First Time Buyer’s Guide to Hondas

 

Buying your first new car is the experience of a lifetime; for some there’s a mix of excitement and terror. You’re a new graduate, perhaps, or you’ve landed that first ‘real’ job, and you figure it’s time to upgrade the ride.

It can be an easy and pleasurable experience if you do your research and plan your tasks methodically and intelligently, trying to leave emotional considerations out of the equation.

For many, the logical choice for the first brand new car is to look at the Honda line – a brand that offers virtually something for every type of car buyer. Honda’s full line of vehicles includes compacts, sedans, coupes, crossovers, SUVs, mini-vans, pickups, as well as a full range of alternative fuel cars like hybrids and all electric models.  Depending on your stage in life, whether it’s “just you”, or you’re starting a family, or perhaps you’ll be using your vehicle for work related activities, you’ll be able to choose a car that precisely fits your needs and budget.

One of the first things to note is that the car will have to suit your lifestyle for about the next five years, so begin by making a list of your anticipated needs, as opposed to just your ‘wants.’  Merge this list with a financial analysis by pricing Honda models, deciding what is in your range of a needed down payment and monthly payments that you can afford. Do not forget to include the cost of insurance in your monthly budget! You’ll also want to choose a dealer that can provide the best Honda service after the sale.

At this same juncture, you can decide whether to buy or lease; Honda and your dealer will offer different incentives and rates for financing a purchase or entering into a lease. If you prefer, you can handle this aspect with your own bank. The key is to shop around and be informed.

If you’re looking for basic transportation, Honda’s Fit or base Civic models may well fit the bill. Upgrading to the Civic Coupe can provide you with a sportier, higher performance option.  Honda Insight and Accord hybrids can provide you with the most efficient cost of operation, and if a lot of mileage is in your future, a hybrid may well pay for itself just from the fuel savings you’ll incur over the life of owning or leasing your car. The ultimate in mileage will come from the all-electric Accord plug-in, which offers an astonishing equivalent of 105 mpg estimate, while still giving you the room that a four door five-seater has to offer.

In Southern California, you have the benefit of shopping for your new Honda at the USA’s number one volume dealer, Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in the Cerritos Auto Square. You can start your relationship with Norm Reeves by researching new Hondas online from the comfort of your home or office, and searching through the available inventory on the lot in real time. You can also research the differences between purchasing and leasing. Honda service is also available seven days a week at Norm Reeves.

Ready for a test drive? Schedule it online, or stop by Norm Reeves Honda Superstore. Open every day, (Monday through Saturday until 10 PM and Sunday until 9 PM), Norm Reeves Honda Superstore is easy to get to from anywhere in SoCal, and is just off the 605 in Cerritos. Get turn by turn driving directions from your location to the dealer on the website.

FCEV Concept Car Review

Overview

Honda FCEV Concept Car

Honda FCEV Concept Car (Photo credit: Chad Horwedel)

The Honda FCEV (or Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle) may not be the first fuel-cell vehicle to be made, but it’s certainly the sharpest-looking – many of the places that are curved on traditional vehicles have been adjusted to provide sharp, bold statements on a vehicle that’s making use of all the technology Honda has to offer. What’s so interesting about this vehicle, though, and why do any of us care?

 

Power and Efficiency

 

It takes a lot of electricity to move a vehicle. In fact, many gas-electric hybrid cars can only go a few miles (not counting downhill slopes) on a full charge, while other hybrids spread the power out to help improve overall efficiency and provide power to things the engine doesn’t need to. Either way, though, the electric part isn’t going to take you very far. The big problem here is energy storage. Car batteries are only so large, even in hybrids, and they’re not a very good way of storing energy over a long period of time. Fuel cells are more like gasoline than they are batteries – they store what power is drawn from, not the power itself, and that means a proper fuel cell system can store drastically more energy than any vehicle’s battery. The Honda FCEV is estimated to have an average range of over 300 miles between tanks, though you’ll still need to find a station to fill it at, which is actually somewhat better than other vehicles of its size.

 

The Build of the FCEV

 

Have you seen the Honda FCEV yet? Put frankly, this car looks like the future – incredibly so. The first time we saw it, we thought we were looking at a prop vehicle being used for a movie, not something we were going to see passing us on the road in the near future. There is nothing about the FCEV that is casual or relaxed. It’s a bold vehicle with an incredible visual impact that people can’t help but notice – in a world of soft curves and aesthetics, this is a car that looks like it was made a few generations ahead of schedule. Many of the design choices will be noticed immediately – the rear window, for example, is almost more of a sunroof than anything else. However, nothing is quite as impressive as Honda’s claim that the fuel cells for the car will be fitting into the front section, where the engine normally sits. This was made possible through the advancing technology of fuel cells, which decreased the amount of space necessary to hold the components (and gave the vehicle a trunk with enough space to actually matter).

