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New for 2015
The 2015 Honda CR-V is updated with fresher exterior styling, a new continuously-variable transmission, and several new convenience and safety features.
More of Everything
How do you improve an SUV that’s already a bestseller? That’s the predicament Honda found itself in when it came to updating the popular CR-V small SUV. It may be the top-selling vehicle in its market segment, but every car needs an update eventually.
So Honda kept what made the CR-V great, and gave customers more. The 2015 CR-V is more efficient and more stylish than ever before, and features more technology for added safety and convenience. With these updates, the CR-V is sure to remain a bestseller.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2015 Honda CR-V is even more efficient than before, thanks to several key powertrain enhancements.
Like the 2014 CR-V, the 2015 model is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, but it now features direct injection and other enhancements from Honda’s Earth Dreams family of technologies. The result is 181 pound-feet of torque, an 11 percent increase over the previous model’s 163 pound-feet. Horsepower remains unchanged at 185.
Backing the updated engine is a new continuously-variable transmission (CVT), which replaces a five-speed automatic. The CVT helps improve gas mileage, and provides smoother acceleration.
The result is EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive,* or 28 mpg combined (26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.* Either way, that’s an improvement of 3 mpg in the combined and city categories, and 4 mpg in the highway category.
Features and Trims
Efficiency isn’t the only area where the 2015 Honda CR-V gets an upgrade. This small SUV also boasts several new features that one would typically expect to see in a vehicle costing much more than the CR-V’s $23,320 starting price.**
At that price, the base LX model comes standard with Bluetooth® HansFreeLink, a multifunction center console storage bin with sliding armrest, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, among other useful features.
Upgrading to the EX model nets a seven-inch Display Audio center-stack screen, LED daytime running lights, and heated front seats with 10-way power adjustment for the driver. A half step beyond that is the EX-L, which adds leather seats, dual-zone climate control and roof rails, as well as navigation if you specify the EX-L Navi sub-model.
For 2015, the CR-V also gets a new top Touring model with a power tailgate, side-mirror turn signal lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also features several electronic driver aids bundled in the Honda Sensing suite, which is new to the CR-V this year.
You’ll immediately spot a 2015 Honda CR-V thanks to its updated styling. The front end features a new grille and headlights that seem to borrow more than a little from the stylish Fit subcompact and the benchmark Accord. That bold face is accented by new wheel and mirror designs, as well as tall taillights that give the CR-V a distinctive look from behind.
On the inside, the CR-V gains added functionality with a standard multifunction center console, which includes a sliding armrests and rear climate-control vents, while the optional Display Audio screen adds a new level of technology. On the practical side, there’s seating for five with 35.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind them.
It may be a mid-cycle refresh rather than a full redesign, but the 2015 Honda CR-V features several key safety updates. A refresh typically doesn’t come with significant structural changes, but engineers made over 60 changes to improve rigidity and crashworthiness.
In addition to a strong structure, the 2015 CR-V comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and front, side-curtain, and front-side airbags.
For 2015, the CR-V also gets a serious safety tech upgrade with the Honda Sensing suite, available on the Touring model. This package includes electronic aids like forward collision warning, a collision-mitigation system with automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning.
The 2015 Honda CR-V puts a new spin on a familiar product. The CR-V is already a popular vehicle, and the updated 2015 model improves on its strengths with a more efficient powertrain, stylish exterior, and added technology. With all of that, it’s likely to remain a top seller, and should definitely make it onto your short list.
*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options.
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There’s a lot to love about the all-new Subaru Legacy. And we’re not the only ones who think so. That’s because the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy was recently voted “Best Car to Buy 2015” by The Car Connection. Editors of the car review and research outlet applauded the sedan for its sculpted exterior design, spacious cabin, and outstanding fuel economy and safety features.
The Car Connection is a well-respected and trusted outlet that evaluates automobiles through an extensive and unique 10-point numeric value rating system. It recognizes and incorporates scores given to each vehicle on sub-categories ranging from safety and comfort to fuel economy and styling. With its unique mix of value, comfort, and features, the 2015 Legacy beat out competitive field of 11 all new or fully redesigned nominees.
