American Honda Ice Bucket Challenge
with Retail Car Buyers in First Half of 2014; and Honda CR-V Captures the Title of Best-Selling SUV of the Past Decade
- Retail car buyers choose Accord more than any other car in America1
- CR-V builds on ten years as the most popular, best-selling SUV in America2
- Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey each post segment-leading retail results at the halfway mark of 20141
Accord is once again the most popular car in America, with industry-leading sales to individual U.S. car buyers for the first half of 2014, while CR-V is both the retail and outright best-selling SUV based on retail registrations through June 2014, a position it’s held for seven of the past 10 years, culminating in the highest sales of any SUV in America during the past decade. Joining the Accord and CR-V as retail leaders in their segments for the first half of 2014 are the Honda Civic and Odyssey minivan.
Moreover, each of Honda’s four segment-leading models is on target to repeat its retail leadership performance from 2013, despite the fact that Honda has the lowest overall incentive spending among the top seven automakers. Three of the four models – Accord, Civic and CR-V – are each on track to earn sales in excess of 300,000 units for the second consecutive year, with fleet sales in the low single digits, as Honda targets all-time record sales in 2014.
"More individual customers put a new Honda Accord in their driveway in the first half of this year than any other new car in America, and SUV buyers continue to choose CR-V more than any other SUV in America," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "While competitors rely on deep-discounts and sales to corporate and rental fleets, Honda continues to achieve steady and sustainable growth based on the quality and value of our products in the hands of individual customers."
Honda brand highlights for the first half of 2014 include:
New for 2015
The Honda Fit returns fully revamped and redesigned for the 2015 model year.
Fit for a King, Designed Just for You
Subcompact cars rarely instill a great deal of excitement among car shoppers like larger, more powerful models do. But consumers flock to them all the same due to their fuel-efficiency, commendable utility, and modest starting MSRP. Indeed, the original Fit offered all of that and more, providing drivers with fun-to-drive road manners, a thrifty yet pliant engine, and a flexible interior with enough space for occupants and cargo.
Now, for 2015, the Fit returns. Only this time, Honda is looking to push the limits even further. Using its bold new looks as a launch pad, the 2015 Fit’s heightened visuals will surely appeal to a wide swath of consumers, while a larger interior, improved fuel economy, and overall higher-quality interior merely add to its impressive list of charms. In truth, the only thing more impressive is the car’s $15,525 starting price.*
Powertrains and Performance
Providing a fun driving demeanor while forgoing the type of wallet-sapping fuel-economy often associated with larger vehicles proved the cornerstone of past Fit models. And we’re happy to report that trend continues for 2015.
Under the Fit’s stubby hood lives a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that serves up a delightful 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, while customers looking for a more hands-off approach can opt for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
As mentioned, fuel economy is strong across the lineup, thanks to its direct fuel-injection technology. The six-speed delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined (29 city/37 highway).** And despite our own preference for manuals, the 2015 Fit’s CVT puts in an excellent shift (pun intended) thanks to a remarkable 36 combined mpg rating (32 city/38 highway).**
As for driving pleasure, the 2015 Honda Fit is happy to oblige. Zipping around town still appears to be the Fit’s natural habitat, but it’s more than capable of getting up to highway speeds in a jiffy, and maintains a great deal of composure even at higher speeds.
Cornering is another area where the Fit feels focused. Drivers will find the new six-speed manual a breeze to operate, while even the CVT proves more than capable thanks to smart downshifts that provide ample acceleration when called upon.
Features and Trims
The 2015 Honda Fit is available in LX, EX, EX-L, and EX-L with Navi trim levels.
The 2015 Fit is lavishly equipped, with standard exterior equipment on LX models comprising of 15-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera, with the latter a fairly uncommon feature within this segment, let alone a standard feature.
Other standard equipment includes a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth® phone connectivity that allows for hands-free calling and music streaming, and a five-inch display screen. The 2015 Fit also comes with a four-speaker sound system with CD player and USB/iPod ports.
Customers wishing to step up to EX models get 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, and a sunroof. Honda also ups the car’s tech quotient with a larger seven-inch touchscreen, Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring system, and an upgraded six-speaker audio system that adds native Pandora® music streaming functionality.
