Honda Safety in San Antonio: New Crash Test Technology


It’s no surprise to us here at Benson Honda that so many Hondas receive such high safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, did you know that the 2015 Honda Fit has already been named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and that the brand new 2015 Honda Odyssey has already received a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA?

When it comes to safety, Honda’s definitely ahead of the curve. This is in part because Honda is dedicated to finding and using technology that improves the safety testing of their vehicles. To this end, the automaker recently announced that they are going to start using new, innovative software that will simulate collisions while giving engineers a comprehensive, 360-degree view of vehicle body damage. This software will give engineers a look at the effects of every possible crash on every inch of a vehicle’s body during every millisecond of a collision.

The software, which is called Real Impact, was created by 3DXcite, a company that creates high-end 3D visualization in real-time. Honda engineers worked with 3DXcite to make Real Impact as accurate as possible. Real Impact is highly precise and offers a plethora of critical data Honda can use to redesign their vehicles and make them even safer during crashes.

Honda is the first automaker to use simulation software that provides such a detailed and instantaneous look at the effects of crashes on vehicles. And that’s just one more reason why Honda’s leading the pack in terms of protection.

If you’re looking for a new car, we encourage you to check out the ultra-safe Hondas at Benson Honda!

2014 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2015 Honda Pilot in San Antonio

Trying to get a better idea of how the 2015 Honda Pilot and the 2014 Toyota 4Runner compare? Benson Honda in San Antonio has the scoop! Here’s some pertinent information to consider about how these two SUVs stack up against each other:

Performance: 2014 4Runner vs. 2015 Pilot

The new 4Runner accelerated a little faster than the 2015 Pilot in Consumer Reports speed tests. And its V6 engine produces a little more horsepower than the Pilot’s: 270 hp vs. 250 hp. The 2015 Honda Pilot totally exceeds expectations and trumps the 4Runner when it comes to performance in other ways, though.

For starters, the new Pilot’s brakes are more responsive than the 4Runner’s and allow the vehicle to stop shorter in Car and Driver and Motor Trend tests. The Pilot also offers fully independent front and rear suspensions, which dramatically enhance handling. The 4Runner doesn’t come with a fully independent rear suspension. Plus, the Pilot’s unibody construction allows for a stiffer chassis and improved handling, and the Pilot’s track (width between its wheels) is wider than the 4Runner’s, which also improves how the Honda SUV performs on the road.

Safety: 2014 4Runner vs. 2015 Pilot

In terms of safety, the 4Runner’s most notable feature is its Safety Connect system, which connects the vehicle to emergency personnel using GPS satellites in the event of a collision. The Pilot, on the other hand, offers a number of notable and outstanding safety features. These features include height-adjustable front and middle seat shoulder belts, a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment, and vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors connected to airbags to maximize the efficacy of airbag deployment. The 4Runner doesn’t offer height-adjustable seatbelts for middle row passengers, a high-strength frame, or airbag-connected sensors.

Ergonomics: 2014 4Runner vs. 2015 Pilot

A few ergonomic perks like air-conditioned front seats and heated outside mirrors for quick defogging distinguish the 2014 4Runner. The Pilot, however, is the clear winner in the ergonomics department. With seating for 8 (vs. seating for 7 in the 4Runner), a remote vehicle starting system, a standard locking fuel door, standard dual-zone air-conditioning, and optional rear seat media controls, there’s nothing quite like the experience of riding in a new Pilot.

We think the 2014 4Runner can hold its own in its class but just can’t hold a candle to the 2015 Honda Pilot! If we’ve convinced you the Pilot might be a good match for your needs, give us a ring or visit us at Benson Honda!

Honda Summer Cheerance in San Antonio

Like memes, videos starring cute animals and funny humans, gifts, concerts, stunts, and piñatas? Then Benson Honda in San Antonio thinks you’re going to love the Honda Summer Cheerance Event! This week, Honda’s going to be spreading cheer on social media, YouTube, and in real life to 3,000,000 people. Once they’ve done this, they’re also going to donate $100,000 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

The video posted above is a perfect example of Honda spreading cheer this week. The automaker is doing simple and delightful things like setting up piñatas on busy streets, hiding treasure on the beach, filling their YouTube channel with heartwarming videos, and bringing you happy tunes with a Cheerance Pandora station. The Cheerance Pandora station has definitely added some sunshine to our workweek at Benson Honda, and we definitely recommend checking it out.

Plus, Honda’s giving you even more reasons to rejoice by offering special pricing and financing offers on their vehicles as a part of their Summer Clearance Event. Right now, you can get in a new Honda Fit for just $149 a month for 36 months, a new Civic for just $159 a month for 36 months, a new Odyssey for just $269 a month for 36 months, and more! And all of these cars are being offered with a 0.9% APR financing rate.

Want to get happy with Honda this week? Search for “#Cheerance” on Facebook and Twitter. And contact us at Benson Honda if you want to experience the cheer of owning a Honda!