North Carolina summers offer some of the greatest weekend trips and local events, designed to attract visitors from around the country. Of course, the warm climate and sandy shores make it a great place to vacation, even if you don’t intend on planning any events, although attending a summer festival can make any North Carolina stay well worth the trip. So, here are a few can’t-miss North Carolina summertime events recommended by us here at Bryan Honda!
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Lake Junaluska! This family-friendly event features live music, a parade, and square dance to lead into the night. A fireworks show over the lake starts at 9:30pm and makes for a great way to close out the celebration of American independence. Taking place on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Independence Day at Lake Junaluska is a must-attend event to celebrate the country we live in!
Christmas in July Festival
The Christmas in July Festival takes place on June 30th and July 1st. Live country music and street dancing makes up most of the 30th while the largest street festival in the county kicks off on the 1st. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, Civil War reenactments, and much more! Best of all, the event is free to attend!
North Carolina Black Bear Festival
North Carolina is home to the highest black bear densities in the world so it only seems right to celebrate it. Now in its third year, the North Carolina Black Bear Festival features a 5K, paddle event, mechanical bear ride, and more!
The 2017 Honda Civic Si arrived at dealerships not long ago, but customers are already snatching them up! An affordable price and impressive performance have made the compact car an impressive contender, and that’s not to mention the new technologies and convenience features in the new Honda Civic Si.
Available in either a coupe or a sedan, drivers can get behind the wheel of the new Civic Si for the same affordable price: $24,775 MSRP. The new model builds on the Civic EX, a value-oriented trim with plenty of standard features and a turbocharged engine that delivers 174 hp.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Civic Si without a few upgrades. Available with a six-speed manual transmission, the performance-driven model boasts a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.
That kind of power comes balanced with excellent efficiency, as the 2017 Civic Si earns up to an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/38 mpg highway.* Plus, the standard 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration software will almost certainly seal the deal for drivers of all ages.
The 2017 Honda Civic Si won’t top the lineup when it comes to performance, though—the Civic Type R would fit right in on the track and will start in the mid-$30,000 range.
We here at Bryan Honda can’t help but be impressed at the new 2017 Civic Si!
*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.
The firefighters of Fayetteville, North Carolina, have traded in their fire suits for aprons in their new show, “Cooking with Fire.” The Fayetteville firefighters cooking show teaches kitchen safety. It has become a big hit with the local residents.
“Cooking with Fire” gives the people of Fayetteville a look into the lives of the firefighters and lets them see what a firehouse kitchen is like. Angie Cimino-Locklear, the fire department’s Fire and Life Safety Educator, is the host. She brings on different firefighters to cook a meal and demonstrate different fire safety techniques.
Recently Cimino-Locklear teamed up with firefighter Corey Tedder to film two episodes on grilling, which featured meals like salmon and asparagus, hamburgers and corn, and roast potatoes. Tedder prepped the meal in the firehouse kitchen, and when it was time to grill the food they went outside to throw everything on the grill.
When the episode airs, it will include tips between scenes on fire safety focused on outdoor cooking. It especially focuses on what to do in the event of a grill fire. The viewer learns something valuable while having fun, and the firefighters get to have a good time and break out of the norm. The show is a great asset to the Fayetteville community, and at Bryan Honda we’re proud to be part of it!
The smaller version of the Pilot, which would have much of the same build but be built on a shorter wheelbase, would compete with other segment leaders like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge. Autoblog suggests the mid-size SUV may be around 187 inches long and be priced at about $27,000, squarely between the CR-V and the Pilot and on par with other vehicles in the segment.
WardsAuto came out with the news about the mid-size Pilot first, and while they have no guesses as to what the name will be, Car and Driver thinks they may revive the Passport moniker. Autoblog disagrees, saying it may go the way of Hyundai and Mitsubishi and call it the Honda Pilot Sport or just come up with an entirely new name.
Production on the new mid-size SUV will begin in September of next year. For more information on this or the Honda SUV lineup, give us a call at Bryan Honda!
A new homeless shelter opened in Fayetteville, North Carolina, earlier this month on March 14 and has proven especially helpful to local homeless men on cold nights. The shelter is made possible by Operation Inasmuch, an active non-profit in the community.
The 6500-square-foot facility has been in the works for three years, according to CBS North Carolina news, and its impressive quality shows that. The Inashmuch shelter was funded by the local community and has 40 beds, six bathrooms with hot showers, a kitchen, and a laundry room.
The homeless staying in the shelter are impressed with its quality and the opportunities it provides, letting them know about job opportunities like cashiering and truck driving as well as letting them wash their clothes and shower so they’re presentable for job interviews.
Stacy Sanders, who works with the county sheriff and has an office right in the homeless facility, is the go-to Fayetteville resident when it comes to the homeless population and has worked with the homeless for 13 years.
The shelter is open seven days a week, and they’re looking for volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let them know. The staff of Bryan Honda are proud to be part of a community that supports people down on their luck with facilities and projects like Inasmuch.
Using its versatile Ridgeline pickup truck, Honda has restored an OFA Little League Field in Houston that was damaged throughout 2016 by flooding. Honda donated $55,000 to the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project to get these facilities back up and running.
