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Tips for Trailering or Towing a Boat

lakeHere in Vallejo, where we sit right on the Napa River, summer is the perfect time to haul our boats to the shore and head out for a relaxing day on the water. Hitching your boat safely to your truck isn’t hard, but it’s good to know some tips for towing a boat to keep it safely fastened for the drive.

Number one, make sure the weight in the boat is balanced. You may have to move things around so that the weight in both sides is about the same and the weight in the front and back is about a 60/40 split. You also need to attach—at least to ratchet—straps from the trailer to the bow eye.

When backing out of the driveway, have someone stand behind you to guide you. Steer from the bottom of the wheel, turning the wheel the direction you want the trailer to go.

While driving, give yourself more time to stop than usual, and take wide turns. When going up or down hills, shift down a gear to make braking safer and help you climb it.

Finding Events for Independence Day in Vallejo

Independence DayThis weekend marks the annual celebrations for Independence Day in Vallejo and our neighboring city, Benicia. Benicia will kick things off with the Torchlight Parade at 6:30pm on Friday, June 3rd and the Freedom Festival all day Saturday. The morning of July 4th, Vallejo will hold its 162nd annual parade followed by the Festival on the Waterfront, and the fireworks show will start at 9:15pm on the waterfront.

With events going on all day in both cities on July 4th, you can check out both festivals and keep your family entertained from the Stars and Stripes Forever Parade in the morning to the fireworks in the evening.

The Freedom Festival in Benicia will include music, arts/crafts, a climbing wall, train rides, and a bouncy house. Vallejo’s Red White and Blue Groove has a bit more for adults, like the artisan beer garden, a car show, and jazz performances, along with plenty of fun for kids.

At Avery Greene Honda, we’re excited to celebrate with our fellow citizens! We hope you’ll make it to these festivities.

Three 2015 Honda Vehicles named Best Family Cars by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com

Each year, Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com join forces to create the definitive Best Family Cars list. This year, once again, Honda has a strong presence on that list with three different 2015 Honda vehicles earning the distinction. The Honda Accord, CR-V, and Fit all made the top ten list of Best Family Cars by Parents Magazine.

2015 Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord

All three of these vehicles also earned a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and are all equipped with a standard rearview camera. Those safety features combined with Honda’s overall excellent design, reliable reputation, and technological innovations made these vehicles easy choices for the Best Family Car list. The awards also show the diversity of the Honda lineup—with a subcompact car, sedan, and SUV all making the list.

The Accord earned a place on the list for the third straight year, while the Honda Fit and CR-V were honored as a best budget car and a best crossover for families, respectively. All three vehicles come with tons of great features, many of them all new for the 2015 model year, so come see Avery Greene Honda to learn more about the lineup . With EarthDreams engine technology, elegant design, and fun and convenience for all, the Honda lineup is quite simply the best in the world.

The All-New Honda Fit Remains a Winner for 2015 Model Year

2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit Available at Avery Greene Honda

Honda has introduced the third generation of the popular Fit model to the world, and it remains the best, most fun subcompact on the road today. In fact, the brand has done nothing less than completely improve the all-new Honda Fit, making it even sportier and driver-friendly for the 2015 model year. The car is so all-around excellent, in fact, that it recently landed a spot on the 10 Best Family Cars for 2015 list from Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com.

The Honda Fit has always reminded us of either a raindrop or a bullet. Whichever image you prefer, though, one thing remains the same: the Fit is a zippy and efficient little missile that will get you where you want to go, especially in busy urban settings. The new third-generation Fit comes with more standard features such as automatic headlights, Bluetooth capability, LED taillights, and a six-speed manual transmission. It also comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that jets out 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.

The Fit comes in no less than five trim configurations, so come see us at Avery Greene Honda to learn more about each of those trim levels and their options. We can tell you in advanced that the baseline LX trim gets the best gas mileage, especially when equipped with the CVT transmission. With tons of exterior and interior options—including vibrant color schemes and aesthetic accessories—and Honda’s special “Magic Seat,” this small car is big on both fun and performance.

Honda’s Africa Twin Return for 2015 Gets Debut

HondaHonda made a huge reveal earlier this month, concerning one of the brand’s most beloved models. The automaker recently decided to put the Africa Twin–one of their most popular motorcycles ever–back on the European market.

The all-new CRF1000L Africa Twin will have all the technological advancements of about a decade to show off, in addition the classic Africa Twin appearance. Plus, it will have Honda’s totally unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)(3) technology.

Honda has been slowly leaking details about the Africa Twin over the better part of a year, sneaking out small teasers and bits of information. Now–finally–it’s been announced for real. You can even check out an image of the 2015 Africa Twin here.

Tragically, this model will only be available in Europe, but maybe if there’s enough renewed interest in the Africa Twin return across the pond, the product could be brought to the United States.

Get a Good Look: The 2016 Honda Civic Reveal

2015 Honda Civic Sedan

Current Honda Civic Sedan Available at Avery Greene Honda

The new 2016 Honda Civic design has officially been revealed thanks to CivicX.com and its ability to dig up patent drawings from Honda. The drawings reveal what both the coupe and sedan style Civics will look like…and we’re excited!