"We are very pleased that the all-new Legacy, which had its third consecutive best sales month ever in October, has earned ‘Best Car to Buy 2015’ in the midsize sedan segment,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc, in a press release. “Our combination of all-wheel drive, safety, reliability and value is unmatched in the industry and we thank The Car Connection for their recognition of that.”
Outstanding value and features often found in more expensive models were key components of the Legacy’s award. Speaking on the award-winning model, Bengt Halvorson, deputy editor for The Car Connection said, “The 2015 Subaru Legacy gets the award this year, and it’s the value factor, including standard all-wheel drive, that really nudges it ahead of every other contender.” Halvorson adds, “The Legacy’s safety credentials, with EyeSight, rival what’s offered in luxury cars with several times the sticker price.”
The Subary Legacy was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, and with that redesign came a host of improvements to an already compelling package. The 2015 Legacy is available with both four-cylinder and six-cylinder BOXER engines. In addition to improved fuel economy and standard all-wheel drive, the 2015 Legacy sports an upgraded interior, sharper styling, and boasts the largest cabin in its class. For added piece of mind, the Legacy also features Subaru’s award-winning Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology.
For more information on this and other Subaru models, contact or visit our dealership today.
Tire health is easily overlooked until there’s an emergency, but don’t wait for a blowout to get them checked out. Tired tires result in unsafe driving conditions and limited control, and just because your tires aren’t 10 years old doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Tire health depends heavily on factors that vary greatly driver to driver, so it’s important to check your tires regularly to stay on the safe track.
Tires are only as effective as their ability to grip the road, which all depends on tread. Regularly rotated tires last longer because their wear is evenly distributed. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration sets the cutoff at 2/32 inches for the minimum safe tread depth.
Check your tread depth by inserting a penny, facing you, into one of the treads, Lincoln’s head first. If all you can see is Lincoln’s forehead, your tread is at a safe level. If you can see his hair, it’s almost new tire time, and if you can see the top of his head or any space above his head, you need new tires stat!
If your tires display any of these symptoms, it’s time for replacement
Wear bars are visual signals built into U.S. tires that only show when your tire tread is wearing. If you can see these bars, which look like bridges across treads, that tire has reached its expiration date.
Bulging tires are also a sign of wear. If your tire looks like it’s gained a bit of weight around the middle, it may need replacing.
Visible wires on your tire are bad news. These wires come from metal belts that are meant to strengthen the tire, but are not meant to contact the road. If your tire is showing its wires, it has done its time.
Age plays a part, especially for spare tires that sit in your trunk without use. If you know you’ve had a spare for a long time, it could be worthwhile to get it checked out before a long road trip to approve it for use.
Regularly checking your tires is a small step to help avoid a big headache later on. Stop by our service department for a tire tune-up, and roll out worry-free.
Drivers face danger every time they venture onto roads and highways, but drivers face the toughest challenges during the winter months. Cold weather can make cars difficult to start, freeze coolant and fuel lines, and cause slick roadways. Precipitation like freezing rain, sleet, and snow limits visibility and makes controlling your car difficult. Take some time now to prepare yourself and your car for the harsh conditions that you will face as the seasons change.
Prepare Your Car
Work, family, errands, recreation, and travel place demands on modern auto owners that take precedence over routine car maintenance. Regardless of how well you have followed your dealer’s recommended service regimen, you should take some basic steps to prepare your car for cold weather. Thoroughly check the electrical system in your car. This includes the battery, distributor cap, wires, and other components. You should also test your headlights, turn signals, side indicator lights, brake lights, and four-way flashers to ensure maximum visibility. Brakes and tires affect the way your car steers and grips the road, so get them checked before cold weather sets in. Finally, check the cooling system in your car to make sure it has a proper mixture of antifreeze and that the radiator and hoses are free of leaks.
Freezing rain rates high among top cold-weather driving hazards, so avoid it when possible. If you must drive during freezing rain, drive slowly and brake gently to stay in control over your vehicle. Safe driving distances, fresh windshield wipers and anti-freeze windshield wash solution can help.
