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!

Honda Continues Creative Effort to Market HondaVAC

2014 Honda Odyssey HondaVAC


A few HondaVAC pictures from the manufacturer’s creative Twitter marketing campaign.

When it comes to social media, some companies just get it. Honda is definitely one of those companies. They recently reached out to a number of food companies on Twitter, letting them know that their crumbs are no match for the 2014 Honda Odyssey HondaVAC, an industry-first, in-vehicle vacuum found in the back of the new Odyssey.

The Twitter raid attacked companies that normally have food found in a minivan. Just about every major fast food company got a tweet, and there were quite a few for certain types of candies, including KitKat and Skittles. Many of the companies even got a supplemental image with the Honda tweet which made for some pretty creative marketing. Continue reading

Looking Into the Safest Minivan Currently Available

Top Safety Pick+ Safety Standards


Hopefully you never end up in this situation, but if you do, the Honda Odyssey is capable of keeping you safe.

We recently announced that the 2014 Honda Odyssey was the first minivan to receive the newly coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but never really explained what that new title means. Sure, the label sounds good, but unless you really understand exactly what it took for the Odyssey to get it, it can be confusing. So let’s look at the Top Safety Pick+ safety standards. Continue reading

CR-V and Odyssey Two of the Best Bets for Used Cars

Used Honda in San Antonio


Edmunds voted the Honda CR-V as the best bet for a used compact SUV/crossover.

Here at Benson Honda, we know that used cars are just as big of a concern as new ones, and with the amount of choices that exist out there, finding a reliable used car can be difficult. That’s why we’re going to make it easier for you to find the best deal on a used Honda in San Antonio. Though all of our new models are Honda vehicles, our used car inventory features many different makes and models. The two we’re going to focus on today, however, are Honda vehicles. That’s because the models won Edmund’s 2012 Best Used Car Bet Award in their segment. The awards were based on models over a span of six years. Every model year from 2005 to 2010 was accounted for. Let’s take a look at the winners. Continue reading

HondaVAC Commercials Showcase Industry-First Feature

2014 Odyssey HondaVAC Ads

Implemented in the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the HondaVAC is an industry-first feature. It works just like it sounds. It’s an in-car vacuum system located in a back storage compartment which makes it much more convenient to clean up after the kids. Gone are the days of putting 50 cents into those sticky-hosed vacuums at the car wash. The HondaVac is even capable of running for a period of eight minutes when the engine is off. As this is a feature that can only be found in the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the manufacturer is really pushing out the advertisements for it. We don’t have a problem with that because most of the 2014 Odyssey HondaVAC ads are pretty entertaining.

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After 40 Years of Airbags Honda’s are Among the Safest

Honda Airbag System


Side-curtain airbags have been included in every row of every Honda vehicle since 2008.

It has been 40 years since the first car with a passenger airbag became available for sale to the public. It was the 1973 Oldsmobile Toronado that got the safety feature now standard in just about every vehicle imaginable. In the last 40 years, vehicle airbags have really taken on quite a transformation. We’re sure that you’re award of the driver and passenger airbags, but you may not know how many other airbags your car is loaded up with. There are even airbags for passengers in the back of many vehicles now. Honda is one manufacturer that has spent additional time on perfecting their airbags. Let’s take a closer look at the Honda Airbag System. Continue reading

2014 Odyssey First Minivan to get Top Safety Pick

2014 Honda Odyssey Top Safety Pick


The Odyssey passed the small overlap front test with the highest possible rating.

The new Honda Odyssey was just released a short while ago, and it is already bringing in some awards. These awards are no small feats either. The 2014 Honda Odyssey just became the first minivan to be awarded the 2013 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s officially the safest minivan available. The pick comes as no surprise to Honda which is still the car manufacturer with the most Top Safety Pick ratings, including most recently the 2013 Honda Civic and Accord. Let’s look at what makes the 2014 Honda Odyssey a Top Safety Pick. Continue reading