The 2013 Honda Accord and Civic -10 Best Sedans Under $25,000

Kelley Blue Book

JUL. 12 – The 2013 Honda Accord and Civic were named to KBB.com‘s list of the 10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000. The Honda Accord was the top-ranked vehicle on the list of new vehicles introduced in 2013 compiled by the auto experts at KBB.com. The Civic was the highest-rated compact car on the list.

“Nothing beats the value Accord and Civic offer customers” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of auto operations at American Honda. “Both models deliver on all fronts — value, performance, fuel efficiency, top safety ratings and a wide array of standard features
— all at a competitive price point.”

As the top-ranked model on the list, the Accord was recognized by the editors of KBB.com for its sophisticated styling, excellent driving performance and innovative features, like the available LaneWatch blind spot display. Additionally, Accord earns industry-leading
safety scores, having been rated a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and distinguished by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score1.

“While other mid-size cars have threatened its dominance, now we can definitively say that the Accord is back on top, with the completely overhauled 2013 model hitting No. 1 on our list of the ’10 Best Sedans Under $25,000′,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial
director for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “The latest Honda Accord is as refined as any previous edition, but with a newfound sense of sporty style and cool new technologies that are as user-friendly as the car itself.”

The 2013 Honda Civic was the top-rated compact car on the list. KBB.com applauded the Civic for its revised interior and exterior styling along with an impressive list of standard features, which includes rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and Pandora® internet radio capability. The Civic also earns industry-leading safety scores; having been the only compact car rated a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and distinguished by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) 5-star Overall Vehicle Score1.

KBB.com‘s complete list of the 10 Best New Sedans Under $25,000 for 2013 include:
     1. 2013 Honda Accord
     2. 2013 Volkswagen Passat
     3. 2014 Mazda MAZDA6
     4. 2013 Nissan Altima
     5. 2013 Ford Fusion
     6. 2013 Honda Civic
     7. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta
     8. 2013 Toyota Camry
     9. 2013 Buick Verano
     10. 2013 Kia Optima

1Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). Vehicles tested under the new program cannot be compared to MY10 and earlier vehicles.

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The Artist behind the Photographs at Shockley Honda -Marc Weinberg

Marc Weinberg

The artist behind the photos in the Shockley Honda Art Gallery is Marc Weinberg. His Collection is displayed and for sale in the Shockley Honda waiting room.

Marc Weinberg was born prematurely in Cleveland, Ohio, in early 1948. His eyesight always has been a problem. He was very nearsighted, and his right eye was “lazy.” Premature babies, at that time, were placed in incubators of pure oxygen. When removed from the incubator, their delicate retinas sometimes were damaged. Marc’s right eye was damaged, and, as a result, he uses his left eye almost exclusively.

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His sight had certain benefits, however. Marc could see clearly from about an inch away. He never needed a magnifying glass. Details, patterns, and shapes in ordinary objects were fascinating. He loved seeing things unnoticed by others. And, his perceptions really were different because almost all of his sight came through his brain’s right hemisphere, which, as we know, is primarily involved in non-analytical, artistic, and intuitive tasks.

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In 1959, his parents bought him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, for a family trip to Niagara Falls. The camera was very simple. All you had to do is look through the plain viewfinder and press the shutter button. He was hooked! So began his lifelong love of photography! Soon, he started using his Dad’s Argus C2 35mm rangefinder and then moved on to single lens reflex cameras. In those days, all camera settings had to be set manually. He even had to use a separate light meter. Unlike today, he had to manipulate the camera to get what he saw in his mind, through his imperfect eyesight. In short, he learned the art and science of photography.

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Those early years taught Marc the most important thing about photography. It’s what’s behind the viewfinder that counts most — the brain. Great images can be taken with a simple Brownie, and poor images can be taken with a Nikon F. Cameras don’t take pictures, brains do. We need to learn how to use the camera, an imperfect tool, to capture our artistic vision to the best of our abilities.

