Self-driving Honda Cars Are Closer Than Ever Before

Self-driving Honda Cars Are Closer Than Ever Before

More and more automakers are throwing their hand into the self-driving car market, and Honda is no exception. In fact, recently, Honda has expressed interest in working with Google on their Waymo project, which focuses on autonomous vehicles.

self-driving honda cars

Waymo reportedly already makes use of self-driving sensors, self-driving software, and an advanced computing platform, which would certainly help Honda catapult to the head of the game. These tech features are already being tested on United States soil, and soon, they could be tested in a Honda model.

Honda even announced recently that they would like to have self-driving vehicles on the road by 2020, which is getting closer every day, in an aim to reach a “collision-free” society. Not only would self-driving cars be convenient, but also, they would be much safer.

 

With automated sensor systems, self-driving vehicles would be able to communicate with each other instantaneously, avoiding collisions with both other cars and street obstacles. There’s no telling how many lives could be saved if there was an enormous shift toward self-driving cars on the road.

Would you like to see self-driving Honda cars on the market? Let us know what you think, or come visit us to check out one of our many currently available (driver-required – of course!) vehicles. We’d be happy to set you up on a test drive!

Honda Releases New 2017 Honda Pilot Information

2017 Honda Pilot information

While the new Honda Pilot for the upcoming model year isn’t entering a new generation or getting a redesign, customers will be happy to know from the brand’s recently shared 2017 Honda Pilot information that the SUV is getting quite a few upgrades and improvements. From expanding its powertrain options to getting new safety and tech features, the 2017 Honda Pilot has a lot of new things to offer that it didn’t last year, so make sure to check it out.

The 2017 Pilot already had an engine in its lineup that delivered 280 horsepower: the 3.5-liter direct injection i-VTEC. Now, however, buyers have another option in a 220-horsepower 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine. Both engines can be paired with either the standard six-speed or an available nine-speed automatic. Additionally, the new Honda Pilot also gets several new driver assist features such as lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control, plus compatibility with smartphone systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The release of 2017 Pilot information came ahead of its release. It’s available now at dealerships across the country at a price of $30,595 for the base LX trim. Other options, such as all-wheel drive and more equipped models, add more to the cost as you move up.

Enjoy Anniston Museum’s ‘Homes for the Holidays’ Event

Do you love to see how everybody decorates their houses for the holiday season? So does the Anniston Museum of Natural History. The museum will be hosting its annual Homes for the Holidays event on December 10th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., which involves a self-guided tour of homes in the area as outlined by Anniston Museum, so you can see all the ways in which local homes transform themselves into works of art in honor of Christmas.

This year, some of the homes included on the tour include the December traditions of Maggie Reynolds, Maggie Freeman, and Ann Welch’s downtown loft. You can even follow up your tour of these local houses and their light displays by stopping by the Anniston Museum of Natural History itself afterwards for some hot cider and warm cookies, so make yourself right at home with some holiday cheer!

The Homes for the Holidays event as celebrated by the Anniston Museum will cost $15 for members of the museum and $20 for the general public if you buy tickets in advance. However, if you wait until the day of the event, the price goes up to $25. You can also buy holiday bundles for large groups, so make sure to check the Anniston Museum of Natural History’s event calender for more information.

Homes for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Are you traveling for Thanksgiving? Hitting the road during the holidays can make some drivers nervous. Booking a flight and arriving on time can be stressful as well. Fortunately taking a few simple steps can streamline your holiday travels. Celebrate the holidays the stress-free way with these Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Sunny King Honda!

  • Travel Smart – Use your smartphone to your advantage this holiday season. Travel smart by using helpful apps to access flight information and make arrangements accordingly. Some apps even give a full layout of the airport, allowing you to find your gate as easily as possible. Drivers can check out real-time navigation apps that provide directions for the fastest route and avoid hazards that can tack on hours to an already long drive.
  • Call Ahead – Calling ahead before arriving at your destination can help relieve some of the stress of the holiday season. Doing so allows your hosts to finish what they’re doing and greet you rather than attempting to do both at the same time. Lower stress levels all around with a simple phone call this holiday season.
  • Pack Smart – Pack only what you need for the road and your flight. Avoid extra baggage fees and fighting with luggage by shipping extra clothes and similar items through the mail.
Redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V to Arrive This Winter

Redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V to Arrive This Winter

The redesigned Honda CR-V is expected to arrive at dealerships in winter and it’s sure to be something fierce. The all-new fifth-generation small SUV will boast improved fuel economy, performance, and plenty of other upgrades that set it apart from the pack. The 2017 Honda CR-V will feature a more aggressive stance, upgraded technologies, and much more.

The new Honda CR-V will boast a wider, more athletic look with LED headlights and taillights that accent the new styling. Inside, drivers can expect to see premium materials, like a soft-touch instrument panel, as well as a new infotainment system. The CR-V will also feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Honda is expecting best-in-class fuel economy ratings from both the turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. The latter engine also debuted in the new Honda Civic. Both engines will be mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission.

Since its introduction in 1997, the Honda CR-V has become the bestselling SUV in the United States with nearly four million units sold. This year, sales are up 1.5%.

