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2016 HR-V vs. 2015 XV Crosstrek in San Marcos


Looking for a small crossover in the San Marcos area? Both the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek are options worthy of your consideration. If you're wondering which one is better for your individual needs, Honda of San Marcos wants to help you decide by giving you more information about how they stand out from each other. 

Let's start by discussing the XV Crosstrek's perks. First of all, it comes with standard all-wheel drive, which isn't a standard HR-V feature. This is a plus if you go off-roading a lot. The new XV Crosstrek also has a 15.9-gallon fuel tank, which is a bit larger than the HR-V's 15.3-gallon tank. Additionally, this new Subaru crossover boasts other features like heated exterior mirrors, fog lights, and a roof rack, which the HR-V doesn't offer as standard features. 

The 2015 XV Crosstrek's advantages are nothing to scoff at, but, overall, the new HR-V brings a lot more to the table. First of all, the HR-V is smaller (between 200 and 400 lbs. lighter and 6.1 inches shorter) than the XV Crosstrek, but it still manages to offer 2.6 extra cubic feet of passenger space and 6.9 extra cubic feet of cargo room. Smaller cars are easier to maneuver, and more spacious vehicles are typically the consumer's choice. So, it's a win-win situation in the HR-V from this standpoint.

Aside from the HR-V's small yet spacious construction, the new Honda also includes some other distinguishing extras that the XV Crosstrek doesn't. These include blind spot mirrors, a maintenance minder system, and standard six-speed manual transmission vs. the XV Crosstrek's standard five-speed manual transmission.

Think the new Honda HR-V is a better fit for you? Take a test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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2015 Fit vs. 2015 Mirage in San Marcos


Have you made the great decision to invest in a new subcompact car? First of all, Honda of San Marcos wants to congratulate you! You're about to make a purchase that will enhance your life for years to come. And, luckily, your subcompact car won't cost you an arm and a leg, will be easy to maneuver and park, and will offer you all the essentials you need as a modern driver. Sounds good, right? The only hurdle between you and your new car right now may be a lack of information. If you've landed on this blog post, you're probably looking for information about how two subcompacts: the 2015 Fit and the 2015 Mirage compare. Luckily, we've got the scoop!

First, let's start with the Mirage's benefits. In comparison to the Fit, the Mirage stands out with slightly better fuel economy ratings (according to EPA estimates). It also has some extras like standard automatic climate control, optional front fog lights, and a standard knee airbag that distinguish it from the Fit.

Despite the Mirage's perks, the Honda Fit offers a whole lot more than its Mitsubishi competitor, and the Mirage can hardly compare to the Fit. The Fit's safety features are amazing and include things the Mirage doesn't offer like active head restraints, daytime running lights, and blind spot mirrors. The Fit also did better in IIHS crash tests than the Mirage.

Performance-wise, the Fit shines too. Its standard 4-cylinder engine produces 130 horsepower and 74 lbs.-ft. of torque, while the Mirage's standard 4-cylinder engine only produces 74 horsepower and 74 lbs.-ft. of torque. Additionally, the Fit has 1.4 extra gallons of fuel capacity in comparison to the Mirage. And it has larger tires, a longer wheelbase, and a standard front stabilizer bar, to allow for better handling.

The Fit also offers more comfort and entertainment with more passenger space and cargo room, a telescoping steering wheel, standard Bluetooth, and standard smartphone integration. Very few subcompact cars offer Bluetooth and smartphone integration without charging extra. This is just another example of the Fit going above and beyond.

Ready to meet the 2015 Honda Fit? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos

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2016 HR-V vs. 2015 Outlander Sport in San Marcos


Checking out your SUV options that are on the smaller side? Honda of San Marcos would like to recommend the all-new, 2016 Honda HR-V. The new Honda HR-V does a bit more than many of the small crossovers consumers consider, including the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Are you wondering exactly how the HR-V and the Outlander Sport compare? Keep reading to find out!

The new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport does come with a few perks. For starters, it has a larger fuel tank than the HR-V does, which means fewer trips to the pump. It also has some other appealing advantages like steering wheel transmission control and a power-adjustable seat for drivers.

Despite these noteworthy perks, the new HR-V still does a lot more than the new Outlander Sport. The HR-V is equipped with safety flourishes like blind spot mirrors that increase your protection. Plus, it has better fuel economy, according to EPA estimates. Additionally, it has standard six-speed manual transmission, which is more desirable than the Outlander Sport's standard five-speed manual transmission.

We should also mention that part of what makes the HR-V really stand out from competitors is its extra room. In comparison to the Outlander Sport, it has 2.6 extra cubic feet of space for occupants and 9.3 extra cubic feet for cargo storage. The HR-V also has an edge with standard smartphone integration, which the Outlander Sport doesn't offer as an option.

So, which of these small crossovers sounds like a better fit for you? If it's the 2016 Honda HR-V, please schedule at test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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7 Ways the 2015 Accord Beats the 2015 Fusion in San Marcos


Wondering what advantages the 2015 Honda Accord has over the 2015 Ford Fusion? Honda of San Marcos has some pertinent information for you. Here are seven ways the new Accord beats its Ford competitor:

1. In small overlap frontal offset crash tests, front crash tests, and side impact crash tests given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2015 Accord outperformed its rival, the 2015 Ford Fusion.

