Check out the 2012 Honda CR-V Now at the Spring into Summer Sales Event!

About Honda Cars of Katy:

Honda Cars of Katy proudly serves the greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Houston Heights, Memorial, Downtown Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, Montrose, The Woodlands, Midtown, Cypress, Humble, Jersey Village, Kingwood, Tomball, Bellaire, Alief, Barker, Beasley, Brookshire, East Bernard, Fresno, Fulshear, Hempstead, Hockley, Hufsmith, Kendleton, Manvel, Missouri City, Needville, North Houston, Orchard, Pattison, Pearland, Prairie View, Richmond, Rosenberg, Rosharon, Simonton, Spring, Stafford, Thompsons ,Tomball, Sealy, Seguin, Waller and Wallis.

Our Houston area Honda Dealership is located in Katy, Texas. Honda Cars of Katy carries a complete line of new and used cars in the Houston metro area. Visit us online at http://www.HondaCarsOfKaty.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HondaCarsOfKaty.

Honda Cars of Katy to Introduce All-New 2012 Next Generation Honda Civic

Honda Cars of Katy is gearing up to introduce one of the most anticipated new vehicle models launching this year, the all-new, fully redesigned 2012 Next Generation Honda Civic.

“Time and again, the Civic delivers on all fronts – fuel economy, great performance and reliability, smart packaging, long-term value,” said Chris Morrison, General Manager at Honda Cars of Katy. “The 2012 Civic is taking all of that up a notch. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the release of the brand new Civic, and we are already taking orders on the vehicle.”

Customers can test drive the all-new 2012 Civic at Honda Cars of Katy on April 18th—the first day the vehicle will be available to purchase. The iconic vehicle will undoubtedly continue to be a standout in the compact segment showcasing some impressive new upgrades, but still possessing all of the same underlying qualities that customers have come to expect from the Civic and Honda.

Those with an eye for style won’t be disappointed. The next-generation Civic brings enhanced looks, performance and efficiency across the model range. In addition to the interior being revamped with improved materials and technologies, the 2012 Civic also boasts a cleaner design, more robust lines and a more dynamic physical appearance.

“We will be offering the full 2012 Civic line-up,” said Morrison. “This includes the standard coupe and sedan models, the new sporty Si versions and the hybrid, as well as an all-new model—the Civic HF, which gets approximately 40 mpg on the highway,” he added.

With a style to match every customers needs, there is certainly a car for every buyer. Come see what all the hype is about at Honda Cars of Katy on April 18, 2011, you won’t be disappointed.

About Honda Cars of Katy:

Honda Cars of Katy proudly serves the greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Houston Heights, Memorial, Downtown Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, Montrose, The Woodlands, Midtown, Cypress, Humble, Jersey Village, Kingwood, Tomball, Bellaire, Alief, Barker, Beasley, Brookshire, East Bernard, Fresno, Fulshear, Hempstead, Hockley, Hufsmith, Kendleton, Manvel, Missouri City, Needville, North Houston, Orchard, Pattison, Pearland, Prairie View, Richmond, Rosenberg, Rosharon, Simonton, Spring, Stafford, Thompsons ,Tomball, Sealy, Seguin, Waller and Wallis.

Our Houston area Honda Dealership is located in Katy, Texas. Honda Cars of Katy carries a complete line of new and used cars in the Houston metro area. Visit us online at www.HondaCarsOfKaty.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HondaCarsOfKaty.com.

Houston Gas Prices Rising: Honda Cars of Katy Offers Solutions


With Houston gas prices back on the rise and showing no sign of slowing down, $4 per gallon gasoline is becoming a possible reality that consumers may have to deal with. The good news is Honda Cars of Katy offers Honda fuel efficiency  that can help cut costs in this new high priced fuel marketplace. Here are a few Honda models that can help you cut down your rising gasoline expenses.

●      2011 Honda Insight: 40mpg city, 43mpg highway


The Honda Insight sports a hybrid engine and offers strong fuel efficiency with high performance at an affordable cost. Designed for urban drivers, the Insight doesn’t sacrifice performance while still retaining excellent fuel efficiency. Honda Insight comes standard with Eco Assist, which helps to boost fuel efficiency. It sports an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system and a 1.3 liter i-VTEC engine.

●      2011 Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan: 40mpg city, 43mpg highway


Also strong on fuel efficiency, the Civic offers a stylish exterior and quality interior on top of the excellent gas mileage.  The Hybrid Sedan also features the Integrated Motor Assist IMA system, a 4 cylinder engine, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). If hybrid isn’t your thing, the standard 2011 Civic Sedan offers very respectable gas mileage at 36mpg hwy.

●      2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hyrbid: 35mpg city, 39mpg highway


The CR-Z is for consumers who seek great gas mileage  but still want to drive a car with some pick up and go. The CR-Z brings sporty performance to the hybrid field, offering a fun, 6 speed manual transmission and a 16-valve, 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine. The CR-Z also features the IMA system and the CVT, ensuring that your gas mileage is maximized.

●      2011 Honda Fit: 28mpg city, 35mpg highway


The Honda Fit doesn’t sport as strong of a MPG as the rest featured here, but it makes up for it with price, storage space, and performance. Ranked highly on Car and Driver, U.S. News, and Consumer Guide, the Fit is a great combination of edgy styling, strong fuel economy,  performance, comfort, and utility.

●      2011 Honda Accord Sedan: 23mpg city, 34mpg highway


If you’re looking for a strong, fuel efficient midsize, the Honda Accord is one of the most storied cars in the world. Named one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best 24 times, the Accord gets solid gas mileage for a midsized while offering impressive performance, comfort, and reliability.

