June 2015
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MONTHLY ARCHIVES: JUNE 2015

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Honda Accord

The Honda Accord offers many pros, like great space, excellent visibility, and high resale value. But no perk is as prominent and beneficial as its reliable reputation. Honda’s are known as a brand that keeps on ticking - and the Accord is no exception. If you’re looking for a used car that has the ability to continue running to 200,000 miles and beyond, the Honda Accord is the way to go.

The Honda Accord offers a sporty, fun-to-drive ride that’s safe, well-made, and of course, reliable. It comes in sedan and coupe body styles with several great trims for each. Check ‘em out below.

The LX sedan has mainly the basics, like 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, and fold-down rear seats. The sound system includes six speakers, single-CD/MP3 player, and auxiliary audio jack. It also has keyless entry, which gives it a more up-to-date feel.

The LX-P sedan adds onto the LX trim with auto up/down front windows and power driver seat. Wheels get a small bump to 16-inch alloy.

Marking the base trim of the Accord’s coupe body style is the LX-S. This trim offers most of the equipment found on the sedan’s LX-P trim. It also gains an in-dash six-CD changer.

Offered as both a sedan and coupe trim is the EX. The sedan version has an in-dash six-CD changer, while the coupe gets upgraded to a premium stereo system with subwoofer.

The EX-L trim comes in both sedan and coupe and includes some niceties, like leather upholstery, automatic headlights, and dual-zone climate control. They also have Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, heated front seats, and satellite radio. Differences include the premium stereo system from the EX coupe for the sedan and a power driver seat for the coupe.

The Accord offered only one lone add-on option and it was for the EX-L trim. If you luck out and find one that includes it, you’ll get a navigation system with voice activated controls.

Power: The Accord can be found with one of three engines. Under the hood of the LX and LX-P sedans is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. There is also an upgraded version of this engine offered on the EX sedan and coupe. Standard on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines is a five-speed manual. However, you may find it in a five-speed automatic, as well. EX trims of the Accord also come with the optional 3.5-liter V6 engine. Sedans with this engine will be found as a five-speed automatic, while the coupes with this engine can only be found as a manual.

To get your hands on this reliable ride, contact Washington Honda. Located in Washington and South Hills, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia

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.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, Washington Accord, Washington Honda Accord, Washington Used Honda on 06/26/2015 at 1:23 PM

Fuel-Economy

Gas prices are a huge expense, which makes fuel economy a top selling point when buying a car. Hybrids are great; electric cars - even better. But no matter what you drive, there are ways to improve fuel economy. Check out some helpful tips below.

Avoid Idling: While we spend plenty of time in vehicles that move, we also spend a good deal of time in vehicles that idle. No matter where it happens – in heavy traffic or at a drive-thru window – an idling engine leads to plummeting fuel economy. For every hour your car spends idling, a quarter to a half gallon of fuel is burned. That time really adds up! To improve fuel economy, don’t waste fuel just sitting there. Instead, turn off your car. Starting a car takes only 10 seconds worth of fuel - that’s far less fuel burned than the likely five minutes plus you spend waiting for a cheeseburger at a drive-thru. So turn off your engine whenever you can!

Don’t Speed: Depending on your specific driving habits, fuel economy is affected. Driving at high speeds, rapid acceleration and braking, and so on, lead to more gas burned - and the more gas burned, the more fuel economy drops. When a vehicle drives over 50 mph, gasoline begins to decrease more rapidly. So watch your speed and drive defensively. Your gas tank will show the benefits of your nice driving style.

Keep it Light: We all do it - use our cars as a place to store certain bulky items we just haven’t felt like bringing inside. But did you know that the more weight your car totes around, the more fuel economy drops? By ditching unnecessary weight in your trunk and inside your cars cabin, you won’t burn as much gasoline, which means your fuel economy will rise.

Fuel-Efficient Vehicles: Fuel efficient vehicles not only save on fuel economy, they also save your bank account from being drained. Fuel-efficient vehicles, such as hybrids, get much better fuel efficiency. A car that gets 30 MPG verses one that gets only 20 MPG can lead to big savings - a good $600+ a year! But check this out - in five years, this number soars to over a whopping $3,000 in savings!

