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Monday, September 20, 2010

2011 Honda Pilot - Perfection Improved!!!

What's New for 2011
The 2011 Honda Pilot returns mostly unchanged from last year. Navigation is now available on the EX-L trim level and a rear entertainment system is now included on the Touring model.

At a glance, the 2011 Honda Pilot would seem to do a fine job as a family hauler. There's plenty of space for kids and cargo, it boasts excellent crash scores and comes with Honda's sterling reputation for reliability.

Honda has made a point of giving the Pilot third-row accommodations roomy enough for actual adults to fit back there; if you're looking for a minivan alternative, this one might just work out. Traditional Pilot traits like a well-cushioned ride, a smooth powertrain and optional four-wheel drive are also present and accounted for. This year's sees only minor changes in a couple of feature availabilities -- navigation is now an option on EX-L models and a rear DVD entertainment system is now included on the top-of-the-line Touring trim.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2011 Honda Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive.

The LX comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, a trailer hitch, automatic headlights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, front and rear air-conditioning, 60/40-split second- and third-row seats, and a seven-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and CD/MP3 player.

The EX adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, painted body molding, roof rails, heated exterior mirrors, an eight-way power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), steering-wheel audio controls, tri-zone automatic climate control, an in-dash six-CD changer, and satellite radio.

The EX-L upgrades to leather upholstery and steering wheel, heated front seats, power passenger seat, a sunroof, increased sound deadening, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated back-up camera. Optional on the EX-L is a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a voice-activated navigation system bundled with Bluetooth, an iPod interface and a 10-speaker premium audio system.

Both the EX-L's optional features are included on the high-end Touring model, which further adds a power liftgate, tire-pressure indicators, driver memory functions and rear-window sunshades.

Powertrains and Performance
The 2011 Honda Pilot is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only available transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all Pilot models are available with an all-wheel-drive system that automatically apportions power to the rear wheels -- up to 70 percent -- when front slippage occurs. This system also has a driver-selectable "lock" feature that routes maximum torque to the rear wheels at speeds below 19 mph.

In performance testing, we clocked a Pilot Touring from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, Fuel economy is aided by Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, which shuts down half of the V6's cylinders when they're not needed.

Standard safety equipment includes stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Antilock disc brakes are also standard, but they don't do a very good job in panic stops, requiring a very long 149 feet to halt the Pilot from 60 mph. Only vehicles without ABS or heavy-duty trucks tend to match that distance, which is at least 20 feet longer than most competitors.

In government crash tests, the Pilot performed flawlessly, scoring a perfect five stars in frontal and side-impact testing, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety likewise awarded the Pilot its top "Good" rating for both frontal-offset and side-impact crashes.

Interior Design and Special Features
Mimicking the 2011 Honda Pilot's utilitarian exterior styling, the interior features a rugged and blocky theme. The Pilot keeps stride with the competition with its roomy third-row seats. In a segment where third rows are meant for child-size passengers only, the Honda Pilot is one of the few that can accommodate adults in relative comfort.

With the second and third row seats stowed, the 2011 Honda Pilot can hold up to 87 cubic feet of cargo, which is technically less than some rivals, but its boxy shape accepts bulkier items with ease. For smaller items, there are plenty of thoughtful storage bins and pockets throughout the cabin.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

2011 Honda Odyssey - A Glimpse Into the Near Future

The 2011 Honda Odyssey is the best minivan for you if you want the all-new, distinctively styled version of America’s most popular people mover. The 2011 Honda Odyssey is fully redesigned with a fresh look inside and out. It’s wider and lower than the 2005-2010 generation-Odyssey and has a zigzag body line that sets it apart from other minivans. Improved fuel economy and a second-row bench that accommodates three child safety seats are also part of the 2011 Odyssey redesign.

