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!

Fall in Love with the New 2019 Honda Accord

2019 Honda Accord
2019 Honda Accord

Finding the right vehicle to suit your needs can be difficult, but the new 2019 Honda Accord is here to try and make your decision easy. From its standard safety tech to its peppy performance, this midsize sedan is an appealing choice for many consumers. Here are a few reasons why you should fall in love with the 2019 Accord.

Safety tech comes standard. Feel confident behind the wheel of the Accord with the standard Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance technologies. You will receive a Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, a Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Departure Warning, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a Traffic Sign Recognition System on every 2019 Accord model.

The right powertrain for you. There are three engine options to choose from on the 2019 Accord. The first is the standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which puts out 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. On the Sport and EX-L trims, you will also find an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine puts out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Finally, for those consumers who are eco-minded, the Accord Hybrid has 48 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, while putting out 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.

The new 2019 Honda Accord is one of the smartest and most stylish vehicles in its segment. Test drive it today at Hardin County Honda.

5 Honda Models Given 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards

5 Honda Models Given 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards
5 Honda Models Given 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards

When you purchase a new vehicle, it’s always important to know how much it will depreciate over the course of time. Many brand-new vehicles will lose 30% of their value within the first year of ownership. Kelley Blue Book looks to make sure you know how well your next vehicle will retain its value with its Best Resale Value Awards — and it looks like Honda has walked away with five of these awards.

The Japanese carmaker has walked away with a win in every model type it produces, from its passenger car to its pickup truck. Kelley Blue Book recognized the all-new 2019 Insight, along with the Civic, HR-V, and Odyssey, in their respective categories. The 2019 Ridgeline went one step further and was actually included in the top 10 for Best Overall Resale Value.

The winners of the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards include the following Honda models:

These awards look to recognize those vehicles that will retain their value over the first five years of new-vehicle ownership. If resale value is something that matters to you, make sure to stop by Hardin County Honda for your next car!

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

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!

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!