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.

How to Tell You Need New Tires

How to Tell You Need New Tires - Elizabethtown, KY
How to Tell You Need New Tires – Elizabethtown, KY

Your car’s tires are one of its most important components. They help you stay in control, providing you with the grip you need to keep your car on the road. That’s why you need to know how to tell if you need new tires. Here are a few easy ways to see if it’s time for a new set.

The Penny Test

One of the easiest ways of telling if you need new tires or not is to do the penny test. As its name suggests, all you need is a penny. Place this penny headfirst into your tires’ tread grooves. If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your treads are too worn down, meaning you should have your tires replaced as soon as you can. If you do this test and Lincoln’s head remains covered, then you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth. When that’s the case, your current set is fine for the time being.

Check Your Tires Visually

Every month, you should give your tires a visual check to ensure they’re still in working order. Look for bulges and cracks, as these are signs of weakness in your tires. These signs can lead to a blowout, so replace your tires if you notice any of these clues.

Whether you’re ready for a new set of tires or want a professional to see if you’re due for one, stop by the service department at Hardin County Honda.

Holiday Events in Elizabethtown

Holiday Events in Elizabethtown - Elizabthtown, KY
Holiday Events in Elizabethtown – Elizabthtown, KY

Around the world, people are starting to decorate for the holidays with lights, trees, and more. If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit this year, consider heading to one of these holiday events near Elizabethtown.

Christmas in the Park

Every year, Freeman Lake Park lights up, turning into a sparkling winter wonderland for people of all ages to enjoy. Known as Christmas in the Park, this event boasts more than 100 light displays, dazzling visitors with their creativity. An illuminated roadway will guide you through this festive event. Attendance is free, but donations are accepted. It’s open every evening from November 27th to January 1st from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, so make sure you swing by to get into the holiday spirit.

Merry & Bright at My Old Kentucky Home

Take a step back in time at one of Kentucky’s most famous landmarks – My Old Kentucky Home. Throughout this historic mansion, you can experience what it was like at Christmas during Victorian times – all you have to do is drive 30 minutes to Bardstown. See the six beautifully decorated 12-foot Christmas trees – each with their own decoration theme – and experience the Christmas customs of a bygone era. Guides dressed up in Victorian hoop skirts or tailcoats will educate you on the tradition of the yule log, the origins of the Christmas tree, the legend of the mistletoe, and much more. It’s a fun experience for the whole family, and will be held from November 15th to January 5th. Regular admission is $14 with discounts available for military, seniors, groups, and more.

At Hardin County Honda, we want you to enjoy the best the holidays have to offer in perfect safety. If your car needs any routine maintenance before you set out to one of these events, set up an appointment with our service department.

How to Winterize Your Honda

How to Winterize Your Honda - Elizabethtown, KY
How to Winterize Your Honda – Elizabethtown, KY

Winter can do a number on your car. Make sure you’re ready for the cold weather ahead with these tips on how to winterize your Honda to help you drive safer during the winter.

Switch to winter tires. Winter tires are made with snowy and icy roads in mind. They have special tread designed to give you a better grip on the road during winter weather. Switching your all-season tires to winter ones will keep you in better control of your car.

Check your battery. Cold temperatures can cause your car’s battery to lose its efficiency. If you have an older battery, now is the time to get a new one so you don’t find yourself stranded with a dead battery.

Keep an eye on your tire pressure. As the temperature drops, so will your tires’ pressure levels. Routinely check your tire pressure to ensure that you don’t run the risk of a blowout or losing control while out on the road.

Make sure your fluids are level. From your windshield wiper fluid to your anti-freeze, make sure all necessary fluids are at the appropriate level before the temperature drops too much.

Change your windshield wipers. Good visibility is critical when you’re driving. New windshield wipers will battle the snow and ice you might experience during the colder months better than old ones, providing you with the best sightlines possible.

If your Honda needs any maintenance performed, set up an appointment with the service department at Hardin County Honda. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is ready for whatever the winter roads have to offer.

Holiday Travel Tips for Easy Traveling

Holiday Travel Tips - Elizabethtown, KY
Holiday Travel Tips – Elizabethtown, KY

The holiday season is almost upon us. Whether you’re planning to make the trek to your grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving or simply head down to downtown Elizabethtown’s Christmas in the Park event, it’s important to be prepared. These holiday travel tips should make your travels a bit easier.

Be prepared. Whether you’re flying or driving, it’s essential to always be ready for the unexpected – especially during the colder months. With winter weather affecting road and flying conditions, be prepared for delays, traffic, and long lines at the airport.

Avoid peak travel days. If you can, try to keep your travel dates flexible, avoiding the busier travel days. This includes the days before and after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.

Make sure your car is ready. For the road trippers out there, before you head out on the road, make sure your vehicle has undergone its most recent routine maintenance. Check your tires, get your oil changed, and make sure your windshield wipers are working like new.

Pack plenty of snacks. Hunger can strike at any moment. Be ready with snacks on hand, whether you’re going through airport security or driving two hours. After all, you don’t want to get caught snack-less when your kids get the munchies!

No matter where your holiday travels take you, all of us at Hardin County Honda want you to get there safely. If your vehicle is due for any maintenance, stop by our service department and let us get it back into tip-top shape.

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.

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.

Spring Day Trips Near Elizabethtown to Take in Your Honda

Spring day trips near Elizabethtown
Spring day trips near Elizabethtown

Warmer weather is finally here, so take advantage of it with a road trip. Elizabethtown is in a great location with access to a number of fun destinations. These spring day trips near Elizabethtown will be fun for the whole family.

Daniel Boone National Forest

If you are craving some outdoor adventure, visit the Daniel Boone National Forest, which is about a two-hour drive from Elizabethtown. Considered some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains, this national forest has a wealth of natural beauty. You can hike, camp, picnic, rock climb, boat, or fish in multiple areas within its boundaries.

Louisville, Kentucky

If you drive about an hour north, you can enjoy the wonder of Louisville. This city is full of exciting activities to enjoy, whether you want to head to the Churchill Down to learn about the Kentucky Derby or explore the area’s ground-breaking food culture that has earned Louisville praise as one of the “10 Best New Food Cities.” It is also home to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center.

Nashville, Tennessee

Head south from Elizabethtown and travel two hours to discover the magical Music City. Nashville’s heart lies in the music scene, so you will find live music performances almost anywhere you go. On your day trip, enjoy delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere that makes this city a one-of-a-kind.

Before you set out on your trip, visit Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown, KY, for a service check-up.