Liven Up Your Holiday with These Amazing Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Dinner
Photo by Satya Murthy

While the Thanksgiving turkey may be the centerpiece of the meal, the side dishes are often the real favorite. However, if you want to try something new this year, consider one of these show-stopping Thanksgiving side dishes.

  • Bundt Pan Stuffing. While some people cook their stuffing inside the turkey, others prefer it out. And, we all know that the best part of the stuffing is the crunchy bits. This recipe has you bake the stuffing in a Bundt pan meaning more crunchy parts to go around.
  • Spinach Maria. This Tennessee favorite is a rich and creamy dish that takes creamed spinach to the next level with a big dose of cheese.
  • Green Bean Casserole Baked Potato. Combine two of your favorite side dishes into one. You’ll save room on your plate for some other favorites.
  • Cheese Stuffed Cornbread. Ordinary cornbread turns extraordinary when you add a thick layer of cheese in the middle.
  • Quinoa Salad with Roasted Squash. If you’re trying to find healthier alternatives this year, this quinoa salad is packed with fall flavors and is bursting with flavor.
  • Sweet Potato Bites. These little slices of heaven are almost like the Thanksgiving version of s’mores. Layer a large marshmallow on top of a slice of sweet potato, roast it, and top the whole thing off with a pecan.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?

2017 Pilot Is the Latest Honda with Apple CarPlay Technology

Honda with Apple CarPlay - 2017 Honda Pilot
2016 Honda Pilot. The 2017 model will be the latest with Apple CarPlay.

After a complete redesign in 2016, buyers have fallen in love with the all-new third-generation Honda Pilot. Now, for 2017, the Pilot is the latest Honda with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology. In addition, it comes with a new fingerprint resistant touchscreen and more interior color options.

On the Pilot EX trim and above, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard. This technology will allow drivers to connect their compatible smartphone and use select apps directly on the Pilot’s 8-inch touchscreen. Or with simple voice commands, make hands-free calls and find their favorite music.

Buyers will also be able to opt for a black interior on all models with White Diamond Pearl exterior paint. This combination was previously only available on the Elite trim. This new option adds a big dash of sophistication to the Pilot.

The third-generation Pilot is already making a name for itself and is turning heads wherever it goes. It has been named one of the “Best Cars for the Money” by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the “Best Family Cars of 2016” by KBB.com, Parents Magazine, and Edmunds.com.

The 2017 Honda Pilot is available now at Floyd Traylor Honda. Stop by today and take it out for a test drive.

What You Need to Know About the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid - Fort Smith, AR
Once you drive the Accord Hybrid, you’ll fall in love with it!

There was a good reason Honda took a year off with the Accord Hybrid model. Now back from its hiatus, the all-new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid has some updated features and improvements that are surely going to impress.

Better Fuel Efficiency

The new Accord Hybrid is exceptionally efficient and received an EPA rating of 49 mpg city and 47 mpg highway. These figures give it the best ratings in its class of mid-size hybrid sedans.

Improved Performance

With the amazing efficiency comes improved overall performance. Inside the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, giving it an output of 212 horsepower, which is an increase from the 2015 model (which peaked at 196 horsepower).

Updated Technology and Safety

The new Accord Hybrid is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it incredibly easy to stay connected while driving. There are also new safety features that come standard on the updated model, including Active Cruise Control, which generates a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

We are very pleased to have this hybrid vehicle back in our lineup and we look forward to seeing it continue to improve in the future. Stop by Floyd Taylor Honda for more information and to test drive the all-new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid.

Should You Keep Waxing Your Car?

Honda Ridgeline - Fort Smith, AR
Consider a few factors before your next car wax.

You just bought a brand new car and you want to keep it looking absolutely stunning for as long as possible. You’ve been working hard and spending hours waxing it on the weekends to make it truly glisten. But the big question of the day is: should you keep waxing your car? The answer can vary and it depends on what you want and what you’re willing to pay (in both effort and cash) in order to maintain those long-term results.

