Honda's belief in innovation in the face of impossibility, imagination, and belief in the future extends beyond our company. That's why Honda is making possible a series of short films celebrating people with the same type of vision and courage that made Honda into the company it is today. This documentary series, called Dream the Impossible, highlights everyone from scientists, to racecar drivers and engineers, with topics that are pertinent to the global community.
One special Honda film, Kick Out The Ladder, takes a close look at those who take this workplace metaphor to heart and achieve unthought-of success as a result. From Honda associates who have kicked out the corporate ladder and those who have achieved success as a direct result, this film is a stunning depiction of the Honda philosophy in action.
To see the films in their entirety, and to view clips and promos, simply check out the Dream the Impossible website. We at Coggin Honda of St. Augustine are already inspired, and we hope you will be too!
Honda models keep you on the move
High gas prices have unfortunately become a common occurrence, but are you and your bank account prepared for gas that's $5 a gallon? According to a recent New York Times article, it's quickly becoming a possibility.
The problem began when gas averages hit a record high this past winter, averaging $3.73 nationally in February. And let's not forget that there will be an expected increase in demand in gas in the summer season, which usually pushes gas prices up an average of 20 cents.
What does that mean for you? Well, if you're a typical driver who pumps around 60 gallons of regular, unleaded gasoline per month, a 50 cent increase in price means an extra expense of around $30 a month.
Honda recognizes that its customers need a vehicle that can get them the most bang for their buck, without sacrificing for comfort or innovation. Take the 2012 Honda Insight, for example. Many people associate hybrid cars with gas efficiency, but the Insight ranks as one of the most efficient cars on the road. Thanks to a wealth of energy-efficient technology, the Insight is capable of 45 miles per gallon on the highway. The driver gets additional control over the car's performance, with the addition of the ECON button. With one push of the button, the car can automatically adjust various functions with the express intention of improving fuel efficiency.
With the 2012 Honda Fit, you start off with excellent efficiency afforded by a light bodyweight combined with a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine that produces 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. While that may not sound like much, the combination of the two factors make the Fit downright peppy. But just how good is it? Fits with the manual transmission return an EPA-rated 27mpg city/33mpg highway. Upgrading to the automatic also shows benefits of 28 mpg city/35 mpg highway, while the Sport with automatic still manages numbers of 27/33, respectively.
And of course, we can't forget the classic Civic. For 2012, Civic Coupes and Sedans feature a four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine paired with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. These powertrains yield 140 horsepower and combined fuel efficiency ratings between 31 and 32 mpg. A 1.5-liter engine in the hybrid is paired with an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission to produce 44 mpg combined. Finally, the Si boasts a 2.4-liter engine which churns out 201 horsepower and is only paired with a six-speed manual transmission. That powertrain yields a combined fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon.
This year, don't let the gas pump break the bank. At Coggin Honda of St. Augustine, we've got a great selection of all Honda with the best fuel economy, including Civics, Fits, and Insights. So check out our new Honda inventory online or come by our dealership today!
If you're a parent, you want a vehicle that makes transporting your kids around a breeze, both mentally and physically. Lucky for you, the technology found in the 2012 Honda Odyssey is perfect for helping the modern family stay on the go with ease and efficiency.
In fact, it impressed Parenting Magazine so much, the magazine named the Odyssey to its "2012 Smartest Cars for Families" list. The list can be found in the February "Genius" issue, which is dedicated to helping parents unlock their child's unique genius potential.
The editors at Parenting made a special note of the Odyssey's family-friendly features, such as the DVD Rear Entertainment System that can display two different sources of video programming side by side, and the Blind Spot Information System.
On the road, the Odyssey feels more like a car than a truck. It's easy to drive, thanks to good acceleration and braking, well-weighted steering, and great visibility, while a compliant suspension makes for relaxed long-distance trips. Throw in good handling, courtesy of a low center of gravity, and you'll never look at a car again!
The Odyssey has excellent residual values and a very competitive total cost of ownership. Add in the fact that it was awarded a 5-star government safety rating, and it's easy to see why this highly regarded minivan has been a family favorite for several years.
We at Coggin Honda of St. Augustine are proud of our great selection of family-friendly vehicles - and we invite you to check out our Honda inventory online or stop by our dealership at your earliest convenience!
