Is your family looking for a new minivan in College Station? You're probably considering both the 2014 Toyota Sienna and 2014 Honda Odyssey, two of the best-selling minivans in the country. And you may be wondering how the two vehicles compare to each other. Well, we have the answers here at Allen Honda. Here's the scoop on their safety and performance:
Safety Comparison of the 2014 Sienna and 2014 Odyssey
The 2014 Honda Odyssey is clearly the safety leader of the two minivans, even though the 2014 Sienna offers a few safety perks like all wheel drive and optional pre-crash seatbelt pretensioners that the Odyssey lacks. The Odyssey comes out on top in terms of safety with the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The new Odyssey was the only minivan this year to be named a Top Pick Plus by the IIHS, and the Odyssey was one of the few minivans to receive an overall rating of 5 stars from the NHTSA. The Sienna was only able to earn 4 stars from the administration. Safety specs like an available collision warning system and an available lane departure warning system are some of what help the Odyssey lead the pack in terms of safety.
Performance Comparison of the 2014 Sienna and 2014 Odyssey
Both the new Sienna and the new Odyssey can hold their own in the performance department. In contrast to each other on the road, they're almost neck and neck, in fact. Some of the Sienna's subtle advantages include a V6 engine that produces 266 horsepower (18 more than the Odyssey's engine produces) and larger-than-average front brake rotors that allow the Sienna to stop shorter than its Honda counterpart.
Overall, however, the new Odyssey wins the race among the two with fully independent front and rear suspensions for better handling, an engine control system that improves fuel efficiency, active noise cancellation, and speed sensitive variable-assist power steering for better control at low and high speeds. Plus, the Odyssey's combined fuel economy rating is an impressive 22 mpg, while the Sienna lags behind with a 21 mpg combined fuel economy rating. And the Odyssey's engine trumps the Sienna's in terms of torque, producing 5 more lbs.-ft. of torque on average.
Think the 2014 Honda Odyssey might be a good fit for your needs? Schedule a test drive and come on down to Allen Honda!
Allen Honda, your Bryan and College Station Honda dealership, recently posted an article about how the 2014 Honda Civic compares to one of its popular competitors, the 2014 Ford Focus. Now, we'd like to dig deeper and give you a more detailed picture of some of the new Civic's most noteworthy features. Here are some of the most important things that set the Civic apart:
The EPA named the 2014 Honda Civic a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle. The Civic is able to achieve this feat of eco-friendliness thanks in part to its incredibly efficient engine and Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission. The Civic's Eco Assist and Eco Boost features, which give drivers the opportunity to monitor their fuel consumption and control their engine settings to conserve fuel, also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the compact car.
The 2014 Civic is the first Honda to come with a touchscreen display, which gives users the opportunity to quickly and easily sift through smartphone content and apps. Speaking of apps, the Civic masterfully integrates them with its next generation HondaLink software, giving occupants access to Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, and much more content from their smartphones. Best of all, drivers can safety access all of this content using steering wheel-mounted controls.
The 4-door Civic with optional front crash protection received the highest rating of Top Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). And the 2014 Civic Coupe received the second highest rating from the IIHS of Top Pick. Only eight cars in the Civic's class were able to earn these high honors from the institute. 2014 Civic models are considered some of the safest compact car models on the road thanks to features like a body frame that distributes crash energy, anti-lock brakes with technology to prevent wheel lockup, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors.
Interested in a new car that's eco-friendly, high-tech, and exceptionally safe? Consider the 2014 Civic! We invite you to test drive one of our available models at Allen Honda!
Allen Honda, your College Station car dealership, knows how important subtle mechanical details are when it comes to a car's overall performance abilities. On the surface, the 2014 Honda Pilot and the 2014 Chevy Traverse, two top new SUVs, have a lot in common. However, there are a few seemingly minor but important details that distinguish each. If you're wondering about the overall performance aptitude of these two SUVs, here's what you should know about their efficiency and handing:
2014 Honda Pilot Efficiency and Handling
The 2014 Honda Pilot outperforms many of its competitors due to a number of outstanding features that enhance its overall efficiency and handling. Its 13-inch front brake rotors and 13.1-inch rear rotors, which are larger-than-average, allow the Pilot to come to a stop from 60 miles per hour in just 154 feet. Plus, the new SUV's rear gas-charged shocks provide maximum control on choppy roads. Not to mention, additional specs like standard front and rear stabilizer bars and 65 series tires ensure drivers feel fully in control of the Pilot on the road.