The Civic Coupe concept that originally debuted at the New York Auto Show earlier this year gave us some insight as to what the new production model would look like. Now, according to the drawings, the new Civic will keep some of the elements from the New York concept, which definitely makes us happy! In addition, it will feature more angular headlamps and front fascia, but the tail lamps will not be much different.

If you’re interested in breaking down all of the differences concerning the 2016 Honda Civic reveal, check out the side-by-side of the patent drawings and the concept that debuted in New York.

In any case, we’re excited for the 2016 Civic to arrive here at Avery Greene Honda and we hope you are too!

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Boxy Honda Concept D Debut Occurs in Shanghai

HondaHonda revealed an all-new concept model at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this month, showcasing what could likely be a future production vehicle. This bold crossover concept, called “Concept D,” has the aggressive, boxy front of a truck with the slim, angular body of a crossover.

The truck look continues with the Concept D’s huge 21-inch wheels. It doesn’t appear to have an exhaust tip, however, so many are speculating the model will be an electric car.

While we don’t know what exactly this concept could precede, we are hoping that it does go to production, and further–that the production model hits US markets. The Honda Concept D debut in Shanghai leads us to believe it will be China-only, but fingers crossed!

Here’s a gallery of the concept, so you can check it out for yourself. What do you think of the Honda Concept D? Share your thoughts with Avery Greene Honda in the comments.

2016 Honda Pilot

Honda Releases 2016 Pilot Trim Levels

The Honda Pilot was redesigned for 2016. Revealed back in February, the new Pilot made every other automaker in the crossover business shake in their boots. Now, Honda has released some details; following are the 2016 Pilot trim levels. All the levels share a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, according to Car And Driver. Get your Pilot at Avery Greene Honda once it becomes available!

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot LX

  • Bluetooth
  • Five-inch LCD in the dash
  • 200-watt stereo with seven speakers and a sub
  • Option: All-wheel drive

 

2016 Honda Pilot EX

  • Remote start
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-inch touch screen with SiriusXM and Pandora
  • Intelligent Traction Management system (two modes for FWD; four modes for AWD)
  • Option: Honda Sensing safety package

2016 Honda Pilot EX-L

  • Leather interior
  • Power moonroof
  • Power tailgate
  • One-touch power-folding second-row seats
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • “GPS with voice recognition and live traffic updates”

2016 Honda Pilot Touring

  • Nine-speed automatic
  • 20-inch wheels
  • “Blu-Ray-capable rear-seat entertainment system”
  • Blue ambient interior lighting
  • Honda Sensing safety pack

2016 Honda Pilot Elite

  • Panoramic roof
  • “Heated and ventilated front seats”
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Blind-spot monitor

Say Goodbye to the Crosstour, Hello to the HR-V Replacing the Crosstour

Last call: this is your last chance to purchase a new Honda Crosstour as production of the model will cease after the 2015 model year. As we say goodbye to the Crosstour, we look forward to saying hello to the all-new Honda HR-V.

2015 Honda HR-V

2015 Honda HR-V

Built at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio, discontinuing production of the Crosstour enables the plant to take on production of more of Honda’s popular models, like the Accord and CR-V as well as other vehicles from its sister company, Acura.

Said executive vice president of American Honda Motor Company, John Mendel, “The Crosstour, introduced in 2010, served a positive role in helping the Honda brand target crossover buyers. However, the crossover segment has evolved and we believe the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V launching later this spring will create new value for crossover shoppers…”

The HR-V, is the ultimate crossover, featuring the exterior styling of a coupe and the interior space of an SUV. The vehicle joins the Honda lineup as the smallest crossover designed to zip around city streets.

For more information on either the 2015 Crosstour or the 2016 HR-V replacing the Crosstour, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Avery Greene Honda. But don’t wait too long; the clock is ticking down for the Crosstour.

The Honda S660 Size Is Scaled Down but the Fun Factor Is Dialed Up

Good things come in small packages, which is the idea behind the newly-unveiled Honda S660 roadster. The styling of this diminutive two-seater carries forward the legacy of the Honda S2000 nose with an aggressive roadster back end and the low, wide stance gives way to the removable top and sculpted deck lid. The sporty look belies the mid-engine minicar’s lightweight construction and crisp handling.

The S660 mini-car receives its name from its tiny 660cc engine producing 63 horses. Although that sounds like very little power, the engine size is proportional to the actual Honda S660 size, which is only 134-inches in length. Honda dialed up the fun with all-wheel disc brakes and by giving the body a lightweight aluminum-and-steel body and frame. This provides the S660 with more rigidity than the Honda S2000, while shedding hundreds of pounds off the car to emphasize its engine’s power.

The little sportster is only sold in Japan, and a US version has not yet been announced. Be sure to stay informed on all things Honda—big and little—with Avery Greene Honda.

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