Discover the 2019 Honda Insight

Discover the 2019 Honda Insight

Introducing the most sophisticated Honda to date. The Honda Insight is elegantly styled and impressively designed. With forward-thinking technology like available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver-assistive features, there is no question the Insight is one highly advanced vehicle.

For more information on the new Insight, or to arrange for a test drive, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314. To view our online inventory of Insights, click here.

Meet the Redesigned 2019 Pilot

Meet the Redesigned 2019 Pilot

The redesigned and refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot has a long list of upgrades to Honda’s award-winning 8-seat SUV. The numerous changes include more aggressive exterior styling, an available new hands-free power tailgate, substantial powertrain refinements, major upgrades to available connected-car technology, an available new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a volume knob. The 2019 Pilot also adopts the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assistive and safety technology as standard in all trims. The 2019 Pilot LX with standard front-wheel drive carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1 ) of $31,450 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

While all Pilot trim levels benefit from refreshed styling, technical upgrades and new features-including newly standard Honda Sensing-the popular EX trim extends its value story even further as it gains several premium features while maintaining the same price point as the outgoing EX w/ Honda Sensing trim.

Combined, the upgrades to Pilot reinforce its capabilities while emphasizing the state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly character that has made it one of the most popular midsize 3-row SUVs. Pilot also remains one of the few models in its segment to offer 8 seats (7-seats with the optional second-row Captain’s Chairs), with three-person capacity in both the second and third rows, and with third row access made simple and easy by the available One-Touch Walk-In feature.

All 2019 Pilots feature more aggressive front and rear styling to compliment the Pilot’s robust off-road and all-weather driving capabilities, supported by Honda’s available intelligent Variable Torque Management system (i-VTM4) with true torque-vectoring. Standard on all AWD trims, i-VTM4 uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulically-actuated rear differential to apportion engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits are superior all-weather handling, and neutral, accurate steering under power.

In addition, the 2019 Pilot’s 9-speed automatic transmission, available in Touring and Elite trims, gets new tuning for enhanced drivability and smoother shifts, while Pilot’s Idle Stop system now provides quicker restarts and more seamless operation.

For 2019, all Pilot models come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, and in some cases helps drivers maintain lane position. Comprising the Honda Sensing suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Honda’s blind spot information system (BSI), previously available only on the Elite trim, is now standard on EX, EX-L and Touring trims as well. Additionally, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor has been expanded from the Touring and Elite trims to EX and EX-L.

In addition to the above, Pilot offers numerous other driver-assistive features, such as automatic high beams and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, both standard on all trims. The new Pilot was designed to provide a high level of active and passive safety protection and targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To schedule a test drive of the new Pilot, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314. To shop our online inventory of Pilots, please click here.

How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Your Floor Mats

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How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Your Floor Mats

Starting your day with a nice cup of coffee is great. Hitting the brakes and spilling it on the carpeting, not so much.

Step 1:
Soak up as much of the spill as possible, as quickly as possible, using a clean towel. Apply pressure from the palm of your hand or fist to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.

Step 2:
If your coffee was black, or contained no milk, Autoblog.com suggests mixing a solution of 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the stain and blot again with a clean towel.

Step 3:
Let the vinegar mixture soak for a few minutes.

Step 4:
Lightly rinse with cold water.

Step 5:
Using a new towel, blot the area again until it is dry.

If you drink your coffee with milk, you’ll need to complete an extra step in this process. According to Autoblog.com, prior to applying the vinegar mixture to the stain, you should first use a spray bottle to apply a mixture of a teaspoon of enzyme detergent and a cup of water. Allow that to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, using a towel, blot up the spot and use a light brush agitation if needed. This extra step helps to break up the protein stain from the milk.

You Could Get an $1140 Speeding Ticket

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You Could Get an $1140 Speeding Ticket

You are probably not the type to try to set a land-speed record but getting an expensive ticket is a lot easier than you think…

Let’s say that you unfortunately become one of the over 100,000 people who will receive a speeding ticket today (about one in every six drivers get a speeding ticket in one year).

The average cost of a traffic ticket, including court fees, is roughly $150. Ouch. That’s enough to keep you motivated to do the speed limit, but the scary news is the affect speeding can have on your insurance.

Insurance.com did an analysis of more than 32,000 insurance policies sold (one-car, single-driver policies). Here’s the effect it could have on your insurance:

0 Violations = $1119 Average Annual Premium
1 Violations = $1318 Average Annual Premium
2 Violations = $1497 Average Annual Premium
3 Violations = $1713 Average Annual Premium

If you have just one violation that could raise your insurance premium by $199 a year. Multiply that by 5 years and add in the original $150 fine and your actual cost could be $1140. Two tickets would raise your five year cost to $2190!

If you’ve got a family policy and lose a good-driver discount, having a couple of tickets could get even more expensive.

There’s a good reason why speeding tickets can impact your insurance so much. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one-third of fatal accidents in the United States are due to speeding.

Not only is speeding expensive and unsafe, it also lowers your gas mileage. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.18 per gallon for gas (at $2.50 per gallon).

Most speeding offenses are committed by people age 17 to 24, so if you know of someone in that age group – please share this article with them.

HONDA’S AUTONOMOUS ATV IS COMING FOR ALL YOUR JOBS

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Despite the promise the new year brings, there’s one thing we probably won’t see in 2019: fully autonomous cars, even though seemingly every major tech and auto company is getting into the race. This now includes Honda, who just three months ago pledged $2 billion to a self-driving car partnership with GM.

While that may seem like an all-in sort of wager, Honda isn’t putting all of its self-driving eggs in one basket. On January 8th at the Consumer Electronics Show, they will be presenting an autonomous ATV. We repeat, Honda’s got an autonomous ATV.

