Honda Accolades: The KBB Most Awarded Brand

2017 Honda CR-V

 

KBB 2017 Awards

Honda has won a handful of awards for the 2017 lineup in the past; in fact, Honda was even named the Most Awarded Brand of 2017 by Kelley Blue Book (KBB). KBB is an industry leader in automotive reviews, offering objective evaluations of some of the industry’s most popular vehicles. And, it seems that Honda is the among the top on the market.

According to The News Wheel, Honda earned 28 awards from KBB for 2017 models, more than any other brand. Some of the top awards include recognition for having affordable cars, vehicles that are great for families, quality engineering, and more. The Accord earned the most awards, gaining recognition in seven areas.

“Honda’s extensive portfolio of cars and SUVs, as well as its truck and minivan, top decades of reliability and strong resale value with fun-to-drive appeal and thoughtful touches,” wrote KBB.com editors. “The Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline all won awards this year—including four Best Buy Awards—for a jaw-dropping 28 accolades.”

The Civic also won several awards, while the CR-V was the top scoring crossover. If you’d like a truly award-winning vehicle, check out the 2017 Honda lineup today at Sunny King Honda.

2018 Honda Accord is Being Redesigned

2018 Honda Accord redesign

For the 2018 model year, the popular Honda Accord is being redesigned. This next-generation model will offer buyers a more modern car with some great updates. One notable change is that Honda will no longer offer an Accord coupe model.

Buyers will get to choose from two turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a hybrid powertrain. In addition, there are three transmission options: manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT), or automatic. Honda will officially release efficiency information closer to the fall; however, we expect to see some gains in fuel economy, based on these updates.

Safety-wise, the Accord is receiving another big update. Honda says nearly 55 percent of the Accord’s structure will be made from high-strength steel to help withstand the forces of an accident. Additionally, every model will come standard with HondaSensing technology. This technology includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition technology, and more.

Inside, drivers will find an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system that works in a similar way to a smartphone, making it even more user-friendly.

The all-new, redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will be coming to Sunny King Honda this fall. Give us a call today if you want to be one of the first in line to take home this next-generation model.

 

How to Prepare for Back-to-School

prepare for back-to-school

The school year is right around the corner. If you are still counting down the days, here are a few tips on how to prepare for back-to-school season.

  • Get Supplies. Every school and classroom usually has a unique list of the supplies needed for the year. Make sure you get everything your child needs so they can have a great start.
  • Start early. If your kids barely got to school on time last year, plan to start the morning routine 10-15 minutes earlier to give you more breathing room and less stress.
  • Get homework done. Create a space for your kids to do their homework. If they have a specific area that has all the supplies they need (pencils, erasers, calculators, etc.), they will likely have more success.
  • Stay organized. Create a family calendar in a common space. Try using a large white board with color-coded markers for each member of the family.
  • Out with the old. If your kids are getting new school clothes, help them go through their drawers and closet and pack up clothes that are too small or out of season. This will make it easier for them to find the right clothes for school.

At Sunny King Honda, we hope everyone has a great start to the school year.

Introducing the Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R in Anniston, AL
2017 Honda Civic Type R

If you love the exhilarating rush of a powerful engine, you’ll love the Honda Civic Type R. It has all the features of a Honda Civic that you’d want while giving you that extra thrill that racecar enthusiasts love.

The Type R is special. Why? Because it’s the very first production Honda Civic Type R in the United States. That means it’s officially hitting American streets for the first time ever. To give back, Honda donated the very first Type R to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation so that they could auction it off.

You can get the Type R for yourself without bidding, though. And you won’t regret it. The Type R’s engineering lets you handle roads like a pro with features like limited-slip differential and a wide wheelbase for more control. All of these intelligent engineering features help this Type R take tight turns and corners smoothly.

The Type R’s turbocharged engine delivers 306 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful street-legal cars that Honda has put on the road. Even with all that power, the Type R still sports efficiency.

If the Honda Civic Type R sounds like the perfect sports car for you, contact us at Sunny King Honda for more information.

Honda Roadside Assistance

2018 Honda Fit - Honda Roadside Assistance in Birmingham, AL
2018 Honda Fit

When you’re a Honda owner, you’ll always be covered. Honda Roadside Assistance is here to help you when you need it most.

