How the 2015 Honda CR-V Beat 30 Contenders to be Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year

The CR-V was up against many contenders, including popular SUV’s like the BMW X5, Ford Expedition, Nissan Rogue and the Lexus NX, to name a few.  Each judge drove 30 of the contender vehicles before debating on which ones would be the finalists.  Once they narrowed it down to nine finalists, the judges drove these vehicles on longer road loops as well as an off-road course that featured tight turns, steep descents and challenging hill climbs.  After this, the judges had to decide which SUV met their 6 key criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, performance of intended function, efficiency, safety and value.

Advancement in Design

Restyled from front to back, the 2015 Honda CR-V features new taillights, new grille and LED daytime running lights. The Touring trim is the first CR-V to rock the 18-inch alloy wheels which compliments the sport exterior perfectly.  Also available on the Touring model are side mirrors with integrated turn indicators. Not only does it give a sleek look, but it’s also useful when there is heavy LA traffic.  Inside the CR-V, the ergonomics drew praise from Motor Trend.

Increasing your Fun Quota with New Engineering

According to Motor Trend, this is the criterion “Honda can sink its teeth into.”  In order to improve the “fun quotient,” powertrains were revised to include the new “Earth Dreams” 2.4-liter engine, which has been upgraded to increase both torque and efficiency. Horsepower remains the same with 185, but now gets there 600rpm earlier at 6400. The 2.4-liter engine is hooked to a continuously variable automatic similar to the Honda Civic, which received nothing but praise from Motor Trend.  They also are fans of the CVT, especially in the Sport mode.  One of the judges, Christian Seabaugh, says, “This feels like a Honda should, with light steering, great feedback, and competent handling chops. It’s way more fun than any compact crossover ought to be.”

Impressive Performance

The CR-V was built to be a convenient family hauler for your everyday commute.  It was made to be durable and safe in any kind of weather.  On the off-road test, Motor Trend judges found that the CR-V’s aggressive tire treads and AWD was able to handle their steep gravel hill with hardly any fuss.  Whether you are in the mountains or in the city, the Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is a blessing. The system senses loss of traction and can automatically transfer power to the rear wheels and help you grip the road with ease.

Efficiency

With the new 2.4-liter engine Earth Dreams Technology, fuel economy has become even better for the CR-V.  Combine that with the 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, the CR-V now receives a whopping 34 mpg rating on the highway.  You can still achieve max horsepower and peak torque but at a lower rpm. Direct –injection technology now gives you more efficient use of fuel.

Safety

There hasn’t been official IIHS testing on the CR-V to report, but engineers have told Motor Trend that the CR-V’s engine compartment crash structure better absorbs energy in small-offset crashes.  There are many preventative features the CR-V offers as well, including Collision Mitigating Braking Support, Lane Departure Warning, adaptive cruise control, and Lane-Keeping Assist System.

Value

You can never go wrong with Honda’s legendary resale value.  According to Motor Trend’s August 2013 Big Test, Honda depreciates 13% less than competitors like the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5 and insurance costs average 10% less.

 

Read Motor Trend’s Review of the CR-V here: http://ow.ly/JEdgi

For any more questions on the CR-V please don’t hesitate to visit us at our Honda dealer in Los Angeles. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and take you out for a test drive!

 

Posted by amhAdmin on Feb 25 2015 in 2015 Hondas, Automotive Industry News, Honda News, Honda Reviews Tags: , , ,

New Year’s Resolution for Your Car

 

Photo by: Epic Fireworks via. Flickr

Nowadays it can be sometimes challenging to take care of your Honda as much as you should. While Honda’s are exceptionally built and have amazing value, they too need regular maintenance to ensure their longevity. And with 2015 upon us, we want to encourage you to make regular car maintenance apart of your New Year’s Resolution. We have some tips to make this New Year’s Resolution one to last the whole year:

