Fun Activities in Nacogdoches, Texas for the Whole Family

TexasHailed as the oldest town in Texas and the site of the state’s largest Azalea garden, Nacogdoches has a rich atmosphere and a heritage that spans centuries. With a multitude of historic sites to see, a beautiful countryside ripe with natural wonders, and the charm of an old southern town, activities in Nacogdoches provide plenty of things to do for everyone.

The Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau is the heart of the downtown area and a must-visit for newcomers. There’s a seven-minute film on the history of the area as well as several engaging exhibits. The staff will also point you in the direction of any recommended local sights and activities. The Sterne Hoya House Museum, Millard’s Crossing, Old University Building, and Old Time String Shop & General Mercantile are great places to start for the historically-inclined.

If nature is up your alley, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is the town’s claim to fame. The Lanana Creek Trail, SFA Mast Arboretum, and Piney Woods Native Plant Center are also good spots to visit to get your fill of the local flora. Also, on a bright and beautiful day, make a visit to the Carl Monk Sr. Overlook.

There are lots of activities in Nacogdoches, Texas for everyone. Whether you’d like to explore the roots of this friendly and charming town or spend time outdoors, Nacogdoches has plenty to see and do.

Hyundai Debuts 2016 Veloster Rally Edition

It’s hard to miss the Hyundai Veloster with its sporty, crouching silhouette. The athletic hatchback made its debut back in 2012 with three doors and space for four passengers, which made it an ideal vehicle for drivers who wanted a sleek and attractive ride without sacrificing functionality. Now, for the 2016 model, Hyundai has introduced the new Veloster Rally Edition, which will target performance enthusiasts looking for a more “sport hatch” experience.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally
2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally

The Rally, which hits the top end of the Veloster’s price range at a sticker price of $23,950, is a limited edition and features unique Matte Marathon Blue paint, aero accents made to look like carbon fiber, a sport-tuned suspension, black seating with blue leatherette bolsters, and badging with floor mats unique to the model. The lightweight wheels are created by Rays Engineering, a Japanese manufacturer known for its high-end wheels in motorsports. All standard features for the base Veloster will also be included.

The Veloster Rally Edition offers a comfortable and pleasurable drive that’s quiet, fun, and more athletic than the standard Hyundai Veloster. Unique styling, badging, and noticeable cosmetic changes inside and out make the Rally package more than just performance-focused. Plus, with the Veloster’s sizable 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space, foldable rear seats, and a fuel rating of 28 mpg combined, this hatchback is energetic, attractive, and functional.

Hyundai Tucson Named One of 10 Best Family Cars

The new Tucson was recently named the one of the 10 Best Family Cars by Parents Magazine and Edmunds. Teaming together, Parents and Edmunds looked at a range of vehicles on the US market, paying special attention to convenience, safety, and entertainment. The Hyundai Tucson was judged to be one of the best models for families, beating out competition left and right.

2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Hyundai Tucson

According to Hyundai, the Tucson was specifically recognized for its spacious interior, with two-stage reclining seats and tons of legroom. In terms of ergonomics, you won’t be more comfortable than when you’re behind the wheel of the new Tucson. Plus, with its excellent visibility, great standard safety features, and a smooth ride, you won’t want to leave the driver’s seat.

“We understand parents look for vehicles that provide the top safety for their families and we took that seriously with the redesigned Tucson,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of corporate and product planning for Hyundai. “This recognition from Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com shows we are committed to providing better vehicles for our owners – through better safety, quality and design features that set us apart.”

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson also comes with added safety systems like Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors, and more. Also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it’s easy to see why the Tucson was chosen as one of the 10 Best Family Cars.

Preventing Engine Overheating: Maintaining Temperatures

coolantBecause your engine essentially operates by setting off thousands of small explosions, it’s necessary for a complex cooling system to disperse any heat. Overheating can not only cause inconvenient breakdowns, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips on preventing engine overheating.

According to wikiHow, you should always monitor your temperature gauge. Any time the heat creeps into the “H” section, pull over and turn your car off. Overheating can cause the engine to fail, crack, or even explode. If you see steam coming from the under the hood, stop immediately. Be careful around a hot engine, as burns can occur very easily.

Preventing overheating starts with the coolant. You should regularly check antifreeze/coolant levels. Simply check the reservoir (be aware of “hot” and “cool” levels) and top off if necessary. If it is consistently low, you may need to look for leaks. Not only should you look under the car for dripping areas or pools of coolant, but you should also feel hoses for wet spots.

Flushing your cooling system is also necessary every few years. Buildup can cause blockage, restricting the flow of coolant. Radiators often develop calcium and lime residue, especially if you use a large ratio of water in the system.

If your car is running warm, try turning on the heater. Heat is taken directly off the engine block, so this may help cool the car a little. Always turn the A/C and other unnecessary accessories off. If necessary, you may just want to turn the car off but keep the ignition on (battery only) as this will keep the radiator fan and blower on. Finally, be sure to avoid rush hour traffic if your car tends to overheat.

