HR-V entry crossover has achieved both an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating
TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 11, 2015 – The stylish and versatile 2016 Honda HR-V has received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top score available in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Earlier, the HR-V earned a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), making it a collision safety leader and standout choice in the growing small crossover market.
“Using Honda’s packaging magic, powertrain innovation and safety engineering expertise, the HR-V delivers a high level of occupant safety protection along with class-leading fuel economy and interior space,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda Division senior vice president and general manager.
“True to Honda’s commitment to the safety of all road users, the HR-V is designed to make the vehicle more compatible with other vehicles and to help to mitigate injuries to pedestrians in the event of a collision.”
Blending the styling of a coupe, and the space and utility of a SUV, the 2016 Honda HR-V utilizes the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.
In addition to the application of Honda’s ACE™ body-structure, the 2016 HR-V features a host of standard active and passive safety features and offers many standard and available driver-assistive technologies, such as:
Standard safety equipment on all 2015 Honda models includes ACE™ body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags.
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. The company is broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies such as LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning to its product lineup and has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to 100-percent of its line-up for 2015.
Many people consider their dogs to be members of the family, so it’s no surprise that they often bring their furry friends along when they travel. Traveling with pets in the car can be difficult, but these cool products will make the trip a little easier while keeping the car as clean as it was on the car dealer’s lot.
Being prepared is the key to successfully traveling with pets, and these products will help dog parents give their fur-kids a safe, relaxing ride.
Fans of new and used Honda Civics may be wondering about the newest models of Civics to arrive on the lot. Here’s the rundown on the 2015 Hybrid and the 2015 Natural Gas.
The compact hybrid is a popular choice for used Honda Civic drivers in New Jersey. The 2015 model, with a starting MSRP of $24,735, is a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its 144-volt lithium-ion battery and electric motor help the Hybrid achieve 44 mph city and 47 mph highway driving on 13.2 gallons of regular unleaded. It offers a rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system, LED daytime running lights, seat belt reminders, remote entry, automatic climate control, Honda LaneWatch, and BlueTooth HandsFreeLink, among other features.
The Natural Gas is the only car in its class to run on CNG, a methane-based compressed natural gas that’s designed to be an environmentally conscious, cost-effective alternative to gasoline. CNG is both non-toxic and produced in America. With a starting MSRP of $26,740, the Natural Gas offers a compact five-speed automatic transmission, 27 mph city driving and 38 mph highway driving, an antilock braking system, a rearview camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, a security system with remote entry, and BlueTooth HandsFreeLink, among other features. It comes in two trim levels, base and Leather/Navi.
Remember, buyers can’t go wrong with either model. Edmunds.com gave the 2015 Civic an “A” rating and recommended it in its 2015 Sedan Buying Guide. For questions on these or any other new or used Honda Civic models, contact Metro Honda in Jersey City, NJ.
The back-to-school season is a pretty hectic time of year for a parent. Whatever the situation, shuttling the kids to and from school requires the right vehicle. Whether you have one kid or a few to transport, you’re likely going to want a roomy vehicle for occasionally shuttling friends and classmates as well. Making the same trip twice a day can really wear on a car, so your carpool vehicle needs to be affordable and easily serviced.
You will need plenty of space for backpacks, school projects, and your students themselves. Depending on the model, the Honda Accord offers 13.4 or 13.7 feet, making it perfect for smaller families and for those who feel they don’t need the added space. The 2015 Honda Fit offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seats still upright, making it great for larger families, as the cargo space averages over 30 inches of space in every direction. In addition, the 2015 Honda Fit is the winner when it comes to oversized projects, as you can fold down the back seats to expand to 52.7 cubic feet of space—enough space to fit a small couch.
The affordability of a car encompasses the price of the vehicle as well as the price of driving it. In 2001, 75% of schoolchildren lived more than a mile from their schools, which is a drastic increase from the past. As communities grow, schools become farther and farther away from students’ homes. That means gas mileage becomes a serious consideration for your perfect back-to-school vehicle. For comparison, the Honda Accord LX-S with automatic transmissions averages a respectable 29 miles per gallon, while the 2016 Honda Fit LX with automatic transmission averages 36 miles per gallon, making both of these vehicles smart choices for the daily commute.
