Recently, Tim Mings’ dream came true when, quite by accident, he came across the very first Honda N600 built in the United States. Given that Mings happens to be an expert who has restored more than 1,000 N600s over the course of his life, it couldn’t have been found by a more appropriate individual.
According to Mings, only three of the first 50 N600s that Honda brought the United States still survive. This is doubly significant because it was also the first nameplate that Honda ever sold in the U.S.—in other words, he got his hands on the car that started Honda’s American history. If not for it, Lee’s Summit Honda might not even exist!
Over the next few weeks, he’ll be restoring the Honda N600 Serial One back to its former glory, and you’ll be able to keep up with the whole story on the official Honda-sponsored website and down below.
Today, most people agree that the future of mobility is electric. However, there are always ways to improve how that electricity is produced and how efficiently. It’s doubtful that electric cars will continue to draw their power from lithium-ion batteries for the rest of time.
Another solution is hydrogen fuel cells, and they’re coming sooner than you might think. Honda has officially started leasing its Clarity hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to select customers in Japan and the car should be arriving in California later this year.
The Clarity, which was shown off in New York, is powered by an electric motor that can produce 174 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. It recharges fully in about five minutes, emits only water vapor, and Honda expects it’ll receive an EPA-estimated driving distance of over 300 miles. The only downside right now is the lack of hydrogen refueling stations in the country, but as more of those are built, we might see the Clarity—or some other FCV—arrive at Lee’s Summit Honda.
It’s warming up again, and springtime means that more bicyclists will be out. Here’s how to drive safely with bicyclists so that we can all share the road happily and safely:
Acknowledge bicyclist vulnerability – A car weighs a lot more than a bike, and in any collision, the bicyclist will be far more injured than the driver.
Know bicyclists’ rights – Traffic laws apply to bicyclists, too. So they’re not allowed to use the sidewalks and are considered vehicles on the road. The same traffic laws apply to them.
Tone the road rage down – Don’t have the “in my way” attitude about bicyclists. They’re motorists, too, so you have to think of them as equal. Don’t let your road rage get to you.
Beware the right hook and left turn – When you’re making a right turn, a bicyclist might be a little behind you, also making a turn. Watch out so you don’t hit them. The left turn is dangerous, too. Don’t assume that you can make a left turn before a bicyclist can go.
Give them 3 feet of clearance – Staying three feet behind a biker helps keep everyone safer, and gives more time for reaction.
Park both cars in neutral next to each other and make sure they are close enough for the cables to reach but are not touching.
Connect the first end of the red cable (positive) to the positive terminal on the other car’s battery. Do the same for the non-working battery.
Connect the black cable (negative) to the negative terminal on the other car’s battery. Attach the other end to a grounding point on your car, like a bolt or bracket, away from the dead battery. Check your owner’s manual, because some cars have negative jump-starting poles for that purpose.
Ensure that both cables are away from any moving parts and then start the engine of the working car.
Wait a minute, and then try starting your car. If it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit longer and try again.
Once you get your car started up, make sure to drive it for at least half an hour before shutting off the engine again.
Remember, dealerships will help you out, too! Ask Lee’s Summit Honda for any help you need.
Out of the four categories in the KBB.com Best Family Cars of 2016 Awards, one or more Honda vehicle was selected in each category, confirming that Honda is an excellent choice for any size family thanks to its vehicles’ comfort, safety, and performance. Honda is the only brand to be selected in every category.
The categories were Sedan, Two-Row Crossover or SUV, Minivan, and Three-Row Crossover or SUV. The 2016 Honda Civic and Accord were chosen for the Sedan category, the Honda Odyssey for the Minivan, the Honda HR-V for the Two-Row category, and the CR-V and Pilot for the Three-Row.
Kelley Blue Book editors chose their top 16 list from nearly 30 family vehicles. KBB.com praised the Civic, its Overall Best Buy of 2016, for its safety features, while the Accord was recognized for its premium interior. KBB took particular notice of the CR-V’s resale value and versatility and mentioned the HR-V’s practicality in the city thanks to its small size and roomy second row.
The Odyssey’s handling and features were recognized as well, but perhaps the best praise of all went to the Pilot, which KBB called “the family-friendliest mid-size SUV in existence.”
