As engine technology improves, cars can do a lot more with a lot less. That is why the 10th generation Honda Accord is saying goodbye to the V6 engine in favor of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. While some shoppers may be disappointed in this change, all indications show that this will be a thrilling update.
The base engine, though, will be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which is the same engine found in the Civic and CR-V. It will be paired with a continuously variable transmission.
As for the 2.0T engine, it could very well be the most powerful one in its class. In addition, this engine will come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also opt for a six-speed manual with either engine.
Along with a new engine lineup, the 2018 Accord will have sleek new styling. While the official design hasn’t been released, we have seen quite a few spy photos of camouflaged prototypes out on the road for testing. Based on the details we can see, the Accord will have more dynamic styling that will help it stand out more from the crowd.
Automation has come a long way in recent years and in many ways, it has made jobs safer, increased production, and helped create things that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Now Honda is stepping up its technology game with something that will likely see mixed reactions from home owners. Meet Miimo, the first robotic lawn mower available in the United States.
That’s right; Honda really went there. Not only has the Japanese brand brought a speedy Civic with high fuel economy, but now they’re making home ownership a little easier as well. Where does it end?
Miimo is available in two models and will be available at Honda dealerships this summer. The robotic lawn mower operates in a similar fashion to a Roomba vacuum. Miimo features three mowing settings: Random, for large lawns, Directional, for smaller lawns, and Mixed, for lawns in between.
As though that isn’t efficient enough, Miimo is also self-charging, and will return to the docking station when it needs to be charged. Plus, it only takes around an hour to reach a full charge.
“For customers who want to be on the cutting edge of technology, have busy lifestyles and don’t have the time for lawn care, or for customers who don’t enjoy cutting the grass, Miimo is the high-tech approach to achieving a beautiful yard,” said Michael Rudolph, Vice President of Honda Power Equipment.
We here at Lee’s Summit Honda can’t help but be a little excited about Honda’s new robotic lawn mower.
When you’re behind the wheel, you don’t only want access to entertainment, you want access to information, too. Now, you can have it all thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto! This innovative system allows you to mirror your Apple or Android smartphone for easy, hands-free use while driving.
With Apple CarPlay, you’ll have an automatic copilot. CarPlay makes it easy to do the things you want to do without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. You can connect to your music, access your navigation, and even make texts or calls all thanks to Apple CarPlay.
CarPlay uses Siri voice control to allow you to access anything you want to. You can use your voice or your car’s controls on your steering wheel to play music or make phone calls.
So what about those Android users? You’re covered, too! Since most cars come compatible with just Apple CarPlay, the solution was to plug in your Android device to access Android Auto. But now, an update to Android Auto means that it can be as simple as placing your phone into a dash-mounted cradle to minimize your distraction!
There really seems to be an app for everything. In the case of driving, the choices are seemingly endless, but which ones are really worth the download? We’ve come up with our three favorite apps for making your commute easier.
By far one of the most popular driving apps, Waze takes the top spot in our list of best apps for driving. Waze is a community of drivers that consistently input data points to offer the most up-to-date, accurate, and reliable map, traffic, construction, gas, and detour information to drivers on the go. Just keep the app open while you drive to get real-time updates.
Gas Buddy. Gas Buddy is another app the coordinates a community of users to provide up-to-date gas price information for gas stations near you, or wherever you are going. Earn points and rewards by reporting gas prices and help keep the app accurate and reliable!
Plug Share. Gas guzzlers aren’t the only ones benefiting from apps. Electric car drivers will find that the Plug Share app is helpful for finding charging stations worldwide. More than 40,000 charging stations are mapped, provide availability information, and allow you to pay for your charge through the app.
Are your needs different? Here are other apps worth checking out!
Here at Lee’s Summit Honda, we think that when used responsibly, auto-friendly apps can make driving a more fun and convenient experience. We want to know: what are your favorite apps for driving? Let us know in the comments below!