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.

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.

 

Car Safety Kit

Car Safety Kit
Car Safety Kit
Car Safety Kit

Fall and winter bring cold weather that ultimately affects road conditions throughout the United States. Here in Arkansas, the inclement weather can make roads dangerous and unpredictable. Fortunately, a properly-stocked car safety kit can help stranded drivers pass the time in comfort. We here at Russell Honda have a few recommended items and suggestions for your car safety kit.

First Aid

For starters, your car safety kit should also double as a first-aid kit. Make sure to pack it with Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, gauze, tweezers, and bug spray. If you plan on taking a trip, adding any medication to the kit is a good idea as well.

Emergency Equipment

Packing a few emergency items in your safety kit can help you get back on the road faster or make waiting for roadside assistance safer. Road flare and jumper cables are two must-have items. Adding duct tape, a fire extinguisher, and a few rags can go a long way, just in case.

Seasonal Items

Fall brings cooler weather and winter is right around the corner. If your car safety kit doesn’t include seasonal items, it definitively should. Every vehicle should have an ice scraper, blankets, a flash light with extra batteries, and a small box of cat litter to create traction.

Cool Down This Summer at an Arkansas Water Park

Water Park

With Memorial Day just around the corner, everyone is preparing for the inevitably hot Arkansas summer. Give your family a respite from the heat with a fun trip to an Arkansas water park.

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Hot Springs, Arkansas is just an hour west of Russell Honda. Aside from plenty of other enjoyable activities, you’ll find Magic Springs Theme and Water Park. This popular amusement park has a fine collection of thrill rides and coasters. When it’s time to cool down, the water park will keep you occupied for hours with big water slides and a lazy river.

Wild River Country

Little Rock is home to its own cool waterpark. At Wild River Country, you can take a dip in the wave pool, relax and cool off in the lazy river, or race down one of the waterslides.

Rogers Aquatic Center

Although it’s three hours northwest from Little Rock, Rogers Aquatic Center is worth the trip. There are tons of unique ways to enjoy a dip in the water here, as well as impressive concession stands and a rock wall challenge.

Parrot Island Waterpark

Head south from Rogers Aquatic Center to visit Parrot Island Waterpark. Palm tree decor and bright colors give this water park a splash of the tropics. It’s one of your must-take day trips for family summer fun in Arkansas.

Things to Do in Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas and the most populous city in the state, so there is a lot to do here. Whether you’re visiting soon or you live here and are looking for weekend activity, check out these fun things to do in Little Rock.

Things To Do In Little Rock
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Art & History

Little Rock is full of interesting and important history, so if you’re a fan of museums and landmarks, this is the place for you. Little Rock was the center of desegregation in the 1950s when the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine students, were the first Black students to attend the all-white Little Rock Central High School. The school still stands along with a museum.

Little Rock is also the home of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Hearne Fine Art Gallery, and a wide range of museum centers for nature, art, culture, and history.

Outdoor Activities

If art and history aren’t your style, Little Rock still has plenty for you. We have relatively warm weather all year, so it’s a great place to come if you like the outdoors. We have all kinds of spots, like the Big Dam Bridge, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and Riverfront Park, where you can hike, fish, boat, and picnic.

Family Fun

Little Rock is also a great place to just have a good time, whether you’re with a group of friends or you’re on a family trip. From spending an evening at the Mystery Mansion Escape Room to taking your kids to the Altitude Trampoline Park or the Big Rock Fun Park, there’s always something to do in Little Rock.