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2012 Honda Civic

Used Honda Civic

When it comes to owning a vehicle that can maneuver the city streets and still has ample room for all occupants, finding the right compact coupe or sedan can be difficult. At Washington Honda, our goal is to make this process less hectic with our selection of used Honda Civics that are priced to fit any budget. Not only does this model provide an entertaining driving experience, but its fuel economy and available amenities will also impress buyers in Washington, PA. Offering four unique trim levels and both a coupe and sedan body style, the Honda Civic offers buyers a compact car that is as enjoyable to drive as it is fuel efficient. The bare DX trim has comfortable features for buyers who want to travel to the most inexpensive option possible. Its equipment list includes power windows, 15-inch steel wheels and a rear window defroster. For amenities that are more popular, the LX offers air-conditioning, a four-speaker sound system with CD player, keyless entry and body-color door handles. For maximum fuel mileage, the HF sedan trim has been designed with wind-cheating underbody panels, aerodynamic cast-aluminum wheels and a rear spoiler. With its premium seven-speaker sound system, 16-inch alloy wheels and 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, the EX offers many features that make Honda sedans one of the most popular on the highway. The top-of-the-line EX-L adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery and heated front seats.All gas-powered Honda Civic models receive power from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 140 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. When paired with the available five-speed automatic transmission, this compact car achieves an EPA-estimated 36 mpg and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds.

A Used Honda Civic from Washington Honda offers buyers in the South Hills the vehicles they desire at a price they can afford. Visit us today and see why buying a vehicle risk free is like doing business with no other dealership in PA.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Honda plans to take on 2015 with bigger plans after facing a hard blow on its sales in 2014. New Models of the HR-V crossover and NSX supercar are said to be on the top line of this game plan together with revisions and replacements of other cars in this category.

The plan starts its execution with the revamp of the CR-V making it the first model to be released with Honda's new 1.6-liter twin-turbocharged diesel engine. This new engine replaces its predecessor, a 2.2-liter diesel, and offers a higher 158 horsepower capable of producing 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine also promises notably lower carbon emissions and a higher fuel economy.

Powertrain and Performance

The CR-V comes exclusively on a four-wheel drive and can be paired to either a manual six-speed or a nine-speed automatic transmission. Similar to the engine, the gearbox does not only promise a more efficient performance, but also boasts of its less weight (65kg less than the original five-speed automatic transmission) allowing for the vehicle to be lighter and more agile.

This loss in weight has also allowed the Japanese auto firm to execute a variety of minor changes to the suspension that targets to upgrade the vehicle's maneuverability and ride comfort. These are evident with the wider front and rear track, smaller diameter roll bar at the front, revised geometry and new bushes, and an improved steering that is more responsive.

Interior and Exterior Features

The new CR-V also features thicker door seals and new carpets as a part of their upgrades so as to improve rolling refinement. It also has a new Android-based entertainment package that includes a seven-inch touchscreen system with WiFi connectivity for accessing the internet.

Additional updates on system also feature intelligent Active Cruise Control (iACC) which has the ability to monitor other lane traffic and automatically adjusts the car's speed if another vehicle is to pull out in front of you all of a sudden.

These changes are also visually represented by the restyled bumpers, a wider grille, and the rearrangement of LEDs on the rear.

Behind the Wheel Feels

Honda's engineers clearly have put much focus on minimizing internal friction in the four-cylinder, making it very refined with only an almost muted rattle upon starting the engine and a minimal growl (not unpleasant) as the engine heats up for driving.

Despite its size, its engine does a pretty good job in terms of speed considering that it is carrying a big SUV. It recorded a 0-60mph rate of 10 seconds with enough punch through the rev to allow overtaking. This is made possible by the use of sequential turbocharging which utilize a smaller, more responsive turbo allowing boost at low revs and a bigger item to takeover in the mid-range. Switching between the two is also smooth, providing the kind of graceful shove you would want to come out of a 2.0-liter.

The gearbox makes for a smooth shifting, allowing you to drive with ease without having to struggle for the correct ratio, and even reacts swiftly whenever the occupant decides to supersede the gears manually.

Steering is very consistently responsive and surprisingly stable at high speed despite its massive weight making the CR-V a good highway vehicle. Its good grip and resistance to understeer make up for its lack of real feel behind the front wheels and its habit to lean heavily on corners. Overall, the CR-V comes as a surprise in being quite responsive for this type and size of a vehicle.

Most importantly, it is soundly quiet and is able to control its weight pretty well over mid-corner bumpsùan overall nice ride. We can't really expect sports car qualities from the CR-V, but for an SUV, it's a pretty decent vehicle to drive and own.

