Honda Earns Two J.D. Power 2018 APEAL Awards

First impressions are a big deal and automakers are getting even better at impressing consumers right from the start. This is evident in J.D. Power & Associates 2018 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Awards, which measures how appealing new vehicles are to their owners. This year, both the 2018 Honda Accord and Ridgeline earned top marks in their respective segments.*

The APEAL Study surveyed owners and lessees about their new vehicles and asked them to rate 77 attributes, including the feeling of luxury and comfort, fuel economy, driving dynamics, and technology features. The owners responded after 90 days of ownership.

In this year’s study, all categories saw an improvement over the 2017 results. The attributes are then combined into an overall score on a 1,000-point scale.

The Honda Ridgeline is a winner of a 2018 APEAL AwardsIn the Midsize Car category, the Honda Accord earned the most points.* The Ridgeline was named the best in the Midsize Pickup segment for the second year in a row.* Also performing well in the study were the Civic in the Compact Car segment, the CR-V in the Compact SUV category, and the Odyssey in the Minivan segment.*

Overall, the Honda brand received a score of 818 points, which is above the mass market average of 814 points.

Learn more about the award-winning Honda vehicles at Floyd Traylor Honda.

*J.D. Power& Associates 2018 APEAL Study, July 2018

2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey Make “10 Best Family Cars” List

Honda Accord

When shopping around for the perfect family vehicle, potential buyers are often looking for reliability, space, and safety. Publications like Parents magazine and 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 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.

Test-drive the notable 2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey at Floyd Traylor Honda.

*, June 2018

*Parents, July 2018

Have Fun on a Budget with the “10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000 for 2018”

Just because you have a tight budget, doesn’t mean you don’t want something cool. If you are shopping for a new car and want to stay under $20,000, we have some great news. Both the 2018 Honda Civic and Fit were named to Kelley Blue Book’s list of “10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000 for 2018.”*

This recognition is given out to vehicles that are not only affordable, but also offer great features, versatility, style, comfort, and a bit of fun.

The 2018 Honda Civic was named one of the top 10 coolest new cars under $20,000The Civic received high praise for its well-rounded nature and the fact that it is available as either a sedan or coupe. KBB editors were also impressed with its abundant technology, practicality, fuel economy, and overall fun-to-drive personality.

For the Fit, Kelley Blue Book’s editors noted, “This diminutive hatchback has a feature called the Magic Seat that gives the interior space and versatility that rivals that of a small SUV. The combination of practicality and pep at an affordable price makes the Fit a hard car to resist.”

The 2018 Honda Fit was named one of the top 10 coolest new cars under $20,000

Another benefit to both the Civic and Fit is the availability of advanced safety features even on the base trim levels. The CVT-equipped Fit comes standard with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, and forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking. These features are available on the Civic as part of the Honda Sensing package.

Test drive the praise-worthy Honda Civic and Fit at Floyd Traylor Honda.

* For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc.

Over One Million Vehicles with Honda Sensing in the U.S.

Most vehicular accidents are caused by human error. That is why the automotive industry is working hard to create innovative technology and safety features.

For Honda, this help comes in the form of its Honda Sensing® suite of active safety features. Just this year, Honda reached a new milestone with over one million vehicles with Honda Sensing® on the road in the United States. This is a monumental achievement since Honda Sensing® was only available as an option starting with the 2016 model year.

2018 Honda Accord Interior with Honda Sensing® suite of active safety featuresWith the release of 2022 model year vehicles, Honda Sensing® will be standard equipment on all Honda models. Honda is already well on its way to this goal — 69% of 2018 models are equipped with Honda Sensing®.

“Honda dreams of a collision-free mobile society and the Honda Sensing technology has a crucial role to play in advancing us toward that goal,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division & general manager of the Honda brand.

Honda Sensing® comes with a variety of active systems that help warn you of potential collisions, and, in some cases, take corrective action to try to avoid a collision.

To learn more about Honda’s innovative technology, visit Floyd Traylor Honda.

2019 Honda Insight Makes Official Debut

The New York International Auto Show saw the introduction of quite a few vehicles, but none stood out quite like the 2019 Honda Insight. The new hybrid sedan features a set of amenities that few competitors can match. The addition of the Honda Insight fills the role of premium compact sedan in the automaker’s lineup.

“The Insight is another symbol of a new era in the evolution of Honda electrified vehicles, where customers can have everything they want with no compromises,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Company, Inc.

The Honda Insight will be slotted between the Honda Civic and Accord. The sedan rides on the Civic platform, but features a longer wheelbase. Strategic battery positioning results in a larger trunk and more legroom.

The all-new model boasts the latest of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system. Total output comes to 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque. Three selectable driving modes, Normal, Econ, and Sport, enable you to customize your experience. Steering-wheel-mounted deceleration selectors also allow you to choose between three levels of regenerative braking.

The 2019 Honda Insight will be produced at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant. The hybrid battery will be produced at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. The Anna, Ohio plant will build the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

To learn more about the 2019 Honda Insight and to test drive any one of Honda’s incredible models, visit Floyd Traylor Honda for a test drive.

Three 2018 Hondas Honored with MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Awards

Year after year, Honda produces high-quality vehicles that impress auto experts and satisfy consumers, and 2018 is no different. This February, the 2018 Honda Accord, Civic, and Odyssey were chosen to receive MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards. At Floyd Traylor Honda, we’re thrilled to provide these top-of-the-line Honda vehicles to our customers, guaranteeing their satisfaction for years to come.2018 Honda Accord was named the Best Family SedanFor the Drivers’ Choice Awards, the auto experts at MotorWeek perform a thorough review of all vehicles within a segment, picking a range of models that perform well. From this already narrowed pack of vehicles, they choose the overall best car of the segment for the given year. They carefully consider factors such as price, practicality, performance, and fuel efficiency, which are the factors that tend to matter the most to potential car buyers. After these reviews, three 2018 Hondas stood out from their competitors: the 2018 Honda Civic was deemed the Best Small Car, the 2018 Honda Accord was named the Best Family Sedan, and the 2018 Honda Odyssey was judged to be the Best Minivan.