Slush isn’t the most dangerous winter weather hazard, but it can definitely be tricky—with slush, you’re going to get a mix of snow, ice, and melted water, and odds are you won’t be able to tell which is which. Here are some tips on how to drive in slush so you can get from place to place safely until the snow melts all the way.
A lot of driving in slush is common sense. Don’t rush—leave early or arrive late if you have to, but slow and steady wins the race in poor conditions. Give yourself extra stopping distance, and brake early at red lights—you don’t want to end up skidding into the middle of the lane.
It’s always smart to follow the tracks left by other drivers. These will be drier and less slick. Never use cruise control in any bad conditions—you need to be able to let off the gas pedal to slow down instead of engaging your brakes, which can cause you to skid. Slow down on bridges or under them, since ice tends to build up here and going too fast can cause you to skid.
While other major players in the automobile industry saw overall losses in 2015, the folks at Honda were proud to recently announce that they sold 1.58 million Honda models and Acura models last year, which is up 3% from 2014 and is 2.2% higher than its best annual sales tally from 2007.
Plus, more specifically, the Honda division’s 1.41 million vehicles sold was a record for them, while the Acura division’s 177,165 sales saw their best numbers since that prosperous 2007 year.
Honda’s MVP of the year was easily the Honda CR-V, of which 345,647 units were sold, making it the best-selling crossover model in the entire country. This vehicle is particularly popular with young drivers, solo drivers, and small families.
Here at Lee’s Summit Honda – we can’t say we’re too surprised by these record Honda sales. Come visit us and explore the innovative, powerful Honda models we have available, and you’ll figure out just why so many were purchased last year.
Find yourself running late, only to get in the car and realize that the windshield is totally frosted over? Prepare yourself for this pesky winter occurrence with these simple tips to defrost your windshield
For a quick and cheap solution, check out this rubbing alcohol/water solution from this news station here!
Keep in mind that while warming up your car will clearly, eventually defrost your windshield, the defrosting will not happen all that quickly and you will be wasting fuel while idling.
Instead, look into a high-quality deicing product, which would be specifically designed to melt the ice and frost away quickly.
Additionally, you can simply scrape off the ice with an ice-scraper. If you don’t already have one in your car, you should remedy that situation ASAP.
Lastly, if you are really desperate, you could simply pour a bucket of lukewarm water over your windshield. However – never pour boiling water on your windshield, which could cause it to crack.
Whatever you do, stay safe this winter! And if you’re in the market for a new vehicle that’s ready to handle the winter weather, come visit us anytime at Lee’s Summit Honda.
Now that the temperatures are dropping quickly, you are likely to find yourself using more energy to heat your home – which will result in much higher energy bills this season. Here are a few easy steps you can take to reduce winter energy costs this year:
Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees, or even a bit lower, if you can handle it. Every degree lowered in the 60-70 degree range can save up to 5 percent in heating costs.
Turn your heating down a bit more whenever you’re out of the house, and especially if you’re going away for a few days.
Reduce your hot water temperature, so that appliances such as your dishwasher and dishwashing machine will use less heat.
Seal up any air leaks in your home, such as around windows, doors, and pipes, to keep in more warm air.
Lastly, as chilly as it may sound, try to get used to cooler showers, which can save you plenty of money in the long-run.
For more winter tips, or to check out what winter-ready models we have available, visit us anytime at Lee’s Summit Honda.
The CR-V continues to be one of America’s top-selling crossovers, thanks to its high-value price tag, practical design, and long list of amenities. Now, Honda has introduced its 2016 CR-V lineup, and falling just above the base-level LX trim, the new Special Edition (SE) 2016 Honda CR-V offers even more high-end amenities at a low cost.
The new Special Edition 2016 Honda CR-V features 17-inch alloy wheels with an exclusive two tone finish, a security system, and premium second-row and rear privacy glass. Costing just $800 more than the entry-level LX, the SE trim offers added peace-of-mind and style at an impressive value.
Positioned between the LX and EX trims, the SE trim is ideal for shoppers looking for something more than the entry-level model, but without paying for all the extras found in the mid-level EX trim. Available in both FWD and AWD, the 2016 Honda CR-V offers something for everyone.