How To Have a More Productive Commute in Your Honda

2021 Honda Civic Sedan LX | North Little Rock, AR

Whether you spend your weekdays driving to work or to school, you might feel like precious time is being wasted as you commute in your Honda. To make your commute more productive and potentially more enjoyable, follow these simple tips.

 

Listen to a podcast

In today’s day and age, there are tons of podcasts out there about any number of topics. Learn something new during your commute by finding a podcast or even an audiobook that covers an interesting topic. And, if you happen to be behind the wheel of the 2021 Honda Civic Sedan or many other Honda models, you can conveniently listen to your favorite podcast by connecting your smartphone to your vehicle’s infotainment system.

 

Review your to-do list

Get ready for work in the morning by mentally going over your to-do list for the day. That way, you’re more prepared for the day ahead. When you head home, think back over your day and see if you managed to achieve any goals that you set during your morning commute.

 

Catch up with friends

Traffic jams are a great time to get back in touch with people you’ve been missing. Use your Honda vehicle’s hands-free calling function to call friends and family. This will help you pass the time quickly while also maintaining the relationships in your life.

 

If you’re looking for a new daily driver, schedule a test drive at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas, to check out our new Honda models.

How To Care for Your Used Honda

Couple with Used 2017 Honda HR-V | North Little Rock, AR

When you buy a used Honda, you need to properly maintain it so that it can last well into the future. Follow these simple tips to care for your used Honda and help it stay in good shape for longer.

Keep up with oil changes

Changing your oil is one of the regular pieces of maintenance you need to do to keep your pre-owned vehicle in solid condition. Your Honda needs oil to run smoothly, and dirty oil can affect your car’s performance and efficiency. With regular oil changes, you’ll reduce the likelihood of bad oil hurting your engine in the long run.

Clean your car regularly

When dirt and grime build up on your vehicle’s exterior, it can begin to rust over time. Reduce the chance of rust forming by getting your vehicle cleaned regularly. Also, make sure to tidy up your interior as well to make sure that your upholstery stays in good shape.

Check your cooling system

Your cooling system does more than just keep you cool during hot Sherwood summers. It also makes sure that your car’s engine doesn’t become overheated, helping to increase your vehicle’s longevity. If you don’t want to find yourself stranded on the side of the road in Arkansas with an overheated engine, it’s important to have your cooling system inspected regularly.

Another way to care for your used Honda is to take into Russell Honda for routine service. Contact us when you’re ready to make a service appointment.

What’s New for the 2021 Honda Accord at Russell Honda?

2021 Honda Accord | North Little Rock, AR

The new year has brought some big changes to the Honda Accord. Honda recently announced some upgrades to the 2021 Honda Accord give this midsize sedan a more athletic style, while also adding even more innovative new features to its interior.

 

Every 2021 Accord will come with a wider, restyled grille to give it a sophisticated feel. This feature is highlighted by redesigned high- and low-beam headlights that will provide you with better visibility out on the road.

 

The LX, EX-L, and Touring trims sport with new alloy wheel designs. The 2021 Accord will also have a new exterior color available on the Sport, Sport Special Edition (SE), and Touring trims – Sonic Gray Pearl.

 

An eight-inch touchscreen display will come standard on all Accord models, along with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. The EX-L and Touring trims even get wireless versions of this smartphone tech. This takes away the need to have a cord to use this technology, making it easier to mirror your smartphone on your touch screen display for easy access during your commute.

 

The Sport and higher trim levels will also have dual 2.5-volt USB ports in the rear seat for passengers.

 

Along with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies, every Accord will also come with a brand-new safety feature: Rear Seat Reminder. The Accord will also provide a low-speed braking control system on higher trim levels.

 

Best of all, the 2021 Accord will have a new Sport Special Edition (SE) trim level. This trim expands on the Sport trim, adding sought-after features like leather seats, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat, a 12-way power driver’s seat, and heated mirror, among other features.

 

We at Russell Honda think you’ll enjoy driving the 2021 Honda Accord. To see if it’s a good fit for you, visit our dealership in Sherwood, Arkansas, and take it for a spin.

Should You Buy A Used or New Honda?

Couple Buying Car at a Dealership | North Little Rock, AR

Once you’ve decided to purchase a Honda vehicle, you still have a lot of choices to make before you can do so. One of the biggest choices is whether you should purchase a used model or a new one. Each option has different benefits that are worth considering before searching for your next Honda vehicle.