One thing to understand is that wax isn’t the only option for protecting your vehicle. We are going to dive in and describe the differences between wax and sealant in order for you to determine exactly what you should be using.

For starters, wax is a substance that doesn’t really last in terms of protection. It deteriorates at a quick pace, especially when subject to certain elements, including the sun. With that being said, you should expect to reapply wax every two weeks or so in order to fully protect your vehicle’s paint job. On the other hand, the major benefit of wax is that it will deepen the color of the paint on the vehicle, so if you managed to shell out the extra cash for high quality paint, then keep on waxing.

If you have a standard paint job on your vehicle, then you’ll want to consider switching to a sealant instead of wax. Sealant is a substance that is easy to use and lasts considerably longer than wax (up to six months, depending on environmental factors). It’s also easier to use compared to the tedious process of waxing.

Overall, what you decide to use to protect your vehicle depends on your end goal. If you have the time and money to wax your vehicle every two weeks, then go for it. If you prefer a more practical approach, then switch to sealant. The choice is up to you.

Honda Odyssey Built-In Vacuum Holds Up to Strongest Vacuum Competitors

Honda Odyssey built-in vacuum

The Honda Odyssey built-in vacuum available in the highest trim level, the EX-L Touring Elite, has been getting rave reviews since the 2017 Odyssey was introduced. The vacuum, made by Shop-Vac, is a complete vacuum with tools and a 16-foot hose, and it can run indefinitely with the van turned on, or for 8 minutes on the battery alone.

Consumer Reports tested the Odyssey vacuum to see how it held up against other well-known hand vacuums. They found that the Odyssey does just as well as the competitors, which were all corded vacuums that have to be plugged into a wall plug. The Odyssey was at least as quick as the others at cleaning up different kinds of spills and messes including pet hair, cereal, and sand.

With the Odyssey’s vacuum, it’s easily stowed in its appropriate storage place and doesn’t require an outside power source. This is incredibly handy on long road trips especially, when spills are common and parents might not have easy access to or room for a handheld vacuum. The Odyssey vacuum’s efficiency and practicality set it apart.

Consumer Reports came to the right conclusion when it found that the Odyssey vacuum is definitely worth the cost of the EX-L Touring Elite trim—especially given all the other features you get with this highest trim level.

Back to College Road Trip Driving Safety Tips

college road trip

If you or your child is going back to college this year and you’re taking a long road trip with a car packed full of stuff, you need to keep some safety tips in mind. We’ve put together some things to remember about back to college road trips.

When you’re packing to go back to school, avoid cramming the car full. For one, it isn’t especially safe or comfortable to drive like this. For another, you’re probably in a small dorm room and you won’t have room for all of it anyway. Freshmen, take note! Take what you need right away. If there are things you won’t need for a couple of months, leave them at home and have your parents send them to you or get them when you’re on a break from school.

Before you leave, thoroughly check the car. Make sure your oil levels are fine, your tire pressure is good, and your lights are working. Especially if you’re keeping the car on campus with you, you want it to be in good shape.

If it’s farther away than a couple of hours, take breaks while driving, and stay hydrated and fed. You’ll need to have energy when you get to school and start lugging boxes up flights of stairs, so don’t exhaust yourself on the drive!

Honda Hybrid Car Without Earth Metals

2015 Honda Civic Hybrid - Fort Smith, AR
Honda is becoming a leader in the field of hybrid vehicle technology.

Of all the automakers in the world, Honda is likely the most advanced of the bunch. With a reach expanding outside of the automotive industry, like ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, the Japanese automaker is constantly innovating its vehicles with new technology. The latest development out of Honda is unprecedented and involves the future of hybrid vehicles.

A Honda hybrid car powered by a motor that doesn’t use rare earth metals may not be as far off as one might think. In partnership with Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Honda has developed just that and, best of all, it can be used in actual hybrid vehicles.