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No matter the subject, Marc always looks for images that provoke a “Wow!” Wows occur any time we see something that we recognize as special. The Wow starts the creative process, and framing and exposing the subject to best capture a still evolving artistic vision naturally follows. That’s where technical photographic knowledge comes into play.

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But, that’s just the beginning. In today’s digital world, all images have to be developed in the digital darkroom. Development requires a mastering of very powerful tools mixed in with a good dose of common sense. It’s very easy to ruin an otherwise good image.

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For the last six years, Marc has taught photography at Frederick Community College. He also is a resident artist and instructor at The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, MD. Marc’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions extensively throughout Frederick, MD, Carlisle, PA, and Baltimore, MD. He is represented in Carlisle by The Garden Gallery, and is a juried member at The Artists’ Gallery, Frederick’s oldest gallery, as well as the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. His art is held in personal collections and is on permanent display at PNC Bank’s Baltimore headquarters building. He also has taught photography workshops at the Rehoboth Arts League in Rehoboth Beach, DE. For two years, Marc was a contributing photographer for The Frederick Magazine and Montgomery Life Magazine. He provides professional photography services throughout the Frederick and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.

You can see some of his work at http://www.weinbergphotography.com, and at http://www.the-artists-gallery.org.

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GM, Honda Join to Trim Cost of Fuel Cell Research

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GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky, (Left) and American Honda President Tetsuo Iwamura (Right)

Automotive News – July 8, 2013

by Mike Colias

DETROIT — General Motors and Honda Motor Co., pioneers in the development of fuel cell cars, are the latest automakers to join forces to help bring the pricey technology into the mainstream.

GM and Honda last week said they will partner to develop a common system for fuel cell vehicles, with the goal of getting them into showrooms by 2020. The companies said they will cut development costs in part by consolidating their supplier bases for fuel cell components.

The companies also said they will work to increase the number of hydrogen refueling stations. The lack of stations is considered the biggest barrier to widespread adoption.

The deal is the latest in a string of alliances created to share the cost of developing a promising but expensive alternative-fuel technology.

Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW AG paired up on a fuel cell production alliance in January. That same month, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. said they would develop a line of moderately priced fuel cell electric cars for sale as early as 2017.

Despite the high cost of refueling stations — $1 million to $2 million — automakers are pursuing the technology as part of a broad product approach to meeting stiffer carbon dioxide regulations later this decade. Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-powered vehicles also are part of the approach.

A fuel cell vehicle creates electricity from a chemical reaction involving hydrogen and oxygen in the car’s fuel cell stack. Similar to a battery-powered vehicle, the car uses electric motors to propel the car and batteries to store energy. Only water vapor is emitted through the tailpipe.

The cost of developing fuel cell vehicles is high in part because of the platinum that is used in the fuel cell stacks and the complexity of onboard storage of gaseous hydrogen, which requires expensive carbon fiber storage tanks.

GM and Honda said that their engineers will work side by side to create a common system for use by both automakers. They will share technology already developed and scheduled for commercial use, including the next generation of Honda’s FCX Clarity, which it plans to launch in Japan and the United States in 2015.

In prepared remarks to announce the agreement, GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky said: “We believe that together we can and will accomplish more than anyone else can.”

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Best 2013 Family Cars

June 3, 2013
By Edmunds.com

Parents and Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for car shopping, today revealed their list of 2013’s 10 Best Family Cars. For the sixth consecutive year, car experts from both organizations examined hundreds of vehicles to offer a list of best-in-class vehicles. “The Best Family Cars of 2013” appears in the July issue of Parents magazine, on newsstands June 11th.
“With summer road trips on the horizon, we are thrilled to present this comprehensive list,” said Parents magazine Editor-in-Chief Dana Points. “Given the amount of time that American families spend in their car, we feel it’s important to highlight the safest, most affordable and family-friendliest that the industry has to offer.”
In 2013, the panel of judges focused on safety; each car on the list excels in crash tests and comes equipped with at least six airbags, as well as electronic stability control. The judges also considered updated fuel-efficiency technology, in addition to next-generation dashboards that allow consumers to customize infotainment options on the go. In addition, The 10 Best Family Cars for 2013 includes several stylish rides that young parents will be proud to show off.
“As a father who loves to drive, I can appreciate all the variables that parents take into account when shopping for a new car,” said Edmunds.com Editor-in-Chief Scott Oldham. “This list shows off some of the year’s best choices for the everyday carpool and the family road trip.”
According to Parents and Edmunds.com, the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 (including starting prices) are:

