Fall in North Carolina is a Sight to See


The treetops all around have lost the deep green of summer and, in exchange, are starting to get that golden under-glow of autumn. Fall in North Carolina has come. On the one hand, you could just sit by the window and stare at the leaves fall along your street. On the other, though, you could get in your car, hit the road, and see the multitudes of lovely fall locations all around North Carolina.

Head on down to Grandfather Mountain

This park gives you year-round spectacular views, but when autumn settles and all the trees for miles and miles turn every shade of yellow, red, and orange, it really is a sight to behold. Grandfather Mountain is great for both heavy-duty hikers and for the lover of a casual woodland stroll. However intense of an experience you’d like, there’s something for you at Grandfather Mountain.

Get close to the sea – and wild horses – at Cape Lookout National Seashore

Who says a trip to the beach can only be done in the summertime? Cape Lookout National Seashore is an absolutely stunning place all year round, and in the fall the surrounding foliage turns to unforgettable hues to make the experience even better. Plus, this beach is well known for its population of wild horses running free through the dunes (just don’t get too close). If you want to see something you’ll always remember, you’ve got to come to Cape Lookout National Seashore this fall.

Come to Asheville for the scenery and the city

If you’re looking for beautiful views but still want access to all your creature comforts, Asheville, NC is a no-brainer for your weekend getaway. Nestled into the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, this town has got the nature and the nightlife for you, your family, or even for a romantic rendezvous with your significant other.

Wherever you end up, if it’s fall in North Carolina, you’re bound to stumble into something beautiful.

Honda HR-V Collision Safety Score Rated Highest Overall

Honda HR-V

The 2016 Honda HR-V is making waves this month after receiving the maximum available score of five out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Collision Safety test. What does this mean? Just that the super-sleek and ever-stylish exterior of the HR-V is more than something pretty to look at; it’s also one of the safest, most reliable crossovers on the market.

Honda has been courting the highest overall collision safety score for a long while (and earning it more than once along the way). Honda has two of the world’s most advanced crash test centers in the world, one right here in the States (in Ohio) and another in Japan. Findings from these two facilities have been a driving force in worldwide progress in many fields in car safety, such as more responsive airbag technologies.

The Honda HR-V collision safety score, all five of those prestigious stars, might be the natural progression for a carmaker so far ahead in the safety game, but it’s still something Honda and owners (and prospective owners) of the 2016 HR-V should be happily celebrating.

American Honda VP Creates Intrigue with ‘Baby NSX’ Sports Car Comment

Acura NSX

Lovers of sports cars have been clamoring at the opportunity to own the second-generation Acura NSX, ever since Honda’s luxury brand previewed the sleek new machine at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

The second-generation NSX will feature a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC 3.3-liter V6 engine combined with an electric motor and nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will work in unison to produce more than 550 horsepower.

The only catch for some people is the MSRP of $150,000.

Luckily for them, John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, may or may not have leaked information about a smaller version of the Acura NSX, the ‘Baby NSX’, which would presumably come at a lower price.

“I can’t tell you anything about the ‘baby NSX,’” Mendel said to AutoGuide. “I could, but I’d probably get fired.”

This quote was made in response to patent illustrations released by the US Patent Office, which show Honda is at least is the process of designing a new sports car.

Whether it ever gets released or not is still to be determined.

Which Is More Fuel-Efficient: Driving with the Windows Down or AC On?

Windows down or AC

Fans of the popular TV show “MythBusters” might be interested to know the Discovery Channel program recently put a common fuel efficiency myth to the ultimate test.

If you’re not familiar with the show, it features geniuses Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, who scientifically test general myths and rumors to find out how true they are. This duo tested whether driving with the windows down or AC on during a hot summer day is more fuel-efficient.

Some auto experts have claimed that driving with the AC on is more fuel-efficient.

To test the myth, Savage and Hyneman traveled to Northern California’s Altamont Speedway and tested two identical SUVs. They both filled their vehicles with five gallons of fuel and traveled at the same speed of 45 mph. Savage drove in the SUV with the windows down and Hyneman drove with the AC cranked up.

The results were Savage’s SUV with the windows down traveled 15 miles further than Hyneman’s SUV with the AC on.

The MythBusters team thus “busted” the myth and proved driving with the windows down, at least at 45 mph, is more fuel-efficient than with the AC on.

How to Take Care of Your Car’s AC

Honda CR-Z

Can you imagine trying to get through the heat of the summer without air conditioning? Take five seconds to think how hot your commute home would be if you couldn’t turn on the AC. Now that you’re sweating, it’s time to tell you how to take care of your car’s AC.

  • Use it. The simplest way to preserve the life of the air conditioning system in your car is by using it. Make sure you turn it on full-blast for at least 10 minutes each week, including in the winter. This will help clear out any excess moisture to prevent mildew. Make sure you put it in defrost mode, too, to clear out that vent as well.
  • Get an AC refresh. About every two years, you should take your car in to get the air conditioning serviced. Haven’t done this in a while? Schedule an appointment today.
  • Check the coolant level. Make sure your car has enough coolant, also known as antifreeze. This keeps your engine from overheating and helps maintain your air conditioning.
  • Take advantage of it in the winter. Your air conditioning doesn’t just cool down the temperature, it also removes humidity from the air, which is a major part of making you feel comfortable. In the winter, when your windows get foggy, turn on the AC and they should clear up in a few minutes.

If you need any help tuning up your car’s AC, be sure to stop by Vann York Honda’s Service Department and we’d be happy to help!