The 2011 Honda Odyssey gets an all-new body that tries mightily to inject some spice into the minivan formula. Like every good minivan ought to be, the 2011 Odyssey is still essentially a big box on wheels. But Honda has created a new shell designed to appeal to people who recognize the utility advantages of a minivan but reject the minivan image. Honda calls these people “hesitaters” and hopes the 2011 Odyssey’s sleek new look makes minivan ownership palatable to them. The windshield pillars are raked rearward to form an aero nose, the wheel arches flair to create a wide stance, and the rear roofline tapers in violation of minivan convention. Honda designers say minivans look most generic when viewed from the side. To set the 2011 Odyssey apart, they kink the line that separates its lower body from the glass “greenhouse.” Occurring just behind the sliding side doors, the kink creates what its designers call a “lightning bolt beltline.” More than just a visual flourish, they say the kink also enlarges the rear side glass and improves outward visibility for passengers in Odyssey’s third-row seat. Honda also says there’s more room inside for third-row passengers, despite the tapered roofline. The 2011 Odyssey’s overall exterior dimensions change little: it gains about an inch in overall length and 1.4 inches in overall width, and loses 1.6 inches of height. Wheelbase remains at 118.1 inches. Wheelbase is the distance between the front and rear axles and key to how much room a vehicle can devote to passenger space. Odyssey’s wheelbase is actually a bit shorter than that of its key competitors, the Sienna, and the Dodge Grand Caravan and its corporate cousin, the Chrysler Town & Country. Full details on trim levels were not released in time for this review, but Honda confirms the 2011 Odyssey lineup will again begin with a base LX model. Returning higher up the line will be the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring, with the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite designated the new flagship model.
The 2011 Honda Odyssey will continue with a one engine choice and front-wheel drive. Final specifications were not released in time for this review but the 2011 Odyssey will use the same basic 3.5-liter V-6 that serves well in the outgoing Odyssey and in other Hondas, such as the Pilot SUV. Horsepower will again be around 250 and torque around 245 pound-feet. (Think of torque as the force that you feel when you accelerate and horsepower as the energy that sustains your momentum). However, all versions of the 2011 Odyssey will have Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology. This saves gas by automatically switching to three or four cylinders in low-demand situations. Previously, only the top to Odyssey models, the EX-L and Touring, got VMC, leaving the entry-level LX version and midline EX model without the fuel-saving feature. The 2011 Odyssey’s sole transmission is likely to be a six-speed automatic, which would replace a less-efficient five-speed automatic. This fourth-generation Odyssey will remain front-wheel drive, leaving the Sienna as the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. Honda points buyers looking for all-wheel drive and three-row seating to the Pilot SUV.
The 2011 Honda Odyssey will offer a host of features new to this minivan, including a 16.2-inch-wide rear video screen, a storage drawer for iPods and cell phones, and a refrigerated dashboard bin. Those were among the 2011 Odyssey details released at the time of this review. Honda confirms the 2011 Odyssey LX will have two second-row bucket seats for seven-passenger capacity. All other 2011 Odyssey models will again seat up to eight, a capacity matched among minivans only by the Sienna. On eight-passenger 2011 Odyssey models, the middle section of the second row is a narrowed jump seat that doubles as a fold-down armrest. The second row’s outboard sections can be adjusted laterally in a “wide-mode” setup that allows this row to accommodate three full-size child safety seats. The outgoing Odyssey’s second-row seat accommodated up to two child seats. On the 2011 Odyssey, the second-row’s middle section can slide forward for better access to your kid from the front row.
The 2011 Odyssey does not adopt an in-the-floor stowage system for its second-row seats. In-floor second-row stowage is a high point of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan. Nor does the 2011 Odyssey copy the Dodge and Chrysler arrangement in which second-row seats swivel to face the third-row seats and form a table-and-chairs arrangement. The 2011 Odyssey’s third-row seat is wider than the outgoing model’s and has more shoulder and leg room. It also gains a fold-down center armrest. The third row in some 2011 Odyssey models has an array of MP3 interfaces and power outlets intended, Honda says, to create an isolated connectivity zone for adolescents. Honda’s third-generation Odyssey (1999-2004) pioneered the space-efficient setup in which a minivan’s third-row seat folds fully into the rear floor. All rivals now have it, and the 2011 Odyssey simplifies the folding process via a single-strap pull system. Rear-cargo-bay sidewall storage bins are new, too. Depending on trim level, the 2011 Odyssey features as many as 15 cupholders, some newly adjustable to accommodate everything from skinny Red Bull cans to fat Big Gulp cups.
The 2011 Odyssey again offers rear-seat DVD entertainment but is newly available with a ceiling-mounted 16.2-inch widescreen that can display side-by-side images from two separate video sources. A proliferation of dashboard controls was a flaw of the outgoing Odyssey and Honda says the 2011 model’s dashboard has been reorganized and simplified. It says operation of the available voice-activated navigation system is more intuitive, too. Bluetooth cell-phone mating is again available, and USB connectivity for iPods and other digital media finally makes its Odyssey debut. Honda has not said whether the 2011 Odyssey will offer on-board Internet Wi-Fi. The 2011 Odyssey’s revamped dashboard does gain a pull-out “media shelf” for iPods, cell phones, and the like; power outlets are located nearby. Also newly available is “cool box” that folds from the base of dashboard and is powered by Odyssey’s electrically system; it can hold four 20-ounce beverages. To contain your empties, the 2011 Odyssey introduces a “trash ring.” This plastic hoop flips up from the rear of the front center console and forms a frame for a standard plastic shopping bag.
Federal fuel economy ratings for 2011 models were not released in time for this review, but Honda says the 2011 Odyssey will rate 19/28 mpg (city/highway). For comparison, the 2010 Honda Odyssey models equipped with VCM were rated at 17/25 mpg, and the LX model, which lacked VCM, was rated at 16/23.
The 2011 Odyssey’s notable improvement over the 2010 Odyssey’s fuel-economy ratings demonstrates the value of Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management. It also could be evidence of several additional fuel-saving measures Honda will apply to the 2011 Odyssey, including an advance to an automatic transmission with six speeds instead of five.

Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan: Combined, these corporate cousins outsell the Odyssey, but the Odyssey is America’s best-selling single minivan nameplate. Town & Country and Grand Caravan are due a major revamp for model-year 2011, gaining revised styling and Chrysler’s promising new Pentastar V-6; it’ll be rated around 280 horsepower. The strength of these minivans will remain a wide spread of price points and features such as the hide-away second-row buckets and table-and-chairs seating. The Chrysler and Dodge minivans haven’t been quite as rewarding to drive as the Odyssey, but have been class leaders in infotainment technology, including on-board Wi-Fi and satellite TV.

Toyota Sienna: All-new for 2011 and again Odyssey’s main competition for upmarket import shoppers -- and for high customer-satisfaction scores, too. The 2011 Sienna features sculpted new styling and a more athletic stance, plus the addition of a fuel-saving four-cylinder engine to compliment the returning V-6. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission, and Sienna returns as the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. Luxury La-Z-Boy-style second-row buckets and rear entertainment screens that create a 16.4-inch-wide display are among other highlights.

Ford Flex: If you like the utility of a minivan but find yourself among the “hesitaters,” consider this blend of station wagon, minivan, and SUV. The unusual-looking Flex crossover doesn’t have sliding side doors, but it seats seven on three rows, offers front- or all-wheel-drive, and has a relatively low center of gravity that benefits handling. Ford’s 355-horsepower EcoBoost V-6 option gives it real get-up-and go, too. Base price range is around $29,000-$35,000.

The All New 2011 Honda Odyssey is scheduled to arrive at Bob Boyte Honda in Fall 2011. Call now to schedule an exclusive viewing and honored guest drive of this "Futuristic" automobile. Ask for Ryan or Milton @877-722-6983 or visit us on the web @

If you are in need of a new or preowned autombile now, call us immediately for Model Year-end Closeout specials and / or special interest rates for qualified buyers.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Honda Certified - Just What Does It Mean???!!


Honda is known for its quality, reliability and resale value. Whether it's a safety feature, the latest high-tech gadget hookup or an added convenience feature, you can trust that your Honda Certified Used Car has everything you expect from a Honda. And it's built to go the distance, so you're sure to get your money's worth. The experts agree: Kelly Blue Book's honored Honda with the 2009 Best Resale Value Award.*

*Vehicle's projected resale value is specific to the 2009 model year. For more information, go to Kelley Blue Book's Kelly Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelly Blue Book Co., Inc.


Every Honda Certified Used Car goes through our certification process to make sure it lives up to Honda's high standards. And only well-maintained Honda vehicles are eligible for certification, a process that includes:

-An exhaustive 150-point mechanical and appearance inspection, performed by the dealer technician, in which all major vehicles systems are scrutinized, including brakes, engine, drivetrain, tires, wheels, exhaust system and vehicle interior and exterior.
-A process where Honda-trained technicians recondition any component that does not meet our standards, or replace it with Genuine Honda parts. All scheduled maintenance services are brought up-to-date.

-A free CARFAX Vehicle History report to assure that your Honda Certified Used Car does not contain and DMV-reported incidents such as salvage, fire, flood damage, odometer problems or lemon history.


Every Honda Certified Used Car comes with peace of mind: One of the most extensive used-car warranties in the business. So you can drive off the lot feeling confident about your purchase. These warranties cover:

-Major engine and transmission components, except for standard maintenance items, body glass and interior.
-The repair or replacement of any covered part that is defective in material or workmanship under normal use. With a $0 deductible.
Powertrain coverage for 7 years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first) from the vehicle's original in-service date.
-Non-Powertrain coverage for 12 months/12,000 miles (whichever comes first) from the original warranty expiration date, or if the original warranty has expired, from the Honda Certified Used Cars purchase date.

**Facts courtesy of For more information visit us at

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Free Lifetime powertrain Limited Warranty! Unlimited time unlimited miles. We have it and you will get it when you purchase your next new vehicle at Bob Boyte Honda in Brandon. See dealer for complete details.

provided with every service visit to our dealership: Included with every service visit, Bob Boyte Honda's certified technicians will complete a 40 point inspection of your vehicle each time you visit our service department, to ensure that your Honda remains safe and reliable

A complimentary car wash that includes interior vacuuming is provided with every service visit to our dealership

At each service visit, our certified technicians will check the alignment on your vehicle to ensure that your alignment is with-in the proper specifications, ensuring that your tires life is maximized.

