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How the 2015 Civic Compares to the 2015 Focus in San Marcos


Trying to find some reliable information about how the 2015 Honda Civic and the 2015 Ford Focus compare? Honda of San Marcos has some important information for you to consider. Below, we've outlined some of the ways in which the 2015 Civic outshines the 2015 Focus. Here are the details: 

  • The Civic has standard whiplash protection, which helps prevent whiplash injury for occupants.

  • Standard daytime running lights make the Civic more conspicuous (and arguably safer) on the road than the Focus.

  • The Civic's "Top Pick Plus" rating from the IIHS is more impressive than the Focus's "Top Pick" rating.

  • Consumer Reports estimates that the 2015 Civic will be 124% more reliable than the 2015 Focus.

  • With optional CVT, the Civic offers more versatility in terms of efficiency than the Focus, which doesn't offer CVT.

  • The Civic's front brake rotors are larger than the Focus's, which allow for improved stopping, as proven in brake tests facilitated by Car and Driver and Consumer Reports.

  • The Civic's turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Focus's.

  • With 94.6 cubic feet of passenger space, the Civic distinguishes itself in comparison to the Focus, which only offers 90.7 cubic feet of passenger space.

  • 1000 lbs. of towing capacity, a maintenance minder system, and standard Bluetooth are all nice extras offered by the Civic that the Focus doesn't offer.

  • Intellichoice estimates that the five-year ownership costs of a Civic are between $269 and $2644 less than the five-year ownership costs of the Focus.

Think the Civic is a better match for you than the Focus? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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2015 Hybrid Cars in San Marcos: 2015 Accord vs. 2015 Camry


There's nothing like an efficient hybrid car to compliment your efficient lifestyle. If you're searching for a new hybrid vehicle in San Marcos, Honda of San Marcos would like to introduce you to the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid. The new Accord Hybrid offers a bit more than competitors like the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid. If you're wondering how these two cars compare when it comes to their individual advantages, here's some important info to know:

The New Accord Hybrid's Advantages

  • A plastic fuel tank, which is sturdier than the Camry's metal fuel tank

  • An IIHS "Top Safety Pick Plus" title

  • A 4-cylinder engine that produces 226 lbs.-ft. of torque, while the Camry's only produces 199 lbs.-ft. of torque

  • Larger tires, which allow for more traction

  • Shorter stopping from 60 mph, according to Motor Trend

  • Standard 17-inch wheels, which are bigger and better for handling than the Camry LE's 16-inch wheels

  • Computer-generated active noise cancellation for a quieter cabin

  • Available memory seats

  • Speed-sensitive wipers

  • Available heated rear seats (in addition to available heated front seats, which are also offered by the Camry Hybrid)

  • Recognized by Kiplinger's

  • Ranked #1 among hybrid-electric vehicles by U.S. News and World Report

The New Camry Hybrid's Advantages  

  • Free scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles

  • A 582-amp battery vs. the Accord's 550-amp battery

  • A 17 gallon fuel tank vs. the Accord's 15.8-gallon tank

  • A trunk that is 13.1 cubic feet vs. the Accord's 12.7-cubic foot trunk

  • The Camry Hybrid's turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid's

Come on and test drive the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid at Honda of San Marcos! 


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2015 Hybrid in San Marcos: 6 Things to Love About the Accord Hybrid


2015 Honda Accord Hybrid San Marcos

There are plenty of new hybrid cars in San Marcos, but Honda of San Marcos believes only a few of them truly stand out from the crowd. One of the few and proud hybrid vehicles that's truly remarkable is the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid. We think there's a lot to love about the Accord Hybrid, but here are six things we think you should specifically know about: 

1. The new Accord Hybrid comes with blue accents on its grille and headlights, which help give it some flair that sets it apart from the traditional Honda Accord. 

2. Safety features like a standard rearview camera, available adaptive cruise control, an available lane departure warning system, and an available forward collision warning system

3. The 2015 Accord Hybrid's 50 mpg city fuel economy rating and 47 combined fuel economy rating distinguish the car as a fuel-saving leader. (Ratings according to estimates. Use for comparison only. Mileage will vary).

4. The new Accord Hybrid stays efficiently charged thanks to its electronically activated braking system that's regenerative. 

