All-New 2019 Honda Insight Debuts at New York International Auto Show

2019 Honda Insight

What

This past March, Honda debuted the all-new 2019 Insight at the New York International Auto Show. The 2019 Insight is the fifth new electric vehicle introduced by Honda in the past year, joining vehicles like the Clarity series and 2018 Accord Hybrid in Honda’s electric lineup. Honda continues to make further inroads into electric vehicle technology, providing the smartest and most up-to-date technology to American drivers.

When

The 2019 Honda Insight will arrive at dealerships throughout the country early this summer. It is a premium compact sedan and slots between the popular Honda Civic and Accord. Its sleek styling, dynamic driving experience with zippy acceleration, and exceptional fuel efficiency are sure to draw a variety of drivers. The Insight will deliver an expected 55 mpg in the city*, making no sacrifices to achieve such a feat. It will also offer three selectable driving modes so drivers can pick the mode best suited to the road situation at hand.

Features

This smart electric vehicle will offer comfortable seating for up to five passengers, as well as tons of smart entertainment and safety technology. The Insight will come equipped with Honda Sensing®, Honda’s state-of-the-art suite of driver-assist and safety technologies. Included within this suite is Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Lane Keeping Assistance System.

If you want to learn more about the new Honda Insight come talk to the team at Babylon Honda. We’re as excited for this car as you are!

Honda Advocates for Drivers to “Remove the Distractions”

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Honda working hard to raise awareness with its “Remove the Distractions” social media campaign of short videos and informative posts. The series is meant to raise awareness about distracted driving and the dangers therein.

Honda’s “Remove the Distractions” series consists of four short 10-second videos, which explore a range of driving experiences when a text message pops up on the driver’s cell phone. The video cleverly takes away the surrounding outdoor landscape when the text message appears, blocking out the beautiful scenery you miss when you’re distracted on your phone while driving. Honda ends the videos with the line, “When your attention is on your phone, you miss what happens on the road.” Not only do you miss out on enjoying the outdoor landscapes of your driving experience, but you can also put yourself in dangerous road situations.

Throughout Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Honda will be posting statistics and information about how common distracted driving is in out society, encouraging drivers to “Remove the Distractions” to have safer, more enjoyable driving experiences.

When you get behind the wheel, you are charged with task of transporting yourself and all your passengers safely and enjoyably. We encourage all drivers to make the best choices to achieve this end, which includes eliminating as many distractions as possible while driving. This doesn’t mean you can’t stay entertained and connected while on the go, just use your smartphone in a responsible way while driving: connect it to your infotainment system if possible so you never have to pick it up, and don’t respond to messages until you’ve arrived at your destination.

To learn more about features on your Honda that prevent distracted driving, come talk to the team at Babylon Honda.

Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

Honda Odyssey in Spring

Winter snow is thawing, and spring showers are finally here, which means it’s time to do some maintenance on your vehicle. Here are some spring vehicle maintenance tips from Babylon Honda to keep your car in shape as the weather warms up.

 

Get rid of the salt from winter. Throughout the winter, roads are typically covered in salt to help melt ice and snow. This salt can do some serious damage to your vehicle, so make sure you clean it to get rid of the salt – especially the undercarriage.

 

See to your vehicle’s routine oil change. Bring your vehicle in for its routine check-up and ask your mechanic to change the oil and also check your fluids. Spring is an ideal time to flush your transmission fluid, so make sure you do that as well.

 

Check your vehicle’s tire pressure and rotate them. When the outside temperature fluctuates, so does the pressure of your tires. If they’re outside the recommended pressure range, either add more air to them or deflate them slightly. Also, make sure your tires are rotated every 5,000 miles to help keep the wear on your tires’ tread even.

 

Inspect your vehicle’s brakes. Brakes are the most important part of your vehicle, so have your technician check the pads and rotors to make sure they’re still in tip-top condition.

 

Look over your vehicle’s alignment. Potholes can cause your vehicle’s alignment and suspension to suffer, so make sure you get them both checked out.

 

Come see our team at the dealership for all of your Honda vehicle maintenance needs.

