Are You Ruining Your Transmission with These 5 Common Bad Habits?

Are You Ruining Your Transmission with These 5 Common Bad Habits?

Is it okay to coast down a hill in neutral? Should you put the car in neutral when you come to a stop? What is the safest way to launch an automatic car? Is it okay to switch from reverse to drive while the vehicle is moving? What happens when you put the vehicle in park?

This video from Engineering Explained gives you the answers to these questions about driving with an automatic transmission. Here are the highlights:

Never coast downhill in neutral. Most modern automatic transmissions cut fuel to the engine on their own, so putting your car in neutral won’t save you any gas. More importantly, it takes some control away from you and it’s illegal in 15 states.

Never switch directions without stopping. Make sure you come to a complete stop before going from drive to reverse or vice versa. Otherwise you’re using your transmission to stop the vehicle instead of letting your brakes do their job, which isn’t a good idea.

Never “launch” your vehicle. Don’t rev your car’s engine in neutral and drop into drive to propel yourself forward, because it’s a fast way to wear out the bands in your transmission (they’re expensive to replace).
Never put your car in neutral at a stop light – it won’t save you any measurable fuel (a tiny fraction of a gallon at most) and it can cause wear on the transmission.

Never shift into park until you’ve come to a complete stop. Some cars won’t even let you do this, but you should never attempt it in any case – you may damage or break the locking pin that’s used to keep your transmission from running.

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2018 CR-V Honored by Motor Trend

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2018 CR-V Honored By Motor Trend

Motor Trend has named the ever-popular Honda CR-V as its 2018 SUV of the Year. The 2018 CR-V, which is the second model year of the completely reimagined fifth-generation of Honda’s compact SUV, beat out 25 contenders in an exhaustive evaluation by 11 of Motor Trend’s top editors, writers, and testers. The refreshed fourth-generation Honda CR-V previously took home Motor Trend 2015 SUV of the Year honors.

“The Honda CR-V has earned its place as America’s most popular SUV over the past two decades by providing customers with a just-the-right balance of features, capabilities, fun-to-drive performance and outstanding quality.” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of Automobile Sales & general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., “We are incredibly honored to earn this recognition from the experts at Motor Trend in a very competitive and crowded field.”

Calling it “the swankiest interior ever seen on the CR-V”, Motor Trend chose the CR-V because Honda paid attention to a wide range of details including advancement in design, safety performance features, engineering excellence, efficiency, and value. To be eligible for the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award, a vehicle must be “all-new” or “substantially upgraded” and have been on sale within twelve months from the previous November.

The 2018 Honda CR-V is manufactured at three Honda plants in North America, in East Liberty, Ohio; Greensburg, Indiana; and Alliston, Ontario. Its 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and automatic transmission are manufactured by Honda in Anna, Ohio and Russells Point, Ohio, respectively1. Honda has sold more than 4.2 million CR-Vs in America since its U.S. introduction in 1997, making it the top-selling SUV in America over the course of 20 years. The new CR-V has collected numerous other accolades including a Kelly Blue Book “Best Overall Buy” in the Small SUV/Crossover category, U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 Best New Car for Teens” and Autotrader’s “Must Test Drive” Award, as well as a top-in-segment score in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 U.S. APEAL Study.

For more information on the 2018 CR-V or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Family-Friendly, High-Tech 2018 Pilot Now Available

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Family-Friendly, High-Tech 2018 Pilot Now Available

The 2018 Honda Pilot is now available with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (1) of $30,900 (excluding $975 destination and handling). The Honda Pilot has long been a top model in the three-row SUV segment and continues to receive accolades, including the 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award and U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Cars for Families.

The three-row 2018 Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter, a direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) paired with a smooth-shifting 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission (6AT or 9AT). This fuel-efficient yet powerful engine produces peak horsepower of 280 and torque of 262 lb.-ft.(2), with an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 20/27/23 mpg for 2WD models and 19/26/22 mpg for AWD variants (city/highway/combined)(3).

The Honda Pilot’s roomy cargo area provides a high level of utility without compromising third-row space. Getting in and out of the third-row is easy as well thanks to a large entryway and available one-touch slide and fold second-row seat. The 2018 Honda Pilot further bolsters its family-oriented user friendliness by way of advanced in-vehicle connectivity, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Along with the majority of Honda’s lineup, the 2018 Pilot can be equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which is available as a standalone option on EX and EX-L trims and standard on Touring and Elite trims. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additional safety and driver-assistive features on the 2018 Pilot include a standard multi-angle rearview camera and available blind spot information (BSI) with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, respectively.

Honda Pilot was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Los Angeles and Ohio. The Pilot and its V6 engine are produced exclusively by Honda Mfg. of Alabama plant in Lincoln, Alabama, using a mix of domestic and globally-sourced parts.

For more information on the 2018 Pilot or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

 

(1) MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $975 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
(2) Peak power: 280 HP @ 6000 RPM (SAE net), peak torque: 262 ft-lb (355 Nm) @ 4700 RPM (SAE net)
(3) Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.