2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition Sets New Track Record

2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY
2021 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda recently highlighted just how much capable its performance segment is. The all-new 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition recently took to the track at the iconic Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and it managed to set a brand-new front-wheel-drive record.

The Civic Type R Limited Edition hit the track full speed and set a new lap time of two minutes and 23.993 seconds. This was not only faster than the Ferrari F40, but also only six seconds slower than the Nissan GT-R and Koenigsegg One:1.

Honda has a solid reputation at the Suzuka track, though, so it should come as no surprise that it performed so well on it. The course was first built as a Honda vehicle testing facility, and is the only track in the Formula One calendar to have a figure-eight configuration. This makes it a 3.6-mile long challenger for professional drivers.

The 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition has yet to be released in America but is set to go on sale soon. Only 600 units of this special-edition model will go on sale in this market, making it one of the rarest vehicles Honda has ever produced. It comes with a unique Phoenix Yellow exterior, along with lightweight, forged-aluminum BBS wheels. It has seen eight reduction modifications to help reduce the weight of this model, increasing its speed.

This special-edition model will also feature Micheline® Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and recalibrated steering.

Keep an eye on the Hardin County Honda Blog to see when preorders for the blazingly fast 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition go live at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race

Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Wins First Lockdown IndyCar Race | Elizabethtown, KY

When the world was put on hold earlier this year due to COVID-19, IndyCar races saw a pause, too. Now, though, the racing industry is back on the track – and it looks like Honda is taking the lead. On June 7th, during the first lockdown IndyCar race, Honda showcased its performance abilities, winning over the rest of the field.

Despite having a rough start with racers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal all experiencing electronic control unit problems – and were unable to receive assistance from Honda engineers due to social distancing protocols – the Honda team still managed to pull ahead of the pack.

Scott Dixon managed to pull ahead of his competitors with one of his best IndyCar races so far. Dixon maintained the lead in the race after passing Josef Newgarden on lap 32, eventually coming in first in 157 laps of the 200-lap race, sometimes pulling a gap of over five seconds. This has extended his record for consecutive season wins to 16, tying with A.J. Foyt’s record of scoring at least one IndyCar victory throughout 18 seasons.

“The Honda engine, it was huge, man, the power out there,” said Dixon about his Honda racecar. “Our car was just so fast tonight, in any situation. We had to make a couple of bold moves tonight, and we could just go for it. Huge thanks to the team and everyone involved.”

While none of Honda’s street-ready cars are likely to best Dixon’s lap time, you’re sure to find something just as reliable and exciting on the lot at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Civic Speed Record Set with 1.1-Second Zero-to-60 Time

2020 Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY

During the Haltech World Cup Finals, a Honda Civic showed just how performance-oriented the car can be. A version of the Civic model set a new speed record for the model, running a quarter-mile track and traveling from zero to 60 mph in just 1.1 seconds at the Maryland International raceway a few months ago.

This Civic’s power was modified to help it become one of the fastest cars on the racetrack. Its custom-built 2.2-liter inline-four engine used billet pistons, a Supertech valvetrain, and custom cams to increase its power.

To add to this, a Garrett GTX50 76-mm turbo added 60 pounds to the Civic’s specs, helping it boast an all-in power of 1,500 horsepower. There was also a MoTeC electronic control unit in use to help run the entire lot, helping give this Civic plenty of pep when it was needed most.

The 1,500 horsepower was then sent through an all-wheel-drive system for optimal performance. A four-speed dogbox was also used in replace of the usual six-speed manual transmission.  

Along with boasting a 0-to-60 time of 1.1 seconds, this special Civic coupe drag car also went on to run a solid quarter-mile time of 7.45 seconds, which is a world record for an all-wheel-drive Honda.

While this particular model may be reserved for the racetrack, you can experience the 2020 Honda Civic for yourself at Hardin County Honda.

January Honda Truck Sales Set New Record

2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY

2020 started well for Honda. The Japanese carmaker recently posted its January sales, and it’s managed to set a Honda truck sales record for the new year – and it things will only get better with the arrival of the all-new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid.

“As we enter a new decade, we will continue to focus on our core values and maintain the kind of sales discipline that has made us a retail sales leader in the industry,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. “The arrival of our new CR-V Hybrid next month will also bring new opportunities to further strengthen our light-truck lineup and extend our two-year streak of record electrified vehicle sales.”

When the CR-V Hybrid arrives later this year, it will be the first-ever electrified vehicle in the Honda light-truck lineup. It will combine heightened fuel-efficiency with the strongest powertrain in the CR-V lineup, while still offering family-friendly features and ample space.

As for the Honda truck sales this year, many models saw a year-over-year sales increase. The HR-V posted a 24.8 percent increase in its January year-over-year sales, which is an all-time record. For the Ridgeline, sales went up 57.1 percent for the month with 3,083 deliveries. The CR-V also saw a strong sales report with over 26,000 sales for the month. As a whole, the Honda truck lineup had a rise of 2.3 percent in year-over-year January sales.

To test drive and of Honda’s pickups like the Ridgeline, or light trucks like the CR-V, stop by Hardin County Honda and browse our extensive inventory.

Car and Driver Best Mid-Size Truck Title

Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY

Car and Driver is hoping to make it easier for you to find a mid-size pickup truck. That’s why it recently released its annual Best Mid-Size Truck list, in which the Honda Ridgeline earned the top spot for the second year in a row. Let’s take a look at how the Ridgeline earned the Car and Driver Best Mid-Size Truck1 title.

Uni-Body Structure

One of the reasons the Ridgeline is different from its competition is its uni-body structure. This structure gives the Ridgeline a car-like drivability, which its competition doesn’t have. The editors at Car and Driver claim that this structure helps offer “good fuel economy, smart handling… and an excellent ride.”

Intelligent Truck Bed

The Ridgeline’s uni-body frame means that it doesn’t have any frame rails, allowing Honda to take advantage of more space for its truck bed. That’s why the Ridgeline features a lockable In-Bed Trunk®, which has a drain plug. It can be used to store tools or as a cooler if you happen to be tailgating. The Ridgeline also has an available 150W/400W truck bed outlet for power tools and other items, so you don’t have to worry about finding a plug on the go.

Safety Rating

As the only pickup truck to receive a 2019 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)2, the Ridgeline will help you feel more confident behind the wheel.

You can drive the 2019 Honda Ridgeline when you visit us at Hardin County Honda. Come learn more about this award-winning truck.

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2The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2019 Honda Ridgeline a TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) rating when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

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!

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.