5 Podcasts to Dive into This Summer

By harbinautomotive | Posted in Technology on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 2:27 PM

Plan on travelling this summer? Looking to escape the monotony of everyday life, or at least have someone telling you an interesting story while you push through it? Got a job with no real responsibilities and a lot of down time? If you said yes to any of these questions, or if you are just a generally inquisitive person, then you need to listen to one or all of these podcasts. From murder mysteries, to explaining the quantum universe, to attempting to understand the complexities of modern love, these beautifully produced and well-written podcasts will transport your imagination to the far reaches of our human experience:

  • S-Town—Any list of podcasts from 2017 should include S-Town. Any Southern American, especially those from Alabama, should have this podcast on their mobile device. S-Town is a murder mystery at its heart. John B. McLemore, an horologist in Woodstock, Alabama, becomes obsessed about a local murder and seeks answers with the help of an investigative journalism team from the famed This American Life and
  • Undiscovered—This is a science podcast at its heart. But what makes Undiscovered so enthralling and addictive is its alternative approach to covering stories about scientific discoveries. It takes us to the years, months, days, hours, and minutes before a major scientific breakthrough happens. All of the false starts, lucky breaks, and weird coincidences that lead to the world’s most influential scientific breakthroughs are explored and given life in this new podcast from Elah Feder and Annie Minoff.
  • WTF with Marc Maron—Comedian Marc Maron interviews influential celebrities, politicians, comedians, and pop icons. Maron brings a light-hearted but earnest journalistic interest to his work and with over 800 episodes and 250 million lifetime downloads, this is a solid choice for anyone looking for a new auditory obsession.
  • Radiolab—This is the mother of all “general interest” podcasts. Anyone and everyone will be hooked on the wonderfully arranged stories and engaging sound effects that bring this podcast to life. Host Jud Abumrad transports us between worlds of science, sociology, music, philosophy, and much, much mor, to get a better picture of what it means to be human.
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking— Honesty hurts sometimes. This podcast from author Nora McInerny explores the brutally honest feelings of people going through brutally honest life crises. This podcasts asks the question, “How are you?’” The kicker is, it actually wants to hear the answer.

So, if you have some downtime this summer, are travelling, or if you are just looking for fuel for your next binge-listening session, check one of these podcasts out.

Be entertained, but always be sure to keep your eyes on the road and your mind on the drive. Check out on of the many models on Harbin’s lot for Bluetooth automotive advancements that make listening along easier than every before!

Five Cars on Our Lot with Killer Fuel Economy

By harbinautomotive | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Going to and from work, waiting in pickup lines at schools, running to the grocery store—then having to go back to the grocery store because you forgot the cat food—we spend a ton of time in our cars. When you’re clocking all that time on the road, you certainly don’t want the commute alone to break you. Here are five cars we have on the lot right now that will wow you with their incredible fuel economy:

 

  • Ford Fusion SE – 29-34mpg on Hwy

As far as midsize cars go, this one gets some of the best marks around on safety ratings. In addition, the Ford Fusion SE boasts sharp handling along with a contemporary, upscale cabin. The interior is roomy enough to haul five folks wherever they need to go comfortably, especially since the seats are well-cushioned. The Ford Fusion SE is the working man or woman’s classic getaround vehicle: safe, a tiny bit sporty, and reliable.

 

  • Fiat 500 Sport – 34-40mpg on Hwy

This compact Italian ride packs a punch when it comes to overall appeal. Italy’s answer to the Volkswagon Beetle, the Fiat 500 Sport weighs in at just 2,350 lbs. (which is a few hundred less than its main competitor, the base model Minicooper). With a 1.4 liter, 4-cylinder engine, the Italian baby stallion offers the kind of agile handling and responsive steering you’d expect from larger sports cars. Despite its diminutive size, the Fiat 500 Sport has decent legroom and headroom and has far better outward visibility than its squatty nemesis the Minicooper.