HYBRID
• Toyota Prius C ($19,080)

BUDGET
• Subaru Impreza ($17,895)
• Honda Civic ($18,165) For Inventory Visit www.ShockleyHonda.com
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SEDANS
• Ford Fusion ($21,900)
• Honda Accord ($21,680) For Inventory Visit www.ShockleyHonda.com

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CROSSOVERS
• Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ($24,700)
• Honda CR-V ($22,795) For Inventory Visit www.ShockleyHonda.com

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SUVs
• Chevrolet Traverse ($30,510)
• Nissan Pathfinder ($28,650)

MINIVAN
• Toyota Sienna ($26,585)

About Parents:
Parents was founded in 1926 and, along with American Baby, FamilyFun and Ser Padres, makes up The Meredith Parents Network portfolio of parenthood brands. Parents is the leading voice for a community of more than 15 million moms who are engaged and inspired by the brand’s trusted content. In turn, these moms enlighten and inspire others by joining ongoing conversations about parenthood via Parents.com as well through Parents’ robust presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Parents is dedicated to engaging and inspiring moms with the information they need, wherever they go. Parents can be found online at http://www.parents.com.

About Edmunds.com, Inc:
Edmunds.com is a car-shopping Web site committed to helping people find the car that meets their every need. Almost 18 million visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next new or used car. Whether you’re at the dealership or on the go, we’re always by your side with our acclaimed Edmunds.com iPhone and iPad apps and our Edmunds.com Android App. Our comprehensive car reviews, shopping tips, photos, videos and feature stories offer a friendly and authentic approach to the automotive world. We’re based in Santa Monica, Calif., but you can connect with us from anywhere by following @Edmunds on Twitter or by becoming a fan of Edmunds.com on Facebook.

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Summer Vacation Maintenance Check List

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It’s almost June! Your kids are out of school and the family vacation that you have been planning all year is finally going to happen. Whether this trip is only 100 miles or 1,000 miles away, before you leave it is a good idea to make sure your vehicle is properly maintenanced. Shockley Honda’s Service Manager, Gail Sterling has a few tips and convenient ways for you to check this item off your list before your summer travels begin.

  • We Service ALL Makes and Models and are open from 7 am – 9 pm Monday – Friday and 7 am – 5 pm on Saturday for your convenience.
  • Schedule your appointment online by clicking here – just three simple steps that only take a few minutes.
  • We offer a complimentary 27 point Multipoint inspection that includes checking the condition of all fluids and filters along with the tires and brakes.
  • Gail also recommends having a tire rotation every other time you have your oil change.

TIP: Over inflated or under inflated tires cause uneven tire wear which can lessen fuel economy. You can pull into the Shockley Honda Service lane anytime during business hours to have your tire pressure checked.

  •  Cabin air/pollen filter.

TIP: We recommend having your cabin air/pollen filter replaced every 15,000 miles, or yearly if necessary. A clogged filter reduces the efficiency of the heating and cooling system for the vehicle interior. A clogged filter can cause a major window fogging. This condition will cause your blower motor to work harder and likely burn out prematurely.

  • Air Filter Check

TIP: Your engine sucks 14 million gallons of air through the air filter every year. If it cannot get enough air, the combustion efficiency will drop by at least 10%. This will rob you of needed performance and cost you money at the pump.

