Three Reasons the Acura MDX is Better Than the Magic Carpet

We’ve all been there: cruising over the sand on our magic carpet, showing loved ones the world in all its shining, shimmering splendor, with pet monkey in tow, and then bam! A windstorm picks up and knocks you to the ground or a thoughtless boulder sits right on top of you. Jafar stands in delight, twisting his mustache. The moment is dashed.

If only you had an Acura MDX.

With standard features like all-wheel drive and 290 horsepower, the MDX is designed to help you through tough storms and other untimely bits of nature. But those aren’t the only treats it offers in helping you escape, whether it’s from Jafar’s grasp in the middle of Agrabah or the daily grind of your southeastern Pennsylvania stomping grounds.

LED foglights help you cut through reflective moisture in the air. Fog can pop up around any corner but when you can flip a switch to combat it, you’ll be able to steer clear from becoming trapped in enormous hourglasses. They also extend visibility beyond standard lights so you can feel safer in inclement weather, even when evil genies are trying to keep you from getting home.

Smartphone integration in the Acura MDX is a big reason edmunds.com gives its technology a four-star rating. IPhone users will find it particularly strong as the Siri Eyes Free function lets you make the most of your tech. In addition to helping you safely make and receive calls it also reads text messages aloud and can send them with voice control. You can keep your hands on the wheel because the MDX’s smartphone integration is more responsive than even the best Shakespearean henchman parrot.

Heated and ventilated seats also aid your comfort on the way back to your palace. You can keep your cool whether you’re sitting in standstill traffic on the Schuykill or the stifling July heat. When you’re moving, triple pane windows minimize white noise from outside and the easy V6 engine lets you keep your focus on the road ahead of you. Those are traits the magic carpet could never claim.

With a feature-rich design the Acura MDX from Sussman Auto treats its drivers like royalty. And we’re not the only ones who live it — Edmund’s gave the 2017 Acura MDX a 4-star review.

A whole new world in southeastern Pennsylvania or beyond could be just a short trek away for you and your family. Check our inventory online and visit this week to test drive the MDX for yourself. 

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Making This Year’s Valentine’s Day One to Remember

We’re in the midst of another February in southeastern Pennsylvania and another Valentine’s day is upon us. What are you doing this year that’s special? Is it the standard roses, chocolate, and dinner reservations nearby? If so, listen close. Sussman Auto has alternative date ideas that can give you and your significant other a sincere spark. And whether you’re getting there in a Sussman Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, or Mazda, we’ve got you covered.

For the Bibliophile: Baldwin’s Book Barn in West Chester

It’s quaint and cozy on all five levels — that’s right, five levels. It’s packed to the brim with books, maps, and prints from yesteryear and you’re welcome to flip through as many as you please. The Book Barn has as much charm as it does volumes and provides the opportunity to find that rare collection your Special Someone has been seeking for so long. The facility will happily take you to another time, making it a date you can remember again and again.

For the Inner Child: Jurassic World at the Franklin Institute in Center City

Speaking of another point in time, you might not be able to go back much further than when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The Franklin Institute invites you to get up close and personal with all sorts of prehistoric creatures with this exhibit. Inspired by the movie, it’s loaded with interactive and one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to bring equal amounts smiles and knowledge. You can get tickets to just the Jurassic World exhibit or for the whole museum but either option is bound to be a blast.

For the Adventurer: Indoor Rock Climbing in Doylestown

Doylestown Rock Gym and Adventure Center offers you and your significant other a chance to whet your appetite for the outdoors in the middle of winter. With all the obstacles and courses you could imagine or may have even seen out in nature, you’ll be challenged together while gaining an experience like no other. And like the options above, there’s some history involved. The Center used to be an airport hangar into the 1960s and you can still see the huge doors where planes would go in and out.

No matter where you are in southeastern Pennsylvania, unique Valentine’s day options all around. Thinking outside the heart-shaped box could lead you and the person you love most on a day trip you’ll be talking about for years. Sussman Auto is glad to get you there whether it’s in your Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, or Mazda.

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Understanding Winter Tires and Your Sussman Auto

Winter can be sneaky in the Delaware Valley. One day it’s 50 degrees and the next you’re driving through a nasty wintry mix. We recently provided you some winter weather driving tips that are geared for the best way to respond once an incident occurs, but there’s one thing that can help something from happening in the first place: tires.