  • If it has been a while since your last cabin cleaning, it may be time to clean your car. In addition to throwing things away, you should vacuum the in-between areas, wipe down your dashboard, knobs and other frequently touched items. You’ll appreciate it tomorrow.
  • While you’re at it, you may want to take it for a wash, especially if it’s been a while.
  • Begin a habit of checking your tire pressure once a month to ensure your tires are properly inflated.
  • You should also aim to have your tires rotated every 3,000 – 6,000 miles to ensure that each tire is worn evenly. This could save you hundreds of dollars in the life of your car.
  • On the subject of tires, check your tire treading to see signs of wear. If so, it may be time for new tires. Right now, we have a current deal for our Los Angeles area customers on tires for all the popular Honda models, so you should take a look at our service specials page.
  • Check your lights to ensure they are working at the proper brightness.
  • You should read into your Honda manual on how frequently you should have the oil changed, but typically it’s between 1,000 and 3,000 miles, depending on your driving style and vehicle.
  • You may also want to get your car battery tested, especially if you have had it for 3 years or more. Car batteries typically are meant to last 3-5 years, so it may be time for a new one. Right now we are offering a complimentary battery test and multi-point inspection with the purchase of a 4-wheel alignment. You can learn about this deal on our service specials page as well.

Airport Marina Honda of Southern California offers a full in-house service department for all your car maintenance needs, and a convenient online appointment reservation system. Our friendly service staff would be glad to help you improve the life of your vehicle. If you have any questions, or wish to speak with our staff, please contact us at 888-672-6644

 

Posted by amhAdmin on Jan 9 2015 in Driving Tips, Safety Tips, Uncategorized, Vehicle Maintenance Tags: , , , , , ,

How to Pick the Perfect Honda This Holiday Season

How to Pick the Perfect Honda This Holiday Season.

There is a large range of Honda’s to choose from and we know that. Today we are going to do a breakdown of various features of some different Honda models to help you decide which one will make the perfect gift this season.

The Honda Fit- The Honda Fit is a great subcompact hatchback. This is a great car for someone looking to get economical gas mileage and a smaller car with cargo room at an excellent price. Although this car is small it does not sacrifice in the way of leg room and ample cargo space. The rear seats fold down flat for an impressive 53 cubic feet.

2015 Honda Accord Coupe Exterior Side Shot

The Honda Accord – If the Honda Fit is too small for you or you don’t like the hatchback look, then the Honda accord might be the perfect fit. A step up from the Honda Fit and Civic, the Honda Accord is a mid-sized luxury sedan that is excellent for an individual or small family that is looking for something bigger than a civic or Honda Fit. If you’re looking for a little more power the Accord can be outfitted with a 278 HP V6 engine. The Accord has also received a 5 star safety rating and has been on the Car and Driver’s 10 best list a record 29 Times.

2015 CR-V Front

The Honda CR-V – The Honda CR-V is the perfect vehicle for someone that loves the outdoors and camping, but does not want to be burdened by the lack luster gas mileage of larger SUV’s. The CR-V has excellent clearance and can take you on most of the trails surround the Los Angeles / Southern California area. At 34 MPG on the highway the Honda CR-V gets exceptional gas mileage for an SUV. During our Honda Days event you can get in a 2014 Honda CR-V for as little as $199 a month.

2015 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Exterior

The Honda CR-Z – The Honda CR-Z is great for individuals looking for a Hybrid that still has a very sporty feel. The CR-Z is a two seat compact with 130 Horsepower that gets a combined 37 MPG. IT features a Plus Sport System that enhances the performance of the CR-Z at the push of a button. It is excellent for getting up to speed or for making a quick pass on the freeway. The CR-Z is also the world’s first production hybrid that has a 6 speed manual. Something that many enthusiast’s found lacking in other hybrids.

The Honda Odyssey – With three rows of seats and plenty of cargo room Honda Odyssey is the perfect family vehicle. Touted by some as one of the best minivans ever, the Honda Odyssey has incredible resale value and it is packed with family friendly features. The Odyssey Touring Elite model is also the only mini-van that has a built in vacuum to clean up all of the mess that a large family can generate. It also comes with an optional cool box that can keep your family’s drinks cold!

If you have any questions or want to know more about any of our models, then don’t hesitate to call us at 888-381-0444 or come down to Airport Marina Honda in Los Angeles today.

Posted by amhAdmin on Dec 8 2014 in 2015 Hondas, Buying Tips, Honda News, Honda Reviews Tags: , , , , ,

Best Black Friday Car Deals in Los Angeles

Best Black Friday Car Deals in Los Angeles

The Honda Days sales event is happening again here at Airport Marina Honda in Los Angeles and we have something for everyone looking for a new car!

