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.

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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.

 

Installing a Child Safety Seat the Right Way

At Honda Cars of Katy, we provide to you the resources you need in order to make driving with you and your family as safe as possible. Not only are we going to find you the perfect vehicle for you but we will also leave you feeling and knowing you are in a safe Honda vehicle. Child Saftey, is of utmost importance, and child safety seat installation is something that we all need to know about.  Please read on, and know the proper techniques! Happy reading!

If you grew up in the 60s, 70s or 80s, chances are you never had a child seat (or maybe never even used seat belts) and your parents never gave it a second thought.

Now child car seats are a part of everyday life, and installing the seat into their new Honda Accord can be difficult.  It doesn’t help matters that there’s no standardized way to mount them – each brand is different.

That trepidation and worry is well-founded – the NTHSA has found that as many as 80 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed and used and that poor installation can be a contributing factor to many traffic fatalities in children under 14.

Honda Cars of Katy - Installing Child Safety SeatHere are some things to keep in mind:

  • Getting a proper fit between car seat and vehicle seat is essential, and usually tricky.  Some vehicles have automatic locking retractors (ALR), emergency locking retractors (ELR) or retractors that can work either way.  The seat cushions’ shape and size can make a big difference, as can the huge variety of shapes and sizes of child safety seats.
  • The federal government has stepped in to set a standard, with new car seats and post-2002 vehicles featuring LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).  The LATCH attachment can be rigid or flexible, and negates the need for using seatbelts to anchor the seat.
  • Regardless of what brand of seat you get or how it’s supposed to install, make certain that it’s the proper seat for your child’s age, weight and height.  This is crucial!
  • Remember that the safest place for a car seat is always in the rear seat.  Post-2008 models will have a shoulder strap for the middle rear seat position, so keep that in mind when installing.
  • More than anything else – read both the car’s owner’s manual and the child seat manual carefully, and follow their instructions. If you still have questions, call your new Honda dealership in Houston and ask them.

Infant seats and toddler seats will typically have different designs and different mounting procedures.  Follow their instructions to the letter!  Then, after the seat is installed, grab the seat and try to move it.  It shouldn’t  move more than an inch from side to side or front to back.  If you’re still not sure, feel free to call your Honda dealership, or consult the NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety or National Safe Kids Campaign websites.

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.

Honda Cars of Katy Introduces the All-New 2011 Honda Odyssey

The all-new 2011 Odyssey, now available at Honda Cars of Katy, redefines the criteria of a minivan, increasing not only the amount of space inside the vehicle but also revamping the sleek and stylish outside.

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan arrived at Honda Cars of Katy on September 27, 2010 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranging from $27,800 for the value-oriented Odyssey LX to $43,250 for the ultra-premium Odyssey Touring Elite, plus a destination and handling charge of $780 per vehicle, according to American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The completely redesigned Odyssey improves for 2011 with greater interior functionality, a more distinctive style and higher fuel economy. Across all available models — the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and now, the new Touring Elite — more than 50 standard and available features have been added for 2011 to enhance comfort, convenience, efficiency and travel fun.

“Taking the kids on a road trip in the new 2011 Honda Odyssey won’t be the same as it used to be in your old minivan,” said Chris Morrison, General Manager of Honda Cars of Katy. “The kids will have plenty of room to make themselves comfortable with eight passenger capabilities and a rear DVD entertainment system.”

With a wide range of new features adding value for economy, comfort and convenience, the increase in 2011 Odyssey pricing represents a 2.5-percent difference on a sales-weighted basis compared to the 2010 models being replaced (approximately $840 on average).

Significant enhancements to the interior include a new “3-mode” second-row seat design that is more comfortable for center passengers (Odyssey EX and above). The 2011 Odyssey is equipped with a total of five LATCH attachment points (four in the Odyssey LX), the most of any vehicle currently available on the market as of 2011 (up from three in the previous model). The one-motion, 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat®, one of the Odyssey’s original concepts and most versatile features, is positioned for more legroom and is even easier to operate for 2011.

