2018 Civic and CR-V Winners for AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards

AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice AwardsJust this month, the 2018 Honda Civic and CR-V were honored by being named overall winners in AutoWeb’s Buyer’s Choice Awards. The Civic won the Best Car of the Year category, whereas the CR-V swept in the Best Utility Vehicle of the Year category. Honda was the most awarded brand within the awards, leading five segments and garnering seven awards total.

Along with the two awards above, Honda beat out the competition and came out on top in the following categories: Best Compact Vehicle of the Year – 2018 Honda Civic, Best Hatchback of the Year – 2018 Honda Fit, Best Sedan of the Year – 2018 Honda Accord, Best Van of the Year – 2018 Honda Odyssey, and Best Small SUV of the Year – 2018 Honda CR-V. The Civic was completely redesigned in 2015, introducing new mechanical specifications and advanced technologies in its most diverse lineup ever. Additionally, the CR-V was completely overhauled in its 2017 model, making similar mechanical and technological advancements that have pleased consumers everywhere.

To determine who receives these awards, AutoWeb performs a thorough review of vehicle price quote requests it receives over its network of auto websites, gathering data from over 120 million potential car buyers in the course of a year.

To see these award-winning vehicles for yourself, be sure to stop by Sunny King Honda.

 

Civic Type R is the Digital Trends Car of 2017

There are all kinds of fun, reliable, and efficient vehicles in the Honda lineup. At Sunny King Honda, we’re never surprised to see when one of these cars earns an award, but we sure are proud to be a vendor of these vehicles. One Honda car in particular was recently honored by technology news site Digital Trends when the Honda Civic Type R was named the Best Car of 2017.

Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R has a number of different things that make it stand out from competitors, as well as features that differentiate it from the rest of the Honda Civic lineup. The Honda Civic Type R is a performance-oriented version of this reliable compact car, taking that long-lasting and efficient engineering and adding to it a sporty design and a thrilling powertrain. The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo® engine which gets paired with a 6-speed manual transmission that enhances the drive with hands-on control.

Despite its impressive power and its chassis engineered for performance, the Honda Civic Type R is quite affordable, and still brings to the table other admirable Honda qualities, such as practical and sophisticated comfort and advanced safety. That’s why Digital Trends chose the Honda Civic Type R as its Best Car of 2017, for it’s just as practical as it is thrilling, and that’s a pretty impressive package.

Honda is the 2018 “Best SUV Brand”

Today many families are turning to the SUV instead of the minivan. The segment tends to offer more luxury options, greater capability, more versatility in the cabin, and connected technology. But with so many SUVs on the market, how can a person choose the right one?

 

Best SUV Brand

Shoppers can start by turning to the SUV brand that gets ranked the highest. It’s a great honor for the team at Sunny King Honda to report that according to U.S. News & World Report, the Best SUV Brand of 2018 is Honda.

 

The Honda SUV lineup includes a versatile selection that suits not only families but young couples and individuals who are looking for capable, sophisticated rides. From the spacious Honda Pilot SUV to the sub-compact Honda HR-V, which makes transitioning from city to to off-road simple, the Honda SUV lineup has something for everyone.

 

U.S. News & World Report picked this lineup for its impressive safety features which come in the Honda Sensing® safety suite of driver-assist tools. The brand was also chosen for its reliability, which is certainly an important feature to shoppers in all circumstances.

 

We’re happy to have the Best SUV Brand on our lot at Sunny King Honda. If you’re looking for the best option out there, don’t hesitate to stop by and try out of these versatile SUVs at your leisure.

Buying Winter Tires for Staying Safe This Time of Year

Winter Tires - Sunny King Honda

Winter tires aren’t just for those who live in the icy tundra; they’re also great for anyone who experiences winter. While Alabama isn’t exactly known for its harsh winter season, there are still several reasons you should consider buying winter tires this year when the thermometer starts to dip.

