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Are there any new cars that aren’t full of electronics with “everything connected?”

Finding a Bare-Bones Vehicle

There are obvious benefits to the plethora of safety features and electronics in modern vehicles. In fact, we find most consumers to be climbing over each other in enthusiasm as they try to get the vehicle with the most of these cutting-edge gizmos.

However, there are some downsides as well; notably, maintenance costs have increased drastically, and, if you’re mechanically inclined, you likely find it harder to perform maintenance on your own vehicle, resulting in less of a personal connection with your ride than in years past. Many of us continue to understand less and less about the vehicles we drive, and it can be alienating.

What if you want to buy a new car that keeps things simple? Are there any new cars that simply aren’t loaded with safety features and electronics, with everything hopelessly connected inside?


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Though it is possible to find a car that has less technology than others, it gets more difficult every year. Automakers just keep packing in new systems in their ongoing efforts to maximize safety, convenience, connectivity, infotainment, performance, and all the other elements of the vehicular experience.

How can I find a low-tech car?

If you’re after a low-tech vehicle, seek out base models or models that are late in their life cycle. Reviewers will likely refer to such models as “outdated,” but it sounds like that’s just what you’re looking for. Because such under-equipped vehicles are less popular than heavily-outfitted versions, you may have to ask a dealer to special-order them for you.

An alternative option is just to check out pre-owned inventories and seek out a vehicle that’s a few generations old.

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Why is it impossible to get a modern vehicle with no computers inside?

Computers are used in vehicles to manage the engine, helping to increase fuel efficiency and control emissions. With each year, more safety systems become mandatory, and the majority of them require computerized technology. For example, all new or redesigned models now require backup cameras, which means a screen upfront is a necessity.

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Should you insist on OEM parts when you have your car serviced?

When you need service or repairs performed on your vehicle, the term “OEM” may drift up from somewhere deep in the nether regions of your mind. The moniker stands for “Original Engine Manufacturer,” and some automotive geeks insist that it’s all you should use in your ride.

OEM parts are, as the name suggests, produced (and endorsed) by the same brand that built your vehicle. They have some obvious benefits; you can be certain that they will fit and work optimally with all the other pieces in your machine. But they can also be more expensive. Should you insist that OEM parts be used when you have your car serviced?

We recommend using OEM parts when your vehicle is serviced because they are the safest, highest quality parts. They will be the best fit available for your particular vehicle. They will also be easier to choose, because there is likely only one option for each part you need.


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Benefits of OEM Parts in Vehicle Service

When using OEM parts, quality is assured in more ways than one. Many automakers provide a one-year warranty on their OEM parts. In addition, the trained and certified service team at the OEM dealership will stand by their labor and provide support if something goes wrong.

To get OEM parts, the easiest option is to go to a dealership’s official service department (such as, for example, ours here at Pohanka Honda!) This will ensure OEM parts are being used in your vehicle.

Independent service shops typically use aftermarket parts. While not all aftermarket parts are bad, they do vary in quality much more than OEM. This means there’s greater risk in their use, and more research should be used to determine if the parts being used are actually right for your vehicle.

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When is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid coming out?

Many of us here at Pohanka Honda are dangerously excited for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Not only will it be the first hybrid incarnation of the most popular Honda model, but it will be the first hybrid SUV from Honda, period. How long do we have to wait? When is the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid coming out?

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Expected Release Date

Honda states the expected release of the 2020 CR-V Hybrid as “early 2020.” Other sources say spring 2020, while others still refer to the “first quarter of 2020.” Whichever terminology you prefer, it seems clear that we will be able to enjoy the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid by the summer of 2020.


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Why are we excited for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

As we pointed out above, the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid SUV ever. And it’s coming to the CR-V, the most popular Honda model of any body type. Not only that, but it will be the most powerful CR-V configuration available.

The 2020 CR-V Hybrid boasts an advanced hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive. That’s right: standard all-wheel drive. On every trim level.

What engine is used on the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid?

Under the hood lies the third-generation 2-mode hybrid system that’s also utilized by the Accord Hybrid. It pumps out a total of 212 horsepower, with 232 lb-ft of torque. That’s the most powerful powertrain offering in the CR-V lineup.

But this is a hybrid, so what about the fuel economy? Official MPG ratings for the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid have not yet been provided.

What other hybrid models does Honda offer?

As of this writing, Honda produces three hybrid models: the compact Honda Insight, midsize Honda Accord, and plug-in midsize Honda Clarity. Honda aims to offer electrified vehicles across two-thirds of its model spread by 2030.

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Tips for Winter Driving on the Delmarva Peninsula

How can drivers stay safe while driving in ice and snow?

Winter has come early this year, and though fall is still fighting valiantly to fend it off, we know in the end it will be a losing battle. And so we must again accept the inevitable.

But while we can’t stop winter from coming, we can do our best to be prepared. Once the snow really starts to fall and the roads freeze over, how can one stay safe in Salisbury and the surrounding areas? Here follows a variety of helpful tips, with information courtesy of our good friends at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.

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Prepare Your Vehicle

Before the season starts, (or as soon as possible), have your vehicle serviced. A service department should closely inspect your vehicle’s battery, cooling system, windshield wipers, defrosters, and tires. Also, fill up your wiper fluid reservoir with high quality no-freeze fluid.

