Kansas City Sports Tailgating

Tailgating is a great way to socialize, have fun, and support your favorite team! Kansas City fans literally live and breathe the “Go big or go home” motto, as the city is known for its massive tailgates in Kauffman Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know about Kansas City sports tailgating from us here at Lee’s Summit Honda! Get out and support the Royals this upcoming season!Kansas City Sports Tailgating

Before you pack up and head out, take a few minutes to review the rules to avoid any trouble.

First, guests will have to enter the game or leave the area following the end of the first inning. Don’t save spaces or buy additional spaces. Avoid blocking the roadway and try to stick to the space around your vehicle.

The Kansas City Royals are known for attracting massive crowds and that always leads to an active tailgating area. People even arrive hours early to set up.

“People stake out the parking lot five hours in advance so they can set up their whole spread,” said Kerry Funk. “Everybody that has a legit tailgate has some sort of grill going on, and I think that is pretty synonymous with Kansas City.”

Load up your grill, grab a cold one, and head out to support the Royals this season!

Winter Driving Tips For Staying Safe in the Snow

Need to get through snow and ice during your daily commute? Follow these winter driving tips to keep you, your car, and other people on the road as safe as possible when nature seems to be working against you.

Pack an Emergency Survival Kit

Things like blankets, extra clothes, gloves, water bottles, a flashlight, batteries, and whatever else you deem necessary can become crucial if you end up stranded.

Clear Off All Windows

Visibility is key in slippery or snowy road conditions. You need to be able to keep an eye on other drivers, so make sure you clean off the front and back windshields, all windows, and both side mirrors.

Check Tires and Gas Tank

Having properly-inflated tires is a must, as deflated tires have less traction and use more fuel. Additionally, don’t let your gas go below half a tank; you may need to run the heat in your car if you slide off the road.

Put More Distance Between Cars

If roads are slippery, stopping will take longer no matter how hard you hit the brakes, so make sure to take your time, drive slow, and put extra distance between you and the car in front of you.

Don’t Drive

This seems obvious, but it’s sound advice. If you’re worried about the roads and can avoid driving, don’t drive. It’s always better to trust your instincts.

Above all, these winter driving tips can be summed up with “be careful” and “be prepared.” It’s always good to be ready for any situation and to tread with caution. If your care needs to be prepped for the winter, schedule a service appointment at Summit Honda’s Service near Kansas City MO!

Next-Gen Honda Ridgeline Named Truck of the Year

The next-gen Honda Ridgeline was introduced with an all-new design for the 2017 model year last summer, and was met with wild success when consumers were drawn to its more American-inspired appearance. The panel of 60 judges at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show recognized this incredible success and innovation by sizing up the Ridgeline among a variety of other competitors and naming it the 2017 Truck of the Year.

 

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline was designed from the ground-up to appeal to the U.S. market, and was even produced at the brand’s factory located in Talladega County in Alabama. When the Ridgeline took home its major win in Detroit, the executive vice president of Honda’s American division credited the team behind the truck for understanding and catering to the needs of U.S. buyers.

 

With a more traditional pickup look and features like a 400-watt power inverter and an audio system built into the truck bed, the Honda Ridgeline was designed to appeal to tailgaters at football games.

 

The next-generation Honda Ridgeline was the result of incredible creativity and innovation on behalf of Honda’s design team, and their hard work paid off when it was rewarded with the recent Truck of the Year award in Detroit.

Honda Vehicles Place in Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys

Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys
Honda does it again!

Consumer Guide is known for creating a list of Best Buys designed to help consumers spend their money wisely. Each year, editors test drive more than 150 new vehicles, review them, and then pick the top choices in a number of categories. This year’s Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys show Honda vehicles taking three separate categories.

The Honda lineup grabbed the Compact Pickup Truck, Midsize Crossover/SUV, and Subcompact Crossover/SUV segment with ease.

The new Honda Ridgeline took the top spot in the Compact Pickup Truck category. The editors cited the model’s comfort, convenience, technology, and utility features as deciding factors. Features like a built-in bed speaker system and dual-hinged tailgate set the Ridgeline apart from the competition.

The Honda Pilot took home the title of the Midsize Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors cited the Pilot’s roomy interior, seating for up to eight, overall comfort, and abundant safety features.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Honda HR-V and the title of Subcompact Crossover/SUV Best Buy. Editors named the HR-V top dog due to its interior space, exceptional cargo room, and a balance between responsive handling and a comfortable ride.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to stock some of the best vehicles in the automotive industry!

Best Cities to Live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit

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The United States is a wonderfully vast country and it’s a great country in which to live. With all of the different cities out there, it can be quite difficult to choose just one that really outshines the others. However, two Missouri cities were recently named as two of the best cities to live in the U.S.: Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. Here’s why.

Kansas City

Often being confused as a city in the state of Kansas, Kansas City is home to a lively entertainment scene and a low cost of living in the state of Missouri. It is also seen as a fairly homey destination where visitors are often surprised at how much there is to do in this city.

From gambling on the riverboat casinos to going to see live jazz music to enjoying delicious barbecue, there is always something going on in Kansas City.

Combined with reasonable Midwest prices, Kansas City is a great place to work, play, and live.

Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit is more of a hidden gem than Kansas City, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a great place to live. Although it has more of a suburban feel than Kansas City, the statistics show that Lee’s Summit is a great place to live.

For example, the median income here is $78,186, and the average value of a home is $188,200. It’s a great place to earn a living and raise a family!

