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2016 Ford Explorer vs. 2016 Honda Pilot in San Marcos TX



There's nothing more fun than getting to pick out a next new car! However, the events leading up to picking out your new car aren't so fun, like doing the research. You don't need to stress any longer because Honda of San Marcos is here to do the hard work for you. Let's compare two all-star new vehicles: the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Honda Pilot in San Marcos TX.


2016 Honda Pilot

  • Offers a Collision Mitigation Braking System to warn driver of potential collision ahead
  • Engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is in heavy traffic situations and auto starts again when the driver is ready to move again to save fuel and ultimately save you money
  • The Honda Pilot in San Marcos has a 19.5 gallon fuel capacity, almost a full gallon more than the Explorer
  • 9-speed automatic on the Honda Pilot Touring/Elite (Explorer only has up to 6-speed option)
  • Easier to maneuver and park because it is 3.8 inches shorter than the Explorer and 400-550 pounds less
  • Pilot has 8 passenger seating (1 more person than the Explorer can hold)
  • Middle and third row seats recline
  • Able to tow 1500 more pounds than the Ford Explorer
  • Total 109.2 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Aerodynamic styling
  • Hands-free tailgate lift
  • LED Headlights


2016 Ford Explorer

  • Front wheel drive and four-wheel antilock breaks
  • Available 2.3L EcoBoost Engine
  • Available hands-free, foot-activated lift-gate
  • Standard airbags
  • 18.6 gallons of fuel capacity


The secret is out – the 2016 Honda Pilot in San Marcos trumps the 2016 Ford Explorer in multiple different ways. Lucky for you, we have plenty of Pilot options for you to test drive! Stop by our Honda of San Marcos store today! 

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Sedans in San Marcos, Texas: 2015 Honda Civic vs. 2015 Nissan Sentra




Checking out your options for sedans in San Marcos, Texas? Sedans have a great reputation for their fuel efficiency, high re-sale value, and high safety ratings. However, buying a car is a huge decision and can be time consuming. Don't fret because Honda of San Marcos has all of the research covered for you so you can make the best bar-buying decision! Today we're looking at two great sedan options: the 2015 Honda Civic and the 2015 Nissan Sentra.



2015 Honda Civic

2015 Nissan Sentra

NHTSA Crash Test - Driver

4 Stars

4 Stars

NHTSA Crash Test - Passenger

4 Stars

3 Stars

Available Body Styles

Sedan, Coupe


IIHS Crash Test Overall



Zero to 60 Time

8.4 seconds

9.7 seconds

EPA Standard

Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle

Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle

Consumer Reports Recommended



Kiplinger's Awards



Daytime Running Lights



Whiplash Protection


Not offered


1.8 VTEC 4 cyl.

1.8 DOHC 4 cylinder




Stop distance

(60 to zero MPH)

116 feet

124 feet


It's clear who outshines the other in this comparison, and that would be the 2015 Honda Civic, by far! With better crash test ratings, lower emissions and recognized by multiple publications, the Honda Civic is the way to go when you're looking at sedans in San Marcos. See it in person at Honda of San Marcos, or check out all of your sedan options.



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IntellaCar at Honda of San Marcos




Honda of San Marcos is proud to announce that we are now serving our customers more quickly and efficiently with IntellaCar! Every associate will have the answers to all of your car buying questions in the palm of their hands.

We know how much time and effort goes into shopping for a new car. Buying a car can seem like a daunting and time-consuming task which is why we are excited to have IntellaCar, because it saves you time and frustration!

We utilize technology in many aspects of our lives so why should shopping for a car be any different? IntellaCar makes information easily accessible to our salesmen so they can quickly and efficiently handle all of your car purchasing needs. All of our sales associates will be armed IntellaCar and able to tell you how many cars are in stock, exact pricing, monthly payment details, car comparisons, mileage, efficiency, CARFAX reports and much more with simply the tap of a finger. 

When you arrive at Honda of San Marcos, one of our helpful sales associates will greet you and can get you started on IntellaCar immediately. Have a certain model in mind? No problem! Questions about financing? We have the answers. IntellaCar is the leading car sales technology, and we can't wait for you to experience the difference during your next car purchase. See you at Honda of San Marcos soon!


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Festivals Near Honda San Marcos: ACL 2015



You may have heard of a little festival happening near Honda San Marcos called Austin City Limits. Okay, so maybe it's not very little. An estimated 75,000 people attend the festival every day, and the concert is two consecutive three-day weekends. So, it's a pretty big deal. What are the most anticipated bands and best places to eat in Austin? Honda San Marcos has all of the information that you need to know about this huge festival!


Artists to Know

  • Foo Fighters
  • Drake
  • The Strokes
  • Florence + The Machine
  • The Weeknd
  • Disclosure
  • Deadmau5
  • Bassnectar
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Modest Mouse

Read in-depth about the rest of the line up here.


