New Cars in San Antonio: 2016 Civic vs. 2016 Jetta


There’s nothing better that that clean, new car smell – are we right? If you been in the market to buy a brand new car, you’ve landed on the right page. Benson Honda is here to show you how out all of the new cars in San Antonio, the 2016 Civic is the one to buy! What makes it so great? We’ll break it up into 5 reasons for you.


  1. Better safety features than the 2016 Jetta.

With the 2016 Civic, you can drive knowing that you’re keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. The 2016 Civic has speed sensors AND seat sensors that will deploy the smart airbags with different levels of force depending on how fast you are going, and what size the person in the front seat is. Not to mention the optional lane departure warning system that alerts an inattentive driver that they are cruising into the wrong late.

  1. Made to be higher quality.

Honda has a name for quality, and it doesn’t stop with the 2016 Civic. Honda was named 14th in initial quality by J.D. Power while Volkswagen was way down the list at number 23. On a similar note, the 2015 survey of 3-year-old car owners, Honda was ranked 5thin reliability, and Volkswagen, again down the list, as 21st.

  1. Unbeatable fuel economy.

Volkswagen may have been called out recently about cheating on the American air pollution tests, but Honda is doing quite the opposite. The 2016 Civic gets 31 city/42 hwy MPG* on average. The Jetta? 28 city/39 hwy MPG* and on top of that requires premium fuel.

  1. Room for everyone.

Did you know the Civic is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA? The Jetta is only considered a Compact car because it is much smaller. In fact, you’ll notice that the Civic has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger room than the Jetta does. In addition to that, the Civic’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches and the Jetta’s is 28.2. This makes loading items in the Civic much more accessible.

  1. Top-of-the-line technology.

The Civic, unlike the Jetta, offers a remote starting system, which allows you to start the vehicle from inside of the driver’s house so your car is nice and toasty by the time you enter. And speaking of toasty, the Civic and Jetta both offer front heated seats, but the Civic Touring makes heated seats available to those passengers in the rear seats! Heated rear seats are not even an option in the Jetta.


Do we have you convinced? When it comes to new cars in San Antonio, you’ll want to invest in the 2016 Honda Civic for several reasons. When you’re ready to seal the deal, stop by Benson Honda for a test drive! We’ll be happy to get you in the driver’s seat of this amazing car!





* 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.


Debunking Some of the Most Common Car Dealership Myths


Movies have led to a lot of the most common misconceptions about car salesmen and dealerships.

Top Myths About Buying a Car from a Dealership

Here at Benson Honda we have had a number of different customers who reluctantly come to the dealership as their “last resort” option, because they feel that car dealerships cannot be trusted. However, by the time that they leave the dealership, we don’t pressure anyone into buying a vehicle, and we ensure that all of our customers feel happy, and are confident with their decision before any lines are signed. Car dealerships get a bad reputation for some reason, but here at Benson Honda, we have customer reviews to back up our claims of trusted service. We are different from other car dealers in San Antonio, TX, and we’re going to prove that by debunking the top myths about buying a car from a dealership. Continue reading

What to Know if Your Car Was Bumped in the Night

Halloween Pranks Covered by Car Insurance


If your car is egged, attempt to clean the mess up. If you catch it in time, the yolk may not do any damage.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, cars are twice as likely to be vandalized on Halloween night. The damages can consist of everything from egg yolks to slashed tires and broken windows. Hopefully you or nobody that you know had cars that were victims of last night’s festivities, but if you were, we’re going to let you in on some information that you’re going to want to read. Here are a couple Halloween pranks covered by car insurance.

Thankfully, just about every single one of the most popular Halloween car damages is covered by insurance. That includes a broken car window or slashed tires which are covered under comprehensive—better known as “other than collision”—coverage. This doesn’t mean that you should go out and slash your tires as some form of insurance fraud. The insurance company takes the depreciation of the tires into account. So if the tires were worn down or bald, you’re not going to get a check to cover the cost of a brand new set. Continue reading

What You Need to Know Before Heading to Reliant Stadium

Reliant Stadium Parking and Tailgating Tips


With four hours of solid tailgating time, many Texans fans get pretty serious about their pre-game chow.

If you’re Texan fans like us, we know that you’re sharing our pain. The last five weeks have been pretty depressing, but there is still a glimmer of hope on the horizon, as the season is far from over. This Sunday we take on the Colts at home, and although they are coming off of a bye week, we still have a lot of confidence in our team. In preparation for the game, we are providing some Reliant Stadium parking and tailgating tips for all of the fans who were lucky enough to score a ticket for Sunday night. We’re telling you right now, if you have never been to Reliant Stadium before, you’re in for a really good time. Continue reading

Helpful Halloween Information

San Antonio, Texas Trick-or-Treating Times


Trick-or-treating can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. Be sure that your kids are safe.

