at our service center (with the valid coupon)! A multi-point inspection will allow you to identify any potential issues your car may present in the future. And it'll give you a chance to decide whether or not you want to invest in recommended repairs and services.
Invest in maintenance essentials.
If you do get a multi-point inspection and find out that your car's battery is weak, you need new windshield wiper blades, or that you need new tires, consider investing in these things! Your car's basic, essential parts are often the most important when it comes to winter safety on the road.
Consider getting an ice scraper.
Relying on your car's defroster and a credit card to get the ice off your windshield in an expedient manner isn't always the best plan. Getting an ice scraper is a great idea to save you some time on those extra chilly days.
Think about a wheel alignment.
This is an important service that can increase your safety on icy or wet roads. If you've noticed that your vehicle drifts to the left or the right when you take your hands off the wheel, it's not handling as well as it could because its wheels need to be aligned. Consider making an investment in a wheel alignment before winter officially arrives.
Think your Honda could use some extra attention beyond its typical winter maintenance needs? Schedule an appointment at the Honda of San Marcos service center!
Honda of San Marcos is proud to announce our involvement in the San Marcos Police Department's Blue Santa drive this year! We are an official donation location for the drive, along with the Trading Post. The Blue Santa drive provides toys to San Marcos children who otherwise might not receive any this holiday season. Once the toys are collected, a San Marcos police officer will dress up as Santa (in blue clothing rather than the traditional red) and hand out toys to the participating children.
This is a great cause and a great way to show support for our community! If you're interested in donating, toys for children of all ages are accepted, but toys for children between the ages of 10 and 15 are recommended, since most of the participating children fall within that age range. Just drop your toy donation off at Honda of San Marcos, 4300 I-35 S., San Marcos, TX, 78666, anytime during our normal business hours before December 15, and you can help light up a child's life this holiday season!
In the past few years, the Blue Santa drive has donated around 1,000 toys to local children every year. Let's help them collect a record-breaking number of toys this year! Please let us know if you have any questions about this drive or which kinds of toys are needed most. And please let us know about other drives and non-profit events going on this month. We want to help you help our community!
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Look out, San Marcos! The new class of 2015 crossover SUVs has arrived! If you think you might be interested in purchasing one of them, Honda of San Marcos is here with some information about their differences. Today, in particular, we'd like to explore how the 2015 Honda CR-V and the 2015 Ford Escape compare. Here are some things to love about each of these crossover options:
2015 Honda CR-V: Things to Love
The CR-V Touring has a collision mitigation braking system and lane departure warning system, two highly innovative safety systems that the Escape doesn’t offer.
The CR-V's standard 4-cylinder engine produces 17 more horsepower and 11 more lbs.-ft. of torque than the 2015 Ford Escape.
Continuously variable transmission may extend the life of the CR-V's engine, and it helps the vehicle conserve gas. The Escape doesn't have CVT.
The CR-V has 6 more cubic feet of passenger space than its Ford competitor.
The CR-V's cargo area is much larger: 35.2 cubic feet vs. 34.3 cubic feet.
A standard locking glove box lets CR-V owners safely store their valuables. The Escape's glove box does not lock.
Adaptive cruise control is a handy CR-V extra. The Escape isn't equipped with this.
The 2015 Honda CR-V is the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year. Motor Trend did not recognize the 2015 Escape.
The Honda CR-V outsold the Ford Escape by 6% during the 2014 model year, which makes it the more popular choice among consumers.
2015 Ford Escape: Things to Love
The Escape can optionally be equipped with a cross-path warning system, which can help prevent collisions. A cross-path warning system isn't available for new CR-V models.
The Escape's front brake rotors are slightly larger than the CR-V's, which may enhance its stopping capabilities.
The 2015 Escape can tow up to 1,500 lbs. The 2015 CR-V doesn't have a towing capacity.
Ready to check out the 2015 Honda CR-V in person? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos!
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It's that time again! Honda of San Marcos is proud to announce that the annual Happy Honda Days Sales Event starts today! Honda has a ton of awesome offers as a part of this event, and you can take advantage of all of them at Honda of San Marcos! Here are a few of the Happy Honda Days offers for you if you're looking to buy or lease a new vehicle:
2014 Accord Coupe models are now as low as $199 per month for 36 months, for well-qualified customers who wish to lease a vehicle. $2,799 is due at signing.
2014 Accord Sedan models are now as low as $189 per month for 36 months, for well-qualified customers who wish to lease a vehicle. $1,999 is due at signing.
2014 Civic Sedan and 2014 Civic Coupe models are now as low as $159 per month for 36 months, for well-qualified customers who wish to lease a vehicle. $2,699 is due at signing for Civic Coupe models, and $2,499 is due at signing for Civic Sedan models.