 

  • Dodge Caliber SXT – 27-32mpg on Hwy

Dodge’s wagon is perfect for those of us who have to make too many trips to Publix. With tons of cargo space and a great safety rating, this one may be the perfect model for any parent who refuses to become part of the minivan brigade. The Dodge Caliber SXT has noteworthy stability control, large wheels, and antilock brakes featuring rear drums that are sure to keep you and the kids skid-free.

 

  • Mazda Mazda3 i – 30-35mpg on Hwy

There’s a good reason the Mazda tagline is “zoom-zoom.” The ultra fuel-efficient Mazda3 i gets great marks for being a blast to drive. The super-responsive midsize vehicle feels sharp without being showy. The telescopic steering wheel mounted controls and smart ergonomics coupled with a fun driving experience overall set the Mazda3 i up as a car with true staying power.

 

Kia Soul – 27-30mpg Hwy

An out-of-the-box choice for daily driving that’s actually shaped like a box—that’s the weird and wonderful appeal of the Kia Soul. It’s square shape allows for excellent headroom even for taller drivers, and the impressive sound system is great for tune-lovin’ travelers. The deceptively peppy acceleration and a tight turning radius give the Soul a whole lot of heart, and its funky shape is certain to turn a whole bunch of heads.

 

For more information about these fuel-efficient models and more, stop by Harbin Automotive in Scottsboro

A New Tool in the Bag: Ford SYNC 3 Technology

By harbinautomotive | Posted in Technology on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 2:49 PM
SYNC 3 is not only smart, it's responsive and innovative.

Ford has always prided itself on bringing the latest technology and manufacturing wizardry to its customers at a reasonable price. Yet, for the past couple of years, consumers have been less than pleased with the clunky MyFord Touch on-board navigation and entertainment system.

Earlier versions of Ford’s Sync technology ran on Microsoft software, and were plagued with being too ‘computer-y.’ That is, the on-board infotainment system was less ‘entertainment,’ and more ‘do-I-need-to-have-a-PhD-in-computer-science-to-operate-this-thing.’ Constant pop-up comment windows, a slow touch response, uninspired software design and lack of compatibility with many new smartphone apps left many consumers dissatisfied, if not on the verge of mutiny.

Fortunately, all that is gone now.

Ford has upgraded to the Blackberry QNX powered SYNC 3 Technology. While, Microsoft is a relative newcomer to the on-board infotainment system industry, Blackberry has established itself as the stalwart, user-friendly software for automakers in the digital age.

Here are some of the biggest changes you can expect by upgrading to a new 2016 Ford with SYNC 3 technology:

  • New Capacitive Touch-Screen—promises a faster response to touch.
  • More Intuitive Software Design– streamlined voice controls, a crisp user-interface and low distract-ability creates a safer driving experience.
  • Compatibility with multiple Smartphone Apps— Ford’s Sync AppLink allows users to easily access their favorite apps like Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio.

In addition to the Fusion, the Escape and other passenger models, Ford has integrated the SYNC 3 technology into its new fleet of 2016 F-150s, making it one of the smartest, hardest working trucks on the road today. The F-150’s newly engineered, lightweight aluminum body, increased MPG and the incorporation of the SYNC 3 technology firmly places this seminal workhorse from the Ford family into the twenty-first century.

For more information about Ford Vehicles with SYNC 3 Tech, stop by Harbin Automotive in Scottsboro, AL today or call (256) 259-6400.

