Honda Accord Earns Spot on List of America’s 2015 10 Best Cars for 29th Year

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Car and Driver magazine has recently published a list of America’s 2015 10 Best Cars. Each spot is coveted, as every new car available on the market fights for one of the top 10 spots. In actuality, the Honda Accord has become such a staple on the list that it’s as if vehicles are fighting for nine of the top 10 spots. For 29 years of the award’s 31-year history, the Honda Accord has been among the top 10 cars; an unprecedented feat.

Honda does not take this award for granted, however, as it continues to advance the technologies featured in the Accord to deliver the best driving experience for customers.

“The Accord offers terrifically fluid and sporty handling, while functioning perfectly for everyday use,” said Eddie Alterman, Car and Driver editor-in-chief. “It’s light on its feet and very driver-oriented, even if many of its drivers will never explore the full range of its dynamic capabilities. The Accord is an undercover sports sedan, and that’s what resonates with our editors year after year.”

In its ninth generation, the Accord remains a best-seller among mid-size sedans. Contact us here at Vann York Honda for more information on what the popular Accord has to offer for the 2015 model year.

IIHS Gives 2014 Honda Odyssey a Top Safety Pick + Award

Not all superheroes come with capes. Sometimes, they look, oddly enough, like a minivan—the 2014 Honda Odyssey to be exact. The popular family minivan recently received the highest possible rating of “Good” in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) stringent small overlap frontal crash test, making it the only model in its segment to do so. IIHS also gave the Honda Odyssey a Top Safety Pick+ Award, showing that while its exterior might scream “soccer mom,” this minivan is a superhero at heart.

2014 Honda Odyssey

“Honda’s commitment to the safety of its customers is clearly demonstrated by the segment-leading safety ratings of the Odyssey,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As the only minivan to offer the highest possible IIHS-rated protection in small overlap crashes, car buyers can look to the Honda Odyssey to securely and safely transport what’s most important—their families.”

Along with receiving the Top Safety Pick+ Award, the Odyssey is currently a segment leader in both fuel efficiency and features, offering drive assist technologies, such as LaneWatch, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning, among others.

While it might not be capable of leaping buildings in a single bound, this minivan will still help protect your family like any super hero would. For more information on the 2014 Honda Odyssey, stop in to Vann York Honda today!

Avoid the Gas Pump with Honda Fit Fuel-Efficiency

2015 Honda Fit

We here at Vann York Honda know the Honda Fit is an extraordinary car, but it’s nice to get a little recognition. Green Car Journal announced the 2015 Honda Fit was recently named a finalist the Green Car of the Year. With 41 highway mpg, it’s not hard to see why.

According to Honda, the secret to the Honda Fit fuel-efficiency is the 1.5-liter direct injection engine, which is mated to a continuously variable transmission. The Fit also features Earth Dreams Technology™ to ensure you get the most out of your car.

“With a cargo capacity near that of a mid-size SUV, the subcompact Fit is the perfect vehicle to replace larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The Fit also fulfills the Honda brand’s promise to deliver both fun-to-drive enjoyment and outstanding fuel efficiency.”

The 2015 model also utilizes weight reduction, friction reduction, and aerodynamics to ease the mpg down. By combining all of these efficient designs, the Fit is able to lead its class in efficiency.

Japan’s New Honda Legend Flagship Sedan Revealed

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Honda has revealed a new car carrying a nameplate we have not seen in a long time: Legend. The all-new Honda Legend flagship sedan will launch at dealerships across Japan in early 2015.  This sedan will feature a new, revolutionary hybrid system that delivers an incomparable driving experience and environmental performance.

It will have three electric motors: a single front motor and twin rear motors, all matched to a gasoline engine. The Honda Legend automatically combines front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive with EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, or Engine Drive to give drivers exactly what they need while always delivering optimal efficiency.

The flagship sedan will also come with Honda Sensing, the automaker’s advanced suite of safety technologies like Collision Mitigating Braking System, which brings your vehicle to a stop when it feels that a collision might be likely, and the world’s first Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System, which can detect if the vehicle strays from its lane and collision with a pedestrian is likely.  Audio and visual warnings will get the drivers attention while the steering wheel automatically directs the car the other direction to assist with  collision avoidance efforts.

The downside to all this? It will never make it to the Vann York Honda dealership. In the United States, the Honda Legend will be sold as the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, which means you will have to pay a visit to our luxury counterparts instead.

Essential Holiday Driving Tips

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season right around the corner, we here at Vann York Honda have put together some Holiday Driving Tips to ensure you’re both safe and prepared during one of the busiest times of the year.

Our first tiFirst aidp is to stock your car with emergency supplies. Hopefully, you’ll neve
r need them; if you do, though, you’ll be glad to have them. Carry an empty gas can, flares, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and water (enough for an overheated engine and to drink).

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Tip umber two: avoid driving while tired. Although you might be pressed for time when rushing between Thanksgiving meals, if you’re tired, you shouldn’t drive. Driving while tired exponentially increases the risk of driving – for many, it’s comparable to driving drunk. Playing it safe is better than getting into an accident.

If you’re drivinjumper cablesg long distances, make sure to have your car serviced. This includes a basic all-around check and an oil change. Changing the oil, oil f
ilter, and air filter every 3,000 miles is suggested by most manufacturers, as it decreases engine wear. Driving hundreds of miles with dirty oil isn’t ideal for your car.

Last but not least, bring something to entertain the passengers (especially the kids). Bring games, music, and books to keep everyone occupied so the driver can concentrate on the road. According to AAA, this is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of accidents this time of year.

