Michigan is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and it’s especially pretty in the fall when the leaves are changing. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend the weekend, here are some of the most colorful fall road trips in Michigan you can during the autumn months.
Whether you just want a quick trip or you want to be on the road for hours, there’s a road trip for you in Michigan. For short trippers, there are trips under an hour, such as the 20-minute Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep it short, or stop at any of the dozen suggested spots along the way.
This is just one of many short drives; another is the 45-minute trip on Route 2 from St. Ignace to Naubinway that goes over the Cut River Bridge, the Tunnel of Trees on M-119 (a must-see in fall), and the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway, which passes Rainbow Falls.
If you prefer something mid-range, around an hour or two, try the River Road National Scenic Byway, which starts out right on Lake Huron and goes by the Foote Pond Overlook. There’s also the Copper Country Trail National Byway and the Old Mission Peninsula on M-37.
Finally, if you want to make a day of it, drive down the Sunrise Coast, also known as the Pure Michigan Byway, and see Tawas Point, the Lake Huron shoreline, and the Black River Hills.
Call Brighton Honda today to find the perfect Honda for taking a trip through beautiful Michigan!
2018 Honda Accord
The 2018 Honda Accord is the most advanced Accord ever, with super-advanced new technology usually found only on luxury car lineups. The next-generation Accord will hit dealerships this fall, but in the meantime, here are some facts to get you excited about it.
The 2018 Honda Accord has been redesigned from grille to bumper not only with more innovative tech features than ever, but also more sophisticated design and luxurious materials that give it a high-end look without the expensive price tag.
Features & Technology
The new Accord will also have a range of powerful engine options, including 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines and a two-motor hybrid system, making the 2018 Accord both the most powerful and the most efficient ever.
The new technology is one of the most exciting aspects of the 2018 Accord, offering a color head-up display, climate control knobs that glow blue or red depending on whether you’re using AC or heat, and wireless charging.
Honda has been equipping its vehicles with driver assist features for a while, but it’s worth noting that on the 2018 Accord, you can get Collision Mitigation, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a whole suite of technologies that help keep you and your family safer on the road.
The new generation of Accord is more powerful, efficient, safe, and technologically advanced than ever, and it’s one of the most advanced non-luxury sedans on the market. For more 2018 Honda Accord information and specs, give us a call today at Brighton Honda!
The Honda Civic is an American classic, offering a practical design that’s great for your everyday commute, as well as cross-country road trips. Now, for the 2017 model year, Honda announced the first-ever Civic Type R. This performance sedan gets up to 306 horsepower when properly equipped, and it’s the most powerful production Honda has ever sold in the US. The team here at Brighton Honda couldn’t be more excited about the new Civic Type R.
The Honda Civic Type R is the first of its kind, with a 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected turbocharged i-VTEC® engine that generates up to 306 horsepower at 6,500 RPM. That engine also gets up to 295 lb-ft of torque, and it recently set a record-breaking lap time for a production front-wheel drive car at the world-famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The Civic Type R completed a lap in just 7 minutes and 43.80 seconds on April 7, 2017.
The Honda Civic Type R has a few new features to improve performance, says Honda. For example, the Type R has a short-throw six-speed manual transmission with a helical limited-slip differential for better power around turns and better acceleration. You also get 245/30ZR20 Continental SportContact 6 high-performance tires, Brembo® brakes, and a special Type R chassis to optimize speed and handling. Those are just some of the many new performance features on the Civic Type R.
If you have any questions about the Honda Civic Type R or any other Honda vehicle, just contact us at Brighton Honda and we’d be happy to help!
The Honda Odyssey has long stood the test of time as the foremost family-friendly minivan in the industry. A spacious interior and a plethora of features make it a top model for families of all ages and sizes. The latest model arrives with a complete overhaul, and we here at Brighton Honda are happy to introduce the 2018 Honda Odyssey!
The all-new Odyssey brings refined convenience and versatility to the road, starting with the new styling. New LED headlights and taillights and a bold grille bring the model in line with the rest of the brand’s vehicles. The minivan now shares its architecture with the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup.
Under the hood of the new Odyssey lies a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers 280 hp. Fuel efficiency ratings aren’t available just yet. All in all, the minivan weighs 100 pounds less than its predecessor, so expect fuel economy to rise.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey brings plenty of innovative technologies as well. A system designed to communicate with second- and third-row passengers, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system, prove just how family-friendly the new minivan is. Active safety technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control and Road-Departure Mitigation, just to name a few.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey is well on its way to leading the minivan segment for another year!
Your vehicle’s tires act as a mobility, safety, and performance feature that no driver can afford to ignore. Worn tires can become a major hazard on long road trips and in bad weather. It’s important to get a new set of tires once the old ones are worn. Here are a few ways to know if you need new tires from us here at Brighton Honda.
Tread wear is a common cause for tire replacement. Unfortunately, eying your tire tread isn’t too accurate. On the bright side, there’s a simple test that will only require a quarter. Simply place the quarter head first into the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, then the treads are worn to the point where you need new tires.
Wear and Tear
Tire wear and tear is common, especially in hot and cold climates. Extreme weather conditions can cause the tire’s structure to change, leading to abnormalities like cracks and bulges in the walls. Both abnormalities are signs that you need to replace the tire as soon as possible.