 

Conclusion

 

The Honda FCEV probably won’t be the best-selling car of 2015. Fuel cell technology is still advancing, but the vehicle is a major milestone in the advancement of this type of car, and it’s already accomplished the job of showing that fuel cell vehicles can be a viable alternative to other forms of fuel – and the economic implications of this, if successful, are incredible. This is definitely a vehicle worth paying attention to, regardless of what actually happens on the market – and we’re looking forward to seeing what else Honda has in store.

 

Disclaimer: This review is for a vehicle that has not yet been put into full production. Honda may choose to modify any or all of the previous statements about the vehicle, including its design and functionality. For more information, contact Norm Reeves Honda closer to the release date of the vehicle. The Honda FCEV is currently slated for release in 2015.

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Distracted driving awareness month

 

This April is, among many other things, a time to focus on driving safety through Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Here at Norm Reeves, we love cars… but safety really is important, so we wanted to talk about some of the biggest issues with driving safety that have popped up in the last few years.

 

Advancing Technology

 

Everybody knows that using your cellphone while driving is a capital-letter Bad Idea. The momentary distraction of talking or texting results in a tragedy far more often than anybody would like… but what about the other technology that’s involved with vehicles? It used to be that you were lucky to have climate control and a CD player in your car – now, many new vehicles have entire entertainment systems that can run while driving.

Of course, we don’t think that this technology is inherently bad, but let’s face it: a lot of this stuff is new, and it will continue to be new for some time to come as vehicles with these features make their way into the used-car market and people who never buy their cars new obtain ownership of them. If you haven’t sat in a new car for a few years, chances are you’ll be stunned by how much has already changed… to say nothing of the plans for the future!

It’s easy to love this stuff, but it’s also easy to get distracted by it and forget the most important habits for driving. Cars and drivers alike change over time, so let’s take just a moment to review some of the good-sense ways to use new technology and design features in cars.

Remember, this could save your life.

 

Safe Use of Features

 

Did you know that new vehicles like the 2014 Honda Civic can send text messages? It’s true! When linked with a compatible phone and service plan, your car can actually help you read, listen to, and even reply to text messages that you receive – without ever having to dig your phone out of your pocket or purse. However, like any other system, you should only use this feature when driving conditions will permit you to do so safely. The middle of stop-and-go traffic on the freeway is not a good place to use this system – but the side of the road could be!

Another feature that’s been working its way through the market is the expanded-view mirrors on the driver’s side of the vehicle, which help to reduce blind spots… when adjusted properly. You may recall from your driving safety lessons that the positions of the mirrors are very important, and you should always check their positions before you begin driving. Even if you haven’t moved your seat, it’s possible that someone bumped into the mirror and knocked it out of alignment, creating a blind spot where you’re not expecting them.

However, nothing is better for safety than working to drive defensively. When you drive a Honda, you’ll find that every vehicle comes with an entire suite of features to help protect you while you’re driving. Your tires and brake systems are particularly impressive – aside from the basics like anti-lock brakes (that help keep you in control) and Electronic Brake Distribution (which adjusts the power in real-time, based on driving conditions), you’ll find functions like Vehicle Stability Assist that all help to keep you going where you want to go.

Driving defensively is about more than avoiding collisions; it is how your car wants you to drive, and your level of safety will increase dramatically when you’re driving the way you should.

First Time Car Buyers: Servicing your Honda

When you are a first time car buyer you may not know or understand the importance of routine Honda service. Routine maintenance and inspections can ensure the quality of your vehicle as well as catch any repairs that may need to be done before a larger and more costly problem comes up. Servicing your Honda can include items like having your oil changed, having yearly inspections done, having your tires rotated and much more.

Oil Changes

It’s important for every vehicle no matter what make or model to have its oil changed on a routine basis. For most vehicles, oil changes should be performed every 6 months but it can be less if you have just come back from a long road trip or have been driving more than usual. The oil in your Honda can become very toxic to your vehicle if you leave it in the car for too long, so make sure you keep up to date with this service. A lot of dealerships will change your oil at a discounted rate if you bring your vehicle back to where it was purchased.

 

Brake Fluid

In order for your vehicle to brake properly when it is needed you need to ensure your brake fluid levels are appropriate and are changed if need be. When brake fluid levels decrease over time you are compromising how well your vehicle will be able to stop in an emergency situation. While it’s easy to check your oil levels in your Honda, you should mention your brake fluid to your service station so they can do a proper check for you.

 

Filters

You have an oil filter, cabin filter, fuel filter and more. Proper routine Honda service will require you to replace or clean these items routinely either yourself or by a professional in order for your vehicle to run smoothly. Also, your indoor cabin filter is what filters the air you breathe inside your vehicle. If this becomes too dirty you can place wear and tear on the ventilation system of your car but you could also be breathing in dust, allergens and emissions.