Finally, the top-of-the-totem pole EX adds a number of creature comforts such as heated mirrors, leather upholstery, and heated front seats, while the EX-L with Navi adds a navigation system with voice recognition features for hands-free searching.
Car names often fall short of their mark but that’s not the case with the 2015 Fit. In keeping with its moniker, the Fit is taut and handsome, with just the right amount of athleticism mixed in to keep owners and onlookers excited.
Previous models were certainly fun, offering up a good mix of character and dynamism, but with the 2015 Fit’s redesign, the bar has been raised across the board to create one attractive car that is simply leaps and bounds above the competition.
We already mentioned the use of improved materials in the 2015 Fit’s interior, but it cannot be overstated what an impact this has had. The word "premium" is rarely bandied about with compact hatchbacks but the Fit’s new cabin certainly has that “premium” feel. In addition to new materials, Honda’s designers have also gone about penning an exciting interior that feels every bit as dynamic and as eye-catching as the exterior.
The front bucket seats are a particular highlight; they’re nicely bolstered and offer excellent support. Instrumentation has also been given equal attention and now sport a soft and alluring blue glow. Underlining everything is an abundance of cup holders, storage bins, and Honda’s excellent “Magic” rear seat, which can fold completely flat or flip bottom up, further incresing space and utility.
Small in stature but big on safety, every 2015 Honda Fit includes standard antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active head restraints.
Notable advanced safety features include Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot system (EX and EX-L trim), which instantly switches the 7-inch screen's display to a low and wide view of the passenger side blind spot when the right turn signal is engaged.
Despite its diminutive frame, the 2015 Honda Fit has a lot to offer. Few vehicles are able to match the car’s sprightly handling and impressive performance, while also delivering the same outstanding level of fuel economy.
Likewise, Honda’s redesign has totally revitalized the Fit, boosting appeal and value in one fell swoop. Toss in an exciting new interior that boasts a remarkably premium feel, a welcome amount of space for cargo and occupants alike, and there is virtually nothing the 2015 Honda Fit isn’t capable of. And while Honda’s latest model may be 'fit' for a king, it won’t cost you a princely sum to get behind the wheel.
So for the sake of fun, adventure, and maybe even your wallet, be sure to contact your local Honda dealer today and experience the 2015 Fit for yourself.*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX and EX 6MT models. 33 city/41 highway/36 combined mpg rating for LX CVT model. 32 city/38 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX and EX-L CVT models. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 33 city/41 highway/36 combined mpg rating for CVT model without paddle shifters. 32 city/38 highway/35 combined mpg rating for CVT models with paddle shifters. Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
July 27th, 2014 by Detroit Area Honda Dealers
Drivers Save in a HondaThe reason why so many people are concerned with fuel economy these days breaks down to one thing, for the most part: money. Some of us are concerned with the impact our driving has on the environment too, but for the majority of drivers, finding a car that’s good on gas is all about saving money.
And that’s why we can confidently recommend the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe LX-S with automatic transmission, which earns an EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway.* Now, if you aren’t aware of what the other coupes on the market are like when it comes to fuel efficiency, you may not realize how great of a fuel economy this is. But just for an example, the 2014 Genesis Coupe is only rated at 27 highway mpg by the EPA.
Those are savings that will add up quickly.
More Than Just Fuel EconomyEven if the only redeeming factor of the Accord were it’s fuel economy, it would be a popular vehicle, but there’s so much more to Honda’s mid-size sedan than its fuel consumption.
Standard features like Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and more set the Accord apart from the competition. And although the Genesis Coupe has many comparable features available, Hyundai requires drivers to upgrade to get what Honda offers at the basic trim level.
See how the Accord compares to other competitors; it’s not just the Genesis that it outdoes.
Drive Home an Accord TodayIf you’d like to see whether or not the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe is the right car for you, all you need to do is stop by a Detroit Area Honda Dealer and take one for a test drive. We can’t wait to serve you.
*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
Posted in 2014 Honda Vehicles
What are the differences?
The decision of whether to lease or purchase your new vehicle is one of the most important choices for car-shoppers to make. There are many important differences between the two which can help you make your choice. This guide highlights some of the most notable aspects.
Monthly Payments: Monthly lease payments are always lower than they would be if you purchased the vehicle. That’s because you only have to pay for the vehicle’s depreciation and additional rent charges. The depreciation estimate is based on the assumption of a certain amount of miles per year and proper maintenance of the vehicle itself.
