At SEMA 2015, Honda brought out their Ridgeline Baja Race Truck with the announcement that the brand will be returning to Baja racing. The off-road prepped race truck was decked out in a red, white, and gray paint scheme on a fully purpose-built tube-frame. There’s nothing stock about this Honda, and it looks ready rip up the dunes. This race truck was developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio. Continue reading
TV commercials these days can pull at your heart strings, make you laugh out loud, or inspire. When we saw the Honda Paper ad debut during an NFL game last month we definitely felt the latter. The Honda Paper ad showcased 60 years of Honda innovation and technology using thousands of hand-drawn illustrations. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out below. Continue reading
While it’s great to focus on the amazing vehicles Honda is currently producing, it’s also fun to look ahead to the future. If you’ve been wondering what new tricks Honda has up their sleeves you’ll be happy to learn more about these 3 new future Honda models and concept cars. Let’s explore them now!
1. Honda FCV Concept
There’s not a whole lot of information available on the Honda FCV Concept yet, but here’s what we do know. The FCV will run off of hydrogen and oxygen to create its own electricity. It offers a driving range of up to 300 miles and can refuel in just 3 to 5 minutes thanks to its compact fuel-cell. We expect the FCV to be incredibly spacious with four doors, seating for five, and a window that pans the entire roof of the car. The Honda FCV Concept is anticipated to launch in 2016, so be sure to check back for more info as it becomes available!
2. Next Generation Honda Ridgeline
Much like the FCV concept there is limited information on this new Ridgeline. We do know it will continue to take up space in the compact-pickup-truck market and will still offer seating for 5, a bed-integrated trunk and the unique 2-way opening tailgate. Honda is pretty hush hush, but they have said that the “next-generation Ridgeline will further improve on the space, comfort and utility that made the original one of the most forward-thinking vehicles in its class.” We’ll have to wait another year or two to find out exactly what new features will be offered on the redesign so stay tuned Ridgeline enthusiasts!
3. 2016 Honda Pilot
The 2016 Honda Pilot was made for the modern family. It offers three rows of seating in case your family plans on growing, top-class safety features, and connectivity so everyone stays happy. It also offers improved performance and better towing than previous models. Our favorite feature on the new 2016 Pilot is its EPA estimated 27 hwy mpg fuel economy. Raising a family is expensive so don’t waste your hard earned money on gas! Whether you have a family or now, the new 2016 Honda Pilot is the perfect mid-sized SUV. You can expect to find the Pilot on dealer lots very soon.
We’ll be updating our blog with more information on all of these models as it becomes available to us so subscribe or check back often to read the latest news. Don’t forget to visit us in person at Airport Marina Honda in Los Angeles, CA to test drive your favorite current Honda models like the new 2016 HR-V crossover or 2015 Civic.
*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
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.”
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.
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. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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.
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 and 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.
Since its introduction to the US in 2007, the subcompact has gained respect for its versatility, fuel efficiency and practicality. What reviewers rave most about is how much space the seemingly small Honda Fit has to offer. While the Honda Fit has had a successful run, it still had a couple complaints, including its lack of refinement and at times an engine that felt underpowered. Honda has addressed these concerns for the new 2015 model, and the result is the best Honda Fit yet. We can’t wait to start getting stock of this vehicle – stay tuned for the coming weeks! If you were a fan of the Honda Fit before, get ready to fall head over heels in love again. Here are 4 things that will make you go googly-eyed over the 2015 Fit:
1) Quiet Ride. Thanks to Honda’s determination to improve the noise, vibration and design of previous Fit models, the 2015 will be the quietest sub-compact on the market. In order to accomplish this, Honda added soundproofing material throughout the body, including the floors, ceiling, doors, fenders, instrument panel and center console.
2) Power Machine: The power in the new Honda Fit has improved by 11% compared to previous models, with a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine now producing 130 horsepower. Thanks to the newly improved quiet cabin, you can be going over 70 mph and not even realize it!
3) Interior Evolution: With their center-mounted fuel tank, the Fit will be able to achieve best-in-class space with class-leading cargo capacity. Compared to its closest competitors like the Nissan Versa and Ford Fiesta, the Fit has more front shoulder room, rear legroom and passenger volume.
4) New Standard Features: Honda didn’t want anyone to just settle for the Fit, they built it in such a way that it would be competitive to the next class up, which would be the Honda Civic. Features that will be sure to blow you away are new LED brake lights, auto on-off headlights, smart entry push button start, moon roof, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and center storage console with armrest. Probably one of the most exciting new features is the all new heated leather seats available for the first time in the Fit.
And there you have it. 4 reasons that will make it hard for you to say no to the new love of your life, the 2015 Honda Fit. With strong fuel economy, a quiet cabin, cargo flexibility and exciting new features, Honda has made it very easy for you to fall in love. The 2015 Honda Fit is coming soon to Airport Marina Honda – call us to find out more information, so you can be among the first to know when they arrive! What are you mostly looking forward to in the new 2015 Honda Fit?
Please note: We do not currently have inventory of the 2015 Honda Fit. However, you can always call Airport Marina Honda to find out the most recent information on the arrival of this new, exciting model!
Check out the brand-new Honda Civic Tour TV spot, directed by Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn. For more tour info, visit http://www.facebook.com/hondacivictour
Enter the Honda Little League Giveaway!
Play the Honda Going, Going, Gone Giveaway today and you could walk away with one or more exciting prizes, including:
– Family trip to the Little League Baseball® World Series
– 2012 Honda Pilot with genuine accessories
– Honda EU2000i Generator
Honda is also donating $5,000 to a local Little League® with the most sweepstakes entrants!
Learn more about Students Run LA!!
On Sunday, March 18, thousands of runners will set out for the 2012 Honda LA Marathon. Among them are students from Students Run LA, a Honda-sponsored non-profit organization dedicated to training Los Angeles’ at-risk students for the marathon. By emphasizing values like goal-setting, discipline and perseverance, SRLA not only equips students with the tools they need to successfully complete the run, but they also learn skills they will need to be successful in the next major phase of their lives. Honda is proud to support the SRLA students who train for and run the Honda LA Marathon.
Honda unveiled the dynamic Accord Coupe Concept today at the North American International Auto Show, providing the first official glimpse of the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 model, set to go on-sale this fall.
The 2013 Accord will feature three all-new powertrains, including the first U.S. application of both a 2.4-liter direct-injected engine and two-motor plug-in hybrid system from Honda’s suite of next-generation Earth Dreams powertrain technologies. In addition, the V-6 Accord will be the first Honda sedan to feature a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Both the Accord Sedan and the Accord Coupe models are expected to achieve class-leading fuel economy ratings and will be available with a number of innovative new safety and technological features.