Tips for Driving in Rain and Strong Winds

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.

KBB Names Honda Accord Hybrid One of the Best Eco-Friendly Cars for Earth Day 2017

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.

Civic Type R Coming to the United States

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!

Honda Civic Type R

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day

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.

 

Don’t shower

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.

 

Volunteer

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.

Celebrate Earth Day

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.

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.

Honda Awarded 2016 Best SUV Brand by US News & World Report

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Honda was awarded the 2016 best SUV brand by US News & World Report for vehicles like the CR-V

 

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.”

2016 Honda Civic Updates: Small Car, Big Attitude

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The new 2016 Honda Civic Updates include some pretty radical re-styling over the 2015 model

The Honda Civic is back, and in its 10th generation, it promises to be the most exciting version yet. Sportier, sleeker, more powerful, and more feature-packed than the outgoing model, the 2016 Honda Civic sets the benchmark even higher for the compact sedan segment. The world’s favorite compact car just got even better.

Completely rebuilt, the 2016 Honda Civic’s updates are abundant. New head-to-toe styling, available HondaSensing™ suite of advanced safety features, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility are just a few of the exciting updates. Additionally, the new Civic is built on a platform that creates the largest cabin available in the compact class.

Honda is also offering two new engine options for the 2016 Honda Civic, including a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder, and a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4. The 2.0-liter engine is the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic, and the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine marks the first time a Honda turbo engine is available in the U.S.

“This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. in a statement. “We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class.”

Stop by Brighton Honda today to learn more!

Honda’s ‘Power of Dreams’ Ad Is about More than Cars

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Honda’s ‘Power of Dreams’ Ad aims to express Honda’s commitment to and history of innovation and courage to imagine big things.

In its newest ‘Power of Dreams’ ad, Honda uses paper, hand-drawings, and stop-motion animation to pay tribute to the brand’s history and wide range of products – and it’s way more fascinating than it sounds. The ad first debuted during the NFL on CBS Sunday games, and has captivated audiences thanks to its striking ability to weave together animated drawings to tell the automaker’s story.

The ad, called “Paper,” features about 3,000 drawings and uses stop-motion technology to bring them to life.

“The goal is for the marketing itself to become a demonstration of Honda thinking and all the people that touch our wide range of products along the way,” said Tom Peyton, Assistant Vice President of Marketing for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in a statement “This commercial stands for the courage and conviction to imagine and make dreams a reality and speaks to Honda’s innovative nature and respect for personal achievement and contributions.”

Honda’s ‘Power of Dreams’ ad shows that Honda isn’t your run-of-the-mill automaker, but instead prides itself on its ability to engineer high-tech, premium quality products across a range of industries.

Stop by Brighton Honda today to check out our lineup of Honda vehicles, and see all of Honda’s products and the ad at honda.com.

2016 Honda Civic Updates We Hope to See

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We think fuel economy and power are some of the things you can expect from the 2016 Honda Civic Updates

The Honda Civic has been one of the most popular compact sedans in the US since it launched in 1973. It should come as no surprise, then, that the new, completely redesigned 2016 Civic is highly anticipated. Since the big reveal will happen simultaneously in Detroit and Los Angeles on September 16th, here at Willet Honda South, we are currently putting together our wish list of the 2016 Honda Civic updates we hope to see.

Improved fuel economy. The Civic has been a long-time leader in fuel economy, thanks to its small size, light-weight design, and superior driving dynamics. We expect to see Honda step it up even further with the new 2016 Civic, with highway averages easily reaching 40 mpg across the lineup.

More power. Honda has already promised that the 2016 Civic will get a new 1.5-liter engine, and a turbocharged option will now become part of the lineup. We expect the next Civic to offer enhanced sporty driving dynamics and power.

Updated design. We expect that Honda will offer a refreshed, refined, and sporty exterior design, and offer high-end upgrades inside. We expect the dash to get significant updates with premium materials and an improved design.

Only time will tell what the 2016 Honda Civic actually has in store, so stay tuned for more information when the automaker officially unveils its new Civic next week!

Here are some other predictions, courtesy of nydailynews.com.

What updates do you hope to see in the next Civic? Tell us in the comments!