2013 Honda Accord Boasts Impressive Technology Array
The Honda Accord is a vehicle renowned throughout the world, mainly because of its ability to transport individuals and families with style, efficiency, and reliability. A lot of the advancement in these characteristics though, is based in Honda’s favoritism of the Accord, always installing the latest and greatest from the Honda research and development departments into this incredible vehicle. Here’s a list from Honda of El Cerrito of the Accord’s cutting-edge capabilities.
·intelligent Multi-Information Display – An 8” screen displays text messages, Pandora® music information, USB Audio, performance statistics, and a digital photo wallpaper.
·HondaLink™ – Your portal to a myriad of services: music, media, information, entertainment, and more. All this is available with Bluetooth and hands-free connectivity.
·Push Button Start – Fumbling with clumsy, clanging keys is a thing of the past. When you and your key fob are inside the Accord, press the engine start button, and begin your driving experience.
·Eco Assist™ – Bars on either side of the speedometer change from white to green depending on the fuel efficiency of your current driving. Stay in the green to save your green.
·ECON Button – In the 2013 Honda Accord, you choose the driving experience that you want. Push the ECON button to maximize fuel efficiency and push it again to return to normal mode, allowing better performance without as much consideration for fuel use.
·Earth Dreams – The baseline engine for the 2013 Honda Accord is a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, Earth Dreams 4-cylinder engine that utilizes Variable Timing Control™ to minimize fuel use and maximize the power from each drop of gasoline.
·Forward Collision Warning – A small camera mounted at the top of the windshield will detect vehicles in front of you and activate audio and visual alerts to make you aware of any arising issues.1
·Lane Departure Warning – The same camera system used for FCW will also track lane markings on the road and your driving habits. If you drift away from the lane markings into trouble, visual and aural alerts will notify you of the situation.2
·Honda LaneWatch™ – When you signal to the right, the i-MID screen will display live video of what’s going on in your peripheries, a view nearly four times greater than just using the side mirror.
 FCW cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
 LDW only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
Honda Civic Is First Compact to Earn Highest Safety Pick
The Honda Civic has long been known as the go-to vehicle for families and individuals off all lifestyles that seek a consistently comforting and rewarding driving experience. On top of this, the Civic has proven itself as a safe option. Now though, the 2013 Honda Civic is the safety option after becoming the first compact car to earn Top Safety Pick Plus recognition.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ran a series of tests that showcased the Civic’s mettle. The car received the highest ‘good’ ratings in frontal and side impact tests, a rear seat-based impact test, a roof-strength test, and the newest small overlap frontal impact test.
The Top Safety Pick Plus award is a new title that is given when a vehicle receives a ‘good’ rating in the new small overlap frontal impact test. This test is designed to simulate when the front end of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or a utility pole—one of the most injurious and deadly types of collisions.
A lot of the Civic’s strength comes from its second-generation ACE body structure. The ACE II design, combined with higher-strength materials that reinforce the cabin, has provided a cockpit that is safe, in addition to being technologically abundant and quite sumptuous.
Visit us at Honda of El Cerritotoday to find your new 2013 Civic.
Honda wins three big awards in Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Brand Image Awards study.
At Honda of El Cerrito, we are proud of the strong reputation that Honda has built over the years. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Honda has won three awards in Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Brand Image Award study.
Honda was named the ‘Best Value Brand,’ the ‘Most Trusted Brand,’ and the ‘Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand,’ giving it the most awards of any other car brand. This is Honda’s third year in a row winning the ‘Best Value Brand’ award, as well as its second year winning the ‘Most Trusted Brand’ award.
"These awards demonstrate how customers recognize the tremendous quality and value of our products, reflecting the incredible competitive strength of the Honda brand," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The winners of the Brand Image Awards are chosen based on results from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence’s BrandWatchTM study, which gathers brand perception data from 12,000 new-vehicle shoppers annually on KBB.com.