It wouldn’t be wrong to expect great things from the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Trick or treat safety tips

Halloween conjures up images of all kinds of fun things: candy, costumes, smiles on kids’ faces, and all of the festivities surrounding the holiday. While it brings tremendous amounts of joy to children and adults alike, it is also important to take the proper safety measures to ensure that the holiday remains fun. Take a look at the following few trick or treat safety tips:

Plan a Route

Whether you are going with your child or sending them off on their own, it’s helpful to have a route planned out in advance to avoid any confusion.

Follow the Light

Make sure your child knows to stay in well-lit areas where people can see them.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

While some kids walk and trick or treat, others like to run from house to house to gather as much candy as possible. Make sure children are in comfortable shoes that won’t cause them to trip or injure themselves.

Check the Candy

At the end of the night, check the candy before your child consumes anything. Throw away candy that has been unwrapped or looks suspicious in any way.

Above all else, have fun. Your child only gets a limited amount of Halloween nights where they can trick or treat, so let them enjoy the evening to the fullest. You can even live vicariously through them.

New Honda Odyssey Changes Coming for 2017

Honda Odyssey changes
The current 2016 Honda Odyssey.

The Honda Odyssey is one of the most beloved minivans on the market, and people on the hunt for a new minivan are going to be treated to the newest model within the next couple of months. Although Honda Odyssey changes have already been announced, there are still some questions about what exactly it is going to look like.

One thing that you can likely expect is an upgrade to the technology features in the van. As more and more companies sign on with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, expect that upgrade to hit the 2017 Odyssey as well.

It’s also possible that the new vehicle is going to feature more Honda Sensing technology to make the vehicle safer. While the previous model featured the Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, this year’s model may feature new technology like the Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The exterior of the car is going to be a bit different than last year’s model, and we expect some design changes and possible changes to the lighting.

As the van will be released in the next couple of months, the speculation will be coming to an end. It’s an exciting time for Honda, so be on the lookout for the changes that they make to the 2017 Odyssey.

Vehicle Body Styles Explained: Finding Your Dream Car

vehicle body styles

There are a range of different vehicle body styles on the market. You can choose between sedans, coupes, SUVs, and crossovers. However, not everyone knows the difference between these various terms. In order to help you find the car that’s perfect for you, we’ve put together a post explaining some of the differences between these models.

According to Autotrader, an SUV is a sport utility vehicle, a model built on a truck chassis. This body style comes with a body-on-frame design, which means the body and frame are separate. This allows for a more rigid ride, which is ideal for harsh terrain and off roading. A crossover, on the other hand, comes with a unibody design. This is traditionally built on a car chassis, which makes it softer and smoother. The SUV is better for towing heavy loads and off-road adventures, while the crossover is ideal for everyday comfort.

What about a sedan and coupe? A sedan is the classic four-door design you see on most American cars. Technically, a sedan has more than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume, which makes it perfect for up to 4 or 5 people. Many families prefer the sedan. A coupe normally comes with two doors, and it has less than 33 cu ft of interior volume. This usually increases performance and adds sporty appeal, though you don’t have as much room as a sedan.

These are just some of the many important distinctions to keep in mind when buying a car. Now that you know the difference between coupes, sedans, SUVs, and crossovers, you’ll be better equipped to find your dream car.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Features: Rethinking Auto Design

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Features

Honda is set to make a stunning reveal of the new Civic Hatchback design at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Although the brand has already showcased versions of this model, this is the first time the mass-market version will be shown. With some new styling, packages, and features, we can’t wait to see the final product.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback features will include things like multiple powertrain options to select from. According to AutoGuide, this includes the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates up to 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Sport and Sport Touring models, on the other hand, come with 180 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Both a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a six-speed manual are available.

What else is new? The Hatch has sharp new styling, including a reshaped exterior that’s more aerodynamic than ever before. The rear roofline comes with a spoiler to improve airflow, while honeycomb paneling gives this model a bold appeal. The Civic Hatchback has some tech upgrades as well, including Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and a 7-inch display audio system.

Also at the Paris Motor Show, Honda will reveal the Jazz Spotlight Edition—a version of the Fit—and the Civic Type R. We can’t wait to see what Honda comes out with next.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors with Honda Camping Accessories

Honda Camping Accessories

Summer is without a doubt the best time of the year to explore the great outdoors. Honda has some of the best vehicles to take to the road to explore nature. So with the summer drawing to a close, now is the perfect time for one last great summer activity: camping. However, if you want to properly set up a camping trip, you are going to need the right supplies and the right vehicle. If you have a Honda, then you already have the second part taken care of! As for the first part, consider equipping your vehicle with these Honda camping accessories!

Tent Extension

One of the most obvious supplies that you will need for camping is a proper tent. The best part is that many of Honda’s vehicles can attach a tent right to the back of the vehicle!

Truck Air Mattress

If you prefer to sleep with the open sky above you, you can add an air mattress to the bed of your Honda Ridgeline and enjoy looking up at the stars during the cool summer nights.

Vehicle Awning

In order to escape to sun, consider attaching an awning to the side of your Honda vehicle in order to produce some shade.

With a good Honda vehicle and these camping accessories at your disposal, you are guaranteed to have an awesome camping experience this summer!