How to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost upon us, but some people don’t know how to celebrate this day properly. Rex Perry Hyundai is here to help, so here are a few things you can do to truly celebrate the spirit that is Memorial Day.

Visit Cemeteries

One thing that a lot of people do, especially veterans, is going to cemeteries or memorials and cleaning up the graves of fallen soldiers. Whether it’s wiping down the stone or pulling some weeds, all of it is impactful. And before you leave, placing flowers or flags is a good way to say thanks as well.

Attend a Parade

Most towns have some sort of event or parade celebrating those fallen veterans and usually conclude with some sort of memorial service. Taking time out of your day and attending these events show your support to those brave soldiers.

Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance

Established by Congress, the National Moment of Remembrance happens at 3p, local time, on Memorial Day to pause and reflect on those lost and national unity. It is also a notable time for Taps to be played.

Talk to Your Kids About Memorial Day

Taking the time and sitting and talking with your kids about what Memorial Day is can be important so they understand what the celebration and remembrance are all about. Grabbing a kids’ book like The Wall or Memorial Day Suprise also helps them understand as well through stories.

No matter what you plan on doing, doing something is a great start. Let us all remember those lives lost and the fallen heroes this Memorial Day. Stop by Rex Perry Hyundai and let us know how you will be celebrating Memorial Day this year!

Hyundai Adds New Ioniq Hybrid To Lineup

The Hyundai Ioniq has always been an EV, with the only true hybrid in the brand’s lineup being a variant of the popular Sonata. However, Hyundai is changing this for the 2017 model year. The new 58-mpg Ioniq Hybrid is being added to the new model variants for the EV, including the pure EV version and also a new Ioniq plug-in hybrid, with the option to drive in both hybrid and EV mode. This move will give Hyundai customers and compact car fans more options when it comes to the green car segment.

The new Ioniq Hybrid has actually already arrived at dealerships across the country, including ours at Rex Perry Hyundai. If you’re interested in the EV model, that one’s only available onsite in California, but you can get your hands on it by special order. The Plug-In Hybrid, however, will not be making its way to the public until later this year when it launches as a 2018 model year.

The new Ioniq Hybrid was engineered to deliver a smooth and fun driving experience purposefully by the team at Hyundai, who wanted to create a hybrid that did more than just save on gas. The Plug-In Hybrid model’s driving modes will even include a “Sport” option for drivers looking for something with a little more spirited ride. So, make sure you stop by Rex Perry Hyundai to check out the new Ioniq Hybrid.

*All fuel economy numbers are based on EPA estimates and may vary depending on the driver.

Teen Driver Safety

Every teenager longs for that moment when they can finally take hold of their glossy, new license. The inevitably awkward photo is of no importance—what matters is the freedom that comes with the responsibility of driving. The problem is that some teens don’t fully feel the weight of that responsibility. Help your new driver to embrace the seriousness of their time on the road by enforcing these rules, recommended by us at Rex Perry Hyundai.

Teen Driver Safety

No Peer Passengers

The key to good teen driver safety is avoiding distractions. While carpooling with friends may be one of the most exciting images to a new driver, having friends in the car can also take attention away from the road. Depending on the driver, set a limitation to how much experience he or she should get behind the wheel before allowing friends in the car.

Set a Curfew

Anyone who has driven at night knows that the lack of sunlight and the addition of bright headlights can totally change the driving dynamic. Make sure that your teen driver has plenty of experience and practice driving in the daytime before he or she takes the wheel at night.

No Cell Phones

It’s no surprise that cell phones are a big cause of distractions and accidents. Many teenagers today have trouble resisting the constant urge to check social media or text messages. A great way to avoid this is by not allowing cell phones in the cabin of a vehicle. Cell phones should be kept in the trunk while driving so that there’s no temptation to take eyes off the road in favor of a phone’s screen.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: First Drive Review

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric In Nacogdoches, TX
2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Electromobility has been on the minds of engineers and automobile experts for decades now. In recent years, though, consumers and automobile manufacturers alike have turned even more of their attention towards green driving. Since 2011, the market has offered several electric vehicles with one big drawback—their limited mileage. Brands continue to work on cars with an increased mile range, and now there’s a new competitor in town: the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

Specifications

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric—which also comes in a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid version—combines efficiency With Hyundai’s well-built standards. The Ioniq Electric is promised to have a range of 124 miles. In addition to its approachable range, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is also practical on the inside, with more room for passengers than competitors like the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt. Its low, hatchback style gives it a sleek look on the road, and it drives just as smoothly.

Want To Switch?

If you’ve been thinking of switching to electric, there’s no better time. The new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is one of the best, most affordable options out there. Call us at Rex Perry Hyundai to learn more about the Hyundai Ioniq lineup.

The New Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback

In the United States, we tend to favor our family sedans and small crossovers. Compact, five-door cars aren’t usually seen as a top-seller here. In Europe, however, hatchbacks are the more popular choice. Hyundai, however, has faith that the hatch will bounce back, and they have a not-so-secret tool to facilitate this: the all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback.

The new Elantra Hatchback recently made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. It has a sophisticated, Euro-inspired appearance with sleek curves and a wider, longer, and lower body. At 55 cubic-feet of interior space, the 2018 Elantra GT Hatchback offers more room than its previous generations and any of its competitors.

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback - Nacogdoches, TXThe Elantra Hatchback will come in two different trims, the GT and the GT Sport. The GT will be equipped with a 2.0-liter engine good for 162 horsepower, while the GT Sport will have a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that boasts 201 horsepower. This peppy acceleration is a fun type of performance often associated with hatchbacks, and one that Hyundai hopes will draw more people towards the hatch.

In fact, Hyundai is anticipating the new hatchback to make up more than 15% of Elantra sales once it hits the market. We look forward to offering this new, modern hatchback at Rex Perry Hyundai and can’t wait to test drive it ourselves!

Best Places to Eat in Nacogdoches

Best Places To Eat - Nacogdoches, TXLooking for some good eats? Nacogdoches has plenty to offer, from classic Italian to all-day diner breakfast. Everyone in the area has his or her favorite place to eat in Nacogdoches, but here are some best-loved spots picked by us at Rex Perry Hyundai.

 

Clear Springs Restaurant

This restaurant features a well-balanced menu offering seafood like grilled tilapia or shrimp, plus American classics such as chicken fried steak, green beans, and peach cobbler. There are plenty of delicious items to choose from fit for lunch or dinner, and each delicious entrée is sure to have you coming back for seconds.

 

Auntie Pasta’s Italian Kitchen

If you’re craving a taste of Italy, grab dinner at Auntie Pasta’s where locals rave over the food and the relaxed atmosphere. Authentic made-from-scratch sauces accompany dishes like Chicken Marsala and Shrimp Carbonara. Handmade gourmet pizzas offer a more casual meal option that isn’t complete without a piece of Key Lime Pie to follow.

 

Dolli’s Diner

Sometimes the best meals are the fun ones. Dolli’s Diner offers a classic, 1950s inspired diner experience. Grab a burger and fries or treat yourself to “brinner”—that is, breakfast for dinner—by ordering fried chicken and eggs or one of many other breakfast items served all day at this retro diner.

Things To Do In Lufkin This Weekend!

forestLooking for something to do in Lufkin? We’ve put together a list of our most favorite attractions and entertainment venues.

  • Explore the great outdoors. Lufkin is home to Angelina National Forest, which offers a 114,500-acre lake, two recreational areas, and hiking trails. Lufkin is also home to Ratliff Lake, which offers a large campground, a swim area, and an amphitheater that you can reserve for your next outdoor party.
  • Check out a local museum. Lufkin is the proud home of the Museum of East Texas which features a culture center. At the Museum, you can take in a lecture or workshop! Another local museum is the Texas Forestry Museum. This one offers a variety of exhibits including a Sawmill Doctor Exhibit.
  • Spend some time with the kids. Check out Dave’s Skate Park or play a round of Lunar Mini Golf.

As you can see, there are plenty of options for things to do right here in Lufkin! Leave a comment below with your favorite thing to do!

The Hyundai Safety Cockpit Detects Road Rage to Keep You Safe

safety beltHyundai is developing technologies to help keep you safe behind the wheel, including one recent development that is designed to detect road rage. The system is a cockpit that measures the physical and mental state of drivers, helping to detect mood with face recognition, among other technologies. This could just be one of the most advanced safety systems developed to date.

According to CNBC, the Hyundai concept cockpit is designed to track a number of signs, from heat rate, posture, and breathing to facial recognition. By measuring these things, this innovative system can determine when you’re alert or angry, and it can make changes to the atmosphere of driving. This includes seat positioning, heating, lighting, temperature, volume, and even smells.

Measuring a driver’s mental state will help to keep the “optimum health and mental attitude” for safe driving, said Mike O’Brien, the VP at Hyundai, during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Believe it or not, about 80% of drivers show symptoms of road rage, which can do serious damage. Driving while emotional can cause speeding, rapid acceleration, hard brakes, and more—all of which increases the risk of an accident. This new Hyundai safety cockpit could just keep you better protected than ever before.

What’s New for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives this year in a refreshed form. Hyundai Santa Fe updates include revised styling, more standard technology, and newly available safety features.

With refreshed styling on both the front and rear, the Santa Fe is more attractive than ever. It has sleek lines that give it a sense of motion, even while standing still. The front end styling also includes new LED daytime running lights.

Inside, the Santa Fe is just as stylish with a classy design and well-placed controls. Buyers will love features like a standard 7-inch touchscreen on all trim levels, as well as a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Hyundai’s Blue Link system, and even Android Auto compatibility. This year, there is even an available USB charging port for the third row.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

For 2017, buyers can add more safety than ever before. These new features include a lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking for forward collision mitigation, a 360-degree parking camera, and adaptive cruise control.

Powering the Santa Fe is a 3.3-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. When properly equipped, the Santa Fe can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Visit us at Rex Perry Hyundai and check out the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe for yourself.

New Year’s Resolutions for your Car

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Happy New Year from Perry Hyundai!

If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, yet, that’s ok. 2017 has just begun. If you want an idea for a resolution you can actually keep, consider these resolutions for your car.

  • Drive more efficiently. Being an inefficient driver not only wastes your money, but it’s bad for the environment, too. One of the biggest dings to your efficiency is aggressive driving. In fact, doing things like speeding and accelerating too quickly can decrease your efficiency by as much as 35%.
  • Stop idling. Letting your engine run while you’re not going anywhere is a complete waste of gas. If you’re going to stop for longer than you normally would at a stoplight or stop sign, just turn off the engine. You should also avoid “warming up” your car before you leave in the morning. The fastest way to warm it up is just by driving.
  • Keep up with your maintenance. Check in your owner’s manual and you should find a recommended service schedule that includes things like oil changes, tire rotations, and more. Get caught up on this to ensure your car runs the way it should for years to come.
  • Don’t run on empty. Try not to let your tank fall below one-quarter full. In the winter, keep it at least half full to prevent frozen fuel lines.

Are you planning any car-related resolutions for 2017?