Honda Design Updates: CR-Z Hybrid Gets A Serious Makeover

Honda CR-Z

Honda design updates include enhanced technologies and better performance. The new 2016 CR-Z Hybrid Sport Coupe is getting some serious upgrades, from infotainment to exterior design. You won’t believe your eyes when you see this new model.

The new CR-Z Hybrid went on sale November 3rd, and car enthusiasts can’t get enough of it. According to Honda, the CR-Z Hybrid Coupe has a hybrid electric powerplant that gets up to 140 lb-ft of torque while retaining up to 39 highway mpg – pretty impressive for a sports car.

“Boasting an edgier, more chiseled look, the redesigned front end features sharp character lines that flow from the sheet work and terminate in an angular eight-point polygon grill. A sharp, blade-like front diffuser sweeps up from the center and dissects the front corners to form triangular fog light wells that create a wider look and feature prominent lower aero sills,” said Honda in a statement.

Infotainment upgrades include a 7-inch display audio touchscreen, Bluetooth, HD Radio and more. This model has three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L with manual, automatic, and continuously variable transmissions available.

Honda Airbag Recall: Takata Airbags Recalled on Older Models

Honda Airbag Recall

Honda recently recalled airbags for Honda and Acura Drivers. Committed to addressing the needs and concerns of customers, Honda has provided a list of vehicles that may be affected, as well as a guide on what to do if your airbags have been recalled.

According to Honda, the following Honda and Acura vehicles may have been affected:

  • 2001-07 Accord
  • 2001-05 Civic
  • 2002-06 CR-V
  • 2003-11 Element
  • 2002-04 Odyssey
  • 2003-08 Pilot
  • 2003-06 MDX
  • 2002-03 TL
  • 2003 CL
  • 2005 RL
  • 2006 Ridgeline

The Honda airbag recall affects Takata airbag inflators. Honda will inform all owners affected by these recalls and encourage them to contact an authorized dealer to schedule a repair. The company will also be increasing the supply of replacement airbags to speed up the process of repairs. Finally, Honda will work with dealers to provide a positive experience with customers by making available loan or rental vehicles.

The steps Honda is taking not only reflect its responsibility as an automaker, but also lives up to the trust customers have placed in the brand and products. For more information on affected vehicles, visit or call 1-888-234-2138.

Honda Project 2&4 Concept To Evolve

Concept cars are their own unique niche. Typically they appear in show rooms as a way for designers to exercise their creativity and simply aren’t feasible for mass production due to their unusual, experimental features and appearances. However, Honda‘s Project 2&4 concept could be evolving into something more instead of vanishing from the public eye.

The Project 2&4 concept is a collaboration between Honda’s vehicle and motorcycle design teams. The teams created the vehicle inside-out like a motorcycle, unlike cars, which are designed with a specific exterior in mind. Inspired by the 1965 Formula One race car that that won the Mexico Grand Prix, the Project 2&4 concept is powered by a 1.0-liter V4 from a MotoGP race bike, which gives the car 215 hp. The concept weighs less than 900 pounds.

Bizarre, futuristic creations like the Project 2&4 concept don’t usually have a chance to develop further after their initial debut at an auto show. However, positive reception of the vehicle has caused motorcycle designer Martin Petersson to look into a future for the project. In this case, he believes future iterations of the concept could be possible.

New 2016 Honda Civic Gets Complete Overhaul

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The 10th generation of the Honda Civic was rolled out in a Los Angeles show room recently and is being hailed as the “most ambitious remake” yet. The new 2016 Honda Civic is undoubtedly far more luxurious, stylish, and muscular than previous incarnations of the vehicle, and is said to resemble the CR-V in appearance.

The 2016 Civic is said to be longer and have a wider stance, granting it a more spacious cabin and extra room in the trunk. The sleek, fastback-style profile, pronounced LED headlights, boomerang-shaped taillights, and chrome grille all contribute to the new Civic’s bolder personality.

The exterior doesn’t get all the cool updates, however. Inside, you’ll find a new Display Audio System with a 7-inch touch screen that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The new 2016 Honda Civic also comes with an extensive list of safety technology, including adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and collision mitigation braking. For engines, consumers have a choice between a standard 2.0-liter and a turbocharged 1.5-liter.

The new 2016 Honda Civic was designed and engineered to live up to the popularity and success of the previous model, while improving upon the Civic’s looks, both inside and out. With more athletic styling cues and the latest in infotainment technology, the 10th generation model excels.

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.