5. With an Earth Dreams engine, the Accord Hybrid is able to conserve fuel and accelerate with ease. 

6. Technology flourishes like Bluetooth connectivity, an available touchscreen, steering wheel controls, a USB interface, and push button start all enhance the experience of driving a 2015 Accord Hybrid.

Ready to test-drive the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid and discover some additional things to love about this new Honda? Let us know at Honda of San Marcos


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2015 Honda Fit in Central Texas: Safety News


2015 Honda Fit Central Texas

Honda of San Marcos is excited to report that the 2015 Honda Fit has been in the news this week! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released their official safety scores for the Fit, and the new Honda subcompact car received an overall 5-star rating!

An overall 5-star rating is the highest given by the NHTSA, and it's only given to vehicles that perform exceptionally well in NHTSA crash tests. The Fit received 5-star ratings in both frontal and side impact NHTSA crash tests. Additionally, the new subcompact car received a rating of 4 stars in the administration's rollover test.

The 2013 Honda Fit received respectable 4-star ratings in all of the NHTSA's crash tests. But the 2015 Honda Fit has taken safety to a whole other level. Its success in crash tests is largely due to its new, updated body structure, which is stronger and distributes crash energy more effectively.

The new Fit also boasts new safety systems like a standard backup camera, an available lane departure warning system, and available blind spot side mirrors. These safety additions are rare in the subcompact car class. And they further distinguish the new Honda Fit as a leader in safety among its competitors. 

This accomplishment in NHTSA crash tests marks the Fit's second victory in terms of recognition for its safety. The new Honda was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Do you want to take a test spin in one of the safest compact cars on the road? Reach out to us at Honda of San Marcos!


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10 Ways the 2015 Civic Beats the 2015 Cruze in San Marcos


Trying to choose between the 2015 Honda Civic and the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze? Honda of San Marcos would like to help with some information about how the new Civic outshines its rival. Here are 10 reasons to consider the Civic over the competition:

1. The 2015 Honda Civic is a safety all-star. It outperformed the 2015 Cruze in many of the NHTSA's crash tests. Plus, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety considers it a "Top Safety Pick Plus" and doesn't recognize the Cruze for its safety. And the Civic offers extras like whiplash protection, which the Cruze doesn't offer.  

2. Consumer Reports predicts that the 2015 Civic will be 60% more reliable than the 2015 Cruze.

3. The Civic's standard 4-cylinder engine produces 143 horsepower and 129 lbs.-ft. of torque, while the Cruze's standard 4-cylinder engine only produces 138 horsepower and 125 lbs.-ft. of torque. 

4. Consumer Reports determined that the Civic accelerates faster than the Cruze.

5. The new Civic offers optional CVT, which reduces fuel consumption. The Cruze doesn't come with optional CVT.

6. The 2015 Civic's front brake rotors are larger than the Cruze's, which allows it to stop shorter from high speeds, as it proved to be able to do in Car and Driver and Consumer Reports brake tests.

7. Fully independent front and rear suspensions as well as front and rear stabilizer bars allow the Civic to handle better than the Cruze in many situations. The Cruze doesn't offer these features.

8. The Civic's turning circle is a whole foot tighter than the Cruze's. 

9. Parking in the Civic is a breeze thanks to its variable-assist power steering, which the Cruze doesn't have.

10. The Honda Civic outsold the Chevrolet Cruze by 29% during the 2014 model year. The 2015 Civic is expected to be a more popular choice than the Cruze as well.

Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos, and come see the 2015 Civic in person!  


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Introducing the 2016 Pilot in San Marcos


2016 Honda Pilot

Earlier today, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. announced that they will unveil the redesigned, 2016 Honda Pilot at the Chicago Auto Show next month. Honda of San Marcos definitely thinks this is exciting news! We don't know a whole lot about the next generation Pilot at this point, but here's what we do know:

- The Pilot will officially hit dealerships this summer.

- It will, according to Honda, feature a dramatically different design than the current Pilot.

- It will have fuel economy ratings that are very competitive in its class.

- It will offer groundbreaking safety and entertainment technology.

- It will be the first third generation Pilot!

- The Pilot will be as family-friendly as ever!

