Fun Summer Activities

Having fun under the summer sun doesn’t mean having to travel across the country! There’s plenty of activities to take part in both around the house and in your local community. We here at Floyd Traylor Honda have a few recommended fun summer activities that everyone will enjoy!

Help the Elderly

Like winter, summer is particularly harsh on the elderly, especially if they have any work to be done outdoors. Take a few hours out of your week to assist an elderly neighbor. Doing so can help them enjoy the summer as well as leave you feeling good all season long. Mow lawns, pull weeds, lay mulch, or simply help move front porch furniture. A little goes a long way in the summer heat!

Have a Picnic

Packing a blanket and picnic basket full of delicious food and heading to a local park for a picnic is a great way to start the summer. You could even potentially start a new summer tradition! Once at your desired location, try to find a shady spot, such as beneath a large tree, to unpack your basket. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Fun Summer Activities

Drink Lemonade

It doesn’t take much to get into the spirit of summer. Sipping a nice, cool glass of lemonade while sitting on your front porch, is a simple way to enjoy the season, too.

Honda Named “Best Value Brand” for 2017 by Kelley Blue Book

Honda is known for many things, including its consistent lineup of diverse vehicles, top-notch safety features, and fuel-efficient technology. Plus, the automaker makes some of the most affordable vehicles, year-after-year, and Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is taking notice.

 

KBB recently named Honda the “Best Value Brand” at their 2017 Brand Image Awards, saying that Honda offers “a special blend of reliability, refinement and outstanding resale value unmatched by any other automaker,” and adding that “just about every vehicle Honda makes is among the best-selling, best-reviewed vehicles in its segment.”

Honda Odyssey Best Value Brand

 

The prestigious site also pointed out that Honda’s resale values are consistently impressive, making sure you truly get your money’s worth out of your car, even when you’re ready to sell it back.

 

Talk about high praise! To be fair, we at Floyd Traylor Honda are hardly surprised. Come pay us a visit anytime, and we’ll show you just how excellent the value of a new Honda can be. Our enormous selection of Honda vehicles may just include your next vehicle.

 

You can also explore the many awards Honda has won this year alone on Honda’s website, where you’ll discover that Honda’s value has been praised over and over again.

Explore These Tips to Keep Your Car Clean Inside – For Good

Is your car eternally messy inside no matter what you do? Whether the mess accumulates thanks to you or to your passengers, the spring season is the perfect time to take control of the mess by bringing the “spring cleaning” adage to your vehicle’s interior.

Keep Your Car Clean Inside

To get you started, check out these tips to keep your car clean inside:

 

  • Keep a small garbage can or bag inside your car, and always put your garbage in it. You’ll never toss an empty fast food bag on the ground, when you have a garbage receptacle within reach.
  • Every time you fill up your vehicle with gasoline, use that time to empty your trash bag and generally straighten up inside.
  • Recruit helpers in your children–ask them to pick up one object to take inside every time they get out of the car.
  • If you never have passengers, be sure to evaluate your backseats every now an then. If you’re always in the front, you may not notice that a mess is accumulating.
  • Get yourself some organizing materials for whatever you tend to keep in your car, such as a CD case, a file folder, or a gym bag.
  • Finally, if your car truly does manage to get out of control consistently, don’t wait for it to get worse. Schedule a cleaning day, once a month.

 

For more cleaning tips or to explore a whole new car entirely, give us a call or stop by Floyd Traylor Honda anytime.

Spring Car Cleaning Tips

car wash - Fort Smith, ARSpring has finally arrived which means that now is the perfect time to get rid of all the winter trash and grime that’s built up over the past few months.

Keeping your car clean inside and out during winter isn’t easy, especially if you park outside.

Here are a few spring car cleaning tips from us here at Floyd Traylor Honda to help you get your vehicle squeaky clean!

Interior

A great place to start cleaning any car is from the inside out. Start by removing any trash lingering on the floor before moving on to the glove compartment and other storage areas. Finally, move to the trunk and remove anything littered around in there. Finish off by dusting the dash and sweeping the floors and seats.

Exterior

There are few better ways to prepare your car for spring than getting it squeaky clean and looking its best. Wash the exterior thoroughly with the goal of removing all the salt, dirt, and grime that built up over winter. Finish offer with a wax that will leaving your car shining in the spring sun for weeks to come!

Wheels

One common spot every driver forgets about is the wheels. There’s a lot of crud that builds up beneath the hubcaps. Take the time to remove them and give the wheels a thorough scrubbing!

2017 Honda Civic Si Debuts

It may not be the Type R, but the 2017 Honda Civic Si still has plenty of performance under the hood. Bearing the new design, the Civic Si and Civic Si Coupe come stocked with a powerful engine and a reputation for a sporty ride. The new Civic Si will make its official debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Rumors had indicated that the new Civic Si would boast the new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and now it’s been confirmed. That engine will come mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission and produce an impressive 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.

That’s an improvement of 18 lb-ft of torque from the previous 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The Civic Si’s tuned engine also delivers an additional 25 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque compared to the standard Civic hatchback.

The 2017 Honda Civic Si will also boast a more rigid body and sport-tuned suspension that will result in a refined driving experience. As for styling, the new model will ride on 18-inch alloy wheels with available performance tires. The sedan will see a subtle rear wing while the Coupe will offer a raised spoiler.

We here at Floyd Traylor Honda can’t help but be impressed by the 2017 Civic Si!

Best Road Trips in Arkansas

Honda Ridgeline - best road trips
2017 Honda Ridgeline

As the weather warms up you might be wondering–what are the best road trips to take in the self-proclaimed “Natural State”? Here are some suggestions.