Officially christened the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, it’s based on the company’s ATV chassis and “features GPS and sensor-based autonomy capable of guiding the unit in almost any environment; a rail accessory mount system for limitless accessories and attachments; and onboard power plug-ins.” While a concept technically debuted at last year’s CES trade showunder the name 3E-D18, this past year it was put through trial by fire — literally.

Honda beta tested the AWV in three different scenarios: mowing at a solar farm, spraying and carrying crops at an agricultural college, and hauling gear for a wildland firefighting division. But other potential applications include search and rescue, construction and snow removal.

The keyword there is “potential.” Since it’s the purview of Honda R&D Americas (that is, their research and development arm) this is still in the prototype phase. And as CES is still a trade show, though it’s become more of a social media launchpad, Honda is less concerned with consumer interest than business interest.

“Honda is looking for additional partners to evolve the technology and develop attachments or accessories that will expand the potential uses for the Autonomous Work Vehicle,” said Pete Wendt, senior planner in Advanced Product Planning at Honda R&D Americas.

So all you snow blowers and lawn mowers can rest easy tonight. Your jobs are safe, for another few months at least.

Original Article: https://www.insidehook.com/nation/honda-autonomous-work-vehicle-atv-ces

 

 

 

We’ve Been Carrying Car Seats All Wrong

We’ve Been Carrying Car Seats All Wrong

Carrying a car seat can be stressful on your back, shoulders, and arms. And during this time of year when you may also be toting around extra packages and items, the stress gets even worse.

Luckily, Emily Puente, DC, CACCP, of Bridge Family Chiropractic, created a viral video that easily shows you how to eliminate that ache and awkward stride that comes with lugging around a bulky car seat. Here’s a quick summary from the video above:

1. Turn the car seat, so your baby is facing you
2. Loop your arm that’s directly next to the car seat through the handle, so the handle rests on the inside of your elbow
3. Twist your hand, so it’s facing away from your body, and use it to support the car seat underneath the handle

Share this with someone you know that has an infant, and you’ll make their day a little less stressful.

Honda Wins 6 Best Buy Awards

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Honda Wins 6 Best Buy Awards

Six Honda models took top honors in their respective categories in the 2019 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards, making Honda the most awarded brand of 2019. The awards reflect the spectrum of Honda’s balanced lineup, with passenger cars, light trucks and electrified vehicles all represented.

Honda’s six category winners are as follows:

– Honda Civic-Compact Car
– Honda Insight-Compact Car
– Honda Accord-Midsize Car
– Honda HR-V-Subcompact Crossover
– Honda Pilot-Midsize Crossover
– Honda Ridgeline-Compact Pickup

Each year Consumer Guide Automotive editors select the best vehicles from 20 segments to receive Best Buy Awards, with vehicle price and value being major factors in their selection process. By prioritizing these key consideration points in the car-buying process, the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards serve a practical purpose to everyday car shoppers. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, Consumer Guide Automotive is one of the most trusted names in the automobile industry.

For information on our year-end incentives, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How Much Time Do You Really Save by Speeding?

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How Much Time Do You Really Save by Speeding?

Especially during the holidays, drivers seem to be in more of a hurry to get through a longer to-do list. But will speeding really shave that much time off of the clock?

AAA recently did a study and I thought the results were kind of surprising. They looked at the time it takes to make a 30-mile trip at different speeds and this is what they found:

55 miles per hour = 32.7 minutes
65 miles per hour = 27.7 minutes (5 minutes saved)
75 miles per hour = 24 minutes (8.7 minutes saved)

This math assumes you can maintain a constant speed without slowing down for traffic, signals or curves in roads. In reality, you’d probably save only 4 minutes, at best. And keep in mind, most trips are short. The average time saved on a 5-mile trip, driving 65 mph on a 45 mph posted road, is only 1.9 minutes.

Formula: Time/mph x 60 (minutes)
Example: 30/75 = .4 x 60 = 24 minutes

Speeding is involved in about 13 percent of all crashes – and 33 percent of all fatal crashes. Speeding increases the risk of a crash, because there is less time and distance available to respond. Our reaction times-about 1 second for most drivers-don’t speed up just because we are going faster.

Attention teens: Most states now have graduated driver licensing laws. That means if you have a traffic violation, you may lose your right to drive. Insurance costs could rise, and financial penalties could be steep. Is possibly saving a few minutes on the road really worth the risk?

Bottom line? Slow down and stay safe this holiday season

Three Odd Ways to Help Your Car Last Longer

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3 Odd Ways to Help Your Car Last Longer

Doing routine maintenance as directed by your owner’s manual is a great way to help your vehicle last longer, but here are three tactics you probably haven’t thought of.

Lose the Weight
No, not those extra pounds from Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we’re talking about any extra, unnecessary weight in your vehicle’s trunk. The more weight a vehicle carries, the harder the engine has to work, the more strain on the transmission and the more force that the brakes have to deal with. Lightening your load will not only improve your gas mileage, but it will help your vehicle age better.

A Little Morning TLC
You know how you’re a little sluggish before your coffee kicks in? Your vehicle’s engine is the same way. After sitting overnight, the oil settles. If you give your vehicle a quick 30-60 seconds to warm up, you’ll give the oil pump a chance to get oil moving throughout the engine and reduce the friction between engine components which will extend the engine’s life.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Keeping your car clean isn’t just about having it look good, washing your vehicle removes contaminants that can cause rust to form. While surface rust can be removed by sanding and repainting (which is more costly than a car wash), if it’s left unattended, rust can penetrate into your car’s frame, damage its structural integrity, and even make it unsafe to drive.

If you have questions about your car’s maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 822-9314.