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost Halloween already. The year is flying by and it won’t be long before you’re shelling out candy to a whole assortment of characters standing at your door. To get you prepared for the holiday, we have decided to provide you with San Antonio, Texas trick-or-treating times and other helpful Halloween information. All of the following trick-or-treating times will take place on Oct. 31, 2013.

– San Antonio, TX – 6:00 – 9:00
– Addison, TX – 7:00
– Carrollton, TX – 6:00
– Converse, TX – 7:00
– Houston, TX – 6:00
– Killeen, TX – 6:00 – 8:00
– Sanger, TX – 5:35
– Spring, TX – 7:00
– Tomball, TX – 6:40

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Benson Honda Acknowledges Teen Driver Safety Week

Safe Driving Tips for Teenage Drivers


Studies have found that using your phone while driving is the equivalent of driving drunk.

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, something that we take quite seriously. You may not know that teenagers accounted for 10 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in 2011. Thankfully that number is down from previous years, but we are hoping to eliminate that percentage completely. So, as part of our contribution to Teen Driver Safety Week, we wanted to take the time to share a couple of safe driving tips for teenage drivers. We hope that you take these seriously. Blowing them off could result in a serious accident or even death. Continue reading

Google Offers Interactive Look at Honda Museum in Japan

Google Street View Honda Collection Hall


A few of the cars on the second floor of the Honda Collection Hall in Japan.

Google Street View is a great feature as it allows us to look at landmarks on the other side of the world without ever having to leave the comfort of our homes. While in the past the street view has been limited to just that—the street—Google is beginning to weasel its way into some really awesome buildings to provide an interactive view of the inside. Some of those buildings include car museums such as the Honda Collection Hall in Japan.

While it might not be as cool as seeing the cars in person, the  Google Street View of the Honda Collection Hall provides you with a look at cars you may never see otherwise. It’s also more exciting than looking at a picture as street view allows you to look at the cars from multiple angles. One of those angles is perhaps the biggest upside to the museum street view. You can get into some of the cars and check out the inside. Continue reading

Honda Offers Great Deals for New and Recent Graduates

Honda Graduate Program Criteria


The Honda Graduate Program makes it easy for you to find a car right after graduation, even when money is tight.

Here at Benson Honda, we are proud to sell Honda vehicles, as the manufacturer is a lot like us. We’re always offering some great specials on new and used cars, but we’re not the only ones who are able to help you out with a great deal on a car. Honda recognizes that graduating from college is a major accomplishment, so they created the Honda Graduate Program to assist recent graduates in becoming a car owner. Let’s take a look at the Honda Graduate Program criteria.

The program is limited to those who have recently graduated and found a job, or for those who have a prospective start date within 120 days of signing the contract on a new Honda. It is for all students who have earned a Master’s, Bachelor’s or associate degree from a U.S. accredited college in the past two years, or students who will do so in the next four months. Continue reading

Tips for Buying an EV Home Charging Station

Best EVSE for 2014 Accord Plug-in


The Level 2 240-volt EVSE from Leviton is capable of providing the Plug-in with full power in an hour.

We recently told you about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. The hybrid is capable of class-winning 50 mpg without ever needing to be plugged in. However, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in has a heavier reliance on electricity which requires that the battery is plugged in and recharged. This is a turn off for most people, but hold on for a second, the 124 city and 105 highway MPGe ratings may change your mind about this sedan. Those numbers become even more appealing when you find out how easy it is to charge the Accord Plug-in. We have 29 EV charging stations around San Antonio, but home charging stations are also available. There are a variety of stations available so let’s go over a few things that you should know before you buy a home charging station, called Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, or EVSE.

When the Accord Plug-in is plugged into a 240-volt charger, it’s capable of giving the Accord Plug-in a full charge in less than an hour. That is with a Level 2 charger from Leviton, the company Honda has chosen as the preferred supplier and installer of home charging stations. The company obtains all required permits from your local municipality before installation to keep you from having to do the work. This makes it one of the best EVSE for the 2014 Accord Plug-in. Continue reading

Avoid Future Car Problems With These Ingenious Tips

Car Life Hacks from Benson Honda


Toothpaste can really work some magic on those foggy headlights.

Everyone knows that there is nothing more annoying than when you get a scratch in your car. Some people take their car in immediately to buff it out, but others may just leave it there. You may be surprised to know that there is a simple car life hack for that. Granted you can find a color to match your car, you can hide scratches with nothing but a little nail polish.

Sometimes we run into certain dilemmas in life that can seem so hard to solve, when in actuality the solution is simple. All it takes is a little ingenuity. At Benson Honda in San Antonio, we decided that we would put together a short list of some ingenious ideas which you can use to make a quick fix or avoid future problems. Continue reading