Sylamore Scenic Byway

Made up of Highways 5 and 14 as well as a Forest Service Road, this scenic route takes you into the heart of the Ozark National Forest and through beautiful Stone County.

Ozark Highlands Scenic Driveway

Take Highway 21 up through the Ozark National Forest to find yourself surrounded by stunning natural views. Approximately 1.2 million acres of untouched woods await you in this national park.

Highway 103 from Clarksville to Oark

Head through timber land and family-owned cattle farms to experience a bit of the scenic country life on this route, and if you want to make a day of it, go canoeing or hiking in the Wolf Pen Recreation Area in Oark.

Boston Mountains Scenic Drive

Get on Highway 71 and head all the way up to beautiful Fayetteville; it’ll take you through mountainous scenery and to a secluded, relaxing spot where you can get away from it all.

Arkansas Highway 23

From Elm Park to the Missouri state line to Ozark and Eureka Springs, Highway 23 is lauded among natives as the scenic and beautiful “Pig Trails.” Check out any of the many towns along the way for a visually stunning, cozy day trip.

In Arkansas, there are plenty more scenic routes and stunning highways besides the ones we’ve listed above. Why not take one of these trips in a brand-new ride from Floyd Traylor Honda?

Honda Begins Production of New 10-Speed Transmission

Honda has dedicated itself to innovative technology, design, and performance over the years, and the latest result of that commitment to cutting-edge engineering is a new 10-speed transmission. The brand revealed production of the all-new gearbox is going into effect starting now and will be fitted into the drivetrain of the upcoming 2018 Honda Odyssey. The 2018 Honda Odyssey will arrive at dealerships like ours, Floyd Traylor Honda, sometime this spring.

Honda Odyssey - new 10-speed transmission

The 10-speed transmission will be the first-ever of its kind in front-wheel drive vehicles. The plan is to begin production of the gearbox for the Odyssey, and then gradually expand availability across other nameplates in Honda’s model lineup, as well as vehicles offered from Acura. Investing in production of the new 10-speed will cost Honda $150 million total, including the cost of a new assembly line, new equipment, and boosting production capacity.

The new 10-speed transmission from Honda is one of the first of its kind. However, Ford and General Motors have already developed a 10-speed gearbox of their own together, which is offered as an option on the new F-150 Raptor and Camaro for the 2017 model years; the 10-speed gearbox is set to make an appearance on the 2018 Mustang later this year.

Will a 10-speed transmission become a new staple in the industry? Time will tell.

Custom 2017 Acura NSX Auction Off for Charity

The 2017 Acura NSX is ready to turn heads. This car is truly one-of-a-kind, especially for the MusiCares Foundation.

 

2017 Acura NSX auction  2017 Acura NSX auction

A custom 2017 Acura NSX was built specifically for a very musical purpose: the MusiCares Foundation. This charity, established in 1989, by The Recording Academy, is all about giving musicians a safe space to make their music. They provide financial, medical, and personal help to musicians in need.

Acura is a big fan of music, and has been in support of the MusiCares Foundation for five years. That’s why it crafted a unique Acura NSX for the occasion. The custom Acura NSX has a nine-speaker, premium audio system and a Carbon Fiber Interior Sport Package with full leather power seats. There are also custom modifications like black carbon ceramic brakes and custom red interior stitching. Whoever’s sitting in the luxurious Acura NSX will be able to enjoy their favorite musical in ultimate comfort.

The car was auctioned off at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute (which honored Tom Petty). All proceeds from the 2017 Acura NSX auction will go directly to the MusiCares foundation.

If you love music, then that’s just another reason to love the Honda Acura! Combine both of your loves today and get behind the wheel of an Acura.

Car Detailing Tips

Car detailing tips

When it comes to customizing and detailing your car, there are lots of things you can do. But it’s not always easy. Here are some car detailing tips that go beyond the surface.

Compressed Air

Spray compressed air over your interior carpet to get all of the dirt and dust out that might be settled into corners.

Baby Powder

Believe it or not, you can clean oil-based stains and grease streaks off of your upholstery with baby powder.  Sprinkle it directly on any spots and let it sit for half an hour before dusting it off. Then, vacuum the same area to get the powder out.

Cotton Swabs

These little guys can be powerful on dirt and debris! Use them to get to hard spots like dashboard vents or other crevices and buttons.

Rubbing Alcohol

Have any pesky old window stickers or bumper stickers? Stick your fingernail underneath to peel it off and then rub away the residue with a cotton rag dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Toothbrush

You don’t only have to use a toothbrush for your teeth! A toothbrush is great to get at the dirt in your wheels, specific in your spokes or wheel patterns.

Now detail that car and get it looking fresh for springtime!

Honda Xcelerator Program Showcases New Technology at CES 2017

Honda showed off some of its latest innovations at the latest CES show. Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is a gathering of leading tech companies and startups, often providing a way for groups to showcase next-generation technologies. In particular, Honda’s Xcelerator program works with entrepreneurs and startups in Silicon Valley to refine current Honda designs.

According to Honda, one of the cool new technologies Honda was able to develop with partners was a new 3D driver display demonstration. This system uses nanotechnologies to transition between different viewing angles. Although this might sound trivial, this system improves viewing angles for sensor warnings and other driver assist systems.

“We’re flexible, innovator friendly, and look for unique opportunities to work closely with partners to co-create and showcase advanced technology,” said Dennis Clark, strategic alliance lead at Honda Xcelerator. “Our focus at CES is to showcase our work with two of our partners–LEIA and VocalZoom–to apply their unique technologies to enhance the in-car experience.”

Other technologies include optical sensors that allow for Human to Machine Communication. VocalZoom works to develop such sensors, and they can be used to isolate facial movement to optimize voice recognition software. And these are just some of the cool new Honda features presented at CES 2017!