Good Housekeeping Best New Car Awards Go to Accord and Odyssey

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Good Housekeeping has been the go-to source for many people who are interested in finding the best-of-the-best products out there. These products could range from the best cooking supplies to the best vehicles.

The Awards

Now, this popular magazine has decided that the 2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey, which are available at Babylon Honda now, are considered the best in their class, awarding them the Good Housekeeping Best New Car Awards.

The Selection Process

Winners of the Best New Car Awards were chosen through Good Housekeeping’s partnership with Car & Driver magazine. These two magazines jointly rated hundreds of new vehicles, looking at the features that drivers tend to care about most – value, safety, reliability, handling, interior design, comfort, noise levels, and technology.

Why the Honda Accord & Odyssey

The Accord and Odyssey both earned the top spot in their segments in their own ways. For the Accord, this mean standing out with premium styling, interior, driving dynamics, long list of features, and engine options.

 

The 2018 Odyssey came out on top by raising the bar to better meet the needs of American families. This includes better performance, a quieter cabin, more family-friendly interior space, and a combination of both comfort and connectivity.

 

These two winning vehicles were featured in the February issue of Good Housekeeping and you can see them for yourself now. For more information about the Good Housekeeping Best New Car Awards or to test drive a new Accord or Odyssey, visit us at Babylon Honda.

Simple Ways to Make Your New Year’s Eve Party Great

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New Year’s Eve symbolizes a fresh start for many, which is why it’s important to celebrate the holiday in the right way. If you’re planning to throw a New Year’s Eve party this year, there are a few things you can do to make life a little easier.

According to Real Simple, drinks and snacks are a must. It may be best to create a diverse spread, including healthy options as well as more traditional snacks. For example, you can have chips and dip, shrimp cocktails, and quiches, but also provide carrot sticks, almonds, and olives for those who may want to start their resolutions to eat healthy early.

Next, have some games ready. Nothing kills a party like an awkward silence, so have some fun party games ready to go as icebreakers. You can write everyone’s resolution on a card and take turns guessing who wrote it, or you can also play a fill-in-the-blank game with resolutions to help get the ball rolling. The best games are the simple ones, so don’t overthink it.

Finally, get some tunes ready. While “Auld Lang Syne” is a classic, there are a few songs you may want to add to your playlist. These include “Happy New Year” by ABBA, “It’s Just Another New Year” by Barry Manilow, and “This is the New Year” by A Great Big World. These tunes will set the perfect mood for your next New Year’s Eve bash.

Things to Do in West Babylon: January Events

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Hop in your new Honda vehicle and start exploring your community today. There’s are many things to do in West Babylon, NY, regardless of what you’re looking for. From local football to meditation, you’ll find something to enjoy this January. Why sit at home when you can explore the West Babylon community?

According to I Love Babylon, one weekend tradition that’s perfect for sports enthusiasts is Football Sundays at The Local. Held every Sunday from September to the end of January, you can hang out and enjoy sandwiches, wings, and the game. There are 15 TVs set up around The Local, so there’s no need to arrive early to find a good seat.

Stressed out? Visit Create & Meditate in Deer Park. Held at 7:00 pm on Fridays, this event combines art and meditation to help you relax and have fun. There are 20 minutes of guided meditation—which is ideal for beginners—as well as an hour of arts and crafts.

Want to meet other local businesspeople? Check out the Business Networking Group. Meeting just a short drive from West Babylon, this Group will give you access to some of the top business experts in the area. There’s a small membership fee, but it’s a great way to meet people.

These are just a handful of the many things to do in the West Babylon area this January.

Easy DIY Holiday Crafts to Turn Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

Easy DIY Holiday Crafts | Babylon Honda | West Babylon, NY

It’s Christmastime in West Babylon, and that means it’s time to transform your home into a winter wonderland with some easy DIY holiday crafts.

Make your own tree skirt

Head to the craft store for some felt in your favorite Christmas colors, then cut out a pattern to surround the base of your Christmas tree.

String up some garland or lights

Use command hooks to adorn your mantle, archways, and stairwells with evergreen garland or classic white Christmas lights.

Design tasty centerpieces

Use clear containers wrapped with pretty bows to hold holiday candy on your dinner table. Separate green, red, and silver Hershey’s Kisses to create a pattern in the container, and throw in some red and white peppermint candies for added flare.

