Fun Upcoming Events in Michigan

Fall is filled with so many fun things to do that it’s hard to break it down into one list. However, here are some of the most fun events in Michigan going on this fall.

Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival- Big Rapids (October 9-16)

For anyone interested in classical music, the Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival provides free shows every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon from September-October.

2016 Season!- Beaverton (September 17-October 30)

Get outside and enjoy some family fun with corn mazes, fresh donuts, and animals that will eat right out of your hands.

Hell-O-Hollow Weekends- Hell (September 17-October 31)

What better way to get ready for the Halloween season than by going to a festival in Hell? You receive a Death Certificate when you try the Grave Digger Sundae, and there’s free kiddie cones for those dressed in costumes.

Kent Harvest Trails- Grand Rapids (September 8-October 31)

There will be over 20 farms participating in this year’s Kent Harvest Trails program, giving families all kinds of country fun. Kent Harvest Trails provides all kinds of classic fall fun activities like pumpkin picking, trail riding, and other fun activities for all ages.

There are all kinds of different fairs and festivals this fall, so get outside and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Go Exploring in Your Honda: Check Out This Epic US Road Trip

Are you an outdoors sort of person with a sense of adventure? You should get to know the name Randal S. Olson. It’s the name of a data scientist, researcher at University of Pennsylvania, and avid search path fan who likes to plan the best-ever cross-country road trips. On the list of his latest hypothetical trips, he pinpointed 47 of the 59 US national parks along the best possible route. Are you up for this wild US road trip?

Spanning 14,498 miles, Olson’s latest tribute to the National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, runs through a number of memorable and famed parks, including landmarks like California’s Redwood National and State Parks, home to the largest trees in the world.

Olson created the route using an algorithm known as the Gurobi TSP solver. TSP stands for “traveling salesman problem,” which alludes to the algorithm’s purpose – to find the fastest, best, and most efficient route through multiple destinations, with the end of the route looping back to the origin point where the traveler began.

The loop-shaped design of this national park packed US road trip is made to make it easy for anyone anywhere in the States to hop on the route and go. The question is, are you brave enough to take this estimated two-month-long trip?

Honda Ridgeline Review Takes You Through a Test-Drive

Midsize trucks like the Honda Ridgeline occupy a niche, in-between market that can be hard-pressed to find an audience. However, since its inception in 2005, the Ridgeline has continuously impressed critics and found itself a good reputation as a more unconventional truck. In a recent Honda Ridgeline review by Car and Driver that test drove the latest 2017 model, the Ridgeline was confirmed to still hold true to its quirky ways while still coming out on top as one of the best trucks in its class.

The Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a single engine in its range, a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That may sound average for its class, but the Ridgeline’s nimble performance allowed it to reach 60 mph in as little as 6.6 seconds during the test-drive. Additionally, the 2017 Ridgeline is the first to offer front-wheel drive, which provides a lower base price and better fuel economy unless you choose to opt for the AWD version. Either way, the Ridgeline gets up to 26 mpg on the highway in the FWD model, or 25 mpg on the highway in the AWD model, so AWD doesn’t affect fuel consumption that much.

The Honda Ridgeline review goes further into the details of the truck, including its unique two-way tailgate design that makes loading the cargo bed easier and the well-appointed interior that is packed with comfort and technology.

Brighton High School Ranks Among Top 25 Public Schools in State

Brighton High School was recently ranked among the best in Michigan. The annual US News & World Report High Schools ranks the high school 21st in the state, as well as 777th in the nation. With more than 21,000 public high schools in all 50 states, that’s pretty impressive.

According to the Brighton Patch, the top 25 schools were determined based on things like graduation rates and standardized testing. Brighton students perform among the best in the state, as well as in the top percentiles in the nation. Not only that, but Brighton students have gone on to perform well in college as well.

“Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college,” according to U.S. News & World Report, which looked at curriculum, test scores and student demographics.

The number one high school in the US was the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas. The number one school in Michigan was the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, which also ranked number nine overall. Nonetheless, we here at Brighton Honda couldn’t be more proud of our local high school students. Not only that, but the faculty and staff also deserve recognition for their ability to teach and inspire students.

2017 Accord Hybrid Design: Unparalleled Style

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is getting some exciting upgrades including design changes and technology additions. This new model gets 49 mpg in the city, which is impressive even for a hybrid. The new Accord Hybrid is bound to be a great car for virtually any driver.

According to Forbes, the 2017 Accord Hybrid design will feature a revised front and rear fascia. This includes a more pronounced grille, with an expansive look and bright accents. It also has LED lighting—with Daytime Running Lighting (DRL)—and fog lights to add a sporty appeal. The Hybrid also gets unique blue accents and light housings, as well as distinct colors for this model.

“The Accord has always been one of the sportier vehicles in the midsize sedan segment, and even though it wears a ‘green’ label, the Hybrid features several elements that continue to bolster that trend,” said auto writer Karl Brauer at Forbes.

The Accord Hybrid design will also have a more rigid and lightweight body thanks to ultra-high-strength steel and an all-aluminum hood. Amplitude Reactive Dampers also work to control steering and handling, giving you better response. Best of all, the lithium-ion battery system has been shrunk over 30 percent, which increases space for cargo and passengers. There’s nothing quite like the new Accord Hybrid design.

