When shopping around for the perfect family vehicle, potential buyers are often looking for reliability, space, and safety. Publications like Parents magazine and Edmunds.com understand the concerns of these buyers, and that’s why they release an annual list of the “10 Best Family Cars.” On the “10 Best Family Cars 2018 List” announced in June and published in the July issue of Parents magazine, both the all-new 2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey were recognized.*
To determine this year’s list of awardees, the staffs at Parents magazine and Edmunds.com carefully evaluated 300 vehicles. They considered family-friendly features, like safety ratings and car seat installation, and general features, like overall driving comfort, fuel efficiency, and affordability. Both the 2018 Accord and Odyssey excelled in these tests. The midsize Accord offers exceptional driving dynamics and handling, tons of standard safety features thanks to the advanced Honda Sensing® suite, and a spacious interior that allows everyone to sit comfortably. The Accord is also sleek and sophisticated, ensuring that your family will arrive in style.
The Odyssey has been a family favorite for decades and was entirely redesigned for the 2018 model year. With the redesign, Honda further elevated the Odyssey’s performance and interior technologies and designed the cabin to be spacious and comfortably quiet. The new Odyssey also offers CabinWatch™, which is the industry’s first in-vehicle rear-seat camera and allows you to keep an eye on the kids without having to turn around, and available Honda Sensing® to give you additional peace of mind while transporting your family.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
The 2017 Acura NSX is ready to turn heads. This car is truly one-of-a-kind, especially for the MusiCares Foundation.
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.
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.
Spray compressed air over your interior carpet to get all of the dirt and dust out that might be settled into corners.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.