Honda Cars of Katy made buying my first car, a Honda Cr-V an Easy Process

Just about a year ago, I knew the time was coming to search for a new vehicle. It would be my first time as the owner of a car, despite having paid for every car I owned since I was 16. Being a very simple person, my car had to have two things: an iPod outlet and a sunroof. Why would anybody want a sunroof in hot Houston, you ask? Seven years prior, I was forced to pick out the car without the sunroof since my parent’s knew I wouldn’t be able to afford the higher model with my lifeguard and waitress, high school student salary.

 

In April of last year, I traveled to La Grange with a friend to volunteer at the MS150 in her Honda cr-v. I immediately fell in love. It was so spacious, the stereo system was perfect for jammin’ out to Ke$ha on that trip, and even the center console flipped down to store her purse. After that day, I couldn’t stop thinking of how much her Honda Cr-v resembled a luxury vehicle. Nobody in my family has ever owned a Honda, though my dad had a short stint working at a Honda dealership years ago. I was determined that someday soon I, too, would be the proud owner of a Cr-v.Honda Cars of Katy Honda CR-V

 

After months of searching and receiving annoying phone calls and emails from what seemed to be every dealership in Houston, I came across Honda Cars of Katy on an internet search. I was little weary since the drive was far away from my midtown apartment, but I decided to give it a whirl. After the first visit with Isaiah, I knew this was my dealership. After a few weeks of wheeling and dealing, I finally purchased my first ever Honda on June 19, 2010. Honda Cars of Katy had so many colors in stock of the 2010 Honda cr-v, it was like being in a shoe store and trying to pick the color of heels that fits your style most. I was very happy with my glacier blue pick. I was fortunate to have a stress-free day- complete with a free sandwhich and my salesman asking if I thought the sales manager was good looking. The best part? I did not even need my Dad’s help! Isaiah and the whole sales team made the process so easy, even an Aggie could buy a car from Honda Cars of Katy.

 

Eight months later, I love everything about my Honda. I love how spacious my CR-V is, something that has come in handy during road trips. Though I take the METRO light rail to work every day, my Honda is the perfect weekend getaway car. It has enough room to tote both my friends and luggage to party in Austin. Though I love my friends and family, my dream road trip would be with my favorite actor Adam Sandler to visit his hometown of Brooklyn. I mean, he can always fly to Houston from LA and we’ll travel all the way to the east coast and up to Brooklyn, sight seeing along the way. What could make a better vacation? I’ll even let his wife and kids tag along since the cr-v is so roomy!

 

As a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, having a safe vehicle is extremely important. I was not confident in driving my little sister to the zoo or the movies for our outings in my old car. Now, her mother and I both rest assured the Honda cr-v is top of the class in safety ratings. I now know that when I grow up, get married, and have children, I will definitely have Honda to keep my family safe. Maybe by that time, I’ll move up to the Honda Pilot to have more room for the little rascals.

 

 

Going Honda was a great decision. Driving away in a Honda from Honda Cars of Katy was an even better decision.

 

My Honda Civic – The only Vehicle I’ll Ever Buy by Jerry Renshaw

When you find a good product that you’re happy with, you tend to stick with it.  That’s just the way we’re wired.  That probably explains a lot about why Honda owners are so loyal to the brand.  The Honda Civic has been in production for almost 40 years now, with a transverse engine and front wheel drive layout, and have always combined a surprising amount of interior room and comfort with a reliable, economical design.

Honda Cars of Katy Honda CivicMy first Civic was all the way back in ’89, right after I got out of college. Even though Civics hadn’t yet reached the level of refinement they have now, it was still a great car with a strong-running 1.6 liter 4 cylinders, cloth seats, an AM/FM stereo radio and a 5-speed transmission.  I took that car back and forth from Texas to the Midwest I don’t know how many times, and I never saw less than 35 mpg out of it on the Interstates.  I held onto that Civic until it hit 168,000 miles, when I sold it for $1600 – it wasn’t burning oil and was still holding together just fine.

Civic #2 was a ’95 model that I bought used.  It was a newer generation of Civic, with a lower hood, more aerodynamic styling, quieter interior and about the same fuel economy.  That white Civic had a velour interior, power windows and locks and a 5-speed manual transmission. Again, I kept driving that one until the odometer was well over the 150k mark, and had very little in the way of trouble over those years.  It certainly held together better than my wife’s cars did during those years…

The third Civic I had was a ’03 model, with an automatic transmission and the 1.6 liter engine.  I was really, really fond of that Civic for the time I had it; unfortunately, that car came to a bad end the day when a guy in an F150 pulled out in front of me at an intersection.  I hit him at about 30 mph – needless to say, it was more than a fender-bender.  The car was in bad shape, but I wasn’t – between the car’s crumple zone and the airbag, I walked away from that collision with some bruises and a sore collarbone from the shoulder belt.  I am not at all sure I would have come out that well in any other car.

I thought the ’03 was about the best Civic I had owned, until I got the ’10 model.  With the engine upgraded to 2.2 liters these days, the Civic has more power than before while still getting 38 mpg out on the highway. This one’s got a full set of power options, leather interior, MP3 stereo and a whole slate of other amenities my earlier cars didn’t have.  It’s quiet, it rides and drives great on the highway, it’s got nimble handling and more than enough power – I couldn’t be happier with a car than I am with this one.

