Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Ultimate Family Vehicle Has Gotten A Technology Upgrade - 2018 Honda Odyssey

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––The Honda Odyssey is well known as a reliable family van that can tote a crowd along, well, an odyssey (a long journey full of adventures). Not much about the design of vans has been changed across the years, but the list of features always seems to be extensive and growing with each new model. At North American International Auto Show earlier last week Honda revealed the 2018 Honda Odyssey. To put it simply, the ultimate family vehicle has gotten a technology upgrade!

The Ultimate Family Vehicle Has Gotten A Technology Upgrade - 2018 Honda Odyssey


The newest Honda minivan is set to launch at dealerships nationwide this spring! With the new design and new family-friendly features, we think Honda will achieve its 8th year of producing and selling the most popular minivan among American car buyers, especially with the new class-exclusive connectivity and technology features.

"This new Odyssey raises the stakes for family-friendly packaging, performance and technology in the minivan segment," said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "In all aspects of its design, the new Odyssey is made to keep every member of the family happy, no matter the seating position, no matter the destination."

The Ultimate Family Vehicle Has Gotten A Technology Upgrade - 2018 Honda Odyssey

New Technology in the Van

Think back to all those times you were in a minivan where the driver or front-seat passenger had to scream to reach the ears in the back (i.e. "I'll turn this van around and take you home if you two don't stop fighting!"). With the new CabinTalk technology, featuring speakers throughout the vehicle and integrated into the rear entertainment system headphones, a driver will have no worries about their voice being heard. New feature, CabinWatch, will allow the driver or front passenger to keep an eye on the two back-seat rows during the day and night hours on the new 8" display screen at the front of the cabin. 

Now imagine all those road trips in a minivan where you had to wonder "are we there yet?" or "what am I supposed to do for the next few hours?". Passengers need no longer worry. The Connected Rear Entertainment System comes with an app to track the trip's progress, and the ceiling mounted 10.2" screen allows back-seaters to enjoy PBS Kids, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and more. Not to mention the Social Play List (part of CabinControl) allows up to seven passengers to upload their music choice to the system so everyone can have a say in what music gets played.

Drivers and front-seat passengers will be happy to find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto access through the 8" display screen and a traditional volume knob (those currently without one can relate to this upgrade). All over the vehicle, you'll find upgrades to technology that can benefit your entire driving experience like automatic climate control, wireless device charging, multi-zone audio, HD radio compatibility, AND the coveted in-vehicle vacuum


The Ultimate Family Vehicle Has Gotten A Connectivity Upgrade - 2018 Honda Odyssey


There are so many more features we have yet to cover including in the new 2018 Honda Odyssey! You can check out the Odyssey at NAIAS through the end of the weekend, January 22nd. If you're not able to make it, stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog for more information on the ultimate family vehicle - the 2018 Odyssey van. At RiverTown Honda, we're proud to offer some of America's favorite and best-selling vehicles like the North American Truck of the Year, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Let us help you find the perfect vehicle for your budget and needs. 

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Car Clean During the Winter

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––The winter season is kind of a bummer overall, meaning we're not as motivated to take care of things such as our cars. Although this might be the case, winter is the most important time to take care of your car, crossover, van, SUV, or truck. In fact, winter is arguably the most important time to keep your vehicle clean on the outside and inside, as our cars are exposed to some harsh weather and road conditions. Let's review a few reasons why you should keep your car clean during winter.

Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Car Clean During the Winter

Car Washes 

Even if your car does get dirty the second you drive it out of the carwash or out of your driveway, you're still doing a good thing for it. The dirt and salt on the road can build up and cause rust on your vehicle's underside, which is a great way to help your car decrease in value and help it not last as long. Overtime rust can eat away at components like the brake lines, gas lines, calipers, etc., which are quite costly to repair. Washing your car frequently during the winter season can help keep that nasty dirt and salt away from your vehicle's most vulnerable parts.

Floor Mats 

If your car currently has stock carpet mats, it may be time to consider some more serious protection. Weather Tech floor mats or other fitted floor mats made to contain the salt, slush, and dirt that your shoes bring into the car are a great investment and can help retain your vehicle's value. Salt can be tricky to get out of the carpet, and the dirt that falls into the nooks and crannies in your car's interior can be especially hard to rid of. A vehicle detail is the easiest way to get that stubborn dirt out, but investing in specially fitted floor mats will help protect from further dirt making its way into your vehicle's interior.

