Summer Car Care Tips from Gates Honda

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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Taking a road trip this summer?  Leave it to your trusted Kentucky Honda car dealers at Gates Honda to make sure your car is as ready as you are for adventure.

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Meet the 2018 Honda Odyssey at Gates Honda

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 2:41 PM
2018 Honda Odyssey

We’re officially halfway through 2017, which signals summer fun ahead. At Gates Honda, we’re also excited by the arrival of 2018 Honda car models in the months to come. Take a peek at one 2018 model we’re pleased to have in our showroom, the 2018 Honda Odyssey.

Available in five different trim levels, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is a minivan that remains a reliable and friendly option for you and your family.  The 2018 model boasts a bit more oomph with a more powerful six-cylinder engine, plenty of tech and convenience features for your busy schedule, and a slew of safety features you’ll love.

To understand what this looks like, let’s take a look at the base trim, the 2018 Honda Odyssey LX. It offers an assortment of elements like a rearview camera, a folding third-row seat, Bluetooth® connectivity, a USB port, a five-inch display screen, and a seven-speaker sound system. Moving up one level to the 2018 Honda Odyssey EX really knocks things out of the park when it comes to simplifying things. You can expect conveniences like: power-sliding rear doors, keyless entry and ignition, a sliding second-row and center seats that can also slide for even more access to the third row, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, and enhanced safety tools that include forward-collision and lane-departure warnings and blind-spot monitoring.

Even better, this new 2018 model might also be a perfect complement to long summer road travels. An available third-row entertainment system and plenty of leg room and interior comfort could be just the thing you’ve been looking for to keep the kids entertained while on the road. The options are plentiful for customizing this vehicle to suit you. When you’re ready to take an in-person look, come see the team at our Richmond, KY, Honda dealership. We look forward to introducing you to the 2018 Honda Odyssey.

Warmer Months Mean Summer Specials at Gates Honda

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 2:43 PM
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As your central Kentucky Honda dealership, we are here to work with you to provide all things Honda brand related. That is why we are happy to offer specials throughout the year. As we head into summer, we know you probably have warmer days and vacations in mind, and we want to help you start off the season with a great deal and vehicle that will keep up with you every step of the way.

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2018 Honda Models in Stock

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 5:16 PM
2018 Honda Odyssey

The first of our 2018 models have started appearing on our lot! Drivers can now find the 2018 Honda Odyssey here at Gates Honda. Our Honda dealers in Richmond, KY have been anticipating this new model since it first debuted at auto shows earlier this year, and we are excited to finally get area drivers behind the wheel!

The redesigned Honda Odyssey is still equipped with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, only now, the 2018 model offers more power with 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is paired to either a nine-speed automatic or a ten-speed automatic transmission.

But enough about the specs: what really makes this family vehicle impressive is the special features in safety and entertainment. On the safety front, the 2018 Honda Odyssey has the most advanced Honda Sensing® driver-assist technologies like a lane keeping assist system, blind-spot monitoring, and cross traffic monitor. These technologies can be found four of the five trim levels.

For comfort and convenience for the whole family, there are tri-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration, integrated sunshades, Honda’s integrated vacuum cleaner, the HondaVAC™, and new to this year’s model, Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™.

These seats were designed with functional families in mind, as the middle row seats have the ability to slide forwards, backwards, and sideways, allowing for easier access to the back row of seats and more configurations for storage space.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey also comes with a new CabinTalk system which allows the driver to keep tabs on backseat passengers with rear cameras.

Drivers in Lexington can now experience the 2018 Honda Odyssey for themselves to see if it is a good fit for your family. Visit us at Gates Honda to test drive one today!

Top Technology in Honda Cars at Gates Honda

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 1:28 PM
2017 Honda Civic Sedan

Drivers nowadays have a lot of things they are looking for when shopping for a new car. These can be anything from safety, to style, to gas mileage, and, more recently, technology features. It’s 2017, so the technology equipped in today’s models is as advanced as ever. Here is some of our Honda dealers’ favorite technology in models on out lot.