Can you guess what car I’m going to get next?  You guessed it…another Civic from Honda Cars of Katy. I have yet to make a bad call on this brand, and like I said…we all tend to keep coming back to products that we’ve had good experiences with, right?

 

Choosing the Honda Odyssey for our Family was a No Brainer!

You know what it’s like when you’ve got kids and a minivan.  You need to keep the little ones entertained and occupied so that a toddler insurrection doesn’t break out in back.  It needs to be comfortable for the grown-ups to be in one place for hours on end (vacations, trips to Grandma’s, etc).  It needs to ride well, handle well, get decent gas mileage and have reasonably good power so you don’t get flattened by an 18-wheeler while you’re trying to merge.  It needs plenty of cubbies, pockets and other storage options for the necessities (and for the little ones to stash their Buzz Lightyear figures).  And it needs plenty of space for the big stuff too, for when you’ve got to get the whole soccer team’s gear on board (or for the weekly trip to Home Depot).  Those are the criteria you’re going to want.

We looked at many minivans during the buying process: Dodge Caravan, Chevy Venture, Mazda MPV, Toyota Sienna. But, nothing stood out about any of them.

Then we tried a Honda Odyssey, and realized that we had just stepped onto a whole new playing field.

With a 244 horsepower 3.5 liter V6, the Honda had more than enough power to jump through holes in traffic or get up to interstate speed with room to spare.  The suspension is tuned so the Honda is actually nimble for a minivan – none of that ten-ton-armored-truck handling that many older minivans had.  Honda’s VCM (Variable Cylinder Management) shuts down two or four cylinders according to demand – no fuel or spark to those cylinders at highway speed – meaning we get 27 mpg on the highway (a very easy gas mileage figure to live with).  You can feel safe with kids in the Honda, with antilock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, side-impact airbags in front and side curtain airbags for all three rows.

And speaking of kids…

…the Touring model comes with a 16-inch widescreen video monitor (with an HDMI input) and a 12-speaker surround sound audio system that pushes a whopping 650 watts.  That is definitely enough to keep your feuding kids occupied.  Even the base-model Honda is equipped with a power driver seat, all power accessories, a CD player (with an MP3 input), tilt wheel, cruise control, air conditioning and lots of other goodies. 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring

Everyone likes the storage features in minivans, and Honda sure didn’t miss a beat on the all-new Odyssey. The in-floor storage even features a lazy-Susan (mine now has a Hot Wheels car or two in it) along with all the other cubbies and nooks. Triple-zone climate control, a power tailgate, power side doors, a navigation system (with 15 gb of storage), parking sensors, tire-pressure indicators, heated leather seats…the features on this minivan go on and on.  As a matter of fact, I’m still discovering some of the niceties in this rig.

The Honda Odyssey takes minivan to a whole new level. One of the things my family loves most is that it is a Honda, so we know it was built to last. And when it comes to routine maintenance, we always go to Honda Cars of Katy because we know their certified trained technicians will take the best care of our Odyssey. Plus, with Odyssey Grill at the dealership, we can grab lunch while we are getting our car serviced. The kids love the kids’ room and I love that I can watch them through the glass while catching up on e-mail with the free wi-fi.

My Honda Accord: From Sweet 16 to College Degree

My name is Beth Lynch and I am a proud Honda Accord owner.

In fact, the first car I ever owned was a certified pre-owned1996 Honda Accord, purchased by my parents for my sweet 16.  When I received the Accord, it had roughly 45,000 miles on it. I drove the Accord to and from school, around town and to help shuffle friends who were not yet lucky enough to have their own car! My Honda Accord truly helped me get to where I was going!  In fact, that when it came time to head off to college, I took it along with me! 

Like most college freshmen, I became quite home-sick in the first few months of school.  Often times, I found myself taking my three hour drive back home in my reliable, trusty Honda Accord. Not once did I have any issue with my Accord on my commute back home from school! It kept up with my frequent long drives and, on top of everything, it didn’t cost much in gas because of its phenomenal fuel economy!

As I progressed through my college career and it came time to move out of the dorm, once again I found myself depending on my Honda Accord. You would be surprised at how many of my belongings fit into the spacious interior of the Accord! It had a large trunk and plenty of room. So much that I didn’t even have to ask anyone of my friends who had a truck!

Little by little I became more involved in student-life during college which required a lot of time spent in the Accord either driving back and forth from apartment to campus or even going out of town.  I drove to different cities for speaking engagements and often piled friends in my Accord to take a road trip on the weekends just to get out of our college town.  Never did I have any sort of mechanical issue with my Honda Accord on any of those trips.  A lot of my friends in college had, at one time or another, the issue of being stranded due to car trouble. Fortunately for me, car trouble was never an issue in my Accord and I attribute that 100% to the quality of the Accord.  I drove my Accord until I’d put well over 100,000 miles on it in only 5 years! That is a lot of miles in such a short period of time, but thankfully, for me, my Accord stuck by me every mile of the way!