Honda Accord Hybrid Wins 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines Award

For many hybrid vehicles, you will find that power is sacrificed for fuel efficiency. This isn’t the case for the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid. This hybrid sedan was recently honored with the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines award, a prestigious accolade from WardsAuto.

The Accord Hybrid uses the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain. It is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC iVTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-four engine that is paired to an electric propulsion motor that puts out a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. This power, combined with the sedan’s EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 48 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, makes it a good option for an everyday vehicle.*

Along with its power, this two-motor hybrid powertrain was praised for its fuel efficiency and responsiveness. WardsAuto also noted the Accord Hybrid’s affordability and the seamless, quiet delivery of power by this engine.

“The operation is all very seamless, nimble, quiet, amazingly responsive, and affordable — making believers out of even our staunchest hybrid skeptics,” said David E. Zoia in WardsAuto’s write up on this winner.

Currently, the Accord Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $25,320. It comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies, dual-zone automatic climate control, an Eco Assist™ system, and other innovations. It also has the option of either an eight- or ten-year Hybrid Battery Warranty.***

At some point, the Honda Accord will have to stop winning awards, but based on how the last year-and-a-half have gone, it won’t be any time soon. Visit Hardin County Honda to learn more about the industry’s top hybrid sedan.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.

** MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

***Warranty covers abnormal loss of battery capacity. Other warranties may provide additional coverage. See dealer for details.

How to Prepare Your Car for Snow

How to Prepare Your Car for Snow

As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, the likelihood of your car breaking down increases. To help you get ready for winter weather, we’ve put together some tips on how to prepare your car for snow.

Check the battery. Cold weather can affect the performance of your battery. Make sure you keep an eye on your battery’s charge throughout the winter. If your car’s battery happens to be more than four years old, it might be time to replace it for optimal performance.

Take your tire pressure. Your tire pressure can decrease as the temperature drops. Use a tire pressure gauge to check that your tires remain in the recommended pressure range that is noted in the owner’s manual for your car.

Bring it in for a check up. If you’re worried your car isn’t winter-ready, bring it by your local mechanic’s shop and have them check all fluids, especially your car’s antifreeze levels.

Replace your windshield wipers. Visibility is important in the winter, so make sure your windshield wipers are in working order. If it’s been awhile since you last changed them — or if you notice and chips or splits in the rubber — you should change them now.

There are a number of ways to prepare your car for cold winter weather, but the best thing to do is to simply let us take care of it. Bring your car for service at Hardin County Honda and we’ll make sure your car is ready to take on even the coldest winter.

Honda Accord and Civic Honored Once More in Car and Driver 10Best List

Honda Accord and Honda Civic

Although it comes with little surprise, it’s an honor worth celebrating: the 2019 Honda Accord and the 2018 Civic have once again been named to the Car and Driver 10Best list. The Accord Hybrid was included under the Accord title, and the Civic Hatchback Sport, Si, and Type R were named the specific trims that earned the Civic a spot on the list. This is the Accord’s 33rd time being featured on the list, and the 7th time for the Civic.

These two Hondas have been favorites for decades now, and the new models continue to impress. 2018 saw the beginning of the tenth generation for the Honda Accord, and it innovated the segment with its superior performance, sophisticated style, and fantastic hybrid option. From front to back, Honda has thought of everything for the Accord, from advanced connectivity technology like Apple CarPlay™ integration, to standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assist technology that will elevate your confidence while driving.

The Civic lineup has something for everyone, from sedans to hatchbacks, from elegantly simple designs to upscale, sporty interiors. The Civic Sport, Si, and Type R are particularly notable for their sophisticated and dynamic performance. Car and Driver even described the Civic Type R as “quite possibly the highest performing and most satisfying front-wheel-drive car on the market today.” Despite being a vehicle line that has been around since the 70s, the Civic remains undeniably modern with its cutting-edge features.

Visit us at Hardin County Honda to explore the Honda Accord and Civic in detail and discover in person just what makes them so good.