The ‘Best Value Brand’ award honors automakers that combine affordability, reliability and impressive resale value across their lineup of new vehicles, while the title of ‘Most Trusted Brand’ award is given to brands that build positive reputations with consumers. Honda’s high average score across all categories earned it the biggest award of all, the ‘Best Overall Non-Luxury Brand.’
Come see for yourself what makes Honda such a popular brand with American car buyers. Stop by Honda of El Cerrito soon to see our lineup of reliable and affordable vehicles.
The Honda Ridgeline is a rather unique vehicle, sitting in size between midsized trucks and full size trucks, and that allows it to combine some interesting features that will appeal to its customer base. The slightly body smaller size, fully independent suspension, and the smooth 3.5 liter V6 engine means that it tends to drive more like a large car or SUV than a traditional truck, so it’s best to see the Ridgeline as a four seat SUV that just happens to have a tray on the back. In addition, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline has an impressive set of standard and available features to suit a variety of drivers.
The Ridgeline comes with 17-inch steel wheels, power rear window, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, cruise control, trip computer, and a 6-speaker audio system with CD player and MP3/WMA Playback Capability. On the Sport trim, an auxiliary audio jack is included, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, foglights, privacy glass, and an upgraded exterior trim.
The Ridgeline RTS has all of the RT’s standard features along with dual zone climate control, so there’s no struggle for temperature between you and your passengers. This trim also features 17-inch alloyw wheels, rear privacy glass, an 8-way power driver seat, and 7-speaker audio system. The top-level RTL also boasts 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, foglights, sunroof, satellite radio, and a 115-volt power outlet for running laptops and other high voltage use devices.
On the RTL, drivers can choose to add the Honda satellite-linked navigation system. This feature includes voice recognition and a compass and serves as a display for the rearview camera. Without navigation, the camera view is displayed on the rearview mirror.
The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is a surprisingly well-equipped vehicle that also has the performance you need. Visit our dealership for more information.
Whether you’re looking to save the planet, lower America’s dependence on foreign oil or just trying to save money at the gas pump, you’ve probably thought about purchasing a hybrid car. Before doing so, make sure you understand what a hybrid car is and what the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid cars are.
What is a hybrid car?
The term hybrid means an object of mixed origin. The two objects of mixed origin in a hybrid car are its motors-- one being a gasoline powered motor, the other an electric motor (although there are hybrids that use alternative fuels such as liquid nitrogen and solar power, the most popular hybrid brands use an internal combustion, gas powered engine and an electric powered engine). A hybrid vehicle also contains a system used to transfer breaking energy into an on-board battery. Once considered a product made mainly by foreign car companies, American automakers are catching up. According to AOL Autos, top-selling hybrids in the United States in 2010 include foreign made-- the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight, the Toyota Camry-- and American made hybrids-- the Ford Escape, the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ.
What are the advantages of owning a hybrid vehicle?
There’s a reason hybrid vehicles are gaining in popularity. Advantages include the following:
- Hybrid cars are environmentally friendly. Because they use an electric motor while idling, especially useful in stop and go traffic, hybrid cars emit less exhaust. Environmentally conscious individuals living in large cities can reduce pollution by driving a hybrid.
- Hybrid cars get better gas mileage. Saving the environment is cited as a major reason for buying a hybrid car, so you’ll do your part to save the planet even if you really bought it to save money on gas.
- Hybrid cars are more efficient. Most come with a much longer warranty than a gas powered vehicle, so even if it does break down, you won’t have to pay for it.
- Governments want you to buy a hybrid vehicle. In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, governments around the world have instituted tax breaks to offset the higher cost of hybrid vehicles.
What are disadvantages of owning a hybrid vehicle?
Before you trade your gasoline powered car for a hybrid, educate yourself on the disadvantages of owning a hybrid.
- Hybrid cars cost a lot of money. Although the price is coming down, especially with government subsidies, hybrid vehicles cost more than standard vehicles. Throw in the fact that hybrid technology is developing at a rapid pace, you may be replacing an obsolete hybrid with a more efficient hybrid sooner than you want to.