CarPlay Coming to more Hyundai Models

Are you a fan of Apple CarPlay? We’ve got some good news for you! CarPlay is coming to several 2015-2017 Hyundai models including the Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, Elantra GT, Tucson, Sonata, Veloster, and Genesis. Currently, you can get this software on your current 2015 and 2016 Sonata through MyHyundai.com. If you don’t want to download the software yourself, you can stop by your local Hyundai dealer and they will download it for you for a small installation fee.

If you’ve never used Apple CarPlay before, you’ll definitely want to check it out. It makes smartphone features readily available through your vehicle’s touch screen display. You can use voice recognition to access information which will reduce driver distraction.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Interior

Would you like to learn more about Apple CarPlay and the integration of it with your new Hyundai? Stop by Rex Perry Hyundai and one of our friendly team members will give you the full rundown of its features.

Things to do in Nacogdoches, Texas

natureWhy take a full vacation when there are plenty of great things to do here in Nacogdoches? Check out these 3 things that you can do when you plan a staycation!

Zip lining – Looking for an adventure? Zip Nac offers zip line tours. Plan on spending about 2 hours learning and zipping. There is no age limit to zipping, but participants must be able to climb six flights of stairs and be able to follow directions. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Reservations are required.

Azalea Trail – Visit Texas’ largest Azalea Garden – The Ruby M Mize Azalea Garden. With over 7,000 azaleas and over 20 miles to trails, Nacodoches’ Azalea Trail is breathtakingly beautiful. If you are someone who enjoys a stroll, this is the place for you!

Lanana Creek Trail – Explore 5.1 miles of recreational trail. This trail gives you access to the Hoya Soccer Complex and Austin Street. Take the kids out on a nice day and take in all of the great scenery while spending some quality time together.

What are your favorite activities here in town? Leave us a comment below!

Important Flood Driving Safety Tips to Remember This Spring

As the snow finally melts for the last time – and the spring rains begin to fall – the risk of flash flooding is higher than ever. While it seems plausible to avoid floods altogether, it can be hard to predict when they will start. If you find yourself driving when a flood begins, keep these flood driving safety tips in mind:

Flood Driving Safety Tips

  • Never, ever attempt to drive through standing water on the road or even in a parking lot. Just 12 inches of water can make your car lose contact with the ground.
  • If you see any barricades that have been put up to protect people from flooding, respect those barricades.
  • If you must drive through some sort of puddle, drive slowly and keep your eyes peeled for floating debris.
  • Avoid any roads where power lines may have gone down to avoid electrocution.
  • Lastly, if you car becomes stuck in the water, abandon it. Get yourself to safety and then call for help.

Stay safe this spring! And for more safety tips, visit us anytime at Perry Hyundai.

Upcoming Hyundai Ioniq EV Range Announced: 110 Miles

Every year, it seems like electric vehicles become more and more impressive. And who is leading the pack? Hyundai – who just announced that the new Hyundai Ioniq EV range will be about 110 miles, achieved by just a single charge.

Hyundai Ioniq EV Range

The diverse new Hyundai Ioniq will be offered in three different forms: electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. However you’d like to save fuel and money, there is a Hyundai Ioniq option for you.

We’ve also learned that the electric Ioniq will have four levels of regenerative braking, which the driver can switch between with paddles behind the steering wheel. The vehicle will also use an “eco-routing” system for navigation, aiming to save even more energy.

The hybrid and battery electric versions of the Hyundai Ioniq are scheduled to hit dealerships this year, while the plug-in hybrid variant should arrive early next year. Until then, if you’d like to check out a current Hyundai model – visit us anytime at Perry Hyundai.

New 2017 Hyundai Tucson Details as the Model Remains Fastest-Selling

Hyundai continues to be one of the most consistently growing automotive brands, thanks to top-selling SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson – which is the fastest-selling SUV in both the United States and Europe.

The Tucson recently had a triumphant return to the European market, and it has been making record-breaking sales ever since. The vehicle is even moving to the Indian market this summer, where it will surely be popular.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Details

Now 2017 Hyundai Tucson details have been revealed, and we know that it will come with a 2.0-liter CRDi diesel engine combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. It is said to produce 175 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque.

As we get closer to the reveal date, more information about the new model will surely surface, as well as more official images.

If you’d like to learn more about the new 2017 Hyundai Tucson, the current model, or if you’d like to see what other Hyundai models we have in store, contact us or visit us anytime at Perry Hyundai.

5 Things to Look For When You Inspect Windshield Wipers

The winter months can cause serious damage to your windshield wipers, thanks to the build-up of snow and salt that accumulates over time. With spring soon upon us, you’ll want your windshield wipers to be in top shape to give you the best visibility.

Inspect Windshield Wipers

Here are some simple things to look for when you inspect windshield wipers:

  • Look for rust and corrosion on the blades, which is most likely to occur around the edges.
  • Make sure that your frames have not become detached.
  • Additionally, ensure that the windshield wipers are attached to your vehicle properly.
  • Keep an eye out for tears or in the rubber squeegee.
  • And lastly, if you’re already doing some housekeeping, don’t forget to check out your remaining windshield wiper fluid.

For more details on car maintenance tips, or to explore our selection of vehicles for spring, visit us anytime here at Perry Hyundai to go on a test drive.