Hot vs. Cold: The temperature outside affects many things - including your car. Both hot and cold temperatures can cause a drop in fuel economy. Here are some tips to help beat the extreme temperatures Mother Nature can force upon us.

Heat:

  • Don’t use the air conditioning more than needed.
  • Don’t set the air conditioning at a lower temperature than necessary.
  • Park in shady spots. This will decrease the heat inside the car, thus leading to less fuel burned by excessive air conditioning use.

Cold:

  • Engines warm fastest when driven, so don’t let them idle in order to warm it - you’ll just waste gas.
  • Park in warmer locations, like a garage. This will keep the car’s initial engine temperature warmer.

For more on fuel efficiency, contact Washington Honda. Located in Washington and South Hills, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia.

 

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.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, washington car fuel, Washington Car Service, Washington Car Tips on 06/18/2015 at 1:19 PM

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Honda Civic

Good fuel economy. Fun, sporty drive. Up-to-date and top-notch technology. All excellent reasons why the 2015 Honda Civic is an excellent choice for your next car purchase. This awesome ride is available in sedan and coupe body styles and has several consumer-appealing trims. To learn more, continue reading.

The LX trim, available in coupe and sedan, comes with base-level standard equipment, like 15-inch steel wheels, power accessories, air conditioning, and cruise control. It also adds some nice upscale tech features that make it a trim worthy of attention. It includes a five-inch display screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and SMS text messaging functionality. Plus, it gets a four-speaker (six for the coupe) sound system with CD player, auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB audio interface, as well as Pandora radio functionality.

On top of the piles of features found on the SE trim, it also includes a lengthy list of tech add-ons, like right-side blind-spot camera and upgraded six-speaker sound system. It also has the HondaLink smartphone integration with Aha radio and Apple-base Siri Eyes Free voice-command functionality.

Step up to the EX and you’ll get nice upgrades, like keyless entry and ignition, sunroof, and HDMI interface. Touchscreen display jumps to seven inches. The coupe also gets an upgraded seven-speaker sound system for better listening.

The EX-L adds luxury appeal with heated mirrors and front seats, leather upholstery, and navigation system, plus HD and satellite radio. Driver comfort is increased on the sedan with an eight-way power driver seat.

The HF trim, available only in sedan, is perfect for anyone wanting maximum mpg. How does it do it? The HF is equipped with special upgrades, including: low-rolling resistance tires, aerodynamic cast aluminum wheels, wind-cheating underbody panels, and rear spoiler.

The Si trim is the top-of-the-line for the 2015 Civic. It stands mighty on 18-inch alloy wheels, has a larger engine that provides sport-tuned suspension, and unique front and rear styling tweaks. The Si also has fog lights, rear spoiler, limited-slip front differential, and interior upgrades, like sport front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminum shift knob. It also has simulated carbon-fiber accents and red backlit gauges.

The 2015 Civic also comes in a Hybrid model, as well as a Natural Gas model. The Hybrid comes in four trim levels - base, Leather, Navi, and Leather with Navi. The base comes with most of the standard equipment found on the EX sedan and rides on 15-inch steel wheels. The Hybrid’s Leather and Leather with Navi trims both include most of the features found on the EX-L. While the Leather with Navi adds a navigation system to its load, both trims offer forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems.

Coming in two trims is the Natural Gas model of the Civic. The base trim houses most of the standard features found on the LX, plus includes some EX touches, like right-side blind-spot camera and HondaLink with seven-inch touchscreen display. The Natural Gas model’s Leather with Navi trim adds a navigation system on top of most of the features found on the EX-L.

Grab your 2015 Honda Civic today and reap the tech benefits. Visit Washington Honda, located in Washington and South Hills, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia.

 

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.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, Washington Civic, Washington Honda Civic, Washington Used Honda on 06/15/2015 at 1:17 PM

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Decision-making can be tough, especially when it comes to buying or leasing a car. Luckily, at Washington Honda, you’ll get great rates either way. If you’re a little confused about what buying and leasing a car truly entails, here are some pointers, along with some upsides and downsides to both.