2. The Accord has active head restraints, which help prevent the occurrence of whiplash injury while driving. The new Fusion isn't equipped with this protective feature.

3. The new Accord's standard engine produces 185 horsepower, which makes it more powerful than the Fusion's standard 4-cylinder engine that only produces 175 horsepower. You can feel this extra power on the road.

4. While the Ford Fusion only offers automatic transmission, the Accord offers more choices: continuously variable transmission and manual transmission.

5. The 2015 Accord's high-tech active noise cancellation reduces vibration and noise in the vehicle. The Fusion doesn't have this advanced feature.

6. The new Accord model with the optional V6 engine has an engine control system to allow it to conserve fuel when cruising. The new Fusion doesn't have a system that controls its engine's power consumption.

7. Intellichoice estimates indicate that the new Accord costs less to own over a five-year period than the Fusion does. 

Think the 2015 Honda Accord might be right up your alley? Check out our available models at Honda of San Marcos, and schedule a test drive with us! 

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2015 CR-V vs. 2015 Cherokee in San Marcos


Have you stumbled upon this post because you're researching how the 2015 Honda CR-V and the 2015 Jeep Cherokee compare? It's your lucky day! Honda of San Marcos has the information you seek regarding the strengths of both these SUVs. Here's what we think you should know: 

2015 Honda CR-V Strengths

  • The prestigious titles of IIHS "Top Pick Plus" for 2015 and 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year

  • Consumer Reports reliability ratings that are between 132% and 212% higher than the Jeep Cherokee's

  • A standard continuously variable transmission, which isn't offered by the Cherokee

  • More impressive performance in Motor Trend and Consumer Reports brake tests

  • Speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for better control while parking

  • A body that weighs between 300 and 500 lbs. less than the Cherokee's, which makes the CR-V easier to maneuver

  • A 70.9 cubic foot cargo area vs. the Cherokee's 54.9 cubic foot cargo area

  • Automatic folding rear seats

  • Lower insurance costs, according to estimates

  • Lower five-year ownership costs, according to Intellichoice

2015 Jeep Cherokee Strengths

  • Standard Active Head Restraints

  • A standard 600-amp battery vs. the Cherokee's standard 410-amp battery

  • Front brake rotors that are larger than those on the CR-V

Even more interested in the 2015 Honda CR-V after reading about its strengths? Schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos


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10 Ways the 2015 Accord Outshines the 2015 Optima in San Marcos


Trying to get a better idea of how the 2015 Honda Accord and 2015 Kia Optima compare? Honda of San Marcos is here with some very important information for you about how the new Honda Accord outshines its Kia competitor. Here are 10 reasons the Accord is a champ:

1. The new Accord's phenomenal safety extras, including an available collision notification system and an available lane departure notification system help the Honda stand out from the Optima, which doesn't offer these smart safety features as options.

2. Both the IIHS and NHTSA found that the new Accord performed better than the new Optima in their annual series of crash tests.

3. In Consumer Reports speed tests, the Honda Accord accelerated faster than its Kia competitor.

4. The Accord's high-tech engine control system can shut down half of its available V6 engine's cylinders to conserve fuel. Unfortunately, the Optima doesn't have an engine control system.

5. The Accord's transmission options are arguably more appealing than the Optima's. It offers both continuously variable transmission and manual transmission. The Optima only offers automatic.

6. The Accord's brakes allow for shorter stopping than the Optima's, according to Road & Track and Motor Trend.

7. To improve handling, the Accord has larger tires than the Optima and has gas-charged shocks, which the Optima doesn't have.

8. Active noise cancellation is a definite plus in the Accord because it keeps its interior quiet. The Optima doesn't offer this.

9. A remote vehicle starting system adds some definite convenience to the experience of owning an Accord. Without this feature, the Optima offers a little less convenience.

10. According to Intellichoice estimates, the Accord has better value retention and lower five-year ownership costs than the Optima. 

If you're interested, come on down and take a test drive in a new Honda Accord at Honda of San Marcos

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2015 Accord vs. 2015 Camry in San Marcos: How the Accord Shines


Honda of San Marcos is back again with a brand new car comparison to help you choose the right brand new car. This time around, we'd like to help you compare the 2015 Honda Accord and 2015 Toyota Camry by focusing on some of the Accord's incredible advantages. Here's how the new Accord shines:

  • The new Accord comes with a "Top Pick Plus" rating from the IIHS. The new Camry doesn't.

  • Accord models with 4-cylinder engines accelerate faster than Camry models with 4-cylinder engines. And Accord models with V6 engines offer more power on the road. With either engine option, you can't go wrong.

  • V6 Accord models also offer an engine control system to help conserve gasoline.

  • Optional continuously variable transmission is also an Accord perk, for drivers who want some extra efficiency.

  • The Accord stops much shorter than its Camry foe, according to Motor Trend and Car and Driver.

  • Computer-generated active noise cancellation makes a big difference in Accord models. Camry models don't have this feature.