2014 CR-V LX 2WD Automatic

Are you looking for an SUV that gets great gas mileage? Then look no farther than our CR-V LX, which gets 23 mpg city and up to 31mpg highway while still delivering 185 horsepower and 163 lb. –ft of torque. During our Honda Days sales event we have lease offers that start at $229 dollars a month and we are offering zero dollars out of pocket, zero dollars down on the first payment and no security deposit. This is a hard deal to pass up!

2015 Accord Sedan LX Sedan

The 2015 Accord is one of the most reliable and economical full-size sedans on the market. It comes standard with a rear-view camera and was named on Car and Driver’s 10 Best list for a record 29 times. Other highlights include an incredible 27 mpg city / 36 mpg highway and Bluetooth standard. During the Honda Days sales event we have two great offers on the 2015 Accord. For the manual version we are offering leases starting at $209 with $2,199 total due at signing. The real savings comes with the automatic Accord LX, which we are offering from $229 a month with no security deposit or first payment for qualified buyers.

2015 Civic Sedan LX Automatic

If you’re looking for something a little bit smaller than the Honda Accord than the Honda Civic is the perfect option. This model is larger than the Honda Fit and smaller than the Accord so it provides a great middle ground between the two. This Civic gets an impressive 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. During the Honda Days sales event you can lease one for as low as $199 per month with no first payment or security deposit for qualified buyer.

2015 Fit LX Sedan Manual

The 2015 Honda Fit LX is one of Honda’s most popular and fuel efficient models. It offers a staggering 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. This is the perfect car for someone looking to get a subcompact that still manages to be spacious on the inside. You would be very surprised how much you can fit in this small vehicle. For a limited time only we are offering the 2015 Honda Fit LX starting at $229 per month with no first payment or security deposit.

These Honda Days deals are only valid until December 1st, so come down to Airport Marina Honda today to get the best car deals in Southern California.

 

Posted by amhAdmin on Nov 27 2014 in Uncategorized

Halloween Events in Los Angeles

One of the many reasons we love LA is that there is always something to do.  We have beautiful weather, culture, great party scene and Hollywood. So you know that when it comes to events like Halloween, LA will not disappoint. We’ve put a list together of what we think looks like the most fun Halloween events in SoCal. Whether you are into scary mazes, the hottest parties or carnivals, we think that you will find something for everyone in our list.

Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios Hollywood)

From September 19th – Nov 2nd, 2014

If you love shows like The Walking Dead or movies like Alien VS Predator and feel like you want to actually be in their world for a night, then you will love Halloween Horror Nights. Choose from several different Hollywood themed mazes plus five new scare zones featuring The Purge: Anarchy and Dark Christmas.  On select nights, the event is open from 7pm to 2am until Sunday , November 2nd.  Combine your love of movies and TV shows with Halloween and you get Halloween Horror Nights!

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

From Oct 3-31, 2014

It’s as cool as it sounds.  In between the Old Zoo and B Rock in Griffin Park is the annual Los Angeles Hayride.  This year is the 6th edition and features dark mazes, new scare zones and haunted villages. There are also nightly performances by the Blood Drums.  Enjoy the hayride from 7pm to midnight Friday-Saturday and 7-10:30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.  General admission starts at $30, VIP tickets , All Season Pass, and a Private Wagon for 30 guests are other options you have.

Halloween Carnaval – West Hollywood

Oct 31st 2014

If you’re into the party scene, then this is the must-go-to party of the year.  In fact, it is known as the largest Halloween street party in the world. Every year, 500,000 people fill up Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard and get to experience live entertainment, great food vendors, and the best-looking costumes you’ll see at any party! Have we mentioned that admission is free?  Event runs from 6-11pm.

Pumpkin Festival – Kidspace Children’s Museum

Oct 18th-19th

It’s the 20th annual pumpkin festival, and you and your kids are invited to partake in a family-friendly event hosted by Brookside Park, in front of the museum.  Experience petting zoos, pony rides, carnival games, bouncers, seasonal crafts and more!

Photo Cred: LA Haunted Hayride https://www.flickr.com/photos/88109730@N04/

 

Posted by amhAdmin on Oct 23 2014 in Los Angeles Events Tags: , , ,

How To Drive in the Snow in SoCal

Anyone from Southern California knows how great it is to reap the benefits of the area. From brilliant year-round sunny weather to long wavy beaches, living in SoCal is certainly not without its perks. But Southern California is more than just surf, sand, and sun, mind you. It’s home to majestic mountains only a hop, skip, and jump away which when set under the ideal conditions, is home to great local ski and snowboard options. As any driver who has navigated driving in the mountain roads during the snowy winter months can attest, it takes some adjustment and can seem intimidating.