It's also important to note that the Pilot boasts a highway fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon and a city rating of 18 miles per gallon. Additionally, safety specifications like active head restraints and optional parking sensors further set the new Pilot apart.
2014 Chevy Traverse Efficiency and Handling
The 2014 Chevy Traverse's V6 engine produces a little more horsepower than average (281 hp vs. the Pilot's 250 hp), and the Traverse's extra powerful, 660-amp battery offers some additional reliability when it comes to handling large electrical loads. However, the new Traverse can't quite compare to the Pilot in many other respects. For instance, the Traverse's front and rear rotors are smaller than the Pilot's, which slows the Chevy down when it's braking. Without gas-charged shocks, Traverse drivers have less command on choppy roads. And the Chevy SUV's lack of rear stabilizer bars and its 70 series tires negatively affect its handling.
In terms of fuel economy and safety features, the 2014 Traverse doesn't outdo the Pilot either. Its highway fuel economy rating of 24 mpg and city fuel economy rating of 17 mpg mean more trips to the pump. And the Traverse lacks useful safety specs like active head restraints and optional parking sensors.
Want to experience what it's like to get behind the wheel of a new Pilot? Take a trip to Allen Honda! And feel free to get a quick quote before you meet with us in person!
Allen Honda, your College Station and Bryan Honda dealership, hopes to keep you aware of all the new technology Honda develops. We're excited to announce some useful new safety technology the automaker has in the works that we think will do a lot of good and save a lot of lives on the road in urban areas.
Honda has a rich history of building its cars with occupant safety in mind. Now the automaker is taking its safety efforts one step further and developing pedestrian auto-braking protection. This safety technology will allow Honda vehicles to detect nearby pedestrians and automatically hit the brakes to prevent pedestrian-related accidents.
This new technology uses a radar scanner and video camera to identify pedestrians in close proximity. According to Honda, this automatic braking feature allows cars to come to an almost immediate, complete stop from speeds of up to 37 miles per hour.
Honda plans to debut this new, highly innovative safety add-on when it releases the 2015 Acura RLX late this year. The automaker currently has plans of including it as an optional feature. However, in the future, we can likely expect most Hondas to be equipped with this safety technology and a whole host of other incredible safety features. It's no wonder that Hondas win so many safety accolades each year!
Want to learn about the amazing safety features 2014 Hondas come with? Visit us at Allen Honda, and consider scheduling a test drive with us!
2013 has come and gone. We’ve made our resolutions, and we’re already making 2014 memories we’ll reflect upon this time next year. Now is the perfect time to take a moment and think about all of the exciting and memorable things that happened in the world of Honda last year. Allen Honda, your College Station and Northwest Houston Honda dealer, would like to take you on a walk down memory lane. Here are our favorite 2013 Honda memories:
Honda Urban SUV Announcement
At the very beginning of last year, Honda announced their new Urban SUV concept at the Detroit auto show. As the year unfolded, we learned more about this small, sporty crossover. Now it’s already been released in Japan as the Vezel, and we’re expecting it to hit the U.S. market later this year.
The 12th Annual Honda Civic Tour
Remember when the Honda Civic Tour came to a city near you and brought you incredible performances by Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson? The 2013 Honda Civic Tour was one of the best yet. We can’t wait to see who’s going to be headlining this year!
Odyssey Debuts the HondaVAC
A few months ago, Honda released the new Odyssey, and one of the most exciting additions to the vehicle was the HondaVAC, an in-vehicle vacuum. The Honda Odyssey is the first minivan in history to offer this feature!
Happy Honda Days Commercials Featuring Michael Bolton
Who doesn’t love Happy Honda Days, Honda’s winter annual sales event? And who doesn’t love Michael Bolton? What happens when you combine the two? Magic!
2014 Civic’s New Technology
As 2013 was coming to a close, Honda surprised us all with some groundbreaking additions to the Civic: a display audio touchscreen and updated HondaLink with a smartphone-powered navigation app. With these additions, Honda positioned itself as one of the most forward-thinking automakers, making it a whole lot easier to stay connected in the Civic via your smartphone.
These are just some of the exciting things that happened in the wonderful world of Honda this year! If you want to start making some 2014 memories in your very own new Honda, consider checking the value of your trade in and visiting us at Allen Honda!
