Here at Alberta Honda, we strive to provide you with the best customer service we can. Honda vehicles are known for being intelligent and reliable, and we pride ourselves on having a sales staff to match. As professionals, we understand that even the most veteran car owners have silly car questions that they’ve been embarrassed to ask.
So here are 5 Common Car Questions You’re Afraid to Ask.
#5 Why Do Signal Lights Blink Quicker When They Burn Out?
When the signal light blinks faster, it functions as a way to let the driver know he has a light burnt out. It does so because when the lightbulb burns out, the voltage gets lower. When the voltage lowers, the circuits job becomes easier, which makes it possible for it to work faster.
#4 What’s the Difference between a turbocharger and a Super Charger
Both of these engine styles use a complex operating system that burns fuel faster to create more power. They use a system that takes compressed air and “charges” it up to gain power. The Supercharger directly connects to the engine using a compression pump, likely attached by a belt. But you also get less power and compression when your engine is at a lower RPM. The Turbocharged engine uses your exhaust gasses to generate power. It doesn’t take power directly from the engine, which means it can reach the high level of compression without having your RPMs redlined.
#3 How Often Should I Check My Tire Pressure?
If you opened up your glove compartment and checked your owner’s manual, you’d see that it probably suggests that you check your tire pressure regularly, even as often as you fill up with gas. Now, we understand that may be a bit much, but we feel that checking them once a month is plenty, especially if your vehicle offers Tire Monitoring System technology.
#2 When Should I Change my Transmission Fluid?
The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association recommends you should change your transmission approximately every 50,000 km, or once every two years, depending on what comes first. Regular upkeep on all your fluids is key to maintaining your vehicle. If you’re unsure about whether or not your transmission fluid or anything else needs refilling, feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable service advisors.
#1 Premium or Regular Gas?
It’s the question of the ages. Does running premium gas have any effect on your car? The answer is yes. Premium gas offers a higher level of octane than regular gas. Higher Octane gives you a faster compression ratio, which increases performance output and fuel efficiency.
Have any more questions? Come into Alberta Honda today and talk to our knowledgeable staff!
Honda is world-renowned for its ability to create vehicles that are reliable. The Accord has been a stalwart of the Honda model lineup for decades. It’s the sedan that sets the mark for every other vehicle that followed in its footsteps – a vehicle for the modern age.
- 185 Horsepower
- 181 ft-lbs of torque
- 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay
- Honda Sensing Technologies
The 2017 Honda Accord provides you with a mix of luxury and athleticism rarely seen in a sedan of this price point. The mid-sized sedan has been one of the most cutthroat vehicle classes in the entire industry, and while many brands seem to abandon their hope, Honda has excelled, becoming an all-star. Backed by Honda’s reliable reputation and incredible efficiency, The Accord has proven to be one of the most impressive vehicles in its class on a global scale.
Acura breeds intelligence. It’s ingrained in the way they design each and every vehicle they produce. The ILX, a new addition to Acura’s lineup, looks to make waves in an already highly competitive vehicle class. Given it comes from Acura, it’s no surprise that it found its footing, and quick.
- 201 Horsepower
- 180 ft-lbs of Torque
- 4 L i-V-TEC
- Jewel-Eye LED Headlights
The 2017 ILX is driven by intelligence from inside and out. It’s a precisely crafted sedan that offers a level of luxury and performance that will rival many vehicles that most people consider out of its league. It isn’t the most efficient machine, but it’s a vehicle that has its fans.
When it comes down to it, these sedans are both considered successes in their own right. While the ILX offers a bit more in the power department, it lacks in efficiency and lacks some of the precision that the Accord offers. Honda designs some of the most intelligent engines, and never has their prowess been displayed better than with the Accord.
Come into Alberta Honda today to check out an Accord or book a test drive online today! Call us to schedule your test drive today (780) 484-5444
Honda is one of the most famous vehicle brands on the planet. Between such world famous names as the Civic and the Accord, it’s no surprise that Honda is one of the most well-respected brands in the entire Automotive industry. It’s solid reputation, and popularity is a direct result of years of creating top quality vehicles. I’m here to talk about one vehicle in particular.
