Safer Honda Airbag in Development

Honda Airbag | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Airbag | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda’s engineers are tireless in their efforts to make your car safer. The Japanese automaker recently announced that it is developing new front-passenger airbag technology to help better protect passengers in a variety of front collision scenarios.

The new Honda airbag was created and tested by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. These highly-scientists worked with Autolive — one of the company’s safety systems suppliers — to create this revolutionary safety technology.

“This new airbag technology represents Honda’s continuing effort to advance safety performance in a wider variety of crash scenarios and reflects the innovative thinking that our engineers are bringing to the challenge of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities,” said Jim Keller, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

This next-generation airbag technology will address a previously neglected collision-type: the angled frontal impact, in which lateral collision forces can cause the occupant’s head to rotate or slide off of the airbag. It will have four major components: three inflated compartments and a “sail panel” that stretches between the two side chambers at their outermost edge. This “sail panel” will act like a baseball catcher’s mitt, decelerating the occupant’s head to cradle and protect it.

Honda plans to introduce this life-saving feature in 2020. For a closer look at the latest and greatest in automotive safety, swing by Hardin County Honda and go for a test drive.

What Your Dashboard Lights Mean

Honda Dashboard Lights | Hardin Honda Co | Elizabethtown, KY

Your vehicle has many ways of telling you that that something is wrong. One convenient way is through its dashboard lights. Here is what some of the most common dashboard lights on your vehicle mean:

  • Check Engine Light: The little yellow submarine (not the one the Beatles live in) means there is potentially an issue with your engine. Some issues could be minor, while others could be major. Ignoring the light, however, will only lead to more expensive repairs, so it’s best to bring your vehicle to our service center right away.
  • Antilock Brake Warning: When you see ABS in a circle and parentheses, it means there is a problem with your antilock brake system that needs to be addressed.
  • Oil Pressure Warning: This light, which looks like a dripping teapot or genie’s lamp, indicates that you are possibly low on oil (or else there is a problem with the system). Get this checked out by a professional.
  • Tire Pressure Warning Light: This yellow exclamation point in a strange U shape means that one of your tires has low pressure. If you fill the low tire and the light comes back on, your tire likely has a leak that needs to be patched.

If there are other illuminated lights on your vehicle’s dashboard and you’re not quite sure what to do, just bring your vehicle in to our Service Department here at Hardin County Honda and we’ll take care of it for you.

Autotrader’s 10-Best CPO Cars for 2019 List Recognizes Honda Civic

Autotrader’s 10-Best CPO Cars for 2019 List Recognizes Honda Civic
Autotrader’s 10-Best CPO Cars for 2019 List Recognizes Honda Civic

When you’re shopping for a used car, you likely want a vehicle that will give you both value and features. A certified pre-owned vehicle will do just that, but how do you know what CPO will work for your needs? That’s where Autotrader comes in. This automotive magazine recently released its 10-best CPO cars for 2019, and the 10th-generation 2016-2018 Honda Civic was recognized on this list.

“Our list of ‘good as new’ vehicles can bring the car a consumer wants into the price range they want to pay,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader. “These CPO vehicles are thoroughly inspected, covered by warranties, and offer the latest designs, making it difficult to even tell the difference between their new car counterparts.”

The 10-Best CPO Cars award considers vehicles that are offered through manufacturer CPO programs. Each eligible vehicle must have a certified pre-owned warranty that lasts for up to 100,000 miles and must also have an overall National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety score of at least for out of five stars. The vehicles must also not exceed $40,000 in price.

For the Civic to become a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, it must undergo a thorough 182-point inspection. Like other CPO Hondas, this Civic must be under six years old and comes with a no-deductible, 7-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Honda-Backed Limited Warranty.

We’ve always known the Honda Civic to be one of the best CPO vehicles around, but it’s nice to get validation from a reputable publication like Autotrader. Check out our Certified Pre-Owned Honda Civics at Hardin County Honda today!

2019 Honda Passport Offers Rugged Capabilities

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport

Get ready for your next adventure with the all-new 2019 Honda Passport. The newest Honda SUV combines powerful performance, rugged capabilities, a versatile interior, and innovative technologies to make it a solid option for consumers that want to go off the beaten path.

Slotted between the compact Honda CR-V and the three-row Pilot, the Passport looks to fill a gap in the Honda SUV lineup. It will come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood, which is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and puts out 280 horsepower.

If you’re looking to head off road, then you’d be happy to know that it will have an available Intelligent Variable Torque Management all-wheel-drive system to enhance on- and off-road capabilities. You will even get an Intelligent Traction Management system, which will allow you to choose the terrain mode you want to be in: Snow, Sand, or Mud.

Along with these performance technologies, you will also find ample safety features, since every Passport comes standard with the Honda Sensing® driver-assistance technologies. This includes Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

For your cargo, you will also find that you can make the Passport’s interior suit your needs, thanks to its 60/40-split rear seat. You will find 41.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat, which expands to 77.9 cubic feet with the second row folded flat. There is even a 2.5 cubic feet space for underfloor storage that has removable and washable bins for your muddy or wet gear.

At Hardin County Honda, we’re excited to finally see the return of the Passport name. Visit us in Elizabethtown, KY, to check out this all-new, rugged midsize SUV!

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

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!

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.