Tire Treads

According to the Chronicle Herald, one of the obvious advantages of winter tires is that they have thick treads. These treads are great for slippery surfaces, whether it’s snow and ice or simply rain. It can’t hurt to have a little added control on the road this winter. With the proper winter tires, you can stop 30 feet sooner than with normal tires.

Next, winter tires also come with special patterns and channels to divert water. Thanks to these treads, your winter tires can prevent hydroplaning from occurring, which is important to prevent a loss of control behind the wheel. No more slipping and sliding on wet surfaces.

Year Round Temperatures

Finally, winter tires aren’t just for precipitation. Built with special rubber compounds, winter tires are designed to hold up in colder temperatures. With summer tires, for example, the rubber may become hard and stiff. However, winter tires remain flexible to maintain handling even when it gets cold.

Still not sure if winter tires are right for you? Visit Sunny King Honda to speak with an automotive expert about the wide range of tire options that are available to you.

Visit Santa’s Holiday Village in Anniston

Santa Holiday Village - Sunny King Honda

Are you looking for something to do this holiday season? Check out Santa’s Holiday Village in Anniston and the Christmas Parade. You can listen to some great music, do arts and crafts, and get in the mood for the holidays. With fun things for people of all ages, you and your family can have a blast this winter in the area.

When & Where

Here at Sunny King Honda, we can’t wait for the holidays. According to the Anniston/Calhoun County Facebook Page, the Christmas Parade will be held on December 12 in Downtown Anniston. Headed down Noble Street at 3 pm, the parade will feature a range of floats, school bands, and even Santa Claus himself.

You can also visit Santa’s Holiday Village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Held on the corner of 10th and Noble street, the village will have live music, a holiday café, arts and crafts, local artists, and local vendors. There will also be a visit from Santa at the Holiday Village.

Charitable Contribution

The Holiday Village and Parade are free to the public. You can donate a non-perishable food item when you visit with Santa, as it will go to local food banks that are in need this holiday season. Be sure to plan your own winter activities today.

2018 Honda Odyssey’s Safety Features

2018 Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey arrives completely redesigned this year. Some notable changes include sliding second-row seats, lots of new technology, and available premium features to make the Odyssey more sophisticated than ever.

As for the Honda Odyssey’s safety, it has never been better. IIHS named it a 2017 Top Safety Pick+.

Standard features on all models include anti-lock brakes, a rearview camera, stability control, front-impact airbags, overhead airbags, side impact airbags, knee airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, seatbelt pretensioners, and an ignition-disabling security system.

Beyond these basic features, there are a lot of available safety features. The EX trim, which is just one step above the base LX trim, comes equipped with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning and mitigation.

For even more security, the Touring model comes equipped with front and rear parking sensors and HondaLink services. HondaLink adds extra peace of mind with mobile features that include Automatic Collision Notification, Personal Data Wipe that can reset your navigation system, enhanced roadside assistance with live help, and more.

Come test drive the 2018 Honda Odyssey at Sunny King Honda to see how safe you and your loved ones can feel with a signature Honda vehicle.

Have some Fun in Talladega, Alabama

Race Track - Sunny King Honda

If you are planning a trip to Alabama and you love racing, you have to visit Talladega. You can have the most fun in Talladega by visiting all of its local attractions.

  • Talladega Superspeedway.

    If you are town for a race, sit in the stands for some high-speed thrills. Even if it is not a race day, the track offers hourly van tours.

  • International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

    Take a stroll through this museum to take in some legendary racing moments in an up close and personal way. See some historic NASCAR vehicles along with other motorsports legends.

  • Walk of Fame.

    Take a stroll through Davey Allison Memorial Park in downtown Talladega and learn more about some of the legendary racers and moments in Talladega’s history.

  • Talladega Marksmanship Park.

    This outdoor shooting range is a great place to learn how to shoot or to hone your marksmanship skills. There are a variety of ranges for shotguns, pistols, and more.

  • Driving Experiences.

