Spring Car Care Tips

Spring Car Care Tips

Spring is here, and with the weather warming up it’s time to do a few easy maintenance tasks to help our cars recover from the harsh winter months. Follow these spring car care tips to get your car ready for the warm weather!

First of all, if you have winter-specific parts on your car, like winter tires and winter wipers, it’s a good time to change them out for all-season ones. Winter tires don’t work well in warm weather because their rubber is too soft, and winter wipers are better for snow than rain.

If you haven’t had an oil and filter change recently, get one now—your oil is probably dirty, since cold weather makes your engine work overtime. While you’re at it, have your fluids topped off and checked for leaks. You should also have your battery tested to make sure it’s still going strong.

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house! Give your car a thorough wash inside and out to make your windows easier to see through and prevent rust from the buildup of salt and other chemicals on your car’s exterior.

Check your air conditioning. You’ll want it working before the hot weather hits, so if something is wrong with it, get it fixed ASAP! If you need to schedule spring service for your car, give us a call at Sunny King Honda.

Honda Horn Emoji: A Communication System for the Modern Driver

For April Fools’ Day, Honda put out a hoax Honda Horn Emoji - Sunny King Honda - Anniston, ALpress release and video announcing that “car horn emojis” would be included in the 2018 Honda Odyssey, calling it an “integrated vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-human communications system for the modern driver.”

 

In the video, an actress playing a “Honda Dream Labs” employee introduces the Honda Horn Emoji as “a full range of expressive horn sounds” connected to emojis that let you use your horn to react in any situation. The Odyssey in the video has a range of recognizable emojis on its steering wheel, from a smiley face to a frowning face to a puppy emoji.

The emojis have practical purposes too—the dog emoji is silent to humans but can be used to warn dogs that vehicles are approaching it. Quoting the Honda engineer in charge of “horn development,” the press release states that Honda Horn Emoji is “the industry’s most advanced in-vehicle technology in the minivan segment.”

The press release goes on to explain the development of the Horn Emoji in detail. We’re glad Honda had fun with April Fools’ Day this year—and if you’re really interested in Honda Horn Emoji becoming a reality, file your suggestion at Sunny King Honda!

USA Cycling Pro Road Tour Kicks Off with Sunny King Criterium

Cycling has grown in popularity amid a social climate that puts a focus on health. The Sunny King Criterium takes cycling to a whole new level and features amateur and professional racers alike. This race, which takes place right in our hometown, kicks off the official USA Cycling Pro Road Tour!

Hundreds of races make their way to Anniston to take part in the premiere race. The Criterium is a lap race which means attendees will see cyclists of all ages and backgrounds flying at speeds up to 35 mph. The Sunny King Pace Car will lead the way!

The course is closed to traffic and stretches about a mile in distance. Sharp turns make for an exciting race as racers exceed the 30 mph mark with relative ease. The Sunny King Criterium will cover the square in downtown Anniston.

Cyclists will lap the course for a set number of minutes and the first to cross the finish line on the last lap prior to time running out is the winner.

This year’s race will be livestreamed through www.annistoncycling.com and a variety of other cycling websites. Brad Sohner will commentate the show while Frankie Andreu will host in a crowd of spectators.

We here at Sunny King Honda are pumped for the Sunny King Criterium this April!

Sunny King Criterium

Don’t Miss the 2017 Noble Street Festival

The Noble Street Festival is coming up fast which means it’s time to loosen your waistband and hit the road! The festival features a dozen of the community’s best restaurants as well as plenty of other attractions. Bike races, live music, and regional artists will be a part of the festival so this is certainly something you don’t want to miss.

“Taste on Noble” is a signature attraction of the festival and features delightful dishes from 12 area restaurants. Tickets can be purchased from BB&T tents throughout the festival. Be sure to use what you pay for as they can’t be refunded.

Some of the more well-known restaurants include Bonnie Ray’s Bake Shoppe, in business for 23 years, and Mata’s Greek Pizza, open since 1980. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of foods, including ribs, cookies, cupcakes, pizza, and much more!

Art will be on display at 930 Noble Street. Regional artists and JSU students will have their artwork for sale. There will even be line demonstrations and a community-involved project as well.

The Scion KidZone will feature a number of fun activities for kids, including a duck pond, rock climbing wall, face painting, and snow cone machine.

We here at Sunny King Honda can’t wait to attend the Noble Street Festival this year!

‘Good Housekeeping’ Gives ‘Best New Sedan of 2017’ Title to Honda Accord

Best New Sedan of 2017
Honda Accord – Best New Sedan of 2017

Each year, more and more automaker pour additional cars into the midsize sedan segment, making it one of the most competitive categories in the industry. So when Good Housekeeping names the new Honda Accord as the Best New Sedan of 2017, you know the accolade means something.

Good Housekeeping worked with Car and Driver to come up with their “Best New Cars Awards for 2017” awards, of which the 2017 Honda Accord took home the sedan title. The vehicles were chosen based on “value, safety, smoothness, handling, interior design and comfort, and onboard technology.”

Specifically, the Honda Accord Sport was praised for its excellent gas mileage, its spacious interior, and the long list of safety features available, courtesy of the Honda Sensing Suite, including Lane Keeping Assist and much more.

Given its versatility, style, and affordability, the new Honda Accord is an ideal choice for nearly and driver. If you have ever taken the model on a test drive, we are sure that you would agree.

You can read more about the Honda Accord win in the February print edition of Good Housekeeping. For additional information or to check out the 2017 Honda Accord in person, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Sunny King Honda!

Incredible 2017 Honda CR-V Features Make It One of Country’s Best-Selling Cars

Incredible 2017 Honda CR-V Features Make It One of Country’s Best-Selling Cars

The new 2017 Honda CR-V is bigger and better than ever before, so it’s no wonder that the model was recently named one of America’s best-selling cars, right next to the new Honda Civic. Of course, the Honda CR-V has been popular for years, but the 2017 model has truly raised the bar.

2017 Honda CR-V features

To begin with, various trim levels for the Honda CR-V are fueled by a 1.5-liter turbo engine that gets up to 190 horsepower, offering a smooth, powerful drive. Plus, the engine boosts the model’s fuel economy, now sitting at up to 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

The new Honda CR-V is also being celebrated for its top-notch driving dynamics, interior space, safety programs, and even its affordability. Between its low starting MSRP and impressive fuel economy, there’s no telling how much you could save.

2017 Honda CR-V features

Lastly – and more important than ever, during the winter months – the new Honda CR-V comes with all-wheel drive, protecting you on snowy and icy roads. This also makes the model perfect for light off-roading adventures.

Want to learn more about the new 2017 Honda CR-V features? Stop by and visit us anytime at Sunny King Honda, and we will be happy to set you up on a test drive!

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.