No “Fancy Riding”: Six Weird Traffic Laws

By blogsadmin | Posted in Tips on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Whenever we get in our cars, we are obviously aware of the laws that we are supposed to follow. Don’t speed. Don’t litter. Don’t ride the bumper of the person in front of you. But what about the laws that we don’t think of, the ones that were created years ago, usually by some small town government, and were just never taken off the books? Here are some of our favorite weird traffic laws from around these great United States of ours, taken from our friends at DMV.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Behold the Specs and Features of the 2016 Lincoln Navigator

By blogsadmin | Posted in Lincoln Navigator on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 5:51 PM
2016 Lincoln Navigator Huntsville AL

For as much as we’ve become known for rugged trucks and efficient passenger vehicles, that certainly doesn’t mean that we don’t like to dress up. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see the 2016 Lincoln Navigator, the tuxedo of full-size, luxury SUVs. In case you wondered what it was doing to dazzle you this year when it arrives at Harbin Automotive, we’ve got your rundown right here. Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in the Huntsville Area

By blogsadmin | Posted in Local News and Events on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 10:44 PM
Watch the Super Bowl Scottsboro AL

We’ve reached the end of the football season, which can only mean one thing…SUPER BOWL!. It’s truly one of our favorite days of the year, and that’s why we’re going to help you find a great place to watch it. Whether you pull for the Panthers or Broncos, we can all agree on two things: it should be a great time for food and fun, and both teams would probably lose to the Tide. (We’re kidding.) Here are some suggestions for where to watch the Super Bowl near Huntsville, AL. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Get Your Car to 200,000 Miles

By blogsadmin | Posted in Auto Maintenance, Tips on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 4:02 PM
Auto Maintenance Huntsville AL

For as much as we talk about new cars at Harbin Automotive, the simple fact is that most people aren’t driving new cars. Heck, most people aren’t even interested in buying cars, and would much rather get optimal performance from the car they currently have. If that’s the case for you, then today’s post has your car in mind. Here are our best tips to help get your car to 200,000 miles, which is totally feasible, but not without a little work. Read the rest of this entry »

Crystal Ball Showdown: 2016 Chevy Colorado vs. 2017 Honda Ridgeline

By blogsadmin | Posted in Chevy Colorado on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 10:29 PM
2016 Chevy Colorado vs 2017 Honda Ridgeline Scottsboro AL
2016 Chevy ColoradoVs.2017 Honda Ridgeline
3.5L V6Model's Top Engine3.5L V6
305 hpMax Horsepower280 hp (est.)
269 lb-ftMax Torque260 lb-ft (est.)
7,000 lbsTowing Capacity5,000 lbs (est.)

Just a few short months ago, we recognized our very own 2016 Chevy Colorado for what seemed at the time like a dream scenario: it had been named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year for the second straight time. However, just as we were clearing a spot on the mantle for a three-peat, we learned that one of our old rivals, the Honda Ridgeline, had big plans for 2017. That begs the question, what will happen when they square off head to head? Ladies and gentlemen, the 2016 Chevy Colorado vs. the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Read the rest of this entry »

Feel the Love with these Valentine’s Day Events near Huntsville AL for 2016

By blogsadmin | Posted in Local News and Events, Tips on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 9:38 PM
Valentines Day Events near Scottboro AL

We’re well into 2016 at Harbin Automotive, and as soon as Winter Storm performs a nice little number on the southeast and mid-Atlantic, we may even be able to enjoy ourselves. Fortunately, we’ve already got a few exciting events coming up in our area, beginning with the holiday we chose to ignore until we realized that it was a nice excuse to get a nice dinner and a massage: Valentine’s Day. But what are you to do when the better half asks what you have planned? Never fear, Harbin Automotive has you covered, with these Valentine’s Day Events near Scottsboro and Huntsville for 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Start-Stop Technology added to all 2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engines

By blogsadmin | Posted in Ford F-150, Technology on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 3:40 PM
2017 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Start-Stop Tech

Although the 2016 model year is only just now beginning, that hasn’t kept some of our most popular models from leaking a few teasers for what the future holds. For example, the 2016 Ford F-150 has only just arrived at Harbin Automotive, but we’ve already gotten word that the 2017 Ford F-150 will add auto start-stop technology to all EcoBoost engines. When all the dust settles, this would suggest that as much as 60% of the F-150s sold in America will now have start-stop tech. That represents a lot of fuel savings for American drivers. Read the rest of this entry »