4. NITROGEN REFILLS for the life of your tires
Nitrogen has been proven to help increase the life of your tires since it is a dry gas, not wet like oxygen, which deteriorates the rubber. Nitrogen has also been proven to increase the life of your tires by as much as 50%. When you buy tires from our service department or if you buy a new or pre-owned vehicle at Bob Boyte Honda we will refill your tires nitrogen levels as needed to recommended pressure as set by your tires manufacturer with every service visit.
5. We provide TOWING within 50 miles of our dealership
Although your Honda is built with quality materials, should there ever be a circumstance where your vehicle needs to be towed to our service facility due to mechanical breakdown, we will provide you with towing as a convenience option.
Each and every time your vehicle arrives in our service lane, a trained technician will inspect your battery to ensure that it has the proper amps and is charging correctly to ensure a proper start every time.

When you purchase a new Honda from Bob Boyte Honda, we will perform service inspections at 30, 60 and 90 day intervals to ensure that your Honda is performing as expected.

8. Receive 15% OFF* ANY SERVICE
As a special thank you for purchasing your new Honda from Bob Boyte Honda you will receive *15% off our everyday low prices on your vehicles recommended maintenance set forth by Honda, as long as you own your Bob Boyte Honda.

As another special thank you for purchasing your new Honda from Bob Boyte Honda we will discount any accessories you might want to personalize your Honda with by taking *15% off our everyday low prices, as long as you own your Bob Boyte Honda.
10. Mississippi State Inspection
As a complimentary service, Bob Boyte Honda will inspect and insure that your new Honda meets and exceeds all safety requirements as is required by the State of Mississippi.

* Deal Package Disclaimer: discount cannot be combined with any other offers. Check out our website at

The All New 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid starts just over 19K

Honda will expand its product line in late August with the CR-Z, a sporty compact that is the 21st-century interpretation of the classic CRX hatchback. Like its inspiration, the two-seat CR-Z is stylish, agile, and frugal. Designed for a new era, the CR-Z is derived from a platform shared with the current five-door Insight and it likewise uses a hybrid powertrain. Priced just under $20,000, at $19,950 with the $750 destination charges, the CR-Z aims at drivers who want a balance of fun and thrift. Underhood is a 1.5-liter iVTEC four-cylinder engine fitted with an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system to provide an electric supplement to the small-displacement engine. The driver can choose from three modes to match performance to the mood, with Sport, Normal, and Econ adjusting powertrain responsiveness accordingly. Two transmissions are offered, a six-speed manual and a continuously variable tranny. The stick shift is more fun, but the CVT is more efficient, rated at 35 mpg city, 39 mpg highway. The CVT gets 37 mpg overall, besting the manual’s modest 34 mpg. For such a slight car, these figures don’t impress. (The Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Fiesta will both deliver better highway figures, with a lower purchase price and no hybrid complexity.) Typical Honda, the CR-Z line-up is simple. There are two trim levels. The base CR-Z features an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, and cruise control. Stepping up to the CR-Z EX adds a 360-watt AM/FM/CD high-power audio system with seven speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.Standard safety equipment includes front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, ABS, and stability control.

2011 Honda CR-Z pricing:
CR-Z w/ manual - $19,200
CR-Z w/ CVT - $19,850
CR-Z EX w/ manual - $20,760
CR-Z EX w/ CVT - $21,410
CR-Z EX w/ manual and navigation - $22,560
CR-Z EX w/ CVT and navigation - $23,210

The All New 2011 Honda CRZ will be arrive soon at Bob Boyte Honda, Mississippi's only 4 time President's Award winning dealership. Contact us at your convinence to schedule an exclusive viewing and Honored Guest Drive of this exciting new addition to Honda's awesome lineup of automobiles. Call 601-591-5000 and ask for Ryan or Milton.


2011 Honda Accord Get's a Facelift!!

The 2011 Honda Accord refresh is one of the more significant Refreshing/Revolting redesigns we'll cover this year. That's because the Accord has a very real chance of taking the Toyota Camry's long-held Best Selling Car in the U.S. crown for calendar year 2010. The 2011 Accord receives a number of minor improvements, but will they be enough to keep sales higher than the Camry?

