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.

2019 Honda Pilot Offers Updated Style, Technology, and Performance

2019 Honda Pilot

Already a consistent favorite amongst full-size SUV drivers, the 2019 Honda Pilot makes this advanced SUV more appealing than ever before. Boasting design upgrades, powertrain improvements, and more cutting-edge technology options, the 2019 Pilot is an easy pick for drivers looking for a truly elevated SUV experience. Read on to learn more about what’s new with the 2019 Honda Pilot.

 

Updated Exterior

The 2019 Honda Pilot features a more aggressive, boldly sculpted exterior that speaks to the enhanced capability of this advanced SUV. A chiseled hood and striking LED headlamps make a lasting impression while a contoured body and bright 20-inch  alloy wheels are sure to turn plenty of heads.

 

Improved Performance

For the 2019 model year, the Pilot received significant improvements to its nine-speed automatic transmission, offering a driving experience that is even more confident, engaging, and exhilarating.

 

Enhanced Technology

Finally, the 2019 Pilot is equipped with impressive technology options, including available 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, a larger Rear Entertainment System, and a new touchscreen audio display with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The comprehensive Honda Sensing® driver assist suite is also now standard on all Pilot model and includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation System™, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist System.

 

For more information about the 2019 Honda Pilot, be sure to stop into Russell Honda.

2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey Make the “10 Best Family Cars” List

2018 Honda Odyssey

Family Spotlight

Honda has a long-standing reputation of producing some of the very best vehicles on the road, including some of the very best family vehicles available. With their exceptional efficiency, smarts, and advanced safety technologies, Honda vehicles regularly deliver on the features most important to families. This June, the all-new 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Honda Odyssey were honored with spots on the “10 Best Family Cars 2018” list, which was compiled by Parents magazine and the auto experts at Edmunds.com.

Gaining a spot of the list is no easy feat, as Parents magazine and Edmunds.com carefully compared 300 vehicles to determine their list. They considered family-friendly features and convenience features, safety ratings, and car seat installation, as well as general performance, efficiency, value, and interior comfort.

Honda Accord

The all-new 2018 Accord offers exceptional efficiency and handling, along with standard Honda Sensing®, which is a comprehensive suite of innovative safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to help keep you and your passengers safe while on the road.

Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey has long been lauded as among the best – if not the best – family minivan, and the redesigned 2018 model continues to impress. The new Odyssey offers reliable performance, plenty of comfortable seating and space for the family, available Honda Sensing®, and CabinWatch™, which is the auto industry’s first-ever rear-seat camera, allowing you to easily keep an eye on your young ones while in the driver’s seat.

You and your family can find both of these incredible vehicles when you visit Russell Honda.

 

Production of the Honda Insight Started

 

 

2019 Honda Insight
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When

If you are looking forward to the release of the all-new 2019 Honda Insight hybrid as much as we are, you are in luck. Production of the Honda Insight has officially begun. It will be ready to go this summer and will be arriving at Russell Honda in just a few months.

Where

The Insight is being produced right here in America. The main production plant is in Greensburg, Indiana, while three Ohio plants will produce its powertrain components. Altogether, Honda invested a combined $61.5 million for these plants to prepare them for the Insight production.

“The new Honda Insight exemplifies our growing investment in the production of electrified vehicles in America and our associates in Indiana are proud to play a key role in this initiative,” said Isao Matsuzaki, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. “As the lead plant for Insight production globally, we are committed to delivering the quality and reliability that our customers expect.”

With the introduction of the Insight, it will be the fifth electrified Honda model released within 18 months. It will follow the Clarity series and the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid. The Insight will be a compact sedan hybrid that will fit in the Honda lineup between the Civic and Accord.

To learn more about the Honda Insight, be sure to stop in and visit Russell Honda.

Honda Sensing® Technology: Record Safety

Honda Sensing TechnologyPhoto from Honda.com

Breaking Records

Honda is reaching new milestones. In particular, the brand recently announced that it has one million vehicles with Honda Sensing® technology on the road right now in the US. Offering next-generation driver-assist safety technology, Honda Sensing® is an unparalleled system. Helping you to reduce damage and claim rates, this technology is the future of driving.

According to Honda, the brand will be providing Honda Sensing® technology standard on all 2022 model-year vehicles. The IIHS, Highway Loss Data Institute, and Honda recently worked together to publish scientific studies to show that Honda Sensing® is incredibly effective in reducing damage to other vehicles and property, and it can even reduce claim rates. Believe it or not, claim rates drop an average of 28% with Honda Sensing®.

“Honda dreams of a collision-free mobile society and the Honda Sensing technology has a crucial role to play in advancing us toward that goal,” said Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the American Honda Automobile Division. “With the rapidly growing population of Honda vehicles applying these technologies, we hope to significantly reduce collisions involving Honda vehicles within the next three to four years.”

Where To Find It

The Honda Sensing® suite includes technologies such as Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. You can find this suite standard on current models like the Clarity, the Accord, and the Insight.

If you’d like to know more about the Honda Sensing® technology, ask our team of technicians here at Russell Honda.

Greek Food Festival is Right Around the Corner

Greek Food Festival

Plan Ahead For May

This May, the International Greek Food Festival enters its 33rd year of providing exceptional food and entertainment to friends from near and far. The Festival is the largest ethnic festival in Arkansas and has a long-standing tradition of being a local favorite. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, because this is a festival that you will not want to miss.

