Monday, April 24, 2017

Honda Clarity EV and Plug-In Hybrid Make Debut

The New York Auto show is known as the place where brands unveil their latest concept cars and upcoming models. The Honda Motor Company certainly didn’t disappoint with their debut of the latest Honda cars, the Honda Clarity EV and Plug-In Hybrid models. At Keyes Honda, we know how much our Los Angeles, CA area customers love electric, hybrid, and fuel cell Honda vehicles and believe that they will be impressed with the latest additions.

The two all-new electrified Honda vehicles will join the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, to make the Honda Clarity the first ever vehicle series offering customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The Honda Clarity is one of the more spacious vehicles in its class, and features a sophisticated interior with bio-fabrics and plastics extensively used throughout the cabin to promote sustainability.

The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an all-electric driving range rating of 42 miles, and for longer trips, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can utilize its efficient 1.5L Atkinson engine to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source, resulting in an anticipated overall driving range rating in excess of 330 miles.

The 2018 Honda Electric is powered by a 161-horsepower electric motor that produces 221 lb.-ft. of torque by drawing power from a 25.5-kWh battery pack. The vehicle can be fully charged in just over three hours and is anticipated to have an EPA rule economy rating of 120/111/102 MPGe (city/highway/combined)*.

The Honda Clarity EV and Plug-In Hybrid are expected to reach dealers later this year. If you’re interested in learning more, please stop by your Van Nuys, CA Honda dealer and our expert team will walk you through the Honda Clarity lineup.

*120 city/111 highway/102 combined miles per gall of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, powertrain condition, and other factors.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Drivetrains at Keyes Honda

At Keyes Honda, when our customers are searching for a new or used Honda vehicle, one thing we often discuss is the drivetrain available on certain vehicles. The terms four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are all disused and we understand that it can be slightly confusing trying to navigate between the differences. We hope that this overview will help break down the basics of the drivetrain options available.

The basic drivetrain option available on most passenger cars sold in the U.S. today is a two-wheel-drive system in which the entire drive package—engine, transmission, differential, and the wheels that are driven by the engine—are in the front of the vehicle. This is called front-wheel drive (FWD). Some vehicles are equipped with a different two-wheel-drive system called rear-wheel drive (RWD). It differs from FWD in that a long driveshaft transmits power from the engine in the front of the vehicle to the driven wheels at the back (versus the front two wheels).

For those looking for a more dynamic driving experience should look at vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD). By distributing traction equally among all four tires, AWD systems improve the driving experience by providing better traction and handling. AWD can also improve handling in poor weather conditions. This driving system is great to have if you like having increased control around the bends and turns of the road. The Honda CR-V and Honda Ridgeline both have capable AWD systems.

If you are considering taking your vehicle off-road or using your vehicle for towing, then a vehicle equipped with four-wheel drive (4WD) should be on your list. 4WD also engages all four tires and provides better traction and towing. Like AWD, it is a good feature to have in difficult weather conditions like snow, and will help power the vehicle on rocky or uneven ground.

Come by our Los Angeles, CA area Honda car dealership for a test drive and try out the drivetrains systems on our new and used Honda car models

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Honda Driver Assist Technologies

The Honda Motor Company is constantly looking for new ways to keep drivers safe and alert when on the road. At Keyes Honda, we love the suite of parking and driver assist features that are available in many new Honda cars. Our customers are often seeking the latest and greatest in car technology and we believe they will be impressed with the newest technology features available. It varies by vehicle, but here are a few of the latest features. 

Get a better view of what’s behind you with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera that offers three different views: normal, wide and top down. This helpful feature offers a better view of what’s behind you every time you shift to reverse.

The Honda LaneWatch™ system helps when switching lanes. Just signal right and a small camera will display live video on your Display Audio screen to reveal nearly four times more than the passenger-side mirror alone. This feature is available on vehicles like the 2017 Honda Accord.

The Honda Sensing™ suite includes multiple driver assist features. Honda Sensing is available on numerous vehicles, including the 2017 Honda CR-V.

If your vehicle begins to stray from the center of a detected lane without signaling, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) feature adjusts the steering to help bring you back to the lane center. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow helps you maintain a set following interval on the highway, so you don’t have to manually change your speed, while Road Departure Mitigation System (RDMS) works with a small camera that sees road markers and alerts you if youre about to leave the road. The Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) helps brake the vehicle when it senses an otherwise unavoidable collision with a vehicle detected in front of you.

If you’re interested in learning more, stop by our Van Nuys, CA area Honda dealership and our sales team will be happy to walk you through the parking technologies available and the vehicles equipped with your preferred driver assist feature.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Honda CR-V History

For over 58 years, the Honda brand has produced innovative vehicles that are reliable, technologically savvy, and comfortable. At Keyes Honda, we believe one vehicle, in particular, has stood out over time as setting the standard for the compact crossover segment.

When the original Honda CR-V debuted in North America in 1997, its mission was simple: to offer a more compact and convenient alternative to the midsize and full-size SUVs that were gaining in popularity. The Honda CR-V was an instant hit. With a car-based design, economical four-cylinder engine and sedan-like ride and handling the Honda CR-V quickly became a favorite amongst drivers throughout North America. The Honda CR-V still offered plenty of passenger room and cargo capacity and found a loyal fan base with its perfect blend of size, power, and capability.

