Apple’s Siri Added to Select New Honda Models

Later this year, in order to accommodate drivers with compatible iPhones, Honda will be offering the latest telematics technology from Apple into the 2013 Honda Accord. Honda is planning to incorporate the Siri technology into select 2013 Honda and Acura models. You can expect to see the Siri “Eyes Free” system introduced on the 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models.

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Focusing on driver safety and reducing the number of distracted drivers on smart phones and behind the wheel, Honda will be implementing a new way to access your device through the in-car system. Because Apple’s Siri technology with seamless voice commands seems to be far more advanced than the current voice-activated systems being used by current automakers, this switch is a no-brainer.

The Siri system allows for seamless integration between the in-car user interface and a supported device equipped with iOS. Users can activate Siri’s “Eyes Free” mode, which allows the phone and voice commands to be activated by the user without lighting the phone screen. Coordinating with the vehicle’s speakers and microphones, Siri is able to perform its various functions and features.

In order to utilize the dealer-added feature, the new Siri technology will require iOS 6 software, a working iPhone 4S/ 5, iPad 4G/3G, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5G, and an Internet connection.

Honda Cars Named in KBB Safe Cars for Teens

Kelley Blue Book, the official car buyers’ guide and trusted resource, has once again praised our new Honda cars. This time the accolades come for being safe. In fact, two Honda models were named in Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Safest New Cars for Teens. These models were the 2012 Civic and the 2012 Fit, placing 5th and 9th respectively.

2012 Honda Civic SedanKelley Blue Book goes on to detail the Honda Civic sedan as relevant to the younger generations while still being substantially valued by parents. One of the reasons for such trust in the sedan from parents includes the A-plus grades that the Civic received from both IIHS and NHTSA.

The Honda Fit is a practical teenage car thanks to its fuel-efficient engine, good sound system and ability to transport loads of cargo. The safety features are also pretty great, with vehicle stability assistance, exceptional outward visibility and six airbags.

For more information on these supremely safe cars, visit Rudolph Honda in El Paso, TX or check out our website. We’re got an extensive line or the latest Honda cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as current specials to make sure you receive the best deal on your next purchase!

Honda Racks up Awards from Cars.com

Each year Cars.com researches and reviews the latest cars, seeking out the very best options available in today’s market. This year for their awards, Honda took a considerable number of titles.

Cars.com is a leading destination for those shopping for cars online, and according to their About Us page, they offer “credible and easy-to-understand information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car.”

Honda Family LifestyleAwards given out this year by Cars.com included Best of 2013, Shoppers’ Choice 2013 and Lifestyle awards, which were sectioned off for Family, Play, Work and Eco-Friendly categories. Each award also featured several category nominees.

Unfortunately, a Honda model did not take the overall title for Best of 2013, but as nominees, the Honda Accord was named the Best New Midsize Sedan and the Honda CR-V was named the Best New SUV. Honda also took the Shoppers’ Choice 2013 nominee title in the Minivan category with the Honda Odyssey.

Lastly and most excitingly, the Honda Odyssey was crowned the top winner for the Family Lifestyle award, and was also named the nominee for the Best Car for Big Families. The Best Car for Small Families nominee was also a Honda, the Honda CR-V.

Car Tips – Make Your Honda Last!

Whenever you purchase a car, you a making a pretty significant investment and you want to keep running at its best for quite a while. Well Rudolph Honda is here to give you some advice on how to do just that – Make your Honda last!

Honda Maintenance and Service

  • Start off right – with a Honda, you know that you’re buying a high-quality and efficient model!
  • Find a mechanic you can trust – at Rudolph Honda, we have a friendly and knowledgeable service department that would be happy to keep your car running at optimal performance
  • Schedule routine maintenance – follow your car’s manual to know when your car will need an oil change (after how many miles?) and complete service checkups routinely 
  • Fix broken or damaged things now – don’t wait until they build up and you come to look at your ride as a pile of junk, keep it looking nice now and keep it that way
  • Keep it clean – inside and out, you should make an effort to keep a tidy car. Don’t stash empty bottles or fast food wrappers around in the car, and be sure to clean off any bird droppings and tree sap as you see it.
  • Learn about and be aware of your car – the more you know about car care basics, the less likely you will be taken advantage of by an unethical mechanic. Being aware also allows you to notice when your car is running abnormally.

Our final tip is to drive carefully as to avoid accidents, which not only could harm you and your passengers, but could severely damage your car. If a car has ever been in a major accident, it won’t perform or ride in a like-new fashion again.

Honda Accord is Nominee for 2013 Car of the Year

Take just a few short minutes to learn about the 2013 Honda Accord, which was named the third and final nominee by AutoGuide for their Car of the Year for 2013. This short clip is filled with information about the 2013 Honda Accord as well as its pros and cons and why this sedan was an obvious nominee for AutoGuide. Other competing nominees include the Scion FR-S and the Cadillac ATS.