What’s the ideal vehicle for a long voyage? Something with plenty of space, a comfortable ride, sparkling performance, and good gas mileage. In fact, the aptly named Odyssey would be perfect.
Externally, the 2012 Honda Odyssey is much like any other minivan; a steeply sloped hood flows up to the windshield, there’s a large box for the occupants, sliding doors at the sides, and a large tailgate. Within these constraints though, Honda has injected some attractive styling features. A prominent three-bar grille, bracketed by headlights angling inwards and down, creates a strong “face,” while the side glass tapers towards the rear, helping the van seem a little more wagon-like. A “lightning bolt” kick in the beltline at the C-pillar also helps break up the sheet metal.
Five trim levels are available: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring-Elite. All share a 3.5-liter V6, although the Touring and Touring Elite models benefit from six speeds in the transmission rather than five. i-VTEC technology helps deliver a lively 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque and cylinder deactivation technology yields impressive fuel economy of 18 mpg City/27 mpg highway* (19 mpg city/28 mpg highway in the Touring and Touring Elite.)
The base LX has seating for seven, a full array of safety technology, an 8-way power driver’s seat, a third row folding “Magic Seat®” (so-called because it folds flat with just a tug of a strap,) and starts at around $29,000, including destination charge. An additional $3,000 gets the buyer into the higher-spec, eight passenger EX. This has more paint color options, power sliding doors, 17-inch alloys, 10-way power adjustment on the driver’s seat, and, as part of the removable front center console, a flip-up trash bag ring that’s bound to be very popular with parents and road warriors alike.
The EX-L, priced from about $35,000 (plus destination & handling), adds a power tailgate, leather upholstery, a 4-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, power moonroof, rearview camera, and down at the base of the center stack, a cool box that holds six cans or four bottles of water. Throw in a rear seat entertainment system and the price comes in at roughly $37,000--add navigation and it’s closing in on $38,000 (plus destination & handling).
The Touring gets 18 inch alloys, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, navigation and rear entertainment systems, memory seats and mirrors, fog lights, and is priced from just over $41,000 (plus destination & handling). Finally, costing just under $44,000 (plus destination & handling), there’s the Touring Elite. This sports an “Ultrawide” split screen DVD system, HID headlights, blind spot warning, and an upgraded premium audio system.
Some argue a minivan is more practical than either an SUV or a truck, and a look at the load-carrying capacity tends to support this view. With all the seats in place, a respectable 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space is available. Folding the third row and lifting out the second row seats opens up 148.5 cubic feet and a floor that can take an 8’ x 4’ sheet. If that’s not enough, spending $936 on the trailer hitch kit (which includes a transmission fluid cooler) allows towing of up to 3,500 pounds.
On the road, the Odyssey feels more like a car than a truck. It’s easy to drive, thanks to good acceleration and braking, well-weighted steering, and great visibility, while a compliant suspension makes for relaxed long-distance trips. Throw in good handling, courtesy of a low center of gravity, and you’ll never look at a car again!
The Odyssey has excellent residual values and a very competitive total cost of ownership. Add in the fact that it was awarded a 5-star government safety rating, and it’s easy to see why this highly regarded minivan has been a family favorite for several years.
*Based on 2012 EPA highway mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Q. How often do I really need to get the oil changed in my car? Why?
A. Back in the day, you had to change your oil every 3,000 miles. But, new formulations of oil have longer life spans and don’t have to be changed as frequently. Typically, you’ll change your oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.
Oil not only lubricates your engine, it cleans as it goes. All sorts of gunk is created as an engine runs. Oil picks up the debris as it travels through your engine. That’s why your dipstick starts off dripping with a beautiful amber liquid and ends up covered in black sludge.
Also, over time, oil breaks down. It loses its lubricating power as it gets dirty from picking abrasive deposits. It has a life-cycle. And, although newer synthetic oils last longer than their traditional counterparts do, eventually they too have to be changed.
It’s generally advisable to follow the guidelines in your owner’s manual, especially if your car is under warranty. Some newer cars will even have a flexible oil change schedule based on the type of driving you do. Some of the factors that affect the life of the oil in your car include: stop and go driving, hot weather or excessive heat, towing heavy loads, or anything that puts an extra strain on the engine.
Typically, the computer will warn you when it’s time to change your oil. But don’t rely on it. Even if you haven’t covered the minimum number of miles, oil ages and absorbs moisture. So, you should probably change it at least once a year regardless of mileage.
