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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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2015 Honda CR-V in San Marcos: Updated and On Its Way

 

2015 Honda CR-V

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. 

 

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2014.5 Camry vs. 2015 Accord in San Marcos: 8 Reasons the Accord Wins

 

2015 Accord vs. Camry

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!

 

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Self-Driving Honda Headed to San Marcos

 

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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!

 

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Compact Cars in San Marcos: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra

 

Not sure whether the 2014 Honda Civic or the 2014 Hyundai Elantra is right for you? Honda of San Marcos is here to help you make a more informed decision! Here's what we believe you should know about how the new Civic and the new Elantra compare:

Performance Comparison: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra

The Elantra comes with a few performance perks, like gas-charged shocks, which improve handling, and a maintenance-free battery that doesn't require as much attention as the Civic's battery. The new Civic, however, is the performance winner of these two cars.

For starters, the 2014 Civic offers continuously variable transmission, which means it accelerates like a champ and offers a smoother ride than the Elantra, which only comes with six-speed transmission options. Plus, the new Civic stops shorter in Car and Driver and Motor Trend brake tests. Additionally, the new Honda's front and rear stabilizer bars as well as its fully independent front and rear suspensions allow it to handle better on the road than its Hyundai competitor, which lacks a fully independent rear suspension and a rear stabilizer bar. 

Safety Comparison: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra

Both the 2014 Civic and the 2014 Elantra cover all of the safety basics and are equipped with front airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Only the Civic, however, stands out as the safety frontrunner of these two cars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014 Civic 4-door a Top Safety Pick Plus, while they only named the Elantra 4-door a Top Pick. The Civic also offers safety extras like standard whiplash protection, an advanced compatibility engineering body structure, and a maintenance minder system, which alerts drivers to potential mechanical vulnerabilities. The new Elantra lacks these important safety extras. 

Ergonomics Comparison: 2014 Civic vs. 2014 Elantra

Ergonomic features like optional extendable sun visors and heated outside mirrors give the Elantra a slight edge in some ways, but the Civic still comes out on top in terms of ergonomics. The 2014 Civic comes with standard Bluetooth and smartphone app access, and only some trim levels of the 2014 Elantra come with these features. Additionally, the Civic also offers a remote vehicle starting system and one-touch power windows, two handy specs the Elantra doesn't offer.

Ready to test out the 2014 Honda Civic? Take a test drive at Honda of San Marcos

 

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Pre-Owned Cars in San Marcos: Back-to-School Favorites

 

Looking for the perfect car to start the school year off right for your family? Honda of San Marcos has some recommendations from our dealership! Here are some awesome cars we think you might be interested in this back-to-school season:

2010 Dodge Journey SXT

2010 Dodge Journey

If you're looking for an affordable, pre-owned SUV, you can't beat this 2010 Dodge Journey, which is priced at $9,995. It comes with a V6 engine, four-wheel drive, Sirius satellite radio, six speakers, alloy wheels, and much, much more!

2009 Honda CR-V EX-L

2009 Honda CR-V

For just $15,995, this CR-V is quite the catch! It offers things like alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, heated front seats, 7 speakers, standard brake assist, ABS brakes, and automatic temperature control. 

2011 Honda Odyssey

2011 Honda Odyssey

This is the perfect family car to start the school year off right! Dual zone a/c, heated front seats, a power moonroof, power steering, XM satellite radio, alloy wheels, 7 speakers, and 3,500 lbs. of towing capacity are just a few of this Odyssey's standout features. This minivan is priced to sell fast at $19,375. 

2012 Honda Accord EX-L

2012 Honda Accord

This stylish, sophisticated Honda Accord boasts low mileage and all the luxury and reliability you expect from Honda's flagship midsize car. With XM radio, alloy wheels, dual zone A/C, heated door mirrors, a rear seat center armrest, power steering, and a reasonable price tag of $21,495, this Accord may be right up your alley!

These cars won't stick around our dealership for long. So, we hope you'll reach out to us at Honda of San Marcos if you're interested in any of them or interested in scheduling a test drive in one of our pre-owned vehicles! 

 

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Honda CR-Z Supercharger

 

2014 CR-Z Supercharger

Honda of San Marcos would like to announce that the Honda CR-Z, a car that expertly combines racecar technology with hybrid car technology, just got even cooler and more impressive. Honda just released a supercharger for the CR-Z that's going to allow the car to produce 197 horsepower while maintaining its phenomenal fuel efficiency.  