Honda of San Marcos also expects some updates in particular from the Pilot. However, Honda hasn't yet confirmed these potential updates. Here's some of what we expect:

- A body that is longer and that looks more like the Acura MDX

- Extra space for passengers in the third row

- A lane departure warning system and a blind spot monitoring system as well as other advanced safety systems

What do you hope to see from the 2016 Honda Pilot? We'll be back with more news about the Pilot after Honda releases more details at the Chicago Auto Show. If you're looking for a SUV, the 2015 Pilot definitely has a lot to offer in comparison to competitors in its class. We hope you'll check out our available Pilot models as well as all of our new car models! 


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Introducing Selected, Affordable Pre-Owned Cars in San Marcos


Looking for a vehicle that will cost you under $15,000 in San Marcos? Honda of San Marcos has plenty of reliable, top-performing options. Here are just a few of them: 

2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS

2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS

You'll look pretty cool cruising around Central Texas in this 2009 Hyundai Elantra for just $7,995! It offers things like 15-inch steel wheels with covers, active head restraints, heated side mirrors, power steering, keyless entry, and superb gas mileage. It's definitely hard to beat what you get for the price! 

2006 VW Beetle Convertible 

2006 VW Beetle Convertible

This VW convertible only comes with 60,024 miles and only costs $9,875! Plus, it has alloy wheels, anti-whiplash head restraints, heated side mirrors, an MP3 decoder, occupant-sensing airbags, and amazing gas mileage! 

2011 Ford Fiesta S

2011 Ford Fiesta S

This vehicle is only a few years old, only has a little over 50,000 miles, is in excellent condition, and only costs $9,445! It also has power steering, a striking silver exterior, occupant-sensing airbags, electronic stability control, front wheel independent suspension, and much, much more! 

2006 Honda CR-V EX

2006 Honda CR-V EX

For just $10,875, this CR-V is yours, and it'll offer all the versatility you need! It has six speakers, alloy wheels, four wheel independent suspension, electronic stability control, and plenty of room in the for passengers and cargo! 

2012 Honda Accord LX

2012 Honda Accord LX

Just a few years old, this Accord is a bargain at $11,995. It's stylish, luxurious, and boasts amazing specs like active head restraints, brake assist, an MP3 decoder, keyless entry, speed-sensitive wipers, and steering wheel-mounted media controls!

These are just a few, selected used cars priced under $15,000 at Honda of San Marcos. Make sure you check out all of our pre-owned vehicles, and make sure you get in touch with us soon if you're interested in one of these! They won't be at our dealership for very long!


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2015 Minivans in San Marcos: 2015 Odyssey vs. 2015 Quest


Ready to kick off 2015 in style in a brand new minivan? Honda of San Marcos wants to help you pick the right one for your unique needs. So, we're here today to compare two amazing minivan options: the 2015 Odyssey and the 2015 Quest. Here's the scoop on what the 2015 minivans offer in comparison to each other:  

The 2015 Odyssey's Advantages  

  • An available collision warning system, an available lane departure warning system, and standard daytime running lights

  • Top safety rating from the IIHS of Top Safety Pick Plus (the Quest isn't even a Top Safety Pick)

  • Quicker acceleration in speed tests, according to Car and Driver

  • A 21-gallon fuel tank vs. the Quest's 20-gallon fuel tank

  • Larger front brake rotors than the Quest, which allow for better stopping

  • Quicker brakes than the Quest's, according to Car and Driver and Motor Trend

  • Larger tires, which allow for improved handling

  • Front and rear gas-charged shocks, which allow for better handling

  • Computer-generated active noise cancellation

  • Seating for 8 people vs. the Quest's seating for 7 people

  • Max cargo volume of 148.5 cubic feet vs. the Quest's 108.4 cubic feet

  • Standard Bluetooth, which is only available at select Quest trims

 The 2015 Quest's Advantages  

  • An around-view monitor, as opposed to the Odyssey's rearview camera

  • Standard continuously variable transmission, as opposed to the Odyssey's standard automatic

  • A turning circle that's .6 feet tighter than the Odyssey's

  • Speed-sensitive windshield wipers, as opposed to the Odyssey's manually variable intermittent wipers

Ready to try out the 2015 Honda Odyssey in San Marcos? Schedule a test spin at Honda of San Marcos


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San Marcos Car Service Tips for Winter


winter car tips San Marcos

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!



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Community Involvement in San Marcos: Blue Santa Drive


San Marcos Blue Santa

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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