Sales Tax: Typically, drivers who lease a vehicle will only pay sales or use tax on their monthly payments and any capitalized cost reduction. This mean less sales tax paid over a longer period. When purchasing a vehicle, sales tax is paid on the full purchase price (although the value of your trade-in is often excluded from this amount).
Who Owns the Vehicle: During a lease, the dealership maintains ownership of the vehicle. At the end of a lease, you can choose to renew your lease, purchase the vehicle, or return it to the dealership and pay any associated costs. Purchasing a vehicle means that you are the owner whenever you make your final payment.
Warranty Coverage: All vehicle warranties cover terms of 36 months or less, which means it’s likely that your full lease term will be covered. This helps ensure fixed costs of driving over that period. If you finance a vehicle, your warranty will expire after a certain period and your costs of driving will be variable.
Trading Vehicles: Drivers who lease have the option to change cars whenever their lease term is up by simply entering into a new lease. Purchasing a vehicle makes it more difficult to change vehicles frequently, since you will be paying for the full cost of the vehicle and the depreciation, including any unexpected depreciation (in a lease, the risk of unexpected depreciation is carried by the lessor).
We offer affordable lease options on almost every new model. Contact or visit our dealership today for more information on leasing and purchasing.
Dedicated fandom is one thing, but dedicated tailgating takes football frenzy to a whole new level. When proper tailgating is involved, football is not a game. It is an event. Nay, it is a lifestyle. Make every tailgate a success with these top tips.
Save yourself a whole trunk of worry by making a list of all the supplies you’ll need for the big day, then check them off as you pack. You can then use the same list when you’re cleaning up to make sure you don’t leave anything in the lot. If you’re a regular tailgater, laminate that list and reuse it weekend after weekend.
Freeze Water Bottles
Easiest trick in the book. Freeze a pack of water bottles the night before, and throw them into your cooler instead of ice. After the sun has done its damage, you’ll be left with cool, crisp, bottled water instead of a sad puddle of dirty water that used to be ice.
Prepack and pre-freeze burgers, steaks, and kabobs in their marinade. Your meaty morsels will begin to thaw during transport and they’ll be ready for the grill. This trick also decreases the possibility of spoiling during the drive, especially in the midst of game day traffic.
It’s no use setting up for the party if the party can’t find you! Bring a recognizable helium balloon, or another bright marker, to distinguish your set-up from the rest of the swarming crowds. It may be tempting, but make sure you avoid balloons decorated with your team colors. They’ll be harder to find.
Wait before you head for the waste basket! That cup carrier and plastic cups can be converted into a makeshift veggie tray, and that cardboard six pack holder is a fantastic condiment caddy. Best of all, you don’t have to take them with you when you’re done.
Imagine this: you cook a mouthwatering burger, place it on a grill-toasted bun, and now all you need is…wait. You forgot the ketchup. The horror. Don’t let this be you. Pack a football-first-aid-kit, including utensils, sauces, napkins, can openers, trash bags, sunscreen, and anything else you may need. Your emergency toolkit could make the difference between a tailgate touchdown and a crash before kickoff.
Plastic for Dishes, Metal for Coal
It’s easy to forget about clean up, until you are left with a bunch of dirty dishes and nowhere to store them. Bring a plastic tub to load up with spoiled dishes, and a metal container to store hot tools and coal you want to reuse. Your clean trunk will thank you.
If you follow all these tips, there’s no doubt your tailgate will top all the rest. Carry on, tailgate champion, and show your rivals how it’s done.
What Makes a Honda Is Who Makes a Honda: Annie's Story
Many professional athletes make insane amounts of money playing sports they love. Extreme athletes, however, love the sports they play because they're insane. Here's a look at some of the world's most extreme sports.
Big wave surfing. A wave must be at least 20 feet to be considered big enough for this extreme sport. The surfer is usually towed to the wave with the help of a really, really, really good friend on a jet ski. Sport hazards include being crushed by a 50-foot wave, getting slammed on the ocean floor, and drowning.
