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Honda Graduate Program in Central Texas


Honda Graduate Program in Central Texas

As college seniors in Central Texas get ready for their upcoming graduations, Honda of San Marcos is ready to help them celebrate! We're excited to announce our discount program, which provides recent graduates with $500 toward the purchase of any new 2013 or 2014 Honda at our dealership.

In order to qualify for this college grad program, participants need to provide proof of graduation from an approved school within the last two years or next six months. They also need to provide a 5% down payment as well as verifiable proof of employment at the time of purchase or proof of an employment start date within 120 days of purchase. Additionally, the credit history of all program applicants will be checked to ensure a stable credit history.

Here's a list of the approved schools whose graduates qualify for this program:

The University of Texas

Texas A&M

Baylor University

Texas Tech University

Texas State University

Austin Community College

Concordia University

DeVry University

ITT Tech

St. Edward's University

Southwestern University

Texas Lutheran University

Our Lady of the Lake University

Trinity University

St. Mary's University

Schreiner University

San Antonio College

Incarnate Word University

Palo Alto College


UTSA Health Science Center

In addition to the $500 discount on all new cars, qualified participants of this program have the option to defer their first payment for 90 days and 60 interest-free days. We also have a number of attractive financing packages that we think new graduates will find appealing. If you're a recent grad, we encourage you to learn more about the Honda Graduate Program and get in touch with us at Honda of San Marcos!


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5 Facts About the New Pilot in San Marcos


If you're considering your new SUV options, the best thing to do is equip yourself with information about their unique specs and advantages. Honda of San Marcos wants to make things a little easier for you by outlining some important facts about the 2014 Honda Pilot. Here are five things we think you should know about this SUV:  

2014 Honda Pilot

1. Its engine is adept, efficient, and powerful.  

The 2014 Pilot's 3.5-liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine is more than capable of handling any task on the road. It produces 253 lbs.-ft. of torque and 250 horsepower. Plus, it works with the Pilot's Variable Cylinder Management system to turn off cylinders on easy rides and ultimately conserve fuel.  

2. It's built to provide exceptional handling.  

The new Pilot has a rigid unit-body structure that allows for easy maneuvering and a competent feel at every turn and fork in the road. Plus, the Pilot's 4-wheel, fully independent suspension system makes the vehicle incredibly responsive to every movement of the steering wheel.  

3. It gets itself out of sticky situations like a champ.  

A Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive System lets drivers adjust settings to lock the Pilot's rear differential, which is a huge help on muddy paths and icy roads. Getting stuck in the mud is definitely not an issue in the 2014 Pilot.  

4. It comes with some amazing technology.  

Want to play some tunes off your iPod or charge your smartphone? The Pilot's USB audio interface and charging station has you covered. And the Honda SUV's Bluetooth HandsFreeLink works with your smartphone to make chatting on the phone and streaming audio content a cinch. Plus, a rearview camera, available rear entertainment system, and available navigation system are the icing on the cake.  

5. It's designed for maximum safety.  

The Pilot's safety highlights include a tire pressure monitoring system, three rows of side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, active head restraints for drivers and front passengers, and an anti-lock braking system that's built to prevent wheel lockup.  

Ready to explore your 2014 Honda Pilot options at Honda of San Marcos? Shop our new inventory online! And be sure to explore all your car options from your Central Texas Honda Dealers


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New Elantra vs. New Civic in San Marcos


Honda of San Marcos recently compared the 2014 Corolla and 2014 Civic, and now we'd like to compare the Civic and another popular compact car, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra. Here are some things to keep in mind about the performance and ergonomics of these two cars:

Performance: New Elantra vs. New Civic 

2014 Honda Civic

The new Civic and new Elantra definitely give each other a run for their money on the road. Both of these top performers offer powerful engines, great fuel economy, and warranties that help ensure their excellent performance during the first few years you own them. The Elantra's key performance advantage is its 60-month basic warranty, which outdoes the Civic's 36-month basic warranty.  In many other performance capacities, though, the new Civic trumps the new Elantra.

In particular, the Civic is faster than the Elantra, accelerating from 0 to 60 in 8.4 seconds. In contrast, it takes the Elantra 9.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60. Additionally, based on EPA estimates, the new Civic is able to achieve a fuel economy rating of up to 39 mpg on the highway. The Elantra is only able to achieve a highway rating of 38 mpg. (Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle). Furthermore, the 2014 Honda offers continuously variable transmission and fully independent front suspension, two performance enhancers its Hyundai competitor lacks.

Ergonomics: New Elantra vs. New Civic

2014 Hyundai Elantra

For compact cars in their price range, both the 2014 Honda Civic and 2014 Hyundai Elantra impress when it comes to ergonomics. The Elantra offers ergonomic advantages like heated side view mirrors and a universal garage door opener. The Civic takes the cake, however, with standard Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a remote vehicle starting system, and a maintenance minder notification system, which are handy features the Elantra comes without.

Ready to try out the new Civic? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos or with any of your Central Texas Honda Dealers


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Siri Eyes Free in the San Marcos Civic



Siri Eyes Free

Honda has offered Bluetooth HandsFreeLink in its car models for a while now. HandsFreeLink allows drivers to navigate through smartphone content using controls mounted to their steering wheels, and it eliminates many of the hazards associated with making phone calls and sifting through smartphone media content in the car. Now Honda has taken its technology one step farther and integrated Siri Eyes Free into the 2014 Honda Civic. Honda of San Marcos is proud to announce this new technology, and we'd like to outline how it works and some of the benefits it offers.

Siri Eyes Free works with Honda technology and your iPhone via Blueetooth. All you have to do to activate the Siri Eyes Free system is press a button mounted to your steering wheel. Once it's activated, you can control your phone right from your car using your voice, and Siri will read you texts, emails, calendar entries, weather forecasts, news, and more. This system eliminates the need to press multiple buttons on your steering wheel to get to the content you want, and it eliminates the need for you to ever take your eyes off the road to look at the Civic's display.

As you probably already know, Honda is committed to your safety and committed to selling the safest vehicles on the road. Siri Eyes Free is just one more way to keep you safer in your Honda and ultimately enhance your driving experience. We hope you'll come check out Siri Eyes Free at Honda of San Marcos!

And we encourage you to shop all of our new inventory if you're in the market for a new, high-tech car! Be sure to check out all of your options from your Central Texas Honda dealers!


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2014 Toyota Corolla vs. 2014 Honda Civic in San Marcos


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

2014 Honda 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

2014 Toyota Corolla

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! Also be sure to check out your other options from your Central Texas Honda dealer's inventory


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Honda News: 2015 Fit in San Marcos


2015 Honda Fit

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

  • Wide-angle mirrors

  • 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

  • And more! 

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 your local Central Texas Honda dealers 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!


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6 Fun Facts About the New San Marcos CR-V


2014 Honda CR-V

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.

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2014 Sportage vs. 2014 CR-V in San Marcos


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

2014 Honda CR-V

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

2014 Kia Sportage

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! 

Your Central Texas Honda dealers are excited to get you behind the wheel of a new Honda today! 


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Central Texas Honda News: 4 Odyssey Vacuum Facts


2014 Honda Odyssey Vacuum

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!

Whether you're looking for an Odyssey or another Honda, your Central Texas Honda dealers have something for you! 


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Honda Financing in South Austin: 2013 Civic and 2013 Fit


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 from your Central Texas Honda dealer:

2013 Honda Civic Features

2013 Honda Civic

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

2013 Honda Fit

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!


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