Should You Lease Or Buy Your Next Car?

By Bill Jackson | Posted in Car Buying, Honda Benefits on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 3:56 AM

Buying a new car is a big decision. It involves lots of research and thought to determine just which vehicle is the right fit for your lifestyle and your budget. Many people, however, don’t often think about whether they should lease or purchase their vehicle until they get onto the car lot.

How you pay for your new car will definitely affect your finances for several years, so it is important to consider whether buying or leasing your new vehicle is the right choice for you.

The #1 goal at your Valley Honda Dealers is your complete satisfaction with your purchase of a new Honda from one of our Phoenix Honda dealerships. Our finance professionals have many financing options available and will work with you to ensure that you make the correct choice when financing your new car.

We want you to have a better understanding of the differences between leasing and buying your next car so that you can make an informed decision. So we offer the following explanation of the various pros and cons of leasing versus buying. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Arizona Diamondbacks Scouting Report

By Bill Jackson | Posted in Around Phoenix on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 1:50 AM

Here at your Valley Honda Dealers, were avid fans of our hometown Diamondbacks. With the 2016 MLB season just underway, now is a good time to see what’s in store for our D-Backs this season.

Under the helm of skipper Chip Hale, the D-Backs look to make a serious run at the NL West title. Last year, they posted a 79-83 record, falling 13 games behind the Dodgers. However, they ranked 2nd in the NL in runs scored.

New Management & Coaching Staff

A new management team featuring GM Dave Stewart and Sr. VP De jon Watson join chief baseball officer Tony La Russa in the front office. They’ve gone about revamping and improving the D-Backs’ lineup with some key off-season acquisitions.

Several new faces have also joined the coaching staff, including former Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher and former Athletics’ pitching coordinator Garvin Alston. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Honda Accord VS 2016 Ford Fusion. Which Is Best?

By Bill Jackson | Posted in 2016 Honda Accord, 2016 Honda Line-Up, Honda vs the Competition on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 8:46 PM

The Honda Accord and the Ford Fusion are two top-selling midsize sedans that are popular with buyers because they offer a winning combination of performance, fuel economy, roominess, and the latest technology. But which of these two outstanding vehicles is best when it comes to making the right choice for you and your family?

Let’s take a closer look at both cars, pitting them against one another in a head-to-head competition to see which comes out on top.

The Accord Offers Fresh Interior & Exterior Styling

Without question, both the Accord and the Fusion are great looking cars. Both the Accord and the Fusion got a major facelift with the 2013 models. It really comes down to a matter of personal taste. The Accord is sharp looking and gets a refresh in 2016 with chrome accents, a fresh new grille with a string of glittering LED headlights on either side, sloping aluminum hood with muscular bulges, and large taillights contoured into the rear quarter panels. Christian Gulliksen of calls the Accord’s exterior “classy and well-proportioned.”

There are significant differences when you step inside the Accord compared to the Fusion. Honda claims to have engineered the new Accord “from the inside out” and it shows. The Accord uses its larger interior space (103.2 cu. in. compared to 102.8 cu. in.) better than the Fusion by a thoughtful combination of functionality blended with upscale appointments. Read the rest of this entry »

Versatile 2016 HR-V Crossover Expands Honda Lineup

By Bill Jackson | Posted in 2016 Honda HR-V, 2016 Honda Line-Up on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 3:22 PM

Honda adds to its arsenal of hot-selling and award-winning SUVS with the versatile, stylish, and fun-to-drive 2016 Honda HR-V Crossover for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers. The HR-V has caught the eye of both automotive experts and the buying public much like its sibling, the 2015 Honda CR-V did last year, when it won Motor Trend’s coveted “SUV of the Year” award.

The “Cute Ute” For Your Lifestyle

The new 2016 HR-V slots in perfectly behind the CR-V and the larger, recently updated Honda Pilot regarding size and price in the Honda lineup. Based on the fuel-efficient Honda Fit platform, the HR-V offers excellent fuel economy, spirited performance, and surprisingly ample room for passengers and cargo. In fact, The HR-V’s diminutive exterior dimensions don’t diminish its ability to transport a family and their gear across town or on a weekend getaway comfortably. Quite the contrary. Read the rest of this entry »

Honda Advances Hybrid & Alternative-Fuel Technology

By Bill Jackson | Posted in 2016 Honda Line-Up, Future Vehicles, Honda Benefits on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 6:52 AM

In the classic movie “Back to the Future II,” Doc Brown powered his DeLorean using nuclear energy. Well, it’s 2016 and Doc and Marty McFly would no doubt be disappointed that we’re still a long way off from taking a flying, nuclear-powered car to the Biltmore Fashion Park, Paradise Valley Mall or Metro Center Mall. But that doesn’t mean great strides aren’t being made in hybrid and alternative-fuel technology.

