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.

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!

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!

Elizabethtown Holiday Events

Elizabethtown Holiday Events
Here at Hardin County Honda, we are happy to tell you about a few fun Elizabethtown holiday events that you won’t want to miss!

Finding a family-friendly holiday event should be easy, but they can be harder to find than you might think. Fortunately, Elizabethtown is home to a handful of events perfect for families of all ages. Here at Hardin County Honda, we are happy to tell you about a few fun Elizabethtown holiday events that you won’t want to miss!

Holiday Ice Skating

Winter is here and Freeman Lake is primed for ice skaters of all ages. Holiday Ice Skating is open to the public until Dec. 30, and it’s a great way to get into the spirit of the season. Admission is $5 for skaters 18 years of age and older and $3 for those 17 years of age and younger. Come out and spend some time on the ice this holiday season!

Christmas in the Park

If you’re in the mood for some spectacular Christmas light displays, then Freeman Lake Park is the place to be. More than 100 displays are available for viewing from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily through Jan. 1 as part of the Christmas in the Park event. Admission is free, which means this is a family event everyone can afford!

Sugar Plum Social

Live music and family fun are on the schedule for the Sugar Plum Social. Meet Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and her friends as you chomp down on great food and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

From all of us at Hardin County Honda, we want to wish you a happy holiday season.

Introducing the All-New Honda Accord for 2018

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2018 sees the introduction of an all-new Honda Accord, designed from the ground up for a brand new generation. The next-gen 2018 Honda Accord features a totally redesigned style, an interior crafted from premium materials, new technology, and three capable powertrain options that let you ride in style. The redesigned Accord is coming to dealerships fall of 2017, so be ready to grab this ground-breaking new take on a classic and beloved nameplate.

Powertrain options for the 2018 Honda Accord include two turbocharged engines – a 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter – as well as a two-motor hybrid system for more environmentally-friendly fuel economy. Additionally, Honda Sensing® safety systems will now be standard, with features like the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Traffic Sign Recognition coming with the base model. The new Accord will also feature the most innovative tech ever seen on the nameplate, though specifics will have to wait until vehicle launch.

If you’re curious about the all-new Honda Accord for 2018, keep an eye out for more news here at Hardin County Honda. As soon as the new Accord debuts, you can swing by for a test drive and more information on how this new generation is the most advanced Honda Accord yet.

October Louisville Events

October Louisville Events
Grab a loved one and check out these fall events!

Louisville, Kentucky is a bustling city with so much activity that it’s easy to get lost and miss several must-attend events. Fall is finally here and with it comes cooler weather a host of new events as far as the eye can see. There are so many to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some awesome October Louisville events!

22nd Annual Belknap Fall Festival

Taking place at the Historic Douglass Loop on October 7th, the 22nd annual Belknap Fall Festival kicks off with live music from starts like Anemic Royalty and Mary Mary. From there, visitors can grab a bite to eat from food trucks, including the Black Rock Grille, and check out the Oktoberfest-inspired beer garden. Enjoy the evening in the Highlands at this annual fall festival!

Walk With a Doc

KentuckyOne Health is putting on Walk With a Doc on Saturday, October 8th at 10 a.m. Attendees can walk side-by-side with a certified doctor to learn about health topics. Visitors will also receive free health screenings and entries into giveaways as well.

FoxHollow Farm Fall Festival

Get into the spirit with the 9th annual FoxHollow Farm Fall Festival! The festival includes a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, and much more! Admission is free and local businesses and food vendors will be ready to serve visitors as well.

Striking Style and Bold Features: 2017 Civic Hatchback Design

2017 Civic Hatchback Design
Get ready for a new view of the Civic’s tail end!

The 2017 Civic Hatchback design is making news around the globe. Thanks to some innovative style changes and upgraded aerodynamics, this model is faster, more efficient, and better looking than ever before. In fact, at first glance, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback.

Inspiration

According to Digital Trends, the hatch design is European-inspired. That means it comes with a sloping five-door design—which includes a liftgate instead of a standard trunk. The interior is actually roomier than a sedan, capable of seating five very comfortably.  Best of all, the sloping contours and aggressive exterior make a bold statement.

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“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”

New Features

What’s so special about the new Civic exterior? This hatch model comes with an athletic stance and dark alloy wheels. An integrated spoiler and sweeping silhouette increase aerodynamics, while new air-intake vents add sporty appeal. The centered dual exhaust system also makes a statement, a feature that you rarely find on a hatchback. The Civic Hatchback will be released sometime soon, and its scheduled to hit the market before the much-anticipated Civic Type-R special performance model. We can’t wait to see both these Civics in action.

Coming Soon!

Hardin County Honda will have this new 2017 Civic Hatchback in stock soon! Keep an eye out!

Explore the Area: Louisville Museums and Galleries

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Hop in your new Honda and explore the Louisville area. There are tons of art museums and galleries to visit in the area, a family friendly activity that’s enjoyable for everyone. You can learn about the culture and history of the Louisville area, as well as see some of the finest works of art in the country. Explore Louisville museums and galleries today.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

According to the Louisville website, one of the most popular attractions is the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. This place was first opened in 1981 as a nonprofit museum, with a mission to support excellence in the arts. The permanent collection includes works by Wendell Castle, Ebony Patterson, and Simone Leigh among others.

Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum (pictured above) is also popular, located in downtown Louisville on Museum Row. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the museum has unique travelling displays you won’t find elsewhere. You can see a rifle once owned by George Washington, Teddy’s Roosevelt’s hunting equipment, and objects from Buffalo Bill and Jesse James.

Kentucky Science Center

Finally, explore the Kentucky Science Center. As the state’s largest hands-on science center, this place has features like an IMAX theater, interactive exhibits, educational programs, and more. You can see the famous pendulum in the lobby area, or visit the science-workshop in the Science Education Wing.

These are just some of the many museums and galleries in Louisville, KY. Others in include the Louisville Slugger Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, the Kentucky Opera, the Speed Art Museum, and more.

 

New 2017 Ridgeline Features are State of the Art

Honda 2017 Ridgeline features
Check. This. Out.

The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline is setting new standards in the US mid-size pickup market. This truck model is designed to provide the perfect balance of efficiency and performance, offering utility and versatility in one sporty package. With some great new features, the 2017 Ridgeline design is bound to impress.

According to Honda, the 2017 Ridgeline features will include the world’s first available Truck Bed Audio system, which also comes with a 400-watt outlet, a Honda-exclusive In-Bed Trunk®, and a dual-action tailgate system. Making this model ideal for work or tailgating, these features are just the tip of the iceberg.

“We’ve advanced the best and most beloved elements of the original Ridgeline and combined them with an outstanding new platform and the most advanced technology to create new value in the midsize pickup segment,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “The result is an amazingly versatile Honda truck with uncompromised capability.”

Other Honda Ridgeline features include a more powerful V6 engine with an available torque vectoring all-wheel drive system to improve handling and off-road performance. Best-in-class fuel economy is standard, and this pickup also targets the highest collision safety ratings with an available Honda Sensing™ suite of driver assist technologies. If you want a truly advanced pickup, check out the new Ridgeline.

You’re in luck! Hardin County Honda has the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline in stock! View our inventory here.