Here are some tips you should know if you are planning on driving in SoCal mountains with snow:

  1. Your best bet against unsafe conditions is a firm defense. Have your vehicle sized and ready for traction tires if possible, either as studded snow or ice tires. Having an 4WD or AWD vehicle equipped with snow tires are satisfactory for most situations.
  2. Carry properly fitted snow chains and practice putting them on!
  3. It is always good to have a first-aid/emergency kit in your car at all times for any type of weather.
  4. Take your time. It’s hard to say given our hectic lives in traffic but there’s no point in rushing up (or down) the mountain if there is snow on the road.
  5. Black ice is not imaginary and does exist. If paired with faster speeds, it poses a huge hazard for control loss. If you hit a slick patch and you lose traction (in your tires), resist the urge to hit the brakes to slow your vehicle. Locking out your tires can cause your back-end to swing around, causing a fishtail. Instead, focus on slow, smooth adjustments with the steering wheel to guide your momentum back straight. Make sure you turn the wheel in the opposite direction of your fishtail and do not overcorrect.
  6. It is wiser to give yourself plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you and make sure you shift into a lower gear during descents.
  7. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Take your time! The mountain isn’t going anywhere, so don’t rush up or down. It creates a headache and a hazard that no one needs.

For more details on how you can get your Honda ready for the upcoming snow season in Southern California, head to Airport Marina Honda and get your snow kicks today!

Posted by amhAdmin on Sep 30 2014 in Driving Tips Tags: , , , , ,

Back to School Drive at Airport Marina Honda

Due to the current economic challenges in many students’ homes, many teachers in Los Angeles schools are using their own income to bring supplies to the classroom. They would rather have money come out of their pockets than to see a child be without any crayons during “color time.”  You can help support both our teachers and our students this year by donating school supplies to our dealership.  Now through Labor Day (September 1st, 2014), we are hosting a school supply drive to help local schools in need. Come visit us at 5850 W Centinela Ave Los Angeles 90045 and drop off your school supplies in our bins.

Supplies can range from anything to highlighters, children’s scissors, Sharpie markers, Avery glue sticks, Avery glue bottles, wide-ruled composition notebooks, boxes of Crayola Crayons, Crayola Markers, Avery shipping labels, copy paper, tissues, baby wipes, number 2 pencils, and pencil sharpeners children can use at their desks.

If you’re in the market for a new or used Honda and want to check out our selection, don’t forget to bring some notebook paper or colored pencils with you! The teachers and students of Los Angeles, as well as Airport Marina Honda, will be very grateful for your donation!

 

Posted by amhAdmin on Aug 25 2014 in Community Involvement, Los Angeles Events Tags: , , , ,

Special Promotions at Airport Marina Honda

Honda Military Appreciation Offer

At Airport Marina Honda, located in Southern California,  we appreciate all active and retired military, and think that when it comes to car shopping, they deserve only the best when it comes to special incentives.  With the military appreciation offer, you can either buy or lease a new 2014 or 2015 Honda and must be able to meet certain credit criteria established by HFS.  This offer is available to individuals who are active duty US Military (army, navy, air force, marines, national guard, coast guard and active reserve) and their spouses, active duty military ready reserve, US Military veterans who are within 180 days of separation from active service, and US Military retirees who are within 180 days of separation from active service.

Honda College Grad Program

It’s time for a new chapter in your life. You’ve just completed 4 years of studying, homework, multiple choice tests, quizzes, group projects, etc.  You should be proud of yourself for all the hard work you’ve done, how diligent you’ve been, and the road that you’ve paved ahead.  Now is the time to reward yourself by getting a great deal on a new Honda.  Here’s what it takes to get $500 off on a 2014 or newer model Honda: pay 5% down on your payment, have proof of employment (or firm commitment from an employer), have graduated in the past two years or will graduate in the next six months, provide Airport Marina Honda with credit and document requirements.