That vehicle is the Honda CR-V.
How’s it look?
The CR-V is a big bodied crossover that embodies the full spirit of Honda in its exterior design. Honda vehicles are known for efficiency, and despite the CR-V’s size, it doesn’t disappoint. It’s got a sports inspired front end and a strong rear end that make it look commanding in its stance. Its front grille uses a familiar design with the Honda “H” flanking a pair of LED headlights. While being one of the most compact crossover SUVs on the market, the CR-V still has some physical muscle, as well as offering an incredible amount of storage space. It’s interior is stylish as well spacious.
How’s it Feel?
Whether you’re seated behind the wheel, in the front passenger seat, or in the back row, there’s something special about riding inside of the CR-V. From behind the wheel, you get to experience the sheer power and precise engineering that the CR-V has to offer. The CR-V offers 190 Horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque while still maintaining its incredible efficiency. With Honda’s ECON mode, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a vehicle that reaches the levels of fuel economy that the CR-V does and comes close to what it can produce on the road. It feels like a Honda vehicle, but in its own unique way.
Come on into Alberta Honda to check out the 2017 CR-V or book a test drive online today.
Give us a call at (780) 474-8595
I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but summer is coming to a close. Don’t let this late summer heat wave fool you before you know it; you’ll wake up to an inch of snow on the ground, both emotional shook and horribly unprepared for the impending winter driving season.
The car you have barely survived the summer, and you know, deep down in your heart, that you’ll need something new to get you through winter. But What?
Lucky for you, while you spent the last days of summer in an ignorant bliss of sunshine and trips to Accidental Beach, I took the time to prepare you. I’m here to tell you what vehicle is right for you this fall.
First, ask yourself, “What do I want?”
Winter driving is always hectic and unpredictable. Even for a veteran winter driver, icy roads and heavy snow fall are hard to navigate. Which is why having the proper equipment, in this case, the proper vehicle, is vital to successful winter driving. You’d want something reliable.
Honda does “reliable” better than anyone.
That being said, Honda offers a variety of vehicles, each offers something unique in how it performs, how it looks, and how it feels.
If you’re looking for something with a bit of size, Honda offers three different options: The Odyssey, The Pilot, and The Ridgeline. All three of these have the muscle to plow through thick snow – the Pilot being the most versatile of the bunch. The Ridgeline is a heavy duty truck that can battle the elements while being a more than a serviceable work vehicle. The Odyssey is the ultimate family vehicle, lined with top of the line safety and an entertainment suite that will keep you entertained even in the thickest of blizzards.
If size isn’t something on your mind, Honda specializes in compact crossover vehicles in the form of the CR-V and the HR-V. They both have the weight and power to help you through tough spots this winter, while also having lighter bodies than the vehicles mentioned above and the added benefit of being some of the most fuel efficient vehicles of their respected classes.
Truly, what matters most is finding a vehicle that suits your needs. Typically, the right vehicle for you is one that you can tailor to meet your needs, a vehicle that doesn’t disappoint, a vehicle that you can rely on. If that’s something, you’re interested in, then Honda is right for you.
Come into Alberta Honda or book a test a drive online today! For sales inquiries, please call (780) 474-8595
Honda is one of the most well-respected and well-recognized brands in the entire world. For decades, they’ve innovative technology,revolutionized efficiency and brought forward some of the most popular vehicles to ever drive on four wheels. With such vehicles as the ever-reliable Honda Civic or the timelessly stylish Accord, Honda has cultivated a following unlike any other. Honda has a diverse vehicle roster, and no vehicle displays that better than the Honda CR-V. A vehicle that embodies the Honda mission statement perfectly, while also doing something a little different.
With that, here are 5 reasons to buy a Honda CR-V.