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs

2017 Honda HR-V Updates and Specs
What’s new, HR-V?

Earlier this month Honda announced information about the 2017 Honda HR-V updates and specs. The 2017 HR-V compact crossover doesn’t have a lot of updates, but it does have a fresh new color option and better fuel economy. Now available in Lunar Silver metallic in addition to four other color options ranging from white to black as well as blue, red, and green options.

The 2016 HR-V was the Green SUV of the Year, and Honda has improved on the HR-V’s fuel economy even more for the 2017 model year. With an EPA estimate of 34 mpg on the highway, the HR-V really stands out among the crowded crossover market.

The HR-V keeps its standard 4-cylinder engine, which has a max horsepower of 141 and is paired with a CVT or a 6-speeed manual transmission available on the LX and EX trim levels.

In terms of safety, the HR-V has already earned a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA thanks to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure and standard features including a multi-angle rearview camera and Vehicle Stability Assist. More active safety technology such as Honda LaneWatch is available on the EX and EX-L Navi trims.

Covered by a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty, the new Honda HR-V also comes with Honda Roadside Assistance, making it a smart choice for buyers in the compact crossover segment.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Parents and Drivers

Trick or Treat safety
Stay safe this Halloween!

Halloween is just over a month away, and parents and children will be roaming the streets in search of candy. Trick or Treat is a time of year every kid looks forward to, but it can also be dangerous in a lot of ways. Follow these Trick or Treat safety tips for a safer Halloween.

Find out when

First of all, know what day Trick or Treat is in your area, since it doesn’t always fall on Halloween, even if you don’t have kids or aren’t planning on participating. If you’re going to be driving on Trick or Treat night, you need to take extra precaution, drive slowly through neighborhoods, and turn your headlights on even before nightfall.

Keep an eye out

Parents who won’t be driving on Trick or Treat night, you’re responsible for motor vehicle safety as well. If you’re walking your kids around your neighborhood, keep a close eye on them and hold their hands when walking across the street or in a driveway. If you have older kids, make sure they understand to watch for cars, stay away from dark houses and never enter a stranger’s home, and not eat any candy until it’s been inspected by an adult.

Easy to see

Make sure your child’s costume or candy bucket has something reflective to make them more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Other than that, follow common sense rules about walking at night—stick to sidewalks whenever possible, carry a flashlight, and use crosswalks when crossing the street.

New 2017 Civic Hatchback Design Will Make Your Jaw Drop

 

Honda Civic Hatchback Logo

 

The Honda Civic is back and better than ever. This model comes with a sleek new exterior that will drive you wild. The 2017 Civic Hatchback design is not only drawing praise for its aesthetic appeal, but it also has come great new features that help to make it one of the most advanced models on the market. When you get behind the wheel of the 2017 Civic, you won’t want to drive anything else.

Honda has made some exciting changes to the 2017 Civic Hatchback design. The new model will come with a European-inspired look with five-door versatility. The front and rear fascias are bolder thanks to added air vents, and a center-flow exhaust adds a style normally reserved for high-end supercars. Plus, with a sloping roof, sharp molding and contours, and dark alloy wheels, you won’t be able to stop staring.

“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”

The Civic hatch doesn’t just look pretty, but it’s functional as well. This model has the largest cargo capacity in its segment, as well as up to 40 highway mpg when equipped with a CVT system. Plus, great features like Honda Sensing keep you better protected. Set to be released this fall, the Civic Hatch is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Kansas City Royals Highlights From The 2016 Season

The Kansas City Royals are one of our favorite teams here at Lee’s Summit Honda. That’s why we thought we would put together a post on some of the highlights and news from this season. This local professional team is one of the many things that makes our city so great. We couldn’t be happier to serve the Kansas City area. Here are some of the Kansas City Royals highlights from the 2016 season.

Kansas City Royals Highlights 2016

This Kansas City Royals highlights include a list of many great events. According to the MLB, the Baseball Hall of Fame Tour hit Kauffman Stadium this past August, drawing huge crowds. The Hall of Fame Tour is a great experience for both fans and players, showing off some of the best people to ever play the game.

Most fans will remember the Rally Mantis. This bizarre bug was found crawling in the team’s dugout, where it was captured by the team. This good luck charm worked well, helping the team go 5-1 until its untimely death. While the players seemed to shed some tears for the Rally Mantis, they’ve managed to keep some of its luck.

Nothing is more memorable than the Morales grand slam. With the bases loaded, Kendrys Morales nailed a pitch from the Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil. The ball traveled a whopping 456 feet, the longest distance for a grand slam in the majors for over three years.

These are just some of the great highlights from the 2016 season. We couldn’t be happier to have this great team in our hometown.

Free Things to do in Kansas City

Free Things to do in Kansas City
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Getting out and having fun is a must-do, but sometimes it can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, Lee’s Summit Honda has compiled a list of free things to do right here in Kansas City!

1827 Log Courthouse

This building was originally Jackson County’s first government building, built in 1827. It was, at one time, the only courthouse west of St. Charles, Missouri. So if you want to experience some history, visit here!

Boulevard Brewing Company

Here you can partake in a 40-minute tour of the brewery that gives tours of the factory where you can find out about the brewing process and get to sample some brews.

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

This cultural center features exhibits, displays, performances, and more, all centered around the cultural development brought to Kansas City by influential African-Americans.

Children’s Peace Pavilion

This is a hands-on museum for kids that teaches them the concepts of peace. So not only are they having fun, but they’re learning, too, thanks to 25 different activities.

The City Market

This is the largest farmer’s market in the region, with an attendance of about 600,000 people every year. It’s not only a market, though, there’s also gift shops and restaurants.

See more info on Kansas City on our website.