The 2014 Honda Civic is one of the latest additions to the Allen Honda showroom in College Station, and we think it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a subcompact car. We also think it’s wise for potential car buyers to fully explore all their options before they make any purchasing decisions. If you’re considering the 2014 Civic, you may also be considering the 2014 Focus. To help you determine which is best for your needs, here’s a snapshot of each car’s performance features and ergonomics:
2014 Honda Civic Performance
J.D. Power and Associates recently named the Civic the top car in its class in their Initial Quality Study. The Civic earned this title thanks to its reliability and outstanding performance features. The new Honda’s combined fuel economy rating of 33 miles per gallon, its continuously variable transmission, and its towing capacity of 1000 pounds dramatically enhance the experience of drivers and passengers alike. Plus, innovative safety features like standard whiplash protection and daytime running lights take the 2014 Civic’s safety performance to a whole new level.
2014 Ford Focus Performance
Although the 2014 Focus does offer some advantages like front and rear gas-charged shocks that enhance control on choppy roads, it lacks many of the performance features that distinguish the Civic. For instance, the Ford does not offer continuously variable transmission or any towing capacity whatsoever. Additionally, it only boasts a combined fuel economy rating of 31 miles per gallon. And although the Focus does come with blind spot mirrors to enhance safety, it does not offer whiplash protection or daytime running lights.
2014 Honda Civic Ergonomics
Honda had ergonomics on the brain when they built the 2014 Honda Civic. Features like a USB audio interface, rearview camera, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and Pandora compatibility make life easier and more enjoyable in the Civic. Plus, a standard locking fuel door, 94.6 cubic feat of passenger space, and one-touch window control further distinguish the new Honda in terms of ergonomics. There’s no doubt about it. Occupants are comfortable and connected in the new Civic.
2014 Ford Focus Ergonomics
The Focus makes a name for itself in the realm of ergonomics with a few standout features like variable intermittent wipers and optional dual zone air conditioning, but it’s not quite as impressive as the Civic. The new Ford does not come with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Pandora compatibility, one-touch window control, or a standard locking fuel door. Furthermore, the Focus only offers a modest 90.7 cubic feet of passenger space.
We hope you’ll check out some of the 2014 Honda Civic models at Allen Honda. And don’t forget to schedule a test drive!
Looking for a full-size crossover that combines luxury and practicality? Consider the 2014 Crosstour! Allen Honda, your College Station Honda dealer, would like to help you get to know this new Honda crossover a little better. Here’s what you should know about its mechanics, safety, and distinguishing features:
2014 Honda Crosstour Mechanics
The new Honda Crosstour comes with a number of mechanical features that distinguish its performance abilities. For instance, the crossover’s available 4-cylinder engine produces 192 horsepower, and its available V-6 engine produces 278 horsepower, which means rapid acceleration is no challenge for Crosstour models. Additionally, specs like 6-speed automatic transmission, double wishbone front suspension (which uses both lower and upper control links), and real time 4-wheel drive allow for effective maneuvering and a supremely easy ride.
2014 Honda Crosstour Safety
Honda has won a number of accolades this year based on its superior safety technology. Like all 2014 Honda models, the 2014 Crosstour comes with the latest and greatest in safety specs. An anti-lock braking system, forward collision warning system, lane departure warning system, and tire pressure monitoring system give drivers more control of their safety. Furthermore, features like active head restraints and dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags dramatically reduce the risk of injury during a collision in the Crosstour.
2014 Honda Crosstour Distinguishing Features
In addition to impressive mechanics and safety features, the Crosstour also comes with quite a few other distinguishing features. For instance, a USB audio interface, steering wheel-mounted media controls, and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink help occupants stay entertained and digitally connected in the Crosstour. Additionally, a hidden removable utility box, 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and a 60/40-split rear seatback mean convenient storage options in the Crosstour are practically limitless.
If we’ve convinced you the 2014 Honda Crosstour might be a good fit, don’t hesitate to schedule a test-drive at Allen Honda!
The 2013 Fit has been an amazing addition to the Allen Honda showroom in College Station, and we're excited to announce some details about the 2015 Fit, which is expected to be a game changer in a number of ways. In particular, we're thrilled to reveal that the new Fit will offer even better fuel economy.
The 2015 Honda Fit will have a combined fuel economy rating of 36 miles per gallon. Currently, the 2013 Fit boasts an impressive fuel economy of 31 miles per gallon. The new Honda will be able to reach new heights in terms of gas mileage thanks to its 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine and its innovative continuously variable transmission.