When Driving:

  • As always, buckle up and ensure your passengers do so too.
  • If there’s a snow emergency, stay off the road if you can. If you can’t, give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination and drive with caution.
  • Don’t think you’re invincible because you have four-wheel drive; such vehicles are actually just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as those with two-wheel drive.
  • If you start to skid, don’t slam on your brakes. Take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction of the skid.
  • Give plenty of extra distance to other vehicles. Especially snowplows. This will provide you with the necessary extra stopping space.
  • Remember that bridges and ramps are the first to freeze, so be especially careful on these.
  • Never try passing a snowplow or salt truck. They don’t have great visibility, and something bad could result. It’s recommended drivers stay at least 25 feet (three car lengths) behind a snow emergency vehicle.
  • If you do get stranded, the safest place to wait for help is in your car. Just be careful not to run your vehicle for too long with the windows up or in an enclosed space. This is to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. For the same reason, clear your exhaust pipe of any snow and just run the engine sporadically; enough to stay warm.

Before Every Drive:

Before heading out into the Winter Dangerland, make sure your car is properly prepped for the drive; though we don’t have time to get into the details here, there are a variety of items you should have with you in your vehicle. Also make sure that all snow and ice is removed from your car before you go. This is in addition to the seasonal maintenance mentioned above.

Interior front steering wheel, dashboard, infotainment and center console inside a 2020 Honda Pilot.

Why is the battery light on in my Honda Pilot?

Meaning of Honda Battery Dashboard Light

Having a warning light come on in your car can be unnerving. Though it can be tempting to ignore, the right course of action is to try to figure out what’s wrong. Read on to find out why the dashboard battery light is illuminated in your Honda Pilot.


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The meaning of the dashboard battery light is the same for almost any vehicle: it indicates that the battery is not charging. The most likely cause is an issue with either your battery or your alternator.

How do I know if my car battery is working?

To check the functioning of your battery, use a multimeter. This tool includes two points, with one intended for each terminal of the battery. Look for a reading of 12.6 volts or above.

If the reading comes in below 12.6 volts, your battery has dead cells. It’s on its way to a complete demise and needs to be changed. If the reading comes back at or above 12.6, your battery is working fine. You should then check your alternator.

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What if my battery and alternator seem to be working?

If both the battery and alternator seem to be working fine in your Honda Pilot (or you’d rather just have it checked by a certified professional), feel free to bring it in to us here at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury! Our trained and certified service team will be happy to diagnose the issue and get it all fixed up, while you sip coffee comfortably in our waiting area instead of getting your hands dirty.

Rarer causes of an illuminated battery light include a shorted-out cable, a faulty BMS sensor, or another component such as the tensioner or A/C compressor seized causing the belt to slip. These are all elements to have our technicians check for. Thanks for reading, and we hope you get that issue sorted out soon!

 

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Why are Honda Civic models so popular?

First showing its handsome face to drivers way back in 1972, the Civic has a long history. Over time, the flagship machine has only gotten better. It has continually solidified and renewed its reputation for fast, safe, stable functionality, attractive looks, an economical price, great resale value, and healthy fuel economy.

The Honda Civic has drawn a lot of attention for perpetually staying one of the most common models seen out on the streets. Why are Honda Civic models so popular?


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We believe the Honda Civic owes its popularity to the way it so totally fulfills the needs of the average driver, while minimizing the usual headaches of car-ownership. It comes at a great price, includes dealer-provided maintenance, and has near-unstoppable reliability. It manages to hold value over the years surprisingly well, so owners can often get a great trade-in value.

The Honda Civic is simply a high-quality product.

2020 Honda Civic in Salisbury, MD

The 2020 Honda Civic is the latest in this proud tradition and succeeds in carries the above values forward for yet another model year. We hold particular admiration for its edgy yet sleek styling, advanced interior comfort, and cutting-edge technology. It comes in eight lovely color options.

The engine of the 2020 Honda Civic pumps out 174 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. It gets a thrifty 30 miles-per-gallon in the city and 38 on the highway.* Inside, users will find voluminous cargo space and roomy seating, along with an intuitive infotainment system. The whole package starts at an MSRP of $19,750.**

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*25 city/36 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport 6MT trim. 30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX CVT and Touring trims. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT trim. 32 city/42 highway/36 combined mpg rating for EX & EX-L trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $930.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

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Is the 2020 Honda Accord out yet?

The Honda Accord continues to impress year after year with its great drive, generous list of features, comfortable interior and stylish design. This car simply overflows with utility.

After getting a heartily received full redesign for 2018, Honda has followed a “don’t fix what isn’t broken” philosophy with the Accord. The 2020 Honda Accord largely carries forward the excellent elements of the model’s tenth generation, for which we are very pleased. But eager fans continue to ask: is the 2020 Honda Accord out yet?

2020 Honda Accord in Salisbury MD

Yes, the 2020 Honda Accord is out and available here today here at Pohanka Honda, a dealership proudly serving the whole Delmarva peninsula.


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When did the 2020 Honda Accord come out?

The 2020 Honda Accord was released to dealerships on September 17th, 2019.

2020 Honda Accord Performance

The two elements that leap out first about the 2020 Honda Accord are the unbeatable style and excellent drive for which the model is known. It has three powertrain choices, one of them being a hybrid. The other two are efficient, powerful gas-fed four-cylinders that can be a wedded to a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic. The standard offering starts at 192 horsepower, while the available option takes this number up to 252.

Beyond strength, the 2020 Honda Accord also handles in a buttery-smooth fashion while maintaining satisfying athleticism. This results in a drive that is balanced and nuanced in exactly the right ways.

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2020 Honda Accord Driver-Assistance and Safety Features

Finally, the 2020 Accord also boasts a generous standard suite of cutting-edge driver-assistance features. These include such blessed gems as automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. The full package is called Honda Sensing, and also includes an array of safety features.

Taken as a whole, it’s clear to see why the 2020 Honda Accord is so easy to recommend.