All-New 2019 Honda Passport Unveiled

Honda Logo

Adding to its impressive lineup of SUVs and crossovers, Honda debuted its all-new 2019 Honda Passport on November 27th at the LosAngeles Auto Show. The new, 5-passenger SUV offers contemporary drivers theperfect balance of performance and capability, as the Passport will smoothlycruise the city streets while also offering admirable off-road capabilities. Anadded bonus is that it boasts best-in-class interior space, offering 115.9cubic feet of passenger space, guaranteeing that everyone stays comfortable.

The 2019 Passport is a welcome addition to Honda’s lineup, as it provides an option between the popular compact CR-V and the midsize Honda Pilot. The Passport will come equipped with a 280-horsepower i-VTEC® V6 engine, be easily maneuverable, and offer an available advanced Honda i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. Coupled with Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management System, this system will make traversing any terrain a breeze.

To give you additional peace of mind while driving, the 2019 Passport comes with standard Honda Sensing®. Honda Sensing® is the automaker’s suite of state-of-the-art safety and driver-assist technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation System (including Lane Departure Warning), Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control. With such confidence-inspiring features on your side, you’ll finally be ready to set out on whatever adventure you choose.

We can’t wait for the all-new 2019 Honda Passport to arrive at Hardin County Honda!

2019 Honda Passport Debut

Earlier this month, Honda announced that it would be unveiling its new 2019 Honda Passport on Tuesday, Nov. 27 via a live stream on Honda’s YouTube channel. This comes one day before its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new Honda Passport will slot between the Honda CR-V and the Honda Pilot. This makes the Passport Honda’s fourth SUV, joining the CR-V and Pilot, as well as the HR-V. The Passport is an American-made product: The design and development took place at Honda R&D Americas, and the physical models will be manufactured at the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama.

“The new Passport is a more personal, powerful, and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability,” commented Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. & General Manager, Honda Division. “With customer demand for SUVs continuing to grow, the new adventure-ready Passport is going to further solidify our lineup, attracting new buyers and keeping existing customers in the Honda family.”

Honda’s SUVs have earned praise for their quality and value. Just this year, Honda was named Best SUV Brand by U.S. News and World Report.* The additional of the 2019 Honda Passport will further improve Honda’s offerings. We at Hardin County Honda are excited about the 2019 Honda Passport debut later this month and will certainly be watching its unveiling.

*U.S. News Best Cars at https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks  

Smart Intersection Technology: Honda Vehicle-to-Environment Systems

Honda is developing Smart Intersection technology that uses vehicle-to-everything technology to help reduce accidents. Using advanced connectivity, the technology connects the vehicle to objects and buildings around it to boost the efficacy of vehicle sensors. This is just the latest step in autonomous vehicle technologies, and Honda is leading the way.

According to Honda, the Smart Intersection technology is also referred to as V2X, as this system lets vehicles recognize objects in the environment. Cameras can be mounted in intersections and then send that information to cars in the area, helping vehicle systems to see around buildings and in poor weather conditions. Even if you’re taking a blind corner, the V2X system can send you information to keep you prepared.

“Honda believes that V2X technology is an essential component of a smarter and safer transportation ecosystem and can play a role in our dream for a zero-collision society,” said Ted Klaus, vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “By partnering with the City of Marysville and the State of Ohio, we believe this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users.”

Smart Intersection is yet another step forward by Honda to advance safety for all drivers. Though it won’t be available for some time, current generation models do benefit from the Honda Sensing® suite of driver assistive technologies. Learn more about it at Hardin County Honda.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

get your car ready for back to school
get your car ready for back to school

As the hot days of summer recede and fall creeps closer, it’s time to begin your back-to-school preparations. These include, of course, getting your car in tip-top shape before the school year is in full-swing and your schedule fills up. The following are a few tips on how to get your car ready for back to school, whether that means heading back to college or carpooling your kids to school.

  • Check fluid levels: Simple fluid-level checks are part of good, routine car maintenance, so take an afternoon to make sure you have appropriate amounts of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. These checks are easier to address while at home – if you’re heading back to college – or before the school year’s busyness sets it.
  • Check tires: You should also check your tire treads and pressure. If your tire treads are overly-worn, you will want to consider getting a new set of tires, especially if you plan on driving long distances back to college. You will also want to check your tire pressure, as tire pressure affects your control, handling, and fuel efficiency while on the road, and causes your tires to wear unevenly.
  • Clean it inside and out: A new school year is like a fresh start, so start the year off right be cleaning out your vehicle’s interior and washing its exterior.