The new Fit's fuel economy will propel the car to the top of the heap in terms of fuel efficiency. The newest Toyota Yaris and Chevy Sonic models, for instance, only offer combined fuel economy ratings of 33 miles per gallon.
As you can tell from the picture posted above, the 2015 Fit will also come with a redesigned exterior that, according to Honda officials, aims to embody the essence of modern technology. The new Fit will be the same size, however. So, fans of the car's petite stature definitely won't be disappointed.
Allen Honda will keep you in the loop with more details regarding the 2015 Fit as they come. In the interim, feel free to stop by our service center for help with your Honda's scheduled maintenance needs. And don't forget to print off some of our service coupons!
Allen Honda, your College Station and Bryan car dealer, aims to keep you aware of the latest trends and new models in the auto industry. As automakers roll out their 2014 models, we're excited to equip you with information about new models you might be interested in. If you're looking for a new car and trying to decide between the 2014 Honda Accord and 2014 Ford Taurus, here's what you should know about how the two compare:
2014 Honda Accord Safety
The 2014 Accord was named a Top Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) based on its performance in crash tests. The new Accord performs so well in safety measures because of features like a whiplash protection system, which minimizes back and neck injuries during collisions. Additional features like Daytime Running Lights, traction control, and antilock brakes make the new Honda even safer.
2014 Ford Taurus Safety
Like the 2014 Honda Accord, the 2014 Ford Taurus is equipped with front and side airbags, traction control, stability control, and 4-wheel antilock brakes. Unlike the Accord, however, the Taurus was not named a Top Pick Plus by the IIHS. Furthermore, the new Ford does not come with critical features like a whiplash protection system or Daytime Running Lights.
2014 Honda Accord Ergonomics
Want comfort and convenience out of a car? The 2014 Accord won't disappoint. It comes with remote window control, which allows a driver to open and close windows before getting in the car. It also has a standard locking fuel door with remote release, which helps protect the fuel tank from theft and makes it easy to open up the fuel door from inside the car. Speed-sensitive windshield wipers, dual zone air conditioning, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity also distinguish the new Accord in terms of ergonomics.
2014 Ford Taurus Ergonomics
Although the new Taurus does offer some useful ergonomic features like an exterior keypad entry system, it lacks many of the Accord's outstanding ergonomic specs. The 2014 Taurus does not come with remote window control, a standard locking fuel door, speed sensitive wipers, or dual-zone air conditioning. Moreover, only select versions of the Taurus have Bluetooth wireless connectivity, an essential component of most 2014 vehicles.
As you can probably tell, we think the 2014 Honda Accord has quite a bit to offer in comparison to its Ford competitor. Check out our current 2014 Accord inventory to learn more about the models at Allen Honda!
Allen Honda, your College Station and Caldwell Honda dealership, would like to introduce the 2014 Honda Pilot. If you're looking for an SUV, the brand new Pilot is a fantastic choice. Here's what makes it stand out in terms of performance, safety, and tech specs:
2014 Honda Pilot Performance
Want an efficient and powerful SUV? The 2014 Honda Pilot won't disappoint. It has a 250 horsepower, 3.5 liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine, which means it gets you where you need to go with ease while making an impression on the road. Its 5-Speed automatic transmission allows for quick acceleration and better fuel efficiency. Not to mention, the new Pilot's variable cylinder management reduces the vehicle's energy consumption dramatically when you're cruising, which saves you considerably on gas.
2014 Honda Pilot Safety
Hondas are well-known for being some of the safest vehicles on the road, and the 2014 Honda Pilot is no exception. Its body is specially designed to distribute energy during a collision in order to mitigate damage. Its driver and front passenger seats move up and forward during an accident to prevent head and neck injury. Additional features like an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, multiple-threshold front airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system make the new Pilot even safer.
2014 Honda Pilot Tech Specs
The new Honda Pilot definitely keeps up with the latest tech trends. Its Bluetooth HandsFreeLink lets you stay connected to your phone and stream your favorite music. Its intelligent multi-information display keeps you aware of things like your audio settings and your fuel consumption. And add-ons like a navigation system with voice recognition, a rearview camera, and the Honda DVD rear entertainment system enhance your experience in the Pilot.
The features we've outlined are just the beginning of what there is to like about the 2014 Honda Pilot. Schedule a test drive with Allen Honda, your College Station and Caldwell Honda dealership, and discover more about the new Pilot!