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Truths and Myths About Car Color

2016 Honda HR-V

Red 2016 Honda HR-V

Everyone’s heard the “fact” that red cars get pulled over more than different colored cars, but is it actually true? And what other myths about car color are there? There are actually quite a few urban legends on the subject, most of which are false.

First of all, no, red cars aren’t pulled over more often. According to Snopes, this myth might have sprung from a few different ideas, the most prominent that red cars are more eye-catching. Red cars have also been said to create an illusion of going faster than they really are. However, statistics show that red cars aren’t pulled over any more often than other cars.

Red cars also aren’t more expensive to insure, another popular myth. This has roots in the previous myth about red cars being ticketed more often. It also comes from the idea that red cars are associated with sports cars and thus are more likely to go dangerously fast. But, car insurance companies don’t actually take this into account.

Finally, the one true fact is that car color can affect resale value. Crazy colors get less money and are harder to resell than neutral colors like black, grey, and white.

Save Money (and the Earth!) with These Easy Fuel Efficiency Tips

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Save fuel with these efficiency tips!

If you haven’t gotten yourself into one of those high-tech all-electric cars yet, have no fear: there are still plenty of ways to make your ride cheaper, cleaner, and greener. We’ll get you started with some quick and easy fuel efficiency tips.

  • When you’re driving, especially on the highway, make sure to avoid hard acceleration and sharp braking. Both will increase the amount of fuel being used by your engine.
  • Make sure you’re at the correct PSI (tire pressure). Following the PSI suggested in your owner’s manual can increase your car’s efficiency up to 3% per month.
  • If there are any mechanical problems with your car, fix them as soon as you can. Small issues can decrease your efficiency by 4% monthly, and large problems can absolutely destroy your efficiency numbers, losing up to 40%. In other words, go get that tune-up!
  • Don’t idle! Idling costs you 1-3 cents each minute, or 2-4 cents if you’re AC is on.
  • Consider all your transportation options before hopping in your car: carpool, walk, bus, train, etc. A few avoided rides a month can save you a lot in the long run.

These fuel efficiency tips are sure to keep your car – and your wallet – happy.

Honda Sweeps Up Eight 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Ratings

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot – An IIHS Top Safety Pick+

It’s an important time of year for the auto industry. Now’s the time when the big-talkers are separated from the big-doers, the haves from the have-nots: it’s safety award season. And, Honda’s just cleaned up big-time.

Honda took home a whopping eight IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings for its Honda and Acura models, pushing them to the forefront of the industry.

Every year, the IIHS (or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) rates all vehicles in terms of their overall safety and reliability. The two coveted titles, the IIHS Top Safety Pick and the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, indicate to consumers that a vehicle is top-notch in terms of crashworthiness and security. To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, a vehicle must be named “Good” or better in all five crashworthiness categories, and for that amazing little plus-sign (meaning they’ve gone above and beyond the IIHS’s strict safety standards), a vehicle must also score an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating in front crash prevention.

The eight winning Honda models are the Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe; the Honda CR-V; the Honda Pilot; the Acura ILX and RLX sedans; and the Acura MDX and RDX SUVS.

Essential Driving Tips: Jump-Starting Your Car

jump-startGetting a dead battery happens to everyone if you drive long enough. Although it can be a stressful situation, just remember to relax and follow these simple steps. We’ve broken down the methods for jump-starting your car to make it easier than ever.

According to wikiHow, the first thing you should do is make sure that the battery is actually the problem. Turn on your headlights–are they dimmer than normal? If so, it’s probably the battery. Does the car crank slowly or just click? It’s probably the battery. If it’s cranking like normal or if you notice other problems, it may not be the battery.

After locating the battery, follow these simple steps:

  • Put the two cars hood to hood if possible. They need to be close, but there should still be room to work. Never touch the two cars.
  • Connect one positive clamp (red) the positive terminal (+) on the dead battery.
  • Connect the other positive clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
  • Connect one negative (black) clamp to the jumper car’s negative terminal.
  • Connect the other negative clamp to grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a nut or bolt, preferably one without corrosion. If successful, you may see a small spark when you connect the ground.
  • Clear the cables from moving parts.
  • Turn on the jumper car and let it sit for 60 seconds.
  • Try to start the dead car–if it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit more or reconnect the cables.
  • If successful, remove the cables in the order you put them on. Keep the dead vehicle (now working) running for a while.

Remember that connecting jumper cables can be dangerous. Make sure to wear protective equipment, avoid touching exposed metal, and be aware of moving parts.

Honda Civic Wins Overall KBB Best Buy Award

The all-new Honda Civic recently received top honors from Kelley Blue Book (KBB). The KBB Best Buy Awards are given to vehicles that exceed in performance, efficiency, styling, technology, affordability, and more. It’s no wonder the Civic took home the gold.

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic

According to Honda, the 2016 Civic topped the Overall Winner category; however, there were also some winners in other categories. The Civic also won the Small Car category, the CR-V won the Small SUV category, the Pilot took the Mid-Size award, and the Odyssey dominated the Minivan category.

Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, stated, “This prestigious award from KBB.com helps current and future buyers with their purchase decisions and further solidifies the notion that for customers who purchase a Honda, be it a car or a light truck, they are making an ‘overall’ smart choice.”