The most obvious change is the Accord sedan's new grille. No, the new grille doesn't transform the Accord from ugly to stunning, but it certainly does make the car less awkward. A thick chrome bar sits atop the Honda badge and two thinner strips of chrome.Another clue distinguishing this 2011 Accord from the 2010 model are the new 17-inch wheels. They make the car look more sporty than the upscale multi-spoke wheels on the outgoing four-door. In back, the Accord now features red taillight strips just outside of the license plate area. The new touch, taken from the Japanese version of the Accord (called the Inspire), doesn't add much if you ask us. Honda says the Accord has a revised instrument panel, though you'd have to look hard to find it in the single sedan interior shot the company has released thus far. Most of the Accord's visual changes are on the exterior, anyway.

Come visit Bob Boyte Honda immediately for huge model year end close prices on all remaining 2010 Honda Accords. We've gotta make room for these Brand New 2011 Honda Accords, so take advantage of our closeout prices NOW!!

The all new 2011 Honda Accord will be arriving soon. Contact us at 601-591-5000, ask for Ryan or Milton to schedule an appointment for exclusive viewing and an honored guest drive of the all new 2011 Honda Accord.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

EPA Gas Mileage Figures Explained

Posted by Sage Marie

If you're a car shopper, or simply "just looking" you may be wondering why MPG numbers seem to have gone down for new cars since the 2008 model year. For the most part, the answer is that EPA testing methods have changed.

In 2006, the EPA realized that the earlier tests used to calculate fuel economy figures didn't accurately correlate with average drivers' driving styles or fuel economy experiences. For example, the tests assumed an average speed of 48 mph, with the air conditioners turned off—conditions that the EPA realized did not adequately represent typical use. As a result, the EPA decided to adjust the test methodology. These adjustments resulted in slightly lower (by 10%-20%) EPA fuel economy numbers.

Many would argue that the new EPA numbers are easily beaten with efficient driving habits. Owners of the original Insight, for example, regularly achieved higher fuel economy numbers by driving conservatively.

The bottom line is: EPA fuel economy ratings essentially provide information useful for an apples-to apples comparison between similar vehicles, but ultimately your driving habits and vehicle maintenance practices—as well as other factors—will greatly influence the fuel economy numbers you actually achieve. Want to try to increase your MPG? Try these simple gas-saving techniques.

Tags: Gas Mileage, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, MPG

How to: Use Radio Data System in Crosstour/Pilot

We have had some people wondering how the RDS Radio Data System works in the Honda Pilot. Here is a video published by Honda that explains it.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2011 Odyssey compared to the 2010 Odyssey

06/17/2010 - DENVER -

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey seeks to redefine the concept of the minivan with its aggressive stance and sporty "lightning-bolt" beltline. The lightning bolt not only provides an exclusive appearance, but also adds increased visibility for third-row passengers. New interior features add more convenience for families, while available entertainment technology introduces high-definition connectivity and split-screen viewing. Currently the best-selling minivan in the U.S., the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey is set to go on sale this fall. Compared to the current Odyssey, the 2011 model's lower roofline (-1.6 inches versus 2010 Odyssey EX) and wider track (+1.4 inches) contribute to a sleeker, stronger and more dynamic presence with improved aerodynamics that help increase fuel economy and also translate into more interior width.

3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with three-mode Variable Cylinder Management™
Preliminary estimated fuel economy, Odyssey Touring Elite (City/Highway): 19/28 miles per gallon*

* Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Features of the 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite model as shown in the June 17, 2010, reveal video:(please reference the June 17 reveal video script @ for items not listed here)


-AM/FM/XM/CD Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers
-Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Activation
-Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with split-screen capability
-External HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) input
-150-watt AC power outlet
-Media tray with integrated beverage holder
-Removable 1st row center console with hidden storage
-New cool box in lower center stack (keeps items cool when vehicle is running)
-Leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats
-Memory-linked 10-way power driver's seat
-LATCH child seat anchors in five seating positions, including three positions in the second row to accommodate three child seats simultaneously
-Two captain's chairs in the second row provide adult comfort with center seat folded down
-One-strap stowable 3rd Row Magic Seat®
-Second- and third-row passenger window sunshades
-15 beverage holders
-Trash bag ring


-HID front headlights
-18-inch alloy wheels
-12.6-inch ventilated front disc brakes
-Power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators
-Power tailgate

2011 Honda Odyssey soon to be released in the Jackson Mississippi market!

Introduction of the 2011 Odyssey from Honda.

The minivan isn't as popular as it once was, but it remains the quintessential form of transportation for families big and small. No other vehicle offers the type of versatility and space for kids and the copious amount of stuff that invariably comes along with them. The 2011 Honda Odyssey is a completely redesigned entry among this dwindling number of minivans, replacing a model that was widely considered to be the best in its class for a decade. In other words, it has some very big shoes to fill.