Or use ornaments

Classic ornaments in blues, silvers, reds, golds, and greens make for lovely centerpieces. Place them in elegant bowls with some bits of evergreen and pinecones for an easy centerpiece.

Break out the wine

Repurpose empty elegant green wine bottles to hold long candlesticks. Adorn the bottles with red and gold bows.

Decorate a wreath

Take a plain evergreen wreath and make it pop with ornaments, fake snow, and more.

Come see how we’ve decorated the dealership for the holidays—and check out our holiday deals—at Babylon Honda.

Honda CR-V Voted One of the Best Family Cars of 2017

2017 Honda CR-V - best family cars in West Babylon, NY

For two decades, the Honda CR-V has been setting high standards for the compact SUV segment. It’s small but spacious, flexible and versatile, and comfortable no matter which seat you’re in. At Babylon Honda, we’ve always thought that the Honda CR-V was one of the best family cars on the market. It’s the perfect alternative to a large SUV or a smaller sedan. This year, we learned that Kelley Blue Book voted chose the 2017 Honda CR-V as one of their 12 Best Family Cars of 2017.

The 2017 Honda CR-V has managed to hold onto all of the original standards with which is debuted 20 years ago, while also developing new and updated features and designs. There’s extra room inside of the new Honda CR-V, as well as a new turbocharged engine option available on higher trims. A roomy cabin and an efficient engine are two things that made the 2017 Honda CR-V stand out as one of the best family cars for KBB.com.

The 2017 Honda CR-V sees updates to its appearance as well as its technology, adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. These types of gadgets and comforts are always important in family transportation, but perhaps not quite as important as safety. The 2017 Honda CR-V keeps many safety features from previous models, such as airbags and stability control. But what’s remarkable is the now-standard Honda Sensing safety suite, which features many active safety features that assist the driver in keeping passengers safe.

Between the comfortable, roomy interior, the intelligent in-cabin technology, the efficient engine options, and the new standard safety features, it’s no wonder KBB.com chose the Honda CR-V as one of their 12 Best Family Cars of 2017. To learn more about what may make this compact SUV the perfect vehicle for you, call us at Babylon Honda.

Great Fall Road Trips in New York

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Here on Long Island, our leaves are just beginning to change, but if you head north to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, you can capture breathtaking views with spectacular colors. We have gathered up a list of some of the best fall road trips in New York so you can be the best leaf peeper possible.

  • Gore Mountain. Head north to Gore Mountain to take a trip on a magnificent gondola ride. You will get to see all of the spectacular fall colors without having to do any driving.
  • Revolution Rail Biking. After riding over the treetops, take a ride on an old railroad track on a modified peddle pusher. The six-mile out-and-back trek takes you through the mountains and over the Hudson River. Be sure to bundle up for cool weather.

Keep in mind, that according to this fall foliage map, the Adirondack area will see peak colors around October 8th. The Hudson Valley and Niagara area will peak around October 15th, and here on Long Island, we will reach our maximum color a bit later near October 22nd.

If you need a new vehicle for your fall road trips in New York, come visit us at Babylon Honda before you hit the road.

Take a Road Trip to Some of the Best Fall View in New York

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Here in New York, we are just on the cusp of peak fall foliage season. According to the Fall Foliage Prediction Map on SmokyMountains.com, Long Island will reach its peak somewhere between October 15th and October 22nd. Other areas of the state, like the Adirondack Mountains will peak earlier, near October 8th.

If you are looking for the best fall views in New York, here are a few places you should visit.

  • Great Dome Car. Driving through the countryside is great, but it is even better when you don’t have to do the driving. Give everyone a break by taking the train, specifically, Amtrak’s Great Dome Car, which leaves from Albany.
  • Bear Mountain State Park. Head to the top of Bear Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.
  • Sands Point Preserve. For some great sights a little closer to home, head to Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington. Here, you can explore the trails, the 200-acre estate, and the historic mansions.
  • Niagara Falls. Take in the spectacular sight of the falls while surrounded by beautiful autumn colors.

Where is your favorite place for fall views in New York? If you need a new car for your autumn excursions, come visit us right here at Babylon Honda.

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