Every vehicle Honda offers now takes fuel efficiency into account, and there’s no doubt you should too. Picking up a car that gets 40mpg instead of 20mpg cuts your gas bill in half.

For more information about your Honda options, come visit us at Honda Cars of Katy or visit our website at www.hondacarsofkaty.com We’ll be happy to answer any further questions you have about Honda vehicles and how they can help you save at the pump!

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.

 

Car Care Tips: 10 Things to Look For

Here are 10 tips on how to maintain your car and keep it in peak running condition.

Car problems develop very slowly and you may not know until it’s already a very costly to repair.  Cars are designed for one system to rely on another for peak running conditions.  If a part of one system goes bad, it could begin to affect another system. We humans are very adaptable to our surroundings.Service with Honda Cars of Katy

You may hear a noise and think the engine is just cold or the type of road surface is causing that thumping noise, but it may be your car is trying to tell you something.  So turn down that radio and listen for words our customers use such as: thump, pop, rattle, bump-ah-d-bump, his-s-s, clink, clank, clunk, groan, moan or whir.

Here are 10 areas where a minor issue may quickly become a major problem and safety concern. If you ever hear or see anything below, come see us to get the problem corrected. You’re welcome to make up your own words; we want to hear them all because it helps us keep you safe and happy driving your Honda.

  1. Tire tread – 3/32 inch is low
    1. 30,000 mile tires may not last that long – depending on your driving, check them
    2. Bad tire inflation causes worn tire tread that is more subject to road damage
    3. Uneven wear can cause difficulty stopping straight at high speeds
  2. Wheel Balance – bumps can loosen balance weights
    1. Vibration causes other parts of steering to fail
    2. Causes uneven wear to ball joints and tie rods
    3. Makes it hard to stop
  3. Wheel Alignment – can cause steering problems
    1. Car pulls to one side
    2. Wastes gas
    3. Damages other parts by constant pull
  4. Shocks & Struts – get bent, chipped or broken
    1. Dangerous when stopping at high speeds
    2. Causes rough ride that get worse
    3. Damages tires and causes them to wear out to quickly
  5. Breaks – almost go to the floor or need pumping
    1. May fail causing a wreck
    2. Overheating causes other break parts to fail
    3. Leaking breaks will stain the garage and driveway
  6. Engine oil – engine runs hot, drips on the floor
    1. Low oil can cause over heating
    2. Old oil can cause damage to smooth working engine parts
    3. Failure to change oil could void your warranty
  7. Engine tune up – hard to start, won’t idle smooth
    1. Improves gas mileage
    2. Insures quick acceleration when needed
    3. Protects your warranty rights
  8. Radiator – makes a funny his-s-s noise, leaks on the floor
    1. Proper coolant mix and level protect for Houston summer and winter
    2. Sludge build up causes rust
    3. Cool engine runs more efficiently
  9. Air conditioning – finally cools off, won’t work a slow speed
    1. Proper mix of coolant and oil make it work better
    2. Worn or damaged pulley loosens seals causing leaks
    3. Heat of summer (Houston) exaggerates damage
  10. Battery, belts, PCV and clean engine
    1. Worn belts can break easily driving high freeway speeds
    2. Battery must be checked and post cleaned before summer and winter
    3. Worn PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve causes sludge build-up
    4. Clean engine runs cooler helps moving parts work more smoothly

Our service department wants to help you avoid costly repairs by helping you keep your vehicle well maintained.  Car maintenance in Houston is demanding because of the hot, humid weather; but you can look and listen for the things above and that will go a long way to protecting your investment.

The Importance of Taking Care of your Tires

Tires aren’t real sexy.  It’s hard to market tires, because they all look the same – black and round, and they have been black and round for as long as there have been cars.  They’re so mundane that car owners don’t tend to think about them much until they wear out or go flat.

That’s a mistake. Tires are a big part of auto maintenance.

You’ve spent some real money on your tires, and they have a big role in your car’s gas mileage, ride, handling and drivability.  Not paying attention to them can shorten their lifespan and send you shopping for tire replacement before they hit the end of their service life.

Taking care of your Tires with Honda Cars Of Katy

Rotate your tires regularly

Ideally, tires should be rotated at every other oil change or every 5,000-10,000 miles.  Often, things like minor pulls to the right or left can be corrected with a tire rotation.  Not rotating tires can shorten their service life by wearing them unevenly, but regular rotation will give you better handling, a better ride and better road manners for your car.

Tire Alignment

Check your front-end alignment every 25-30,000 miles.  Improper alignment can wear tread unevenly (as can wheels that are out of balance) and chew up a set of tires.  Conversely, one of the easiest ways to spot front-end alignment problems is by looking at the wear patterns on the front tires – look at tread that’s wearing out more quickly at the inside or outside edge of a tire, or a “cupped” wear pattern towards the middle. Additionally, if you notice a shaking of the steering wheel, this is a good indicator misalignment of your tires.

Tire Inflation

One of the easiest ways to extend the life of your tires is to check your inflation regularly.  Overinflated tires will make a hard-riding car with jittery handling and tire wear that’s concentrated towards the middle of the treads.  Under-inflated tires will wear at the edges first, but even more importantly (with $3/gallon gas), tires that are under-inflated by as little as 5 psi can cost you 20% in gas mileage.  You’ll find the proper inflation levels embossed on the tire’s sidewall.

Invest $5.00 in a tire gauge, keep it in the car and use it!  Your tires, your car and your wallet will appreciate it. For all of your service needs, make sure you book your service online or call Honda Cars of Katy’s service department 1-888-982-5888.

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?