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Miami Chooses Between the 2010 Honda Accord v. 2011 Hyundai Sonata

The competition between new vehicles in the market has made it extremely difficult for new car buyers to make a decision. Automobile makers are trying harder then ever to produce the top vehicle in the market. Two vehicles that are currently going head-to-head in the midsize sedan market are the Honda Accord and the Hyundai Sonata. Although both vehicles have made their claims on which of the two is the better choice, we have gathered some facts for you that will hopefully make your decision an easier one:

Trim Level Match Up: The Accord proves to be the more expensive vehicle with an average MSRP of $1000 more per trim level. One advantage the Accord does have over the Sonata, is that it offers an EX-L V6 model. The Sonata on the other hand does not have a V-6 engine to compete with the Accord.

2010 Honda Accord

The object of his affections.

Performance: For those of you looking for a performance vehicle, the Accord proves to be the better choice. The Accord V-6 out powers the strongest Sonata engine by 71 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque, for much better acceleration response.

Comfort & Convenience: The Accord EX has slightly less interior volume then the Sonata due to its standard sunroof. However the EX has more hip room, shoulder room and significantly more rear legroom. Plus, the Accord LX has more interior volume than any Sonata, and adds more front headroom (+1.4‖) and rear headroom (+0.7‖) for greater all-around comfort!

Safety: The Accord is designed with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which enhances crash-energy management and crash compatibility. The Sonata has nothing like the Accord’s Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) to turn off the side airbag if a child or small-statured passenger is leaning into the airbag’s deployment path. Nor does Sonata have engine immobilizer technology to help prevent theft, another feature found on every Accord model!

Pricing: Although the Sonata is priced at a much lower cost, the Accord has a higher residual value. Not to mention the Sonatas maintenance and repair costs are much higher then the Accords.

Still not satisfied with the facts? Go to your local Miami dealer and test drive the two vehicles. Shopping for a new car in Miami is definitely not the easiest thing to do, however getting the facts on each vehicle can make your decision a lot easier.

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Mother Gives Birth in Honda, then Names Newborn After Car.

March 26, 2010 1 comment
Honda Fit

the Honda Fit, better known internationally as Honda Jazz

It’s not the first time that someone has given birth in a vehicle, and it’s surely not the last, but we doubt we can find another case where a baby has been named for their mobile birthplace.

Sarah O’ Connor, a Briton currently living in Hong Kong, went into labor March 8, and was able to make it all the way to the parking lot of Hong Kong’s Prince of Wales Hospital. When it became clear that she wasn’t going to make it all the way into the hospital, about 15 medical personnel rushed out to help her give birth in the backseat of her Honda Jazz hatchback (In case you are not familiar, the car known as “Fit” here in the United States  is known to the rest of the world as “Jazz”). And that, my friends, is how newborn Liran Jazz O’ Connor got his name.

O Connors’ husband, Paul had this to say: “In their marketing, Honda show how you can get a surf board or a washing machine in the back of a Jazz – but I haven’t seen any adverts saying you can give birth in one too.”

Prince William Hospital

Hong Kong's Prince William Hospital

Although we can’t guarantee that anything as life-changing as a birth will happen in your Honda, we will guarantee that any Honda you buy will be fun, safe, reliable, and functional. To get a start on your car buying experience, visit BrickellHonda.com, which is your connection for information on Honda sales, leasing, repair, and parts. You can even get a customized quote on the Honda of your choice in 7 minutes or less, just go to the “quickquote” page on the website, or visit BrickellHondaDirect.com

Shop Honda Civic vs. the Toyota Corolla in Miami

2010 Honda Civic Sedan Available at your Miami Dealership

Are you wondering whether to get a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla in Miami? The better choice of the two proves to be the Honda Civic with its high fuel economy performance, among other things. Edmunds.com describes the compact Civic as “one of our top compact-car picks in its fifth year on the market speaks volumes about Honda’s commitment to excellence with this bread-and-butter vehicle.” The Civics high crash test scores prove that it is capable of getting you safely through Miami streets. The Civic is also available as a Sedan or Coupe, each accommodating to specific driver tastes and fads. A much more powerful car than the Corolla, the Civic has a horsepower engine of 140 while the Corolla only has 132 hp.  The Honda Civic also comes with extra features that the Corolla doesn’t come with such as a sunroof, rear spoiler, audio control on steering wheel, and subwoofers. Visit your Miami dealer to see what special lease packages are being offered on the 2010 Honda Civic.

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Entertainment for Your Weekend: Impressive New Aussie Honda Commercial

2010 Honda Fit

The Object of Our Attention: Honda Fit

We have a theory here: international commercials always are either (a) a whole lot cooler or (b) pretty strange when compared to the ones stateside. So people of Miami: once again we present the international Honda commercial of the week, once again courtesy of Honda of Australia. As with the last one we posted, this commercial for the Fit/Jazz should definitely be filed under the “cool” category.

Even though it may not be here just yet for you,  have a great Weekend!

Since you’re here now why not check out BrickellHonda.com, Miami’s favorite Honda website. There you can research new and used Hondas, view Honda specials on cars, service, parts, and accessories; and even get a customized quickquote on the car of your choice!

Miami Honda scored high in the J.D Power Reliability Rankings

Its no surprise Honda keeps getting awarded for its most reliable vehicles, as it has been one of the most highly acclaimed manufacturers for over a decade. J.D Power and Associates has now named it among the most reliable vehicles among mainstream automakers. The study done by J.D Power measures the number of problems experienced by car owners in their first three years of ownership. This study is known as one of the most reliable in the industry.

The Honda Fit scored high in the subcompact category, as it placed first in most reliable of its division. The Honda Accord was a runner up in the midsize vehicle category with the Buick Lacrosse and the Mercury Milan ahead of it. The Honda Ridgeline was the highest ranked mid-sized pickup. Many car buyers choose to shop Honda over other manufacturers because of its safety and reliability features. Miami dealers have seen a rise in Honda purchases over the past few months mainly due to the recent recalls undergone by Toyota.

Miami Dealer Sells Ridgeline

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Honda switching batteries to save space and weight; Should be in new Miami Hondas in 2-3 years.

According to a new Bloomberg interview with Honda Executive VP Koichi Kondo, Honda will begin using Lithium Ion batteries in the Honda Civic hybrid within 2-3 years.  This change is significant because all Honda hybrids currently use Nickel-Hydride batteries (which are also used by Toyota’s Prius). This is also significant because Lithium Ion batteries take up about half the amount of space nickel-hydride batteries do, which will help make future hybrids lighter and more fuel-efficient.  The car market as a whole is moving towards switching to Lithium-ion power, especially the makers of all-electric cars, for the same reasons. We’ll keep you posted on this as more information comes, so stay tuned.

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid

For more information on how to get your own Honda hybrid, which have consistently been rated by critics as some of the best cars on the road, why not pay a visit to Brickell Honda? Even better yet, why not check out BrickellHondaDirect.com, which is the best place for South Floridians to begin their car-buying experience.

For Miami’s CR-Z Fans: New CR-Z Promo Video

March 16, 2010 1 comment

Fresh from Japan: a new CR-Z (compact renaissance zero) promo video from Honda (no, this isn’t in Japanese). Keep in mind that the CR-Z was released in Japan in February 25th, and is already quite popular with consumers over there, having received over 8000 orders in less than 3 weeks since.

2010 Honda CR-Z

2010 Honda CR-Z

Honda has consumers on their toes with the addition of new models to their lineup, such as the Accord Crosstour and the CR-Z, which is coming late this year. Be sure to visit Brickell Honda for more information on the Honda Crosstour or start by getting a personalized quick quote here.