Remember, routine oil changes can extend the life of your engine, make it run more efficiently and maintain your resale value. It’s a small thing, and one well worth doing.
You may be familiar with traditional bullying. You may remember fellow students being teased when you were in school--maybe you were the one being bullied, or even the one doing the bullying. It's important to understand that these days, bullying isn't confined to the school yard. It's also done online. Known as cyber bullying, it can be just as detrimental and harmful to your child as traditional bullying.
Cyber bullying can include any of the following: a student stealing your child's username and password and then posting vulgar or other unwanted messages on your child's Facebook profile page; sending threatening messages through IM or chats; posting mean messages to discussion boards or blogs, to name a few.
You're probably wondering how you would even know if your child was a victim of cyber bullying. Keep an eye out for damaged or missing clothes or other items that belong to your child. Have there been any unexplained bruises or injuries? Does your child frequently make excuses so he or she doesn't have to go to school? Has he or she lost interest in things that used to make him or her happy? Have you noticed any shifts in mood or lack of appetite? These are all signs your child could be the victim of a bully. Odds are if your child is being bullied on the playground, he or she is being bullied on the Internet, as well.
If you notice any of these signs, talk to your child and ask what's going on. They may be reluctant to tell you for several reasons: they could be scared that you'll tell their teacher and that they will be perceived as a tattle-tale, or they could be afraid of retribution from the bully if they tell someone. However, bullying can't be tolerated. It can often lead to seriously dangerous actions.
Even if your child isn't currently a victim of cyber bullying, you can help them prevent it or try to avoid it. Remind your child of the Internet house rules which include not giving any of their personal information including usernames and passwords to anyone else - even their friends.
Let your child know that if he or she ever receives a threatening message or believes someone has gotten a hold of their username or password to tell you immediately. And tell them not to respond to any of these antics.
Also talk to your child about how it would feel to be the victim of a bully or cyber bully. This will hopefully prevent them from participating in bullying themselves.
And always monitor your child's Internet use - what sites they're going on to, who they're chatting with etc. This way, you'll be ahead of the game and be able to catch cyber bullying as soon as it starts.
A true rack of Memphis-Style Barbecued Ribs is a rather time-consuming technique, accomplished by a master-smoker, using personally tried-and-true rubs and mopping sauces. However, with the following recipes, hints,and methods, even a novice can achieve marvelous Memphis-Style Barbecued Ribs.
- Coat ribs with a thick layer of rub
- Mop thinner sauce on meat every 30 minutes while it smokes
- Make sure not to disturb the rub while mopping
- Best done over an open pit, but home smokers work as well
- Well trimmed of excess fat, even beef ribs can be used
Memphis-Style Barbecued Ribs
Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Preparation time: 1 hour
Note: Experiment with lots of different herbs, spices, salts, sugars, and seasonings to achieve a good dry rub. Remember to write down every ingredient used and how much for later reference.
1 rack of St. Louis-cut spareribs, cleaned and broken (Ask butcher to break the ribs.)
Cling wrap to cover ribs
Homemade Rub Ingredients:
4 tablespoons garlic powder
4 tablespoons onion powder
3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon cumin
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons mild paprika
1/3 cup dark-roast espresso powder
Homemade Mopping Sauce:
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup ketchup
2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Combine ingredients for dark coffee rub in a bowl, stir to break up clumps, and combine well.
Place the meat on a large baking sheet; massage the rub into the meat, using a lot of rub.
Cover tightly with 2-3 layers of cling wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. The moisture from the meat will leach into the rub, creating a paste-like appearance. For best results, do not allow to sit for more than 8 hours.
Retrieve ribs from refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
Bring smoker to a temperature of 270-280F.
Take the cling wrap off the ribs and place on rack inside smoker. Allow to smoke inside closed smoker for at least 1 hour.
Open smoker and mop ribs with prepared homemade mopping sauce. Close smoker and cook for another 30 minutes. Repeat this step for 2 hours.
Take ribs out of smoker and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Slice along every 3rd bone, allowing 9 bones per serving.
Imagine serving these home-smoked ribs using homemade dry rub and homemade mopping sauce, everything made by the in-home chef! What a hoot!
Do not miss a chance to pig-out on these great-tasting and authentically prepared ribs.
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