Specifically designed for Honda models, the HondaLink® technology is a do-it-all system for your vehicle. It connects to smartphones for voice-controlled text messaging and phone calls, as well as a wide range of apps you can download for navigation, music, and other content. There is also maintenance reminders that pop up when your Honda car needs an oil change or needs the tires rotated. There are many vehicles equipped with this impressive technology, like the 2017 Honda CR-V as well as the 2017 Honda Fit.

Honda Sensing ™

Driver-assist technologies have become popular tech features in vehicles since debuting just a few years ago. The Honda brand created its own set of technologies that work with Honda models as an extra pair of eyes on the road, so drivers feel safe no matter what. Some of these technologies include Lane Departure Warning and Road Departure Mitigation which senses when the car is veering out of a lane or road. The driver is alerted with sounds, flashes, and even steering wheel vibrations to get them back on track.

There is also Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System which detects potential threats in front of the vehicle by wave radar sensors. In some cases, the system can even apply the brakes on its own.

To really see how these amazing features work in person, you have to stop by Gates Honda. Our dealers can show you how the different technology works.

Road Trip Ready Honda Models

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, May 8th, 2017 at 9:49 PM
2017 Honda HR-V

Here at Gates Honda, we are super excited for summer and all that comes with it: longer and sunnier days, outdoor adventures, backyard barbeques, and especially road trips. If you’re thinking about taking a road trip this summer, now might be the perfect time to buy a new Honda car that will take you wherever the road may lead you.

Whether you’re taking a drive up to Cincinnati, OH, or are planning a camping trip to the Daniel Boone National Forest, a great vehicle that can take you there is the 2017 Honda HR-V. This SUV has an all-wheel drivetrain that can handle unexpected weather conditions or gravel roads well. The 2017 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi trim comes equipped with an advanced navigation system with voice recognition so that you’ll never make the wrong turn to your destination.

This SUV also has a maximum cargo capacity of 58.8 cubic square feet, which is more than enough space to store your camping gear, luggage, or whatever else you bring with you.

If you plan on taking the kids along for the trip, the 2017 Honda Odyssey is a great vehicle for families. This minivan has an impressive powertrain that includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is capable of producing 248 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque.

The kids will be entertained while on long drives in this Honda model with its available rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, HondaLink® smartphone app integration, and a surround-sound audio system.

Ahead of planning your vacation, make sure you stop by our Honda dealership in Richmond, KY to see our inventory of new models that are perfect for summer road trips. You can test drive these models, or any others, before you hit the road.

Drivetrains Explained at Gates Honda

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 4:57 PM
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Not all drivers are gear heads who know the latest news in the automotive industry or can dissect and explain every car part. Our Honda dealers in Richmond, KY know that, which is why we are here to help our customers. We frequently get asked questions about anything and everything from oil changes, to fuel efficiency, to engine options, and more particularly, drivetrains.

There are four different drivetrain options: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive. A majority of Honda cars have a front-wheel drive system, like the 2017 Honda Civic. In a FWD system, power is sent to the two front wheels, which allows for decent traction and better fuel efficiency.

In the same sense, rear-wheel drive is when power is sent to the two rear wheels of a car, which is common in many performance cars, as well as in some SUVs and trucks.

All-wheel drive is another common drivetrain available in many Honda models, like the Honda CR-V. This drivetrain can split the power between all four wheels, rather than just two, and all wheels are constantly engaged all of the time, with wheel sets adaptive to weather or road conditions.

Four-wheel drive is a popular drivetrain for off-road enthusiasts, as it engages all of the power to four wheels when manually turned on, perfect for more rugged terrain that isn’t smooth gravel.

To really understand the difference in drivetrains, you have to drive these models for yourself to see which best fits your daily driving conditions. Here at Gates Honda, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have so you can purchase the car that’s fully equipped to handle your needs.

The History of the Honda CR-V

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 2:18 PM
2017 Honda CR-V

There’s a reason why the Honda CR-V is in its fifth generation: this classic Honda model was one of the first crossovers on the market, and still stands as one of the most popular crossovers to date. The 2017 Honda CR-V has some new features while still retaining elements that drivers have come to know and love.