Honda Summer Clearance Event

Now is the best time to buy a new Honda. Why? Because we are having our big Honda Summer Clearance Event, where you can get up to 0.9% APR financing on hot new Hondas like the Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Pilot, CR-V and Fit.  Picture it. Your hair is flying out the window, you feel that hot summer sun on your arm, and you can see the heads turn as you drive by in your brand new 2015 Honda Fit.  If you want to lease, you can pay only $149 a month for 36 months on the new Fit.  Click here for more details and to see when these offers expire! Be sure to visit us at Airport Marina Honda to take advantage of all our special promotions at our Los Angeles dealer!

 

Posted by amhAdmin on Jul 22 2014 in Special Promotions Tags: , , , , , ,

4th of July Events in Los Angeles

Want to find some of the best events for you and your family this Independence Day? Perfect. You are in the right place. We’ve done the work for you and did some research on what we think are the top fourth of July events in Southern California, specifically the LA region.

Grand Park: Do you like free things? You will love this event then.  The only thing you need to pay for is parking, which really, this is LA, so no one is really surprised.  But for almost free, you can enjoy a four-block block party which involves a rooftop fireworks display with pyrotechnics special effects.  Be sure to get there by 4 p.m. so you can enjoy the live music. 9:30 is the light show.  Located at 200 N Grand Avenue on all four blocks in downtown Los Angeles.

AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl:  If you’re looking for the best of the best, then you need to go and see one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California, which is at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.  General admission is $13, $25 reserved, and $30 premium, and don’t forget about parking, which is $20.

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Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park:  A free event for the whole family! Adults can enjoy quality jazz and blues music, while the kids participate in arts and crafts and face painting. Everyone will love the delicious food and free watermelon! Located at Vision Theatre back lot, 3341 W 43rd Place.

Westchester 4th of July Parade:  Floats, marching bands, what’s not to love? Best part? It’s free!  With over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators, this annual parade hosted by LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce is sure to blow you away. Parade will begin at Loyola Blvd, in 7000 W Manchester Blvd, and go to Loyola Marymount University.

BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific: It’s as amazing as it sounds. Check out the aquarium during the day then enjoy a BBQ buffet for dinner. You will also be able to take a peek at the fireworks show put on by the Queen Mary.  Price for both tickets to the aquarium and the dinner is $48 for adults and $20 for children. Be sure to make your reservations quick if you’re planning to attend their dinner, as seats fill up fast. Located at 320 Golden Shore at the Aquarium in Long Beach.  BBQ begins at 6 pm to 8 pm and the Aquarium opens at 9 am and closes at 10 pm.

 

Posted by amhAdmin on Jun 26 2014 in Family Fun, Los Angeles Events Tags: , , , , ,

Why visit Airport Marina Honda for Service and Parts?

Well hello there, and thanks for asking! We know that you have been hard at work trying to research which is the best Honda parts or service center in the Los Angeles area, and that’s why we have put together this list of questions and answers to make it easier for you.  We’re happy that you came across Airport Marina Honda, and will do our best to answer your top questions to aid in your research.   If you don’t feel like reading through this, remember you can always call one of our friendly staff at 888-381-0444.

Q) How much will I be able to save if I visit Airport Marina Honda?

A) Quite a bit. We know that the main reason why anyone visits any business is for the cost effectiveness, and we can definitely help you in that area. Just browse through our new service and parts specials and you will be able to see how much we can save you on your next oil change, new tires, or brake replacement. Whether you need major service for your Honda or simply need new tires for your CR-V, we got you covered.

Q) Saving money is good, but I also want convenience. I want quick, efficient, and productive. Can you give me that?

A) Of course! We know that spending your time at a dealership on a Saturday is not your idea of fun weekend plans.  At our waiting room, you can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, shuttle service, cookies and cupcakes, coffee and hot chocolate, magazines, and cable TV.  Want quick and efficient? No problem. Simply use our Honda express service, which takes 60 minutes or less. With that you will receive an oil change, tire rotation, brake inspections, battery test and more! Visit our specials page to print any coupons you need before visiting us on your next service appointment!

Q) My Honda is my baby. I need to be able to trust whoever handles her. Can I trust you?

A) Yes. Our technicians have decades of experience and know how to properly handle your baby.  We use genuine Honda parts to ensure the superior performance and reliability you are accustomed to.  Our parts technicians are friendly and knowledgeable, they will be able to help you find the part you need or answer any questions you have.

 

Posted by amhAdmin on May 31 2014 in Parts and Service, Vehicle Maintenance Tags: , ,