Honda models keep you on the move
High gas prices have unfortunately become a common occurrence, but are you and your bank account prepared for gas that's $5 a gallon? According to a recent New York Times article, it's quickly becoming a possibility.
The problem began when gas averages hit a record high this past winter, averaging $3.73 nationally in February. And let's not forget that there will be an expected increase in demand in gas in the summer season, which usually pushes gas prices up an average of 20 cents.
What does that mean for you? Well, if you're a typical driver who pumps around 60 gallons of regular, unleaded gasoline per month, a 50 cent increase in price means an extra expense of around $30 a month.
Honda recognizes that its customers need a vehicle that can get them the most bang for their buck, without sacrificing for comfort or innovation. Take the 2012 Honda Insight, for example. Many people associate hybrid cars with gas efficiency, but the Insight ranks as one of the most efficient cars on the road. Thanks to a wealth of energy-efficient technology, the Insight is capable of 45 miles per gallon on the highway. The driver gets additional control over the car's performance, with the addition of the ECON button. With one push of the button, the car can automatically adjust various functions with the express intention of improving fuel efficiency.
With the 2012 Honda Fit, you start off with excellent efficiency afforded by a light bodyweight combined with a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine that produces 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. While that may not sound like much, the combination of the two factors make the Fit downright peppy. But just how good is it? Fits with the manual transmission return an EPA-rated 27mpg city/33mpg highway. Upgrading to the automatic also shows benefits of 28 mpg city/35 mpg highway, while the Sport with automatic still manages numbers of 27/33, respectively.
And of course, we can't forget the classic Civic. For 2012, Civic Coupes and Sedans feature a four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine paired with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. These powertrains yield 140 horsepower and combined fuel efficiency ratings between 31 and 32 mpg. A 1.5-liter engine in the hybrid is paired with an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission to produce 44 mpg combined. Finally, the Si boasts a 2.4-liter engine which churns out 201 horsepower and is only paired with a six-speed manual transmission. That powertrain yields a combined fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon.
This year, don't let the gas pump break the bank. At Coggin Honda of St. Augustine, we've got a great selection of all Honda with the best fuel economy, including Civics, Fits, and Insights. So check out our new Honda inventory online or come by our dealership today!