    If you want to know how it feels to be a racer, sign up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience or NASCAR Racing Experience.

If your trip to Talladega includes car shopping, then come visit us at Sunny King Honda in nearby Anniston for a great selection of new and used cars.

Top Fall Festivals in Anniston, Alabama

Fall Festivals In AnnistonIf you live in Anniston or anywhere in east-central Alabama and you’re looking for some fun things to do this fall, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of the best fall festivals in Anniston, Alabama. Check out this list and the many other festivals going on in the Anniston area!

One festival our staff here at Sunny King Honda is all excited for is the CWM FatTire Festival, a mountain bike race and festival with music, vendors, a beer garden, and much more.

Another festival is the Fall Freedom Festival. With brand-new 2018 Harley Davidson models, catering by Johnny’s Bar-B-Que, and great live music, this is sure to be a fun one for the auto enthusiasts like us.

Then there’s LOBSTERFEST 2017, which will take place this Saturday, October 21. With delicious lobster, family fun events, and live music, this is a great event for all ages, and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

If you’re looking for some authentic autumn activities, the Bellview Fall Festival, held on October 28, includes a hayride, candy, and a chili cook-off.

Finally, you don’t want to miss the Blues and Brews Festival, a—you guessed it—blues music and craft beer festival taking place Saturday the 21st at the AMP at Anderson Square. Featuring five music artists, the event costs $30 to attend at the door. You must be 21 or over.

The Sunny King Honda staff wishes you a wonderful fall!

Fall Car Maintenance Checklist

Fall Car Maintenance

Getting regular service on your car is the best way to keep it running for as long as possible. As we transition into fall, check off these essential fall car maintenance tasks to make sure your car is ready for winter.

 

Brakes

One task you should do is have your brakes checked. Fallen leaves, rain, snow and ice are frequent hazards of fall and winter weather, which make things much more slippery. Good brakes can be the difference between getting in an accident and avoiding one. If your brake pads or thin or you have other issues, get it repaired before the weather gets any worse.

 

Lights

Make sure your headlights and taillights are working, and if you notice they’re foggy or dirty, now is a great time to clean them. In snowstorms, fog, and other bad weather, you want to make sure you can see well, and that other cars can see you.

 

Oil Change

Get an oil change if you’re due for one, and change your wiper blades. If you live in a snow-heavy area or if you’re traveling to one, then you might want to consider winter wiper blades, which are better at combatting snow and ice.

 

Check Your Battery

Finally, have both your battery and your heating and cooling systems checked. Not only is this important for staying warm, but it also keeps your engine at a normal temperature. And batteries are much more vulnerable to dying in cold weather, so if it’s old or weak, consider replacing it.

 

These are just a few maintenance tasks you should complete during the fall. For more fall service tips, reach out to us at Sunny King Honda!

Things to Do in Anniston: Explore the Area

Mountain Bike In Anniston

Anniston, Alabama is a welcoming community with tons of events and activities. At Sunny King Honda, we’re proud to serve the Anniston area, as there is a wide selection of things to do. Whether you’d like to learn more about local history or see some of the coolest nearby landmarks, there’s something for everyone in Anniston.

Things To Do

One of the top things to do in Anniston is to visit the Anniston Museum of Natural History. This museum has tons of open-air exhibits, mummies, and more. There are educational programs offered by the museum, and many people will enjoy exploring the outdoor nature trails offered by the museum. Some of the central exhibits focus on North America and Africa, including ancient Egypt.

Next, check out the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail. Perfect for those who want to hike on foot or cyclists who want to explore off-road trails, the Coldwater Trail has everything you could ever want. With stunning views, challenging trails, and various flora and fauna, anyone can enjoy this trail.

Finally, stop by the Happy Hour Comedy Club. You can see some of your favorite performers here, eat great food, and have a good time. Few things compare to a local comedy club on a Friday night, so be sure to visit. These are just some of the many things we love to do around town, and we hope you’ll enjoy them too.