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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


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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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2015 Crossover SUVs in San Marcos: 2015 CR-V vs. 2015 Escape


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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Wimberley Honda Service Specials: Prep for Winter!


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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! 


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New Nissan Versa Note vs. New Honda Fit in San Marcos


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


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All-Star Subcompact Car in San Marcos: 4 Ways the 2015 Fit Shines


2015 Fit 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!


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