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).

Louisville’s Stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Kentucky Bourbon Trail
It’s time to rediscover the Kentucky Bourbon Trail!

Kentucky has long been celebrated for its bourbon production. Bourbon is America’s only native brew, having been born here, and Kentucky is estimated to produce about 95% of the country’s bourbon supply. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a fun way for people who are passionate about the spirit to sample flavors from a number of different craft brewers in the state, with Louisville serving as a gateway to the rest of the trail thanks to its status as the home of a third of all bourbon produced in the state.

Louisville offers an experience called the Urban Bourbon Trail, which features 34 different pubs and restaurants in the area that offer variations on Kentucky’s traditional bourbon brews. Partaking in the experience allows you to reap rewards beyond just enjoying the heritage and culture of Kentucky’s craft brew scene; visiting just six of these locations allows you to earn an honorary t-shirt. Just make sure you pick up your Urban Bourbon Trail passport first.

Of course, Louisville and the Urban Bourbon Trail only offer one of many experiences in “Bourbon County.” With over thirty bourbon-related attractions and nine world-renowned distilleries, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a great way to sample all the delights Kentucky has to offer.

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.

Quote

“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

Louisville museums and galleries
By The original uploader was FrazierMuseum at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske)., Attribution, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3906528

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.

Summer Things to do in Louisville

Things to do in Louisville - Hardin County Honda
Load up the Honda and hit up any one of these fun events!

If you live in Louisville, you might say, “What’s left to do in this city?” The answer? Plenty! Don’t underestimate Louisville’s fun-potential. Here are some things to do in Louisville this summer.

Waterfront Wednesday – Once a month, Wednesdays

On the last Wednesday of every month, you’ll get to listen to Louisville tunes on the waterfront. Admission is always free and the gates open at 5 p.m. Food and drink are available!  

GreekFest – June 3rd – 4th, 2016

This GreekFest will offer you access to tons of Greek food, Greek pastries, ouzeria, Greek performances, raffle, face painting, and more! There’s free entrance and free parking.

2016 Lyndon Summer Festival – June 17th – 18th,  2016

This summer festival spans two days and will feature awesome food, musical acts, carnival rides, petting zoos, and more! There’s plenty for both adults and kids to enjoy.

Louisville Orchestra Waterfront 4thJuly 3rd, 2016

Celebrate 4th of July the right way – with fireworks! It’s free admission and there will be the Louisville Orchestra playing.

8th Annual Jane Austen Festival – July 15th – 17th

This festival is perfect for literary nerds. It’ll celebrate famous author Jane Austen and there will be speakers, everyone will be dressed in period clothing, and a four-course tea serving!

The Best Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails to Explore

Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails
Time to embrace the great outdoors!

Elizabethtown is one of the most beautiful towns in the entire state of Kentucky. Some of the most exciting places to explore that beauty are the various nature trails in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails are at the top of that list! The following are some of the best Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails to explore.

Freeman Lake Trail – Measuring 4.9 miles, the Freeman Lake Trail is easily the longest trail on our list! It is also one of the most beautiful, as it follows the banks of Freeman Lake in a circle.

Buffalo Lake Trail – If you also want to get a good view of Buffalo Lake, then this 2-mile trail is the perfects means to do so, offering some of the most spectacular views of the lake.

Jacob Vanmeter Trail and Arboretum – Originally built by a troop of local Boy Scouts in 1990, this short trail passes by some of the most beautiful trees in the Elizabethtown area.

Wintersmith Trail – Running through the heart of downtown Elizabethtown, this trail is the perfect mix of urban and natural surroundings.

Banam Shaw Trail– for those of you looking for a quick trail, we suggest the Banam Shaw Trail. It’s only one mile! This trail is also very popular for Geocachers. You might just find a surprise!

Start exploring the beauty of Elizabethtown along one of these trails!

Tips for New Drivers

2016 Honda Fit - Tips for new drivers
The 2016 Honda Fit is a great FIT for new drivers!

As you first learn to drive, it can be difficult to take it all in. While it’s good to focus on the basics, here are some tips for new drivers that you may have never heard…

Know the Stakes

It’s important to always remember how serious a game driving is. You’ll see people out on the road, and by the way they drive aggressively and without care, you can tell they’ve forgotten the stakes. While obsessing over the risk involved can be paralyzing, you should never forget. Do this and it will be much easier to avoid distractions and aggressive driving.

 

Assume You Are Mostly Invisible

This is advice usually given to motorcyclists but it works just as well if you are driving a car. The point is this: a lot of accidents are caused by people simply not seeing another vehicle. So in those situations, that vehicle was invisible to the offending driver. If you already assume that, you may be able to prevent these kinds of accidents.

 

Know How to Manage Stress

Driving can be stressful. The best way to manage stress on the road is to prevent it. One way to do that is to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Another way to prevent stress is to never engage another when they display road rage. You can also try to plan your day to avoid high traffic situations.

Lucky for you, Honda has some great new or used vehicles that are safe enough for new drivers. Stop by Hardin County Honda to test drive a few!