Honda Unveils 2020 Honda Civic Type R During Tokyo Auto Salon

2020 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda Civic Type R | Elizabethtown, KY

Get the performance you want from your Honda. The brand recently unveiled the newly redesigned 2020 Honda Civic Type R. With a range of updates for the newest model year, the Civic Type R is ready to make a lasting impression if you want a performance-oriented daily driver.

The 2020 Civic Type R will offer improved driving dynamics with a range of updated engineering features for better performance. For instance, new two-piece brake rotors will allow the performance car to brake more efficiently at higher speeds, while a revised suspension will give you a smoother, more comfortable ride.

On the exterior, this model is sportier than ever with a larger front grille opening. This improvement looks to help improve engine cooling capabilities, enhancing performance. There is even an all-new Type R-exclusive exterior color – Boost Blue.ss

The Civic Type R boasts a sporty yet refined interior that has also been updated for the new model year. Its Alcantara™ leather-wrapped steering wheel and redesigned shifter knob give the cabin a touch of elegance, making it feel even more premium. This model will also come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies this year, helping to give you confidence and peace of mind when you’re behind the wheel.

Performance-wise, the Type R, you will come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out a peak 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. You will be able to choose from one of three driving modes – Comfort, Sport, and +R.

We can’t wait to see you here at Hardin County Honda when the 2020 Honda Civic Type R launches later this year.

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.

Honda Celebrates 60 Years of Racing Excellence

Last year, Honda celebrated a major milestone in its history: 60 years of racing excellence in the World Grand Prix. It had long been a dream of Honda company founder Soichiro Honda to become a world’s best racing company, so back in 1954, Honda entered his company into the Isle of Man TT in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix.

Honda Civic Racing | Hardin County Honda

It was just three years later, in June of 1959, that Honda officially became the first Japanese motorcycle manufacturer to enter the highly competitive race. That year, four racing legends competed with Honda racing bikes, called the RC142. They were Giichi Suzuki, Junzo Suzuki, Teisuke Tanaka, and Naomi Taniguchi.

But Honda’s racing legacy isn’t limited to the world of motorcycles. Not long after entering the world of two-wheeled races, Honda ventured into the world of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It was at the German Grand Prix in 1964 when Ronnie Bucknum raced in an RA271 in the four-wheeled racing division.

To commemorate 60 years of racing heritage at Honda, the Japanese automaker has been holding several “Honda Racing Anniversary Year” events. Honda also rolled out a new 60th-anniversary racing logo for its competition vehicles to mark the occasion. While the consumer-available Honda vehicles may not be burning rubber on the race track, they are efficient, safe, and full of spirit. Get behind the wheel today at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Introduces First-Ever 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid - Elizabethtown, KY
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid – Elizabethtown, KY

Efficiency and versatility blend together inside the newest member of the Honda eco-friendly lineup. Honda recently announced its first-ever hybrid SUV – the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Here are some of the features you can expect from this fuel-efficient hybrid model.

It’s the most powerful CR-V model. Every 2020 CR-V Hybrid will come equipped with the two-mode hybrid system that is currently used in the Accord Hybrid. This system uses a 2.0-liter engine and an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor to offer a total system output of 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful output available in the whole CR-V range.

Save money at the gas pump. Along with being the most powerful CR-V model, the CR-V Hybrid is also the most efficient. It’s expected to increase fuel-efficiency ratings in the city by up to 50 percent over the standard engine.

Get traction with all-wheel drive. Take on slick roads with ease with the CR-V Hybrid’s standard all-wheel drive.

Feel confident behind the wheel. Each Honda CR-V Hybrid comes standard with the Honda SensingÒ suite of safety technologies, helping to give you peace of mind behind the wheel.

Enjoy a modern, sleek design. The CR-V Hybrid builds on the model’s elegant look with LED headlights and available 19-inch alloy wheels. The blue-accented Honda logos hint at its eco-friendly power.

We can’t wait to see you right here at Hardin County Honda for a test drive when the 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid hits roads later this year.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Honda Accord and Civic Honored Once More in Car and Driver 10Best List

Honda Accord and Honda Civic

Although it comes with little surprise, it’s an honor worth celebrating: the 2019 Honda Accord and the 2018 Civic have once again been named to the Car and Driver 10Best list. The Accord Hybrid was included under the Accord title, and the Civic Hatchback Sport, Si, and Type R were named the specific trims that earned the Civic a spot on the list. This is the Accord’s 33rd time being featured on the list, and the 7th time for the Civic.

These two Hondas have been favorites for decades now, and the new models continue to impress. 2018 saw the beginning of the tenth generation for the Honda Accord, and it innovated the segment with its superior performance, sophisticated style, and fantastic hybrid option. From front to back, Honda has thought of everything for the Accord, from advanced connectivity technology like Apple CarPlay™ integration, to standard Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assist technology that will elevate your confidence while driving.

The Civic lineup has something for everyone, from sedans to hatchbacks, from elegantly simple designs to upscale, sporty interiors. The Civic Sport, Si, and Type R are particularly notable for their sophisticated and dynamic performance. Car and Driver even described the Civic Type R as “quite possibly the highest performing and most satisfying front-wheel-drive car on the market today.” Despite being a vehicle line that has been around since the 70s, the Civic remains undeniably modern with its cutting-edge features.

Visit us at Hardin County Honda to explore the Honda Accord and Civic in detail and discover in person just what makes them so good.

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!