The best way to get your car ready for back to school is to schedule a service appointment at Hardin County Honda and let our professional technicians take care of it. Give us a call today so you can stop worrying about your car and start thinking ahead to school instead!

Honda Pilot Plug-In Hybrid Rumored

Honda Pilot

A Honda Pilot Plug-In Hybrid may be on the docket if new spy photos are to be believed. If so, the Pilot crossover will be the fourth electrified vehicle to join the Japanese automaker’s lineup.  The spy images were taken during testing in Ohio. There’s no confirmed model year for when the Pilot Plug-In Hybrid will go on sale.

So far, the Honda lineup includes three electrified vehicles: the Accord, Clarity, and Insight. Honda has a goal of making two thirds of its entire lineup electrified by the end of the next decade. That’s quite the goal, and the Honda Pilot Plug-In Hybrid would be a major step forward.

The 2018 Pilot features a 3.5-liter V6 engine as the sole powertrain. The addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain would place the Pilot in a small, but competitive segment of eco-friendly vehicles.

According to Automotive News, a refreshed Honda Pilot Plug-In Hybrid was caught testing in Ohio. The upcoming 2019 model features a new lower front fascia, grille, and headlight design.

Considering that the Honda Pilot is one of the most popular midsize crossovers on the market, the addition of a plug-in hybrid variant would only increase the family model’s appeal. Although it isn’t a luxury crossover, the Honda Pilot does feature a premium design at an affordable price.

Given the popularity of the Pilot, we’d love to see a plug-in hybrid variant at Hardin County Honda. Stay tuned for the latest news!

Honda Partners with GM to Make Next-Gen Car Batteries

Honda

In an era in which is seems no one is willing to work together, Honda has no problem stepping across the aisle to get things done; Honda recently announced its partnership with competitor General Motors in the development of the new next-gen car batteries.

The batteries are being developed specifically for all-electric vehicles and are incredibly complex pieces of machinery. With thousands of components going into just one battery, including chemical, electrical, and physical parts, teamwork is key to creating the safest, strongest, and most efficient product for consumers.

The current partnership calls for Honda to collaborate with General Motors based on GM’s current modelling of next-generation battery systems. The batteries will be optimized for and fully compatible with both Honda and GM vehicles. Both auto giants recognize that the key to future success in the industry lies in great innovation within green, electric technologies today, and this partnership marks a huge leap in the right direction.

Now, what does this new collaboration on next-gen batteries mean for all you Honda loyalists? How about maximized value in future all-electric Honda products? That sounds pretty good to all of us here at Hardin County Honda; we can wait to start seeing these specialized technologies in our showroom!

New 2019 Honda Fit Offers More Fun with No Increase in Price

Honda Fit

Since it first rolled off the production line for the 2008 model year, the Honda Fit has delivered a winning combination of sporty design, fun performance, and a consistent lineup of advanced connectivity and safety technologies. The new 2019 Honda Fit offers even more of what small car-drivers love without a corresponding rise in price. If you’re looking for a small car that delivers big on fun and overall value, it’s time to get excited about the new 2019 Honda Fit.

Fun, functional style

The 2019 Honda Fit offers sporty style in a city-sized package that is both easy and exciting to drive. With standard LED taillights, striking automatic headlamps, a lift gate spoiler and a smartly chiseled body, the 2019 Fit is equal parts sophisticated and flashy.

Engaging, efficient performance

The 2019 Fit is equipped with a peppy 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain offers responsive performance and makes navigating urban streets plenty of fun. Even better yet, the 2019 Fit is capable of and EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway.*

Tech-savvy interior

Packed with over 40 standard and available technology features, the 2019 Honda Fit ensures every drive is just as safe as it is exciting. A color touchscreen audio interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility offers seamless connectivity while available Honda Sensing safety technology suite offers added confidence behind the wheel.

 

Get behind the wheel of the exciting new 2019 Honda Fit with a test drive at Hardin County Honda!

 

*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary