Motor Trend’s Buyer’s Guide Comparison | October 9, 2017
The 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Toyota Camry have been completely redesigned for the 2018 model year. These two nameplates are two of the best selling mid-size sedans on the road today. Let’s break down what Motor Trend had to say when they did a side by side comparison of the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry.
Both vehicles received completely redesigned interiors. Starting with the way the doors tightly slam shut, one stands out above the other. The 2018 Honda Accord has an interior that is more comparable to a luxury brand than a family sedan. It has an intuitive infotainment center that is functional and easy to use, quality finishes and comfortable seats and legroom.
While Camry can boast a panoramic sunroof to the Accords standard, the Accord boast more headroom and legroom than its foe. The Accord also offers larger trunk space with a bigger pass-through for hauling long narrow cargo. Not only does the extra legroom in the back make it easier for adults to comfortably ride along, there is more room and ease when LATCHing in a car seat. (Pun intended.) the Accord’s LATCH system is simply hidden behind fabric or leather depending on model, while the 2018 Camry’s is hidden behind pieces of detachable plastic. While the Camry’s hooks might be easier to identify at first, keeping track of all those pieces of plastic might prove challenging. Both upper LATCH hooks are hidden behind the headrests.
Safety Features | Technology
Toyota Safety Sense ™ and Honda Sensing ® are offered on both models and all trim levels. Both safety suites come equipped with lane departure warning, lane keeping, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The 2018 Honda Accord wins the battle though with the more sophisticated system that assist drivers with corners and keeping in the lane on straight roads. To read more about Honda Sensing ® click here: |Honda Sensing ®|
Both vehicles offer a single USB port and 12-volt power located by the gearshift. Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay make pairing and using a smartphone a breeze in the Accord. This technology is not available on the 2018 Toyota Camry, or any Toyota for that matter. Both models have Wi-Fi capabilities available on higher trim models.
Driving 2018 Toyota Camry v. 2018 Honda Accord
The 2018 Toyota Camry runs on a 2.5L four –cylinder engine that is louder and coarser than the Accord’s 1.5 liter turbo –four. The Camry suffers a small vibration at an idle which is greater than the Accords as well. While the Accord operates off of a CVT, it drives a bit smoother than the automatic based in the Camry.
The 2018 Honda Accord also handles well. Whether it is down 199 to Brookings or traveling I-5, the Accord is responsive, sporty and is controlled. The 2018 Toyota Camry leans more and with their flatter seats there is more side to side motion. The Accord has naturally responsive steering and the Camry is a little too sensitive making the vehicle feel darty, Motor Trend’s drivers reported.
Motor Trend’s Winner –
“Holistically, though, there’s no comparison. The Accord is more comfortable, spacious, and luxurious than the Camry. It’s quieter, rides and handles better, and drives more elegantly. It offers superior technology with a more user-friendly interface. Simply put, Toyota built a better Camry, but Honda built a better car.” – Scott Evans, Motor Trend, October 9, 2017
To read a further evaluation of the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry, visit the official Motor Trend site here: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/honda/accord/2018/2018-honda-accord-15t-vs-2018-toyota-camry-25-comparison-review/
Car Care Month | Jim Sigel Automotive
October is Car Care Month! The Jim Sigel Service Department wants to make sure your vehicle will take you where you need to go safely. With the fall rains starting it is important to have your tires inspected to make sure they are operating at top performance.
Tires are one of the most important aspects of vehicle safety! Did you know that the tread depth is directly related to how well your tires grip the road during poor driving conditions? This graph illustrates the importance of tire tread depth while stopping on slick roads here in Grants Pass. When your tires are in top performance at 10/32” your vehicle can quickly stop on wet pavement. However when the tread depth is at 4/32” or even worse, 2/32”, it can take substantially longer to stop.
Tire pressure is also important not only for traction but performance, response time, gas mileage and more. Over inflated tires can lead to impaired traction, extra road noise and irregular wear patterns. Under inflated tires create sluggish response times, poor performance and reduce the overall safety of your vehicle. When your tires are properly inflated they provide optimal traction, and response, longer tire life, a quitter ride and improved gas mileage.
New Tire Financing | Grants Pass
Tires can be an unexpected and expensive purchase. If you need new tires for your vehicle and are worried about the cost make sure to ask about our Car CareONE Card! Car CareONE provides no interest financing on purchase of over $199 in our Service Department when paid in full in 6 months. This makes it the perfect card to help you pay for the untimely and expensive automotive repairs. To read more about how Car CareONE Financing works click here: |Automotive Repair Financing|.
Partnership with Wildlife Images | Grants Pass, Oregon
We had the privilege of visiting Wildlife Images on a clear and crisp morning last month. We left in awe of the not only the facility, but also the dedication the staff has to the animals and the program’s mission. The fact that Wildlife Images exists here in Grants Pass is truly amazing.
Wildlife Images has been a staple in Grants Pass for decades. A home for animals who could not survive on their own and a safe haven for animals who need a bit of TLC before headed back out into the wild. Wildlife Images treats over 1,000 sick, injured or orphaned animals a year. More than 1,400 volunteer hours are put in by more than 80 individuals each month to assist in caring for the animals at the facility. Wildlife Images boast a 50% release rate for intakes each year, which is well above the national average of 33%. Founded in 1981 by J David Siddon, Wildlife Images continues today with his son David Siddon Jr. at the helm.
Their mission is simple, “Saving Wildlife.”
Through saving wildlife their goal is to:
Involve people to share in their mission.
Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted in our care.
Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.
How Can You Help?
One of Wildlife Images main fundraisers is “A Toast to the Wild” a benefit dinner at Belle Fiore Winery on November 3rd (contact Wildlife Images for more information) where they will be raffling off a new 2016 Honda Fit. We were excited to be a part of the vehicle selection this year and assisted them with the purchase of the Honda Fit to use for their raffle.
In Addition to assisting with their vehicle purchase we will be selling raffle tickets to the Honda Fit here at the dealership for the entire month of October. When you purchase your ticket here we will purchase another one for you!* So you will get to walk out with two raffle tickets!
Join Us October 14th between 12 – 2 pm!
Staff members from Wildlife Images will be here with a few wildlife ambassadors selling the tickets themselves! Stop by and meet the animal ambassadors and purchase a ticket for a chance to win the 2016 Honda Fit November 3rd!
Read more about then event on our website |HERE|.
*limit first 100 tickets sold
2017 Fall Driving Tips | Southern Oregon
The recent rain and cooler temperatures make us want to run out, grab pumpkin spice anything, and welcome fall. While you are busting out the flannel and pumpkins it’s important to remember that your vehicle needs to prepare for fall as well. Fall driving brings with it an entirely different set of concerns than the previous season.
Fall Driving Tips
Leaves. While fall foliage is beautiful, leaves falling and piling up on road decreases your ability to stop quickly. In fact when you break on wet leaves it can be as slippery as ice. Leaves on the road also make it difficult to see lines and important road markers.
Rain. The first rain of the season always causes roads to become much slicker. It is important to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. With water on the road your chance of hydroplaning also increases.
Bridges. Dropping temperatures may cause bridges on your commute to develop morning frost or become icy. Similarly, shady spots on the road also become more slick. It is important to SLOW DOWN on your commute.
Deer. As we know here in the Rogue Valley deer are out in force during the fall months. They are most active during sunset and sunrise, which makes them even more difficult to see. Make sure you are extra observant while driving along wooded areas to avoid an accident with a four legged friend.
Sun Glare. While we don’t want to seem like we are complaining about extra sunshine in the fall months it is important to remember that sun glare can be just as detrimental to our driving in the fall as it is in the summer here in Grants Pass. Make sure you always have a pair of sunglasses handy to help you see as your commute.
Fall Car Maintenance
While it is always important to make sure you vehicle safe there are a few critical maintenance items to check off early in fall.
- Windshield Wipers/ Inserts – depending on your vehicle you many have either windshield wiper or inserts. While mostly forgotten during the summer months, they still take a beating with the hot dry conditions. The heat dries out the rubber causing them to crack and decreasing their effectiveness. Also the build up of road grime and dirt diminishes their ability to effectively remove water from the windshield. Usually it is recommended that windshield wipers or inserts are changed every six months.
- Tires – tires are your connection with the road. Proper inflation, tread and alignment all play an important role in keeping your vehicle operating in top condition. Checking your tires and making sure they are in proper operating order ensures that you are able to safely stop your vehicle. To read more about tire safety click here |TIRES|
- Cabin Air Filter – the last few months we have all had to suffer through the smoke from forest fires. If you have changed your home air filter you have seen first hand how dirty these filters are and your car is no different. We highly recommend changing them to increase the efficiency of your vehicles HVAC system. Below is a picture of a recent filter we took out of a customers car. Click here for a coupon for Cabin Air Filters |COUPONS|
The goal of the Jim Sigel Service Department is to make sure you vehicle gets you and your precious cargo, safely where ever it is you need to go. When you get your car serviced with us you know you are getting car care from people who truly know how to care for your car. So stop by, or call us today to make sure your vehicle is ready for fall driving!
Call |541-476-0811| or Click Here to Schedule a Service |Schedule Service|
Upcoming Events October 2017 | Grants Pass, Oregon
October is here in beautiful Grants Pass! I think we can all agree after the end of the summer smoke and heat the cooler temperature and clean air are a welcome forecast. There are many fun upcoming events here in Grants Pass to celebrate the change in seasons.
The weekly Grants Pass Growers Market continues through the month of October with the great fresh produce, crafter’s fare and delicious fresh baked goods.
Friday, October 6th
- First Friday Live – in downtown Grants Pass is a great way to get out and enjoy downtown. Explore local merchants who keep their doors open just a bit later and host performances and music in their store. Make sure to get out and enjoy the fun!
Saturday, October 7th – Sunday, October 8th
- Art Along the Rogue – in its 14th year, Art Along the Rogue is a premier street painting and music festival in the Northwest. It combines two great events into one weekend of creative visual and performance arts. The best part of the event? It is free to the public! You can thank the great sponsors for that!
Saturday, October 14th
- Wild Life Images @ Jim Sigel Automotive – Obviously this event is one of our favorites during the month of October! In addition to selling raffle tickets for the Critter Car and offering a complimentary ticket when you purchase one here at the dealership read more |HERE|. Wild Life Images will be here from 12 – 2 pm on the 14th with some great animal ambassadors! Stop by and say hello to some furry friends and purchase a raffle ticket!
Tuesday, October 31st
- Safe Downtown Halloween – Looking for a safe, well lit way to Trick or Treat this year? Head downtown Grants Pass from 3 – 5 pm. Participating downtown business will be handing out candy starting at the corner of 6th & G. Special thanks to the Grants Pass Safety Volunteers who help put on this great event every year!
Fall Fun in Southern Oregon.
Along with many of the fun events happening in the Grants Pass there are many ways to get in the fall spirit here in the Rogue Valley. Fort Vannoy Farm is offering their corn maze, pumpkin patch, and fun family farm activities. To read more about Fort Vannoy Farm on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Vannoy-Farms-184199761611710/. In Central Point Seven Oaks Farm also offers a pumpkin patch and other fall activities. Read more on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/7-Oaks-Farm-122961142373/. What are some of your favorite fall activities? Let us know!
Oregon’s New Distracted Driving Law | October 1, 2017
Starting October 1, 2017 there is a new cell phone law in the state of Oregon. The new distracted driving law will effectively close a loophole in the existing law that has been on the books since 2009.
New Cell Phone Law
The new law expands the current hands-free driving law from making phone calls/texting to now include ANY function that requires holding or touching a phone. Other tasks include; using navigation, checking social media, or changing your music on your mobile device.
The new law makes it illegal to drive while holding or using an electronic device (e.g. cell phone, tablet, GPS or laptop.)
Oregon Live broke down what you can and cannot do on your mobile device while behind the wheel.
- While you can not text, call, email, use navigation or scroll social media it does not mean that music or navigation apps are forbidden. — a driver just needs to be able to use navigation or change the song while keeping their hands on the wheel. Oregon Live stated that you may touch the device once to activate a pre-programmed route, but if you need to type in an address you will need to pull over for example.
- You can use your phone in your car if you are safely pulled over on the side of the road or in a parking lot. — your vehicle does not need to be turned off.
- The new cell phone law applies to ALL mobile electronic devices including: tablets, laptops, and GPS units.
- Drivers who are 17 years or younger may not use mobile devices, even with a hands-free device.
To read more from Oregon live click here: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2017/09/oregons_new_distracted_driving.html
This law does not apply to the following:
- When using hands-free or built in devices, if 18 years or older.
- While providing or summoning medical help and no one else is available to make the call in the vehicle.
- When parked safely, i.e., stopped at the side of the road or designated parking spot. It is NOT legal to use the device when stopped at a stop light, stop sign, in traffic, etc.
- Using a two-way radio: CB users, school bus drivers, utility truck drivers in the scope of employment.
- Ambulance or emergency vehicle operators in the scope of employment.
- Police, fire, EMS providers in the scope of employment (can include personal vehicle when responding to emergency call.)
To read more about House Bill 2597 visit Oregon’s government website here: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Safety/Documents/HB2597_Summary_for_Public.pdf. Stay safe while driving and remember #thumbsup!
Car Seat Safety Tips | Grants Pass, Oregon
Car seats and booster seats provide protection for infants and children during car crashes. Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13? That is why selecting and installing your child’s car seat correctly EVERY time is so important.
The Process that the NHTSA advocates that you follow in selecting a car seat are as follows:
- Find the correct car seat
- Learn about the different types of car seats
- Follow the NHTSA’s car seat recommendations based on age and size
- Find and compare car seats and ease-of-use-rating using the NHSTA’s Car Seat Finder
- Install your car seat correctly
- Understand the parts and tips for installation
- Follow our detailed car seat installation instructions and videos
- Get your car seat inspected
- Keep your child safe in a car seat
- Register your car seat and sign up for recall notices to receive safety updates
The state of Oregon recently passed legislation to require that all children under the age of 2 remain refacing until they are 2 years of age. To read more click here: http://www.dmv.org/or-oregon/safety-laws.php. To read more from the NHSTA about car seat safety jump over to their website here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats.
More Information on Car Seat Safety
Information on car seat types read |Here|
For information on installation instructions and videos read |Here|
To register you car seat for recall and safety notices click |Here|
Honda – 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Value Brand
Did you know that Honda was named Kelley Blue Books Best Value Brand for 2017? It is the 3rd year in a row that Honda has received the title of Best Value Brand: Non-Luxury Brand by Kelley Blue Book during its Brand Image Awards. The nameplate received recognition for their vehicle’s reliability, refinement and exceptional resale value. Kelley Blue Book’s Brand Image Awards recognize automobile manufactures’ who have success in fostering and retaining brand elements that customer take into consideration when purchasing a new vehicle.
What Makes a Best Value Brand?
Honda excels in maintaining good quality products that customers purchase time and time again. They offer a full line of fuel efficient, reliable, fun to drive vehicles that also excel in safety and technology. Over 1,000 local dealers nationwide strive to maintain Honda’s commitment to customer service and brand excellence. The full line-up includes; car such as the Fit, Civic and Accord, the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot SUVs, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda in the United States
While Honda is an international nameplate, they show great pride in the work they do in the United States. Not only have they been producing vehicles in the United States for over 34 years, they have 19 major manufacturing plants. In 2016 over 96% of all Honda vehicles sold in the United States were build in the U.S. Honda has also demonstrated a powerful commitment to service across North America. Encouraging their corporate staff, parts suppliers and dealers to take part in the Honda’s Week of Service for the last two years. To learn more about how we have participated read here: |Week of Service|.
Jim Sigel Automotive is proud to have been your local Honda dealer for over 40 years! Come see what all the buzz is about and test drive Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 Best Value Brand today!
Partnership With the Rogue Valley Humane Society | Grants Pass
Four years ago we began fundraising for the Rogue Valley Humane Society. An article in the newspaper, touched our hearts and we felt called to do what we could to help. In the last three years we have raised over $5,000 for RVHS. We are excited to continue these efforts again this year!
Rogue Valley Humane Society in Grants Pass
The Rogue Valley Humane Society started over 50 years ago. During this time homeless animals in Grants Pass faced a death sentence if not adopted within a few days. In 1965 a group of animal lovers joined together to change the fate of these animals and the rest is history. RVHS gives homeless, abused and abandoned pets of Josephine County a transitional home without time limits. The Rogue Valley Humane Society is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit that receives no state or federal funds and runs entirely on donations from our amazing community.
RVHS’s vision is a community where “every healthy adoptable companion animal has a lifetime, loving home and that all homeless animals receive the care and compassion they deserve until they are adopted by their forever families.” To read more about their mission and involvement in the community visit their website here: http://roguevalleyhumanesociety.org/us/.
How Can You Help?
It’s easy! The entire month of September we will be donating $50 in YOUR name when you test drive a new Chevy, Honda or Nissan! So all you have to do is stop by the dealership and take one of our award winning new vehicles for a test drive! Stop on by, or schedule an appointment |HERE|.
Adoption of an animal in need of a forever home is the biggest contribution you can make to the Rogue Valley Humane Society. Adoption allows not only an animal to leave the shelter, but allows another to take refuge. To view the animals available for adoption click here for |DOGS| and here for |CATS|.
|Upcoming Events Grants Pass, Oregon|
The weather is cooling down, but the weekends full of activities in Grants Pass are not! If you are looking for an auto filled weekend; September is the month for you! Between swap meets and shows there is something to see or do almost every weekend. Not to mention there are plenty of family friendly activities and the Grants Pass Growers Market continues through September.
Friday, September 1st:
- Frist Friday Live in Grants Pass is a great time to get out and enjoy downtown. The first Friday of every month the restaurants, merchants & galleries keep their doors open a bit later and host performances, artist, and music in their stores. Join in the fun!
Saturday, September 9th: ( Canceled Due to Smoke)
- Southern Oregon Corvette Association 17th Annual Show N’ Shine @ here at Jim Sigel Automotive 9:30 am – 1 pm: Stop by and check out the awesome display of Corvettes here at the dealership! This event is family friendly and free to the public! Click here for more information: |Southern Oregon Corvette Association Website|
Sunday, September 10th:
- Car Swap Meet @ the Josephine County Fairgrounds 8:00 am – 3:00 pm: The 42nd annual Car Swap Meet brings 150 vendors from all over the west coast to the Josephine County Fairgrounds! Check out the antiques, old car parts and accessories. Everything from vintage cars & trucks to motorcycles and vehicle parts will be available! Both Breakfast & Lunch will be service by the Grants Pass Kiwanis club! This event is free to the public!
Saturday, September 16th:
- Rotary Duck Derby @ Riverside Park 12:00 pm: At 12 o’clock sharp the ducks will make their dive from E.D. “Debbs” Potts Memorial Bridge into the Rogue River for a race down to the net set up in front of the park! Join in the fun by ‘adopting’ a duck at one of the many local retailers selling ducks this year! Each adoption entry is a chance to win $15,000 towards a new vehicle OR one of the other great prizes! Read more on our website here: |Rotary Duck Derby Blog|
- Ratrod-O-Rama @ Historic Pottsville 8:00 am – 4:00 pm: This great show is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! With live music, food, vendors and raffles! The show is open to all ratrods, hotrods, cruisers, choptops, traditionals, vintage travel trailers and vintage motorcycles with awesome trophies! Check out their website here for more information: |Ratrod-O-Rama Website|
Saturday, September 23rd:
- Saturday Parkways @ Gilbert Creek Park 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: The City of Grants Pass is offering free family fun at Gilbert Creek Park! In its 5th year, Saturday Parkways offers FREE fun for the entire family! With Annie the Clown, Cowboy Bob, music, bounce house/ obstacle course and other fun activities there is something for everyone. There will also be food for purchase from True Juice; Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar. For more information see their Facebook page here: |Saturday Parkway Facebook Page|
Looking for other events and activities in our area? See a complete list on Travel Grants Pass’ website here: http://travelgrantspass.com/268/Event-Calendar