2014 Honda CR-V models are now as low as $209 per month for 36 months with 0.9% APR, for well-qualified customers who wish to lease a vehicle. $1,999 is due at signing.
2015 Honda Odyssey models are now as low as $279 per month for 36 months, for well-qualified customers who wish to lease a vehicle. $2,999 is due at signing.
2015 Fit models are now as low as $149 per month for 36 months with $2,699 due at signing, for well-qualified customers who wish to lease a vehicle.
2014 Accord, 2014 Civic, 2015 Pilot, and 2015 Odyssey models all come with 0.9% APR when you finance and are approved through Honda Financial Services
These are just some of the offers available to you this year as a part of Happy Honda Days! Get in touch with us at Honda of San Marcos if you'd like to take advantage of any of these offers or learn more. Oh, and please schedule a test drive if you'd like to get the ball rolling soon!
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The temperatures are already starting to dip in San Marcos and Wimberley! Is your car ready for what meteorologists predict will be an especially cold winter in Central Texas? Remember that cold weather can take a toll under the hood of your car. Luckily, Honda of San Marcos is here with some awesome Honda service specials to help you get your Honda winter-ready. Here are a few of our current specials:
Fall & Winter Service Special (Expires 12/31)
For $129.99 with the valid coupon, your car will get a belt inspection, coolant flush, hose inspection, wiper inspection, and tire inspection! This special will help you ensure your car is ready for the cold weather and ice in the coming months.
Oil Change Service Special (Expires 12/31)
Need an oil change? Get one at Honda of San Marcos, and get your next one free! Our oil change package includes a complimentary multi-point inspection. Keep in mind that waiting too long to get your oil change can do some serious and unnecessary damage to your vehicle.
Alignment Service Special (Expires 12/31)
Getting your wheels aligned can make a big difference! Doing so can improve the handling of your car, help you conserve gas, and help you prevent premature wearing of your tires. With our current valid coupon, you can get your wheels aligned for just $79.99!
Battery Service Special (Expires 12/31)
Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your car's battery. Make sure it's ready to withstand the cold at our service center. As a part of this special, we'll perform a load battery test, check your car's charging system, perform a multi-point inspection, and clean your vehicle's battery terminals, all for just $29.95!
Timing Belt & Water Pump Replacement Special (Expires 12/31)
We're currently taking $100.00 off our timing belt and water pump replacement service if you bring in the valid coupon. A compromised timing belt can do some serious damage to your car, and we want to help you prevent this! As a part of this special, we'll replace your vehicles' timing belt and water pump and inspect its camshaft and crankshaft seals.
This are just a few of our current service specials to help you prepare your car for the winter ahead! Check out what else we're offering, and print off your coupons from Honda of San Marcos today!
Thinking about scheduling a test drive in both the 2015 Honda Fit and the 2015 Nissan Versa Note? Before you do, Honda of San Marcos would like to help empower you with some important information about how these two vehicles compare. Here's an overview of the 2015 Honda Fit's perks as well as the 2015 Nissan Versa Note's perks:
2015 Honda Fit: Notable Perks
Active head restraints, daytime running lights, and blind spot mirrors enhance safety in the 2015 Honda Fit. The 2015 Nissan Versa Note doesn't come with these safety features.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2015 Honda Fit a "Top Pick." The 2015 Nissan Versa Note hasn't been fully tested by the IIHS yet.
The new Fit's 4-cylinder engine produces 139 horsepower and 114 lbs.-ft. of torque. The new Versa Note's 4-cylinder engine only produces 109 horsepower and 107 lbs.-ft. of torque.
The Fit's cargo area is much larger than the Versa Note's with its rear seat folded: 52.7 cubic feet vs. 38.3 cubic feet.
The 2015 Fit's brake rotors are larger than the 2015 Versa Note's. Larger brake rotors typically enhance braking.
With rear seats that recline, the Fit offers some extra comfort for occupants. The Versa Note's rear seats can't recline.
All trim levels of the new Fit offer standard power windows and standard power locks. Only some of the new Versa Note's trim levels offer these essential features.
To further enhance comfort, the new Fit is equipped with things like rear heat vents and a telescoping steering wheel, two additional things the Versa Note isn't equipped with.
2015 Nissan Versa Note: Notable Perks
The new Versa Note's 470-amp battery may be able to handle larger electrical loads than the new Fit's 340-amp battery.
Front and rear stabilizer bars may improve handling in the 2015 Nissan Versa Note. The Fit doesn't have a rear stabilizer bar.
An optional center folding armrest for rear passengers is a nice touch that the new Nissan Versa Note offers. The Fit doesn't offer a center folding armrest for rear passengers.
If you like what you've read about the 2015 Honda Fit's advantages, be sure to schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos!
