Celebrate July 4th with the 36th Annual Pops on the River

36th Annual Pops on the River | North Little Rock, AR

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what fireworks display you want to head to so you can celebrate our country’s independence. One of the best ways to do so in Little Rock is at Riverfront Park for the 36th Annual Pops on the River event.

Every year, this event offers families a chance to enjoy July 4th with free and kid-friendly activities. Pops on the River is considered the largest Fourth of July event in the state with more than 30,000 people attending. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the River Market area of downtown Little Rock, offering a range of entertainments. This includes family-friendly activities at the Kid’s Pavilion, delicious food from a wide variety of food trucks, and a Salute to the Troops program.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will also be performing inside the First Security Amphitheater, along with other local artists. The Orchestra’s Music Director, Philip Mann, will be conducting this year’s performance and they will be performing alongside the celebratory fireworks.

The fireworks will kick off around 9:30 p.m. and will be shot off the Main Street Bridge. Our team at Russell Honda hopes to see you there!

2019 Honda Ridgeline Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

2019 Honda Ridgeline | North Little Rock, AR

Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a ruggedly handsome truck that offers powerful performance, fun-oriented features, and a versatile truck bed. This pickup is also safe, something that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes. The prestigious safety organization recently awarded the 2019 Ridgeline with an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation, when the pickup is equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup truck to earn this rating from the IIHS. Along with this honor, the Ridgeline also earned the best “Superior” rating from the organization for its available Collision Mitigation Braking System™, which applies the brakes when the truck detects a potential collision on the road ahead.

Safety Technologies

This technology is part of the larger Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies, which comes standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition models. It also includes driver-assistance features like Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which aren’t tested by the IIHS.

Five 2019 Honda models have earned the Top Safety Pick designation alongside the Ridgeline, including the 2019 Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey. The 2019 Insight earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also awarded all 2019 Honda models that it has tested so far – including the Ridgeline – a top five-star overall vehicle score. 

You can learn just how safe the Honda Ridgeline can be when you visit Russell Honda.

Travel to Middle Earth with The Hobbit

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Are you looking to escape from the real world for just a little bit? Then we suggest joining the Arkansas Arts Center – and Bilbo Baggins – on the adventure of a lifetime.

Step into Middle Earth and attend the Children’s Theatre’s performance of “The Hobbit”. This play is an adaptation of the beloved work from J.R.R. Tolkien, created especially for the stage by Allan Keith Smith. Like the book, it follows Bilbo Baggins as he joins 13 dwarves – and, of course, Gandalf – to reclaim the dwarves’ treasure from the terrifying dragon Smaug. This story is filled with adventure, humor, and courage to make for a wonderful theater experience for all ages.

To make the experience memorable for children of all ages, the theater will also be offering multiple special events. On Friday, April 26th, you can join the cast after the show for the Opening Night Celebration. This includes snacks and punch to celebrate. On Friday, May 3rd, you can put on your pajamas and enjoy the show in comfort. Finally, the theater will also be putting on an American Sign Language (ASL) performance on Saturday, May 4th, where the performance will be interpreted by ASL interpreters.

The beloved work from J.R.R. Tolkien is set to come to life on the stage from April 26th to May 12th. Tickets can be bought here, and will cost $10 for members and $12.50 for non-members.

Here at Russell Honda, we hope you and your crew have a memorable adventure at the theater.

Join Us for the 20th Annual North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade

North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Russell Honda

It’s that time of year when everything turns green and no, we don’t mean it’s spring just yet! It is almost time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – and what better way to do so than with a parade?

What To Expect


Every year, North Little Rock holds a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, organized by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas. The parade acts as a celebration of Irish culture, featuring marching bagpipe bands, Irish music, decorated floats, antique cards, Irish wolfhounds, and even St. Patrick himself.

