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Top 5 Reasons for Buying Certified Pre-Owned

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Honda TrueCertified Pre-Owned 2017 CR-V

Ross Taylor (Pre-Owned Sales Manager at Don Jacobs) breaks down 5 great reasons for buying a Honda TrueCertified Pre-Owned vehicle.

Not every vehicle can qualify to be Honda TrueCertified, so that ranks these vehicles the best of most pre-owned vehicles. To be qualified, the vehicle has to pass a 182-point inspection from our certified technicians. This includes a full vehicle pass, checking tires and tread depth, brake condition, and more. Honda supplements the inspection with a 7-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, covering the engine, transmission, and axels. Also added is a 12-month 12,000-mile comprehensive warranty, which covers the electronics and non-powertrain. One big advantage with Certified Pre-Owned vehicles is that you typically get preferred rates from lenders. We’d love the opportunity to walk through all your options at Don Jacobs.

See all our Certified Pre-Owned Honda, BMW and Volkswagen here.

Car and Driver’s Compact SUV Battle

Monday, May 18th, 2020
Car and Driver Compact SUV Battle

Car and Driver’s Compact SUV Battle took the compact-crossover category and compared the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan against the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. Here’s their review:

Volkswagen Tiguan

Highs: Go-for-it handling, refined engine, generous cargo space.
Lows:
 Cabin might be a little too minimalist for some, hits the bumps harder than most.
Verdict:
 VW finally builds a broad- appeal crossover that also honors the brand’s sporty side.

The Tiguan feels like a GTI for responsible adults. That’s how it managed to claw its way into second place. Of course, it isn’t a GTI—it’s not nearly as quick or as agile as its road-hugging, hot-hatch stablemate. Physical laws haven’t been suspended here. But the Tig does a commendable job of offering both utility and playfulness.

Immediately noticeable are its light, quick steering and nimble, firmly controlled chassis, which encourage you to dig into two-lanes—though it is sometimes stiff-legged on uneven pavement. The engine hums expensively. It was the quietest at wide-open throttle and the most refined of the group.

The Tiguan also lives up to its family responsibilities. It has plenty of rear kneeroom, and only the CR-V hauls more boxes with the rear seat folded. The VW’s leather-covered seats are among the firmest we’ve encountered in a long time, but they’re nonetheless comfortable and supportive. They’re appropriate in an interior that’s so businesslike, it’s almost spartan. Even that starkness adds to the hot-hatch vibe. The infotainment screen is reasonably large and operates in a straightforward manner, and there are volume and tuning knobs for the audio system.

Volkswagen’s journey to understanding American tastes has been bumpy, but it’s definitely on the right road with this latest Tiguan. It’s sized right, dressed for success, and blessed with the driver-friendly DNA of the company’s best cars. That’s why it’s the salutatorian of this class.

Honda CR-V

Highs: Clever storage, roomy cabin, solid driving dynamics.
Lows:
 Quickest but doesn’t feel it, interior lacks deluxe materials, dated infotainment.
Verdict:
 A highly adaptable tool with solid engineering and thoughtful solutions.

Honda is not into change for change’s sake. The current CR-V evolved only modestly from the last generation, so it’s conservative in both its design and execution. “Climbing into the CR-V is like getting into any Honda,” Hoffman said. In other words, it has the basics right but doesn’t brag.

Those essentials begin with comfortable seats and generous second-row kneeroom. A child seat is an easy fit. The CR-V also accommodates the most boxes with the rear seats folded. The cargo floor has two positions, the higher of which enables a flat load floor from the liftgate opening to the front seatbacks (once you’ve folded the second row, of course). The center console has a lot of storage space and can be configured several different ways to best handle your stuff.

The interior’s ambience doesn’t quite match its practicality, though. The materials are handsome but far from upscale, and the design is not bleeding-edge modern. The tablet-like center-stack screen contains Honda’s last-generation infotainment system. It’s fussy and lacks a tuning knob, and the navigation display is small. Plus, the mechanical shifter protruding from the dashboard clacks inexpensively.

But the CR-V is a solid driver. Its 60-mph time of 7.6 seconds is the quickest of the group, but it doesn’t feel it, due at least in part to the slushy response of its CVT. “I was surprised to see it had 190 horsepower,” said Annie White. “It feels sluggish getting up to speed.” Bursts of throttle also result in some moaning under the hood before the engine settles down to a quiet cruise.

Otherwise, the CR-V is a confident, capable over-the-road machine with direct steering and well-damped body motions. It’s rife with good qualities, which makes it feel like a trusted friend. It’s just that the two crossovers that finished ahead of it have those qualities, too, plus a big dollop of driver engagement, something the CR-V simply doesn’t have.

Read the full article here.

