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Honda, Acura establish online used vehicle marketplaces

The 2016 Honda Accord can be found on the new online shopping website.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.

Honda and Acura are, like many automakers, taking advantage of the change in buyers' attitudes toward in-person purchasing our to COVID-19, and using the opportunity to transition into new, more modern forms of shopping for and purchasing a new or used vehicle. Acura is the premium brand of American Honda Motor Co.

Both companies are now selling non-certified used vehicles via specialized websites: AcuraCertified.com and HondaCertified.com. The move is in an effort to streamline the buying process for customers and serves as an extension of the Acura Precision Certified and HondaTrue Certified certified pre-owned (CPO) programs.

2013 Honda CR-ZThe Honda CR-Z can be found on the company's used car website. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Shoppers that visit the websites are able to shop dealer inventories of Acura and Honda used vehicles that include up to 10 previous model years. Vehicles traditionally undergo major changes every three to four years. By including these search results, buyers can see if they might be able to get a better deal on a very similar vehicle just one or two (or more) model years older or younger.

"With the continued rise in new-vehicle prices, the first vehicle purchase for many buyers will come from the used-car market, and our upgraded website makes this process more simple and enjoyable," said Dan Rodriguez, manager of auto remarketing at American Honda. "As a leading brand among first-time and younger buyers, expanding our branded website to include used vehicles up to ten years old offers customers more high value options with quality Honda products and their local Honda dealer standing behind their purchase."

Both companies will be adding enhancements to the website in the near future aligning with Acura's Precision Purchase and Shop Simple by Honda online buying tools. This will take the process of purchasing a used Acura vehicle to the next level by enabling customers to complete most of the purchase process online.

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Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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