2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Triumphs over Toyota Corolla

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The Honda Civic Hatchback has long been a fun and sporty car to drive, delivering great thrills and versatile space. Toyota has tried to get in on the action by launching a hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla. So how does this new entrant stack up against the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback? According to The News Wheel and Car and Driver, not quite well.

Before naming the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback the undisputed winner, Car and Driver pitted the two models against one another in several head-to-head challenges. The Civic Hatchback outperformed the Corolla Hatchback in most tests, including acceleration, braking, and handling. The testing crew also noted that the Civic Hatchback either had equal or superior fuel economy to the Corolla Hatchback. As for the interior, judges preferred the Civic Hatchback’s instrument cluster, practical rear seats, and cargo area.

“While other solid entries make for a highly competitive compact-car space, the choice between the latest Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla hatchbacks is pretty cut and dry,” remarked Mike Sutton of Car and Driver. “Along with the Civic lineup being broader as a whole, Honda’s hatch remains attractively priced, better packaged, and far more rewarding to operate . . . The Civic is simply the more satisfying machine for the money.”

You can find the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback at Russell Honda.

2019 Honda Passport Earns Autotrader Best New Car for 2019 Title

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The 2019 Honda Passport is the newest addition to the Honda lineup, and this all-new model is already making an impression on the industry. Recently, the automotive magazine Autotrader named the Passport the Best New Car for 2019.

This SUV is one of only 12 new vehicles to earn this honor and it was chosen by the editors in a unanimous decision.

“The Passport is one of the few SUVs where the ‘sport’ and ‘utility’ totally and tangibly make sense in the same vehicle,” said Brian Moody, Autotrader’s executive editor. “We like the Passport because of its rugged look and just the way it comes off looking like a younger, feistier version of the Honda Pilot.”

First introduced to the American market on February 4, 2019, the Passport is a two-row SUV that offers both a refined on-road ride and off-road capabilities. Its rugged exterior hints at its ability to take on adventures, while its interior combines family-friendly interior space — including over 100 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity — with high-quality materials.

“It offers a new level of off-road ruggedness that’s uncommon for Honda,” added Autotrader. “However, it doesn’t sacrifice its road-friendliness as it still has roomy seats, a handsome interior, and lots of advanced safety tech available.”

Currently, the Passport is built at the Honda assembly plan in Lincoln, Alabama, where the Pilot, Odyssey, and Ridgeline are also built.

2019 Honda Ridgeline Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

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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.

Honda Wins Seven AutoWeb Buyer’s Choice Awards

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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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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.

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

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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.