Things to In Ann Arbor, Michigan

If you live Michigan and want to spend a day getting to know your state, Ann Arbor is a great place to visit. Plan a road trip to this great city and you won’t be disappointed. Here are some great things to do in Ann Arbor.

  • Michigan Stadium. Football fans anywhere in the country know which stadium you’re talking about when you say The Big House. Even when it’s not football season, the stadium still offers tours and you’ll get to see things even the biggest fans never do.
  • Hands-on Museum. Your kids will love going to a museum where they are actually allowed to touch everything. They will learn about science and how the world works while having fun at the same time.
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Tour the beautiful gardens including a large Peony garden and other native plant life.
  • This unique part of Ann Arbor has a special blend of both residential and business locations. You’ll find one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, and a rich and diverse culture.
  • Hill Auditorium. Catch a performance by a local group, university ensemble, and more at this beautiful performance space.

Where you planning to go the next time you visit Ann Arbor?

2017 Honda Ridgeline’s Bed Beats the Competition

Recently, Chevrolet wanted to show how the steel bed in its Silverado pickup is stronger than the aluminum bed in the Ford F-150. It did this by dropping a big pile of landscaping stones straight into both beds. The Silverado came away with some dents and scratches, but the F-150 actually suffered a handful of punctures straight through the bed.

While these results may be surprising, just wait until you see what happens when Honda does the same thing to the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

 

The Honda Ridgeline’s bed is made with a composite plastic material that, as you can see in the video, only gets a few scratches, which are nearly invisible.

In addition to showing off the bed’s durability, we also get to see how the dual-opening tailgate works and get a peek into the built-in hidden trunk!

The Ridgeline can not only take a beating; it offers a payload rating of 1,580 pounds. The Ridgeline is the only pickup in its class that can haul four-foot-wide items flat, like drywall or plywood panels, between the wheel wells. And, to take your tailgate party to the next level, the Ridgeline has an available world’s first Truck Bed Audio System that literally turns the bed into a giant speaker.

Come check out more of the Ridgeline’s great features today at Brighton Honda.

What Does Honda Make?

By Vanillase - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17300496
By Vanillase – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17300496

You love your Honda car, but did you know the overall Honda Motor Company has a long lineup of products? We’ll take a look at some of the other things they produce and answer the question, “What does Honda make?”

  • Motorcycles. After automobiles, motorcycles are one of Honda’s most popular products. Honda has been producing motorcycles since 1955, but first came to the United States in the 1960s.
  • Power equipment. Honda has a full lineup of power equipment that ranges from engines, lawn mowers, pumps, generators, and various outdoor small power tools (hedge trimmers, blowers, etc.).
  • Robots. For decades has been working on building robots that can work alongside humans. The most recent build is ASIMO, which can climb stairs, walk, talk, dance, and do other human actions.
  • Aircraft. In 2006, Honda branched out to form the Honda Aircraft Company, which now produces the HondaJet, a small business jet.
  • ATV. Honda offers a lineup of four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles.
  • Engines. Of course Honda produces engines for its own vehicles, but many other manufacturers use Honda engines in their vehicles. In the 2010 Indianapolis 500, all 33 cars were powered by Honda engines.

Take Your Dad to Brighton Honda to Test Drive a Car on Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is on June 19th this year. If you’re trying to plan a fun outing for you and dear old Dad, consider bringing him here to Brighton Honda to test drive a car on Father’s Day. Why? Here are five great reasons.

  1. Kids are expensive. According to the S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost of raising one child is right around $300,000. Think about how many amazing cars your dad could have purchased with that money.
  2. He had a lot of missed sleep. Your dad has probably racked up his fair share of sleepless nights staying up with you when you were sick, or staying up waiting for you to get home.
  3. He taught you what you know. Odds are high that your dad is the one who taught you how to drive. He may have taught you a few other valuable lessons too, like how to change the oil, how to properly trim the hedges, or how to bake his signature dish.
  4. He was your first playmate. Nobody roughhouses like Dad. Dads are also willing to play anything, whether that’s a tea party, Legos, or astronauts.
  5. He put you first. No matter what it was, your dad always put your needs before his.

Now, that you’re feeling all sentimental, pay your dad back in the biggest way by helping him out with a new car. You know he deserves it. If you can’t afford one on your own, have the whole family contribute to give the best Father’s Day gift ever to the best dad ever.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Available this Spring

When you crave a vehicle with stunning design, great engineering, and excellent fuel efficiency, be sure to consider the redesigned 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. Coming out this spring, this hybrid features a more powerful and more efficient two-motor hybrid powertrain. This hybrid system delivers class-leading EPA-estimated fuel efficiency at 49 mpg in the city.

Not only will the new Accord Hybrid be more efficient, but it is more powerful too, with 212 horsepower combined.

“The new Honda Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord – the most refined, technologically sophisticated and, of course, most fuel efficient in the lineup,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a statement. “With Accord already America’s most popular car three years running and the best-selling midsize car to younger buyers, we think this new hybrid model will add considerable momentum for the Honda brand.”

Along with its powertrain upgrades, the 2017 Accord Hybrid comes with the latest in-car technology, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the advanced Honda Sensing suite of safety features.

Be sure to test drive the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid available at Brighton Honda later this spring. If you’re interested in this fantastic new hybrid, give us a call, and we’ll let you know when it arrives.