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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.

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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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