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.

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.

*For more information, please visit AutoWeb.com

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.

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.