Best Road Trips in Arkansas

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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!

Roadside Emergency Kit: Staying Prepared as You Drive

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You never know when you’re car will break down, so always be prepared.

You never know when your car is going to break down. That’s why you should always drive with a roadside emergency kit.

You should always have the basics, including jumper cables and a spare tire, but there are also some essentials that many drivers forget. Read on to learn more about packing a roadside emergency kit.

According to the DMV, one of the most important things to pack is a first aid kit. You should always call 911 if there is a serious injury; however, a first aid kit can help with minor injuries. Include things like bandages and antiseptic, cotton balls, tweezers, and aspirin. You’ll be glad you have these supplies.

You should also be sure to pack road flares and flashlights. Road flares are necessary if you break down on the highway, and they can be used to alert other drivers to your situation. They’re also useful if you’re stranded in inclement weather. Flashlights are great if you have to change a flat tire in the dark—especially because phone flashlights can drain precious battery life.

Other important supplies to include in your kit include a rain poncho, duct tape, and drinking water. Water is especially important if you get stranded. It’s smart to keep a sealed gallon in the back of your car, and many people also keep granola and other food as well (though you’ll have to refill your kit every once in a while). Consider packing a roadside emergency kit today, even if you purchase it at the store. Staying prepared could just safe your life.

Honda Ridgeline Lights Up the Road with Best Pickup Headlights

Best Pickup Headlights | 2017 Honda Ridgeline | Floyd Traylor Honda | Fort Smith, AR Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Testing

Once again, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is testing to ensure our vehicles are as safe as they can be. In the most recent testing, the IIHS checked headlights and a lot of the vehicles aren’t doing so well. This being said the best pickup headlights were found on the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

The available LED headlights on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition trims illuminated 358 feet of the road. Whereas the poorest performing pickup the Colorado only illuminated 123 feet in the test.

The IIHS evaluated headlights on 11 pickup models and gave each a score of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The Ridgeline was the only pickup to receive a good rating.

One feature that helped the Ridgeline was its high-beam assist feature. This feature automatically turns on the high beams when no other vehicles are present, and turns them off if another vehicle is approaching. It also provides better visibility without having to worry about blinding other drivers.

And, to encourage more automakers to improve their headlights, the IIHS will be using its headlight ratings as one factor in its annual Top Safety Pick+ awards.

Stop by Floyd Traylor Honda today and test drive the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

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Will you be a better driver next year?

Many of us make the same resolutions every year—lose weight, save money, learn something new, travel, etc. But, how often are these goals tossed away within a month or two? If you’re looking for a resolution you can actually keep, here are a few resolutions for your car that should be pretty easy.

  1. Drive distraction-free. In 2017, put your phone away and keep it there until you reach your destination. In addition, don’t eat behind the wheel, put on makeup, or do anything else that distracts you from the road.
  2. Make seatbelts mandatory. Make a new rule for your car that everyone must be buckled before you start driving, no matter their age. You can even include the family dog in this rule by getting them an appropriate restraint for the car.
  3. Make safety a top priority. If you plan on buying a new car in 2017, make safety one of your top priorities. Check crash test ratings and consider adding on advanced safety technology, if it is available.
  4. Learn basic maintenance. If you don’t already know how, learn how to change a tire. Knowing how to do this can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration.
  5. Be a better driver. If you are an aggressive driver, calm down. Not only will your driving habits be safer, but you’ll save fuel as well.

Are you planning on any car-related resolutions for 2017? Let Floyd Traylor Honda know!

Liven Up Your Holiday with These Amazing Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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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

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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.