The 2011 Odyssey is an inch-plus shorter in height than before, but has gained an inch-plus in width, creating a slightly sleeker appearance aided by a wedge-shaped front fascia and unique "lightning-bolt" character line. Aside from being a design flourish, this character line also improves visibility for passengers in the third row of seats, who will also enjoy a greater amount of knee and shoulder room. Honda says three adults can sit back there, but we're thinking the middle spot's fold-down armrest will be utilized more frequently.

Minivans are renowned for setting themselves apart with never-before-seen features. Some, like the Odyssey's flip-and-fold third-row seat became an industry standard, while others, like the last Odyssey's middle-row Lazy Susan storage bin have been quickly forgotten. This time around, the Odyssey introduces a small refrigerated storage compartment beneath the center stack controls, a trash bag holder, second-row seats that shift laterally to make room for child seats and a wide-screen entertainment system with an HDMI input. The new Odyssey also improves upon previously introduced features, like a simplified process for lowering the third-row seat and an enlarged second-row removable middle seat.

Honda has not yet released full details about the 2011 Odyssey's powertrain, but we do know it will continue to only be available with front-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V6. Honda's cylinder deactivation system is now standard on every Odyssey and fuel economy is estimated to be 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. This is a significant improvement versus the last Odyssey (especially those trims without cylinder deactivation) and better than the new Toyota Sienna's four- and six-cylinder engines.

More details about the 2011 Honda Odyssey will be coming soon, including available trims and equipment, as well as exact dimensions and specifications. Check back for a full review of how this new Odyssey stacks up against its minivan competitors before it hits dealerships in the fall.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

2011 Honda Odyssey

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey is the ultimate minivan reinvented, re-energized and evolved. With its modern styling, spacious interior, and high-tech features, the new Odyssey almost demands a new category. Although it carries up to 8 passengers, there's nothing "minivan" about the Odyssey’s efficient-yet-sporty performance, available 10-way power adjustable leather-trimmed front seating, authoritative acceleration and all the thoughtful engineering you'd expect from a Honda. Of course, the new Odyssey pushes the tech envelope further with available features like a 16.2-inch dual-view-capable ultra-wide DVD Rear Entertainment System with HDMI input, and a premium audio system with 12 speakers. Everything is gracefully held together by a lattice of user-friendliness and simplicity—just load it with family and friends, gear up, and go.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The next generation Honda Civic will be even more futuristic

The next generation of Honda civic will be even more futuristic

As the time passes the faithful adepts of the Civic model are watching closely the news anticipating the new generation of the best-seller. In what ways will it change, in what ways will it be better? Will it continue to be a highly reliable and fuel efficient car equipped with a rather hot tempered power-train?

The new model of Honda Civic of the new generation which is scheduled to debut in a year or two will be more compact and will have an even more futuristic design than the previous model. This is the prognosis of the executive director of Honda Tzuneo Tanai as expressed in his interview to Automotive News.According to Tzuneo, the initial plan was that Civic was to be larger and more expensive than its predecessor, however after the thorough analysis of prognosis of prices for oil products, rolled metal products and other types of raw materials the decision was made to bring modifications to the project. Now the new model is aimed to become more compact, lighter and more fuel efficient. Besides that, the new Honda Civic platform will be initially adopted for the use of a hybrid power-train.

It is good to keep in mind that Civic platform is widely used by Honda Motor company and serves the basis for other models, such as crossovers CR-V and HR-V, a minivan Stream, and a compact FR-V. Presently Civic comes as hatchback, sedan and a coupe.
Honda’s new CEO Takanobu Ito states that the Japanese auto giant is “taking sufficient time to redesign the new Civic as well as all the other models”. Honda seeks way to make most of the research possibilities and seeks to comply with the possible changes in the environment. Honda is committed to reducing the size of its highly successful Civic model, but assures that the interior space and a sense of roominess will not decrease. A new futuristic Civic!? Why not!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Profiles - Making your profile easier to find

Profiles - Making your profile easier to find

Sisters celebrating. In lieu of presents, make a donation

You're never too old for birthday presents and birthday wishes. But Clinton resident Heather Boyte is turning the tables there.

Boyte, who on May 30 celebrated her 23rd birthday, is teaming with sister Tiffany, 20, to transform her party into an opportunity for gift-giving to the Children's Miracle Network and Special Olympics.

During the event, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Bob Boyte Honda in Brandon, "Heather has asked that people come to her party for cake, ice cream and karaoke," said mom Tandy Boyte.

But the girls want those taking part to make a donation to either Special Olympics or the Children's Miracle Network in lieu of gifts.

Heather Boyte said she planned her party as a fundraiser because she wants to give back to her community.

"Instead of getting presents, I want to say thanks and to see if I can get things for these organizations, too," Heather Boyte said.