  • Lastly, Lube, Oil and Filter Change

Once you have had summer maintenance on your vehicle completed you should have a stress free trip. Unless your children get restless, but there is not much we can do to help you with that. Lessen your stress by bring your vehicle in to Shockley Honda. We wish you a safe and relaxing vacation this summer.

Oh… and when you return from vacation and your vehicle is full of sand, Cheetos and Cheerios, return to Shockley for one of our Detail Packages ranging from $24.95 – $149.99. We’ll have your vehicle next to new in no time!

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Four easy ways to keep your car interior clean

 

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If you spend a lot of time in your car – and no doubt you do as the U.S. Census Bureau estimates most Americans spend at least 25 minutes just getting to work each day – you may find it a challenge to keep your car’s interior clean and clutter-free. To tackle that mess and regain that new-car cleanliness again, consider these four easy ways to keep your car’s interior clean.

1. Get organized – Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of clutter that accumulates inside your car’s interior? Get an organizer. Available at many big-box retail outlets as well as auto parts retailers, you can find car organizers that fit behind the driver or passenger seats, on the floor or in a cargo hold. Fit anything you need on a regular basis, such as kids’ toys for commutes, cell phone chargers or media adapters, and tissues, and remove anything else from the car. Make sure to regularly remove any items that don’t fit in the organizer to help keep clutter to a minimum.

2. Keep a stash of trash bags on hand – No matter how much some people may try, it sometimes feels impossible keeping trash like unneeded receipts, take-out napkins and straw wrappers from building up in the car. Put a stash of trash bags in your glove box, center console or organizer to help keep trash and other debris from piling up. You can reuse plastic grocery or shopping bags, or buy small trash bags. Any time you exit the car near a trash can, pick up any and all trash, place it in the bag and toss it out.

3. Add an extra layer of protection – Although most cars these days come equipped with floor mats from the manufacturer, they don’t always offer adequate protection. A car with a interior carpet that’s stained, frayed or tattered will sell for significantly less than a well-maintained one, so preserve the value of your vehicle by installing heavy-duty floor mats. You can purchase customizable cut-to-fit floor mats from most auto parts retailers or order custom-fit floor mats tailored to your vehicle from online retailers. Opt for plastic or vinyl since they’re easier to keep clean.

4. Set the ground rules – Of all the easy steps listed above, the easiest way to prevent spills or stains is to never let them happen in the first place. Set rules for yourself and your passengers about what can and can take place in the car. Not eating in the car is one sure way to prevent drink spills and French fries making their way into dark crevasses.

If you need a Car Detail Contact Shockley Honda at 301-694-5400 and ask about our Detail Packages! We will make your vehicle look like NEW again!

Date Published: Oct 19 2012
by Stacey Price, Angie’s List contributor

 

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2013 Shockley Honda Logo Contest

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Shockley Honda wants a fresh new look and we need your input!  Are you a Graphic Designer or would you like to be? Consider entering our 2013 Shockley Honda Logo Contest for a chance to win $1,725.00 worth of maintenance for your vehicle.

To enter the contest, create a logo and post it on the Shockley Honda Facebook page www.facebook.com/ShockleyFans. Contest ends at midnight on February 27, 2013. Finalist will be posted on facebook.com March 1st. Then it is up to you to get your friends to “Like” our page and vote for your design. Winner will be announced on March 15th.

Contest Rules:
1. Only two colors
2. Honda CANNOT be capitalized in the logo

Honda image3. The Honda emblem CANNOT be used in the logo

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The winner will receive a Shockley Honda Advantage Plus Package VALUED at $1,725.00. This package includes three years of service for your vehicle. And you do not have to own a Honda. We service all makes and models!

The Shockley Honda Advantage Plus package includes:
Oil changes for – 3 years
Tire rotations for – 3 years
Key Fob Replacement – 1 Key
Windshield Repair
Towing(20 miles from the dealership)
Trade- in Bonus $500
Exterior Detail
And Rewards Points for Each Dollar Spent at Shockley Honda!

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