Waxing and Other Vehicle Protection 

A simple wash is a great way to get rid of all that rust-causing salt and paint-chewing dirt, but there are ways you can prevent those things from doing damage in the first place. While it's hard to avoid salt and dirt throughout the winter season, you can utilize waxes and other vehicle protection such as clay bar treatments, rain-x windshield treatments, and more to properly protect your vehicle from scratching and rust. If you plan on taking your vehicle in for a car wash, you can simply add on a wax service. We'd be happy to provide professional waxing services at your next visit to RiverTown Honda so your vehicle is protected the minute you drive out of our service bay.

Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Car Clean During the Winter

Reasons why you should keep your car clean during the winter include protecting your car's components, extending the life of your vehicle, and helping your car look good! At RiverTown Honda, we have a full vehicle detailing menu for you to choose from including services like mat shampooing, clay bar treatments, and exterior buffing, plus a-la-carte services if you don't want to purchase an entire package. We'd love to help you keep your vehicle running well with routine maintenance and help your car live a longer life at our Service Center in Grandville, only 12 minutes from Grand Rapids off I-196. If you're looking for a more reliable vehicle to get you through this winter and the rest of the year, we can help with that, too. We're proud to sell new Honda vehicles including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and 2017 Honda CR-V, and Honda Certified Used vehicles, all known for their long lives and reliability!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Honda Ridgeline Has Won the 2017 North American Truck of the Year Award

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––It seems we always have a new Honda award to report on, and it continually makes us proud to sell a brand that consumers and the media love! This time we're reporting a big one. The North American International Show (NAIAS) kicked off earlier this week, where the car, truck, and utility vehicles of the year awards were announced. If you haven't heard already, the Honda Ridgeline has won the 2017 North American Truck of the Year award!

The Honda Ridgeline Has Won the 2017 North American Truck of the Year Award
The Honda Ridgeline Has Won the 2017 North American Truck of the Year Award

Honda's release of the 2016 Honda Ridgeline created a stir in the pickup market last year, as this truck was a comeback from the cancellation in 2014. The revival of this pickup was big news, but the Honda Ridgeline itself has been even bigger. This midsize truck held a number of exclusive engineering features built to benefit the end user in ways no other car manufacturer has thought before.

The unibody structure, advanced safety features (Honda Sensing suite), scratch and dent resistant truck bed, 4-foot wide flat bed, in-bed trunk, in-bed audio system, and dual-action tailgate are just a few factors that played into the Ridgeline's big win. Watch the video below to get to know these unique pickup truck features. Speaking of advanced safety features, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline equipped with front-end crash prevention and LED headlights was the only pickup truck to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ from IIHS.


The 2017 Honda Ridgeline was put up against the Ford F-Series Super Duty and the Nissan Titan and was awarded top honors with a big advantage in points. The Ridgeline was awarded 364 points, while the F-Series earned 193 points, and the Nissan Titan 72 points.

We're so proud to sell and promote a truck that's breaking the status quo! Congratulations to the 2017 Honda Ridgeline on winning the 2017 North American Truck of the Year Award! If you want to check out the Honda Ridgeline and all its convenient features, we'd be happy to show you around and give you a test drive at RiverTown Honda in Grandville! We're only 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids off I-196 - you'll be pleased to find a newly expanded service department, a brightly LED lit organized lot, and a friendly team with a goal to provide you the best dealership experience of your life!

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––This time of year can feel brutal. The consistently blowing snow, the cold temperatures that bite at your fingers and toes, and the lack of vitamin-D filled sunshine can take a toll on us all. Although winter is rough, we do benefit greatly from cuddling up, catching up on our favorite Netflix shows, and relaxing at home with loved ones. To help you get through these tough times, we've got 7 hot drinks to keep you toasty warm this winter that you can enjoy with family, at your next get-together, or by yourself for a cozy night in. If your New Year's resolution is to cut down on the sugar or lose weight, beware these drinks are decadent. Enjoy!

1. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter

2. Sugar Cookie Hot Chocolate

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter

3. Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter


4. Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter


5. Raspberry White Hot Chocolate

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter


6. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter

7. Elsa White Hot Chocolate 

7 Hot Drinks to Keep You Toasty Warm This Winter

We hope you enjoy these 7 hot drinks to keep you toasty warm this winter after a sledding session, an icy skate at Rosa Parks Circle, or a trip outside to brush the snow off your car or shovel the driveway. We want to help you get through the winter as best as we can! Bring your car in for Winterization service including an oil change, tire rotation, heater inspection, and more. You can take advantage of our service and parts coupons to save more at our RiverTown Honda Service Center in Grandville, only 12 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Also make sure to take a look at our Winter Car Care tips for advice on how to best maintain your safety on the roads this season.

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Winter Car Care and Routine Auto Maintenance Tips from RiverTown Honda

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––The bitter cold temperatures, the heavy snow fall and lake effect snow, and ice along the backroads can all make Michigan winters a pain to deal with. Whether you like the winter or not, driving in inclement weather can be scary, and even scarier in a car that's not equipped for it. If you're a Michigander, chances are there are some small steps you took to make dealing with winter driving easier like putting an ice scraper in your car, creating an emergency kit, and maybe even having winter tires put on your vehicle. We're here to help keep you safe on the road, help you deal with winter on the road, and keep your car running well through the cold weather with Winter Car Care and routine auto maintenance tips from RiverTown Honda.




We've got some new pages on our website that highlight the components on your car necessary to take care of during the winter season because of their safety factor, complete with tips on how to do so and advice that'll help you extend the life of your vehicle! Explore these Winter Car Care pages by clicking the links below and let our team of auto experts at RiverTown Honda know if you have any questions.

Tire Inspection and Installation

Maintaining the health and longevity of your tires consists of inspection, inflation, and rotation. During the winter, these tasks are especially important. If your tires aren't inflated enough, or are lacking in tread wear, they may not be able to provide the traction you need. Check this page out for how to take care of your tires, and information on all-season vs. winter tires that might help with your next tire purchase.

Battery Tests and Replacements 

Although this is a simple part of routine maintenance, this is a critical part to dealing with winter driving. Have you ever gone outside in the morning only to find that your car won't start immediately? It could be because of your battery! Check this page to learn about when to replace your battery and how cold weather affects it.

Brake Inspections

Your brakes are what allow your car to stop - simple as that. Without properly working brakes in snowy and icy conditions, you're putting your safety at risk. There are ways you can ensure they have enough stopping power throughout the year by having inspections done and service as needed. See this page for more information and signs you need brake service.

Oil Changes 

Oil changes are an integral part of routine maintenance year-round, but are especially important in the winter. As the weather gets colder, your car works harder to run. To ensure your engine is running well an oil inspection and regular oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles is necessary. See this page for more oil change tips and schedule your next $24.95 oil change online!



Wiper Blade Replacements


These two rubber blades are responsible for keeping your view of the road clear. This is especially important to your safety this winter because of the snow, ice, and dirty slush that can cloud your windshield. It's also a good idea to have your washer fluid topped off. Learn more about wiper blade replacements and fluid top offs at RiverTown Honda on this page and our routine maintenance pages.


With these Winter Car Care and routine auto maintenance tips, you've got the tools to safely drive through the cold weather season. See our website for more seasonal maintenance tips and schedule your auto service online. Our team at RiverTown Honda is more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle and take care of it throughout your time of ownership. It's our goal to provide you the best dealership experience of your life!


Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Honda Has the #1 and #2 Best Selling Cars of 2016

GRANDVILLE, Mich.––It seems as if we cannot report often enough on all of Honda's achievements this year! 2016 has seemingly been a "bad" year for many; however, Honda has had a fantastic year by consistently achieving auto awards, growing sales month over month, and becoming America's fastest growing automaker in retail sales according to Automotive News. This week, with time still remaining in 2016, Honda has announced it has the #1 and #2 best selling cars of 2016.

Can you guess which Honda vehicles climbed to the top? 

The #1 Best Selling SUV title is officially going to the Honda CR-V again! This will mark the 7th year of straight sales gains and marks the 21st year of being America's best selling SUV. We're looking forward to seeing even more gains thanks to the recent redesign and engine change for the 2017 CR-V model - there are just a few on our lot if you're interested in checking them out!

Honda Has the #1 and #2 Best Selling Cars of 2016


The #1 Best Selling minivan title is going to the beloved family toter - the Honda Odyssey. The will mark the 7th year of being a retail buyer favorite! Seven really seems to be Honda's lucky number. The Odyssey has stayed relatively the same in the 2017 model, but the 2018 model soon to be revealed at NAIAS 2017 promises some big changes.