Honda performed a huge range of renovations and upgrades including regrading their fields, restoring their dugouts, replacing the protective netting, and installing new equipment for the concession stands. Local Honda dealers participated to make the renovations a reality as well as volunteers and the Honda Ridgeline truck.
The Honda Little League project is a reflection of the long-standing relationship between Honda and Little League Baseball and Softball. Honda has been a Little League sponsor since 1996 and has donated more than $1.2 million to underfunded teams in the last 21 years. Susie Rossick, the Assistant Vice President of Honda Automobile Marketing, said that “Honda is dedicated to helping young people strive to pursue their dreams” through the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project.
The Ridgeline, which was named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year, is packed with design innovations like an in-bed trunk that makes it the perfect truck for projects like this one.
For more information about the Honda Ridgeline or what Honda is doing for your community, give us a call at Bryan Honda.
When it comes to the minivan segment, the Honda Odyssey is a game-changer. With extremely thoughtful features like a rear-seat entertainment system, an in-van vacuum cleaner, and a 115V power outlet, there’s no doubt that this van is ahead of the curve. Yet, it’s about to become even more advanced, thanks to Honda’s investments in its northwest Georgia Plant.
When Honda’s Georgia plant receives $100 million in investments from Honda, it will be put towards developing the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles. The first vehicle to receive the new 10-speed automatic transmission will be the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Later, the same transmission will go into other Honda and Acura vehicles, but for now the Honda-engineered transmission is getting tested on the minivan.
So, why the change? The new 10-speed automatic transmission is expected to greatly increase fuel efficiency as well as acceleration. It should also change gears more quickly, making highway driving more productive and responsive.
Over 18,000 Georgians are employed at automobile factories of some kind. Honda’s new transmission isn’t just good for its lineup, but it’s positive for the job market, too. We can wait to test it out at Bryan Honda, and invite you to join us as soon as it’s available to test drive.
At Bryan Honda, we find that there’s no better way to greet warm weather than with a fresh, clean car. Here are three tips on how to get your car ready for spring inside and out.
From the tires to the engine to the paint job, winter can take its toll on a vehicle. Road salt splashes up onto the sides and cakes on underneath. The salt can cause corrosion and rusting if it’s not cleaned off. Take your car to a car wash where you can use a pressure washer to clean the undercarriage of your vehicle. Rinse off any other areas, or wipe down with a gentle detergent and a soft towel.
Check Under the Hood
Your vehicle’s engine components might need some extra love and attention too, after working hard all winter. Check to make sure everything looks in order, and top off any fluids that may be low. Now is even a great time to get an oil change and have your mechanic give your car a good once-over.
Gain A Clear Perspective
Be ready for those April showers by replacing your wiper blades. Your windshield can be washed off with some glass cleaner. Afterwards, coat it in Rain-X, which will help make driving in heavy rain easier and safer.
Are you the type to keep your car long after you’ve paid off your auto loan? Here are some tips to keep your vehicle running for what feels like forever.
Don’t Floor It
Accelerating quickly right when you put the keys in the ignition is a big no-no. When your engine is cold, that means the oil isn’t flowing properly yet, and forcing the mechanical parts to work hard right away means your engine is running with less lubricant – which means more damage in the long run.
The same way you shouldn’t put your pedal to the metal right away when you start your car, you also shouldn’t be slamming the brakes or quickly shifting from forward to reverse without coming to a full stop.
Follow the Service Schedule
I know, I know – getting your car checked so often is such a huge and seemingly unnecessary expense, but having your vehicle inspected regularly can catch damage before it becomes a much bigger – and more expensive – problem down the road.
Check Fluids and Tires Often
Gas, oil, coolant, brake fluid – all of these are crucial to keeping your vehicle in top working condition. It’s also recommended that you check tire pressure every other week, because improperly inflated tires can be hard on your car.
Listen to Your Car
Above all, trust yourself. You know what your car usually drives and sounds like. Listen for odd noises or any strange vibrations or clunks when driving; noticing the symptoms of a problem can prevent damage later on.
You can save a lot of money by holding onto the same vehicle for years. Keep your car in like-new condition by following these guidelines.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline surprised pickup enthusiasts everywhere this January when it swept into the North American International Auto Show and took home the ‘Truck of the Year’ title. Afterwards, critics and fans alike took a closer look at the new Honda Ridgeline to see what made it so great. The truth is that the 2017 Ridgeline is a jack of all trades that makes the pickup segment more accessible to a variety of lifestyles.
New Honda Ridgeline Specifications
The Ridgeline is a four-door truck that can comfortably seat five passengers in a well-appointed interior that looks and feels luxurious. The cabin has been redesigned to be more user-friendly and tech-savvy, making it a great option for drivers who need a family hauler but want a truck. This mid-size truck is also equipped for off-road handling and features available options like an in-bed trunk and audio system, which is great for drivers who love to tailgate.
A Family Truck
With all of the above, plus your typical midsize truck capabilities like towing and hauling and a whopping seven trim levels to choose from, it’s easy to see why industry insiders are calling the new Honda Ridgeline a “family truck.” From top-of-the-line safety systems to fun accessories that make entertainment on the go more accessible, the Ridgeline doesn’t compromise a thing.