2019 Honda Passport Earns Autotrader Best New Car for 2019 Title

2019 Honda Passport | North Little Rock, AR

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.

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.

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.

*For more information, please visit AutoWeb.com

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.

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.

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.

Places to Go in Your Honda Civic

Places to Go In Your Honda Civic

The best thing about spring and summer is how scenic everything becomes as it blooms, as well as how much easier it is to drive by it all without all that snow in the way. If you’re a Honda Civic driver, then you know that spending time in your car is the best part of your day. Your Civic is efficient enough to let you save gas on a long road trip. If you’re a travel fan but you’re not a Civic driver, maybe these beautiful places to go in your Honda Civic will convince you to get one!

One incredible place to take a long drive is Highway 1 in California. This 121-mile drive along the Pacific coastline passes by the ocean and so many historic cities where you can stop and see the sights or grab a bite to eat.

For a shorter trip, try Illinois’ Lake Shore Drive, which takes you along Lake Michigan and through Chicago’s parks for 18 miles. The Brockway Mountain Drive is even shorter at 9 miles, heading up Brockway Mountain in Michigan. Virginia has the Skyline Drive, another trip of 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park, where 1,300 species of plants live. Don’t miss it in May when the wildflowers bloom.

These are just a few beautiful road trips to take across the beautiful United States, so check out more here. And if you’re interested in a Honda Civic, which will keep you comfortable and will allow you make fewer stops at the gas pump during your trip, give us a call at Russell Honda.