Honda Has the #1 and #2 Best Selling Cars of 2016


There's also much recognition to be made for the Honda Civic which had the best sales performance in 44 years with individual car buyers. The Honda Accord posted a 4th year of sales leadership in the midsize sedan class. 

"We want to thank our customers for the trust they've placed in Honda, which is the basis for everything we do," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Retail sales are the results of customers voting with their wallets and pocketbooks, and we think that's the only true measure of customer demand and product appeal."

Overall the Civic, CR-V, and Accord will achieve a trio of highest retail selling vehicle in the entire auto industry in the U.S., equaling more than 1 million units for the 5th year in a row. Moral of the story: if you're looking for a new reliable vehicle, it's time to look at Honda who holds the #1 and #2 best selling cars of 2016

At RiverTown Honda, we're confident we can find a vehicle in 2017 that's both perfect for your needs and that fits within your budget. We're also confident that we can provide you the best dealership experience of your life! Want to take one of these Honda's for a test drive? Start shopping our new vehicle inventory online, then visit us in Grandville where you'll find bright lighting inside and out, and a well organized lot and showroom for an easy shopping experience. We're only 12 minutes from Grand Rapids off I-196 around the corner from the RiverTown Crossings mall.


Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Keeping Pets Safe and Happy During the Holidays

GRANDVILLE, Mich. –– Your pets are like family to you. You truly love them and want the best for them. The holidays can be a stressful time with all the hustle and bustle, especially if it involves traveling and new places. To make the best of the situation for them, we've come up with some tips on keeping pets safe and happy during the holidays.

Keeping Pets Safe and Happy During the Holidays

  • Stay on Schedule: As much as possible, try to keep their feeding, exercising, and bathroom times consistent. They are habitual creatures as much as we are and expect these things when they normally get them, and can be stressed if they don't. If you're somewhere new, daily exercise that involves just the two of you can reduce anxiety for them (and probably you too).
  • Be Prepared: We hate to think of a pet running away or getting injured or sick, but it's best to be prepared. Always keep proper ID tags on them at all times, even if the jingling is annoying. Keep a photo of them with you, which you probably already have thanks your love for your pet and smart phones. Also, have your vet email records to you to keep with you in case of injury or illness. Tip: have them send it to an email accessible through your phone, then star or favorite the email for easy access. 
  • Watch What They're Eating: With many hands exchanging food, and the desire for your beloved pet to enjoy what you're enjoying, they often eat things they shouldn't, leading to gastrointestinal problems and accidents. Things like chocolate, raisins, grapes, nuts, onions, and alcohol are toxic to dogs. We understand they're cute, but it's best to refrain from giving them non-pet food! If you're going away, make sure you bring a little extra food in case of an emergency. 
  • In the Car: If they're coming along for the ride, make sure they're secured properly in the car with a crate, carrier, or harness solution. Always bring a bowl and water with you and be prepared to stop to let them go to the bathroom (bringing bags to clean up their mess is also recommended). You can keep them comfy by providing them a blanket. 
  • At a Guest's Place: Keep them on their best behavior by brushing up on basic commands before leaving. Understand they can be excited or stressed by new smells, people, and other animals so talk to your guest beforehand to know how to deal. Bring a favorite, quiet toy and a quiet space (pet bed, or crate) for them to feel secure. 
  • Include Them: Acknowledge them, play with them, and include them in the group. It's no fun to be locked in a room when there's a party going on (unless that's their choice). Be patient with them, and remember they too pick up on human emotions like stress and excitement. 

Hopefully these tips have given you the tools to keep your pets safe and happy during the holidays no matter what you'll be doing! Need an oil change, tire rotation, brake service, etc. to help keep you and your passengers safe on the road? We can help with that, too. Check out our Express Service Lane menu online for services and prices. We offer a comfortable customer lounge with a TV and free wifi, a bright showroom to browse, and brand new 2017 Honda CR-Vs to check out while you wait. Or you can use our shuttles to go to and from the mall for Christmas returns while your car is being worked on! 

Give RiverTown Honda a call at (877) 236-9113, or visit us at 4260 Kenowa Ave. Grandville, MI 49418, one mile west of RiverTown Mall.

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