Compressed Natural Gas Honda Civic HOV Access

Benson Honda San Antonio TexasCivic GX has High Occupancy Vehicle access through 2015

Drivers of the Civic GX, a Honda Civic using compressed natural gas, have been given the green light to use the HOV access lane in California through 2015. Sales for this model have tripled recently and now it appears they will continue to grow. Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas knows the Honda Civic is a great vehicle and we’re excited to share this information with you.

The Honda Civic GX allows California commuters to use a less traveled lane on the highway and pay less for gas. They also enjoy the satisfaction of reducing their personal carbon footprint.

“Civic GX drivers in California have long enjoyed the benefits of driving a compressed natural gas vehicle, whether it was saving time commuting in the carpool lane, paying lower fuel prices, reducing dependence on oil or reducing their CO2 footprint,” said Elmer Hardy, senior manager of alternative fuel marketing at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “With the all-new model coming this fall, drivers will continue to earn these benefits along with additional commuter-friendly features.”

Just because it runs on compressed natural gas doesn’t mean it’s skimping on any Civic features. The Honda Civic GX still carries all the innovative technology that you’d expect from Honda. Bluetooth, USB audio are all standard, among other great Honda features.

While this vehicle is currently only being sold in California, it won’t be long before other states catch on to the immense benefit from HOV lanes on busy highways. Benson Honda knows traffic, but traffic in a Honda Civic just seems to be a bit less irritating. Come out to Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas, and take a look at all the great Honda models we have, ready for you today.

Honda‚Äôs Sounds of Civic Winner Announced

Benson HOnda sounds of civic contestSocial Media contest comes to a close

The Sounds of Civic, a contest that encouraged Honda Civic fans all over the world to make a song, has ended. The contest was awarding over $2,500 to eight top finalists and for first place a new 2012 Honda Civic. Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas, knows the heart and passion these musicians put into their songs. Benson Honda is proud to be part of the Honda family.

First place winner was Jonatan Barahona, a freelance piano player. His video won voters’ hearts with its originality and ability to touch hearts. Barahona’s song and video were titled, “Forever.” He said that it was a tribute to environment and inspiration.

"In the song, I wanted to bring to light Honda's ability to change the world through reliability and environmental responsibility. I believe that sustainable energy is something that we should be pursuing rather than digging ourselves deeper into dependence on fossil fuels," said Barahona. "[To Honda fans] Thank you so much for your votes and your support!"

As part of the contest, Barahona will perform his song at the 2011 Honda Civic Tour when it comes to Anaheim, California in October. And, of course, he’ll be driving around a new 2012 Honda Civic that he also won during the contest.

"There were so many wonderful contributions to The Sounds of Civic, but his entry stood out on production, originality, and best captured the spirit of the Honda Civic. Congratulations to Jonatan," said Kurt Antonius, assistant vice president of public relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

If you’re curious what Bahahona’s new 2012 Honda Civic looks like or how it feels to drive one, come out the Benson Honda, the best Honda Civic dealer in San Antonio, Texas.

Hondas Make List for Best Cars for College Graduates

Hondas make list three timesHonda top favorite in Edmunds' survey on consumer favorites

Upon college graduation, many responsibilities come to fruition. Choosing a reliable and durable vehicle to get back and forth from job interviews could quickly become a priority after graduation. Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas, is excited that Honda made multiple appearances in Edmunds’ consumer favorite survey of the best college graduate vehicles.

With 20 vehicles making the list of most favored cars by college graduates, the Honda Civic Si came in sixth, the Honda CR-V in fifteenth and the Honda Fit in nineteenth. The Honda brand was listed as a favorite more than any other brand in the survey.

The Honda Civic has been gaining attention for its safety ratings and all-around top of the line design. The Civic Si is a strong contender in the compact car category, according to Edmunds. Edmunds further notes that the fuel efficiency and spacious interior make it an extremely popular model.

The Honda CR-V was called well-rounded and a great vehicle for families by Edmunds. They even went on to call it one of their favorite compact crossover SUVs. That’s pretty impressive. The CR-V is roomy and rates very well in safety features. It is very much an overall great choice for families and those who need that extra room.

The Honda Insight is in high demand as a great alternative to the Toyota Prius. The Insight is a hybrid is fuel efficient and reliable, says Edumunds. It also mentions that the Insight is very well priced for a hybrid and gets incredible gas mileage.

Benson Honda is the perfect place to stop if you’re looking for any of these consumer favorites. Stop out at the leading new and used Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas to take one for a drive and experience it for yourself.

2012 Honda Civic Si IndyCar Series Safety Car

Benson Honda Civic Si IZOD pace carRace fans excited about Civic’s new role

For a vehicle like the Honda Civic, adding more to its repertoire is all in a day’s work. Recently, the Honda Civic Si was made the new IZOD IndyCar safety car. At Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas, we know the Honda Civic is one of the safest vehicles out there—now it’s on the race track, too.

Honda first made a splash with racing fans when they ran the Civic Racing Style Sweepstakes. Now the reliable and durable vehicle will be once again seen by racing fans.

Honda Performance Development did what they do best and the California company made modifications for the Civic so it’s ready for the race track. These modifications added four-piston calipers, rotors and pads and stainless brake lines. The Civic was given a genuine Honda aerodynamic kit and a wheel upgrade.

 

Under the sponsor stamped hood, there’s a 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder and a total over 201 horsepower.

"The high-performance new Honda Civic Si is the perfect match for the IndyCar Safety Car fleet," said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president, auto sales. "With its larger and more powerful 2.4-liter engine and enhancements provided by HPD, it is ready to lead the IZOD IndyCar Series field at the Honda Indy Toronto and beyond."

This pace car is set to be driven by Johnny Rutherford, a three-time Indy 500 champion. Even if a street version of this car isn’t in your future (Honda hasn’t’ yet said if there will be one), Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas has a great selection of new and used Hondas. We have great, professional staff who can help you with any questions. Stop out today to see why Benson Honda is number one!

Honda Grabs Great Results in Initial Quality Study

benson honda jd power and associates initial quality studyJ.D. Power and Associates’ survey puts Honda on top

Honda led the way when J.D. Power and Associates asked thousands of owners to take a survey. Not only did one Honda earn an award, but seven in total were recognized for highest initial quality. This was the first time Honda earned the best-ever ranking award from the survey. At Benson Honda, the leading Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas, we’re just shocked this was their first time taking a sweep. Honda will always rank well when there’s a survey involved—but this time they did phenomenally.

The Initial Quality Study surveys new vehicle owners 90 days after purchasing a vehicle. Many consumers use the survey results when researching a new vehicle purchase. Honda had seven models that earned the highest initial quality score within their segment. Honda was the only brand with that many models to win.

"Creating products of the highest quality and value is the foundation of our business, and it begins with a deep understanding of the customer," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president & CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "These results are an important demonstration of our focus on the customer and the tireless efforts put forth by Honda associates throughout our organization—in R&D, in manufacturing and in sales—to exceed their high expectations of Honda and Acura."

The survey also recognized three Honda plants for extremely high quality, including those in North America and those around the world.

If you think driving an award winning vehicle is in your future, come to Benson Honda. We’re the leading new and used Honda dealer in San Antonio, Texas and we’re committed to providing the best to our customers. Our qualified and friendly staff can help you with a test drive, or just answer a few questions. Stop by today!