We previously outlined the ways in which the redesigned, 2015 Honda Fit changed in comparison to its 2013 predecessor. Quite frankly, Honda of San Marcos thinks the new Fit is the bee's knees. So, we thought we'd dedicate some more time to outlining the ways in which the Fit shines in the subcompact class. Here are 4 ways the new car distinguishes itself:
1. The new Fit's a Top Safety Pick.
The 2015 Honda Fit is one of two subcompact cars to receive a "Top Safety Pick" title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Things like the Fit's standard backup camera as well as its second-generation advanced compatibility engineering body structure helped the vehicle qualify for this top title.
2. It comes with standard Bluetooth connectivity.
Surprisingly, not all subcompact cars offer standard Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Luckily, the Fit does, which means it's easy to make phone calls from the vehicle's audio system and stream music from your smartphone.
3. The Fit with CVT gets amazing gas mileage.
It gets up to 41 mpg on the highway and has a combined fuel economy rating of 36 mpg! Plus, the Fit with 6-speed manual gets up to 39 mpg on the highway, which certainly isn't anything to scoff at either. The new Fit is definitely one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. (Based on EPA estimates. Use for comparison only. Mileage will vary).
4. The 2015 Fit has sky-high ratings.
Car and Driver gave the 2015 Fit their highest rating of 5 stars. U.S. News and World Report gave the new Fit an ultra-high rating of 9.1 (out of 10). And Edmunds gave the new Honda 4.6 (out of 5) stars. There's no denying it. People think highly of the Fit!
Has the 2015 Honda Fit struck your fancy? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos!
Yesterday, Honda officially released the much-anticipated 2015 Honda CR-V. The CR-V is the newest member of Honda's 2015 lineup, and it's currently en route to Honda of San Marcos. The 2015 CR-V includes updated styling and features. We think it'll definitely prove to be a game-changer in its class. If you're wondering just how the CR-V has changed for the 2015 model year, here's what you should know:
The new CR-V will offer continuously variable transmission (CVT). CVT will replace the 5-speed automatic transmission that the CR-V used to offer.
Honda's offering a new Touring trim level for the CR-V. Touring models will include advanced safety specs like a lane departure warning system, a forward collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic braking.
The 2015 CR-V boasts even more impressive fuel economy ratings than its 2014 predecessor. Specifically, according to EPA estimates, its front-wheel drive models will get up to 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city. And its all-wheel drive models will get up to 33 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city. (Based on 2015 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage may vary).
The new CR-V still comes with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine, but it now includes Earth Dreams technology. This helps allow the CR-V to save fuel and produce a little more power. In fact, it'll now produce 181 lbs.-ft. of torque. The 2014 model produced 163 lbs.-ft.
With a new grille, new chrome accents, and standard alloy wheels, the 2015 CR-V is definitely going to be turning heads on the road. And passengers will appreciate new interior updates like telescoping sun visors, a standard center console armrest, and a seven-inch media touchscreen.
Ready to be among the first to test-drive the 2015 Honda CR-V? Contact us at Honda of San Marcos! We also invite you to take a look at the other 2015 models at our dealership.
Choosing between the 2014.5 Toyota Camry and the 2015 Honda Accord? Honda of San Marcos is here with eight very important things to know about why the new Accord is the champion of these two mid-size cars. Here's what you should know:
1. The new Accord's engine options produce more power than the Camry's. Specifically, the Accord's available 4-cylinder engine produces 185 horsepower, while the Camry's available 4-cylinder engine only produces 178 horsepower. And the Accord's V6 engine produces 278 horsepower, while the Camry's comparable V6 engine only produces 268 horsepower.
2. According to Car and Driver, the Accord with the 4-cylinder engine option is faster than the Camry model with the 4-cylinder engine option.
3. In Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and Consumer Reports tests, the Accord's brakes proved to be quicker and more responsive than the Camry's.
4. Computer-generated active noise cancellation technology keeps things quieter in the 2015 Accord. The 2014.5 Camry doesn't offer this spec.
5. The Accord has the ability, with a clutch add-on, to tow up to 1,000 lbs. The Camry doesn't offer towing capabilities.
6. The Accord is available as both a 4-door sedan and a 2-door coupe. The Camry isn't offered in a coupe body style.
7. The Accord offers standard dual zone air conditioning, standard power locks, and adaptive cruise control. Unfortunately, not all trim levels of the Camry offer dual zone air conditioning and power locks. Plus, none of the Camry trim levels offer adaptive cruise control.
8. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that it costs $795 less to insure an Accord than it does to insure a Camry over a 5-year period. Plus, The Car Book estimates that basic repairs cost Accord owners less than Camry owners.
Ready to give the 2015 Honda Accord a run for its money on the road? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos!
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!