Honda vehicles all have a distinct visual style. It’s a small-sized SUV that has big ideas. It’s a sports-infused vehicle that has an athletic personality throughout. It rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels that support a wide stance with a robust back end that makes it look like the CR-V is ready to pounce any moment. The front end is led by a pair of gorgeous LED headlights that sit on either side of a pristine grille with the Honda “H” embedded in the center. It’s got great proportions and one dynamite silhouette, a vehicle with its own identity.
Honda vehicles have a reputation for being efficient. While that may not scream “interior luxury,” what Honda does with the space they have is impressive. No matter where you’re seated inside the 2017 CR-V, you always have ample head and leg room while also being within arms reach of the entire technological suite that the CR-V has to offer. The Interior also features a panoramic moonroof for a more controlled ventilation and a great view of the world above.
Simply put, the Honda CR-V packs a punch. While it may not be a performance powerhouse, a small body and an intelligently designed engine go a long way. It muscles out 190 and 179 lb-ft of torque out of a 1.5 L 16-valve Direct Injection DOHC Turbocharged engine. With technology like Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System and a CVT transmission, it’s not only powerful but precise in its handling. Let’s not forget that the CR-V is a Honda, which means it provides one of the best fuel efficiency ratings in its class. No matter which way you look at it, the CR-V is built to perform.
Honda is not Afraid to push technological boundaries. Year after year, Honda innovates exciting technology. We’ve seen how they do so with engine and transmission systems, but let’s not forget the fun stuff – the technology inside the vehicle. Using the Display Audio System, the CR-V has access to Apple Carplay and Android Auto, as well as a variety of other audio functions. It has a Multi-Angle rearview camera and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, along with a variety of other features embedded throughout. It’s one of the smartest, and most enjoyably customizable vehicles you can find anywhere.
The same level of intelligence put forward in the engine and interior departs is implemented in the CR-Vs safety systems. With safety systems like Honda LaneWatch blind spot display, Blind spot Information System, Controlled Braking, Hill Start Assist, and ACE body structure, to both ensure that avoiding a collision is easier than before, and that in the event of such an incident, your vehicle is stronger structurally, so it will better protect you. You can’t put a price on safety, and the 2017 Honda CR-V spares no expense.
These are just 5 Short reasons why you should buy a Honda CR-V, and there are much more.
All you have to do is come to Alberta Honda for a test drive or book one online today!
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November 11th is an important day for Canadians. It`s a day we use specifically to honor our veterans and those who have fought for our freedoms, freedoms that we often take for granted today. This kind of freedom wasn`t always so easy and it`s taken a century of fighting to get where we are. Remembrance Day is a day we take to reflect and honor it. Which is why it`s a national holiday and has been for nearly a hundred years. This year`s Remembrance Day happens to fall on a Friday, which means that this Remembrance Day is a long weekend.
With that, here are 3 things to do this long weekend in Edmonton.
Any long weekend is perfect to spend with your family. But sometimes, spending 72 hours with your kids is a bit much. Luckily, there is a compromise. Take ‘em and plop ‘em down inside a movie theater and you can both enjoy a few hours of quality entertainment. The Metro Garneau Cinema offers great family friendly viewing almost every Saturday morning. The Garneau offers a mix of grand foreign films and classic Hollywood stuff, but if you’re looking something a little more mainstream, you can also check out your local Cineplex, which also offers Saturday morning cartoon movies for children.
Holiday Light Up
It’s never too early to start up the holiday season! Okay, maybe if you’re trying to get into the Christmas spirit pre-Halloween that might be too early. Regardless, it’s November, just give in, and come celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with an afternoon of live entertainment and great food, as well as the lightning of a ginormous tree. It’s another thing that’s great for families as well as anyone who just likes the holidays.
