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

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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.

Honda Partners with GM to Make Next-Gen Car Batteries

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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!

2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards: And the Winner Is…Honda!

2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards
Honda recently won three awards from Motor Week, an industry leader when it comes to automotive reviewing. The Motor Week 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards are among the most prestigious on the market, and the Honda Accord, Odyssey, and Civic each won in their respective segments.

Honda recently won three awards from Motor Week, an industry leader when it comes to automotive reviewing. The Motor Week 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards are among the most prestigious on the market, and the Honda Accord, Odyssey, and Civic each won in their respective segments.

According to Motor Week, the Honda Civic earned the 2018 Best Small Car award for the third year in a row—an anomaly for this particular award. In addition to a striking rear fascia, the 2018 model year also comes with two high-performance designs, the Si and Type R, which are ideal for those who want a little added performance.

The Honda Accord won the 2018 Best Family Sedan award thanks to its four-door design and comfortable interior. The Accord has extensive safety features like Honda Sense™ to keep you and your family safe as you drive, and the refined interior and extensive infotainment options will make any long road trip more enjoyable.

The Honda Odyssey also won the 2018 Best Minivan award from Motor Week. The Odyssey has a reliable design and seating for up to seven people, and this minivan also comes with extensive infotainment. With sleek looks, an efficient engine, and multiple available features, the Odyssey is setting new standards.

If you’re looking for a truly award-winning vehicle, stop by Hardin County Honda to test drive the Accord, Civic, and Odyssey today.

Best of Honda in 2018

Honda’s 2018 lineup has already been recognized for its standout design, progressive features, and fantastic performance. The big winner so far has been the Honda Accord, which was named to both the KBB.com Best Buy list and the Car and Driver 10 Best List.

The 2018 Accord won the Mid-size Car Best Buy of 2018 award and the Overall Best Buy award from KBB.com, which cited its refinement and resale value as high points. KBB.com relentlessly praised the Accord, calling it “the most sophisticated, most advanced, most impressive automobile not wearing a luxury badge.”

best of HondaAccording to KBB.com, the Accord offers many of their favorite automotive technologies, including active safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning, and infotainment tech like USB ports and connected mobile apps. Plus, the Accord is incredibly fuel-efficient, spacious, and stylish.

The Car and Driver 10 Best Awards are also one of the most prestigious awards in the auto industry, and the new generation of Accord easily made the list, just like 31 of its predecessors.

The 2018 Accord is available now, so stop by Hardin County Honda to see all of its perks and features for yourself.

The New 2018 Odyssey Design: Back and Better Than Ever

2018 Honda Odyssey

The new 2018 Odyssey design offers performance, comfort, and connectivity like never before. This all-new minivan now has a more powerful engine and an advanced transmission to optimize fuel economy and performance, while a significant exterior redesign leads to class-leading power and cabin quietness. You’ll also find added space and family-friendly features that are perfect for long trips and running errands. Read on to learn more about what makes this new Odyssey design so exciting.

To start, the revamped 2018 Odyssey design now comes with standard Honda Sensing® technology, a Display Audio system, smartphone connectivity, and the ingenious Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™ that enhance convenience. This means that you can not only keep the kids entertained in the rear seat, but it also allows you to hook up your smartphone to the car to access important information, apps, and to lock/unlock and remote start.

Under the hood, Honda added a new 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine that gets 32 horsepower more than its predecessor. You also get up to 19/28/22 mpg city/hwy/combined when properly equipped.* The new minivan also comes with your choice between a 9-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission with standard paddle shifters.

The 2018 Odyssey is also made with comfort in mind. This model is noticeably quieter to provide a low-stress environment for parents as they drive. You can thank the triple-sealed doors, acoustic glass, and aerodynamic doors for this quiet ride. Plus, with Active Noise Control technology, the Odyssey is the perfect place to relax. With a Top Safety Pick rating from the NHTSA, you’ll definitely be at ease when you’re behind the wheel.*

Want to test drive the 2018 Honda Odyssey? Visit Hardin County Honda for more information about the latest features, design, and pricing.

 

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

*5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safecar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

Honda at the Chicago Auto Show

2018 Honda Odyssey at the Chicago Auto Show

Honda has a habit of stealing the spotlight, no matter where it happens to be. The Chicago Auto Show was no exception with the full lineup making an appearance. The new Odyssey minivan showed off its new design with pleasure. Meanwhile, enthusiasts raved about two new concept vehicles.

2018 Honda Odyssey

While the Odyssey doesn’t arrive until later this year, the minivan certainly turned heads at the Chicago Auto Show. Sleek curves and a tapered rear end offer a refined style while the interior was certainly something to be proud of.

The family-oriented interior boasted a plethora of space as well as a whole host of technology features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. As always, safety comes standard and the in-car vacuum offers parents a convenient way to clean up.

Project 2&4

Drawing inspiration from its motorcycle roots, Honda debuted a concept vehicle unlike any other. Known as the Honda Project 2&4, the motorcycle-car features four wheels, a single seat, and a motorcycle engine that delivers 212 hp and 87 lb-ft of torque. While it weighs in at only 900 pounds, it’s still legal to drive on public roads.

Project 2&4 comes from a design competition between Honda’s designers and serves as a nod to the heritage of the Japanese brand.

We here at Hardin County Honda are pumped to see what Honda brings to the next auto show!

Detroit 2018 Honda Odyssey Debut Reveals Clever Seating and More

2018 Honda Odyssey Debut - Hardin County Honda - Elizabethtown, KY

The Honda Odyssey is one of the best-selling minivans on the road, and it’s clear that the model will keep that title, now that the 2018 Honda Odyssey debut has taken center stage at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

One of the greatest upgrades in the new Honda Odyssey is its new seating configuration, which includes a Magic Slide second row seat, allowing five seating positions and making it easy for passengers to access the third row.

Honda estimates that the 2018 Honda Odyssey will lead its class in fuel efficiency, though the official data hasn’t been released yet. The previous Odyssey bested its competition in fuel economy and the new Odyssey is nearly 100 pounds lighter this year.

Lastly, we learned at the auto show that the new Honda Odyssey will be powered by a 3.5-liter direct injection V6 engine, allowing the model to get up to 280 horsepower, compared to its predecessor’s 248 horsepower.

The new minivan should find itself in dealerships this spring. Want to learn more about the upcoming 2018 Honda Odyssey or take the current Honda Odyssey out on a test drive? Contact us or visit us any time, here at Hardin County Honda.