The North Little Rock St Patrick’s Day parade will begin at the crossroads of Sixth Street and Main Street in downtown North Little Rock. From there, it will travel through the Argenta Arts District, cross the Arkansas River over the Main Street Bridge, and travel east on President Clinton Avenue. It will then turn south on Sherman Street and end at third and Cumberland Streets in Little Rock. So, if you plan on coming by to feel the luck o’ the Irish, make sure you set up your seats along that route.

The Celebration Continues

Following the parade, you can continue the celebration with the “Dancing at the Crossroads” event. Enjoy traditional Irish dance performances and music from marching pipe and drum bands that are sure to get your toes tapping.

Here at Russell Honda, we hope you and your crew have an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day.

Honda Wins Seven AutoWeb Buyer’s Choice Awards

2019 Honda Fit | North Little Rock, AR

Honda has made a big splash in the AutoWeb Buyer’s Choice Awards. The 2019 Honda Accord and 2019 Honda CR-V both beat the competition to receive the overall titles of Best Car of the Year and Best Utility Vehicle of the Year, respectively. Overall, the brand came away with seven awards.

Along with the overall awards for the Accord and the CR-V, Honda was also recognized in the following award categories:

  • Best Compact Vehicle of the Year – 2019 Honda Civic
  • Best Hatchback of the Year – 2019 Honda Fit
  • Best Sedan of the Year – 2019 Honda Accord
  • Best Van of the Year – 2019 Honda Odyssey
  • Best Small SUV of the Year – 2019 Honda CR-V

These awards help showcase Honda’s diverse lineup, since they recognize a range of the brand’s models, from the subcompact Fit, which has the lowest cost of entry, to the family-friendly Odyssey minivan. It also adds accolades to the brand’s sedan lineup, including the Civic.

AutoWeb determined the winner of these awards by looking at the number of submitted vehicle price quote requests from more than 120 million consumers over the span of a year.

You can learn more about each of these Honda models when you take a trip to Russell Honda.

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3 Great Ideas for Your New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolution

The New Year is officially upon us, and it’s time to put together our New Year’s resolutions. When putting together your resolutions, it’s important to make concrete, measurable goals to hold yourself accountable. Here are a few of our favorite New Year’s resolutions at Russell Honda.

Learn a new skill

 

Adopt an entirely new skill this year. Try something you’ve always wanted to do, such as dancing or snowboarding. Learn a new card trick or how to make a new recipe the whole family will enjoy. Whichever skill you learn, you’ll be able to carry it over each year.

Read 12 books

 

Instead of resolving to “read more,” make your goal a little more concrete. Consider setting a goal to read one book per month. You can pick from a variety of different genres, including fiction, poetry, and biographies.

Reduce distractions while driving

 

Modern technology makes it easy to get distracted behind the wheel. Instead of driving with your phone in your lap, lock it in the glove compartment before you even put your keys in the ignition.

From all of us at Russell Honda, we wish you a safe and happy 2019. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle to start 2019 off right, visit our showroom or give us a call to schedule a test drive.

 

 

10 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for 2019

New Year’s Resolution Ideas

As 2018 draws to a close, many of us are looking for ways to improve our lives. If you need some inspiration for 2019, here are 10 New Year’s resolution ideas to get you started.

1.       Learn Something Every Day. A simple way to learn more is to read Wikipedia’s featured article for the day.

2.       Start a hobby. Having a hobby can help decrease stress and help you focus. Try something simple like baking or playing games with friends.

3.       Eat Less. Cut calories from your diet is by eating smaller portions. Take the amount you normally would and then put a few tablespoons back.

4.       Move More. Increase your daily movement by taking the stairs, having a kitchen dance party, and taking short walks during your lunch break

5.       Read More. Visit your local library and pick out some new books.

6.       Stop Procrastinating. Do simple tasks as soon as you think of them. Then, move on to bigger projects.

7.       Go Outside. Make a goal to spend more time in nature, whether that is hikes on the weekends or just outdoor walks.

8.       Be Kind. We need more kindness in the world. Focus on other people’s feelings and find ways to help.

9.       Keep a Journal. By keeping track of your life, you can help yourself stay organized and get in touch with your true feelings.

10.   Volunteer. When you help others, you help yourself, too. Volunteering increases your self-esteem and gives you purpose.

 

Here at Russell Honda, we hope you have a great start to the New Year.

September Sales Reveal Honda Boasts More Best-Selling Models Than Any Other Brand

2019 Honda Civic

Sales numbers for September are out, and on the list of the 10 best-selling cars and trucks in America, Honda models took not one—or even two—but three of the top spots. This makes Honda the only automaker with three entries on the list of the 10 current best-selling cars and trucks in America. Amongst the best-selling cars in America were the Honda CR-V, Honda Civic, and Honda Accord.

 

Only three of the 10 best-selling cars in America last month were sedans, two of these being the consistently popular Honda Civic and Honda Accord. A larger portion of the best-selling cars last month were crossovers and SUVs, including the Honda CR-V.

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has been on the road for roughly 45 years, and the newest iteration of this crowd-favorite is more appealing than ever. The newest Honda Accord, likewise, offers updated looks, some seriously impressive technology features, and available engine options that make everyday driving an absolute pleasure.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V compact crossover SUV has remained steadily popular in recent years, and for good reason. The new 2018 CR-V offers striking contemporary style, engaging power, exceptional connectivity, and safety technologies that make it the perfect choice for both busy families and individual drivers.

 

You can find all of these Honda models out on our lot at Russell Honda.

Unique Things to Do in Little Rock, Arkansas

ESEE Purse Museum | Little Rock, AR

The capital city of Little Rock is home to vibrant culture, beautiful nature, great food, and even better people. The bustling downtown area holds many of the landmarks and attractions that make Arkansas such a great state to live in and visit. The next time you want to get out and explore, remember there are many unique things to do in Little Rock.

ESSE Purse Museum

The ESSE Purse Museum strives to illuminate the rich past of purses through a decade-by-decade review that teaches you what purses can reveal about not only the fashion of the times but the social changes which were so instrumental in creating fashion statements throughout the years.

The Old Mill

The 1939 classic film Gone with the Wind contains this iconic water-powered grist mill in its opening scene. The mill was constructed in 1933 but was made to look like it was from the 1800s. The Old Mill has since been designated a Historical Place and sits in a park full of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree-branch bridge.

Rock Town Distillery

Check out the tours offered by this distillery to catch a firsthand insight into the process which churns out the drinks you love, like bourbon, vodka, or gin. Be sure to have a designated driver if you plan on going to Rock Town.

 Here at Russell Honda, we love hearing about the rich history of the Little Rock area.

 

 

 

2019 Honda Pilot Gets Updated Tech and Refreshing Style

2019 Honda Pilot

Year after year, the Honda Pilot is one of the best-selling midsize SUVs on the road, and the new 2019 Honda Pilot is perhaps the most appealing iteration of the model yet. Boasting a refreshed style, an updated audio system, and new driver-assist features across all trim levels, the 2019 Honda Pilot is ready to continue the success of the Pilot line.

 Standard Honda Sensing® 

One of the biggest changes to the 2019 Honda Pilot is that the Honda Sensing drover-assist suite is now standard on all trim levels. Included features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation Braking System are typically reserved for the most expensive trim levels on other vehicles. The 2019 Pilot allows all drivers to benefits from these useful technologies. 

Updated audio display 

The 2019 Pilot also gets an updated infotainment display. This crisp, clean color touch-screen system now features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® compatibility on EX trims and higher. 

Refreshed style 

For the exterior, the 2019 Honda Pilot gets an appealing refresh. Clean body lines and a bold front-end add plenty of style while now-standard features like LED headlights and Daytime Running Lamps, Automatic High Beams, and keyless entry add even more style and convenience.

Stay tuned to the Russell Honda blog to learn more about the 2019 Honda Pilot.