Rock Band, OK Go, Shows Us How Cool The Honda Uni-Cub Is


Rock band, OK Go, just came out with another draw-dropping music video. This band is notorious for coming up with quirky, fun videos to sing and dance along to, and most of the time they end up a viral sensation, but this time is even better! This time, OK Go, performed their song “I Won’t Let You Down” while spinning and cruising around on Honda Uni-Cub.

The Honda Uni-Cub is a personal mobility device. It kind of looks like an electric unicycle, but much easier to ride. Technically, it is a “battery-powered self-stabilizing vehicle with a number of interlocking wheels that allow for travel at 6 kph (3mph) in just about any direction,” according to Quartz.

Right now, you cannot buy the Honda Uni-Cub, and there are no definite plans of Honda ever making it commercially available. There seems as if there could be a market for it, or devices like it. It is designed for individuals who perform daily tasks that require a lot of pacing in “barrier-free indoor environments,” such as tour guides and airport workers. But the gold mine where it could be even more valuable is in rapidly aging societies to keep the elderly mobile. There are still some advancements that would need to be done for grandma would feel completely safe on one of these, however.

Here at Vann York Honda, we are proud to be working with a company that is so versatile and innovative with its designs and creations. If you have any questions about one of their new or used creations on our lot, feel free to contact us at any time and we will be glad to help!

New Honda HR-V Debut Set for Los Angeles Auto Show


Honda already makes one of the world’s most popular SUVs, the award-winning Honda CR-V, and now the Japanese automaker is doubling down—the HR-V, a new Honda SUV, will be introduced here in the States at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. Here at Vann York Honda, we still haven’t had a chance to see the HR-V in person, so we’re just as excited as all of you for its upcoming release.

Honda has high hopes for the new crossover vehicle, too. “The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup…competing in an all-new segment for the brand,” the company announced in a press release. “Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the critically-acclaimed Fit, the HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to an innovative center fuel tank layout.”

That just scratches the surface of what’s exciting about the new HR-V, which also features the handy Honda Magic Seat and is expected to arrive with an efficient 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. There’s even the possibility of a hybrid version coming to the states at some point!

November 19 can’t get here soon enough, but while you wait for the Honda HR-V debut, come visit us at Vann York Honda to learn more about the check out our current inventory.

Honda Goes Green, Announces SolarCity Partnership


For Honda, solar power and electric cars go hand-in-hand. Because of this, the Japanese carmaker recently announced that they will continue going green with the renewal of their partnership with SolarCity, a company that provides the public with clean energy through solar power. The renewed SolarCity partnership will provide Honda and Acura customers and dealerships with the opportunity to have more available and affordable solar power. It also encourages more consumers to look beyond fuel-efficient cars to go green.

“The first phase of this partnership has proven that Honda drivers have a high affinity for solar power, while owners of solar-powered homes have a high affinity for Honda products,” said Steven Center, Vice President of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we look toward a future in which renewable energy will be an increasingly pervasive fuel source for personal mobility products, we are excited about capitalizing on the technological, environmental, and market opportunities available through partnerships of this nature.”

The two companies are looking to appeal more to both owners of solar powered homes and plug-in electric vehicles, and previously worked together to create the Honda Smart Home in the U.S.

If you want to go green just like Honda, make sure you stop in to Vann York Honda today and see the fuel-efficient car options we have for you!

Honda’s 2015 CR-V’s New Safety Features Come Out Swinging

In 2015, Honda is all about innovative tech. The CR-V is coming back with six safety features packed into it for the assured safety of Honda’s customers. This is the first of Honda’s cars to feature its new Honda Sensing bundle, an intuitive group of upgrades that Honda has designed to put its family vehicles ahead of the competition.

Adaptive cruise control senses other vehicles and keeps you at a safe distance from them while still allowing you to take a bit of a break during a long trip. Lane departure warning will alert you to cars drifting towards you on the road. Front collision detection will be there to jostle you when you’ve lost your focus and are at risk of colliding with a car in front of you.

Then comes what makes Honda’s tech package special: It’s bringing you three more features not normally found in other companies’ vehicles to add extra safety to this year’s CR-V. Lane Watch is the first in the line-up and provides you with a live feed of your blind spot. Additionally, the Lane Keeping Assist System briefly assists you if you drift out of your lane. And finally, the Collision Mitigation Braking System brakes if it detects something in the path of the car and the driver doesn’t brake immediately.

Vann York Honda is excited to see all these new safety features coming to the already souped up 2015 CR-V. For more information on this car and others, be sure to stay tuned to our blog!

Man Puts 750,000 Miles on Honda Civic

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Most people are aware of the fact that Honda has a proud tradition of making automobiles that go the extra mile.  A man named Paul Habib, Jr. proved this fact in a spectacular way.  In just two years, he put more than 250,000 miles on his 2006 Honda Civic LX.  In six years, he had put on 750,000 miles.  And apparently, he doesn’t want to stop.  He’d like to hit 1,000,000.

Up to 227,000 miles, nothing dramatic had been done to the engine.  He used synthetic oil and his spark plugs were original.  At 324,000, he switched out the original motor with a used replacement. Amazingly, the original was still running, he just wanted to avoid running it until it locked up.

Honda is well aware of Paul Habib and other people driving Hondas with a ridiculous amount of miles on them.  Alicia Jones, Honda’s Public Relation Manager, said, “Stories like these are a testament to how people have come to count on their Hondas.”

Come out to Vann York Honda to check out our lineup of reliable Honda vehicles – who knows, you may find a car that lasts you a million miles!