For the Foodies

Take a bite out of these acclaimed and legendary Austin restaurants (rated by TripAdvisor):

  • Uchi Sushi
    • #1 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $31-40
    • Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
  • Franklin Barbecue
    • #2 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $10-15
    • Barbecue
  • Eddie V's Edgewater Grill
    • #3 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $21-30
    • American, Seafood, Barbecue
  • Truluck's Seafood
    • #4 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $31-50
    • American, Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Whole Foods Market
    • #5 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $10-15
    • American, Healthy, Organic
  • Hopdoddy
    • #6 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $5-12
    • American, Burgers, Fries
  • La Barbecue
    • #8 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $20-25
    • Barbecue
  • Jack Allen's Kitchen
    • #9 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $10-20
    • American
  • Torchy's Tacos
    • #10 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $5-15
    • Mexican
  • Home Slice Pizza
    • #13 of 3,009 restaurants in Austin
    • Price range $20-$25
    • Pizza


Are you pumped up and hungry yet? Honda San Marcos is! And don't forget to stop by the Honda Stage located on the West side of ACL! The Honda Stage will be exhibiting exclusive shows from today's best artists including the aforementioned Disclosure, deadmau5 and The Weeknd! We'll have tons of must-see performers on stage for your enjoyment. Honda Stage has partnered with Live Nation, iHeartMedia, REVOLT, YouTube and Vevo to create an awesome new platform to discover, share and enjoy music and we can't wait to see y'all there! 

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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, the only home in Central Texas of the free, lifetime powertrain warranty for Honda 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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Car Service Specials in San Marcos


Car Service Specials in San Marcos

The Honda San Marcos service center is currently offering tons of service specials to help you get your car ready for summer fun and safe summer travels! Here are a handful of the awesome specials we're offering right now:

Buy-One-Get-One-Free Oil Change

Until 6/30/2012, you can purchase an oil change at our service center with a valid coupon, and your next oil change will be on us! This service offer includes a free multi-point inspection and free oil change within six months of your first qualifying oil change.

Transmission Service Special

Until the end of June 2014, you can get your transmission serviced and checked out by us for just $99.95 with a valid coupon. As a part of this service special, our qualified technicians will drain and refill your transmission fluid, thoroughly inspect your transmission, perform a multi-point inspection, and conduct a performance test-drive.

Air Conditioning Service

We'll get your car's a/c ready for summer with this service for just $129.95 (with a valid coupon). Our air conditioning service includes evacuation and recharging of your a/c system, a leak and performance test, and a free multi-point inspection.

Road Trip Service Special

It's not summer without a road trip! This comprehensive service special, which costs just $199.95, includes an oil change, tire rotation and balance, alignment check, air intake filter service, and multi-point inspection. We cover all the bases with this service offer!

Battery Service Special

The heat can drain your battery fast! We recommend getting it checked out by our service center staff before the oppressive summer heat fully descends upon us. With the valid, applicable coupon, we'll inspect your battery, clean its terminals, load test it, check your car's charging system, and perform a multi-point inspection. 

Ready to take advantage of these service offers from Honda San Marcos? Print off your coupons today!


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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.

Ready to schedule a test drive in a new CR-V at Honda San Marcos? Click the button below! Also be sure to check out other Hondas at your Central Texas Honda dealers!


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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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2014 Nissan Altima vs. 2014 Honda Accord in San Marcos


Trying to figure out how the 2014 Honda Accord and 2014 Nissan Altima stack up against each other? Look no further! Honda of San Marcos is here to help! Here are some key things to know about these two cars in comparison to each other:

2014 Honda Accord Performance

2014 Honda Accord

2014 Accord models are equipped with a 2.4-liter, Earth Dreams 4-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. Both engine options offer optimal combinations of fuel efficiency and power. The Accord’s 4-cylinder engine produces 185 horsepower, and its V-6 engine produces 278 horsepower. Both options allow the Accord to get an amazing highway fuel economy rating of 34 miles per gallon. (Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors).

Other performance specs like rear gas-charged shocks, computer-generated active noise cancellation, and a maintenance-free battery set the 2014 Accord apart. As a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle, the Accord also stands out as an eco-friendly leader in its class.

2014 Nissan Altima Performance

2014 Nissan Altima

Although the 2014 Nissan Altima does offer things like automatic transmission and impressively large tires, it doesn’t offer quite as much as the Honda Accord in the performance department. The Altima does not come with rear gas-charged shocks, computer-generated active noise cancellation, or a maintenance-free battery, for instance. Additionally, the Altima’s available V-6 engine only produces 270 horsepower and only allows for an estimated highway fuel economy rating of 31 miles per gallon. 

2014 Honda Accord Ergonomic Specs

Driving or riding in a 2014 Accord is comfortable and easy thanks to its ergonomic specs. Things like available memory seats, dual zone A/C, and available rear A/C vents maximize your comfort in the new Accord. Plus, features like light-sensitive automatic headlights and available speed-adaptive cruise control, which changes speed settings based on driving situations without a driver’s intervention, simplify the experience of driving the Accord.

2014 Nissan Altima Ergonomic Specs 

The 2014 Altima offers around an inch more headroom and 2.5 inches more legroom than the 2014 Accord. However, the Altima doesn’t come with dual zone A/C or rear A/C vents (although it does have rear heating vents). Furthermore, the new Nissan lacks speed adaptive cruise control and light-sensitive headlights, which means more effort for drivers.

Want to learn more about the available new Accord models at Honda of San Marcos? Interested in other Hondas? Shop our new inventory online and don't forget to check out the rest of the Hondas from your Central Texas Honda dealers!


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