The KBB Best Buy Award was specifically given to the new Civic because it is a market-leader in every segment. It is new and updated, with a fresh exterior and interior, the best in safety, tons of features, and fantastic performance. What’s not to like about the new Civic?

Holiday Traveling: Thanksgiving Driving Tips

Happy ThanksgivingThe worst part of the holiday season is that everything happens in the colder months, when the roads are slick and traveling is much worse than any other time of year. Follow these Thanksgiving driving tips to make your holiday travels as safe as possible.

First, prepare your car for a breakdown. Cold weather is hard on cars, and if you experience issues and are stuck on the side of the road for a while, you’ll want warm clothes and supplies. Bring a first aid kit, extra blankets, snacks, water, and either a car charger for your phone or a spare prepaid phone to make emergency calls with.

If you aren’t familiar with the route, use a GPS or your phone to navigate so you don’t get lost. GPS is much more reliable than writing down directions, especially if you miss an exit and need to find your way back to the right freeway.

If you end up driving through bad weather and visibility is too poor, pull over! If the roads are bad, give yourself plenty of room to stop, more than usual, and drive slowly. Happy Thanksgiving!

Honda to Install 120 EV Chargers at Honda Headquarters

charging stationIt was announced in mid-October that Honda will install 120 EV chargers at Honda Headquarters in Torrance, California. The goal of adding these chargers is to encourage the use of electric vehicles and other cars using alternative fuels.

A new generation of plug-in vehicles both hybrid and fully-electric is due by 2018, and Honda wants to prepare for this with the installation of charging stations. The installations will take place in two stages, the first of which is currently going on.

Honda plans to use this opportunity to support the Torrance community as well by installing a fast charging station near the headquarters for the town’s residents to use on their daily commute. Steven Center, the vice president of Environmental Business Development and the Product Regulatory Office, said that “making workplace charging ubiquitous and accessible is the cornerstone of an effective public charging strategy.” He went on that it’s necessary to make driving an EV a convenient option, especially for those who don’t have access to chargers at home.

Honda Self-Driving Cars Approved for On-the-Road Testing

factoryAdd Honda to the list of nearly a dozen automobile manufacturers who have been approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for testing autonomous vehicles on the road. Other companies on the list include Nissan, Volkswagen, and Tesla; until recently no one had been aware of the testing of Honda self-driving cars.

The company has apparently kept this secret well. After unveiling a prototypical Acura RLX concept last year with the sensors and computing power required of an autonomous vehicle, Honda has not said another word about its foray into the self-driving car segment. However, it reportedly has been testing these vehicles at a Honda testing facility in Concord, California, just north of San Francisco.

Just this year, the famous Google car logged 1.8 million miles, and the NHTSA and IIAS announced they were open to the possibility of requiring automatic braking systems in new cars in the future. Those benchmarks, in addition to the sheer amount of manufacturers testing electric autonomous cars, show that this may be where the future of the auto industry lies. Honda self-driving cars could be an excellent investment in coming years for the company.

2016 Honda Civic Design Revealed

2015 Honda Civic

Current Honda Civic Available at Avery Greene Honda

The best-selling Honda Civic is going into its 10th generation with style. The Civic has become a well-known nameplate, as well as the basis and inspiration for many compact car designs on the market. However, the 2016 Honda Civic design was revealed at a Los Angeles event recently, and for the next generation Honda seems to be taking the car in a sportier, more youthful direction.

The compact car will come in a base model as well as five-door hatchback and coupe styles. Two higher trims will be offered: Civic Si and Civic Type-R. The 2016 Civic design has kept some of the style from the Civic concept unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show and its cabin—which is positioned further back on the body of the car, along with the sculpted wheel arches—grants the Civic a less traditional, more dramatic and muscular appearance.

The 2016 Civic will also come with a more powerful engine ever seen in a Civic, according to Honda. The base model comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC variable valve timing, while there is also an available 1.5-liter turbo engine–the first turbocharged engine to be offered with a base Civic. In terms of tech features, the 2016 Civic will also feature a 7-inch touchscreen display that is compatible with both Android Audio and Apple CarPlay.

The 2016 Honda Civic design has been revamped to lure in new, younger buyers, and with its new looks, standard features, and available options, it may do just that. The Civic is slated to appear on dealer lots sometime this fall, with pricing to be announced closer to the release date.

New Honda Commercial “Ignition” Is One of the Best Yet

The new Honda commercial called “Ignition” will blow you away. It packs a ton of imagery and action into a 90-second clip that references all of the best things from the automaker’s heritage—like Formula 1 racing, aviation, robotics, and of course its consumer automobiles.

You’ll get a glimpse of Asimo the Robot, current McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button, the all-new HR-V, the upcoming Civic Type R, and even the voice the late Ayrton Senna, one of the most revered Formula 1 driver of all time. The ad was created by the British firm Wieden+Kennedy for Honda Motor Europe and ends with the following tagline: “Dare to do what others only dream of.”

We have to admit it’s one of the brand’s best commercials yet. It’s grand and orchestral and although the whole thing runs 90 seconds, there’s so much shown that it’ll probably take more than single viewing to absorb everything. We certainly won’t mind watching again.

 

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