MotorWeek’s Drivers’ Choice Award Highlights

2018 Honda Odyssey | Sunny King Honda | Anniston, AL

Every year, since 1983, MotorWeek has presented its Drivers’ Choice Awards. These awards are handed out to the best vehicle from each segment depending on what you—the drivers—really want from a car. According to their website, this includes “price, practicality, performance and fuel efficiency.” This year’s awards made several worthy mentions of vehicles that we have here at Sunny King Honda.

Best Minivan – Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey was all-new for this model year, which is one of the reasons it was chosen by MotorWeek as their winner in this category. New comfort, new safety, new technology, and new family-oriented features all make this an excellent family hauler.

Best Small Car – Honda Civic

Thanks to its consistent reliability and intelligent design, the Honda Civic wins the Best Small Car award for the third year in a row. That’s, in part, is thanks to versatile variants including the Civic Si and the Type R Hatchback.

Best Family Sedan – Honda Accord

It turns out that the Honda Odyssey isn’t the only top-rated family hauler in the Honda lineup. The mid-size Honda Accord offers plenty of luxurious features, advanced technology and safety, and an efficient performance for a sedan that can’t help but stand out.

If you would like to get better acquainted with these award-winning Hondas, come visit us for a test drive at Sunny King Honda.

Bring on Spring 5k Run & Y Healthy Kids Day!

Bring on Spring 5k Run | Sunny King Honda | Anniston, AL

Springtime is a popular time for community races, which means it’s a great time to implement any New Year’s resolutions that have to do with getting fit. For neighbors of Sunny King Honda, the upcoming Bring on Spring 5k Run is an excellent opportunity for both exercise and community involvement.

The Bring on Spring 5k Run is being presented by Anniston Orthopaedics. The race will take place in downtown Anniston, Alabama on Saturday, April 28th. All participants will meet at Anniston YMCA for the 5K race, which will begin at 8am If you decide last-minute that you’d like to participate, or forget to register beforehand, the event does allow for race-day registration. Simply show up early, between 7am and 7:45am, to sign up before the race begins.

However, signing up before Saturday, April 11th will save you money with the early bird registration, which costs $20. After April 11th, registration will cost $25, or $23 for members of the Anniston Runners Club.

Once the race has finished, families are encouraged to stick around for the Y Healthy Kids Day®, a national event by the YMCA designed to encourage healthy living and lifestyle choices in kids.

Once you are finished running, though, if you are in need of a new vehicle, then head on down to Sunny King Honda, and we will help you find one to fit your active lifestyle.

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

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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

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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

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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!