The new motor uses a neodymium magnet that has high resistance to heat, a key factor in hybrid vehicles. According to Honda, the new motor will make its market debut under the hood of the Honda Freed, a hybrid model set to hit dealerships this fall.

Rare earth metals are used in everything from cars to smart phones. More than 80% of 17 rare earth metals comes from China alone and, with China imposing restrictions on exportations of the elements, Honda is taking steps towards independence from them.

Here at Floyd Traylor, we’re pumped to see Honda continuing to lead the market in research and development!

Places to Visit in Arkansas

Summer may be coming to an end here soon but Arkansas still has plenty of amazing places to visit! From scenic hot spots to trails that lead to unforgettable places, this state if full of natural scenery and wildlife you’ll never forget. Here are a few fantastic places to visit in Arkansas.

  • Whitaker Point Trail – Also known as Hawksbill Crag, Whitaker Point Trail will lead you to one of the most scenic spots in all of Arkansas. Look out upon the greenery from on high via the rocky outcrop. Watch your footing; while the rock itself is solid, wet weather can make it slippery!
  • Arkansas Grand Canyon – The deepest canyon in the Ozarks, the Arkansas Grand Canyon offers a unique look at one of the state’s most beloved natural wonders. Take in the colorful sky as you survey miles of land from a single spot.
  • Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail – Located in the Buffalo River Area, Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail leads to the accurately named Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls. The tallest free-falling waterfall in the central United States, let alone Arkansas, it’s truly a bewildering sight. Be sure to bring a camera as it isn’t easy to access off a main road.

DIY Tire Pressure Check

Taking care of your vehicle as a whole is important, and the easiest way to ensure your safety is by checking your tire pressure once a week. A fairly easy process, a tire check can alert you to low pressure, uneven wearing, and more.

Here’s a quick guide to a DIY tire pressure check from us here at Floyd Traylor Honda.

  • Temperature – Before you head out and check your tire pressure, make sure your tires are cold. The best time to check your tire pressure is in the morning or evening. Don’t check your tire pressure after you pull into your driveway. You won’t get an accurate reading.
  • Pressure – Check your owner’s manual or the inside of your driver’s door to determine what the manufacturer-suggested tire pressure is for your vehicle. Note that the pressure might differ between the front and rear tires and that the number on the tire might not match the manufacturer’s suggestion. When in doubt, go with the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Checking – Use an accurate tire gauge, not one at an air hose or gas station. Add air to your tires by putting the nozzle over the tire stem. Don’t hold it for too long; tire pressure increases rather quickly. To lower your tire pressure, press the needle in the middle of the valve.

Honda Ridgeline Rock Drop

2017 Honda Ridgeline - Fort Smith, AR
The 2017 Ridgeline is built to endure even the most extreme conditions thanks to its toughness.

The internet watched as Chevrolet delivered a major blow to the Ford F-150’s aluminum body – literally. The rock drop scratched and dented the Silverado 1500 and left major punctures in the F-150’s aluminum bed. As it turns out, Honda was also watching closely, and the Japanese automaker took the challenge to prove it was just as tough as American-made trucks.

To do so, Honda performed the same rock drop into a Ridgeline’s standard composite bed. A whopping total of 830 lbs. of concrete blocks fell from a height of about five feet into the bare bed. The end result? A few scratches, no dents, and nothing even remotely close to a puncture. Even better, the black composite hid the scratches so they were barely noticeable.

As an added bonus, the tailgate still worked perfectly and the in-bed trunk was unscathed, neither of which Chevrolet showed in their ad. While both the F-150 and Silverado 1500 have add-on bed liners, the Honda Ridgeline doesn’t seem to need one.

The Ridgeline rock drop proved that Honda’s full-size pickup’s bed is more durable than both the Silverado 1500’s steel and the F-150’s aluminum. All three trucks compete with the Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan.

Now that Honda’s thrown down the goblet, who will pick it up?