The Honda brand first debuted the Honda CR-V (Comfortable Roundabout Vehicle) back in 1996 at the Chicago Auto Show. This first model was geared towards drivers who wanted a more compact version of an SUV with sedan-like handling. Drivers got that in the very first model which was four-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The second generation boasted more power, and its new engine was capable of producing 160 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The model was so popular that in 2002 and 2003, the Honda CR-V won Car and Driver Magazine’s “Best Small SUV.”

Third generation revamped the crossover once again, replacing the car’s side-opening rear door with a more conventional rear liftgate. The exterior features were smoothed out with a new front bumper, a newly-designed grille, and the mounted spare tire was removed from the back.

In 2011, the automaker debuted the sportier fourth generation of the CR-V, which was equipped with a continuously variable transmission that greatly improved the fuel economy, while its new suspension shock absorbers improved its performance on the road.

Flash forward to today, and the 2017 Honda CR-V is just as great as its predecessors, but with more features that reflect the state-of-the-art technology of today. This model comes with lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation braking. Not to mention the entertainment features like Android® Auto and Apple CarPlay®.

Here at Gates Honda, we love the Honda CR-V, and would love to show drivers what’s new in the 2017 model. Stop by our dealership for a test drive to see for yourself.

Get Your Car Ready for Spring at Gates Honda

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Warmer weather is right around the corner, which means your car needs a fresh start after driving in the cold winter months. This spring, Gates Honda in Richmond, KY, can help transition your car through the change of seasons.

Oil Change

If your oil hasn’t been changed in 3,000 to 5,000 miles, it’s time to bring your car in for an oil change at our Honda service center. Regular oil changes are essential to keep your engine in top shape. Here at Gates Honda, we are currently offering an exclusive oil change special from now through March 31st, so come get your oil changed just in time for spring.

Check and Replace Your Cabin’s Air Filter

Making the switch from heat to A/C is the perfect time to check the quality of your cabin air filter. Heading into allergy season, it’s important to make sure your filter has a clean slate. Lexington-area drivers especially may want to check their air filter’s quality, because driving in a high traffic or urban area usually results in poor air quality through your filter. Have us switch out your old, dirty air filter for a new one.

Clean Out Interior and Exterior

Sleet, snow, and salt can wreak havoc on both the outside and inside of your Honda vehicle through the winter months. Now that the snow has melted, it’s finally time to wash and wax your car to make it look like brand new again. Make sure a high quality car wax is used to extend the life of your vehicle’s paint finish. The inside of your Honda vehicle probably needs some cleaning too, so don’t forget to ask us to vacuum and clean the floors from any winter weather buildup.

Give your car a much needed makeover for spring and schedule a service appointment at your Richmond Honda dealership today.

2018 Honda Odyssey Model Revealed at Winter Auto Shows

By dmyers | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 3:32 PM
2018 Honda Odyssey

The latest model of the popular cult favorite, the Honda Odyssey, debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in January. While the exterior is definitely recognizable as the classic Honda Odyssey that Richmond-area buyers have come to know and love, the 2017 model has special features that set it apart from previous Honda car models.

While still a minivan, the updated version of the Honda Odyssey is much more sleek and detailed in its exterior design. New LED headlights and taillights were added, in addition to an eye-catching grille, which resembles that of the Honda Pilot.

Inside the cabin, the automaker has added what it’s calling Magic Slide seats, which are located in the middle row and slide forwards, backwards, and sideways, allowing for easier access to the back row of seats.

A big upgrade is the technology: the 2017 Honda Odyssey comes with built-in Wi-Fi and 4G LTE service, touchscreen controls and a brand new CabinTalk system. The CabinTalk system allows the driver to keep tabs on the backseat passengers with rear cameras, as well as a microphone for the driver to talk with passengers via the rear-seat speakers or through individual headphones plugged into the backseat entertainment system.

An in-car app titled “How Much Farther” has also been added to allow passengers to see the estimated time of arrival to their destination.

Important safety features to note include forward collision warning, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency breaking and a blind-spot monitor.

The release date for the 2018 Honda Odyssey is set for this spring, so head to your Gates Honda dealership once it debuts to check it out!