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How to Save Money During the Holidays

If finances are a source of stress for you during the Holiday season, we’re here to help. With some careful planning and thoughtful decision making, there are plenty of ways to save money during the Holidays. Use these tips from Lee’s Summit Honda to cut back on your spending this year.

Budget First, Spend Later

Before you even think about making your shopping list, plan out your budget. Take a look at your finances and decide how much you’re comfortable with spending. Then you can go from there and make up your shopping list based on your budget, rather than trying to find the money to afford everything on an unrealistic wish list.

Put Away Your Credit Cards

It’s easy to overspend when you rely on your credit cards. Do your future self a favor by keeping the credit cards out of the holiday shopping game if at all possible. Instead, pay in cash. This will keep you aware of what you’re spending and help you stay in budget.

Send E-Cards

If sending holiday cards is part of your tradition, consider sending E-cards instead this year. You’ll save a significant amount of money on cards and stamps but can still send a memorable, warm greeting to family and friends.

If you need a new vehicle to lug around all of those gifts, or you want to treat yourself for the holiday season, stop by Lee’s Summit Honda today.

How to Save Money During the Holidays
How to Save Money During the Holidays

2018 Honda Accord Leads to $267 Million Investment

The 2018 Honda Accord brings unprecedented style and athleticism to the mid-size sedan segment. Designed to stand out from the crowd, the new Honda Accord features a turbocharged engine, improved fuel economy, and more safety features. All of that and more has led to the Japanese automaker making a $267 million investment in its Ohio production facilities.

The $267 million investment will bring 300 new jobs and increase total production capacity at the Marysville, Ohio facility. That plant will receive the majority of the investment, $220 million, while the Anna, Ohio engine plant will see $47 million.

The Marysville location will have $165 million going to the construction of a new welding department that will house 342 new welding robots. The massive investment will increase total production capacity to 440,000 vehicles per year with the possibility of adding more volume to accommodate high 2018 Accord sales.

While Honda executives aren’t giving exact sales projections, they’re expecting sales increases thanks to the Honda Accord’s new design.

The Anna, Ohio engine plant will use the $47 million for retooling. That facility will build the Accord’s new turbocharged engine.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to see Honda continuing to invest in American facilities!

2018 Honda Accord
2018 Honda Accord

Rare Honda S2000 CR Goes Up for Auction

The Honda S2000 CR was a special trim level of the popular roadster. It saw a limited run for the 2008 and 2009 model years before the model was discontinued altogether. While production was limited, it never reached the expected amount. As a result, only 699 examples of the Honda S2000 CR are available, and one of them recently went up for auction.

The Honda S2000 CR drew attention from enthusiasts around the country when it went up on Bring a Trailer. The model is currently in located in New Jersey and has had four owners, according to the vehicle history report. At nearly 10 years old, it has 89,000 miles on the odometer.

The rare roadster comes stocked with a 2.2-liter F22C four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Inside, the roadster features Alcantara and cloth seats instead of the standard leather seating.

Perhaps most interesting is the paintjob. Of the 699 S2000 CRs produced, only 200 bore the Apex Blue Pearl color.

The 2008 Honda S2000 CR ended up topping the $15,000 mark, further proving that demand is still high for the limited-production roadster.

We here at Lee’s Summit Honda are proud to see Honda vehicles proving their longevity on the roadways.

Money jar
Honda S2000 CR Goes Up for Auction

10th Generation Honda Accord Leaves V6 in the Dust

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.

The redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will be coming to Lee’s Summit Honda later this year.

10th generation Honda Accord Coming Soon
10th generation Honda Accord Coming Soon

 

History of Kansas City Barbecue

Here in America, there are few things we love more than barbecue on hot summer days. While there are a lot of different kinds of barbecue, we know which one is the best—Kansas City barbecue. If you have ever wondered where this delicious food got its start, read below for the history of Kansas City barbecue.

Henry Perry is considered the father of Kansas City barbecue. He served slow-cooked ribs for just 25 cents a slab starting in 1908. He operated out of a trolley barn located at 19th and Highland. Perry came from Memphis, Tennessee, which is why Memphis barbecue and Kansas City barbecue are somewhat similar. However, Kansas City barbecue tends to use more varieties of meats and more sauce.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Perry’s restaurant was a cultural center, especially during the heyday of Kansas City Jazz. Two brothers, Charlie and Arthur Bryant worked with Perry and after Perry’s death, they took over. In 1946, the restaurant was renamed Arthur Bryant’s and is still one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the country.

Another popular spot is Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q, which was started by Arthur Pinkard and George Gates in 1946.

Here at Lee’s Summit Honda, we love calling Kansas City home and we love us a good dinner of Kansas City barbecue.

Kansas City barbecue
Kansas City barbecue

Honda Introduces Robotic Lawn Mower

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.

Honda Robotic Lawn Mower
Honda’s Miimo is like a Roomba for your lawn!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.