Melting snow can cause rivers and streams to overflow without notice and cause you to lose control of your car. Insurance industry sources say that as little as 12 inches of water on a road can sweep your car off the road. Therefore, you should avoid navigating flooded roads when possible. If you must drive through a flooded area, beware of floating objects that could collide with your car and electrical wires that can harm you if you attempt to exit your vehicle. When your car emerges from a flooded road, carefully test your brakes. You can dry wet brakes by using your left foot to lightly press the brake pedal while using your right foot to maintain speed.
Snow causes slick road conditions that can easily contribute to accidents, so reduce your speeds, increase your following distances, and be prepared to control skids. Snow can cause whiteout conditions that can reduce your visibility to mere inches in front of your car, so reduce your speed and keep your headlights on. Snow can also cause hazards such as fallen power lines and trees that can unexpectedly block your path, so always be prepared to take evasive action.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that speeding helps cause one-third of all fatal automobile accidents. During most of the year, speeding constitutes driving faster than posted speed limits. During cold weather, however, speeding also constitutes speeds that are unsafe for road conditions. Slow down to increase your chance for survival.
Some drivers seem oblivious to the dangers associated with winter driving and directly threaten your life and property. Authorities can only cite irresponsible drivers after an incident occurs that has damaged your car and your body. Therefore, you should always try to anticipate the behavior of other drivers and practice other defensive-driving tactics.
Falling temperatures and impending holiday feasts create the perfect storm to foil your fitness plans. You may find yourself tempted to store away your gym shoes in favor of your fleece blanket and flannel pajamas, and snuggle up for a long winter sleep. Are you a bear? If not, then don’t hibernate this season. Follow these tips to transition your fitness routine and avoid derailing during the holidays.
Don’t let your lack of appropriate attire keep you from tackling a cold weather workout. Stock up on light layers that wick away moisture, gloves, and a hat or ear covering for the coldest temperatures. Even if you don’t get frigid temperatures during the winter months, be wary of wind chill. Invest in a breathable, wind-resistant outer layer so your walk or run isn’t cut short because of biting winds.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If you’re noticing you have less energy during your colder workouts, it could be because you’re not drinking enough water. Hydration is always important, but especially in colder months when you don’t realize just how much you’re sweating through extra layers of clothing. You may not realize how thirsty you are until you’re already dehydrated. As a general rule, drink as much water in the fall and winter as you would if it were a blazing hot summer day.
Take Advantage of Peer Pressure
Research group fitness classes, boot camps, or training groups in your area. Group fitness is a great way to meet people, and if you sign up for a regular meet-up, it’s more likely you’ll make it to your workout when other people are depending on you. You’re also more likely to attend if you’ve already paid the membership or program fee.
Make Fitness a Tradition
Yes, pie is delicious, but there are plenty of colder weather traditions that are actually good for you. Sign up for a turkey trot and make exercising on Thanksgiving a family tradition, or look for a corn maze in your area. Fall and early winter weather is also the perfect time for a brisk hike, if you’re in an area near trails. When winter chills roll around, take every opportunity to go ice skating, indoors or outdoors. It’s a great workout, but you won’t realize you’re burning calories while you’re enjoying all the winter ambiance.
Check the weather forecast and schedule your workout for the warmest part of the day, if you can. If you work all day, this is admittedly a harder feat, but take advantage of the weekends to time your workouts perfectly and get some time outside. Fresh air always amps up energy and gives workouts an extra boost.
Not interested in braving the cold or driving to a gym? No problem. There are plenty of interval bodyweight workouts that will provide a solid burn at home. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a massive calorie-torcher, and the workout circuits are completely adaptable for at-home workouts. Also try Tabata, a HIIT variation with shorter fast-paced intervals, or running stairs. Try some indoor workouts now, so you can have a favorite routine in your back pocket to fall back on when discouraging weather strikes.
When the holiday season hits, don’t panic. Armed with these tips, you’re sure to defeat the fitness freeze this year. Now get out there and conquer the cold.
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Are you in charge of the Thanksgiving turkey this year? Whether you’re a beginner to basting or you are a seasoning veteran, the main event of the Thanksgiving feast is a significant undertaking, but there’s more than one way to do it right. This year, don’t settle for a boring bird. Take a look at some of these poultry preparations that will knock the socks off your guests and put Aunt Edna’s turkey from last year to shame.