The Canadian Finals Rodeo has once again graced us with their presence. It’s a bit of a tradition, and an event that is thoroughly embedded in Edmonton culture. Beyond the typical rodeo festivities, there’s a variety of other awesome activities as well. The Roadhouse has been dubbed the official venue of the CFR and features such talents as: Chris Janson, Brett Kissel, and High Valley. There is also the Miss Rode event, a timely tradition, as well as a variety of great food options, including the Roadhouse Buffet!
The Halloween season is upon us. The Yachimec Group would like to present to you Top 5 scariest cars in film history:
“Candy-cane… Come in, Candy-cane…”
I’ve personally always found semi-trucks very ominous. There’s something about them that always got a little under my skin. They sit up higher than every other vehicle, often looking down on us, seeing things we can never see. You can’t even see who’s driving them half the time. Not to mention, the grill looks like an angry face. With eyes… teeth… angry, hungry teeth. As it drives towards you, it seriously looks like the truck wants to eat you. I mean… Come on. An angry metallic face driving at you at highway speeds. It’s terrifying.
Make/Model – 359 Peterbilt
Color – Black/Silver
Introduced 1967, the 359 Peterbilt was the first long-nosed conventional Peterbilt. The 3 in 359 is a label for any vehicle made by Peterbilt that features a dual drive rear axle .
NOTE* The movie Joy Ride (2001) was heavily influenced by the film Duel (1971), both in style and in story, even down to the truck, which was an earlier model 281 Peterbilt.
#4 The Creeper Truck – Jeepers Creepers (2001)
“Jeepers… Creepers… Where’d you get those peepers?”
Have you ever even seen this kind of vehicle on the road, let alone following you bumper to bumper on an isolated highway? Talk about freaky. Let’s not even talk about what comes out of the truck or what happens if whatever drives this monster mobile catches you. With that truck tailing you, whatever is driving inside will surpass what your imagination has cooked up. Again, much like with Joy Ride and the Semi-Truck, the grill of the Creeper Truck looks like it wants to chomp you up into little bits. Not to mention, the old, rusted look adds a sense of history and builds an entire persona around the vehicle.
I mean, the license plate on the truck says “BEATNGU” Did you catch that? BE. EATING. YOU…
Make/Model – 1941 Chevy
Color – Rusted Green
A souped up version of a 1941 Chevy COE equipped with Cow Catcher at the front. A fairly common farming truck, aged beautifully and rusted over to give it its iconic look. The cow catcher, basically a covered, breathable trailer, is used to capture and store dead bodies.
NOTE* I always thought the license plate read like “Beating you”, which is probably equally as terrifying.
“They all know nothing can stop the car…”
There is always going to be some inherently spooky about a car without a driver. It’s such a foreign and odd visual that hits us at a guttural level. There is no rhyme or reason to The Car, it just keeps going. It’s an unstoppable killing machine. The costume grill on the Mark III, like other vehicles on this list, makes it look like it has both eyes and teeth shaped in a sort of sinister grin as it chases you around. Laughing at you…. Happy as can be as it tries to run you over.
Make/Model – A customized Lincoln Continental Mark III
Color – Matte black
A rough and mean v8 engine with 350+ horsepower, the 71’ Mark III was the last of its kind ever produced. A lot of power packed into a large and menacing frame. At the time, Lincoln was
not known as a rough and tough sort of vehicle. It was pure class and luxury, which made it even worse when it came barreling at you at 100 km/h.
NOTE* They did a parody of this car on an episode of Futurama, which was a lot of fun. It is also featured in the opening credits of The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XXIV.
#2 Stuntman Mike’s Death Proof car – Death Proof (2007)
“… Remember when I said this car was death proof? Well, that wasn’t a lie. This car is 100% death proof. Only to get the benefit of it, honey, you really need to be sitting in my seat. “
Slam. Crunch. Yuck…
The idea of a car being death proof actually sounds kind of wonderful. When you factor in the idea that a homicidal maniac is behind the wheel, it makes things slightly less wonderful. With its dirty, matte black paint job, and no-nonsense style, the Death Proof car is menacing with any driver at the wheel.
Make/Model – 1971 Chevy Nova SS.
