For a few years now, the Honda HR-V has been heating up the compact crossover segment. This pint-sized SUV packs a big punch with features like its second-row Magic Seat®, its fuel-efficient engine, and great styling.
For the next model year, it gets a few updates. The 2018 HR-V updates include the availability of a new paint color, Aegean Blue Metallic, which is makes you dream of far-off places, and new dark-colored wheel designs available on the EX and EX-L trims. With these visual updates, you can make the HR-V fit your bold style even more.
Driving the HR-V is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option. When equipped with the available CVT, the HR-V delivers an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined.*
Inside the cabin is where the HR-V is most impressive. The unbeatable versatility of its Magic Seat® really sets it apart from the competition. You can flip up the rear seat bottom cushions to haul tall items, or fold them down, along with the front passenger seats, for longer items.
Looking for fall events in Brighton, Michigan? Hop in your new Honda and explore the community today. There are a number of things to do in the area, including an outdoor sculpture exhibit, the Hot Cocoa Classic, and the Holiday Glow event. Great for families, friends, or as a date night, these Brighton fall events are bound to be fun for everyone.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
First, Pure Chiropractic recommends the Brighton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. You can enjoy the fresh fall air when you walk down any one of the four public art trails. Public art plays an important role in the Brighton community, especially since the first commissions in the early 1990s. You can see sculptures, environmental land works, lighting, street furniture, and architectural wonders.
Mt. Brighton Hot Cocoa Classic
Next, visit the Mt. Brighton Hot Cocoa Classic on Nov. 7. This 5K event is great for athletes as well as hot-chocolate lovers, and the trail leads past the Brighton Golf Course among other scenic areas. Held atop Mt. Brighton, this event starts at 7:30 a.m. Naturally, there will be plenty of hot cocoa for all.
Finally, visit the Holiday Glow. Held on Nov. 21, this annual event has music, live performances, hay rides, a petting zoo, and more. You can even see Santa in person—a perfect event for celebrating the end of fall and the start of the holiday season.
These are just some of the fun things we at Brighton Honda can’t wait to explore. Explore the Brighton area today.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid recently ranked among the top in its class for its all-electric range. The announcement came after the EPA released fuel economy testing details, stating that among all mid-size plug-in hybrids, the Honda Clarity could go the furthest on a single charge. Drivers of the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can go 47 miles on pure electricity—more than enough for the average driver to commute to work and back.
340 Miles On Gas, Plus 110 On Electricity
According to The News Wheel, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has seating for up to five people and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 110 MPGe.* Under the hood is a 1.5-liter engine that powers an electric motor. You can go up to 340 miles on a single tank of gas, and the 17-kWh battery pack can recharge in just 2.5 hours.
Seats Up To Five
“We think the combination of a class-leading 47 miles of all-electric driving range rating and a large, luxurious 5-pasenger package will give us an advantage in the plug-in hybrid game,” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Auto Sales at American Honda Motor Co. “The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid represents the dawn of a new era, setting the path to a new generation of Honda products that will bring electrified technology into the mainstream.”
In addition to great fuel economy, the new 2018 Clarity Plug-In Hybrid produces 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. That means you get great gas mileage without sacrificing power—a perfect combination. Learn more about the Honda Clarity at Brighton Honda in Brighton, MI.
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!
As we move further into 2017, the environment becomes an increasingly important topic. As such, there will be plenty of celebrations all around the world for this year’s Earth Day. Here are just a few ways that you can celebrate Earth Day this year.
Leave the car at home
In a show of solidarity, feel free to leave your car home for the day. As we move closer to clean technology, it’s an important step. If you can, try biking or taking public transportation to work.
It sounds gross, but the average shower uses a lot of energy and water, and you can do your part on Earth Day by skipping out on the shower for once. Just be sure to use deodorant!
Write to the government
If you’re unhappy about the current environmental situation, write to your local government, as well as the federal government. Change has to start somewhere.
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by actually getting out in the environment and doing something to make a difference. There will be plenty of different events going on.
No matter how small of an action you think it is, it’s always better to do something rather than nothing on Earth Day to show your support for cleaning up the environment. We here at Brighton Honda love to see change in action.
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.
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.
Honda does a lot of things well. One thing in particular that the automaker does extremely well is SUVs. Honda makes not one, not two, but three awesome SUVs. Their skills were recently recognized by US News & World Report, which named Honda the 2016 Best SUV Brand.
The Honda CR-V was refreshed in 2014. If sales continue the way they are, the CR-V will be the best-selling SUV in America for the fourth consecutive year.
The Honda HR-V was only introduced just this past spring, and the new SUV was an instant hit. In fact, together with the CR-V and recently redesigned Pilot, total sales of Honda SUVs is over a half million through October. That’s up 13.6% since October of 2014.
Jamie Page Deaton, the managing editor of US News & Report, remarked on his publication’s decision to award Honda with the 2016 SUV Brand of the Year title, saying, “The HR-V, CR-V, and Pilot are all consistently ranked at the top of their respective classes, as automotive journalists are impressed with the utility, comfort and family-friendly features that all three offer. No matter what class SUV shoppers are searching in, Honda has a model worth considering.”