You can find more information regarding the new Honda Accord at Rudolph Honda, by visiting our El Paso, TX Honda dealership or checking out our website. We have plenty of Honda Accords available and in stock, both in sedan and coupe models with a wide variety of trims.

2013 Honda Civic Gets Better

The 2013 Honda Civic recently received an uncommon refresh for 2013, only a year after its previous redesign. The 2012 Civic was met with criticism from experts and consumers alike once the car was revealed. Honda execs took note and made amends, incorporating evident improvements for the 2013 Honda Civic. Take a minute to watch the newest commercial for the Better Civic, because things can always be better. Then check out the 2013 Honda Civic models that are currently in stock!

Honda Keeps Your Car Ready for the Weather

Honda in the SnowNow here in Texas we may not get a whole lot of snow very often, but we should always be prepared for all kinds of circumstances that we may face on the road. For starters, it’s best to always keep up on routine maintenance for your Honda vehicle. You can also schedule an appointment or checkup for your car at Rudolph Honda located conveniently in El Paso, TX.

Another great way to keep yourself prepared on the road is to keep an emergency kit in the back of your Honda car, truck or SUV. This way, if you happen to get stuck on the road father from home, you can get yourself back up and running in no time!

A few important things that you should always keep with you include:

  • Jumper cables
  • A quart of oil
  • A flashlight with batteries
  • A first aid kit
  • A small tool kit with the basics – pliers, utility knife, screwdrivers, etc.

Once you’ve taken care of the maintenance and gotten your kit together, you should be much more prepared in case you find yourself stuck in an emergency situation on the road.

2013 Honda Accord One of 2013’s 10Best Cars

Each year, Car and Driver delivers to the public a neatly compiled list of the 10Best. These lists of 10Bests range on a wide variety of topics in the automotive world.   Since 1983, automakers have been competing for their vehicles to be placed on these well-known and highly noted lists.

2013 Honda Accord

With the release of this year’s list, 2013 10Best Cars, Honda was given a reason to celebrate. The 2013 Honda Accord was named to the list, along with the 2013 Honda Fit. The Accord, however, holds the record for most wins in the 10Best Cars list, with a whopping 27 victories. The Fit celebrates its seventh consecutive win.

If you’re interested in the award-winning Accord, you can check out our in-stock coupes or sedans at Rudolph Honda, the local Honda dealership in El Paso, TX.There are multiple reasons for the 2013 Honda Accord being featured on Car and Driver’s 10Best list for 2013. One reason is Honda’s “man-maximum, machine-minimum” philosophy, which designed the family sedan to provide a large, luxurious inside while decreasing the car’s overall exterior size. You can read more about the 2013 Honda Accord and why it’s one of the best in this article.

New 2013 Honda CR-Z Gets Upgraded

2013 Honda CR-ZEarlier this year at various motor and auto shows, Honda premiered their latest and greatest version of the Honda CR-Z. The CR-Z took on changes of all variety to improve both its appearance and performance.

Newly equipped with a Lithium-Ion battery to power its electric motor, the new Honda CR-Z attains a higher performance level as well as increased MPG ratings. The exterior makeover included a new front band and mesh grille, blue tinting to the head and taillights, a seemingly “floating” lower spoiler lip and more. Polished Metal Metallic and Passion Berry Pearl are two brand new colors options for the car as well.

With an added metallic trim to the interior, the CR-Z seems more refined and sophisticated. The inner door panels and pads were also redesigned. Other interior changes included incorporating more advanced safety and technological features to the standard base model.

For more information on the new Honda CR-Z, you can stop by the Rudolph Honda dealership in El Paso, TX, visit our official website, or call (915) 845-4321. Rudolph Honda is the preferred Honda dealer in the El Paso area and offers a wide variety of new Hondas and other used cars, trucks and SUVS.

2013 Honda Civic Redesign is Huge Improvement

2013 Honda CivicBack in September we brought you a blog post about the speculations of the Honda Civic taking on a redesign for the 2013 model year. Now we’ll update you on the latest news from the 2013 Honda Civic.

Well went through with the redesign of their mid-size sedan after it was met with some harsh criticism after some updates in 2012. The main complaints were regarding the car’s cheap-looking interior and Honda took that feedback and jumped into action to fix it.

With a much more refined interior, the 2013 Honda Civic looks near luxury. Honda enhanced the new Civic by replacing the low-grade plastic and mismatched colors with a clean console featuring softer-touch equipment and a complimentary color palette.

You can find more information on the 2013 Honda Civic at Rudolph Honda in El Paso, TX. Just give us a call at (915) 845-4321 with your questions and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. You can also visit our Honda dealership on South Desert Blvd. in El Paso or check out our Civic inventory and specials online!