Embrace the Brine
Brining, or soaking in saltwater, takes a little more prep (24-48 hours), but it infuses the bird with flavor and increases the likelihood that your turkey will turn out moist and flavorful rather than dry and crumbly. Plus, if you’re looking for simplicity, this killer recipe has only five ingredients, one of which is the turkey itself. This apple-brined version is a little more complicated, but the results look like autumnal perfection.
Sometimes the best tasting turkey comes from humbler beginnings. Ditch the fancy preparation, and grab a can of beer. Open beer. Insert into turkey. Grill turkey. This recipe is as simple as that, plus a few additional spices to take your buzzed bird to the next level.
You sir, with the death wish, would you like to deep-fry a turkey? Yes, you say? This high-risk method was all the rage a few years back, and some turkey chefs still swear by it. If you decide you’d like an oil-crisped bird, it can be done, but proceed with caution and make sure you plan and prepare well before firing up the fryer.
The Bacon Turkey (not to be confused with turkey bacon)
This is a pretty standard rule for most any food: when in doubt, add bacon. When not in doubt, add bacon. Wrap your turkey in bacon and create this meat masterpiece that is sure to please any carnivorous family.
Three Birds in One
This recipe takes the traditional turkey up a notch. A few notches, actually, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Yes, it’s the Turducken. If poultry inception interests you and you want to cook a bird inside a bird inside a bird, consult this thorough guide to creating the ultimate Turducken.
Choose your Own Adventure
If you just can’t decide on a recipe, but you still want to make a jaw-dropping bird, here’s a great mix-and-match guide for all you indecisive cooks out there.
Of course, you could just go with a traditional turkey recipe this Thanksgiving, but if you’re feeling daring, give one of these alternative approaches a try and mix it up this holiday season.
Discover a new way to spend Thanksgiving this year
Sitting around the house watching football and stuffing yourself silly has its appeal. But maybe it's time for a new Thanksgiving tradition. Maybe it's time to hop in your vehicle for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and check out these unique Thanksgiving celebrations.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Get a taste of natural beauty along with the taste of a delicious Thanksgiving feast. The area west of Philadelphia offers numerous Amish-themed family style restaurants ready to serve a bountiful feast. Since you're already in the area, you might as well head to the Landis Valley Museum, which recreates country style celebrations from ages past. If you want to get a nice start on the Christmas season, you can't go wrong with a visit to Bethlehem—Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that is.
Plymouth, Massachusetts. What could be better this Thanksgiving than visiting the home of the original Thanksgiving? Take a boat tour on a replica of the original Mayflower. While you're there, take in a concert, food festival, and the town's annual Thanksgiving parade. Plymouth brings history to life over the holiday weekend with pilgrims, soldiers, patriots, and pioneers milling about town.
San Diego. Thanksgiving is associated with leaves turning color, football, and the onset of cold weather. Why be in such a hurry to be cold? Instead, take advantage of the four-day weekend and take the kids on a road trip to beautiful Southern California, where you can be thankful for Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and some of the nicest beaches on the West Coast. Don't worry. There are plenty of restaurants that will gladly serve up a feast and you can still watch football on TV—or you can listen to the game while enjoying a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway.
Arizona. If you're out west, you don't need to travel to New England to appreciate the Thanksgiving legacy of Native Americans. Arizona, home to dozens of reservations, is a great place to learn about Native American culture. Arizona's mild fall and winter climate allows you to enjoy a scenic drive on the Apache Trail near Phoenix. This well-traveled road offers scenic views of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, and desert and lake views. In Northern Arizona, there's also this little hole in the ground known as the Grand Canyon, not a bad spot for a Thanksgiving picnic or scenic drive.
New York. Other than Pilgrims and Natives feasting on a beautiful fall day in New England, nothing brings forth memories of Thanksgiving like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Instead of watching it on TV this year, hop in the car and head to the Big Apple to see it in person. Afterwards, there'll be plenty of shops to help you get a head start on your Christmas shopping.
St. Augustine, Florida. The oldest permanent settlement in the United States also claims to have held the first Thanksgiving-like celebration on Sept. 8, 1565, 56 years ahead of the pilgrims. According to legend, Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles celebrated the establishment of the St. Augustine Church by feasting with the Timucuan Indians.
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