New Minivans in San Antonio: 2016 Odyssey vs. 2016 Town and Country

Minivans are historically the most versatile and family-friendly vehicles on the block, and the 2016 model year proves them to be more versatile than ever! With all-new body styles, never-before-seen technology features, and reassuring safety features, minivans are not what they used to be! Getting excited about choosing which minivan is the best option for you and your family? Make sure you make the right choice, first. Today at Benson Honda we are comparing two award-winning new minivans in San Antonio: the 2016 Odyssey and the 2016 Town and Country!


Safety First

The top reason you’re getting a minivan (aside from flexibility) is the incredible safety ratings they are said to have. Like everything else, some have better ratings than others and in this case it’s the 2016 Odyssey. The Odyssey has a perfect overall 5-star crash safety rating in the NHTSA front crash test while the 2016 Town and Country only received 4 stars. In addition to the NHTSA test, the Odyssey scored a “Good” rating in the IIHS small overlap crash test. The Town and Country? A “Poor” rating. We could tell you which one we’d want our family riding in – the 2016 Honda Odyssey!


Performance & Reliability

The Odyssey isn’t just incredibly safe, it’s proven to be more powerful and more reliable than the 2016 Town and Country! J.D Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new cars ranked Honda 14th in initial quality and Chrysler is ranked 31st. Plus, the Odyssey has a 5-year corrosion warranty with unlimited miles but the Chrysler van’s corrosion warranty runs out after 100,000 miles. Lastly, The Odyssey is faster than the Town and Country, going from zero to 60 MPH in just 7.4 seconds, compared to the Town and Country’s 8.1 seconds.



One really helpful feature on the Odyssey, especially if you have children, is the ability to roll a window up or down with the button on the keyless remote. That way, if windows are left down, instead of restarting the car or having to back to it, you can roll them up from a distance. The Town and Country minivan does not offer this feature. The Town and Country also doesn’t offer the standard fuel-locking door like the Odyssey, or the center folding armrest, standard smartphone integration, a HondaVAC or power tailgate! With the Odyssey, you’re getting significantly more features.


Those points just about sum up the comparison of these two new minivans in San Antonio, and we’d choose the 2016 Odyssey over the 2016 Town and Country any day! Do you agree? Stop by Benson Honda to see how else the Odyssey can impress you!

Are You a Good Fit for the 2016 Honda Fit in San Antonio?

It’s been said that certain vehicles aren’t for everyone. Some people prefer SUVs, some people prefer sedans, and others like to ride in a truck. However, we can confidently say that 2016 Honda Fit in San Antonio defies this notion. If you like cars that are stylish, fuel-efficient and have perfect safety ratings, then the Honda Fit is for you! The 2016 Fit beats out other crossover competitors, like the 2016 Nissan Versa Note. How, you ask? Benson Honda is here to tell you how!


Firstly, the Fit has significantly better safety features than the Versa Note, that ultimately lead to better safety ratings. The Fit not only great headlights, but has Daytime Running Lights which make it more visible in the day and prevent the Fit from being unnoticed. The Fit has wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side mirror so you never have a blind spot. The Versa Note doesn’t offer either of these features, and that probably explains their significantly lower safety ratings. The Fit has a 5-star rating overall in the NHTSA front crash test and the Versa Note falls short with a lowly 3-star rating.


Now that we have safety covered, let’s talk about power. The 2016 Fit’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cylinder engine produces 21 more horsepower than the Versa Note (130 vs. 109 horsepower). And going from 0 MPH to 60 MPH, the Fit beats the Versa Note by 1.2 seconds plus has a 6-speed manual transmission (the Versa Note only has up to 5-speed transmission).


We could go on and on about the Fit, but let’s wrap this comparison up by listing some of the useful and fun features the Fit offers (but the Versa Note doesn’t)!

  • A remote vehicle starting system so you can start your vehicle from inside of your home.
  • A telescoping steering wheel for optimal driver comfort whether you’re short or tall.
  • Standard power windows on all Fit models (power windows are only available on the Versa Note (SV/SR/SL).
  • Standard power locks.
  • Standard automatic headlight on/off feature that turn on at dusk and off after dawn.
  • Rear heat vents so your passengers in the back seat are comfortable.



So are you a good fit for the 2016 Honda Fit in San Antonio! Benson Honda thinks you are, especially if you like safety, power and cool features on your next new vehicle. We personally invite you to take it for a spin by stopping by for a test drive! See you soon!




2015 Nissan Rogue vs. 2015 Honda CR-V in San Antonio

Checking out crossover options? Crossovers provide the maneuverability of a compact car with the strength of an SUV. You really can’t go wrong! Well, that’s not entirely true-not all crossovers are created equal, so don’t cheat yourself out of the very best option! Today at Benson Honda we’re taking an in-depth look at a couple of crossover options on the market: the 2015 Nissan Rogue and the 2015 Honda CR-V in San Antonio.


When it comes to engine performance, the 2015 CR-V has the 2015 Rogue beat. The CR-V’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cylinder produces 15 more horsepower than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cylinder engine. This could contribute to the CR-V going zero to 60 MPG in just 8.5 seconds! (Compared to the Rogue’s 9.1 seconds.) Despite the quicker acceleration, the fuel economy is about the same between the CR-V and Rogue. According to the EPA, the 2015 Honda CR-V in San Antonio gets 27 city/34 hwy* while the 2015 Nissan Rogue in San Antonio gets 26 city/33 hwy*.


You shouldn’t buy a car without top-of-the-line safety, so let’s talk about the safety ratings. After the NHTSA front crash test, the CR-V left with an overall 4-star rating, but the Rogue only received 3-stars. In the same test, the CR-V received 5-stars for the driver and 4-stars for the front passenger while the Rogue received 3-stars for the driver and a lowly 2-star rating for the front passenger. In the NHTSA side impact test, both vehicles received a 5-star rating overall. Because of it’s near-perfect safety ratings, the CR-V was granted a “Top Pick Plus” by the IIHS for 2015 while the Rogue was only named a “Top Pick” for 2015.


In addition to being a “Top Pick Plus” for safety, the Honda CR-V is known for its reliability standards. Consumer Reports predicts that the CR-V will be 22% more reliable than the Rogue. And, did you know that Honda is ranked 8th in initial quality while Nissan is ranked 19th? That’s a pretty big gap!


Lastly, both crossovers are fairly equal when it comes to the fun extras. You’ll enjoy standard Bluetooth wireless, an audio system with color display screen, back-up camera and keyless remote entry/vehicle start in either the CR-V or the Rogue! One cool feature that Honda offers that Nissan doesn’t is Honda HD Digital Traffic that alerts you of current traffic conditions and guides you the quickest and least congested way.


Looks like if you want the top crossover today, you’re better off going with the 2015 Honda CR-V in San Antonio. Think so too? Come see us at Benson Honda and we will be more than happy to get you in the driver’s seat!



*Based on 2012-2016 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.