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.

Top Haunted Attractions in Kentucky

Top Haunted Attractions in Kentucky
Top Haunted Attractions in Kentucky

Halloween is the perfect time of year to get your adrenaline pumping with some spooks and scares. Kentucky is filled to the brim with haunted houses, trails, and more. If you’re looking for some thrilling seasonal fun, look no further than these top haunted attractions in Kentucky.

Talon Falls Screampark

Though it’s nearly three hours away from Elizabethtown, Talon Falls Screampark is worth the long drive. Practically bursting with activities, this park has it all. Take a wagon ride through Blood Creek — a farm overrun with lunatics — or take part in the interactive Sinister Circus to bring your childhood nightmares to life. General admission for all four attractions is $42 (online) or $50. For a less intense experience, you can purchase admission to Talon Falls for $17 (online) or $20.

Sinister Tombs Haunted House

Only 20 minutes south of Elizabethtown lies one of the most popular haunted houses in the state – Sinister Tombs. This terrifying site offers enough attractions to keep you on edge for hours with over 50 highly-trained actors, wooded trails, and covered bridges to thrill, scare, and invigorate you. Better yet, every scream and yell benefits a good cause. Every dollar spent at Sinister Tombs will be donated to a worthwhile charity. Admission costs $15 for adults and $12 for children ages five to 12.

Halloween is a wonderful time to enjoy your community’s creativity, but make sure to do so safely. If your vehicle is due for any maintenance, swing by Hardin County Honda for a tune-up. An optimized car is far better for outrunning zombies, after all.

Save At the Pump: 5 Fuel-Efficient Honda Models

Fuel-Efficient Honda Models | Elizabethtown, KY
Fuel-Efficient Honda Models | Elizabethtown, KY

Going green is a great way to save money at the gas pump. Here are five fuel-efficient Honda models you should consider if you’re looking for a vehicle that will help reduce the number of times you need to stop at the gas station each month.

2019 Honda Insight

A suave, premium style pairs beautifully with hybrid fuel-efficiency in the 2019 Insight. This hybrid sedan gets 49 mpg in the city and 55 mpg on the highway, making it a solid option for your daily commute.*

2019 Honda Accord

The 2019 Accord is a well-rounded, fuel-efficient vehicle. Both the Accord and the Accord Hybrid have solid fuel-efficiency ratings with the Accord getting 38 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and the Accord Hybrid offering 48 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway.*

2019 Honda Clarity

The 2019 Clarity lineup offers three models that utilize alternative fuel options to provide you with little to no carbon footprint. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a 47 MPGe fuel-efficiency rating and a combined range of 340 miles. For the Clarity Electric, a single charge enables you to go up to 89 miles, while the Clarity Fuel Cell can reach up to 360 miles on one hydrogen fill-up.*

2019 Honda Fit

If hybrid or electric vehicles aren’t your cup of tea, then you should consider 2019 Fit. This gasoline-powered hatchback has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 36 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway,* while still offering peppy performance.

2019 Honda CR-V

Though the CR-V is the largest vehicle on this list, it still offers surprising fuel-efficiency. This crossover vehicle has an estimated rating of 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway,* while also boasting the ability to seat five passengers and pack up to 75.8 cubic feet of cargo.

Head over to Hardin County Honda to see which of Honda’s exceptional vehicles is the right fit for you.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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.

Why Choose the 2019 Honda Passport?

2019 Honda Passport | Elizabethtown, KY
2019 Honda Passport | Elizabethtown, KY

The 2019 Honda Passport is the newest addition to the brand’s SUV lineup, combining a ruggedly handsome exterior with practical capabilities. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose the 2019 Passport as your next vehicle.

Ample Interior Space

Inside the 2019 Passport, you will find ample space for your camping gear. This SUV offers 50.5 cubic feet of storage area behind the rear seat. If you fold the seats down, this expands to 100.7 cubic feet. The Passport even has 2.5 cubic feet of underfloor storage for any dirty gear you might have, helping you keep your vehicle cleaner.

Innovative Technology

Technology is at the forefront of the 2019 Passport, which comes standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies. It also has available tech like an available 8-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, standard Bluetooth®, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The Passport can also be equipped with available wireless charging for your smartphone.

Capable Performance

The Honda Passport comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Together, this powertrain can produce up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Along with this standard engine, you can opt for the available Intelligent Variable Torque Management all-wheel-drive system, which enhances on- and off-road capabilities. This system allows you to choose the terrain mode you want, whether it’s Snow, Sand, or Mud.

To learn more about the 2019 Honda Passport, give us a call at (866) 204-8026 or visit the Hardin County Honda showroom.

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.

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!