Color – Matte black
Packed into a tight frame, one of the smallest muscle cars built at the time, the Nova SS had 300 HP+ V8 engine. Imagine that screaming down a highway at speeds beyond the legal limit, you in the passenger seat, sitting on a bucket, no seat belt, nothing to grab on to when the driver hits the break.
Stuntman Mike said it best, “I’m afraid you’re gonna have to start getting scared… immediately!”
NOTE* This movie was paired with the movie Planet Terror (2007) as a full-on double feature called Grindhouse (2007).
#1 Andi’s Fury – Christine (1983)
“You better watch what you say about my car. She’s real sensitive.”
Everyone remembers that feeling you had when you got your first car, the feeling of settling into the seat, of feeling like you’ve finally become whole. It’s a feeling that leaves you with a newfound sense of both pride, and vulnerability. Sure, people get attached to things growing up, a bike, a toy, a blankie, but few things really stick like a first car. Imagine establishing that kind of deep connection to something and being forced to come to terms with the fact that this thing you love so much is evil. Not just evil, but murderous as well.
Make/Model – 1958 Plymouth Fury
Color – Red/White
A sub-series of the Plymouth Belvedere, the 58’ Fury came with 300 horse power, packed into a 5.7L engine. A powerful piece of American muscle, Christine is hell-bent on knocking off her owner’s enemies one by one. Talk about dangerous… And methodical. It is for this reason that Christine lands on the top the list. Not only does it kill, but she has a rhyme and reason. Almost to the point that evokes some kind of empathy for the thing. Empathy for a machine… A machine that kills people. Ad that is something we can all be afraid of.
NOTE* Based on the best selling novel of the same name by Stephen King.
All the cars in Maximum Overdrive (1986)…
And remember, keep an eye out for those spooky headlights creeping up on you when you’re driving all alone on a desolate highway road.
The newest integration of the Civic Type-R just dropped in Paris today at the 2016 Paris Auto show. It`s a drastic change in the looks department, the new Type-R is athletic and sleek in its design. The Type-R series is a bolstered, performance driven version of the Civic model. A hatchback in build, it`s a performance vehicle that offers track-ready power and precision. It`s a radical shift in how the Civic of years past operates, but it`s something to look forward to for car enthusiast and Honda fans alike.
Every aspect of the 2017 Civic Type-R is designed to influence performance. It`s exterior is a preview of what Civic vehicles will look like going forward, which is the perfect mix of new innovations and a classic mold that has made the Civic one of the most popular vehicles in the entire world. The new Type-R rides lower, with a wider frame compared to previous models, which gives it a stronger base, while also being aerodynamic. It`s got a gorgeous brushed aluminum-effect finish, with a carbon fiber front fascia to finish it off. It looks like a car that`s meant to be driven.
Up front, it proudly brandishes that Honda “H“ emblem, in the center of the front grille, a great accent to a grille that grins at you from the front. The hood offers a centralized air scoop that angles down towards a pair of LED lights that look like a pair of focused eyes, eyes focused clearly on the road ahead.
The carbon fiber trend runs along the sides and to the back of the vehicle where a muscular diffuser sits below the rear fascia. At the back, a pair of read headlights that ride above three tailpipes highlighted in red and below an impeccable wing that slopes along the rear. The Type-R sits atop four of 245-section high performance tires and 20-inch piano black alloy wheels, with just a dash of red accents throughout.
The Type-R is meant to stand out. It`s meant to look and feel like a Honda branded race car. It`s a vehicle that looks the part.
The 2017 Honda Civic Type-R makes its North American debut at the Las Vegas SEMA Auto Show in November. Keep a look out for our review at AlbertaHonda.com.