Like most car parts, tires need to be replaced as they age. Most manufacturers recommend replacing your tires once they reach their sixth year. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific set of tires!
Almost all of the Hondas that we sell at Brighton Honda have plenty of room in them for tents, sleeping bags, and coolers. This summer, take advantage of your spacious vehicle and the beautiful weather; find a camping ground near you and use these camping tips for the perfect weekend in nature.
Save your dryer lint
You may be thinking: Um, what? But dryer lint is actually a must-have when camping, as it’s the perfect fire starter. So while your neighbors are sifting through wet leaves for kindling, you’ll be set with your baggie of dryer lint.
Bring comfortable folding chairs
In the hustle to pack gear for sleeping and cooking, one can easily forget to pack gear for sitting. Remember to bring some folding chairs so that when the fire is roaring, you’ll have a nice place to relax.
Don’t forget plastic bags
It seems like no matter how many grocery bags, Ziploc bags, and other containers one brings, there’s always a use for each. Whether you use it to collect trash, store a muddy pair of shoes, or wrap up your leftover dinner, you’ll be happy to have these useful objects at your campsite.
Bring hand cleaner
Many campsites have bathrooms and some include hand washing stations. But it’s always nice to have hand sanitizer or soap handy when you’re feeling grimy in a pinch. When you’re packing for your camping trip, think ahead of all the things you might want—like hand sanitizer—and make a list that you can save for your next trip, too.
If you’re looking for a new or used car to stuff all that camping gear into, just let us know at Brighton Honda and we’ll find you the vehicle to make your summer even better.
If you recently purchased a new Honda from Brighton Honda, you no doubt want to take good care of it. Taking care of your car is just as important on the outside as it is underneath the hood. To protect your car from paint damage, rust, and corrosion, you should wax your vehicle every three to six months. Not only does a good polish protect your car, but it makes it look pretty darn good, too.
Step 1 – Gather Supplies
You’ll need an orbital buffer—easily obtainable online for as low as $30—buffing pads, buffing compound, as well as a kit with polish, wax, and microfiber cloths.
Step 2 – Buff
Look over your vehicle’s exterior for areas with scratches or obvious damage. Smooth plenty of buffing compound over these areas, spreading it evenly with the buffing pad. Then, turn on your buffer and work over these areas in circular motions
Step 3 – Wax
Place a new buffer pad on your buffer and apply the wax by gently pulsing your buffer, rather than leaving it on. Leaving your buffer on as you did with buffing may cause the wax to cake on unevenly. Complete one section of your car at a time, and then remove the wax using circular motions with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this on one section of your vehicle at a time until you’ve achieved a new, polished look all over your car.
If you have any other questions on how to take care of your vehicle, just contact us at Brighton Honda!
Driving in rain and strong winds can be scary, especially if you drive a small, lightweight car that tends to get knocked around. Here are some tips for staying safe in rainy and windy weather.
When it’s just windy, without rain, the biggest problem you’ll have is big gusts of wind. You just need to keep both hands firmly on the wheel at all times and anticipate the gusts. As soon as you feel the car moving in a direction you didn’t steer it, pull it back to the middle of the lane. You should also keep an eye out for long vehicles like semi-trucks and RVs, since they have less control in the wind.
When you’re driving in rain, the most important thing to do is slow down. The slower you’re going, the less likely you are to skid or hydroplane. Driving slower also makes it easier to stop suddenly. You should also leave more room between yourself and vehicles in front of you so that if you do need to stop suddenly, you run a lower risk of running into them.
Always turn your headlights on when it’s raining. Low visibility increases the risk of a crash and lights not only help you see, they help other drivers see you.
For more tips on driving in the rain or anything else that’s auto-related, give us a call at Brighton Honda.
For Earth Day this year, which took place on April 22nd, Kelley Blue Book made a list of the Best Eco-Friendly Cars on the market for under $40,000, compiling hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric cars from across the auto industry. The list included the Honda Accord Hybrid, the acclaimed hybrid version of Honda’s popular mid-size sedan.
KBB.com made a few different lists for different car categories and the Accord Hybrid made the 10 Best Hybrids list. KBB cited the Accord Hybrid’s well-integrated powertrain as well as its comfort, convenience, and high resale value for its decision to include the vehicle. Notably, it is the most powerful sedan on the list and the only one with horsepower rated at over 200.
The Accord Hybrid has been refreshed for the 2017 model year, bringing better fuel economy than the previous year, as well as more features and amenities. It also comes with the next generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain. For more information on Honda’s ecofriendly vehicles or to schedule a test drive for the Honda Accord Hybrid, give us a call at Brighton Honda.
For the longest time, there were foreign cars that just weren’t available to drivers in the United States; the Civic Type R was one of those cars. However, there’s good news for Honda fans everywhere. The Civic Type R is coming to the United States this spring. Here’s everything that you need to know about this highly anticipated vehicle.
For those who do not know, the Civic Type R is a specialty vehicle created by Honda that was previously limited to countries outside the United States.
“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th-generation Civic lineup,” Jeff Conrad, a senior vice president at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement. “We’re happy to inform our US enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over.”
Drivers will not be disappointed. Under the hood, they’ll find a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that gets an impressive 306 horsepower.
For more on the new Civic Type R, keep your eyes and ears open. You’ll start seeing them on the road beginning in the spring and you can read more about it here. Of course, you’re also welcome to check in with us at Brighton Honda for any updates!