With two impressive high-performance variants, the Civic received the Best Small Car award for a third consecutive year. The Accord’s Best Family Sedan award was secured by its luxurious approach to the mid-size sedan segment. Meanwhile, the Odyssey’s Best Minivan award recognized both its longstanding appeal to families and its feature-packed, all-new approach for 2018.

Honda Wins at 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards

The 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards saw big wins for Honda, which took two categories: the Most Innovative Car of the Year for the Honda Clarity and the Most Innovative SUV of the Year for the CR-V.

The CES Tech Driven Awards is a new annual awards series that focuses on automotive products available at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which takes place every January.

CES Tech Driven Awards: The Honda CR-V wins Most Innovative SUV of the Year Winners of the Tech Driven Awards will be made available the year they’re shown at the CES—Edmunds wanted to focus on fully realized products consumers can actually buy soon rather than far-off concepts.

There are seven categories that make up the CES Tech Driven Awards, including Most Innovative Car, SUV, and Truck, as well as Most Innovative Automaker, Driver Assist Feature, and Infotainment System, all categories that are important to drivers today.

Edmunds recognized the Honda Clarity as the Consumer Electronics Show’s Most Innovative Car because of its flexible powertrain options, which include fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell, suiting every kind of eco-friendly driver. The CR-V was awarded Most Innovative SUV thanks to its unique combination of exceptional ride quality, affordable advanced safety features, and class-leading fuel economy.

To find out more about the exciting new Honda CR-V and Clarity, give us a call at Floyd Traylor Honda.

Difference Between Manual vs. Automatic

One of the many things that make Honda stand out from other brands is its loyalty to the stick shift. Many of the vehicles in the Honda lineup at Floyd Traylor Honda come with standard manual transmission and available automatic. However, some buyers may not really understand the difference. To help you get the Honda that’s right for you, we’ve outlined the basics of manual vs. automatic transmissions.

Manual vs. automaticManual

Those who are dedicated to manual transmissions are a proud group who enjoy a hands-on driving experience. With a manual transmission, drivers are responsible for shifting the engine into a higher gear as they accelerate. This is done by using the clutch pedal and the gear shifter in synchronicity with the acceleration. Manual transmissions provide more options for controlling the car, such as stopping by shifting down rather than braking, and often deliver better gas mileage. It can be tricky at first, but once a driver knows how to drive with a manual transmission, using a stick shift can add a fun element of control to driving.


With automatic transmissions, the car decides when to shift on the driver’s behalf. There’s no clutch pedal, just the gas and brake pedals which is simpler and favored by drivers who want less distraction on the road. You have less options with automatic, but for many drivers—especially new drivers—that’s preferred. If you drive in a high traffic area with lots of stopping and starting, automatic transmissions can be an easier option, especially when you’re faced with the challenge of starting on a hill.

If you’re still interested in learning more about the benefits of manual vs. automatic transmissions, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at Floyd Traylor Honda. We’re always happy to help answer your Honda questions.

Four Tips for Driving in Snow

Compared to many of the states, Arkansas has a very mild winter. But that’s not to say that the area around Floyd Traylor Honda doesn’t still see its share of slippery winter roads. Keep in mind these five tips in case you have to drive on snow or ice this winter.

tips for driving in snow

1. Accelerate and Brake Slowly

If you take it easy with your acceleration, you’ll maintain more control over your vehicle. The same goes for braking; always give yourself plenty of time to stop when you’re on a slick road. Don’t slam on the brakes, or your vehicle may slide out of control.

2. Try To Avoid Stopping

Work on finding a balance in your slow deceleration, one that will allow you to continue at a slow roll until you’re moving forward again. This will help you maintain traction with your tires.

3. Know Your Car

Before heading out in winter driving conditions, read your owner’s manual to understand what features your car might have to help you—like four-wheel drive or anti-lock brakes—and how to use them.

4. Check Your Tires

If you want your car to perform best on slick roads, your tires need to be in good condition and properly inflated. When you take care of your tires, you’ll get the best traction and experience the most control on slick winter roads.

 If your tires need maintenance to prepare for the winter, stop by Floyd Traylor Honda to schedule an appointment in our service department.

Don’t-Miss December: Holiday Events in Fort Smith

Our hometown knows how to show its Christmas spirit and spread the season’s joy, but don’t take our word for it; just check out any one (or all) of these holly-jolly holiday events in Fort Smith. You’ll be merrily caroling, letting it snow, roasting chestnuts, and harking the herald angels in no time.

Christmas in the City Shopping Extravaganza

Check out any one (or all) of these holly-jolly holiday events in Fort Smith

Pop down to the Ben Green Events Center from Dec. 1-2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for more than just knocking out your gift list. Enjoy live holiday entertainment, take part in an Ugly Sweater contest, take pictures with Santa, and more.

2017 Fort Smith Christmas Parade

At 3 p.m. on Dec. 16, head to downtown Fort Smith for our annual Christmas Parade. This is the pinnacle of seasonal family entertainment, so make sure you bring along all your little ones.

Creekmore Holiday Express

From Dec. 4-23, Creekmore Park’s community train will be a Christmas-spectacular, steam-engine experience for locomotion lovers of all ages. See the park’s website for more details.

If you need a new ride to get to and from all these holiday events in Fort Smith, visit Floyd Traylor Honda to see our full lineup of reliable Honda vehicles.