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

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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!

2019 Honda Passport Debut

Earlier this month, Honda announced that it would be unveiling its new 2019 Honda Passport on Tuesday, Nov. 27 via a live stream on Honda’s YouTube channel. This comes one day before its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new Honda Passport will slot between the Honda CR-V and the Honda Pilot. This makes the Passport Honda’s fourth SUV, joining the CR-V and Pilot, as well as the HR-V. The Passport is an American-made product: The design and development took place at Honda R&D Americas, and the physical models will be manufactured at the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama.

“The new Passport is a more personal, powerful, and off-road-capable SUV that hits the sweet spot between daily driving comfort and weekend off-road, all-weather adventure capability,” commented Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. & General Manager, Honda Division. “With customer demand for SUVs continuing to grow, the new adventure-ready Passport is going to further solidify our lineup, attracting new buyers and keeping existing customers in the Honda family.”

Honda’s SUVs have earned praise for their quality and value. Just this year, Honda was named Best SUV Brand by U.S. News and World Report.* The additional of the 2019 Honda Passport will further improve Honda’s offerings. We at Hardin County Honda are excited about the 2019 Honda Passport debut later this month and will certainly be watching its unveiling.

*U.S. News Best Cars at https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks  

Smart Intersection Technology: Honda Vehicle-to-Environment Systems

Honda is developing Smart Intersection technology that uses vehicle-to-everything technology to help reduce accidents. Using advanced connectivity, the technology connects the vehicle to objects and buildings around it to boost the efficacy of vehicle sensors. This is just the latest step in autonomous vehicle technologies, and Honda is leading the way.

According to Honda, the Smart Intersection technology is also referred to as V2X, as this system lets vehicles recognize objects in the environment. Cameras can be mounted in intersections and then send that information to cars in the area, helping vehicle systems to see around buildings and in poor weather conditions. Even if you’re taking a blind corner, the V2X system can send you information to keep you prepared.

“Honda believes that V2X technology is an essential component of a smarter and safer transportation ecosystem and can play a role in our dream for a zero-collision society,” said Ted Klaus, vice president of strategic research at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “By partnering with the City of Marysville and the State of Ohio, we believe this research will give us a better understanding of how V2X technologies can be further advanced and most effectively deployed for the benefit of all road users.”

Smart Intersection is yet another step forward by Honda to advance safety for all drivers. Though it won’t be available for some time, current generation models do benefit from the Honda Sensing® suite of driver assistive technologies. Learn more about it 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 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!

Honda Sensing Technology

Honda Technology

Honda cares about you and your family’s safety. That’s why they created the Honda Sensing© suite, which has your back at every turn.

Honda Sensing© features a suit of driver-assistive technology, all which give you an extra eye on the road. The four features included in this package are:

Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM helps prevent accidents before they happen by sensing the speed of those in front of you and applying your car’s brakes if needed.

Road Departure Mitigation System keeps you on the road by alerting you if you start drifting off the road as well as help adjust your steering if needed.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow makes cruise control easier and safer by adjusting your cruising speed to the speed of those in front of you, maintaining a safe following distance.

Lane Keeping Assist System will stop you from crossing into other lanes unintentionally by guiding you back in the lines if you drift without a signal.

These features help to keep drivers and passengers safer by decreasing both the number of collisions and the severity of collisions, which is why Honda has already sold one million vehicles equipped with this technology.

Honda is aiming for Honda Sensing© technology to be standard on all vehicles by 2022, but you don’t have to wait until then to benefit, as the tech is already rolling out across most of the automaker’s lineup in the meantime. Take a close look at them at Hardin County Honda!