 

Why buy used

Used vehicles are appealing for many reasons, but the main one is that a used vehicle tends to be less expensive than its all-new counterpart. And, it doesn’t just have a smaller price tag – it also can potentially save you money in auto insurance and taxes.

Because you’re paying less for a used vehicle, you will likely be able to get a higher trim level than you would if you were buying new. It’s also important to note that a used vehicle can retain its value better than a new vehicle and won’t experience the same level of depreciation.

 

Why buy new

Purchasing a new car can have a lot of advantages as well. A new vehicle comes with the peace of mind that it has never been in an accident and it’s never been owned by anyone. You will also get up-to-date technology and other newer features.

A new car will also come with full warranty coverage, so you don’t have to worry about paying for unexpected repairs during the first few years of ownership. Finally, shopping for a new car is easier since you only need to research one specific model year rather than a whole new range.

 

Whether you have your heart set on a pre-owned or new vehicle, check out the vast selection of Honda models we offer at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Will A Used Car Be Safe for My Family?

Family Buying a Used Car | North Little Rock, AR

When you purchase a brand-new vehicle, you can have peace of mind knowing that no one else has driven it and caused wear and tear. Purchasing a new vehicle, though, isn’t always feasible budget-wise, especially when you have a family. Purchasing a used vehicle is the more affordable, budget-friendly option. And, by following these steps, you can make sure the used car you’re interested in is safe too.

Do your research

Before you decide on the right vehicle for your needs, make sure you thoroughly research your options. Check safety ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA, so you have a good idea of your potential vehicle’s safety. Also, read reviews from other families who have owned the vehicle to see what they think about its reliability.

Get a vehicle history report

Once you’ve decided on a specific vehicle, ask to get a vehicle history report. This report will tell you if there were any major repairs completed on the vehicle, if there were insurance claims, or if neglected maintenance has kept the vehicle from being in tip-top condition.

Buy from a trusted dealership

While an individual seller may be able to offer a great deal on a car, it can be difficult to make sure the car they’re selling is reliable and undamaged. Rather than take the risk of buying from someone without good credentials, shop from a dependable dealership.

 

Ready to find a pre-owned family hauler? Give us a call at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Three Reasons to Choose an SUV for Your Next Vehicle

2020 Honda Pilot Touring with Family | North Little Rock, AR

Over the past ten years, it seems as if SUVs have gained popularity and become the family vehicle of choice. Here, we delve into the reasons why SUVs have become more popular and why you should choose an SUV as your family hauler.  

 

Lower gas prices

Gas prices dropped in the last decade and have remained relatively low since doing so. With this dip in gas prices, you don’t have to worry about spending as much on fuel for your SUV. Crossovers and SUVs are also more efficient than they once were, and some even come with hybrid or all-electric powertrains.

 

A spacious interior

One of the biggest draws for SUVs is the fact that they tend to be large, making them superior when it comes to space. More space means that you can pack up more luggage, more furniture and more people. For instance, with the 2021 Honda Pilot, you can get up to 109.2 cubic feet of cargo volume and up to eight seats. That’s nothing to shake your head at.

 

A safe design

Lots of SUVs and other large vehicles are already on the road. Driving around large vehicles while you’re in a smaller car can make you feel unsafe. Opt for an SUV to feel safer while driving around Sherwood, Arkansas, and have better visibility, thanks to the higher ride height.

 

Find out for yourself why a Honda SUV may be the right choice for your family when you give us a call at Russell Honda.

Three Smart Tips for Transporting Your Groceries in Sherwood, AR

Groceries in the trunk of a 2021 Honda Insight | North Little Rock, AR

After you’ve packed your Honda with a trunk full of groceries from the store, you don’t want to arrive home to find all its contents spilled and broken. We at Russell Honda want to make life easier for busy parents like you, so we wanted to share these tips for transporting your groceries, courtesy of The News Wheel.

Utilize reusable bags

These are good for the environment and your groceries. Instead of relying on those thin plastic bags provided at checkout, bring your own durable, rigid reusable bags. For extra sturdiness, place a square of corrugated cardboard at the bottom of each bag to keep it flat.

Use nets and hooks

Did you know that many Honda cars, crossovers and SUVs offer cargo nets and bag hooks in the trunk? See if your vehicle has these convenient tools, which make it easier to secure your bags from sliding around.

Purchase a trunk organizer

These sturdy, reusable canvas totes are a must-have for any driver in Sherwood, Arkansas. They give you a place to safely stash your eggs or flower bouquet, or to keep that heavy watermelon from rolling around and crushing everything else. There are many affordable products you can buy online, or you can use a cardboard box as a free alternative.

