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!

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

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.

Introducing the All-New Honda Accord for 2018

all-new Honda Accord - 2018 Honda Accord in Elizabethtown, KY

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.

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).