Interior upgrades are a mixture of practical and gimmicky features with high end materials but an occasionally slow responsive dual-screen setup. To offset that setback, however, it provides comfortable seats and a surprisingly spacious interior layout allowing three full-sized adults to sit comfortably at the back without the middle seat occupant having to crunch over a transmission tunnel since its floor is completely flat.

Honda claims that it could carry four sets of golf clubs or even two mountain bikes if you fold the rears seats completely flat on the floor.

All in all, it is above average when it comes to driving and is nicely manufactured with its wide space for passenger and cargo. Its drawback, however, may come in price since a decent BMW X3 or an Audi Q5 are in the same price range, posing a direct competitor. While there would be a cheaper version of it, the HR-V, it will not be introduced until later this year, which may possibly lead to a reduced market sales as Honda has expected.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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Used Honda Odyssey

A used Honda Odyssey from Washington Honda is a solid choice for buyers in the South Hills that are looking for a family vehicle. Not only does this minivan have an aggressive design that is appealing to the eyes, but its performance and fuel economy ranks at the top of its category.

The Honda Odyssey is a family-oriented minivan that is available in five unique trim levels. The LX is the entry-level model by name only with an equipment list crammed full of amenities including cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a five-speaker sound system with a CD player and 17-inch steel wheels. The EX offers a midrange model that buyers will adore with features including a multi-information display with an 8-inch screen, an upgraded seven-speaker audio system offering 2GB of digital music storage and 17-inch alloy wheels. For an impressive trim equipped with a sunroof, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a chilled storage box, the EX-L is a solid choice. This model provides even more choices for buyers by offering the option of a voice-operated navigation system or a rear-seat entertainment system. With pampering features such as third-row sunshades, memory settings for the driver, a voice-activated navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system, the Touring model offers a class level that other minivans can't match. The top-of-the-line Touring Elite takes the equipment list even further toward extravagance with xenon headlights, a premium 12-speaker surround-sound stereo system and a blind-spot warning system.

Powered by a 3.5-liter V6, the Honda Odyssey provides drivers with 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. With the help of a six-speed automatic transmission, this minivan has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg. It also has the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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Honda Odyssey

Most people would find themselves amid an envious fit over van owners after driving the 2015 Honda Odyssey. After its low years in the minivan segment, Honda seems to have gotten their minds together by crafting a newer, contemporary mass transporter that include a sleeker design and notable upgrades in its fuel economy, powertrain and included equipment.

No one would need a second look to notice the changes done to the revamped Odyssey. Firstly, gone is its traditional minivan look. Honda made a smart move of adopting some of the Civic's physical feature into this new minivan's physique. The Civic still remains as Honda's manifestation of the right balance of a style and performance, and the attributes that it gives to the Odyssey contributes in making the minivan as attractive and compact as it is. It also helps that the said minivan has been extended over two inches across, giving it a wider and lower stance.

Front and Rear

Its front and rear sections do not really gel together in terms of exterior appearance, but when looked into individually, they serve the minivan well. The D-pillar dresses up the minivan in a more modern approach, much like those of many crossovers in the market. Its C-pillar (or lightning bolt as Honda would call it), on the other hand, gives the Odyssey a more dynamic appeal.

Along with Honda's attempt to make the rear seat of this vehicle look more appealing, it has inculcated a number of features that definitely cater to the comfort and entertainment of rear-passengers. First on the list is the presence of two sets of LATCH anchor on the third row; the second row can have three if the buyer decides toùsomething that the competing brands lack.

Its front cockpit seems to be functional with controls that parallel those of other Honda vehicles. However, despite the industry trend of having a central LCD display embedded with buttons and a larger controller knob, Honda tried to deviate from it with its choice to install a rather traditional navigation system (and by that we mean those of 10 years ago). Another unfortunate fact is Honda's decision to place the climate control buttons above the navi system, which is a major mistake since most drivers don't really pay attention to the temperature after automatically setting it.

Behind the Wheel

It may not have much fluidity like that of the Accord, but the fact remains that this minivan still drives pretty sweetly. Its steering may provide less feel as compared to year models that came before it, but the Odyssey still does a pretty job in handling corners.

Driving the Odyssey may make you feel like driving a minivan, but its acceleration would make you feel like driving a sporty muscle car. Packed with a 3.5-liter V6 with 248 horsepower capable of producing 250 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to do an excellent job of quickly revving. Also, it pairs well with the new six-speed automatic transmission that comes optional. The Honda Odyssey definitely moves quicker than it is expected to.

Honda has also made practical moves in improving its fuel economy. The Odyssey's inclusion of the Variable Cylinder Management (CVM) system enables the minivan to shout down two or three cylinders of the V6 when they are not needed. Along with this, the 50 to 100 pound trim down on its weight also contributes to its higher EPA-rated fuel efficiency off 21 miles per gallon combined (18 city/ 27 highway) on its standard five-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic gearbox, on the other hand, gives an even impressive rating by raising the numbers a tick higher with its 22 mpg combined (19 city/ 28 highway).