Top 3 Honda Vehicles for College Students
The whole back to school thing is a rough time for everyone involved. Students can no longer sleep in for as long as they want, or stay up all night on their phones or playing video games, or reading Wikipedia or whatever it is kids do during summer vacation these days. It’s back to the daily grind for them, back to early mornings and late nights studying. For the parents, or whoever is seeing off these students, whether they be high school and college aged or even younger, they have to deal with the pains and struggles of no longer having someone sit on the couch all day, eating all your food, making a huge mess, drinking all your drinks, basically just being a big pile of goo.
But during this transitional period, it’s important to be able to get where you want to go, because times are a bit hectic and getting back into the school groove is always a struggle.
With that, here are the top 3 best Honda vehicles for going back to school.
Starting at $16,155
The most popular vehicle driving on Canadian roads, and with good reason. It’s one of the most reliable vehicles available today, with unrivaled fuel economy, with style that gives you bragging rights. It’s the perfect student vehicle for people on a budget that aren’t willing to sacrifice style or performance.
Starting at $14,790
The 2016 fit shares similar qualities to the Civic. Both vehicles are fuel efficient and available at a low cost. The Fit takes those ideas to the next level. Being a compact vehicle, its body style allows it to have even better fuel economy than the Civic. It manages to do all this without ever sacrifices style.
Starting at $20,790
This all-new compact utility vehicle only recently burst onto the scene, though it has done so with a bang. It too follows a trend of being both reliable and having great fuel economy. It’s a little more rugged, and formidable, especially during rough road conditions which we can get during Alberta winters. It’s the perfect vehicle for a new young driver.
We’re entering the dog days of summer, which in Edmonton is a tragic time. It’s almost back to school time for kids, and for many other none school goers, it means a time when the weather cools and the fun stops. Even the summer movie season is starting to cool off, which means we’re in that weird spot after the summer blockbusters and before the fall Oscar bait stuff. As much as the fall season means the return of sports (mostly hockey), it does feel like each summer is just a tease of what summer actually should be.
But I’m here to tell you that the end of summer, or August as some of you crazier types would call it, is not all bad news. There’s still some nice weather to be had, the Fringe is on, (I’ve got my tickets to see a play called The Golden Smile on Wednesday, and I bet there’s a green onion cake by the food trucks with my name on it), and hey, at least it’s not September, right? You can start crying after Labor Day, alright?
Another benefit of August is that the car industry can offer some truly incredible deals. It’s a time of the year where dealerships have to start clearing out for their new stock, and why not reap the benefits. It’s a not so common piece of information that next to February, August is the best time to buy a car.
With that, there are some deals to look forward to, and 6 reasons why August is a great time to buy a car
With the recent arrival of the 2017 Acura MDX, West Side Acura is offering $6,000 cash rebate on all 2016 models. Which a sizable discount for a vehicle that is as highly sought after and well regarded as the MDX.
The family vehicle, specifically the minivan is making a huge comeback this summer, and to celebrate the return on my favorite vehicle class Great West Chrysler is giving up to a whopping $10,000 off all 2016 Grand Caravan models. There really is no sweeter time to jump into these sweet rides.
This summer sees the arrival of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which is Honda’s addition to the ultra-competitive pickup truck vehicle class. It’s a tough club to join but Honda is confident in joining the ranks of some of the best. For you Honda fans in the market for something heavy duty, the Ridgeline is the exact vehicle for you.
Nissan is taking part in a summer sale they’ve dubbed the Redline Clear-out event. What is it you may ask? It’s a $10,000 discount of all 2016 Nissan Titan XD vehicles. Act now because like summer, this sale is coming to an end soon, August 31st to be exact.
BMW vehicles are idyllic for summer driving. They know that, we know that, which is why the Edmonton BMW is offering up to 0.9% financing on all 2016 BMW vehicles. Never has there been a better opportunity to hop into your dream vehicle than this summer.
Samurai Sam, West side Mitsubishi’s spokesperson, is a big fan of summer. Which is why he’s offering $2,500 off all 2015 Evo final editions. As much as we’d like to hang on to these delicious cult classics, West Side Mits also recognizes that the future is now. 2.5 k off an Evo ain’t too shabby by anyone’s standards.