Choosing the right back-to-school car ensures that you get your kids to and from school safely. Depending on the needs of your students, a Honda Accord or a Honda Fit would be an excellent selection to jump-start the academic year!
The Honda Accord is consistently one of the best-selling cars in the country with its sleek exterior, roomy interior, and high-tech gadgets. With more than six different types of 2015 Accords to choose from, each with excellent gas mileage – 18 mpg city/36 mpg highway – buyers can’t go wrong!
Between researching models and taking test drives, buying a car is an exciting process. It can also be confusing for first-time buyers, thanks to all the financing options and sales jargon sometimes used by car dealers. But financing a car is actually a relatively easy and straightforward process.
First, the buyer needs to know how much he can afford to spend. The buyer’s total living expenses and debt obligations should be subtracted from his total income; the monthly car payment should never exceed the remaining amount. A down payment will reduce the monthly payment or loan terms, but it’s not required by all car dealers.
When it comes to a loan, buyers can usually choose between direct lending and dealership financing. In both cases, the buyer agrees to pay the price of the car, plus a finance charge, over a specified period of time. Using direct lending, the buyer obtains the loan directly from the bank or financial institution. But using dealer financing, the car dealers’ finance officers work with the bank to negotiate loan terms.
The financial institution will review the buyer’s loan application and credit history to determine what, if any, loan terms they want to offer. These loan terms depend on the buyer’s income and credit history, the price of the car and down payment, and the desired length of the contract. Buyers with poor or limited credit may need a cosigner before the loan is approved. The bank will either offer the buyer a loan or deny the application; it’s then up to the buyer to accept the terms, negotiate for better terms, or find a new lender.
Once the buyer and financial institution have agreed on the loan terms, the buyer will have to sign all the loan paperwork agreeing to make the payments on time, and then they are free to drive their new vehicle off the lot!
Some car buyers believe that new cars are the best option, while others will only buy used vehicles. When considering whether to purchase new or used, buyers should weigh their options in the following categories.
New and used cars each offer advantages and disadvantages. It’s up to each driver to decide which vehicle offers the most value based on his or her needs and budget.
Drivers who take pride in their vehicles like to keep them clean and free of dust and dirt. Everyone knows how to wash their car with a bucket of soap and water, but these tips will leave cars as spotless as the Honda dealership’s brand new models.
Many Honda dealerships and professional detailers offer car washing services, but drivers can easily save time and money by washing the car at home.
When it comes to vehicle maintenance, conventional wisdom says drivers should change their oil every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. But thanks to advances in technology, many drivers can now space out their trips to our Honda service technicians.
The best way for drivers to determine when to change their oil is by checking the manufacturer’s recommendations in the owner’s manual or online. Automakers have done extensive testing on their engines and used their performance data to develop guidelines for maintenance and oil change frequency. Many of the cars made in the last decade need oil changes every 5,000 to 20,000 miles.
Anyone who drives in severe conditions may need to visit the mechanic or Honda service center more frequently than that. Severe conditions include frequent stop-and-go traffic, repeated short trips under five miles, extreme heat or cold, and frequent cold starts, all of which shorten the lifespan of oil. The owner’s manual should outline recommendations for changing oil under normal and severe driving conditions.
Drivers looking for an accurate assessment of their oil’s lifespan can also send oil samples to an independent lab, like Blackstone Laboratories, for an engine analysis. These tests run about $25, and they will help estimate how long oil typically lasts in your vehicle. Another option is to purchase a vehicle, like a Honda, that has a maintenance alert on the dashboard to inform the driver that the oil needs to be changed. Honda has used this system for several years to prompt drivers to take their vehicles to a Honda service center for an oil change when the vehicle needs it.
Putting off oil changes can lead to contaminants in the oil, which creates friction in the engine as parts rub together. The engine damage caused by friction is mostly irreversible, so avoid putting off an oil change whenever possible.
Honda dealers understand that the decision between leasing and purchasing a new or pre-owned Honda depends on an individual’s needs. Both situations have their good and bad points, so the choice has more to do with a person’s lifestyle than which is actually better. Here are a few of the pros and cons of each type of financing:
When deciding whether leasing or buying a new or pre-owned Honda is the best option, there is no definitive answer. An individual’s budget, driving style, and the financing package that best suits him or her will all factor in the decision. That is why the best way to choose a financing option is to do in-depth research and weigh all the options before visiting local Honda dealers.