- Hybrid cars have a low resale value. Combine quick obsolescence with expensive batteries that last about ten years and you get a lower demand than you would for a standard vehicle.
- Hybrid batteries cost a lot of money to replace. You better hope that warranty is in effect when the battery is damaged or you’ll be digging deep into your pockets to replace it.
It’s clear that hybrids will be on the market in years to come. Now that you’re equipped with knowledge, you can decide whether or not you’ll buy one.
A long car ride can be the start of a great vacation, away day or family gathering. After a few hours in such a confined space, though, it's unsurprising that tempers can fray and muscles can start to ache. One of the most important ingredients for any road trip comes in the shape of the food and snacks that you take along the way.
Choosing the right snacks can ensure that you feel less tired and give you a burst of energy. They can keep your appetite in check, without spoiling a bigger meal and they can also be a sociable way to distract attention from yet another mile of highway. Of course, some snacks are better than others. So what makes a good snack on a long journey?
Convenience is, of course, a major factor when it comes to snacks for your road trip. Any food that needs to be prepared or is difficult to eat with fingers is probably not suitable for a long road trip. Fruit and vegetables make great travel snacks and are best cut up into bite-sized chunks or strips. Any that might roll around (such as grapes or olives) might be best eaten on cocktail sticks, and very juicy fruits should be avoided as they can easily make a mess.
You don't really want very strong-smelling foods either. When you're stuck together in a car for several hours, even if you have the windows open, strong odors will linger for a long time and the smell can transfer to your clothes. Light, odorless foods are great, so try strips of cooked chicken. These are tasty and nutritious, but don't have a strong smell.
Healthy foods are important too. It's easy to rack up the calories when you are bored, and potato chips or chocolate snacks that are high in fat will quickly fill you up without any real nutritional value. Pretzels, soy nuts and dried fruit make much healthier snacks and can appeal to passengers with a sweet or savory tooth. They're also light, easy to carry, and easy to share, which makes them a great choice to hand around to everybody in the car.
Sandwiches are an eternally popular choice for road trips, given the versatility of fillings that you can go for. Bread isn't necessarily the best choice for a long trip, though, as some fillings can make it go soggy quickly. Try switching your favorite sandwich fillings to a bagel. Sliced in half and then filled as per a normal sandwich, bagels are healthier, will leave you feeling fuller for longer, and don't go soggy or lose their texture.
Of course, drinks are important too. Avoid gassy, carbonated drinks as they tend to lead to that horrible bloating feeling. Opt for fresher, fruitier drinks that can be frozen before you travel. This is particularly useful if you are traveling in warm weather, as they remain cold for longer and will act like an ice pack alongside any other food that needs to be chilled. Fresh lemonade works particularly well as a road trip drink. It's tangy, refreshing, can easily be frozen and thawed, and appeals to most people. Iced tea is another great alternative.
Planning a great road trip means thinking about what you are going to eat and drink while you are on the move. It pays to think practically and creatively to come up with some menu ideas that can keep the whole family happy until you reach your destination.
A cold pasta salad is one of those dishes that is not only delicious but feels distinctly healthy and nutritious. They can be served as a main course, as a side to something like a grilled meat straight off the barbecue and are perfect as picnic food. A pasta salad is also a good way of using up leftover ingredients such as cooked meats, salad ingredients and store cupboard staples including that nearly empty packet of dried pasta shapes. Pasta by itself is quite dull so the dressings are all important, bringing together all the different component parts into a unified whole.
SUNSHINE PASTA SALAD, Serves 4 as a side.
This version of a classic pasta salad takes inspiration from the Mediterranean, Greece in particular, and is best eaten outside in the sunshine perhaps as part of a family picnic. Cooked pasta is marinated overnight in a herb-infused dressing before the rest of the salad ingredients are added at the time of serving. Try and use fresh herbs as dried ones won’t have the same impact and don’t hold back on the quantities.
Dried Pasta, whatever you have.
For the marinade:
Small handfuls of fresh Basil, Oregano, Parsley and Mint, all chopped together.