Honda Scores Two Wins in Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Honda CR-V

How satisfied do you feel with your current vehicle? If you feel like you want more and find some of your current features disappointing, consider the 2015 Honda CR-V or the Fit. Both of these vehicles came away with the highest scores in their segments in the AutoPacific 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

“These two models represent Honda’s core and growth segments, and we’re gratified to know that our customers are satisfied with their purchases,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda automobile division at American Honda, in a statement. “Honda’s products are created by passionate engineers who take joy in producing the highest quality automobiles, and AutoPacific’s awards validate that enthusiasm, as well as tell us how well regarded the CR-V and Fit are in the industry.”

To get these results, AutoPacific surveyed over 66,000 new 2015 vehicle owners who rated their satisfaction in 50 different areas, including interior comfort, fuel efficiency, styling, and more.

Come take a look at these award-winning Honda vehicles along with the rest of the Honda lineup at Vann York Honda.

Honda 2016 Pioneer 1000 Promises Adventure


We all know that Honda makes great cars and motorcycles, and that they’ve recently taken on the aviation industry. But did you also know that the automaker makes some seriously fun off-roading machines? Known as SXS (side-by-side), these powerful and capable vehicles are built for both work and play.

Honda has announced that it will add two brand-new full-size models to its SXS lineup – the Honda 2016 Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000-5. Described as “groundbreaking,” the new flagship Pioneer 1000 offers a six-speed fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission, class-leading displacement and payload numbers, and a long list of available features and options.

The Pioneer 1000 is powered by a state-of-the-art inline, twin-cylinder, Unicam® 999cc engine, built specifically for the new SXS. Each Pioneer 1000 also comes standard with four-wheel-drive and a high-low sub-transmission and four-mode differential lock. Buyers can choose from the standard three-person model or the upgraded five-person model.

“We’re very excited about the all-new 999cc engine we’ve developed for these new Pioneers,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “We’ve also added the industry’s only fully automatic mechanical transmission—the 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. With steel gears, the DCT offers true engine braking, seamless shifting and a smooth, reliable transfer of power.”

Here at Vann York Honda, we invite all off-roading enthusiasts to check out Honda’s entire Powersports vehicle lineup at powersports.honda.com.

Summer Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Roadside Assistance

It is officially summer, and the short, cold, and dreary days of winter are officially behind us. With nothing but blue skies, sunny days, and long road trips ahead, it’s time to make sure your car is ready to handle those long drives and hot weather. Here is our recommended summer vehicle maintenance checklist.

Engine Coolant. Check to make sure the engine coolant is at the recommended level. Coolant levels should remain above the minimum required amount between service appointments, and if you notice a drop in your coolant level, it could indicate a problem. Keep an eye on it through the hot summer months, and have it checked out if you notice levels drop – doing so will help to ensure that your car doesn’t overheat, leaving you stranded.

Tires. Check your tire pressure and tread levels regularly. Hot air expands, which can cause you tires to become over- or under-inflated or cause the tires themselves to wear down more quickly than normal. Driving on over- or under-inflated tires is dangerous and inefficient, so it’s imperative to keep your tires filled to the recommended levels.

Air Filter. The air filter keeps dirt and debris from entering your car and your engine. Replace the air filter as often as needed (usually once a year) to keep the flow of air to your engine fresh. This will help your car to run at its most efficient levels.

Batteries. Batteries take the brunt of the winter months, when cold air can damage a battery’s ability to retain a charge. If you haven’t already, check your battery’s life to make sure you don’t find yourself stranded. If your car struggles to start, that could be an indication that you need a new battery.

Click here for other summer vehicle maintenance tips.

Here at Vann York Honda, we hope this checklist serves as a helpful reminder to maintain your vehicle through the summer months. Stop by our friendly and knowledgeable service department to learn more about summer car care!

Demand for Crossovers Soars: 2015 Honda Sales

Honda Civic

Hondas are selling like hotcakes – in fact, many Honda vehicles saw their best figures ever this year. In particular, the Honda CR-V had its best-ever April, rising 3.4% since March. The Honda Fit and Pilot also saw jumps in sales, proving how popular the new lineup really is.

According to Honda, 2015 Honda Sales numbers actually show that trucks and SUVs are on the rise. That’s why affordable vehicles like the CR-V and Pilot are selling so well – customers recognize that you get more bang for your buck with these models compared to competitors.

“With the CR-V and current Pilot selling so well, and the HR-V and all-new Pilot soon entering the market, our truck lineup is set to drive a very strong 2015 for the Honda brand,” said Jeff Conrad, general manager at Honda. “Though the scales are definitely tipped toward trucks at the moment, we’re really pleased at how Fit, Civic and Accord continue to outperform their rivals in the retail marketplace.”

What does this mean for you? Besides seeing more Hondas around, the increase in sales means that Honda will most likely put more money into crossover technology. Although we might not see this pay off for a few years, one thing is for sure: Honda is quickly becoming America’s favorite automaker.

New Honda HR-V Adds Depth to Brand’s SUV Lineup

2016 Honda HRV

The Honda CR-V is everyone’s favorite SUV already, but now it has a little sister as well. The Honda HR-V will hit showrooms like ours here at Vann York Honda very soon, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. The HR-V is basically the size of the original CR-V, but that makes it a small-sized SUV on today’s market.

The HR-V comes with a 1.5L gas-powered engine, great interior leg and cargo room, a seven-inch touchscreen, and even a standard rearview camera. Obviously, even for a first year model, Honda has really tricked this vehicle out. The HR-V is built on the same platform as the Honda Jazz, and comes with an affordable price tag that makes it seem like a very valuable pick on the SUV market.

That engine might seem small, but it helps you out in more ways than one. For one thing, it gets you up to 129 horsepower. But it also greatly decreases the car’s running costs. Equip it with a diesel engine and the CVT transmission, and you can get up to 71 mpg in this car.

Come see us here at Vann York Honda to learn more about the new HR-V today.