PARENTS Magazine’s Best Family Cars of 2020

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
PARENTS Best Family Cars 2020

This list from PARENTS magazine’s best family cars of 2020 includes a few vehicles from Honda and Volkswagen. The Honda Odyssey, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Honda Accord Hybrid were judged among others in their category against driveability, car-seat compatibility, and fun extras.

Honda Odyssey

Best for Big Families – Honda Odyssey

$30,790+/19 to 28 mpg
You won’t find a vehicle more versatile for carpooling or chauffeuring around a large squad of your own. It holds up to six car seats if you opt for the EX ($34,790+) or higher trim. Plus, Honda upgraded to an automatic ten-speed transmission for 2020 to give you a smoother ride.

How It Drives
The V-6, 280-horsepower engine goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds, the fastest of our winning minivans.

Car-Seat Compatibility
With five sets of lower anchors and a tether for every seat in the second and third rows, you can install your seats wherever you’d like.

Fun Extras
When you don’t have the max number of passengers, you can remove the center seat from the middle row and slide the other two seats together to access the back row easily. If you get the rear-entertainment system on the EX-L ($40,160+), kids can watch a Blu-ray or stream video on a 10-inch screen that pulls down from overhead.

Volkswagen Atlas

Best Value Three-Row SUV – Volkswagen Atlas

$31,545+/20 to 26 mpg
Even with the lowest starting price of our three-row-SUV winners, it offers a generous four-year or 50,000-mile warranty plus two years of free regularly scheduled maintenance.

How It Drives
It feels comfortable, steering and braking with ease. Safety features like automatic headlights and heated side mirrors come standard.

Car-Seat Compatibility
Opt for bench-style seating to fit three narrow car seats or boosters across the second row and two more in the third row. If you’re installing a high-back booster or a forward-facing car seat in the third row, you may need to remove the head restraint to get the correct angle for the seat. (Replace it if you remove the car seat.)

Fun Extras
On the SE and higher ($34,095), each row has its own climate control so kids can crank up or turn down the AC by themselves.

Honda Pilot

Best Quiet Ride – Honda Pilot

$31,650+/20 to 27 mpg
If you like everything about the Honda Odyssey except that it’s a minivan, the Pilot is a great option. On its rear-entertainment system, kids can watch Blu-ray discs or stream video on a screen that pulls down from overhead.

How It Drives
The ride is quiet and smooth. You can opt for a six- or nine-speed transmission, depending on the trim. Consider the nine if you expect to put on a lot of highway miles.

Car-Seat Compatibility
You can fit up to five car seats: three in the second row and two in the third.

Fun Extras
On the EX and higher ($34,790+), the second-row seats will fold and move forward (even with a car seat installed) when you push a button, making it easier to get to the back.

Honda Accord Hybrid

Best Value Hybrid – Honda Accord Hybrid

$25,620+/up to 48 mpg
It costs only $1,750 more than the regular Accord, and you don’t lose any cargo space.

How It Drives
The transition between electric and gas power is seamless.

Car-Seat Compatibility
Three narrow seats fit well. Install a forward-facing car seat or booster on one of the sides rather than the middle.

Read the full article here.

Bryan’s Buying Tips

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
Bryan Wytiaz

At Don Jacobs Honda, we believe that if a salesperson or service technician is not going the extra mile for our customer, then we are doing something wrong. You can expect nothing less from Honda Sales Manager, Bryan Wytiaz. What he enjoys most about his role as Sales Manager is coaching his sales team and creating a stress-free buying environment. “I still remember when I bought my first car quite some time ago and it was definitely a little overwhelming! Being able to sell people a vehicle the same way that I like to buy them, with total transparency, is probably one of the most rewarding parts of my job.”

Of the Honda Models, he is a huge fan of the Accord Touring 2.0. “It has all of the “Bells and whistles” with amazing performance!” Bryan said. We went on to ask what is something customers often fear when purchasing a car, he replied, “A lot of customers still feel that the car business is this big money making scheme and that sales professionals are always out to get customers. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We understand that everyone wants a good deal and I still believe that a good deal is the one that is justified by the value.” No matter what you are purchasing, customers like to have an inside scoop of how to handle the buying process. Bryan suggests going into the dealership prepared. “You will always get your best and most accurate numbers when all buyers are present and trade in vehicles are able to be evaluated.”

Stop in the Don Jacobs Honda Showroom to chat personally with Bryan about getting behind the wheel of your next Honda during the Happy Honda Days, happening now! “Come try out our vehicles, find one that fits your needs and drive home with the confidence that you made the right choice!”

The year-end sales event you’ve been waiting for is here! It’s Happy Honda Days at Don Jacobs Honda! Hurry in for special offers on your favorite Honda models. From low financing rates to low lease offers, everyone finds a reason to celebrate Happy Honda Days!

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