Manufacturers make different tires for different seasons on purpose. Winter tires have a few specific characteristics that serve you better in the colder, more inclimate months. For starters, they’re made of a slightly softer, more flexible rubber. That’s so they can grip the shape of the road better during intense cold weather.

Winter tires also have deeper treads and more biting edges. Increased tread depth reduces snow and condensation buildup and, as a result, cuts down on sliding and skidding. Biting edges are those ridges along the sides of your tires and also aid overall traction.

The common theme with winter tires is that they’re designed to help you grip the road better. Ideally, you’d like to do that all the time, and you might be wondering if you can use winter tires year-round. But the same things that make them great in extreme cold are what keep them from being that way when the weather warms up. Their softer rubber wears down quicker in higher temperatures and isn’t as responsive as when you need to make a quick driving maneuver. The easiest way to think about different tire types might be shoes. You could wear sneakers all year, but odds are a pair of rain boots or sandals will be better at some point.

Regular tire maintenance helps with traction, too. Checking tire pressure at least once a month can help ensure high performance and improved gas mileage. The owner’s manual for your Mazda, Acura, Kia, Honda, Hyundai, or Genesis should also recommend how frequently you need to rotate your tires, which balances wear and tear. And no matter what make of car you get from Sussman, each offers models with all wheel drive, which shifts power to the tire(s) that need it most in a given moment.

Terrain through southeastern Pennsylvania varies by area. Consider just how rough the miles you’ll be covering are before you traverse them, so you can take advantage of the best way to approach them.

 

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Winter Safety Driving Tips for Your and Yours

At Sussman Auto dealerships, we sell you cars that optimize the family traveling experience. However, no amount of comfort, convenience, affordability, or safety can completely take away the danger from the road. As your go-to southeastern Pennsylvania auto dealership, Sussman Auto wants to provide you a few safe winter driving tips.

When you see things like a disabled vehicle on the road or a door left ajar, what you need to do might seem obvious: brake! And while braking is certainly the primary option, it’s not the only one. In that split second where danger pops up you can also make an evasive driving maneuver. The key to the best choice is to practice monitoring your surroundings at all times.  

The difference between braking and evasive maneuvers comes down to how fast you’re already going. If you’ve reached peak speed in your auto, then an evasive maneuver like swerving might be the safest way to continue on your journey. However, if you’re still accelerating, braking will be easier because your vehicle won’t have already picked up maximum momentum. This information provides you more control over a possible collision due to  someone else’s decision.

The decisions of others aren’t the only dangers potentially looming on the road, though — especially this time of year. Black ice, dense fog, deepened potholes from snow melting chemicals and salt, and generally slick surfaces can all change your day or life in a matter of seconds.

That’s why it’s critical to have an up-to-date winter roadside kit. You already know the benefits of a well organized and prepared trunk for autumn sports. While the tools are different for winter the purpose is the same: deliver you and your family the easiest and most functional experience. Below are winter roadside kit must-haves.

Flashlight with extra batteries: You know how the flashlight helps but the extra batteries are just as necessary. There is nothing like thinking you’re prepared only to find out you’re not, and you don’t want the flashlight going dead as you’re trying to locate a potential issue on the side of the road.

Cell phone car charger: If you don’t already have one, find a holiday deal. Like your flashlight batteries, the last thing you want to happen to your phone is having it go dead as you’re about to call a family member or tow truck.

Flares: Maybe you’ve got extra reflectors packed away in the trunk, but in decreased visibility settings you’ll want something more. Flares will let other drivers know know that your vehicle has become disabled, prioritizing safety and awareness in a stressful situation.

Snacks: You have no idea how long you might be stuck on the side of the road. A good snack can help you keep a level head as you manage your time through an upsetting moment on the road.

Remember, Sussman Auto is here for you and all your car needs through southeastern Pennsylvania. From us to you, we wish you a safe and warm winter holiday.

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Sussman Auto’s 15th Annual Bikes for Tykes Collection Drive

This years marks Sussman Auto’s 15th annual Bikes for Tykes collection drive. Together with you we’ve given more than 2,400 bicycles to children throughout the Delaware Valley, and we can’t wait to come together for even more.

We’re seeking gently used bikes now through November 25th. All you need to do is grab a flashlight and head to the garage, shed, or basement to look for one. You can drop it off at any of our six dealership locations throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

We do all the work from there. One of our very own employees will clean, service, and refurbish each bicycle as if it were one of our own used vehicles. From there we distribute the bikes to local charities, who in turn distribute them to less fortunate kids during the holiday season.