The Honda CR-V has been through a few redesigns over the years, the first one in 2002. The 2002 Honda CR-V saw a new i-VTEC engine and greater cargo space. In 2005, the Honda CR-V received a refreshed appearance and in 2010, the vehicle received a new aerodynamic look. Throughout the years, the Honda CR-V has remained true to its starting mission. Focusing on practicality, the Honda CR-V remains one of the best choices available in the crossover category. It is spacious, thoughtfully designed, has plenty of extras, and is backed by the exemplary build quality the Honda brand is famous for.

We are proud to carry the Honda CR-V at our Los Angeles, CA area Honda dealership, and look forward to showing our customers the latest Honda CR-V and its innovative features. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pet-Friendly Honda Vehicles

At Keyes Honda, we understand that when you’re searching for a vehicle for your whole family, that can mean a vehicle for your furry family member as well. Transporting your pet around can present some challenges, but more and more vehicles on the road today are equipped with features that can make taking your pet from point A to point B easier.

There are many vehicles in our extensive inventory that are very versatile and perfect for pets, like the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Honda Pilot. The versatile cabin of the Honda CR-V features standard 60/40 split-folding rear seating which offers drivers a variety of seating and cargo options to accommodate whoever or whatever you’re taking with you. The available power tailgate allows you to open your trunk with ease with the push of a button, and with the tailgate height-adjustability feature, it’s customizable for drivers (and pets!) of all sizes. If you have your hand’s full, the tailgate is also available with a hands-free option that allows you to open or close the tailgate with a wave of your foot under the bumper. Another pet-friendly feature included in the Honda CR-V is the dual-zone automatic temperature control system. When in automatic mode, the system will maintain the pre-set temperature by automatically cooling or heating as required, keep you and your pets comfortable.

If you need a vehicle with a bit more room, consider the 2017 Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot features one-touch second-row seats that automatically move forward with the push of a button, making it easier than ever to access the third row. With over 109 cubic feet of cargo volume when the 60/40 split second- and third-row seats are folded down, the spacious cargo offers plenty of room for the entire family.

Stop by our Van Nuys, CA area Honda dealership and let our friendly and professional staff walk you through all of the pet-friendly features found on the vehicles in our inventory.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric to Make Debut

At Keyes Honda, we love how the Honda Motor Company is always striving to push the boundaries of new car technology. They have long held a commitment to creating sustainable products and processes and have a strong dedication to reducing their environmental footprint. The Honda Motor Company has recently announced its intention to make two-thirds of its global auto sales from electrified vehicles by 2030. There are already a number of environmentally-friendly vehicles Honda car models, like the Honda Accord Hybrid, and two more are set to join soon.

The all-new Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric will make their official worldwide debut at the New York International Auto Show. The two all-new electrified Honda vehicles will make the Honda Clarity the first vehicle series to offer customers an expanded array of electrified vehicle choices with fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains wrapped in a sporty, spacious and comprehensively equipped five-passenger midsize sedan. Each Honda Clarity variant has a low, wide aerodynamic body with unique design elements. Combined with elegant and advanced exterior styling, the Honda Clarity series boasts spacious interiors outfitted with premium, environmentally-responsible materials.

The Honda Clarity Electric will be the first affordable, midsize, five-passenger battery electric vehicle. Combining an all-electric driving range rating in excess of 40 miles with a hyper-efficient gasoline-hybrid extended range mode, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will launch in all 50 states. Both vehicles keep the “fun-to-drive” DNA Honda vehicles are known for and each Honda Clarity provides a smooth, quiet and premium experience with great dynamic handling plus seamless advanced technologies.

We’re excited to see these two new exciting vehicles make their debut soon and can’t wait for the models to arrive at our Los Angeles, CA area Honda dealership! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Prepping Your Car for Warmer Weather

At Keyes Honda, we feel quite lucky to be located in the Los Angeles, CA area. We’re usually spoiled with abundant sunshine and warm temperatures. Though, as we start making our way into spring and summer, the temperatures can be extremely hot and it is important that you take steps to prepare your vehicle for the warmer weather.

Spring can be a great time to perform an annual cleaning and checkup on your vehicle. One thing you want to check regularly is the air pressure and tread on your tires. While the weather here allows us to keep all-season or summer tires on our vehicles year round, it is still important to continually check the air pressure and wear on the tires. Proper tire inflation assures the best possible contact between the tires and the road. An improperly inflated tire can overheat, potentially leading to a blowout on the highway.

Inspect other areas of your vehicle such as the air conditioning system and the wiper fluid and wiper blades. The rubber on your wiper blades can dry out in the heat, so it is important to have your wiper blades in good condition. Once you turn your A/C system on, pay attention to any strange noises or odors. If you suspect something strange, bring your vehicle to your Honda service center and let the expert technicians inspect your vehicle.  

The expert Honda service center at our Honda car dealership is ready to help you with all of your warmer weather vehicle needs. We will perform a full tune-up on your car and make sure it has the correct oil, the engine coolant is clear, and that all the belts and hoses are in good condition. We’ll also check to make sure all the parts of your car battery are functioning properly, as the battery tends to work even harder in the hot summer months. It is easy to schedule a service appointment online, and our technicians work extended hours to work around your busy schedule. We also have an extensive inventory of Honda parts to help fix or equip your vehicle to as new of condition as possible. We hope to see you soon!