  • The Accord's remote vehicle starting system and dual zone air conditioning distinguish the vehicle ergonomically. The Camry doesn't have these things as standard features.

  • In addition to being offered as a sedan, the new Accord is also offered as a coupe. The Camry is only offered as a 4-door sedan.

If you like what you've learned about the new Honda Accord, consider scheduling a test drive with us at Honda of San Marcos!


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Crossover Comparison: 2015 CR-V vs. 2015 Rogue in San Marcos


Are both the 2015 Honda CR-V and the 2015 Nissan Rogue on your radar? Let Honda of San Marcos help you better understand how they compare! Here are some things you should know that distinguish both of them in contrast to each other:

Things that Distinguish the CR-V 

  • The title of 2015 Motor Trend Sport/Utility Vehicle of the Year

  • A collision mitigation braking system, HondaLink assist, and adaptive cruise control for higher trim levels

  • A "Top Safety Pick +" rating given from the IIHS in comparison to the Rogue's less impressive "Top Safety Pick" rating

  • A 4-cylinder engine that produces 15 more horsepower and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque than the Rogue's

  • A maintenance-free battery

  • 70.9 feet of cargo space vs. the Rogue's 70 cubic feet of cargo space

  • Rear seats that fold down automatically when you press a button

  • Available memory seats

  • A standard locking glove box

  • A telescoping steering wheel

  • A towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. vs. the Rogue's towing capacity of 1,000 lbs.

  • Lower costs of ownership, according to Intellichoice

  • Better sales records in recent years than the Rogue (outselling the Rogue by 64% for the 2014 model year)

Things that Distinguish the Rogue

  • A slightly longer wheelbase than the CR-V: 106.5 inches vs. 103.l inches, which can allow for better handling

  • Optional seating for up to 7, while the CR-V can seat 5

  • Slightly larger tires than the CR-V, which can have a positive effect on traction

  • An optional around-view monitor, while the CR-V offers a standard backup camera

If you're practically sold on the 2015 Honda CR-V after reading about some of its many advantages, please come take a test drive in a new CR-V at Honda of San Marcos


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2015 Accord vs. 2015 Altima in San Marcos


In need of some information about how the 2015 Honda Accord and 2015 Nissan Altima compare and contrast? Honda of San Marcos has it! Here's a rundown of what these vehicles offer in contrast to each other:

What the Accord Offers

  • An available collision warning system

  • Daytime running lights

  • A Top Pick Plus title from the IIHS vs. the Altima's less prestigious Top Pick title

  • Better performance in select NHTSA crash tests

  • Much higher reliability ratings from Consumer Reports than the Altima

  • Speedier acceleration capabilities, according to Consumer Reports

  • An engine control system for V6 models to help conserve power and fuel

  • A partial zero emissions vehicle status from the EPA (vs. the Altima's super ultra low emissions vehicle status)

  • Shorter stopping from 60, 70, and 80 mph, based on Road & Track, Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and Consumer Reports tests

  • Standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control

  • Noise cancellation technology for a quieter ride

  • Standard dual zone air conditioning

  • An available coupe body style

  • Lower insurance costs than those associated with the Altima, according to The Complete Car Cost Guide

  • Recognition from publications like Car and Driver and Consumer Reports

What the Altima Offers

  • An optional cross-path warning system

  • Larger brake rotors than the Accord

  • Standard folding rear seats

Think the Accord offers more of what you need? Don't hesitate to schedule a test drive at Honda of San Marcos!



8 Ways the 2015 CR-V Surpasses the 2015 Tucson in San Marcos


Trying to get the scoop on how the 2015 Honda CR-V and 2015 Hyundai Tucson compare? Honda of San Marcos has it! In this post, we'd like to highlight how the new CR-V surpasses the Tucson in terms of what it offers. Here are eight ways the CR-V has an edge: 

1. The CR-V has some amazing safety extras that the Tucson doesn't offer. These include an available collision mitigation braking system, daytime running lights, an available lane departure warning system, and blind spot mirrors. 

2. The 2015 CR-V is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety "Top Safety Pick +." The Tucson is not, and it didn't perform as well as the CR-V in the institute's crash tests.

3. Consumer Reports predicts that new CR-V models will be 15% more reliable than new Tucson models. 

4. The CR-V's standard 4-cylinder engine produces more horsepower and more torque than the engine options offered by the Tucson.

5. Standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a unique feature offered by the CR-V that enhances its efficiency. The Tucson doesn't offer CVT.

6. Car and Driver and Motor Trend tested the brakes of both the CR-V and the Tucson and found that the CR-V stopped shorter than its competitor from 60 and 70 mph. 

7. The CR-V has more room for passengers and cargo than the Tucson. Specifically, it has 104.1 cubic feet of space for passengers, while the Tucson only has 101.9 cubic feet of space for passengers. And it has 70.9 cubic feet of space for cargo, while the Tucson only has 55.8 cubic feet of space for cargo.

8. The CR-V also sets itself apart with its extras, which include a maintenance minder system, one-touch power windows, and available HondaLink. The Tucson doesn't come with any of these.

Take a test drive in a 2015 Honda CR-V at Honda of San Marcos!


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