The 2018 International Greek Food Festival features food and fun for the whole family. The cuisine on offer comes from the many cultures of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, including Greek, Armenian, Romanian, and Russian. Not only will you get to experience the food of another culture, but also how food brings us together to the table. Along with the food, you can enjoy the entertainment – such as live music and dancing – and shop from the Old World Market, browsing the market’s many unique items from around the world.

There is a $3 entrance fee or, alternatively, you can donate three canned food items. In the course of the Festival’s history, it has donated almost $1.5 million to local charities, supporting the community and adding some philanthropic fun to this already exciting event.

We here at Russell Honda hope to see you at one of our favorite community events this May.

 

Honda Wins Three 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards from Motor Week

2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards
Honda Drivers Are On Board

Motor Week, commonly referred to as Television’s Original Automotive Magazine is an industry leader when it comes to reviewing vehicles. That’s why it comes as no surprise that Honda recently won three 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards from Motor Week. Specifically, the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Honda Odyssey won in each of their respective categories.

2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards

Motor Week awarded the Honda Civic the 2018 Best Small Car award, which is the third year in a row that the Civic has won this specific award. With two new high-performance versions of the Civic — the Civic Si and Civic Type R Hatchback — drivers can now get a little-added power under the hood while still getting a great deal on a small car.

2018 Best Family Sedan Award

Next, the Honda Accord won the 2018 Best Family Sedan award. The Accord has the perfect combination of luxury and space, offering a four-door design that’s roomy enough for most families. There’s also a wide range of safety features, which is ideal for those who want added peace of mind on the road.

2018 Best Minivan Award

The 2018 Best Minivan award went to the Honda Odyssey, which Motor Week credits with saving the segment: “While the minivan segment is no longer the sales juggernaut that it once was; a big reason that it even still exists today is the Honda Odyssey.” Reliable and loaded with features, you can’t go wrong with the Odyssey.

Each of these award-winning vehicles is available for test drive at Russell Honda in North Little Rock, AZ now, and we would be happy to show them to you.

Introducing the Honda Clarity PHEV

Honda Clarity PHEVWhat happens when you combine Honda-level reliability with mid-size sedan comfort and intelligent, hybrid efficiency? You get the new Honda Clarity PHEV, the latest model to join the Honda lineup. The Clarity PHEV is modeled after the Honda Accord mid-size sedan, so it’s a roomy hybrid option. Add to that a price tag starting at just $33,400 and a 47-mile battery range, and it’s clear that the Honda Clarity PHEV is an amazing option.

It can be hard to make the leap to a hybrid vehicle, especially when you note that the price tag—though very reasonable—is around $10,000 higher than the base-level Accords at Russell Honda. However, the Honda Clarity PHEV has an EPA MPGe rating of 110, and will probably perform most in-town driving without relying on gasoline at all, so that drivers of the Clarity PHEV can expect to spend significantly less at the gas pump.

In addition to being exceptionally efficient, the Honda Clarity PHEV comes equipped with generous standard features that make its entire design feel as modern as its powertrain. Each trim comes with an infotainment system that’s equipped with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. The Clarity PHEV also comes with standard advanced safety features.

If you’re curious about what this amazing Honda model can offer to you, then make sure to stop by Russell Honda for the answers.

Family Winter Trip Ideas

Just because it is cold and frosty outside, that does not mean you and your family can’t have any fun. In fact, some places offer the most fun when the temperatures are below freezing. Here are some family winter trip destinations you can plan this year.

  • Go to Disney World. Nobody likes standing in staggering lines in sweltering heat. You can beat both of these things by going to Disney in the winter. Since Florida enjoys a mild winter, you likely won’t even need your coat.family winter trip
  • Hit the Slopes. You don’t have to travel too far to reach some snowy slopes. Just north of Arkansas in Missouri there are two ski resorts, Hidden Valley in Eureka and Snow Creek in Weston.
  • Be an Olympian. Visit one of the former Olympic host cities, like Lake Placid, Salt Lake City, and others to try out some classic winter sports.
  • Visit National Parks. Even in the wintertime, our national parks are a spectacular sight. Take ranger-led tours, see amazing wildlife, and more all without the heat or the crowds.
  • Head to Texas. The Lone Star State offers a lot of fun for not a lot of money, making it an ideal spot for warm weather fun on a budget.

Which of these family winter trip ideas would you love to try? If you need a new vehicle before you hit the road, come visit us at Russell Honda.

Did You Enjoy the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade?

Parade - Russell Honda

On Saturday, December 2nd, the Little Rock community came together to celebrate the holidays with the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade. This parade is a holiday tradition that features marching bands, floats, animals, classic cars, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Here at Russell Honda, we love watching the parade with our families each year, especially seeing all of the creativity that goes into the floats. Which was your favorite float this year?

In case you missed the parade, there is still plenty of holiday fun in the Little Rock area throughout the month. Try some of these holiday events.

  • Mother Goose Christmas.

    Take your kids to see this delightful Christmas tale with a nursery rhyme twist. It plays at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre through December 17th.

  • The Nutcracker.

    Catch this classic Christmas ballet performed by Ballet Arkansas at the Robinson Center.

  • Nog Off.

    This friendly competition challenges tasters to choose the best eggnog in town. It will be held at the Historic Arkansas Museum on December 8th.

  • Christmas at the Old State House.

    On December 17th and 19th, the Arkansas Chamber Singers will present their annual holiday concert.

What are your favorite holiday events in Little Rock?