 

Inspections

Don’t forget about your yearly inspection that you should have done at a Honda service visit. There is a checklist that a mechanic will go through to make sure you don’t have any issues with your car and that it is perfectly safe to drive. This gives your vehicle an opportunity to receive any maintenance or repairs that it may need.

 

To schedule Honda service or maintenance for your vehicle today, you can contact Norm Reeves Honda Superstore. Our expert and professional staff will make sure your vehicle is safe and in top shape.

Honda’s Best Family Vehicles

One of the advantages of dealing with a full line car brand like Honda is that they offer vehicles across the spectrum – compacts, coupes, sedans, minivans, crossovers / SUVs, as well as hybrids.  There’s a wide enough selection that you’ll be able to find, including perfect Honda family cars, if you’re shopping in that segment.

Leading the list is the 2014 Honda Accord; large enough to serve as a family sedan, but loaded with creature comforts and technology that make the Accord a pleasure to drive under any circumstances.  Fully redesigned over the last couple of model years, the Accord is available with a traditional power plant, hybrid, or all electric options. While the Accord has been a best-selling family car for decades, the latest model adds rear seat room, providing plenty of space for car seats, and enough trunk space for a stroller, suitcases, sports gear or bags of groceries.

The 4-cylinder engine and CVT transmission provide plenty of power while still getting great fuel economy. New technology includes an easy to use touchscreen interface for climate and infotainment, and the exclusive “LaneWatch” feature almost makes side mirrors obsolete. LaneWatch is a much better feature than competitor’s lane change alert technology, as LaneWatch can not only be switched on and off easily, but also advises you how far you are from other vehicles.  If you’re not ready for the size of a minivan or crossover, the Accord is a solid Honda family car choice.

If you’re ready to step up to a minivan, the Honda Odyssey is an ideal choice. With three rows of seats, the Odyssey is large enough to carry the family, the team, and all the gear you need to get to the shore, mountains or campground.

The third seat folds flat for extra cargo room, and the second row of seating is wide enough to fit child seats three abreast. The middle second row slides closer to the front seat, allowing easy access to a child if need be. Storage room and cup holders are plentiful.  The base model seats seven and other trims can accommodate up to eight persons.

The Odyssey is full of standard features, including a seven speaker AM / FM / CD audio system with a touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear view camera. The top trim model, the Touring Elite, adds a back seat 16 inch screen to thrill the children with their favorite videos, and a built-in vacuum to clean up crumbs and spills.

The 3.5 L V6 cranks out 248 horsepower, manipulated by a six-speed automatic transmission. The power plant is the most efficient in the class, good for an EPA estimated 28 mpg highway.

In Southern California and want to test out these and other Honda family cars? Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in Cerritos is the place to start and finish your shopping.

They’re open Monday through Saturday until 10 PM, and Sundays until 9 PM. Norm Reeves Honda Superstore is the number one volume Honda dealer in the U.S.; the ideal place to shop for Honda family cars.

2013 Honda Crosstour for an Amazing Life Tour

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

Cars can be the conduit to experiencing life in a way that is not open to other people, but this is not fully appreciated by folks because of how the cars they are driving affect their experience in a way that nothing else is able to do. This is why as much as possible, the choice of cars should be made with the utmost attention to the details, unless they want some really unpleasant driving moments with their vehicles. What this means basically, is that your cars are going to be instrumental in fully experiencing life, and the 2013 Honda Crosstour is well equipped to giving you a great life tour.

Moving past the fact of judging a car based on how it looks, the 2013 Honda Crosstour looks damn appetizing for those who consider themselves as car exterior connoisseurs. The car is exquisite enough to illicit some drooling reactions while conventional enough in fashion that no one can make the mistake of considering it as anything other than a stylish addition to an already stylish lifestyle.

Then again, the measure of how caring the manufacturers have been in creating the car is definitely the interior since most of the time, this is where people are going to be. As such, it is only sensible that the 2013 Honda Crosstour was given every attention for the space to meet every need and for the design to suit every driving style.

Coming to the part of the performance, the 2013 Honda Crosstour is certainly good at keeping promises since the option of 4-cylinder DOHC engine to V6 are definitely winners at giving you exactly what you are looking for. So be it power or control, you have your choices.

2013 Honda Insight: What Vision to Have on the Road

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

A lot of what makes vehicles great for people to use has to do with the purpose that went into their creation, and this is unfortunately not something that a lot of people are very aware of or something that many vehicles really have when they were made. It is a simple fact that many models are prized more for their looks or reputation than for their functionality and convenience which is what most drivers are going to need. This is why it is mostly a great thing if people can look at the 2013 Honda Insight and see the following features for the great things they are.