Dramatic new styling creates a more dynamic appearance unlike any other minivan with the introduction of a tapered cabin and a signature “lightning bolt” belt line. The lightning bolt belt line improves the outward view for third-row passengers. The body’s enhanced aerodynamic shape along with engineering improvements throughout the vehicle contribute to a class-leading EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 28 milesper- gallon (mpg) on Odyssey Touring models, an improvement of 3 mpg compared to the 2010 Odyssey Touring model and the most for any eight-passenger minivan.

A more powerful and efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (standard on all models for 2011) and produces 248 hp (+4 hp over 2010) while delivering an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/28/22 mpg on Odyssey Touring models (18/27/21 mpg on Odyssey LX, EX and EX-L models). For enhanced driving refinement on Odyssey Touring models, a six-speed automatic transmission debuts as a standard feature. All other models receive the five-speed automatic transmission.

New technology available on certain models includes a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultrawide split-screen display and an auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input, an “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper, integration of FM traffic data on navigation models and much more. Thoughtful features have been added throughout like the available cool box, front bag hook, available flip-up trash bag ring and more. Popular features like the available back-up camera and available conversation mirror continue to be offered.

An extensive list of safety equipment comes standard on every Odyssey. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), commonly referred to as electronic stability control; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; three-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and active front seat head restraints.

All-New 2011 Honda Odyssey at Honda Cars of Katy

About Honda Cars of Katy:

Honda Cars of Katy is located off I-10 on Katy Freeway at the Westgreen Blvd exit. For more details please contact the dealership at 281-994-0055. Honda Cars of Katy is a new car and used car dealer that proudly provides service, parts, selection and customer service to the greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Houston Heights, Memorial, Downtown Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, Montrose, The Woodlands, Midtown, Cypress, Humble and Jersey Village.

Honda Cars of Katy is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HondaCarsOfKaty and on Twitter @HondaCarsKaty or http://www.twitter.com/HondaCarsKaty.

Car Care Tips- Action Movie Mythbuster!

Miller writes: I have a bet with my Wife on this: In TV shows, you often see cars rolling over and bursting into flames. Does that really happen? It could cost me a month of doing dishes if they don’t!

Mike: Better get some rubber gloves buddy! Car companies put in several safeguards to keep the fuel in the tank on rollovers and not allow it to ignite. From check valves in fuel tank filler necks, to automatic cutoffs on fuel pumps, cars are harder and harder to ignite. Engineers take data from thousands of accidents every year and use that knowledge to make their cars safer. Explosions rarely happen outside of Hollywood.

Here is a tip: Here is one of my biggest pet peeves! Don’t ignore your tires!  It could cost you a tire if you run it low and possibly a lot more if it blows out. Every day I sit in traffic and look at the tires of the vehicle in front of me and I usually see a low tire that the driver is unaware of. I usually try to catch up and tell them, but it doesn’t always work out. Here is what you do: Get a good tire gauge and check the tires once a week, but more importantly, learn how they are supposed to look and when you get in your car each day, give them a quick glance just to make sure you haven’t picked up a nail and have a low tire. If you have a low tire, and can catch it before you drive too far, then a little air will get you to the tire shop. Now that I’ve told you what to do, try it this evening or in the morning when you go out to the car. It’s a good habit to have.

Keep your tires full and looking good!

Mike The Car Guy University: Listen to The Automotive Reporter radio program with Mike Herzing and Harold Gunn Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:00 on KGOW 1560AM “The Game” or go online www.1560thegame.com

Mike was an ASE Certified Master Tech and auto shop owner for 31 years. If you have questions or comments, E mail me: mikeh@letstalkwheels.com or go to www.letstalkwheels.com to read more articles. -MH

Honda Cars of Katy is located off I-10 on Katy Freeway at the Westgreen Blvd exit. For more details please contact the dealership at 281-994-0055. Honda Cars of Katy is a new car and used car dealer that proudly provides service, parts, selection and customer service to the greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Houston Heights, Memorial, Downtown Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, Montrose, The Woodlands, Midtown, Cypress, Humble and Jersey Village.