"I did Special Olympics when I was little, and that's what motivated me to do this."
As a grade-schooler, Heather Boyte excelled in Special Olympics sports including swimming, bocce, bowling and skating. Today, she's a Special Olympics ambassador, attending organization events and speaking publicly about its purpose.

A veteran pageant and Miss Mississippi participant, Tiffany Boyte is the reigning Miss New South. Clinton residents often see her and dad Bob on television commercials for Bob Boyte Honda in which they together yell: "Deal!"

Her pageant platform for several years has been raising awareness about the Special Olympics and encouraging donations to help support its programs.

"And, even before I was involved with Miss Mississippi, Heather and I both sang for a benefit for the Children's Miracle Network," said Tiffany Boyte, an Ole Miss student and talented vocalist. "We have learned more about CMN and volunteered for it. Heather really loves the idea of helping people."

The Children's Miracle Network is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. The Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is a member of the network.

Tandy Boyte said she and husband Bob took Heather to Dream Cakes on Lakeland Drive in Flowood to pick out a 1960s-themed cake for her party.

"Heather told them what she was doing for her birthday, and she asked how much the cake would cost," Tandy Boyte said. "The lady said she would be right back. She came back and said they are donating the cake because they were so touched by Heather's heart.

"Bob and I teared up."

Heather, too, was overwhelmed.

"I was so happy," she said. "It's a two-layer cake - vanilla on the top layer and chocolate on the bottom - and it's going to be covered in fondant."

She's hoping for a big turnout Sunday and lots of support for Special Olympics and the Children's Miracle Network.

The girls "want to come back and do this again next year," Tandy Boyte said.
"They want to make it really big one day."

Clinton sisters Heather (left) and Tiffany Boyte will celebrate Heather's birthday Sunday by hosting a party at Bob Boyte Honda. But in lieu of gifts, Heather would like the community to make donations to the Children's Miracle Network or Mississippi Special Olympics.
Ruth Ingram • • June 3, 2010

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Memorial Day Sales Event

Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

In honor of our Military we at Bob Boyte Honda would like to offer special thanks to all our men and women of uniform who have so gratefully served this great country of ours.

From May 21-June 5 all those who have served or are currently serving our country will recieve a 15% discount on any service and receive a free car wash. Special pricing on all new and pre-owed vehicles will also be available.

Friday, April 16, 2010

J.D. Power and Associates Names 2007 Model Year Honda CR-V, Fit and Ridgeline as Most-Dependable Vehicles in Their Segments

04/02/2010 - TORRANCE, Calif. -

J.D. Power and Associates has named the 2007 Honda CR-V, Fit and Ridgeline as the "most-dependable" vehicles in their respective segments in its 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study℠ (VDS).

The study, which measures problems experienced by original owners of three-year-old vehicles (2007 model year), includes 198 different problem symptoms across all areas of the vehicle. Overall dependability is determined by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality. The industry average for all vehicles in the 2010 VDS survey measured 155 PP100.

The CR-V compact multi-activity vehicle received an overall score of 113 PP100. The Fit subcompact received an overall score of 137 PP100, and the Ridgeline midsize pickup received an overall score of 109 PP100. The Honda Accord was also among the top three models in the midsize car segment with a score of 103 PP100.

J.D. Power and Associates also measures initial quality of new vehicles. Last year the CR-V and the Honda Ridgeline pickup ranked highest in their respective segments in the company's 2009 Initial Quality Study℠ (IQS). The Honda CR-V ranked highest for IQS in its segment for the third consecutive year, with an IQS score of 93 PP100, and the Honda Ridgeline truck ranked highest in the midsize pickup segment, with an IQS score of 81 PP100.

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, training and customer satisfaction. The firm's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on cell phone ratings, car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance and more, please visit J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, making its U.S. production debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, introduces sleek styling and sporty handling to the hybrid segment, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.

"The CR-Z is a personal sport hybrid coupe for people with a spirit of adventure and an elevated sense of responsibility toward the environment," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "It's the first hybrid designed to maximize style and fun, in addition to efficiency and economy." Set to go on sale late summer in the U.S., the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system. The two-passenger CR-Z introduces a new three-mode drive system that allows the driver to select between Sport, Econ (Economy) and Normal driving modes.