Do you remember your first Honda, Acura, Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, or Genesis? Remember not just how enjoyable it was to be in control of where you were going, but how freeing? Bikes for Tykes provides the same sense of independence, trust, and growth for young people all over — maybe even in your own neighborhood.

Showroom drop-off hours for all locations are 9:00am to 9:00pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 6:00pm on Fridays, and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Service department drop-offs are from 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am to 2:00pm on Saturdays. If able, please help us continue the warming tradition of bikes, tykes, and automobiles this holiday season.

Thank you for your generosity, and for helping us make this holiday season brighter for many young children in our area.

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Trunk-or-treat: The Best Halloween for Everyone

Autumn is in full effect in the greater Philadelphia area. Summer citrus is being traded out for pumpkin and apple picking. And ghosts and ghouls are starting to pop up on front lawns, which can only mean one thing. Halloween is right around the corner.

The thrill of the Halloween season comes in two parts. First is the costume. Will your children be going out as classics like witches and mummies? Maybe it’s their favorite Sussman car dealership sales associate. Or have they recently been inspired by Brando to put cotton balls in their mouth and make an offer that can’t be refused? Regardless, it’s only a matter of time until their choice is squared away and their attention turns to the candy. Reasonably so, too. The chance to get it for free comes but once a year.

Your attention, however, might go to the candy for a different reason. As much as you want to trust everything your child will receive and consume will be completely safe and worry free, the thought that it isn’t never leaves the back of your mind. That’s where trunk-or-treat saves the day.

If you’re unfamiliar, trunk-or-treats are community sponsored events, often held by schools or churches in their parking lot. Community members park their cars, decorate them with different themes, and open their trunks that are filled with goodies galore.

The positives are as sweet as the candy your kids are itching for. As you set up your car, you’re not in a rush around the neighborhood to hit as many houses as humanly possible. You’re not trying to master the distance that lets the kids feel independent and you secure. You get to catch up with old faces you haven’t seen and even have the opportunity to create relationships with new ones. Meanwhile, everyone is dressed to the spooky nines, feeling safe every single step of the way.

The kids get to dress up. They get their candy. You get your peace of mind, and everyone goes home happy. Perfect! At Sussman Auto, we know prepping for Halloween can drive you out of your gourd but we want you to know we have your back. No bones about it!

Know about a trunk-or-treat coming up in your community? Tell us about it in the comments!

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It’s barely Fall but the leaves are already falling off the trees. Soon enough your beach chairs will be collecting dust instead of sand and you’ll be trading out your sandals for boots. With school starting, we’re also school back in session, we’re also back into the swing of autumn sports. Football, tennis, cross country, soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics: they’ll all put miles on your car as you bring the kids to practice, games, and meets. But more wear on your car doesn’t mean it has to show. You’ll want to make sure you optimize for the coming sports season.

As you roll through southeastern Pennsylvania, a trunk organizer will be key to keeping your car tidy. Since they come in all shapes and sizes you should be able to find the right fit no matter what model Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, or Mazda you’re driving. Aside from its size, you’ll want to make sure your trunk organizer is the right shape: will it be holding specialized shoes? Sticks? Shoulder pads? All of the above? The answer can’t be overlooked.

Another autumn sports car essential is a first aid kit. While your child’s teams or activities are probably required to have one on-site, keeping one of your own in the car means you can further tend to an injury or ailment as necessary. It could also be a huge help in the event the on-site kit runs out of a certain supply. Thinking ahead like this can save a lot of headaches.

For as important as organization tools and safety kits are, having them doesn’t mean the car won’t get messy. There’s nothing attractive about cleaning up a big mess all at once. Putting together an in-season cleaning schedule saves time down the road and keeps supplies, pads, and equipment accessible when on the go. It could also be critical when traffic cuts your arrival close to start time.

Speaking of traffic, don’t forget to check for it before heading out. The highways and backroads of southeastern Pennsylvania can always offer hiccups, so knowing where those hiccups have popped up could save a lot of stress and worry — for you, your family, and your car.

While your children’s sport of choice might teach them hard lessons this season, optimizing your car for autumn sports can be an easy one.

Have a tip we didn’t mention? Leave it in the comments section below!

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