2015 Fit vs. 2015 Versa Note in San Antonio

Benson Honda is here with another car comparison to help you in your car buying process! This time around, we’ll be looking at how the 2015 Honda Fit and 2015 Nissan Versa Note compare. Both of these subcompact cars have appealing qualities that attract car buyers, and they’re actually alike in a lot of ways. However, there are some things that definitely distinguish them on the road.

Overall, we think the new Fit is the safety champ of these two cars. It has a ton of safety extras in comparison to the Versa Note, including active head restraints, daytime running lights, blind spot mirrors, and a “Top Pick” rating from the IIHS. The Versa Note does, however, come with a plastic fuel tank, which is safer than the Fit’s metal fuel tank.

Performance-wise, the new Fit also does more to impress. Its standard 4-cylinder engine produces 21 more horsepower than the Versa Note’s. It accelerates faster to high speeds, according to Motor Trend. The EPA test cycle determined that it gets better gas mileage (according to estimates). Its brake rotors are larger, which enhances stopping. And its standard six-speed manual transmission also gives it an edge, in comparison to the Versa Note, which comes with standard five-speed manual. We should mention, though, that the Versa Note has front and rear stabilizer bars, which improve its handling.

The Fit is also in the lead in terms of ergonomics, with things like an available remote vehicle starting system, more cargo room, and rear heat vents. The Versa Note distinguishes itself with an optional center folding armrest but doesn’t quite go above and beyond in comparison to the Fit.

Think the 2015 Honda Fit offers more of what you need? Schedule a test drive at Benson Honda!


Top 9 Ways the 2015 Civic Tackles the 2015 Corolla in San Antonio

The 2015 Honda Civic and 2015 Toyota Corolla are top compact car choices in the San Antonio area, and choosing between the two isn’t necessarily easy, since they both offer quite a bit. However, at Benson Honda, we believe the 2015 Civic tackles its Toyota competitor in a number of very compelling ways. Here are nine of them:

  1. To reveal cars and other objects in its blind spots, the new Civic offers blind spot mirrors. The new Corolla doesn’t.
  1. Because of its top-level performance in crash tests, the IIHS named the new Civic a Top Pick Plus for 2014. The IIHS didn’t recognize the Corolla with a top title.
  1. The Civic’s standard 4-cylinder engine produces more power and more torque than the Corolla’s 4-cylinder engine options.
  1. Car and Driver and Consumer Reports found that the Civic’s brakes proved more responsive than the Corolla’s when the vehicles were tasked with stopping from 70 mph and 60 mph.
  1. For more stability when it comes to ride and handling, the new Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. The new Corolla doesn’t.
  1. The Civic has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering to make parking easier. This is another feature the Corolla lacks.
  1. 3.2 inches shorter than its Toyota competitor, the 2015 Civic is easier to maneuver.
  1. With its optional coupe body style, the Civic offers some extra flair in terms of design options. The Corolla isn’t offered in a coupe body style.
  1. Ergonomically, the Civic distinguishes itself from the Corolla with things like a remote vehicle starting system and power mirror controls mounted to the driver’s armrest for easy access.

Think you’ve met your match in the 2015 Honda Civic? Take a look at the models we have at Benson Honda!

8 Reasons to Choose the 2015 Accord Over the 2015 Fusion in San Antonio

Benson Honda is back with another one of our car comparisons. This time around, we’ll be exploring how the 2015 Honda Accord and 2015 Ford Fusion compare, and we’ll specifically be looking at how the Accord stands out from its Ford rival. Here are nine reasons to choose the Accord over the Fusion:

  1. The new Accord’s active head restraints help protect its occupants from whiplash injury. Without active head restraints, Fusion occupants are more susceptible to whiplash injury.
  1. The Accord has a more powerful 550-amp battery (in comparison to the Fusion’s 500-amp battery). More powerful batteries offer more reliability.
  1. The Accord boasts engine options that produce more horsepower and torque than the Fusion. This is true for both its 4-cylinder engine and its V6 engine.
  1. With your choice of peppy manual transmission and efficient continuously variable transmission, the Accord distinguishes itself in comparison to the Fusion, which only comes with run-of-the-mill automatic transmission.
  1. The Accord’s active noise cancellation helps keep it quiet (and better helps ensure your comfort). The Fusion doesn’t have noise cancellation.
  1. Some of the new Accord’s standout ergonomic features include standard dual zone air conditioning, a standard locking fuel door, and standard automatic temperature control. The Fusion either does not offer these ergonomic extras or only offers them at higher trim levels.
  1. The Accord comes in a two-door body style in addition to the traditional sedan body style. The Fusion is only sold as a sedan.
  1. The Accord will save you money. Intellichoice estimates that insuring and owning it will cost less. And Kiplinger’s estimates that it will retain more of its value than the Fusion.

Ready to meet a new Accord in person? Let us know at Benson Honda!