The exterior's distinctive "one-motion" wedge form originates from its low-slung hood to form a broad forward stance. A side profile with a deeply inset beltline conveys a dynamic tension, while the short wheelbase and large, wide front grille accents the vehicle's athletic presence.
The futuristically styled interior offers a high-tech appearance and ergonomically intuitive controls. Instrument panel meters illuminate with a three-dimensional, vibrant blue color theme resulting in a multi-layered appearance. Set against a motif of textured black materials and aluminum-style trim accents, the upper portion of the dashboard extends toward the driver to provide a wrap-around cockpit environment. The passenger zone offers an open, comfortable space. Premium sport-oriented cloth seats are designed to provide excellent lateral support along with everyday driving comfort. A mid-ship console behind the front seats optimizes cargo space. A hard-shell separator can be closed to create additional hidden storage. The two trim levels include the well-equipped CR-Z and the feature-rich CR-Z EX. A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available. Standard features on the CR-Z include Vehicle Stability Assist, an AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with six speakers, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, remote entry, cruise control, and more. The CR-Z EX adds, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights with Auto-On/Off, fog lights, a 360-Watt AM/FM/CD premium audio system with seven speakers including subwoofer, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. The CR-Z EX is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System1 with voice recognition.

The CR-Z represents the sixth unique version of Honda's original IMA technology since the launch of the 2000 Insight, the first hybrid vehicle available in North America in December 1999. The foundation of the CR-Z's hybrid powertrain is a 4-cylinder, 16-valve, single overhead cam engine with "intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) that receives additional power from the IMA system's DC brushless electric motor. The i-VTEC system controls the opening and closing of one intake valve per cylinder to enhance combustion at low RPMs. The 10-kilowatt electric motor assists in acceleration and also acts as a generator during braking or coasting to capture kinetic energy that recharges the 100-volt IMA nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The gasoline engine can automatically turn off during vehicle stops to improve efficiency.

The system delivers a combined peak output of 122 horsepower2 at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft. of torque2 at 1,000 to 1,500 rpm (123 lb-ft on CVT-equipped models). Preliminary fuel economy estimates are anticipated to result in a rating of 36 city/38 highway miles per gallon3 on CVT-equipped models. Manual transmission models are anticipated to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 31 city/37 highway miles per gallon3. The CR-Z is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) in states that adhere to California Air Resource Board (CARB) ZEV standards (EPA Tier 2, Bin 2 in all states). The standard six-speed manual transmission is engineered for optimal acceleration performance in gears one through five and for optimal fuel economy in sixth gear. When starting on steep inclines from a stop, hill start assist temporarily prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards during the moment between releasing the brake, depressing the throttle and releasing the clutch (for a duration of approximately 1.5 seconds). The available CVT provides the convenience of an automatic transmission with a seamless transition between minimum and maximum ratios, while also keeping the engine within an optimal RPM range for overall efficiency. To increase the performance potential of the CVT, paddle shifters located on the steering wheel allow the driver to manually simulate the stepped holding pattern. In Sport mode, the paddle shifters will hold and maintain a selected ratio. The CR-Z's three-mode drive system allows the driver to select between individual modes of performance for Sport, Normal and Economy driving styles. The system is activated via three backlit buttons to the left of the steering wheel. The Sport mode enhances multiple vehicle systems for performance including the engine throttle responsiveness, electric power steering effort and the electric motor power assist. The inner ring of the tachometer illuminates red when the vehicle is in Sport mode. During Econ mode operation, the engine's responsiveness is tuned for optimal economy, the electric motor assist gives priority to fuel efficiency and the air conditioning system can reduce its overall load on the engine. The inner ring of the tachometer transitions between blue and green when the vehicle is in Econ mode, with the green representing more ecological driving. Normal mode provides standard settings for steering, engine response, motor assist and air conditioning. Similar to Econ mode, the tachometer ring transitions between blue and green when the vehicle is in normal mode, with the green representing more ecological driving. Like the Honda Insight, the CR-Z offers an Eco Guide and Eco scoring feature to help drivers track progress of efficient driving styles. The front MacPherson strut suspension and rear H-shaped torsion beam suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, solid and dynamic driving experience. All models are equipped with 16x6-inch aluminum wheels with 195/55 R16 86V tires. Accessory 17x7 alloy wheels with 205/45R17 84V tires with are available. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. The low vehicle height and placement of the battery and other hybrid components beneath the rear cargo area further contribute to a low center of gravity, which is key to the new CR-Z's responsive, sporty handling. Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering enhances steering performance and improves efficiency. In addition to being environmentally responsible, the CR-Z demonstrates a commitment to safety in its design and construction. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure helps protect vehicle occupants in a frontal collision. Additional safety technologies include standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; standard front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); side-curtain airbags, active head restraints; an anti-lock braking system; a tire pressure monitoring system; and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle. Additional Honda media information is available at Consumer information is available at

1 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on the CR-Z EX in the United States, except Alaska. Please see your Honda dealer for details.

2 Preliminary estimate provided by Honda. Final specification is subject to change.

3 Preliminary EPA mileage estimates determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage estimates not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.