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Wine Vinegar (White, Red, Cider, Sherry, whatever)
Sea Salt and Black Pepper
For the salad:
1 Red Pepper, chopped roughly
1 Green Pepper, chopped roughly
2 Large Tomatoes, de-seeded, chopped roughly
Handful of Olives (whatever you can get / afford)
100g Feta Cheese, broken into chunks
Extra Wine Vinegar
Sea Salt and Pepper
1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
2. When cooked and while still hot, add the marinade ingredients and allow to cool. Leave for several hours or overnight.
3. When ready to serve, combine all the salad ingredients with the pasta and mix well.
4. Adjust the dressing with a little extra wine vinegar, olive oil and seasoning.
- Wonderful served with grilled chicken, eaten outside in the sun with a nice glass of chilled dry white wine.
- Try and stick to roughly a 3:1 ratio of oil to vinegar when making the marinade.
- The pasta will keep marinating in the fridge for 3 or 4 days.
- Vary the herbs in the marinade but avoid ’woody’ ones like Rosemary or Thyme that could overpower the dish.
- Vary the salad ingredients too. Try de-seeded and chopped cucumber, artichoke hearts, blanched broccoli or sliced radish.
THAI BEEF SALAD, Serves 2 as a main.
While pasta is not a typically far-eastern ingredient, it can be used to great effect when paired with some oriental herbs and spices. The measurements here are deliberately vague in this version as it’s a case of ’use what you have’.
Dried pasta, your choice, cooked according to the packet instructions.
Sirloin or Rump steak, cut into thin strips.
Mushrooms, your choice, sliced or whole, as you like.
For the pasta salad:
Cucumber, roughly chopped into 1cm cubes
Cherry Tomatoes, halved
Spring Onions (Scallions), roughly chopped.
1/2 Green Pepper, chopped finely
1/2 Red Pepper, chopped finely
1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted in a dry pan.
Beansprouts, Baby Corn, blanched French Beans, sliced Radish, blanched Broccoli
For the dressing:
1 red chilli, chopped finely.
2 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Fish sauce
1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
3 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Coriander
1 tsp crushed Black Pepper corns
A squeeze of lime juice
1. Combine the cooked pasta with all the salad ingredients and mix well.
2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jam-jar and shake to emulsify.
3. In a very hot pan or wok, throw in the strips of beef with a little seasoning.
4. Stir fry for absolutely no longer than a minute.
5. Remove, add a splash of soy to the beef and allow to rest for a couple more minutes.
6. Meanwhile, throw the mushrooms into the pan and cook for one or two minutes. You may need to add a teaspoon of oil if it’s too dry.
7. After cooling slightly, add the beef and mushrooms to the salad along with the toasted sesame seeds and mix well.
8. Add the dressing while the beef and mushrooms are still hot and give everything a final toss. Don’t forget to taste as the salad may need final adjustments of oil, soy or vinegar. There should be a nice combination of sweet, sour and salty flavours.
- Cooked noodles will work just as well instead of the pasta.
- Use as much chilli as you dare. The amount of chilli mentioned here is enough to give a slight background heat. Thai food tends to be quite hot but adapt to suit your own taste.
JULIES TUNA PASTA SALAD
A good friend of mine, Julie, came up with this simple, delicious and colourful pasta salad.
Dried Pasta, cooked according to the packet instructions then rinsed under cold water.
1/2 Green Pepper, finely chopped
1/2 Red Pepper, finely chopped
1/2 Yellow Pepper, finely chopped
Cucumber, de-seeded and roughly chopped.
Cherry tomatoes halved.
1 tin tuna
2 eggs, hard-boiled, very roughly chopped.
Red Onion Dressing:
1/2 red onion, sliced very thinly.
2-3 tbsp Red wine vinegar
5-6 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
1. Combine the red onion with all the other dressing ingredients and allow to sit for at least half and hour.
2. Add all the salad ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
3. Add the dressing to the pasta salad and toss, making sure everything is coated.
4. Taste before serving to ensure it is seasoned well and the flavours are nicely balanced.
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