Without the supercharger, the CR-Z's 1.5-liter engine produces 130 horsepower, which is still quite decent for a car the CR-Z's size. With the supercharger, however, the CR-Z takes its performance to a whole new level, without compromising a thing. The supercharger package includes an air-to-air intercooler, an ECU that complies with AT-PZEV standards, high-flow fuel injectors, and a new and improved air filtration system.  

If you're a current CR-Z owner, you can upgrade your car with the supercharger at our dealership! The supercharger package costs $5,495. If your warranty is still valid, the supercharger kit will be covered under it for the rest of your active warranty period.  

Honda is also currently offering other upgrades and add-ons for CR-Z owners, including 18-inch alloy wheels with Super Sport tires, larger brake rotors, sport shocks, spoilers, a sports exhaust system, and an array of awesome decals. If you're interested in any of these upgrades and add-ons or the supercharger package, get in touch with us!  

And, if you're looking for a new car, consider a CR-Z or any of the vehicles in the Honda lineup! We've got something for everyone at Honda of San Marcos! So, shop our new inventory online, and start a conversation with us!

 

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San Marcos SUVs: 10 Ways the 2015 Pilot Outshines the 2014 Journey

 

Comparing the 2015 Honda Pilot and 2014 Dodge Journey? Let Honda of San Marcos help. Here are 10 things we believe you should know about how the Pilot outshines its Dodge competitor:  

1. The Pilot's standard V6 engine produces 77 more horsepower and 87 more lbs.-ft. of torque than the Journey's standard 4-cylinder engine. This means more power and better performance on the road.  

2. To make maneuvering in parking lots and at slow speeds easier, the new Pilot comes with speed-sensitive, variable-assist power steering. The Journey doesn't offer this key feature.  

3. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Pilot. Unfortunately, it costs extra on the Journey, which means some Journey owners have to go without easy access to smartphone and media content.  

4. The 2015 Pilot performed better than the 2014 Journey in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) front and side crash tests. Plus, the Pilot is equipped with optional parking sensors, which improve the overall protection it provides.  

5. A 550-amp battery keeps the Pilot more than sufficiently powered up. The Journey's 525-amp battery doesn't offer the same power boost.   

6. The Pilot's tires, which are larger than the Journey's, allow for improved traction and better performance overall.  

7. Consumer Reports considers the 2015 Pilot to be around 67% more reliable than the 2014 Journey.  

8. The width between the Pilot's wheels is 5.9 inches wider than the width between the Journey's wheels, which significantly improves handling.  

9. The new Pilot offers seating space for up to 8 passengers, while the Journey only offers room for up to 7 people.  

10. The Pilot's maximum towing capacity is 2000 lbs. The Journey's is only 1000 lbs.  

The list of ways the Pilot outdoes the Journey could go on and on, but we thought we'd keep it short and sweet. If you're convinced the Pilot might be right up your alley, schedule a test drive with us at Honda of San Marcos!

 

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New Braunfels Honda Dealer Presents the 2015 HR-V

 

2015 Honda HR-V

As we mentioned in our previous article about the 2015 Honda lineup, Honda is currently putting the finishing touches on the 2015 Honda HR-V, the newest addition to their North American lineup. The HR-V will be available to consumers at Honda of San Marcos and other North American Honda dealerships this winter! In case you haven't heard about the new HR-V yet, here are a few things we think you should know:

  • It's going to be a mini SUV (a.k.a. a subcompact SUV). It'll be in the same class as the Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, and Mini Countryman.

  • Stylistically, it looks a lot like a fusion between the 2015 Honda Fit and the 2014 Honda CR-V. Its front exterior, in particular, looks a bit like the CR-V. Along the sides, it looks a little like an enlarged Fit. It offers a number of unique stylistic elements, including hidden rear door handles, which distinguish it from its older siblings, though.

  • The HR-V is the second vehicle in the Honda lineup to offer a Magic Seat. The new Honda joins the Fit in benefiting from this amazing feature, which significantly maximizes cargo space.

  • With a distinct center-tank layout, passenger space in the new HR-V is amplified.

  • More details about the HR-V are forthcoming from Honda, but we do know it'll come with some off-roading capabilities and a powertrain that offers exceptional versatility and reliability.

Let us know at Honda of San Marcos if you want us to notify you when we know the HR-V's release date! We'll keep you posted about the HR-V's features as we learn more. If you're in the market for a new car this summer, be sure to schedule a test drive with us!

 

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