When you buy a car, you pay for the entire value of the car, regardless of how many miles you drive it or how long you keep it. If you choose this route, you can pay cash or opt for an auto-finance loan.

Leasing a car is only an option for brand-new cars. When you lease a car, you only pay a portion of a vehicle’s total value. The key difference between leasing and buying is that after the primary term, usually two-four years) the vehicle has to be returned to the leasing company.

Buying - the upside: Buying a car has many upsides, the biggest being that you actually own it. Other benefits include:

  • No monthly payments after you pay it off.
  • You can do what you want with it - or to it - including selling it.
  • There’s are no mileage restrictions or other penalties to worry about.
  • Insurance policy limits are typically lower.

Leasing - the upside: The main perk of leasing a car is that you have the potential to save money. Here’s how:

  • Monthly payments are generally lower.
  • There is little-to-no down payment required.
  • There is no up-front sales tax payment.
  • There is less out-of-pocket cost when acquiring and maintaining the car.

Buying - the downside: One downside to buying a car is that monthly payments may be higher. This can be a definite cause of money woes. You will also have to pay a large down payment, which can be hard for many to come by. Another problem is that buying a car leads to rapid depreciation of the vehicle, which leads to a lower resale value in the end.

Leasing - the downside: The main downside to leasing a car is that you will never own the car outright. When your lease comes to an end you have one of two choices: return the keys to the dealer and find another car to lease. Or, decide to keep the car by financing the remaining balance on the car and begin making loan payments. Another problem with not actually owning the car is that there are many stipulations to adhere to, including mileage restrictions.

While we have discussed some cons of both buying and leasing, Washington Honda can help you figure out which route is right for you and keep most of your money where it should be - in your pocket. For more information on buying and leasing, contact Washington Honda, located in Washington and South Hills, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia.

 

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.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, washington car buying, washington car leasing, Washington Car Tips on 06/09/2015 at 1:16 PM

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Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot, which made its debut in 2003 and is known for its roomy, family-friendly design. Now, it gets even better! 2016 brings a complete redesign to the Pilot, giving it a more traditional appearance and a few other improvements, too. The newest Pilot gets even more head- and legroom, increased storage, better visibility, and a more modern, refined feel. It also has additional acoustic materials to limit noise, making it an even more enjoyable ride.

The 2016 Honda Pilot offers several great trims, designed for all of your wants and needs. Check ‘em out!

LX: The base LX rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and provides the typical basics, like cruise control. But, it adds a few extras worth mentioning, such as: rear privacy glass, active noise cancellation, and rearview camera. The sound system comes with seven speakers and there is also Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port.

EX: Stepping up to the EX trim means a much more lengthy list of standard features. It includes, automatic headlights, fog lights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, and keyless ignition and entry. For added safety, it has the Honda Lane Watch blind-spot camera and the Intelligent Traction Management system that adds a snow mode for front -drive models and a snow/sand/mud mode for those with all-wheel drive. The EX gets an eight-inch touchscreen interface and an upgraded seven-speaker sound system, too, that has two additional higher-powered USB ports, satellite radio, and Pandora Internet radio connectivity.

EX-L: The EX-L adds onto the lower EX trim with niceties like, sunroof, power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather upholstery. Front seats are heated and rearview mirror is auto-dimming.

Touring: If you go for the upscale Touring, you’ll get some nice extras, like roof rails, driver memory settings, and 10-speaker sound system. It is also fitted with a nine-speed automatic transmission and automatic start/stop engine that helps increase fuel economy.

Elite: The Elite stands at the top of the Pilot line and includes, panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, automatic windshield wipers, and automatic high-beam headlight control. It adds some heat, too, with heated front seats, second-row captain chairs, and steering wheel. It also has a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alerts, HD radio, and rides on 20-inch wheels.

If you’d like more safety features, Honda offers a Sensing package for the EX and EX-L trims. With this package you’ll get many systems, including: forward collision mitigation automatic braking, road departure intervention, and lane departure warning and intervention.

For more information on this must-have ride, visit Washington Honda. Located in Washington and South Hills, Pennsylvania and Morgantown, West Virginia.

 

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.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, Washington Honda Pilot, Washington Pilot, Washington Used Honda on 06/04/2015 at 1:11 PM

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