To say that the 2013 Honda Insight has got a pretty good grip on what look fits in with the new age would not be an overstatement considering that so many vehicles are stuck in the past decades. Fashionably speaking, the body of the 2013 Honda Insight offers most folks are looking to earn plenty of respect. Sensibly speaking, this car will allow owners to earn perks in looking informed to those who are likewise initiated.

Most might not consider the requirements that should go into the interior of a vehicle, but it should be noted that it will be very obvious if what you will be driving looks and feels cramped. That is why the 2013 Honda Insight has been made roomy in a smart way while insuring that the design is suitable for great driving.

Use the Insight with its 1.3L, i-VTEC engine and feel how great efficiency can be for your driving purposes. Everyday driving is never difficult with the smoothness of the steering system of the 2013 Honda Insight while the costs are likewise unproblematic.

2013 Honda Civic: A Model That Symbolizes Redemption

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

In 2012, Honda made a huge mistake in releasing its Civic model. Due to the economic crisis, there are lots of cuts and shortcomings on the features for this model. It was widely criticized in the industry of course. The good thing is that the all-new 2013 Honda Civic is finally going to make that much needed redemption. Honda apparently did a good job in completely reversing the mistakes that it made on the previous years’ model. Let us get started by mentioning the looks of the 2013 Honda Civic. Obviously, it can be easily distinguished from the 2012 model. The styles at the front and rear are made in such a way that the whole car now looks younger and sporty. The front head lamps are accentuated by aggressively angled LED turn lights. The color scheme has also gone darker which adds a personality of sophistication to the whole car.

Ride quality has been totally improved on the 2013 Honda Civic. This may be due to the fact that the chassis has been redesigned as well. Test driver have noted that the very responsive and sharp steering of this car is a good combination to the 16-inch alloy wheels.  Those turns on the road are definitely easier to manage through.

The power of the new 2013 Honda Civic comes from its 1.8 Liter, 4-cylinder engine that yields out maximum of 140 HP.  There is one thing that could separate this car from its closest rivals in the market and this is its fuel efficiency. With its 5-speed automatic transmission on, drivers could enjoy 28/39 MPG performance. This totally outclasses its counterparts in the industry by at least a point in each category.

There is no question about it that this 2013 Honda Civic has totally recovered from the manufacturer’s slip-up last year. As a prospective car buyer, you should seriously consider taking a closer look at Honda’s current model. It will be worth your time!

*Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

2013 Honda CR-Z For Clean Excitement

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

Driving around in a sports vehicle might be pretty electrifying for a lot of people who look at excitement as an everyday part of their lives, but there are plenty of occasions wherein the vehicle being driven is not exactly considered safe in terms what you get out of the performance. In this, the excitement that you experience does not need to be relative to the amount of harm that you do, and you are certainly free to experience it in a clean and healthy manner. The use of the 2013 Honda CR-Z is certainly a reliable enough example of this, and you will see why. To see the reason for why a vehicle like the 2013 Honda CR-Z deserves such a place of honor on the preference of those who would want to have a clean way of experiencing excitement, just look at the exterior of the car and see how self-explanatory that is. If you are still having trouble grasping the facts, the body of the vehicle is perfectly suited for stylish aplomb in terms of speed and performance, while every other features supports that.

It would be incredibly unwise to look at the 2013 Honda CR-Z and choose to see anything other than the truth since the glaring fact of the matter is that the interior of this vehicle is amazingly worth the purchase. Perfectly accentuated to suit most baggage and needs, the interior design and space simply makes driving a lot more enjoyable.

Coming to the part where the 2013 Honda CR-Z proves its mettles through its performance, the 4-cylinder, i-VTEC engine does not give an inch when it gets going. That means that along with the control that it gives you, you get plenty of space to push.

2013 Honda Accord: Giving In To Your Own Desires

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

Available in Los Angeles at Norm Reeves Honda Cerritos

There is really no sense in having to settle for a car that you do not like to drive for the rest of your life since you certainly have a lot of options out there that are not only quite within the budget of most people but are also incredibly beautiful. If those are not your thing, there are also the models that are incredibly versatile, incredibly efficient, incredibly light and incredibly easy to maintain in accordance to what you want. Of course, there are those that have all of the above in just once package and looking at the 2013 Honda Accord will tell you as much. The 2013 Honda Accord is one stylish brand of a car, there is no doubting that particular point of fact. If you are looking for a car that is not only easy on the eyes but is also irresistible to it, you have found one of the products that are on the pinnacle of such needs. Just look at how sleek the body design is and how light but durable to frame is to tell.

When you need to feel comfortable inside the car you are driving, you need to have the 2013 Honda Accord be the car to give you that. It will never give you cause to have a problem with the space and it will especially be worth it in terms of how the interior was designed for your comfort.

With the 16-valve, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine of the 2013 Honda Accord, power is never short on supply. You will also find that the same can be said of the control as well as the efficiency in the use of fuel.