Starting with all 2015 model-year Hondas, you’ll get Honda Roadside Assistance for three years or 36,000 miles. With Roadside Assistance, you can get help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means that even if you run into trouble in the middle of the night, you’re covered!

Roadside Assistance doesn’t only include towing. Roadside Assistance can help you with winching, jump starting your car, fuel delivery when you run out of gas, a flat tire, or getting back into your car when you get locked out.

Honda also offers trip interruption services with their Roadside Assistance if there’s been a mechanical disablement of your car. This means that you can get compensation for any expenses that occur for three days after your car breaks down.

Another benefit that comes with Roadside Assistance is help with hotel reservations and rental vehicles upon request. In the event of an emergency, Honda will even help you contact people like your spouse or your boss if you’re stuck.

Honda is always here to help you out! Find the right Honda for you at Sunny King Honda and take advantage of this amazing Roadside Assistance.

Honda Owner’s Workshop on July 25 at Sunny King Honda

Honda Owner’s Workshop - 2017 Honda CR-V interior technology

We’re hosting a Honda Owner’s Workshop at Sunny King Honda on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The event will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, and all new Honda owners are invited. We’ll be demonstrating how to use Honda infotainment systems as well as introducing you to the service drive. Specially trained service experts will be there to answer any questions, and you can enjoy refreshments and win door prizes at the upcoming workshop.

One of the major things we will be covering is the HondaLink system. This system allows you to seamlessly connect your compatible Apple or Android smartphone to get access a vehicle guide, a parking reminder, service appointments, recall notifications, and roadside assistance, among other things. This next-generation technology comes in most new Honda models, allowing you to stay better connected than ever before. Plus, with the HondaLink app you can get updates about your car, remote lock/unlock, remote start, and locate a stolen vehicle, among other things.

The Owner’s Workshop will also provide information about service and repairs, like routine maintenance, service specials, and schedule reminders. You can meet our award-winning service team, and our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your new Honda. Mark your calendars for July 25 and remember to stop by Sunny King Honda.

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New Honda Civic Si: Sporty Performance Edition

2017 new Honda Civic Si

The Honda Civic is back and better than ever, including the much-anticipated Honda Civic Si. This high-performance model comes with new looks and improved engineering, making it better than ever both on and off the track. For those looking for a quality sedan with a bit of a twist, the Civic Si might be the right car for you.

According to Forbes, the new Honda Civic Si comes with upgrades like a 25-percent increase in torsional rigidity and a 100-pound weight reduction compared to previous models. You can also find features like a revamped front end, 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and a distinct center exhaust outlet. The Si is also 5mm lower than previous models, improving handling and aerodynamics.

“A car like the Civic Si certainly benefits from increased power, but the Si’s real focus is the total driving experience. Enhancements to the Si’s suspension and wheel/tire package keep the 2017 Si true to previous models’ reputation,” writes Forbes contributor Karl Brauer.

Under the hood a 1.5-liter turbo that gets up to 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Notably, the Si will use an active damping system, the first time this has appeared on this model. Want to learn more about the 2017 Honda Civic? Visit Sunny King Honda today for more information.

New 2018 Honda Odyssey Design is Overhauled

2018 Honda Odyssey Design

The 2018 Honda Odyssey design is bound to blow you away. This model is at the top of the minivan segment thanks to its bold styling, fuel-sipping powertrain, and innovative technologies. If you’re looking for a family hauler that will make life a little easier, check out the latest Honda Odyssey to hit the market.

According to Honda, the all-new Odyssey has seating for up to eight thanks to roomy three-row seating. The cabin has been reinvented to make driving more enjoyable, including features like CabinWatch and CabinTalk so you can keep an eye on passengers in the rear. Honda CabinControl lets control everything from temperature to music volume in the rear, while an 8-inch display touchscreen provides easy access to your command center.

“For families sticking it out with minivans, the 2018 Odyssey promises more convenience, more versatility, and—most of all—more technology,” reads the Car and Driver review.

One of the best new design features is the Magic Slide second-row seat. You can easily get into the rear thanks to the sliding capabilities of the second row, a simple yet important design change. Additionally, hands-free access to the power tailgate makes driving easier, while an advanced rear entertainment system is ideal for keeping children entertained. To learn more about the Honda Odyssey, stop by Sunny King Honda today.

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!