Hopefully, these techniques will prevent any future food spills or damaged goods from ruining your grocery run. If you need a new family SUV or crossover with lots of cargo space, check out the huge selection of affordable Honda models that we have in stock at Russell Honda by viewing our online inventory.

HondaLink® Adds New Driver Feedback Feature

Honda is teaming up with Verisk Analytics on a new feature that tells you how you’re driving. Driver Feedback, available through HondaLink®, senses how you drive and offers suggestions to improve efficiency and minimize wear and tear.

The all-new Driver Feedback feature is available for eligible Honda owners who have at one point had HondaLink®. Qualifying vehicles include the 2018 and newer Honda Accord Touring; 2019 and newer Honda Passport Touring and Elite; and 2019 and newer Honda Pilot Touring, Elite and Black Edition. 

Driver Feedback uses data to generate a Driving Score, which according to Verisk Analytics is based on five different factors: Smooth Driving, Consistent Driving, Driving Time, Speed Responsibility and Time Behind the Wheel. Monitoring everything from the time of day to speed and braking, Driver Feedback provides tips to help improve your behavior behind the wheel. By following the advice given, you could find yourself becoming a more fuel-efficient and risk-averse driver.

Though Verisk Analytics uses the data to determine your Driving Score, it’s worth noting that no personal information is shared with a third party without your authorization. Opting in to the Driver Feedback feature is entirely at your discretion, and you can just as easily opt-out as you please.

Driver Feedback is yet another way Honda is working to provide a more connected experience. Experience innovation and excitement firsthand by checking out the Honda lineup at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Tips for Effectively Washing Your Honda

Two Women Washing a Car | North Little Rock, AR

When you drive a nice-looking vehicle, you want to keep it looking fresh all year ‘round. Washing your Honda on a regular basis doesn’t just keep it shining, it can actually increase its longevity and help it retain its value. If you know the right way to wash your Honda, you’ll be styling around Sherwood for longer.

Invest in the right tools

If you really want to get the most out of your investment, it’s worth paying a little extra to have the proper car-washing kit on-hand. Rather than using household soaps that aren’t made for keeping your car clean, stock up on a soap specifically for the job. While you’re at it, get a high-quality sponge or lambswool mitt to ensure a nice, even clean all the way around.

Start at the top

Water flows downward, so the worst thing you can do is start your day in the driveway polishing the wheels. When you start letting the suds flow, be sure to start at the top of the vehicle and work your way down. This lets all the dirt wash completely off the vehicle, leaving your wheels and tires for last.

What you shouldn’t do

When washing your Honda, there are some things you’ll definitely want to avoid doing. If it’s a hot Arkansas day, wait until your vehicle is cooler before you wash it off — soap and water dry quicker on a hotter vehicle, which can mean unsightly spots. Avoid washing in circular motions since it can cause swirl marking — go side to side in smooth motions instead. And when it’s time to dry, use a chamois or terry towel to avoid unsightly water spots.

Washing your Honda regularly is key to feeling good about your ride every time you get behind the wheel. To make sure it’s in tip-top shape on every front, be sure to stay up to date on your maintenance with the help of Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Family-Friendly Audiobooks to Listen to on the Drive

Family Road Trip in the Honda Odyssey

If you’re driving around Sherwood, Arkansas, frequently as a family, there’s one great way to pass time – listening to audiobooks. Finding the right audiobook for your children, though can be difficult. That’s why Russell Honda has put together this list of family-friendly audiobooks that can help make your commutes and road trips both fun and educational.

“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech

Focusing on the life of a young girl, this award-winning book combines three storylines seamlessly, making for a compelling read. There are threads of mystery, quirkiness and a lot of love woven throughout, and it’s beautifully narrated to make it a solid option for your family. Better yet, the story involves a road trip, so it’s fitting to listen to during your family’s drive.

“The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog” by John R. Erickson

This is the first book in an exciting series, which is ideal for driving trips of any length. The series is especially good for families that love dogs, seeing as it follows the life of an adventurous dog. Overall, each book is a laugh and a wonderful listen for the whole family.

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl

“Matilda” is a classic about an exceptional little girl who discovers she has incredible magical powers. Not only does she take on the mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, but she also shows listeners that it’s okay to be different along the way.

 

We at Russell Honda hope your family enjoys listening to these audiobooks. If you’re looking to buy a new vehicle to drive your family around, check out our new inventory online.