As minivans normally fit a regular sized family, they would be sorely lacking if they do not include entertainment system that serve its rear passengers (mostly kids)ùsomething that Honda seems to have taken generous measures to live up to. To start off with, there's the 16.2-inch widescreen in the second row that folds down from the headliner available as an option.

This giant LCD panel includes an HDMI port that seem to be a bit of a futuristic approach for Honda as it makes way for video game playing inside the vehicle. However, the screen in this minivan is still quite small in size, creating a difficulty for modern games that are designed and calibrated for widescreen HD.

There is also much to complain about the Honda Odyssey's price especially when you're one of the practicals out there. Paying $40,775 for a six-speed automatic gearbox just seems a little bit too much. That is a lot of additional cash from the base price of $27,800. Gone are the days when you only had to pay an additional $1,500 for an upgraded transmission. For all that it is worth, the Odyssey offers adequate promise in terms of its features, but including its price in your consideration lists just disqualifies it from the your options.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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Honda Crosstour

Crossing over several styles and features, one would really find an extremely difficult time to place the Honda Crosstour to any category. It can't be classified as a midsized sedan as it is taller and bigger than that, but it is definitely too small to be a compact crossover SUV. It's like Honda engineers got a wee bit excited to play around and crossbred a wagon, a sedan, and a crossover. The result is utterly shocking, and we don't mean that in a good way. While trying to look like its influences, it has lost their best attributes.

As the name suggests, the Crosstour adopts some of the current features of the Accord sedan, only taller by 7.6 inches and comes as a hatchback instead of having a rear end trunk. To give it credit, however, this slightly awkward design enables the Crosstour to carry more cargo load as compared to that of the sedan, and makes way for easy loading with its wider rear opening.

Trying to do so many things at once have deviated the Crosstour from focusing on good attributes. Its drawbacks become pretty obvious especially when you place it head to head with other compact crossover SUVs. Such crossover SUVs outdo the Crosstour in aspects of convenience and functionality while still maintaining a car-like driving feel instead of a truck-like one. Other than that, base models of such SUVs also offer lower prices.

The Crosstour does combine a lot of things into one, and may be considered as the correct package for many; however, it is not the top tier in its newly emerging category, if it has that in the first place. Compared to its direct rivals, it focuses more on occupants" comfort rather than multidimensional utility.

Trim Levels and Options

The Crosstour is offered in two trims, namely the EX and the EX-L trim levels.

EX Trim. This trim comes standard with automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, keyless entry, a sunroof, power front seats (10-way driver, four-way passenger), dual-zone automatic climate control with second row vents, a multifunctional tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seatback and a seven-speaker audio system including an auxiliary audio jack and a six-CD changer.

EX-L Trim. The higher of the two trims, the EX-L upgrades the wheels into 18-inchers that come standard with features such as leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, driver seat memory functions, a cargo cover, an upgraded stereo with a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a satellite radio. The only option available for upgrade on this trim is a voice-activated navigation system matched with a rearview camera.

Performance Level

Offered in standard front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available as an EX-L trim option, the Crosstour is packed with a 3.5-liter V6 with 271 horsepower capable of producing 254 pound-feet of torque. It also comes standard on a five-speed automatic gearbox.

It recorded an astounding 0-to-60 mph speed of 7.5 secondsùpretty decent for its class. Fuel efficiency, on the other hand rated at 21 mpg combined with 18 city/27 highway on front-wheel drive. AWD versions result to a tick lower fuel economy.

Safety

All Honda Accord Crosstours include standard safety features such as active front-seat head restraints, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. It required 131 feet to come to full stop from 60 mph.

The Crosstour has not been tested using the new, and more demanding government crash tests, but its 2010 ratings (which are far easier than the new tests) yielded a perfect five score for categories like side and front. The IIHS, likewise, gave it the highest possible rating of ôgood for side crash protection and frontal-offset, but garnered the second-worst score of ômarginal for the roof-strength test.

Interior Design

Its cabin has enough room to transport full-sized adults with ample leg and headroom for both front and rear seats. The seats are pretty supportive and comfortable while some may think of the lumbar support to be a wee bit aggressive than they like. It provides poor cargo capabilities with a small 25.7 cubic feet of storage area at the back of the rear seats and expands to 51.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. These numbers are bad as conventional crossovers and wagons do more in accommodating bigger size of load.

Behind the Wheel

Like its influence, the Honda Accord sedan, this Crosstour reaps off of its precise steering and responsive handling. Its added weight of 300 pounds, however, coupled with its higher center of gravity kind of throws off all the intent to make the car sportier. The V6 provides a pretty sufficient power output, but transmissions tend to downshift in slower traffic.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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