Heli-skiing. Since extreme surfers shouldn't have all the fun, extreme skiers invented heli-skiing. In order to participate in this extreme sport—admit it, you want to try it—you need access to a helicopter, someone to fly the helicopter, and a mountain reachable only by helicopter. The thrill in heli-skiing, in addition to dodging avalanches and taking extremely dangerous helicopter rides, lies on being able to ride never-before-touched snow.
High altitude climbing. Any sport that involves spending large amounts of time in "The Death Zone" qualifies as one of the world's most extreme sports. For most mountain climbers, gravitational pull mixed with a little bit of foolhardiness poses the biggest threat. High altitude climbers, however, have other things to worry about than falling to their death, such as hypoxia, hypothermia, frostbite, and pneumonia. Because helicopters cannot fly in the thin air of high altitude, even small injuries can lead to death. Before you climb into this deadly sport, check out Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, a report of the Mt. Everest climbing disaster in 1996.
Ultramarathoning. The dangers involved in an ultramarathon include dying a slow death from dehydration, losing toenails, kidney damage, and falling off a cliff. An ultramarathon is technically any race over the official marathon distance of 26.2 miles, which is kind of extreme, too. The sport's biggest events include the Western States 100, a 100-mile race with thousands of feet in elevation change and temperatures ranging from the 40s to the 100s; the Leadville Trail 100 Run, a 100-mile race that peaks at 12,600 feet; and the Badwater Ultra, a 135-mile race across Death Valley—in July.
Cave Diving. Even high altitude climbers, heli-skiers, big wave surfers, and ultramarathoners think cave diving is extreme. It involves all the dangers associated with deep sea diving and combines them with unknown territory, freezing temperatures, low-visibility, cramped spaces, and not quite enough oxygen. More than 500 divers, many of them experienced, have died in the past 50 years, prompting the National Speleological Society to label a successful cave dive as one you return from.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start running, surfing, skiing, climbing, or diving...On second thought, go play catch with your kids.
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Tips to keep to ensure a safe morning commute
It’s time for the little ones to head back to school!
While this time of year is exciting for youngsters, adults are not only confronted with the challenge of a modified daily agenda, but they are also presented with a slew of changes on the road, including an increase in cyclists, school buses and young pedestrians.
This school year, be cautious on the road and follow these tips from the National Safety Council to ensure a safe morning commute.
Eliminate distractions: Driving the kids to school should be a hands-free activity. Put down the cell phone and do not text or engage in phone conversation behind the wheel.
Obey the speed limit: Comply with traffic laws and drive slowly. Obeying the speed limit is especially important while driving in residential areas and school zones.
Be mindful: As school buses stop often to pick up or drop off children, drivers must keep a watchful eye on young pedestrians who may pay no heed to traffic or walk in the street. Also, if backing out of your driveway, be sure to watch for children walking or biking to school.
Buckle up: Setting a good example is important. All vehicle passengers should utilize their seatbelt, including the driver. Children en route to school should also remove their backpack prior to buckling up.
Do you love to turn up the heat in the kitchen? I’m not talking temperature heat – I’m talking hot sauce heat. If you do, have you ever thought about making your own signature spice? Lucky for you pepper people, hot sauce is not only delicious, but it is one of the easiest condiments to make at home. If you have a few peppers and some vinegar, follow these easy steps and you will be well on your way to producing your very own capsaicin-creation.
Start by picking out a peck of your favorite peppers. How much is a peck? Let’s say 5-10, depending on size.
Now, this part is very important. Before you do any chopping, make sure to protect yourself against the peppers. You want to avoid any contact between the peppers and your hands and eyes. Whether this protection involves simple plastic gloves or a full zombie-apocalypse-is-now getup depends on the heat level of your peppers.
Now that you’ve geared up, de-stem the peppers and take out the seeds (or don’t if you want extra heat). Throw them in an appropriately-sized sauce pot.
Add some vinegar and any additional flavoring that suits your fancy. A good standby is a 50/50 split of apple cider vinegar and white vinegar. Add enough to make a sauce, without drowning your peppers. Also toss in some garlic and onion, and a dash of salt. Really, you could add anything here, so feel free to get creative.
After simmering for about a half hour, let the mixture cool a bit and then purée and funnel into a bottle. Your sauce should last anywhere from 1-3 months in the fridge.
Well, look at you. You’ve just made your own sauce! Now go, hot-sauce-hero, and bask in your culinary achievement.