Honda continues to lead the automotive industry with its groundbreaking research into alternative fuel, hybrid gas/electric, and pure electric vehicles. Honda led the way when it unveiled the 1997 EV Plus, the first all-electric production vehicle powered by an advanced (for its time) nickel-metal hydride battery. 2000 Honda Insight, the first gasoline-electric hybrid ever sold in America.

The Insight also introduced Honda’s innovative Integrated Motor Assist® (IMA) system that uses regenerative braking to recapture some of the energy lost during braking and deceleration. This captured energy was then used to augment the vehicle’s gasoline engine during acceleration. It became the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered car without plug-in capability in the U.S.

Honda also set new standards for alternative-fuel vehicles with the Civic GX, the first and only fully assembly-line produced Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicle to run on this low-emission fuel alternative.

These groundbreaking advancements propelled Honda to create a new generation of hybrid vehicles that achieve exceptional fuel economy by combining the latest high-capacity Lithium-ion battery technology with fuel-efficient gasoline engines. The 2016 Honda Civic Hybrid for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers is an excellent example of Honda’s forward-thinking, yet practical, approach to hybrid technology.
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5 Great Phoenix Day Trip Getaways

By Bill Jackson | Posted in Around Phoenix on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at 7:48 AM

There’s nothing better than hitting the road this spring in a new 2016 Honda from your Valley Honda Dealers. We’re fortunate here in the Valley of the Sun to have many opportunities for a quick day trip or even a weekend getaway. Taking some time off to get out of town is good for the soul and it well help recharge your batteries for the week ahead.

Because the open road beckons, we’ve gathered together the 5 top places near Phoenix for a quick day trip getaway.

The Grand Canyon, AZ

If you haven’t visited the Grand Canyon recently, or perhaps not at all, springtime is a great time of the year to visit one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. With fabulous vistas made possible by the Colorado River carving into the landscape, the Grand Canyon should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s just a 3 ½-hour drive on I-17 through Flagstaff.

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2016 Honda CR-V Takes On 2016 Toyota RAV4

By Bill Jackson | Posted in 2016 Honda CR-V, 2016 Honda Line-Up on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 7:37 PM

The crossover SUV market is one of the most hotly contested in the automotive industry. There is no shortage of capable crossover SUVs that combine the handling and ride characteristics of a passenger car with the versatility and cargo-carrying capabilities of a larger SUV.

Two of the top crossovers in this crowded field are the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Today your Valley Honda Dealers in Phoenix take a closer look at both of these worthy contenders. We’ll explore each vehicle’s features to determine which of these excellent crossover choices comes out on top.

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Award-Winning 2016 Honda CR-V Impresses

By Bill Jackson | Posted in 2016 Honda CR-V, 2016 Honda Line-Up on Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 3:11 PM

It takes a lot to win Motor Trend Magazine’s coveted “SUV of the Year” honors and last year Honda’s stylish and capable 2015 CR-V crossover SUV did it with an impressive victory over many notable contenders.

“After two hours of contentious debate, the CR-V’s stellar value, engineering, and safety features combined with the cheerful way it performs its intended functions earned Honda the win,” said Motor Trend.

A Successful Formula

Fortunately, not much has changed with the new 2016 version of the championship-caliber CR-V and that’s a good thing. If anything, the 2016 CR-V is even better than last year, thanks to the new Special Edition (SE) version that adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, and a new security system. Read the rest of this entry »

Honda Takes Technology Further

By Bill Jackson | Posted in Honda Benefits on Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 4:10 AM

Whether it’s playing your favorite tunes, engaging with social media while on the go, making every gallon of gas go further, or driving a car that surrounds you in safety, today’s 2015 and 2016 Hondas for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers take technology further than ever before.

Honda Innovation Takes The Lead

Honda is a world leader in designing and engineering smarter, safer, more powerful, and more fuel- efficient vehicles that achieve new benchmarks for cutting-edge innovation. In fact, Honda introduced the “CVCC” engine back in 1974. At the time, it set new standards for reduced emissions and excellent fuel economy. The CVCC was soon followed by the revolutionary 1997 EV. Plus, the first all-electric production vehicle powered by an advanced (for its time) nickel-metal hydride battery. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Honda Accord Takes On 2016 Toyota Camry

By Bill Jackson | Posted in 2016 Honda Accord, 2016 Honda Line-Up, Honda vs the Competition on Friday, February 19th, 2016 at 4:50 AM

Year after year both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry vie for the top spot as America’s best-midsized four-door family sedan. Both the Accord and Camry have a lot going for them. But in the final analysis, which of these thoroughbreds cross the finish line first?

To answer that question, your Phoenix Valley Honda Dealers did a side-by-side comparison of the 2016 Honda Accord EX-L V6 with the Camry XLE V6 to see how both cars stack up against one another. We looked at exterior style, interior space and appointments, technology, performance & handling, fuel economy, safety, and value.

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